Located in northwest Malaysia, Ipoh is the state capital of Perak, an area known for its colonial-era architecture, exhilarating hiking trails and beautiful cave temples built right into the natural limestone cliffs.

Ipoh is split into new and old towns by the flowing Kinta River. This waterway was named after the lush Kinta Valley where rich tin deposits saw a tin-mining boom during the 1880s dramatically grow Ipoh’s population. Often used as a stepping stone to explore the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh offers a rich variety of unique experiences itself. A walking trail connects up the city’s heritage buildings, leftovers from British colonial times, including the stately Ipoh Town Hall, century-old Railway Station and the Birch Memorial.

Ipoh is also flanked by towering white limestone cliffs that over time have become places of spiritual retreat. These cave temples, carved by nature over millions of years, are awe-inspiring, tranquil places abundant in ornate frescoes, carved deities and delicate stalactites. Natural geothermal hot springs are also present in the area, which has seen many visit Ipoh for a chance to rest and rejuvenate among the serene landscape.

One of the delights of exploring Ipoh is the city’s reputation as one of Malaysia’s lesser-known food capitals. Try local delicacies like bean sprout chicken, egg tarts or the signature Ipoh white coffee, made with recipes that have been passed down for generations. While strolling through the charming streets, you’ll also pass many fascinating museums, chic cafés and vibrant street art in the city’s Mural Arts Lane.

What to do

  • Follow a walking trail around the city's colonial architecture
  • Explore the awe-inspiring cave temples built into the natural limestone cliffs
  • Unwind in natural geothermal hot springs
  • Sample local delicacies in Ipoh's burgeoning food scene
  • Discover the historic buildings and street art of Ipoh old town