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Eat Cafés Bea­con Point Res­tau­rant

41 Lin­tasan Per­a­ju­rit 6, Ta­man Perak, Ipoh (+605 546 9916/­conPoin­tIpoh). A stal­wart on the lo­cal din­ing scene for over two decades, this res­tau­rant has been serv­ing well-priced set meals, cakes and pies to gen­er­a­tions of din­ers. Menu favourites in­clude their laksa lemak, nasi ulam, mee hailam, chicken pie and Mars Bar chilled cheese­cake. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu, 9.30am-6pm; Fri-Sun, 9.30am-10pm. $$

NEW Bits & Bobs

99 Jalan Sul­tan Yusuff (@Kong Heng Square), Ipoh (+6016 521 1283/­sand­bob­s­malaysia). It’s an icy stop here with Bits & Bob’s sig­na­ture ais kepal – a mound of ice shaped into an icy ball with flavoured syrups driz­zled over it. There are benches where you can sit and en­joy the ice ball, or have a wan­der around the space. It’s filled with old col­lectibles and knick-knacks that are for sale too. Mon & Wed-Sun, 10am-5.30pm. $

Burps & Gig­gles

93 & 95 Jalan Sul­tan Yusuff, Ipoh (+605 242 6188/­sGig­gles). Don’t let the friv­o­lous name fool you. You’re en­ter­ing hip­ster-land when you visit these con­verted shop­houses with fairy lights, colour­ful mu­rals and mis­matched fur­ni­ture. Cof­fees are the real deal, freshly squeezed juices pro­vide wel­come re­lief from the heat, quirky desserts are sweet, and the burg­ers or pas­tas make for a sat­is­fy­ing meal. Ha­lal. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon & Wed-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 8.30am-8pm. $$

NEW Hello Elvis

124 Jalan Sul­tan Iskan­dar, Ipoh (+6017 634 7720/Facebook: Hello Elvis Ipoh). The lat­est ice cream and dessert par­lour in Ipoh, Hello Elvis in­tro­duces pre­mium Ital­ian gelato soft serve with in­ter­est­ing top­pings like chur­ros or crunchy ce­real with pret­zels. With a menu that ro­tates on a weekly ba­sis, we reckon that what­ever your pref­er­ence, this café will be a sat­is­fy­ing treat to all ice cream lovers. Ha­lal. Mon & Wed-Thu, 2-11pm; FriSun, 1-11pm. $

NEW Karat Café

137 Jalan Sul­tan Ab­dul Jalil, Green­town, Ipoh (+6013 506 5677/­sta­ Housed in a low key, tra­di­tional kam­pong house, Karat Café of­fers a suc­cinct of west­ern and lo­cal com­fort food. The spread of good food and unique decors quickly make the café be­comes one of hotspots in town for the lo­cals to hang out with friends and fam­ily. Ha­lal. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 5pm12am. $$

Patis­serie Bou­tique

103 Jalan Sul­tan Yusuff, Ipoh (+605 241 1385/­serie.Bou­tiQue). This Parisian-themed café serves sim­ple pas­tas, sand­wiches and a con­stantly chang­ing ros­ter of cakes. Their cheesy chicken lasagne is pop­u­lar. For a unique end to the meal, try the any of their in­ter­est­ing cakes and pies – pre­vi­ous se­lec­tions have in­cluded the likes of pump­kin choco­late cake or char­coal yam pie. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 11am-6pm. $

Plan b.

75 Jalan Pan­glima, Ipoh (+605 249 8286/www.the­big­ Try the house blend, a roast of In­done­sian, Brazil­ian and Ethiopian beans, and savour a rich creamy espresso. This small café with quirky rus­tic dé­cor also of­fers up a menu of mostly West­ern dishes, in­clud­ing de­li­ciously healthy break­fasts, brunches, pas­tas, sand­wiches and sal­ads. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu, 10am-11pm; Fri, 10am-12mid­night; Sat, 9am-12mid­night; Sun, 9am-11pm. $$

Sidewalk Ice Cream Lounge

26 Lengkok Can­ning, Ipoh Gar­den, Ipoh (+6016 562 6844). This is essen­tially an ice cream par­lour serv­ing old-school sun­daes with wafers, home­made sauces, nuts, fresh fruit and cream. Noth­ing ar­ti­sanal, gelato-like or hip­ster, and that’s why it’s still open af­ter two decades with reg­u­lars say­ing how the place hasn’t changed since they were kids – proof that nos­tal­gia can be a crowd-puller. Child-friendly. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 7.30am-11pm. $

NEW Thumb’s Café

133 Jalan Sul­tan Ab­dul Jalil, Ipoh (+6019 614 6618/­scafe) Food here is a mélange of Malay and West­ern dishes in­clud­ing fried rice, Kanji (por­ridge), chicken chop and their sig­na­ture dish of home­made meat­balls. Af­ford­able prices, great am­bi­ence and com­fort food make this an ideal for a ca­sual meal. Ha­lal. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6pm-1am. $

Chi­nese Aun Kheng Lim (Salted Chicken)

24 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh (+605 254 2998). This unique dish made of freerange chicken and herbs like dong quai (gin­seng) and gei zhi (Chi­nese wolf­berry) is baked with salt un­til the meat is melt-in-your-mouth ten­der. There are sev­eral stores sell­ing this but Aun Kheng Lim has been serv­ing one of the best ren­di­tions for over 20 years. Daily, 9am-6pm. $$

Ding Feng Tau Fu Fa

8 Jalan Pan­glima, Ipoh (+6012 527 1028) Look­ing for a twist to your Teochew tau fu fah (tofu pud­ding)? Head here for in­ter­est­ing vari­a­tions in­clud­ing gin­ger syrup and sesame seeds. Get a bot­tle of fresh soy bean milk while you’re at it. Daily, 9.30am-4.30pm. $

Funny Moun­tain

49 Jalan Theatre, Ipoh (+6012 516 1607/+6012 588 6167). Quirky name aside, the tau fu fah

served here is fan­tas­ti­cally smooth, which ex­plains the long queues. Get here early for your soy bean milk fix. Daily, 10am-un­til the tau fu fah fin­ishes. $

NEW Green­town Dim Sum Café

10 Per­siaran Green­town 4, Green­town Av­enue, Ipoh (+605 255 2010). Green­town is the only ha­lal dim sum res­tau­rant in town and serves a good se­lec­tion of au­then­tic-tasting dumplings. Their rice and noo­dle dishes also come highly rec­om­mended. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Child­friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 8am-9pm. $$

NEW Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong

15A Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (+605 241 4601). Touted as the true sym­bol of Ipoh white cof­fee, this clas­sic ko­pi­tiam has been serv­ing white cof­fee, but­ter and kaya toast with half-boiled eggs for a tra­di­tional break­fast for decades. Other dishes in­clude chee cheong fun, siew yuk (roasted pork) and egg tarts. Daily, open from early morn­ing un­til evening only. $

NEW Kedai Makanan Nam Heong

2 Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (+6012 588 8766/+6011 264 33642). Across the street from Sin Yoon Loong is Nam Heong, which is famed for be­ing the ori­gin of the Old Town White Cof­fee chain found all over the coun­try. Come here for pop­u­lar Ipoh street eats like Ipoh Hakka mee, chee cheong fun, char kuey teow, egg tarts and caramel cus­tard, and their famous white cof­fee, of course. Daily, 6am-5pm. $

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum

32, 34 & 36 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Ipoh (+605 255 7135). A hotspot for dim sum, this res­tau­rant of­fers char siew bao, yam cakes, wu kok, fish balls and an as­sort­ment of prawn and fish paste dumplings, and they’re all good. End the meal on a sweet note with sesame and lo­tus seed soup. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 6am-12.45pm. $$

Restoran Ipoh Kong Heng

75 Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh. If you’re stay­ing at Sekeping Kong Heng, head to this cof­fee shop on the ground floor for dishes like sar hor fun, chee cheong fun, Ipoh white cof­fee and pork sa­tay. Also pop­u­lar is the popiah, gen­er­ous fill­ings of turnip, crunchy fried small prawns and veg­eta­bles wrapped in a pa­per-thin crêpe. Child-friendly. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 8am-4pm $

NEW Restoran New Holly Wood

38 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, Ta­man Can­ning, Ipoh. The place to go to try all kinds of typ­i­cal Malaysian break­fast items in­clud­ing chee cheong fun, roti telur goyang, nasi lemak and roti canai un­der one roof. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 7am-4pm. $ 49 Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh (+605 254 4199). Ipoh bean sprouts are said to be juicier, and the steamed chicken here is the per­fect tex­ture, though a lit­tle on the oily side. The chicken usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies rice noo­dles or rice as the main. Come early to avoid the crowds. Child-friendly. Daily, 10.30am-12mid­night. $

Thean Chun Cof­fee Shop

73A Jalan Ban­dar Timah, Ipoh (+605 255 3076). Thean Chun’s kai see hor fun is the most famous in Ipoh – lo­cals love the ap­petis­ing broth and ten­der shred­ded chicken and prawn. Also come here for the chee cheong fun and caramel cus­tard. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 8.30am-4.30pm. $

Tong Sui Kai

Jalan Sul­tan Ekram (op­po­site SRJKC Sam Tet), off Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah, Ipoh. Also known as Ipoh’s Dessert Street, Tong Sui Kai houses around 50 hawker stalls of­fer­ing a wide se­lec­tion of hot and cold desserts like bowls of shaved ice topped with rose syrup, con­densed milk, ice cream and mixed fruits. Or try the dessert ‘soups’ like lin chi kang, black bean, red bean, sago, sweet potato and bubur cha cha. Pork-free. Tue-Sun, 5pm-12mid­night. $

Euro­pean Bel­gian

NEW NorthSea Gen­uinely Bel­gian

44 Jalan Sul­tan Ab­dul Ab­dul Jalil, Ipoh (+6011 1191 5940/ north­seaipoh). As the name sug­gests, this res­tau­rant serves gen­uine Bel­gian dishes and a wide range of Bel­gian beers. We sug­gest you to try their spe­cial­ties like pork meat­balls, pan-seared sal­mon with lemon but­ter sauce, mus­sels and waf­fles for dessert. Credit cards ac­cepted. Child-friendly. Mon & Wed-Sun, 6.30-10.30pm. $$

Con­ti­nen­tal Cit­rus Wine & Dine

38-46 Laluan Ipoh Per­dana, Ipoh (+605 545 1010/­rus.Wine. and.Dine). A lo­cal favourite and one of the few up­scale restaurants serv­ing Con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine, Cit­rus is just the place when tak­ing a hia­tus from the busy hawker and Chi­nese cui­sine scene. Gen­er­ous por­tions, at­ten­tive ser­vice and rea­son­ably priced menu items (some with an Asian twist) keep din­ers re­turn­ing. Ask for the chef’s rec­om­men­da­tion on daily specials. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueSun, 11.30am-3pm; 6.30-11pm. $$$

Jook Joint Bistro

4180 Jalan Sul­tan Idris Shah, Lu­mut (+6016 557 5611/Facebook: Jook-Join­tBistro). Lu­mut isn’t ex­actly known for its culi­nary scene so Jook Joint is a wel­come ad­di­tion with its menu of favourites like fish and chips, steaks and pasta, par­tic­u­larly if you’re han­ker­ing for some West­ern flavours. Rea­son­able prices and friendly staff keep reg­u­lars re­turn­ing. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 10am12mid­night. $$

French NEW Garvy’s French Din­ing

275 Jalan Raja Per­maisuri Bainun, Ipoh (+605 255 8082/ Opened in 2013, Garvy’s is helmed by Chef Ro­main Fabre whose back­ground in French fine din­ing is ob­vi­ous in his choice of dishes. His multi-course de­gus­ta­tion menus are very pop­u­lar with the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents sourced lo­cally and from France, ac­com­pa­nied by a cu­rated se­lec­tion of wines. Pork-free. Credit cards ac­cepted. TueFri, 11am-2pm & 6-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm & 6-10pm. $$$

Mod­ern Euro­pean NEW Jeff’s Cel­lar

The Ban­jaran, Hot­springs Re­treat, 1 Per­siaran La­gun Sun­way 3, Sun­way City Ipoh, Ipoh (+605 210 7777/www. the­ban­­sine/Jeffs-Cel­lar) One of the most unique, pri­vate wine cel­lars in the world, Jeff’s Cel­lar is set within a 280 mil­lion-year-old Palaeo­zoic grotto with art­fully lit sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites. It’s an im­pres­sive wine bar and of­fers a de­lec­ta­ble fine din­ing menu to en­sure an un­for­get­table evening. Daily, 6-11pm. $$$

The Lime­stone’s Fine Din­ing Res­tau­rant

Ground floor, Re­gal Lodge, 131 Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh (+605 242 3241/­lime­stone).

The Lime­stone’s has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the best con­ti­nen­tal din­ing es­tab­lish­ments in the city. Rec­om­mended dishes in­clude the roast leg of lamb, grilled sal­mon and the ro­tat­ing monthly specials. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon, 7-10.30am, 6-10.30pm; Tue-Sun, 7am-10.30pm. $$$

Food Court Ca­sual Mar­ket

Taip­ing Ca­sual Mar­ket, Jalan Pang­gung Wayang, Taip­ing. From tra­di­tional Ny­onya kuih and chicken rice to curry mee and the famous wan tan mee, this is the place to go to for all the hawker food you want un­der one roof. Daily, 8am-10pm. $

Taip­ing Hawker Cen­tre

Jalan Tu­pai, next to Taip­ing fire sta­tion, Taip­ing. Also known as Cir­cus Ground, this food court is lo­cated next to the only fire sta­tion in town and is a week­end favourite. We sug­gest the roti canai, chee cheong fun, chicken noo­dle soup and for dessert, tau fu fah with gula Me­laka. Child-friendly. Daily, 5pm-late. $

In­dian Pa­keeza Res­tau­rant & Cater­ing

15-17 Jalan Dato Seri Ah­mad Said, Ipoh (+605 241 4243). A res­tau­rant spe­cial­is­ing in North­ern In­dian cui­sine, Pa­keeza is known for their biryani with chicken or beef, and their naan (gar­lic, Kash­miri, cheese) – some of the best we’ve tasted. Ha­lal. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11am-3pm; 6-10pm. $$

Ma­mak & ko­pi­ti­ams An­sari Cen­dol

92 Jalan Bar­rack (off Jalan Chung Thye Phin), Taip­ing (+6012 562 9440). The old faded sign­board pro­claims ‘Res­tau­rant An­sari Famous Cen­dol’, so it must be good! The clas­sic Malaysian pair­ing of pasem­bor and cen­dol is the main­stay here and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. Daily, 10am-7pm. $

Bis­mil­lah Cen­dol

233 Jalan Bar­rack, Taip­ing. A hop away from An­sari is Bis­mil­lah, where the cen­dol is again un­beat­able. Try them both and see which hits the mark. Ha­lal. Daily, 10.30am-6pm. $

NEW Nasi Kan­dar Yong Suan

2 Jalan Yang Kal­som, Ipoh The spe­cialty here is nasi vanggey – Ipoh’s de­li­cious an­swer to nasi kan­dar. The dif­fer­ence is the fried chicken, salted egg and kuah cam­pur – a mix of two or three gravies – soaked up by the steam­ing rice. Make sure you go the orig­i­nal stall as there are a few oth­ers claim­ing to have the same dish but aren’t up to par. Ha­lal. Daily, 10am-7pm. $$

Malaysian Ny­onya

NEW Yum Yum Res­tau­rant

5 Per­siaran Green­hill, Ipoh (+605 253 7686/­tau­rant.yumyum). Yum Yum’s menu fo­cuses on Ny­onya and Thai flavours with some Chi­nese flavours. Stand­out dishes in­clude As­sam Fish Head, But­ter Basil Prawns, Pan­dan Chicken and the Viet­namese Gar­lic Chicken. Pork-free. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 6-10pm. $$

Tra­di­tional Malay NEW Laksa Kedah Padang Polo

Ta­man Rekreasi Sul­tan Ab­dul Aziz, Jalan Brash, Ipoh (+6019 541 3541/­saKedahPadan­gPoloIpoh). This pop­u­lar food stall sells laksa kedah (rice noo­dles in a mack­erel and tamarind broth) and is as famous for its gen­er­ous por­tions as the friendly own­ers. Ha­lal. Tue-Sun, 2.30-10pm. $

Sa­mud­era Raya Res­tau­rant

58 Jalan Tasek Timur, Ipoh (+605 546 8912). Trav­ellers on their way to Pangkor Is­land of­ten make a stop here to sam­ple au­then­tic Malay food like beef ren­dang and nasi lemak. Ha­lal. Daily, 7am-1am. $

Seafood Lung Seng Res­tau­rant

10 Jalan Be­sar, Tan­jung Tualang (+605 360 0735). Tan­jung Tualang was once one of the ma­jor tin-min­ing towns in the re­gion and this res­tau­rant is renowned for its fresh­wa­ter prawns, which the chef sub­merges in icy wa­ter to re­tain their tex­ture be­fore cook­ing. There are live crabs and fish in tanks but it’s the prawn dishes din­ers come for, like the tasty sang har mee. Child-friendly. Daily, 12noon-9pm. $$

Mun Choong Seafood Res­tau­rant

511-517 Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh (+605 321 2815). A stal­wart on the seafood eatery scene since its open­ing in 1978, the menu here aims to please. Must-try dishes in­clude pan-fried prawns, stuffed crab shells and as­sam stir-fried veg­eta­bles with scal­lops. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 11.30am-10pm. $$$

Veg­e­tar­ian NEW Shi Fang Zai Veg­e­tar­ian

6-8 Jalan Mas, Ta­man Mas, Ipoh (+6016 422 9389) Ev­ery­one raves about this veg­e­tar­ian res­tau­rant and while the dé­cor isn’t any­thing to shout about, its ar­ray of Chi­nese style dishes with mock meat and tofu is bud­get-friendly and tasty (even for the meat eaters!). The tofu in pump­kin sauce is a par­tic­u­lar favourite. Child-friendly. Daily, Mon & Wed-Sun, 10.30am-3pm; 5.30-10pm. $

NEW Yishensu Veg­e­tar­ian Res­tau­rant

19-21 Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Ipoh (+605 546 6013/ This is another veg­e­tar­ian res­tau­rant serv­ing dishes with a dis­tinc­tive Chi­nese in­flu­ence with tofu and mock meat (usu­ally soy based) be­ing the main pro­teins. Any dish you would nor­mally or­der in a Chi­nese res­tau­rant has a veg­e­tar­ian ver­sion here. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 9.45am-2.45am; 3pm-10pm. $$

Ex­plore Ad­ven­ture No­mad Ad­ven­ture

Lot 17525 Kam­pung Chulek, Gopeng (+603 7958 5152/­madad­ven­

No­mad Ad­ven­ture is a rep­utable out­door ad­ven­ture com­pany that of­fers a host of ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes for the avid ad­ven­turer. This in­cludes wa­ter­fall ab­seil­ing, cav­ing, white­wa­ter kayak­ing, rock climb­ing and more. The friendly, ac­com­mo­dat­ing and, most im­por­tantly, ex­pe­ri­enced staff are al­ways happy to ar­range ex­pe­di­tions for your group. Call for pack­ages and en­quiries.

Radak Ad­ven­ture

7A Jalan Sg Itek, Gopeng (+6014 294 4404/ www.radakad­ven­ Radak can or­gan­ise a thrilling trip for the most in­trepid of ad­ven­tur­ers. Choose from a se­lec­tion of thrilling ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing white­wa­ter raft­ing, wa­ter­fall ab­seil­ing, spelunk­ing, jun­gle trekking and camp­ing. Not only will they take care of all the ar­range­ments, they will also pro­vide pro­fes­sional and ex­pe­ri­enced guides.

Na­ture Bukit Larut

Taip­ing. Once known as Maxwell Hill, af­ter Wil­liam George Maxwell, the state’s As­sis­tant Res­i­dent of the time, this is Malaysia’s old­est hill sta­tion and was dis­cov­ered in 1884. Trans­porta­tion up to the sum­mit is by 4WD ve­hi­cle (for a small fee) or you can make the three- to four-hour trek up. Less pop­u­lar than Malaysia’s other hill re­sorts, Bukit Larut sports un­touched scenery and a di­lap­i­dated colo­nial at­mos­phere, and there are rough and tum­ble colo­nial bun­ga­lows avail­able for rent for the ad­ven­tur­ous.

NEW Gua Kandu

One of the hid­den gems in Perak, Gua Kandu is less known among the tourists than Gua Tem­pu­rung. Known for its multi-lev­elled and multi-cham­bered cave, Gua Kandu is an ideal choice for ad­vanced cav­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. In­ter­est­ingly, this cave was a com­mu­nist guer­rilla hide­out dur­ing the Malayan Emer­gency and ev­i­dence of this can still be found here.

Gua Tem­pu­rung

Lem­bah Tem­pu­rung (+6017 527 1926/www.guatem­pu­ The largest and old­est lime­stone cave in Penin­sula Malaysia is also called the ‘co­conut shell cave’ due to fallen rock for­ma­tions re­sem­bling husks and its sta­lac­tite and sta­lag­mite for­ma­tions. Rock pools form ma­jes­tic and eerie shapes and it houses an eco­log­i­cal system of bats, mites, worms and in­sects. Visi­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, from wad­ing in the un­der­ground river to slid­ing down rocks. Call to en­quire about pack­age prices and tours.

Kuala Gula Bird Sanc­tu­ary

Kam­pung Gula, Kuala Ku­rau (+605 807 0842). Be­tween Au­gust and April, a huge an­nual mi­gra­tion of more than 200,000 birds (over 50 species) passes through on their way from the North­ern Hemisphere to the South­ern. Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to bird-watch­ers, there are vis­i­tor cen­tres where you can also learn about the im­por­tant mud­flat and man­grove ecosys­tem that supports these mass mi­gra­tions.

Lata Kin­jang Wa­ter­fall

Chen­de­ri­ang. The Lata Kin­jang Wa­ter­fall is truly a sight to be­hold – an 850m tall cas­cade that is vis­i­ble from the North-South High­way. At most wa­ter­falls you can sim­ply take a few pictures and wade for a bit in the pool, but Lata Kin­jang Wa­ter­fall’s com­plex multi-tiered struc­ture al­lows the more ad­ven­tur­ous to ex­plore the heights, cross­ing bridges and climb­ing boul­ders to get to the top.

Royal Belum State Park

This state park en­com­passes vir­gin rain­forests dat­ing back 130 mil­lion years and has amaz­ing bio­di­ver­sity. All of Malaysia’s ten species of horn­bills can be found in the park, as well as at least three dif­fer­ent species of the raf­fle­sia flower. Ele­phants, rhinoceroses, tapirs and tigers are known to call this jun­gle home. The park is largely un­in­hab­ited but there are small Orang Asli set­tle­ments, par­tic­u­larly along the Tiang and Ke­jar rivers.

Taip­ing Zoo and Night Sa­fari

Jalan Ta­man Tasik, Taip­ing (+605 808 6577/www.zootaip­ One of the old­est zoos in Malaysia, Taip­ing Zoo was the first to in­tro­duce the Night Sa­fari in Malaysia. It cur­rently houses more than 180 species of an­i­mals in­clud­ing gi­raffes, tigers, tapirs, ele­phants and other an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Mon-Fri & Sun, 8.30am-11pm; Sat & pub­lic hol­i­days, 8am-12mid­night. Check web­site for en­trance fees.

Theme Parks Lost World Of Tam­bun

1 Per­siaran La­gun Sun­way 1, Sun­way City Ipoh (+605 542 8888/ www.sun­way­lost­world­of­tam­ Sur­rounded by lime­stone cliffs and green jun­gle, this ex­cit­ingly com­pre­hen­sive theme park has the Wa­ter Park with ex­cit­ing wa­ter rides; the Amuse­ment Park with more tra­di­tional rides and Tiger Valley where the res­i­dent Siberian tigers re­side. A good day out for the fam­ily es­pe­cially those with younger

chil­dren who will love the Lost World Pet­ting Zoo. Mon & Wed-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun & pub­lic hol­i­days, 10am-6pm. Check their web­site for ticket prices.

In­dulge Banyan Spa

40 Jalan Raja Di­hilir, Ipoh (+605 242 6866/ Banyan Spa is housed in a beau­ti­ful re­fur­bished man­sion, pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions for all your beauty needs. Apart from re­lax­ing mas­sages, yoga and foot re­flex­ol­ogy ser­vices, mani/pedis and hair treat­ments are avail­able. Pack­ages are priced from RM100 to RM500. Mon-Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm.

Party Bar­beza

50 Jalan Medan Ipoh Baru 4, Ban­dar Baru Medan (­beza). The team be­hind Bar­beza un­der­stands that the essence of a good bar lies in its ser­vice. Since its in­cep­tion, Bar­beza has cul­ti­vated a con­stant stream of reg­u­lars that come for the great Ital­ian food (es­pe­cially the thin-crust piz­zas) and pre­mium cock­tails. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 5pm-2am.

Ber­lin’s Bier Houz

12 Per­siaran Green­town 4, Green­town Busi­ness Cen­tre (+605 241 8118/­bier­houz). Cold Ger­man beers, pork knuckle, sausages, meat­balls – this per­fect com­bi­na­tion can be found in Ipoh’s bustling Green­town dis­trict. Head here for a Löwen­bräu and be sure to try the pork knuckle. Child-friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Mon-Thu & Sun, 11.30am-1am; Fri-Sat, 11.30am-2am.

Euro House

49-51 Jalan Hus­sein, Ipoh (+605 255 5532/ If you are look­ing to down a few pints of pre­mium beers like Kro­nen­bourg and Erdinger, this is the place. Some­thing worth men­tion­ing is their im­pres­sive en­ter­tain­ment arse­nal of Xbox Kinect, pool ta­bles, LCD TVs as well as karaoke ma­chines. Daily, 3pm-1am.

Healy Mac’s

2 & 2A Per­siaran Green­town 4, Green­town Av­enue (+605 249 3627/ www.healy­ Part of a chain, this Ir­ish bar serves up the usual pub grub and promis­ing mains; we rec­om­mend the Guin­ness­mar­i­nated or­ganic pork spare ribs. Ser­vice is cheer­ful and drinks are great. Credit cards ac­cepted. Daily, 12noon-1am.

See Mu­se­ums Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Gallery of Leng­gong

Kota Tam­pan Leng­gong (+605 767 9700). The ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of this site will dis­tract you from the lack of ef­fort put into some­thing so im­por­tant. In 1991 the 11,000-year-old skele­tal re­mains of Perak Man were found. This is the only pre­his­toric skele­ton in the world show­ing signs of the hered­i­tary de­fect known as Type A2 Brachymesopha­lan­gia; Perak Man has been of tremen­dous im­por­tance to our un­der­stand­ing of early man. Tour the Leng­gong Valley’s many sites, which is a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into our dis­tant past. Mon-Thu & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm; Fri, 9am-12noon, 3-5pm. Free en­try.

Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum

Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah (+605 540 6000). Be­fit­ting the sur­round­ing lime­stone for­ma­tions, the Ge­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum was built in 1957 to show­case the many min­er­als and ores found in the state of Perak, in­clud­ing the best cas­si­terite spec­i­men in the world. Apart from that, it also has sam­ples of cop­per, coal, galena, hematite, iron, tung­sten and much more. Mon-Thu, 8.30am-12.30pm, 2-5pm; Fri, 8.30am-12noon, 3-5pm. Free en­try.

Perak Mu­seum

Jalan Tam­ing Sari, Taip­ing (+605 807 2057). This is Penin­su­lar Malaysia’s old­est mu­seum and was built in 1883 and backed by Sir Hugh Low, a renowned Bri­tish ad­min­is­tra­tor and nat­u­ral­ist. The col­lec­tions here fo­cus on ethnog­ra­phy, botany, ge­ol­ogy and zo­ol­ogy and there is also an im­pres­sive as­sort­ment of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures in­clud­ing an­cient weapons, abo­rig­i­nal im­ple­ments and or­na­ments that re­flect the state’s rich his­tor­i­cal her­itage. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM2. Free ad­mis­sion for chil­dren be­low 12 years old and chil­dren in school uni­form.

Sights Birch Me­mo­rial Clock Tower

Jalan Dato Sagor, Ipoh. Built to com­mem­o­rate the first Bri­tish Res­i­dent in Perak, JWW Birch, this clock tower has a panel de­pict­ing 44 im­por­tant fig­ures from world his­tory in­clud­ing Moses, Con­fu­cius, Au­gus­tus, Martin Luther, Bud­dha, Shake­speare and Charles Dar­win, as

well as a mys­te­ri­ous era­sure. This was the Prophet Mo­ham­mad un­til his im­age was erased in the 1990s at the re­quest of the Mus­lim pop­u­lace. It’s a fit­ting twist in the tale as by most ac­counts Birch was widely dis­liked for his ar­ro­gance and ut­ter dis­re­spect for lo­cal cus­toms and was as­sas­si­nated in 1875 by lack­eys of lo­cal Malay chief Dato Ma­hara­jalela.

Han Chin Pet Soo

3 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah (Treacher Street), Ipoh (+605 241 4541/ www.ipo­ This build­ing was once the base for the Hakka Tin Min­ers’ Club, a venue where mem­bers could re­lax, chat, gam­ble, en­ter­tain the ladies or smoke opium. It has been turned into a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the legacy of those first min­ers. Tours are free by ap­point­ment, but do­na­tions are wel­comed. Tue-Fri, 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm; Sat-Sun and Pub­lic hol­i­days, 9.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm.

Ipoh Rail­way Sta­tion Square

Jalan Pan­glima Bukit Gan­tang Wa­hab, Ipoh. One glance at this glo­ri­ous sta­tion will re­mind you of KL’s old rail­way sta­tion, town hall and Masjid Jamek, which were all de­signed by Arthur Beni­son Hub­back. The sta­tion is of­ten called the Taj Ma­hal of Ipoh for its bril­liant white ex­te­rior and soar­ing cen­tral dome. Checked

Kel­lie’s Cas­tle

KM 5.5, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Ga­jah (+605 365 1336). The half-com­pleted man­sion was built by Wil­liam Kel­lie Smith and meant as a gift for Kel­lie’s wife or his son, de­pend­ing on which story you’ve heard. In­fluenza wiped out Kel­lie’s hired work­ers af­ter World War I and Kel­lie him­self died of pneu­mo­nia. The house en­dured years of van­dal­ism but has since been re­fur­bished and is now a haunt­ingly (some say haunted) ro­man­tic tourist spot. Daily, 9am-6pm. (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM4, Se­condary school stu­dents, RM3, Pri­mary school stu­dents, RM2, Chil­dren, free; (Non MyKad hold­ers) RM5

NEW Lean­ing Tower of Teluk In­tan

Jalan Pasar, Pekan Teluk In­tan, Teluk In­tan. Built in 1885, this 25.5m tower in Teluk In­tan is an in­ter­est­ing de­tour. Once a stor­age space for wa­ter dur­ing the dry sea­son and in case of fire, it has since tilted to one side due to soft soil foun­da­tions. It’s a bit of a stretch call­ing it Malaysia’s Lean­ing Tower of Pisa, but you can walk up the top and have a nice view of the sur­rounds..

Pan­glima Lane

Lorong Pan­glima, Ipoh. Also known as Con­cu­bine Lane, this charm­ing lit­tle her­itage street is crum­bling now but was once a hot­bed of vice. Home to gam­bling and opium dens, the street was also said to have a hoard of broth­els. It’s now pretty gen­tri­fied and a good place to eat and shop for sou­venirs.

Perak Tong Cave Tem­ple

Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh. This im­pres­sive cave tem­ple was founded in 1926 by a cou­ple from Guang­dong, China, and it’s their son who main­tains the site to this day. Set in one of Perak’s many lime­stone peaks, the tem­ple has an eerie air due to its lo­ca­tion. The cave system’s un­du­lat­ing walls have been brightly painted with re­li­gious fig­ures and cal­lig­ra­phy. In­side, you will also find Bud­dhist and Taoist stat­ues, in­clud­ing a tall golden seated Bud­dha. Daily, 9am-6pm; Stairs open daily, 9am-4pm.

Shop Art NEW Yas­min At Kong Heng

Lorong Pan­glima (Be­hind Con­tainer Ho­tel), Ipoh (­mi­natkongheng). Yas­min Ah­mad was one of Malaysia’s bright­est film­mak­ing stars un­til her un­timely death in 2009. Her un­for­get­table films and TV ads played on all Malaysians’ heart­strings and more im­por­tantly our col­lec­tive con­science. This is a small space but it of­fers an in­ti­mate glimpse into her po­etry, film work, scripts and es­says. Well worth a visit. Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm.

Malls AEON Sta­tion 18

2 Susuran Stesyen 18, Sta­tion 18, Ipoh (13 0080 2366). AEON has been sprout­ing up ev­ery­where in Malaysia, and this is the largest in Ipoh. With three lev­els of re­tail stores, it’s the new­est hang­out for Ipoh kids. Mon-Thu & Sun, 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10.30pm.

De Gar­den

3 Per­siaran Medan Ipoh, Medan Ipoh (+605 548 3689/­gar­ Ver­dant and colour­ful, this mall has some great restaurants and cafés as well as an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of bou­tiques. Come here to shop for mo­bile and IT ac­ces­sories, new clothes, then head for a hearty meal with their se­lec­tion of F&B out­lets. Daily, 10am-10pm.

Mar­kets NEW Gar­den Mar­ket

P.O.R.T (Peo­ple Of Re­mark­able Tal­ents) Ipoh, Tiger Lane, Ipoh (­den­mar­ketipoh). The Food Gar­den Mar­ket is held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and sees up to ten food trucks at a time of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing food all in one venue. There’re busk­ing per­for­mances, po­etry recitals and even wayang pacak (out­door film screen­ings) for your en­ter­tain­ment. Check their Facebook for up­dates. Fri-Sun, 6pm-late.

Mem­ory Lane

Jalan Hor­ley, Ipoh Old Town. Also called the Hor­ley Street Sunday Flea Mar­ket, Mem­ory Lane stretches from Hugh Low Street to Jalan Lim Bo Seng. Lo­cals fondly call it the ‘thieves mar­ket’, but rest as­sured that you’ll find plenty of le­git­i­mate and fas­ci­nat­ing an­tiques and col­lectibles like records, watches, house­hold goods, mo­tor­cy­cles and old coins. Sunday, 7am-12.15pm.

Pasar malam

The night mar­ket is a mi­cro­cosm Malaysian so­ci­ety and hap­pens at dif­fer­ent venues nightly. Ev­ery­one comes to eat, shop and wan­der around. There is gen­er­ally one happening ev­ery night of the week, al­beit in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. Mon­day-Ipoh Jaya; Tues­day-Ipoh Gar­den East; Wed­nes­day-Sta­dium Perak; Thurs­day-Ta­man SPPK (Pengkalan); Friday-First Gar­den; Saturday-Men­glembu; Sunday-Ta­man Cem­paka.

Stay Deluxe The Ban­jaran Hot Springs Re­treat

1 Per­siaran La­gun Sun­way 3, Sun­way City (+605 210 7777/ www.the­ban­ This ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sort is one of the most vis­ually ex­otic in the coun­try. The Ban­jaran of­fers pri­vate vil­las, each with its own plunge pool, court­yard and out­door rain shower. The trop­i­cal theme con­tin­ues in the huge pools and nat­u­ral springs com­ple­ment­ing their well­ness pro­grammes and treat­ments.

Best West­ern Pre­mier The Haven Ipoh

Per­siaran Lem­bah Per­pad­uan, Ipoh (+605 220 9000/ www.the­haven­re­ The Haven is Perak’s tallest and most

lux­u­ri­ous re­sort ‘con­do­tel’ (part condo, part ho­tel). Choose from ei­ther one- or two-bed­room apart­ments with full fa­cil­i­ties, which is ideal for fam­i­lies. The main at­trac­tions here are the amaz­ing pools and sur­round­ing lime­stone out­crops.

In­dul­gence Res­tau­rant and Liv­ing

14 Jalan Raja Di­hilir (+605 255 7051/www. in­dul­gencer­estau­ Seven in­di­vid­u­ally themed rooms at­tached to a res­tau­rant serv­ing edgy mod­ern Euro­pean cui­sine in a mock Tu­dor colo­nial bun­ga­low – a great week­end get­away where re­lax­ation and good eating takes prece­dence.

Mid-range Ade­line’s Villa Re­sort

13302, Mukim Teja, Kam­pung Gerun­tum, Sun­gai Itik, Gopeng (+605 359 2833/www.ade­ Fans of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties will love this get­away in the jun­gle. There’s white­wa­ter raft­ing, cav­ing at the famous Gua Tem­pu­rung, jun­gle treks and fish­ing. There’s also the added ad­van­tage of some very good food.

M Bou­tique

2 Hala Datuk 5, Ipoh (+605 255 5566); 15-23, Jalan Pengkalan Barat 35, Ta­man Pengkalan Jaya, Ipoh (+605 321 1666/www. mbou­tique­ho­ Be­hind the swanky-look­ing façades of the two lo­ca­tions, this bou­tique ho­tel’s dé­cor is a mix of taste­ful colo­nial fea­tures and mod­ern ur­ban de­tails. Both lo­ca­tions also boast the­matic rooms and floors, strate­gic lo­ca­tions, and a com­fort­able friendly vibe.

Sekeping Kong Heng

75 Jalan Pan­glima, Ipoh (+605 241 8977/ Part of the Sekeping chain, Sekeping Kong Heng is, in keep­ing with the ar­chi­tect’s prin­ci­ple of his build­ings be­ing true to their sur­round­ings, a glo­ri­ous mar­riage of ar­chi­tect Sek San’s dis­tinc­tive stripped down aes­thetic and Ipoh’s rich her­itage. What makes this prop­erty in­ter­est­ing is the ex­tra di­men­sion of Ipoh’s cul­ture from the hol­ler­ing hawk­ers to the whiff of white cof­fee from the cof­fee shop nearby.

Suka Suka Lake Re­treat

Pu­lau Dang Lang/PKK/19/27, Kam­pung Ke­lan­tan, Kuak, Leng­gong (+6013 525 1177/­treat). Here’s where you can ex­pe­ri­ence kam­pung life in this pic­turesque lake­side re­treat with its tra­di­tional wooden houses and ba­sic chalets clus­tered on the banks of Lake Chen­deroh. Go fish­ing, boat­ing or kayak­ing, or just en­joy the scenery (and a good book) while ly­ing back in a ham­mock.

Bud­get Ci­ti­tel Ex­press Ipoh

2 Jalan SP Seeni­vasagam, Ipoh (+605 208 2888/www.cititel­ex­ Right in the heart of Ipoh Old Town, Ci­ti­tel Ex­press Ipoh is a no-fuss op­tion for bud­get stays in the city.

NEW Con­tainer Ho­tel

89-91 Jalan Sul­tan Yusuff, Ipoh (+605 243 3311/ www.con­tain­er­ho­ The ideal place es­pe­cially for bud­get trav­ellers to place your weary body af­ter a day of ex­plor­ing Ipoh’s many sights and sounds. Strate­gi­cally lo­cated, it’s an in­no­va­tive ho­tel of­fer­ing sin­gle, mixed and fe­male-only cap­sule rooms in a her­itage build­ing. It’s also one of the coolest places to stay in town.

NEW Ho­tel French Ipoh

60-62 Jalan Dato Onn Jaa­far (+605 241 3030/www.french­ho­ Not much to look at from the out­side (and noth­ing French about it at all); this small ho­tel has wal­let-friendly, min­i­mal­ist, clean rooms, which is a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. Staff are friendly, knowl­edge­able of the area (es­pe­cially where to eat), and they pro­vide a much ap­pre­ci­ated food trail map to guests.

Pangkor Eat In­ter­na­tional Daddy’s Café

Teluk Ni­pah (+6013 208 0404/ Facebook: Daddy’s Café Pangkor Is­land). There aren’t many restaurants on the is­land with the com­bi­na­tion of good food and an even bet­ter lo­ca­tion right on the beach. The ren­dang comes with rave reviews, and their West­ern food is good too. Watch­ing the sun set from here is pretty amaz­ing. Daily, 11am-11pm. $$


Ad­ven­ture Quiver Dive

B5 & B6, Jalan Ma­rina Av­enue, Ma­rina Is­land, Lu­mut (+6012 213 8885/www.quiver-per­hen­ Quiver is a PADI 5 Star In­struc­tor De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre more read­ily associated with the Per­hen­tian is­lands, but they do have a base in Lu­mut and spe­cialise in tak­ing divers around the nine is­lands that make up Pu­lau Sem­bi­lan to the south of Pangkor.

Stay Deluxe Pangkor Laut Re­sort

Pangkor Laut Is­land, Lu­mut (+605 699 1100/www. pangko­r­lautre­ This ex­clu­sive re­sort is lo­cated on its own is­land and spe­cialises in high end wed­dings and ro­man­tic hon­ey­moon es­capes. A one-time win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Condé Nast award for ‘Best In The World’, this re­sort has a lot to live up to. Ask for full board op­tions as din­ing à la carte is go­ing to cost you an arm and a leg.

Tiger Rock

WD.2 Pangkor, Pangkor Is­land (+604 264 3580/www.tiger­ Run with a firm em­pha­sis upon na­ture preser­va­tion and man­aged by friendly is­landers, Tiger Rock is a re­treat tucked away in the dense jun­gle. There are just three houses avail­able for pri­vate rental so you’ll be as­sured of a unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mid-range Ma­rina Is­land Pangkor

Ma­rina Is­land, Teluk Mu­ruh (+605 683 2881/www. mari­nais­land­pangko­r­re­ A more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to stay­ing on Pangkor Is­land, this re­sort is lo­cated on tiny man-made Ma­rina Is­land. The re­sort might seem a lit­tle tired, but the size of the suites make up for it. Rather re­mote in lo­ca­tion, it’s the kind of place to kick back and chill out.

Ni­pah Guest­house

Lot 4506 Teluk Ni­pah (­pah.guest­house/ www.pangko­r­ One of the most unique stays on Pangkor, these rus­tic A-shaped huts are clean, com­fort­able and within walk­ing dis­tance to Ni­pah Bay and Co­ral Bay. There is a pool and loung­ing around in the deckchairs is a se­ri­ous pas­time here. Run by a lovely fam­ily who do ev­ery­thing to make you feel wel­come.

Lean­ing Tower of Teluk In­tan

No­mad Ad­ven­ture

Soft serves from Hello Elvis

Con­tainer Ho­tel

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