All You Need To Know About Ipoh

Ipoh is a destination known for caves, history, food and hot springs. There is so much to be seen here and it is only a 3-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. If you’re ever in Malaysia, this is the best place to experience a coming together of West Malaysia in a quiet town outside of the city centre.

Colonial architecture stands side by side with rickety old coffee shops in modern-day Ipoh. The capital of Perak is flanked by towering white cliffs, some with magnificent cave temples pocketed in the limestone. Sliced into old and new towns by the Kinta River, Ipoh charms with its street art and street food – like a calm version of the bustling Georgetown.

Ipoh hosts a world of experiences for all kinds of travellers. Here, you will be looking at some of our guest’s favourite things to do in Ipoh that are perfect for families and couples.


Temples are aplenty in Ipoh. Ipoh’s Cave Temples are one of the prime tourist spots. They convey the cultural background of Malaysia and depict their traditional customs. There are four major cave temples in the city namely Kek Lok Tong, Perak Tong, Sam Poh Tong and Ling Sen Tong.

Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle gets its name from William Kellie Smith who was a colonialist who built the home to resemble his former house in his native Scotland. The castle lies on what used to be a rubber estate and is surrounded by lush forests. You will also find a large statue of William Kellie Smith here dressed in a suit and hat as well as aristocratic furniture and intricate ceilings that were crafted in the 17th century and are adorned with plaster motifs.

Ipoh Cave Expedition

Led by a private guide, explore the splendour of the cave, listen to the tranquil sounds of nature, and get lost in the mysteries and wonders. At the end of the tour, there will be a small reward for the children while the adults can pop bottles of champagne to toast the spirit of adventure. Suitable for all groups and types of activities including team building and family getaways, trails are specially curated to be an excellent private exploration excursion that will bring you and your guests together.


Food is reason enough to visit. Malaysian and Singaporean gastronomes arrive in droves for Ipoh’s chicken with bean sprouts and to argue over who serves the best white coffee, the town’s signature drink.

White Water Rafting

One of the best places to river raft in Ipoh, Malaysia is Gopeng Rainforest. The whole of Malaysia is a treasure box but if you are here for a holiday then White Water Rafting is one of the pearls of the treasure box. Gopeng Rainforest rafting is through the blubbery cascade of the River Kampur. The scenic landscape that overlooks the Kumpang road and the quaint rainforest, including a gushing waterfall, completes the experience of river rafting perfectly.


Ipoh is more than a gateway to Cameron Highlands or a way station en route to Penang. Shaped by the 1920s tin-mining boom, Ipoh’s wealth and population ebbed away after the mines’ closure. But an old-town renaissance has revived its time-worn buildings into boutiques, hotels and gorgeously kitsch cafes.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village

It is one of the finest and newest tourist attractions in Ipoh. The words Qing Xin Ling mean serene hills. At a very small cost, you will be transported to a seemingly new planet. The Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village is set in a location captivated by stunning landscapes of mountains and jungles. There are lakes and fish ponds by the cottages and different fun activities for the tourists here. This location is a perfect family outing destination.

Lost World of Tambun

If you are travelling with family then the Lost World of Tambun is a great pick on a visit to Ipoh. This theme park is known as one of the biggest and best attractions in the area and you will find a vast complex that has a range of interesting sections including their infamous hot spring attraction. It is the only hot spring theme park in the country and is very exclusive to this area of Ipoh, well known locally as a place for unparalleled relaxation. In addition to all these attractions, you will also find the main theme park itself which has a range of rides for all different age groups.

Golf Courses

Golf is considered one of the most luxurious sports in the world and Ipoh hosts some of the best golf clubs in the country. Partnered with some of the biggest hotels and resorts, you are in for a first-class experience from the moment you step on the range. The top three golf clubs and resorts in Ipoh are Clearwater Sanctuary, Damai Laut and Meru Valley.

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