3 Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), Ipoh, Perak (www.ipohworld.org). The Hat Chin Pet Soo was once the base for the Hakka Tin Miners’ Club, a venue where members could relax, chat, gamble and apparently even entertain girls or smoke opium. Now under the care of Ipoh World, it has been turned into a museum dedicated to the story of the miners. You must make an appointment to tour the establishment. These are free but donations are encouraged and go towards the upkeep of the museum. Tours are informative and enjoyable for both adults and children. Tours are free by appointment: TueFri, 9.30 am, 11.30 am & 2.30 pm; Sat-Sun and Public Holidays (except Mondays), 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm. see wild animals in the vicinity of KL. Instead of driving all the way to Ampang, take the winding road up to KL Tower and check out its understated mini zoo. Though small in size, the zoo houses a surprising number of exotic animals such as meerkats, bateared foxes and snapping turtles in well-maintained habitats. More than one zoo keeper is always at hand to share fun facts about the animals and to pass you a handful of feed. Let a parakeet sit on your shoulder for a photo op and visit the petting zone where friendly rabbits and guinea pigs actually run up to you for food and cuddles. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM32; Children up to 11 years old, RM27.