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Malaysia Tourism: 8 Must-Go Sightseeing Spots in Ipoh City

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Discover Ipoh's ( 怡保 ) old world charm and hot spots as Luxury Haven went on a mission on Firefly, from Singapore to Perak ( 霹雳 ) in Malaysia ( 马来西亚 ) to unearth the treasures of Ipoh. The endearing city has got a lot more to offer other than just Sar Hor Fun and Coffee. With just 1.5 hours flight from Singapore, Perak makes a wonderful weekend getaway with family and friends.

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Our first stop was to Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, a state government building to meet with Y.B. Dato' Nolee Ashilin Dato' Mohammed Radzi, Perak State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia. It was indeed a pleasure joining other Malaysian magazine editors and couple of other bloggers from Kuala Lumpur for the Visit Perak 2017 event.

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I am not exactly sure what the official dress code for visitors to parliaments and government buildings in Malaysia is, but I was advised by the organizer to use a Batik to wrap around my short dress. Thanks to the two Malaysian editors who helped me with the wrapping! What do you think of this fashion?


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Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, a place of rich history, heritage, culture and folklore. The city, listed as one of the best Asian destinations to visit in 2016, is surrounded by limestone hills which can be found around suburban areas to the northeast, east and southeast. If you plan to visit the awaken city, be sure to put on a good pair of walking shoes and follow the Ipoh Heritage Trail………..

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Ipoh Railway Station
Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Previously used as a shooting location for the film Anna and the King starring Jodie Foster, Ipoh Railway Station is also popularly known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh due to its polished white domes. The Railway Station combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments embraced by a lovely garden, making it a great tourist spot for photography.

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Dewan Bandaran Ipoh ( Ipoh Town Hall )
Jalan Panglima Bukit, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

For those who appreciate architecture, the Dewan Bandaran Ipoh aka Ipoh Town Hall is a good place to visit with the upper floor offering a sweeping view of the Ipoh Railway Station. The colonial beauty, designed by the government architect Arthur Benison Hubback, has seen many people from various backgrounds walking down its hallways. Visitors to Dewan Bandaran Ipoh will be able to get a feel of Ipoh’s colonial past built in British colonial-styled structure.

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Masjid Ubudiah Bukit Chandan Kuala Kangsar
Jalan Istana, 33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Carouse the splendour of Perak Royal history by visiting top attractions such as the Masjid Ubudiah, ranking high as one of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques. A spellbinding sight built Indo-Saracenic style, the regal Ubudiah Mosque with its golden dome is a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan.

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Muzium Diraja Perak
33000 Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Once a royal residence, the captivating Istana Kenangan is now known as the Royal Museum of Perak. Noted for being built entirely of wood without the use of nails, the intricate Perak Royal Museum exhibits the history of the Perak monarchy as well as personal collections of the past rulers of Perak.

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Concubine Lane aka Panglima Lane
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Talk about forbidden love stories, our next heritage walking tour in Ipoh Old Town took us to Concubine Lane. Also known as Yi Lai Hong ( 二奶巷 ) to the locals, this is the “hideout” where rich Chinese tycoons keep their mistresses. Back in those days, the First, Second and Third Concubine Lane were actually smokescreens for brothels, opium and gambling dens visited by coolies from tin mines.

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Plan B at Ipoh Old Town
75, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Located in Ipoh Old Town is Plan B, a creative space in a warehouse with a hint of old school charm. Seep in Ipoh’s exciting mix of nostalgia and contemporary vibes. Go shopping for souvenirs, enjoy a meal at their hipster cafe, or simply take photo at their heritage ruin spots.

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Mariwasa Kraftangan
Lot 522, Kawasan Perusahaan Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia

Take a factory tour at Mariwasa Kraftangan, one of the largest silversmiths in Malaysia. Promoting the distinct heritage of Perak's artistic wonders, Mariwasa Kraftangan is also known for its customized premium gift selections such as fine gold and silver jewellery, sterling silverware, pewterware and more.

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Kinta Riverfront Walk
Jalan Lim Bo Seng 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Rent a bike and take an Ipoh Heritage Bicycle Tour, or go night cycling with Kinta O Cycle / M Bike Sdn Bhd at Kinta River for a change. With a wide range of bicycles from single to triple to rickshaw, there is something to suit everyone and every pocket. Although the area is poorly lit, it is definitely a romantic spot for couples to take a stroll.

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For shoppers, you may also like to pop by the World of Wonders, Perak’s official merchandise shop to take home some souvenirs.

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Ipoh definitely has its charm. The royal town of Kuala Kangsar gives visitors an insight to the sultanate era, and the city centre is outlined by remarkable historical buildings from the British Colonial as well as colonial era Chinese shop houses. Be sure to mark out your trail map; you won't want to miss all the fabulous sights. With restorations in full swing especially in the streets of Old Town, the city is out to woo its visitors.

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Ipoh Street Art Wall Mural
Next up, we will take you to savour some of Ipoh’s best cuisines at Ipoh Food Guide + Popular Restaurant Picks!  Or check out Visit Perak 2017: Instagram Spots in Ipoh and Royal Belum!

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Travel Tip: With tropical temperatures, Ipoh is a year-round destination but don’t leave home without your sunblock. The weather there is unbelievably scorching, and I am really glad to have my EHA Sun Shield 24hr with me. EHA Skincare carries a range of awesome skincare products, and followers of Luxury Haven will get 10% off their items!

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  1. The street art mural is amazing, Shirley! What a beautiful trip, and your photos are lovely! You look radiant, as always. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. I am never bored with Ipoh. There are loads of places to visit

  3. What wonderful sights in the area! Love seeing your travels!

  4. Ah, now I want to go visit Ipoh again.

  5. You make me want to visit Ipoh asap. Beautiful photographs, you always look lovely.
    Great tip about using a sunscreen.

  6. Great post dear!

  7. there is much more to offer
    I did not visit Ipoh recently
    many things have changed
    I hope to visit that Plan B soon

  8. It looks great 😊

  9. Wow!! Really beautiful photos dear <333 Amazing places ;)

  10. Wow what an amazing place the pictures are beautiful doll.

  11. I would like to come back again in Malaysia!
    Kisses, Paola.

  12. Looks like a fun trip Shirley.

  13. Ipoh has such much cool architecture and sights! Thanks for showing us around Shirley!

  14. Very interesting post my dear, with pleasure I will visit this city :-)

  15. I'm really impressed with the various buildings and nice sceneries of Perak - Ipoh. Looks like you had a fruitful and fun trip..

  16. nice! most of those that you mentioned, i have never been before. >.<
    not really a museum person. :X hahaha


  17. such a lovely post.
    I hope to travel one day more :D

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  18. Seriously, there are more fashionable ways to wrap a batik sarong. Hahaha

  19. Interesting post! Have a lovely Day! 🌷🌷🌷

  20. Looks very interesting) Thanks for the great post!

  21. ;)

    Muito lindas as fotos!

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

  22. These places are going on my list to explore and experience when I head to Ipoh Perak.

  23. It must have been an amazing trip, Shirley. I have already seen some photos on your social networks. Btw, you look gorgeous in all.

    Jasmine x

  24. Honestly reminds me of the Philippines! :)

  25. Love reading and seeing all your travel posts.

  26. Such beautiful and interesting trip!!!
    Great phostos, Shirley!

  27. I have never been to Malaysia...thanks for the virtual tour Shirley!

  28. Que lugar maravilhoso amei o look, obrigado pela visita e uma ótima semana.

  29. I will refer to this post for tips on where to go when I'm traveling to Ipoh next. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Shirley. So exciting to read! xx ^.^


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