29 September 2015 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

IPOH DAY TRIP 怡保一日游

IPOH DAY TRIP (怡保一日游)

Lei Hou!  It means "how are you" in Cantonese. Why am I speaking Cantonese here? Yes, today I'm gonna talk about my lovely hometown - Ipoh. You might be wondering, why will I blog about my own grown up place after so many years of blogging? Well well, although I already moved to KL since 6 years ago but sometime I still miss the little Ipoh town. There are so many memories for me, friend and family. Whenever my friends from other states pay a visit at Ipoh, they sure asked me what to eat, what to do, where should they go in Ipoh. Hmm... So I decided to explore there for half day and blog about the itinerary here, so you guys will have some ideas when you plan to visit Ipoh next round. So, let's go from KL to Ipoh!

Please noted that I won't appear on the photo that I'm taken because I want you guys focus on the places and activities instead of me. Lol. So when I mentioned Ipoh, what is the first thing that pop out in your mind? When I was first came to KL, most of my KL friends(especially guys) told me that Ipoh got many "leng lui"(pretty girls) and delicious foods. Hahaha. Nope, I'm not gonna admit I'm a pretty girl but I'm still proud to say I'm an Ipohian. 


First up, if you wondering what transport should you take? Bus or train? Well, I will suggest ETS instead of bus. Why? Simply because ETS only need 2 hours+ to reach Ipoh and it can skip the heavy traffic jam especially public holiday. All you need to is just go to KL Sentral Station for the departure. Yes, normally I drive back to Ipoh but this time I purposely don't drive because I want you guys to experience it with me. LOL.
Just in case if you not sure how to go to KL Sentral. Here's the attached map for you to have a look. 

Here's the ticket counter which allow you to buy your train ticket.


Since I purchase my train ticket via www.busonlineticket.com, so I no need to buy on the spot. Please noted that after you bought the ticket online, just print it out and it is the official ticket. No need to change ticket anymore at the ticket counter.

If you're lost, no worries. You can always refers to this directory.


There are 2 gates on the 2nd floor, which are Gate A and B.  We should stay at Gate A if Ipoh is your final destination.


The Gate A was just beside of KFC. So you can just look for KFC if you don't know where is the location Gate A. You may go take your meals while waiting for the train to arrive.

Ta-da! This is the ETS. It stands for "Electric Train Service".

The interior inside the train.

Every coach got their one small LCD screen and their toilet is almost like the one on the plane.


After about 2 hours and 20 minutes, we reach our destination - Ipoh! Here's the entrance at Ipoh Railway Station.

Check out the "exit" signboard in case you don't know where is the exit.


This is the ticket counter at Ipoh Railway Station. You may purchase your train ticket here to another destination as well.


This is the entrance for you to get on the ETS. There are 2 entrances so remember don't enter the wrong one.

And this is the ambient of the outside of Ipoh Railway Station.


From the main entrance, you just walk for 1 minutes at our right hand-side then you will see bunch of cab here. We took a cab to Nam Heong and it cost us RM15 for the ride.

Nam Heong

For your info, Nam Heong was renowned as a local icon especially among fundamental and traditional coffee shops. It was a signature of Ipoh because their old town white coffee was popular. Some people saying if you never try their coffee before, then you never been to Ipoh.


I used to take away this "大块面" when I finished school in those old days. I don't know what it is called in English but it named as "Apambalik" in Malay.

I order a "cham ice" which is also one of their signature drink in their shop.

And this is the hot white coffee that ordered by my friend.

I ordered a "hakka me" and some fish ball, tofu etc as my lunch. It cost about RM4.90.

Fish ball Kuey Teow soup for my friend.
    DETAILS
Kedai Makanan Nam Heong
Address : 2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business Hours : Daily (7:30am - 10:30pm)
Tel : +6012 - 588 8766



After finished our lunch, we walk to the nearby places for capturing the street art. There are some many random street arts but we only managed to take photo some of them.


There are many different theme of the shop and this one was the forest themed shop I guess.


When I looking this "Selalu Lock" area I was keep laughing. I don't know even Ipoh also having this kind of lock section like other countries too.


They also having bazaar here. I'm not sure whether they will having bazaar on daily or only for the weekdays because that day we went there was on Thursday.




Finally we reach the famous Concubine Lane 二奶巷. This lane was very messy and dirty last time because a fire was happened long time ago. And guess what~ Concubine Lane is 120 years old lane at Old Town Ipoh! I knew they already renovated but this would be my very first time to step in after so many years. I felt surprised for all the changes. Now it became the tourist favourite place to visit. Continue reading to find out more.


This is a quite unique shop for tourist to grab some cute products as souvenir or gifts to friends and family.


Ipoh key-chain. LOL



They also selling flower style of cotton candy. I didn't try it but it might taste delicious. (Check out the expression of the little girl)
    DETAILS
Eesha Handmade
Address : No. 12, Lorong panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours : +6012 - 519 9152
Tel : Tue - Sun (11:00am - 5:00pm)



Right beside Eesha Handmade was Meiko Gallery.


Noticed the signboard was very retro and old. It 's because this shop will display all of the objects that we used to seen and used when we were kids.


It was definitely the interesting retro shop cum gallery @ Concubine Lane.


Since the building was really old, so they need to maintain it well. They requested to collect RM1 for taking photo purpose. Since me and my friend was thinking to take photo on up-stair so we pay RM1 for each person.






My grandma used to use the sewing machine like this when I was a kid. I like the sounds of this old typewriter. "Tik tak, tik tak"
    DETAILS
Meiko Gallery
Address : No. 14, Lorong Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours : Daily (9:00am - 5:00pm)
Tel : 016 - 414 4399


You may stop by here to try their red bean ice.


All I can said is, it's worth to pay a visit here especially for tourist. Well, even I'm an Ipohian but I feel new here. Lol
    DETAILS
Concubine Lane
Address : Panglima Lane, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.


We then head to Big Johns Music Shack for take a chill. It was located opposite of Snow Beer 元华雪花啤.

Big Johns provides Western foods at day time. By night, they will be having live band and provides alcohol drink as well. Open until midnight.



I was excited to try on this Rose Conet ice-cream because I always saw this on Youtube video but I have no idea now I can taste it at Ipoh! It cost RM2.50 (1 layer), RM3 (2 layers) and RM5 (3 layers).

Ta-da! Here is it! Too bad the weather was so hot and caused the ice-cream melt so fast. =(

Rose bud tea which cost only RM5. Quite affordable because we can't get this price at KL.
    DETAILS
Big Johns Music Shack
Address : 24 Lorong Panglima (Concubine Lane), 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Business Hours : Tue - Sun (5:00pm - 1.00am)
Tel : +605 - 241 1617




Oh ya! Besides of leng lui and delicious foods. Ipoh also famous with the Dim Sum. I know normally you guys will visit Foh San Dim Sum but there is so many people queuing. So at the end me and my colleague decided to choose Ming Court Dim Sum.


The taste of the dim sum was fine. There is so crowd in the restaurant because their shop is in small size. However, the dim sum is not much choices compared to other dim sum cuisine.
    DETAILS
Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Address : 32. 34. 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business Hours : Daily (5:00am - 12.00pm)
Tel : 05 - 255 7134

Actually there are still many places and cuisine that you should visit at Ipoh but I can't list down all at here and I rarely go back to Ipoh even I do I also went back there for only 1 or 2 days. I will try to share more with you guys about the place, foods and activity that you guys should try. Do share with me as well if you have any suggestion.

    TRAVELOGUE
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53 comments

  1. I'm amazed by the first part of blog, of showing people the route to KL sentral, train (before, during and after) and station..Actually there're many more places to be discovered in Ipoh, come again :D and (y) for your blog

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I will definitely back again and blog more about it. =)

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  2. Can I know what App/Software you used to make the first picture (aka cover) in this blog? Thanks~

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    1. I'm using Photoshop CS6. =)

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    2. Oic~ I thought u were using Apps... I'm not good in Photoshop, haha XD

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  3. the concubine lane looks so beautiful and i would love to explore the town too! i havent been to ipoh before :P

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    1. The concubine lane got many years of history and yes, you should visit Ipoh someday =)

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  4. Hahahaha Ipoh has got 'Pretty girls' no comment. There is so much to do in Ipoh and the food looks cheap for RM5 and eat as much as you can wow.
    I love the wall paintings that are more similar to Penang..
    Its sad that i never got to visit Ipoh during my stay in Malaysia

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    1. Hahaha. This I what been told when I came to KL. You should visit Ipoh someday. =)

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  5. OMG u're my lifesaver! Didn't know u're from ipoh but yes, ipoh girls very very pretty!! They have seriously good skin complexion! Am gonna save this post down gonna be super useful when I travel to ipoh this year with my family hehe

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    1. You're much welcome dear! Yes, this is what my friends told me. They said their skin complexion is better because of the water here. Have fun when you're in Ipoh. =D

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  6. gosh! ipoh so cool now. even have concubine lane...nice exploration dear!

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    1. The Concubine lane is here since many years ago. Thank you =D

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  7. Dont even know Ipoh got so many nice place to hang around until i read your blog. And there's rose icecream!!! <3.<3

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    1. Ipoh still many places to explore but I only able to cover a few. The rose ice-cream is not looks nice as in other countries but it's better than nothing right? =D

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  8. Good selection of places despite the tight schedule. Ipoh is a city to be discovered, so do come again.

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    1. Hahaha. We just randomly choose some places to discover. I'm going back to my hometown this week again. =)

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  9. I heard ipoh from my best friend and when I saw your picture definitely want go there

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    1. Yes, you should visit here sweetie. =D

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  10. I like many things in Ipoh. The food, the scenery! Superb!

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  11. I went to Ipoh during Christmas.
    Visited exactly the same places!
    Will definitely visit again.

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  12. Take ETS to ipoh is convenient. But prolly not that convenient to go around Ipoh unless u have friends and relative there to take your around. hehe

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    1. Yes it's true. Ipoh don't have LRT here and if you don't have transport and friends here you might need to take public transport only.

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  13. woohoo! thanks for saving me. am going to ipoh, and this post saves me from spending time and effort from research!! thanks dear.

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    1. You're most welcome. Hope you will have a lot of fun here. =)

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  14. Wow.. Luckily read your post on today, because im going ipoh on tomorrow. XD
    Thanks for all the info.

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    1. Hahaha. What a coincidence~ Have fun. =D

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  15. such a nice places. never knew ipoh have so much of great places

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    1. Thanks sweetie. Ipoh still have many historical places that I haven't discover yet. =)

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  16. How pretty and quirky, I did not even know such places existed in Ipoh... now that I know I might just make it a point to see Ipoh more...

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    1. Hope you will have a lot of fun when travelling to Ipoh dear. =D

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  17. Its been some times since I visit Ipoh, all your photos make me miss ipoh now! The ETS definitely a great choice to travel to Ipoh for a day trip =D

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    1. Really? Then you should visit Ipoh again dear and Ipoh changed a lot already! XD

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  18. Visited Ipoh last two years. How time flies. Look like it's time to revisit this interesting place. :)

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    1. How was your last Ipoh trip sweetie? Yes, Ipoh welcome you. =D

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  19. There are so many interesting things to find in Ipoh, especially cafes. There are just so many cafes there, it's growing like mushrooms. I hope to visit them all (if I can lah) when I visit Ipoh one of these days..

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    1. Yup, indeed. There are many cafes which I still haven't visit yet. You can dear! XD

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  20. Ming Court is my favourite dim sum too. Ipoh truly a food heaven.

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    1. Hahaha. That's why I'm fat when I'm in Ipoh. XD

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  21. Wow its quite a fruitful day in Ipoh. Perhaps I should try to take a train there instead of driving, along the way I can see the scenery.

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    1. Yup, this is my very first time to take the ETS. Normally I just drive my own.

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  22. The ETS service seems efficient and convenient, will consider this when I travel up to Ipoh next time :)

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    1. Yup, and the duration is exactly 2 hours only. =D

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  23. waa Ipoh have interesting place to visit! Want to visit soon with family

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  24. you got me there.
    i really didnt know ipoh has so many pretty spots to visit and fine at.. always felt it is a rather quiet town.

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    1. It's indeed a quiet town compare to KL City. But also a relaxing town. =)

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  25. I thought of coffee when I think of Ipoh. Wow, all the place and food look so nice. Really want to explore there too one day.

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    1. Yup, the popular Old Town White Coffee! HAHAHA.

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  26. you are from iPoh no wonder so leng lui, as they say nearly all ipoh girls are pretty. love that place especially the food.

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    1. Hahaha. Yup, I'm a truly Ipoh girl. Have no idea why they're describe ipoh girl like this. Ipoh is another food paradise. =)

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