Ipoh is the capital city of the Malaysian state called Perak. With a population of about 700,000 people, it was once known as the ‘City of Millionaires’ due to its booming tin mining industry in the beginning of the 20th century. It was one of the most important Malaysian cities during the British colonial era. Since the 1970’s, the city’s growth has slowed down considerably as the tin trade has ended. When it comes to climatic conditions, Ipoh is known for having high temperatures throughout the year, with an average temperature of around 27°C.
• About 70% of population is of Chinese descent.
• Languages spoken in Ipoh are Cantonese, Malay, Mandarin, English, Hakka, Hokkien, TeoChew and Tamil.
• The public transportation of Ipoh is relatively bad, so the best way to navigate the city is either on foot, or by taking a taxi.
• When it comes to money, Ipoh is a cheap town even by Malaysian standards, not to mention Western standards, so it is safe to say that a holiday in Ipoh will prove to be extremely cost efficient.
• Ipoh is a generally safe city by any standards, so there is nothing to be worried about when deciding to take a walk around the city center.
History and Culture of Ipoh
The name of the city comes from a local tree, and the tree’s poisonous resin was used for hunting in the old days. Ipoh was awarded city status in 1988 and regardless of that, the lifestyle of the locals remained as easygoing and laid back as it always has been. It is said that the most beautiful women in Malaysia are born and raised in Ipoh and many people say that this is so because of the healthy mineral water that people of Ipoh use and drink on a daily basis.
Things to See and Do in Ipoh
There are a lot of interesting things to do and places to visit in and around Ipoh, and some of these are as follows:
• The Ipoh Railway Station – also known as the ‘Taj Mahal of Ipoh’, this fantastic building is something that should not be missed by anyone who decides to visit Ipoh.
• The Heritage Walk – begins every Saturday at 8 am in front of the Ipoh Railway Station and lasts for about three hours. This free tour takes people down the exciting memory lane of the city of Ipoh.
• Muzium Darul Ridzuan – a historical museum located in the mansion of Jalan Kuala Kangsar, an ex tin mining tycoon.
• Golf – golf is a very popular sport in the city which offers many interesting and exciting golf courses.
Ipoh has a relatively good nightlife, with a number of good bars, cafes and nightclubs. Many people claim that during the night Ipoh becomes extremely loud and full of life, which is a great thing for people who enjoy this kind of fun.
Eating and Drinking in Ipoh
Ipoh is a city famous for its great food. One of the things visitors should not miss to try is pomelo, the most famous Perak citrus fruit. Also, it is recommended to try out the local dim sum, which is said to be unique and of fantastic taste. Another thing for which Ipoh is widely recognized is the Ipoh White Coffee. This type of coffee is unique because of the way it is produced – it is locally grown and the beans are roasted in a special way so they give the coffee that distinctive look and flavor.