Between the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur and the bustling island of Penang lies an oft-overlooked city with a whole lot to offer. Often regarded as little more than an easy stopover on the way North or South, or as a gateway to the much loved Cameron Highlands, Ipoh has begun to catch the eye of travellers seeking roads less travelled. As the capital city of the state of Perak and home to what were once the richest tin mines in the world, Ipoh has a wealth of history and heritage within its vast confines. Local entrepreneurs are filling in the gaps with boutique hotels and modern eateries to make Ipoh one of Malaysia’s hottest destinations.
Swap the bustle of the capital for the charming colonial town of Ipoh on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour scenic ride north by train from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, home to what were once the richest tin mines in the world.
Upon arrival, visit the historical Ipoh Railway Station, designed by a British architect, and take a look at its surmounted Moorish domes and turrets which earned its nickname, the Taj Mahal of Malaysia. Make the most of your guide and flexible itinerary as you take in the highlights of the historic center on foot. Along your way get a glimpse of the beautiful neoclassical styles of colonial architecture such as the old post office, Birch memorial, and town hall.
Then, stop for a delicious traditional brunch at the Old Town White Coffee, a local kopitiam (coffee house) that was established in 1999 and became the largest coffee chain in the country. Discover more of the town’s gastronomic heritage as you sample an array of street food and authentic local dishes.