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The city of Ipoh in Malaysia is known for its delicious local food, tropical rainforest climate, and abundance of cave temples and artwork.
Visit these 3,000-year-old cave drawings of human figures and animals discovered in the late 1950s.
Take a guided tour of this 300 acre tea garden, featuring native Agarwood and Gaharu trees.
This Taoist cave temple features ancient artwork, manicured gardens, and many carved statues at the foot of a limestone hill.
Explore this abandoned Scottish castle, which many in Ipoh believe to be haunted by its past inhabitant.
Relax in this central water theme park set among the lush tropical vegetation of Tambun.
The best time to visit Ipoh is between November and February during the dry season, when tourists are better able to explore Malaysia's many outdoor activities.
Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (IPH) is located 3.7 miles outside of downtown Ipoh. Most travelers will then transfer by prepaid taxi or private car to the city center.
Ipoh railway station is located in the southwest. A one-way journey from Kuala Lumpur takes 2 - 3 hours and costs between RM20 - RM30.
Follow the Lebuhraya Utara - Selatan/E1 south from Kuala Lumpur to reach Ipoh in just over two hours.
The closest bus station is Terminal Amanjaya and is located 6.6 miles away in nearby Jelapang. Starmart Express, Sri Maju, and Yoyo offer routes from Singapore and other Malaysian cities. A one-way ticket from Kuala Lumpur costs RM20 and takes three hours.
MH Hotel Ipoh offers 111 rooms in its boutique-style hotel, and features a rooftop bar and on-site Chinese restaurant. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a spa resort with natural hot springs and upgraded facilities outside of the city center.
Old Town - this area features a cluster of historic colonial buildings in the city center as well as many restaurants and hotels.
Gunung Rapat - this region is home to several famous cave temples, including Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple.
Tambun - this neighborhood is located in the north and is popular for its natural hot springs, water park, and native pomelo fruit.
Ipoh Bus Terminal is located in the Old Town and offer routes covering most of the city. A single fare costs RM2 and can be paid directly to the driver upon entering.
Taxi rates are negotiable based on the distance traveled, however a ride between downtown destinations should cost between RM5 - RM10.
Daily rental vehicles can be picked up from the airport, bus, or train terminals for around RM85 a day.
The Pasar Malam (night markets) are a popular place to bargain for food, toys, clothing, and household items. The AEON Mall Kinta City is the biggest shopping mall with international brands and stores.
The Store and TESCO are the two biggest grocery stores. A dozen eggs costs RM5.5.
Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng is popular for its pork satay and its mirrored decor in the adjoining coffee shop. Meals cost RM4.