Looking for a plan to do on a short weekend in Asia? If you are in Malaysia, you might consider visiting Ipoh. Here’s a mini guide for visiting Ipoh, and all the things that you can do on a short weekend! Check out this sweet 48-hour plan that we wrote for you.
What to do when visiting Ipoh
Ipoh is located half of the way to Penang coming from Kuala Lumpur. It’s the third largest city in Malaysia with a population of 700,000 . It’s the capital of Perak in Malaysia. Ipoh can be considered an off the beaten path. It is a place where you can really interact with locals. For more information about what you can see in Ipoh, you can check this resource here.
Where to sleep in Ipoh
There are a lot of sleeping options when staying in Malaysia for a weekend. Our recommendation is to stay in an Ipoh hotel that matches all your preference – budget, comfort, and proximity to places you want to see. It’s a short stay so might as well have it your way. We are sure that you want to have a good short weekend. You can check the link above and compare various hotels – search for the best Ipoh hotel for you. Some of the important factors you should be looking into are finding places that don’t require a booking fee and accepts various ways of getting a payment. These options will allow you to save some money (not having to pay booking fees), and having a choice how you want to pay, since some services are cheaper than others.
How to get to Ipoh
Getting to Ipoh is actually easy – there are many options to choose from: by bus, by train and even by an airplane. Choose what’s right for your budget and for the comfort you want out of this weekend!
Malaysia is a very friendly country especially when it comes to tourist visas. Check out this list to know if your country is allowed to visit Malaysia without visa and how long can you stay in the country for free.
What to eat in Ipoh
One of the best reasons for visiting Ipoh is their Chinese cuisine and the popular white coffee. Prices are very cheap, starting form 1-2 USD. If you are traveling around Malaysia and are a big foodie, make sure you read our full guide on street food in Southeast Asia. Definitely one to check out, if you want to know in advance what kind of cheap street food Asian countries can offer.
Kai See Hor Fun
This is a delicious chicken soup made with rice noodles. It’s made up of the tasty prawn broth with chicken slices cooked with fresh prawns and onions.
This is our favorite choice for breakfast in Ipoh. The rice is cooked with coconut milk, served in a banana leaf, with sambal (Malaysian hot sauce), anchovies and boil or fried egg.
Ipoh White Coffee
This is a must when visiting Ipoh for the weekend. Make sure you try Ipoh’s popular white coffee. It’s perfect for a short break while walking around Ipoh. Want to meet and network with people? If you are in the city for meetups, business meetings (if you have a travel blog and you create social media content) or just for short conversations with new people, coffee is a great way to go!
What to do in Ipoh
Hiking Kledang Hill
This is the perfect plan for your Sunday morning or even evening. It’s a good way to exercise and you will find areas for resting during the way. It’s a very easy hike, something you can easily accomplished even if you’re not into hiking or exercising a lot. One more thing about the hiking is you can do it for free.
There are wall art murals and paintings on buildings in the Old Town. These paintings capture the elements of the local life in Ipoh. You will enjoy walking around, taking pictures and admiring the beauty of the paintings.
Nightlife in Ipoh
Now this might not be the best thing to do while in Ipoh. But if you feel like hanging out, you will find bars and pubs in Bandar Baru Medan where you can enjoy and have a drink for the night.
Visit night markets
There are a few of the Pasar Malam (as they are called in Malay language) in Ipoh. It’s a perfect place to meet local people and try the best local food in town.
Visit Geological Museum
There are different areas in the museum to take a look: history, dinosaurs, minerals and mining activities.
With all these tips we wish you a great weekend in Ipoh!
Any more suggestions for spending the weekend in Ipoh? Or is there any other destination in Asia that you would suggest spending a nice short weekend in? Leave your answers in the comments below! Happy Travels. x