Before achieving tourism prominence in Malaysia, Ipoh was a popular mining town in the early 1930s. Today, Ipoh is home to gorgeous limestone caves, exquisite hotels, and top class attractions. Here are 5 stunning places in Ipoh you must visit before you die.
- The Haven Resort
The name of the best resort in Ipoh is most probably inspired by its surreal surroundings of a picturesque lake and magnificent limestone hills. Perfect for a honeymoon, you’ll never imagine a resort like this actually exists in Malaysia!
And if you choose to stay here, you must try the Cuisine Restaurant which serves up super delicious and MSG-free food for your healthy palate.
- Gua Tempurung
One of the most majestic caves in Malaysia, Gua Tempurung is 25km away from Ipoh and it is advisable to have your own private transport or be part of a tour group.
Hiking up to the open top of the cave would take a little effort so it’s best to bring a bottle of water with you and some light clothing. If you’re worried about the heat, you’ll be glad to know it gets a little cooler in the caves.
- Kek Lok Tong Cave
Kek Lok Tong Cave is another cave-temple you must visit that is just 20 minutes drive from the town center.
Walking into the entrance of this visitor friendly cave, you will be greeted by the statues of Chinese deities before reaching the other end of the cave, which is simply breathtaking. Once there, take a moment to admire the picture perfect lake surrounded by 360 degrees of limestone hills.
- Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat
Just next to the Haven lies a hot spring spa resort which has its own geothermal hot spring facility and 3 caves for you to explore, all of which has its own theme such as the meditation cave, crystal cave, and steam cave.
The resort is set in a valley whereby it is surrounded by lush greenery, limestone hills and in the middle, a tranquil lake to make it seem like the getaway paradise you’ve been longing for.
- The Lost World Of Tambun
Last but not least on the list is a theme park in Ipoh with 6 different areas of fun catered to the needs of your family. From a water park with Malaysia’s biggest wave pool to a petting zoo for the children, if you are looking for a day of fun, adventure and a night of relaxation, The Lost World provides all that. When night comes, the theme park turns into a massive jacuzzi spa, with a large selection of pools filled with natural mineral hot spring water. You’ll definitely be pampered after a whole day of crazy fun!
Ipoh is really one of the lesser known places in Malaysia. But it hides Majestic places that could take your breath away, and should appear on your to-visit list. If you are planning to reach Ipoh by train from Kuala Lumpur, it would take a 2-hour journey to reach. To check for train schedules, the ETS timetable is available online.