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30 Things To Do In & Near Ipoh – Visit Must-Try Eateries, Serene Nature Spots & Thrift Markets

Things to do in & near Ipoh 


Among the popular day-trip destinations in the country, the city of Ipoh stands alongside George Town as a local-favourite. Its plethora of old-school kopitiams, colonial buildings, and weathered streets lined with art murals have Ipoh-ites bragging about them in and outside of their city.

To help you make the most of your next visit to this city, we’ve compiled 30 things to do in and near Ipoh, Perak, that’ll keep you on your toes for a full day. 

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– What to do in Ipoh, Perak –


1. Bask in nature’s beauty by a mirror-like lake at Tasik Cermin


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Formerly an abandoned quarry, Tasik Cermin has been transformed into a national geopark that welcomes visitors looking to marvel at a collection of jaw-dropping natural gems – this includes a mirror-like lake, towering rock formations, and captivating caves and tunnels.

Things to do in Ipoh - Tasik Cermin
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Just a stone’s throw from Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple, the park hosts various activities around its centrepiece: a “Mirror Lake”, as it is nicknamed by locals. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Tasik Cermin
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You can hop on a leisurely boat ride (RM25/pax) that promises a view of lush greenery and various monkey species. During the 25-minute journey, you’ll get to travel between Tasik Cermin 1 and 2 through a tunnel. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Tasik Cermin
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After your boat trip, you can explore the caves and tunnels on foot. Other activities to try here include flying fox, rock climbing, and a kid’s playground. 

Admission: RM5/pax
Address: 31, Jalan Perniagaan Sengat, Pusat Perniagaan Sengat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 012-268 4116 | Tasik Cermin’s Facebook


2. Take a trip down memory lane at Galeri Rumah Lat


Things to do in Ipoh - Galerie Rumah Ipoh
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Many of us grew up reading Lat comics. They depict everyday Malaysian life and current events through a humorous lens that had us in stitches. At Galeri Rumah Lat, in nearby Batu Gajah, you can see a collection of archival and current works on display that were all drawn by the celebrated Malaysian cartoonist, Datuk Moh Nor Khalid – better known as Lat.

Things to do in Ipoh - Galerie Rumah Ipoh
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The gallery opened in 2023 and currently has no admission fees. There are plans to expand the space, but there are already several areas to explore here. They include exhibits that let you step into the world of Lat through hand-drawn illustrations and personal belongings of the artist.

Things to do in Ipoh - Galerie Rumah Ipoh
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There’s also traditional Malay house, just behind the gallery, which brings to life nostalgic sceneries from the comic book, The Kampung Boy.

Admission: Free
Address: Lot 365404, Jalan Bemban, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Opening hours: Sat-Thu 10am-5pm | Fri 10am-12.15pm & 2.45pm-5pm


3. Go on a shopping spree at the new Silverlakes Village Outlet mall


Things to do in Ipoh - Silverlakes Village Outlet
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Malaysians love a good bargain, and it’s at outlet malls where we can find the best year-round deals. Near Ipoh, there’s Silverlakes Village Outlet, a new lakeside mall in Batu Gajah that opened in December 2023.

Things to do in Ipoh - Silverlakes Village Outlet
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As the mall is relatively new, you’ll find just a handful of branded outlets here – Puma, Kate Spade New York, Nala, Bonia, and Tuff included. One that’s been receiving hype on social media in recent days is the Coach outlet here, which boasts a Coach Coffee Shop.

It serves coffee, tea, and chocolate beverages, alongside soft serve, apple pie, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Things to do in Ipoh - Silverlakes Village Outlet
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Once you’re done shopping, you can head to the lake for a serene boat ride.

Address: 1, Persiaran Silverlakes, Kampung Belangkor, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-11pm | Fri & Sat 10am-12am


4. Visit a cave temple & hop on a boat ride at Kek Lok Tong


Things to do in Ipoh - Kek Lok Tong
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With most temples housed within four walls, you might just be surprised at the sheer number of cave temples to be discovered in Ipoh – there are nearly 30 of them. One of them is Kek Lok Tong temple, named the “cave of ultimate bliss”, that sits at the foot of Gunung Rapat. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Kek Lok Tong
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As you approach the temple, it’ll be hard to miss the impressive mouth of the cave – it serves as a door leading into the cavernous space where the temple is located. Inside the cave, the temple features multiple statues of the revered Buddha, with stunning rock formations just overhead. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Kek Lok Tong
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Other areas to explore here include a zen garden with a lake, which also features an array of Taoist deities and mythical creatures carved from rocks. At the garden, you can opt to take a boat ride (RM12 for 2 pax) on the lake. The 30-minute ride meanders along rocky cliffs dotted with lush greenery, and is available from Wednesdays to Mondays.

Things to do in Ipoh - Kek Lok Tong
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Admission: Free
Address: Persiaran Sepakat 3, Taman Endah Jaya, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 8am-4.30pm, Daily


5. Learn more about Ipoh’s tin-mining past at Han Chin Pet Soo Museum


Things to do in Ipoh - Han Chin Pet Soo Museum
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Whether you’re a history buff or not, Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is a local museum that lets you delve into the early history of Ipoh’s tin mining history through life-like dioramas and intriguing artefacts. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Han Chin Pet Soo Museum
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The museum was formerly a Hakka Tin Miners club founded in 1893, spanning two floors. Today, the refurbished 3-storey space explores the building’s past as well as Ipoh’s history of tin mining, as it was one of the largest tin-mining towns in the world during its heyday. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Han Chin Pet Soo Museum
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Free guided tours are offered at different hours in the day. You can also learn more about the daily life of early Hakka settlers in the area, as well as the vices commonly associated with the tin-mining industry – opium dens and gambling halls included.

The entrance to the museum is free, but a recommended donation of RM10 will go towards supporting the preservation of the museum and its historic building. Do note that you’ll have to reserve a time slot to visit through Ipoh World’s official site to avoid disappointment. 

Address: 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9.30am-3.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 05-241 4541 | Ipoh World’s website


6. Sift for preloved & vintage goods at a roadside flea market, Pasar Karat


Things to do in Ipoh - Pasar Karat
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We’re no strangers to the plethora of pasar malams in our neighbourhoods that offer up street food to fresh produce. But Pasar Karat – also called Memory Lane – is a renowned flea market in Ipoh where locals gather to sell preloved and vintage goods on a long stretch of road. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Pasar Karat
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Only open on Sundays, this market is where you can browse through a treasure trove of diverse wares. Expect to spend some time exploring the market, as rows after rows of vendors set up shop by arranging their goods on tables or cloths right on the street.

You can also find almost anything – from old-school enamel plates and cassette players, to books and apparel. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Pasar Karat
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As with all flea markets, you’ll want to come ready to flex your haggling muscles – it’s an integral part of the shopping experience here, and it’s not uncommon to see other locals engaging with vendors to get a good deal on an interesting find. 

Address: Jalan Horley, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Sun 7am-12pm (Closed from Mondays to Saturdays)


7. Explore a forgotten Disneyland-inspired town, Agacia Town


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Most abandoned places in Malaysia take form in crumbling buildings overgrown with shrubs. But then there’s Agacia Town in nearby Kampar, a forgotten Disneyland-inspired town that has a collection of 57 charming pastel-coloured buildings.

Agacia Town in Perak - photo spots
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Each structure features European-style doors and windows, with no two buildings having the same facade. Almost all are unoccupied, despite having tenants in some spotlots in the past. You’ll find many Ipoh-bound individuals stopping by to take photos of the buildings.


8. Learn more about Perak’s tin mining past at TT5 Dredge


Things to do in Ipoh - TT5 Dredge
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It’s hard to believe that a dredge can become a tourist attraction. But Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5, also known by locals as TT5 Dredge, is just that. This historical Batu Gajah attraction is a picture of Perak’s tin mining past – it’s also the last tin dredge in Malaysia.

Things to do in Ipoh - TT5 Dredge
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Its importance rests in the fact that Perak was once the richest state in Malaysia due to the tin mining activities there. It’s said that the cost to build a single dredge in 1940 was around RM40 million.

Things to do in Ipoh - TT5 Dredge
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Today, the dredge has been restored to welcome visitors. While guided tours are no longer held throughout the day, as the dredging site is welcoming an ESCAPE Theme Park soon, you can still explore the dredge and also the nearby heart-shaped TT5 Maze Park.

Admission: RM10/adult & RM5/child for access to the dredge and maze
Address: Lot 365404, Jalan Bemban, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Opening hours: Sat-Thu 10am-5pm | Fri 10am-12.15pm & 2.45pm-5pm
Contact: TT5 Dredge’s Instagram


9. Go on a journey back in time by embarking on the Ipoh Heritage Trail


Things to do in Ipoh - Ipoh Heritage Trail
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Ipoh is made up of historic colonial structures and shophouses. If one of them happens to catch your attention, a stroll down the Ipoh Heritage Trail is a must as it’ll take you on a journey back in time. 

With a total of 27 points of interest through both Ipoh Old Town and New Town, the trail will take about 2-3 hours to complete, depending on how many sites you plan to visit. So, be sure to plan your trip ahead of time if you’re aiming to take in all of the city’s historical tapestry.

Things to do in Ipoh - Ipoh Heritage Trail
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Begin your self-guided tour at the iconic Ipoh Railway Station, nicknamed the “Taj Mahal of Ipoh” by locals. Built in 1917, it features a grand all-white facade, as well as a central dome and elaborate arches that reflects a unique blend of colonial and traditional Malay architectural styles. 

Along the trail, you’ll also get to marvel at the Dewan Bandaran Ipoh. It’s a gorgeous white building with multiple European-style columns and delicate lattices over archways, which was designed by the colonial government architect, A.B. Hubback. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Ipoh Heritage Trail
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Other sites on the trail is Masjid Panglima Kinta, an eye-catching mosque featuring Moorish and European architectural styles along with a striking blue dome, and the iconic Birch Memorial Clock Tower. 

The latter is a 100-year-old clock tower that stands as a monument to James W. Birch, the first British resident of Perak, as well as to the evolution of civilization. Four panels at the clock’s midsection depict the journey through time, from the Stone Age to modernity.


10. Have a serene soak in natural hot springs at the Lost World Of Tambun


Things to do in Ipoh - Lost World of Tambun
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When it comes to theme parks in Malaysia, the Lost World Of Tambun stands apart for its ambience. Beyond its six themed zones housing 88 attractions, the park is enveloped by a jungle and features historic limestones and natural mineral hot springs.

Things to do in Ipoh - Lost World of Tambun
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Come day, visitors drop by to splash away at water slides and hop on exhilarating roller coasters at the adventure park. By night, a different set of attractions come to life, including a Luminous Forest and the Lost World Hot Springs & Spa. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Lost World of Tambun
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There are a range of facilities at the latter, including a Steam Cave where you can enjoy a sauna sesh in an actual cave, and the Top Of The World Pool, a jacuzzi with massage water jets that’ll soothe your tired muscles. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Lost World of Tambun
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For those with kiddos, there’s a Saphira’s Lair at the hot springs too, where the little ones can swim in an illuminated hot spring.

You can purchase tickets at the park, but we recommend getting them online here as you can enjoy lower rates for tickets booked online. 

Lost World Of Tambun
Admission: RM95/pax for Malaysians and RM127/pax for standard tickets | RM88/pax for Malaysians and RM120/pax for standard tickets for children and senior citizens
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm | Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

Lost World Hot Springs & Night Park
Admission: RM70/pax for Malaysians and RM85/pax for standard tickets | RM62/pax for Malaysians and RM76/pax for standard tickets for children and senior citizens
Opening hours: 6pm-11pm, Daily

Address: No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Perak, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: 05-542 8888 | Lost World Of Tambun’s website


11. Learn more about a popular local drink at Ho Yan Hor Tea Museum


Things to do in Ipoh - Ho Yan Hor Tea Museum
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Chances are, you know someone who swears by Ho Yan Hor Tea to help with their various ailments. The Chinese herbal tea is said to help combat everything from ‘heatiness’ to arthritis, becoming a household name in Malaysia.

To learn more about this drink, drop by Ho Yan Hor Museum.

This free-entry museum is dedicated to Dr Ho Kai Cheong and his renowned Chinese herbal tea, and is actually his former residence. History has it that Dr Ho formulated the herbal remedy in 1941, incorporating natural ingredients to help with heatiness often experienced by miners working in scorching conditions.

Things to do in Ipoh - Ho Yan Hor Tea Museum
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A visit here lets you delve into the history of the local Chinese herbal tea through various photographs and displays of tea-related equipment. Gain insights into Dr Ho’s life, and enjoy a herbal tea taste testing at the end of your museum visit. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Ho Yan Hor Tea Museum
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Admission: Free
Address: 1, Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-4pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 05-241 2048 | Ho Yan Hor Museum’s website


12. Gorge on a variety of street food at Concubine Lane


Things to do in Ipoh - Concubine Lane
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Concubine Lane stands as one of Ipoh’s top must-visit attractions, and its allure is unmistakable. 

Made up of three bustling yet narrow streets steeped in history, the lane’s name references the mistresses of Chinese tycoons and British officers who used to frequent the area. It was also once said to be the site of opium and gambling dens during Ipoh’s peak tin-mining days.

Things to do in Ipoh - Concubine Lane
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Today, the lanes teem with street food vendors, cafes, and souvenir shops, encapsulating the essence of Ipoh within its quaint confines.

A stroll will lead you to stalls selling Ipoh-famous street snacks, such as Kuma Rainbow Cheese Toast (RM13.90) – a cheese-filled sandwich that stretches to impressive heights when pulled, all while boasting a rainbow of colours. 

Another must-try here is Ice Cream Puffs (RM8), available in a delightful array of flavours.

Address: Lorong Panglima, 30000 Ipoh
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


13. Marvel at the unfinished architecture of Kellie’s Castle


Things to do in Ipoh - Kellie's Castle
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If you’re up to explore a little further out of Ipoh, then a visit to Kellie’s Castle is a must. Located in Batu Gajah, about a 30-minute drive from the bustle of Concubine Lane, the mansion is nestled within a former rubber estate.

Enveloped by lush greenery, the grand structure exudes a mysterious charm even from afar, thanks to its unfinished state and eye-catching colonial-style architecture. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Kellie's Castle
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History goes that the mansion was built by William Kellie-Smith. He was a wealthy Scotsman who aspired to build a gorgeous residence for his family in then-Malaya that featured Moorish and Roman architectural styles.

Sadly, his dream was short-lived due to his sudden death by pneumonia. His wife and daughter returned to Scotland not long after, abandoning the mansion, and its construction was thus never completed.

Things to do in Ipoh - Kellie's Castle
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Nonetheless, the unfinished castle-like mansion continues to attract locals and visitors from around the world who wish to explore its remains. 

The mansion features secret tunnels and what would’ve been the first elevator in Malaya. Some have also claimed that the abode’s halls are haunted. 

Admission: RM5/adult and RM3/child for Malaysians | RM10/adult and RM8/child for standard tickets
Address: Lot 48436, Kompleks Pelancongan Kellie’s Castle, Jalan Gopeng, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.15pm, Daily


14. Uncover a row of abandoned shophouses at Papan


Things to do in Ipoh - Papan

Another spot that’s worth a drive from Ipoh is Papan. While the streets of downtown Ipoh are filled with pristine heritage shophouses, there’s a row of over 30 forgotten shophouses at this single-street town that have been left abandoned and are now overgrown with greenery.

Things to do in Ipoh - Papan

Once a prosperous tin-mining town in the 1800s, the sleepy Papan now accommodates just over 300 residents. You can explore the town on foot, with many curious out-of-towners often dropping by to take a peek at the crumbling shophouses for themselves.

Things to do in Ipoh - Papan

There are several notable attractions here, including a shophouse that once belonged to local war hero Sybil Kathigasu, who operated a clinic there during World War II. There’s also the historic Istana Raja Billah and Kampung Papan Mosque, both built sometime in the 1800s.

Find out more about Papan here.


15. Revel in old-school street art murals along Mural Art’s Lane


Things to do in Ipoh - Mural Art's Lane
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While Ipoh is known as a historic city with old-school charms, you’ll be surprised to see an abundance of remarkable street art murals gracing the facades of shophouses and buildings.

You’ll find them at almost every street corner leading to Ipoh’s famed attractions. But to revel in a collection of them just a short walk from each other, you’ll want to add Mural Art’s Lane to your itinerary – especially if you’re a shutterbug. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Mural Art's Lane
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This city’s murals are known for their lifelike depictions, often providing a glimpse into the daily lives of Ipoh’s residents. There are two locations where you’ll find a plethora of these artistic gems: Ipoh Mural and Mural Art’s Lane.

Fun fact – some of the gorgeous murals that you’ll see in Ipoh are done by Lithuania-born artist Ernest Zacharevic, who is often hailed as “Malaysia’s Banksy”.

Things to do in Ipoh - Mural Art's Lane
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At Ipoh Mural, you’ll see enchanting old-school street art such as a 3D trishaw mural, while Mural Art’s Lane houses more abstract and contemporary pieces. Fortunately, these two locations are within a short walking distance of each other, leaving you with no reason to skip out on either one.

Address: Jalan Masjid, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


16. Shop for local handmade goods at Kong Heng Square Market


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If you’re looking to #supportlokal, then make your way to Kong Heng Square Market, where you can shop for local artisanal products and handicrafts. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Kong Heng Square Market
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This charming bricked building is a hotspot among locals, hosting a diverse collection of pop-up stalls selling an array of meticulously crafted items.

Consider bringing home a piece of Ipoh by purchasing local-themed knick-knacks, such as handmade keychains and adorable miniature replicas of Ipoh shophouses priced at RM18/each

Things to do in Ipoh - Kong Heng Square Market
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Address: 75A, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily 


17. Pay tribute to a legendary local filmmaker at BookXcess Kong Heng


Things to do in Ipoh - Yasmin Ahmad Museum
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Strategically located at Kong Heng Square Market, Yasmin Ahmad Museum is a continuously evolving commemorative museum with refreshed content every six months to a year to celebrate the local filmmaker’s life and works. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Yasmin Ahmad Museum
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This intimate yet versatile space, nestled within an industrial-style BookXcess outlet, serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of the late Yasmin Ahmad. Here, her vast body of work spanning film, poetry, and media is showcased, and open to the public to explore for free.

Things to do in Ipoh - Yasmin Ahmad Museum
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After you’re done checking out the gallery, you can shop for books at discounted prices from BookXcess. 

Admission: Free
Address: 91, Jalan Sultan Yussof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 016-417 7822 | Yasmin Ahmad Museum’s website


18. Take trippy photos at Funtasy House Trick Art


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Funtasy House Trick Art is Ipoh’s popular trick art gallery, which transports visitors to a trippy alternate universe – think Alice In Wonderland with all its weird and wonderful charms. The gallery boasts a sizable collection of 20 3D exhibits, each designed to create visual illusions that inspire both fun and fantasy. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Funtasy House Trick Art
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The gallery’s magic is conjured by the creative minds of nine artists, who collaborated to breathe life into these mesmerising and realistic trick art installations. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Funtasy House Trick Art
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To make the most of your visit, friendly staff members will lead you through each exhibit, offering to help you capture the perfect trippy photo for the ‘Gram. 

Admission: RM25/pax
Address: 16, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 05-255 0007 | Funtasy House Trick Art’s website


19. Stroll along captivating light displays at Kinta Riverfront Walk


Things to do in Ipoh - Kinta Riverfront Walk
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A visit to Ipoh would be incomplete without a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Kinta Riverfront WalkThis charming promenade situated alongside the river is adorned with trees that come to life with enchanting LED lights in the evenings. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Kinta Riverfront Walk
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To further enjoy the views, there are cafes to be found along the waterfront, where you can grab a seat and savour a cup of warm liquid. 

Address: Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily


20. Have a pampering staycay at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat


Things to do in Ipoh - The Banjaran hot springs
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Those planning to visit Ipoh for more than a day can relax and unwind at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. This famed eco-friendly 5-star resort is nestled in a 22.7-acre valley, surrounded by lush nature and mountains that form the backdrop for their star amenity – the natural geothermal hot springs.

As for rooms, the resort has a total of 44 villas, including the Garden Villas that come with plush amenities such as a private plunge pool and rain shower.

Things to do in Ipoh - The Banjaran hot springs
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Besides soaking in the hot springs, you can plan to have dinner at Jeff’s Cellar, a fine-dining restaurant set inside a centuries-old limestone hill. There’s also 30ft-high Skybar where you can sip on cocktails over a view of the surrounding mountains.

Things to do in Ipoh - The Banjaran hot springs
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Price: From RM1,850 per night
Address: No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Contact: 05-210 7777 | The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat’s website


– Where to eat in Ipoh –


21. Live out your Hogwarts dreams at Platform 9 ½ Cafe


Things to do in Ipoh - Platform 9 1/2 Cafe
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While Ipoh’s attractions tend to lean towards cultural experiences, there’s always a dash of quirkiness to be found – one in particular is the Platform 9 ½ Cafe. Nestled within the popular Concubine Lane, this Harry Potter-themed cafe is a must-visit for Potterheads. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Platform 9 1/2 Cafe
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Don’t pass up the chance to savour a Butterbeer (RM6) here, which is a delightful concoction featuring homemade butterscotch and Sarsaparilla. Other drinks on the menu include a collection of caffeinated beverages, frappes, and slushies. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Platform 9 1/2 Cafe
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That’s not all – the cafe also provides diners with wizardry costumes and props, such as Hogwarts scarves and wands, which you can don for photos at the various IG-worthy corners around the cafe. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Platform 9 1/2 Cafe
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Do consider visiting the cafe during off-peak hours before noon as the cafe can get quite crowded.

Address: 22, Lorong Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 11.30am-6.30pm, Daily
Contact: Platform 9 ½ Cafe’s Instagram


22. Delight in a breakfast fit for champions at Ipoh’s famed kopitiams 


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Visiting one of Ipoh’s kopitiams is a no-brainer – picture savouring iconic kaw Ipoh white coffee, and pairing it with steamed bread slathered with melted butter and runny half-boiled eggs. It’s the perfect way to kick start your trip in this city. 

Things to do in Ipoh - kopitiams
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Or opt to indulge in a breakfast fit for champion with other Ipoh kopitiam staples, such as the soft-and-light chee cheong fun or flaky egg tarts served in a variety of flavours.

Things to do in Ipoh - kopitiams
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If you’re wondering where to savour these local goodness, fret not as it’s hardly a trouble to find a kopitiam as the city is dotted with them. Simply opt for the one with the liveliest crowd and queues – often a Malaysian signal for a must-try establishment. 

You might also want to check out Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong, which is known as an iconic coffee shop that has been serving traditional breakfast delights for over 80 years. 

Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong
Address: 15A, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 6.30am-2.30pm, Daily
Contact: 05-241 4601 


23. Get messy with mixed curries at Nasi Ganja Ipoh


Things to do in Ipoh - Nasi Ganja
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If there’s one combo that all Malaysians love, it’s none other than the blend of rice and spice. There’s no better way to savour them both than at Nasi Ganja Ipoh, a local-recommended spot.

Tucked away in Kedai Kopi Yong Suan, this restaurant is known as the most famous Nasi Kandar spot in the whole of Ipoh, and has been in operation for decades. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Nasi Ganja
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The magic lies in the grated coconut-infused fluffy rice, which imparts a delightful savoury-and-sweet essence in each bite. Paired with a generous pour of rich, flavourful mixture of curries, you get to enjoy a delectable mess comprising meat and vegetables. 

Expect to pay about RM8 per person for a meal here. 

Things to do in Ipoh - Nasi Ganja
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If you plan to visit this spot for lunch, do factor in a potential wait time and a 30-minute dining time limit that the restaurant has in place to help with crowd control.

Address: Nasi Ganja @ Kedai Kopi Yong Suan, 4, Jalan Yang Kalsom, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 9.30am-5pm, Daily
Contact: 05-254 4314


24. Savour dim sum at Ipoh’s popular dim sum joints


Things to do in Ipoh - dim sum
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With a strong Chinese cultural influence in Ipoh, you’ll encounter a wealth of mouth-watering Chinese cuisine, with dim sum being a standout highlight. For the uninitiated, dim sum consists of small bite-sized dishes often served in bamboo baskets, offering a diverse array of flavours and textures in one sitting. 

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While Siu Mai, Feng Zhao (chicken feet), and Har Gow are staple dim sum dishes, there are over a hundred other varieties to explore. In Ipoh, there are plenty of dim sum joints to enjoy all the classics and more.

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A highly recommended spot is Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum. This restaurant is renowned for serving some of the best dim sum in the city, offering a true culinary treat for dim sum lovers. Expect to pay around RM3 per plate or basket.

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum
Address: 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 6am-2pm (Closed on Thursdays)
Contact: 05-255 7134 | Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum’s Facebook


25. Try silken-smooth egg custard at Restoran Thean Chun


Things to do in Ipoh - egg custards
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Egg tarts are a beloved dim sum staple. But Ipoh happens to be famed for another eggy treat – egg custard. Besides the usual servings of kaw coffee and crisp roti bakar, Restoran Thean Chun is an old-school coffee shop that’s popular for their egg custard (RM3.60). These silky-smooth treats, or flans, get snapped up by patrons as early as 10am on the weekends.

Things to do in Ipoh - Restoran Thean Chun
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The flans are simple yet delightful, melting the second it meets your tongue. The caramel sauce that it comes with is parents-approved too, as it’s not too sweet.

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Fri-Tue 8am-4.30pm | Wed 7.30am-1pm (Closed on Thursdays)
Contact: 05-255 3076


26. Treat your tastebuds to Ipoh’s Taugeh Chicken Rice


Things to do in Ipoh - Chicken Rice
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Ipoh’s Taugeh Chicken Rice is celebrated for its impeccable texture and flavours. This delectable dish features succulent poached chicken, typically served with aromatic rice infused with chicken broth and a medley of herbs and spices. 

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What sets Ipoh’s version apart is its exceptionally tender and smooth chicken, achieved through skilful poaching that’s often followed by an ice bath to preserve the meat’s tenderness. It is also paired with a plate of crunchy and flavourful bean sprouts.

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Two of the most popular eateries in Ipoh to try this dish are Ong Kee Restaurant and Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, which both often see snaking queues for their chicken rice. Those with dietary restrictions can also savour this meal at the popular Halal-certified Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice on Jalan Raja Musa Aziz.

Ong Kee Restaurant
Address: No. 48/51, 53, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm, Daily

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice
Address: 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 10.30am-9pm, Daily 

Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice
Address: 107, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm | Fri-Sun 10am-10pm


27. Hang out with ducks at the duck-themed Callduck cafe


Things to do in Ipoh - Callduck
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Most pet cafes in Malaysia house cuddly cats and adorable dogs. But Callduck stands out from the other spots – they are a duck-themed cafe in Ipoh that has a crew of ducks roaming around the dining area. There’s even a photo corner here that’s decked with duck plushies for you to snap pics with the fluffy birds.

Things to do in Ipoh - Callduck
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To make it a complete experience for patrons, Callduck also serves a variety of duck-inspired grub like Marshmallow Chocolate Croissants (RM11.80).

Address: 33, Persiaran Bandar Baru Tambun 16, Bandar Baru Tambun, 31400, Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: Callduck’s Instagram


28. Grab a meal at Malaysia’s oldest known bar, Durbar At FMS


Things to do in Ipoh - FMS
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A spot in Ipoh that racks up a pretty historic title is FMS, widely dubbed as Malaysia’s oldest restaurant. Established in 1906 by a Hainanese immigrant, the restaurant-cum-bar now operates under its fourth generation owner.

Things to do in Ipoh - FMS
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Short for Federated Malay States, the restaurant has retained almost all of their old charm – timber furnishings, time-worn chandeliers, and photos of a bygone era – even though it was recently rebranded to Durbar At FMS. Enter the premise and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the past.

Things to do in Ipoh - FMS
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As for food, the restaurant has a menu of Western classics, such as Fish & Chips (RM43) and Slow-Braised Lamb Shank (RM90). There are also more local dishes served, including Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM29) and Dry Beef Hor Fun (RM23).

While slightly pricey, you’ll be dining on all these food in a one-of-a-kind bygone setting.

Address: 2, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 11am-10pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Contact: Durbar At FMS’s Facebook


29. Have breakfast by limestone hills at Kin Loong Valley Chang Jiang White Coffee


Things to do in Ipoh - Kin Loong Valley
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Kin Loong Valley Chang Jiang White Coffee is one of those spots in Ipoh that you can only find there. Just a stone’s throw from the famed Tasik Cermin, this coffee shop set just next to scenic limestone hills – guests can sip on coffee while taking in stunning views of Ipoh’s natural gem.

Things to do in Ipoh - Kin Loong Valley
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You can order the popular kaw White Coffee (from RM5.20) or Kaw Kaw Teh (from RM5.20) to pair with local breakfast favourites such as half boiled eggs (RM4.20) and curry noodles (RM10). The kopitiam by the caves is also known for their kaya and butter toast (RM6), which receives high praises from patrons for the thick slabs of butter that it comes with.

Address: Eko Perlancongan, 1, Jln Perniagaan Sengat, Pusat Perniagaan Sengat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily


30. Boost your mood with a cup of Ipoh’s famed white coffee 


You’ll find most kopitiams in Ipoh serving up aromatic cups of white coffee – another famous Ipoh speciality, which made it to the world’s top 10 best coffee list. This is because of the buttery aroma and smooth mouthfeel that each cup of white coffee promises.

What makes Ipoh white coffee stand out from the rest is the inclusion of condense milk in each cup and its brewing process – coffee beans are lightly roasted in margarine before getting brewed, giving each brew a milky and velvety texture.

Things to do in Ipoh - Nam Heong
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Some highly recommended spots by locals to visit for kaw white coffee are Sun Yuan Foong and Nam Heong. These kopitiams are both located on Jalan Bandar Timah, and can get crowded especially on weekends. Patrons often have the coffee with other breakfast staples, likes chee cheong fun, kaya butter toast, and egg tarts.

At Nam Heong, the flaky egg tarts are something of a star too – they are freshly baked, and sold at RM2.60 per piece.

Things to do in Ipoh - white coffee
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Sun Yuan Foong
Address:
17, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily

Nam Heong
Address:
2, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Opening hours: 6.30am-4.30pm, Daily


Best things to do in & near Ipoh


Ipoh is without a doubt one of the most interesting cities to visit in Malaysia, with its array of things to do and delicacies to savour. So if you’re planning to head down to this city sometime soon, consider visiting these places that’ll keep you entertained for a full day.

For more things to do in M’sia, check out 60 things to do in Melaka and 53 things to do in Johor Bahru, including carnivals, photo spots & more.


This article was first published on 6 October 2023, and last updated by Jasmyne Foong on 6th May 2024.

Cover image adapted from: @_milokong_ via Instagram, Lost World Of Tambun, @ipoh_lover via Instagram, @gowalkwok via Instagram