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Guidebook for Ipoh

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Guidebook for Ipoh

Food Scene
The Hainanese Curry Noodle which is LEGIT to me! They operate early in the morning while you might need to line up in a queue for the noodle. You may order the noodle in 2 ways, Separate or Non-Separate. Personally prefer Separate. (The pork meat, prawn and bean sprout will be in a different bowl) Appreciate each and every time of my visit because you will see 65 and above elderly working there, they might not have inherited for the Hainanese Curry. (Non-Halal Restaurant)
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Restoran Xin Quan Fang
174 Jalan Sultan Iskandar
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The Hainanese Curry Noodle which is LEGIT to me! They operate early in the morning while you might need to line up in a queue for the noodle. You may order the noodle in 2 ways, Separate or Non-Separate. Personally prefer Separate. (The pork meat, prawn and bean sprout will be in a different bowl) Appreciate each and every time of my visit because you will see 65 and above elderly working there, they might not have inherited for the Hainanese Curry. (Non-Halal Restaurant)
This restaurant is very popular among locals and tourist, they serve very delicious and authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum. Their restaurant opens as early as 6am in the morning and it is best to come here before 8am as the crowd starts to build up all the way to the end of the dining hours. Their popular siew mai, har gow dishes are very popular and it is always my early breakfast option. (Non-Halal Restaurant)
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Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum
38 Jalan Leong Sin Nam
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This restaurant is very popular among locals and tourist, they serve very delicious and authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum. Their restaurant opens as early as 6am in the morning and it is best to come here before 8am as the crowd starts to build up all the way to the end of the dining hours. Their popular siew mai, har gow dishes are very popular and it is always my early breakfast option. (Non-Halal Restaurant)
A popular coffee shop at Ipoh Old Town. The customer crave for their freshly baked egg tarts, dim sum, white coffee, toasted bread with home made kaya and char koay teow. Portion served are generous and the price is reasonable as well. An ideal place for morning breakfast. Popular among the locals.
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Nam Heong White Coffee
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A popular coffee shop at Ipoh Old Town. The customer crave for their freshly baked egg tarts, dim sum, white coffee, toasted bread with home made kaya and char koay teow. Portion served are generous and the price is reasonable as well. An ideal place for morning breakfast. Popular among the locals.
KAMPUNG Kacang Putih is known throughout Malaysia. People from all walks of life throng the area during festivities or weekends to buy their favourite snacks. The Nuts sold are the same, but for the muruku and other snacks, the taste varies and what separates them is the recipe. Kacang Putih is a huge hit throughout Malaysia and people actually drive down to Ipoh just to get bulks of kacang putih for snacking purposes and the price is really cheap.
D.N.S KACANG PUTEH IPOH
4 Kampung Kacang Puteh
KAMPUNG Kacang Putih is known throughout Malaysia. People from all walks of life throng the area during festivities or weekends to buy their favourite snacks. The Nuts sold are the same, but for the muruku and other snacks, the taste varies and what separates them is the recipe. Kacang Putih is a huge hit throughout Malaysia and people actually drive down to Ipoh just to get bulks of kacang putih for snacking purposes and the price is really cheap.
If you are planning on a food hunting in Ipoh, Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah should be in your bucket list. It is called Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah, anyhow the locals nicknamed it “Nasi Ganja” due to its addictiveness. The service is surprisingly quick and efficient as it took around 5 minutes for our food to arrive after placing our order despite the large crowd. The signature plate of Nasi Kandar which came with fried chicken, salted egg, okra and sliced cucumbers topped with their special chutney and robust curries is a huge hit among the locals and also tourists. The curries were clearly the wow factor of this dish hence do request for “kuah campur banjir”(mixed curry) for a satisfying feast.
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Nasi Kandar @ Kedai Kopi Yong Suan
2 Jalan Yang Kalsom
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If you are planning on a food hunting in Ipoh, Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah should be in your bucket list. It is called Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah, anyhow the locals nicknamed it “Nasi Ganja” due to its addictiveness. The service is surprisingly quick and efficient as it took around 5 minutes for our food to arrive after placing our order despite the large crowd. The signature plate of Nasi Kandar which came with fried chicken, salted egg, okra and sliced cucumbers topped with their special chutney and robust curries is a huge hit among the locals and also tourists. The curries were clearly the wow factor of this dish hence do request for “kuah campur banjir”(mixed curry) for a satisfying feast.
A place that offers you variety of Ipoh’s cuisine. The portion served are generous and the price is reasonable too. Its a good place for gathering with friends and family. The recommended dishes are The Satay Endut which is a trademark dish there. Also recommended is The Famous Bibi Popiah and also The Lok Bak stall which has huge varities of selections. The Claypot Rice is a huge hit among tourist and locals as well. Last but not least is also their Ikan Bakar with their trademark gravy.
Bibi Popiah @ Pusat Makanan Kam Wan
87 Lengkok Canning
A place that offers you variety of Ipoh’s cuisine. The portion served are generous and the price is reasonable too. Its a good place for gathering with friends and family. The recommended dishes are The Satay Endut which is a trademark dish there. Also recommended is The Famous Bibi Popiah and also The Lok Bak stall which has huge varities of selections. The Claypot Rice is a huge hit among tourist and locals as well. Last but not least is also their Ikan Bakar with their trademark gravy.
The night market operates every Friday in First Garden while they do operate in different locations during weekdays. Recommended to tourist if you are seeking for the taste of local delicacies.
Boiled Peanuts Stall @ First Garden Night Market
The night market operates every Friday in First Garden while they do operate in different locations during weekdays. Recommended to tourist if you are seeking for the taste of local delicacies.
I really enjoy the North Indian cuisine-naan and their special Spinach sauce that tastes good when eaten together. Meanwhile their Butter chicken, Fish Head Curry and Mutton Gravy tastes absolutely fabulous! Thus if you are a vegetarian, there are few varieties there for you to choose. During the afternoon they serve Banana Leaf Rice and during the Evening they serve Naan. On the whole its a good spot to make your tummy Happy!!!
Old Andersonian Club And Cafeteria
932 Jalan Raja Ashman Shah
I really enjoy the North Indian cuisine-naan and their special Spinach sauce that tastes good when eaten together. Meanwhile their Butter chicken, Fish Head Curry and Mutton Gravy tastes absolutely fabulous! Thus if you are a vegetarian, there are few varieties there for you to choose. During the afternoon they serve Banana Leaf Rice and during the Evening they serve Naan. On the whole its a good spot to make your tummy Happy!!!
Drinks & Nightlife
A classic old school bar situated within a vintage building at Old Town. Precisely its situated at the building behind The Happy 8 Old Town. This bar offers you wide variety of drinks and cocktails and its open till 2 A.M. The environment and ambiance is soothing and too top it off the staff working there are really friendly, helpful and informative. A True Classic Cowboy Bar.
Tiga Bar
35 Market Ln
A classic old school bar situated within a vintage building at Old Town. Precisely its situated at the building behind The Happy 8 Old Town. This bar offers you wide variety of drinks and cocktails and its open till 2 A.M. The environment and ambiance is soothing and too top it off the staff working there are really friendly, helpful and informative. A True Classic Cowboy Bar.
Sightseeing
The most interesting feature is the painted frieze around all four sides of the clock tower. The 44 figures represent famous people from world history. In the most prominent position at the front of the tower, however, due to objections a single figure has been painted over. The tower was built as a memorial to J.W.W. Birch, first British Resident of Perak. The four figures on pedestals around the tower represent the four virtues of British administration- loyalty, justice, patience and fortitude. The main bell in the tower is 6 foot 6 inches across, and four smaller bells play a tune. The medan next to the clock tower offers Malay-style food at very reasonable prices.
Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The most interesting feature is the painted frieze around all four sides of the clock tower. The 44 figures represent famous people from world history. In the most prominent position at the front of the tower, however, due to objections a single figure has been painted over. The tower was built as a memorial to J.W.W. Birch, first British Resident of Perak. The four figures on pedestals around the tower represent the four virtues of British administration- loyalty, justice, patience and fortitude. The main bell in the tower is 6 foot 6 inches across, and four smaller bells play a tune. The medan next to the clock tower offers Malay-style food at very reasonable prices.
The old Ipoh Railway Station is one of the main heritage buildings in the state capital of Perak, Malaysia and is served by the new, fast, KTM Electric Train Services (ETS). This grand old building lies on the edge of Ipoh Old Town and just outside the front of Ipoh train station building is the Ipoh Station Square, comprising of gardens, fountains and the cenotaph (originally built to commemorate those who died from Perak in the First World War). Currently the Station Square is a popular hang out spot during the night for the locals.
Ipoh Railway Station Square
The old Ipoh Railway Station is one of the main heritage buildings in the state capital of Perak, Malaysia and is served by the new, fast, KTM Electric Train Services (ETS). This grand old building lies on the edge of Ipoh Old Town and just outside the front of Ipoh train station building is the Ipoh Station Square, comprising of gardens, fountains and the cenotaph (originally built to commemorate those who died from Perak in the First World War). Currently the Station Square is a popular hang out spot during the night for the locals.
Driving to Ipoh, i think Kellie's Castle should included in the MUST VISIT list as it's one of the history and full of mysteries about the haunted story of this castle in Malaysia. THE CASTLE is well maintained, and the surroundings offer Good greenery and well kept. So it was a beautiful historical place with some supernatural insights to boot along with the history, the displays and explanations are good, and it's a great place to take photos.
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Kellie's Castle
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Driving to Ipoh, i think Kellie's Castle should included in the MUST VISIT list as it's one of the history and full of mysteries about the haunted story of this castle in Malaysia. THE CASTLE is well maintained, and the surroundings offer Good greenery and well kept. So it was a beautiful historical place with some supernatural insights to boot along with the history, the displays and explanations are good, and it's a great place to take photos.
The paintings were painted on old, heritage as a way to preserve these rare gems. The paintings, dated this year, highlight the many cultures of Malaysia: lion dance, kuda kepang dance, Indian Bharata Natyam dance and A Kadazan. Adding on with a pinch of cheekiness with popular childhood games like hide-and-seek and mother hen, and a beautiful waterfall scenery, amongst others. Some of the cultures in Malaysia are portrayed in these paintings.
Wall Art Ipoh by Eric Lai
The paintings were painted on old, heritage as a way to preserve these rare gems. The paintings, dated this year, highlight the many cultures of Malaysia: lion dance, kuda kepang dance, Indian Bharata Natyam dance and A Kadazan. Adding on with a pinch of cheekiness with popular childhood games like hide-and-seek and mother hen, and a beautiful waterfall scenery, amongst others. Some of the cultures in Malaysia are portrayed in these paintings.
Parks & Nature
The Royal Belum State Park is one of the oldest rainforest in world, dating back over 130 million years. Forests found here include lowland dipterocarp, hill dipterocarp and low montane types with a distinctive northern element as the area borders Thailand. The Royal Belum is part of the larger Belum-Temengor forest landscape, one of the largest blocks of forest in Peninsula Malaysia. This forest is excellent for trekking, bird watching and animal sightings.The presence of elephants, rhinoceroses, tapirs and tigers makes Belum very special. This forest possesses immense wealth of flora and fauna with much of the area still unexplored and undisturbed. Highly recommended for nature lovers.
Royal Belum State Park
The Royal Belum State Park is one of the oldest rainforest in world, dating back over 130 million years. Forests found here include lowland dipterocarp, hill dipterocarp and low montane types with a distinctive northern element as the area borders Thailand. The Royal Belum is part of the larger Belum-Temengor forest landscape, one of the largest blocks of forest in Peninsula Malaysia. This forest is excellent for trekking, bird watching and animal sightings.The presence of elephants, rhinoceroses, tapirs and tigers makes Belum very special. This forest possesses immense wealth of flora and fauna with much of the area still unexplored and undisturbed. Highly recommended for nature lovers.
Gua Tempurung, located 25km south of Ipoh near Gopeng, is probably the largest cave in Peninsula Malaysia and has plenty to attract the serious caving enthusiast, the adventure seeker or just the casual visitor. Billions of microscopic marine organisms had to die and fall to the ocean floor where their tiny shells were compressed into limestone. Apart from limestone, the cave contains deposits of tin, marble and other minerals. During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), communist guerrillas used the cave as a hideout and some of their graffiti is still visible on the walls. You will have the companion of bats between March to May. A nice and chilly cave and its a must visit.
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Gua Tempurung
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Gua Tempurung, located 25km south of Ipoh near Gopeng, is probably the largest cave in Peninsula Malaysia and has plenty to attract the serious caving enthusiast, the adventure seeker or just the casual visitor. Billions of microscopic marine organisms had to die and fall to the ocean floor where their tiny shells were compressed into limestone. Apart from limestone, the cave contains deposits of tin, marble and other minerals. During the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), communist guerrillas used the cave as a hideout and some of their graffiti is still visible on the walls. You will have the companion of bats between March to May. A nice and chilly cave and its a must visit.
To those who loves to get wild and wet with their clothes on, then a trip to Nomad Adventure Park in Gopeng is a must. As the first white water rafting outfitters on the Sungai Kampar River, Nomad Adventure has the best water-based activities on offer in the Gopeng area. There are highly-experienced guides who are all certified according to the high safety standards of Rescue 3 International. From the excitement of tackling large rapids, to enjoying the serene beauty of a gentle paddle through lush rainforest, this will be an invigorating day spent as one with nature. Strongly recommended for nature lovers.
Nomad Adventure
To those who loves to get wild and wet with their clothes on, then a trip to Nomad Adventure Park in Gopeng is a must. As the first white water rafting outfitters on the Sungai Kampar River, Nomad Adventure has the best water-based activities on offer in the Gopeng area. There are highly-experienced guides who are all certified according to the high safety standards of Rescue 3 International. From the excitement of tackling large rapids, to enjoying the serene beauty of a gentle paddle through lush rainforest, this will be an invigorating day spent as one with nature. Strongly recommended for nature lovers.
Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country, and is an impressive work of art with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites. The present temple facade dates back to the 1950s and a stiff climb of 246 steps will lead you to an open cave with an excellent view of Ipoh and its surroundings. Other attractions at the temple include a beautiful Japanese pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises, which are a symbols of longevity. Within the temple, visitors can discover the artistic works of man and nature. History and Nature Is Preserved in Sam Poh Tong Caves.
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Sam Poh Tong Temple
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Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country, and is an impressive work of art with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites. The present temple facade dates back to the 1950s and a stiff climb of 246 steps will lead you to an open cave with an excellent view of Ipoh and its surroundings. Other attractions at the temple include a beautiful Japanese pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises, which are a symbols of longevity. Within the temple, visitors can discover the artistic works of man and nature. History and Nature Is Preserved in Sam Poh Tong Caves.
It's a nice place to hangout with family, picnic & swimming. The water is cool & crystal clear. Hiking further up to the waterfall, you will be rewarded with the great view of waterfall. Visitors are allowed to barbeque beside huts. Huts are clean. Wooden huts go for RM4.00, brick huts go for RM8.00. Nice place for a day picnic. Clean waters, ample free space to set up for picnic and a swim. There is a shop available to buy food. A hike to the top waterfall (soon after passing through the 2 rocks with a red arrow marked on one) you will be rewarded by being there alone. Beautiful and Chilly.
Lata Ulu Chepor
It's a nice place to hangout with family, picnic & swimming. The water is cool & crystal clear. Hiking further up to the waterfall, you will be rewarded with the great view of waterfall. Visitors are allowed to barbeque beside huts. Huts are clean. Wooden huts go for RM4.00, brick huts go for RM8.00. Nice place for a day picnic. Clean waters, ample free space to set up for picnic and a swim. There is a shop available to buy food. A hike to the top waterfall (soon after passing through the 2 rocks with a red arrow marked on one) you will be rewarded by being there alone. Beautiful and Chilly.
Gunung Lang Recreational Park, located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly Kuala Kangsar Road), Covering an area of 30.35 hectares out of which 14.16 hectares consists of the lake, the park is divided into two sections. It is developed around a scenic backdrop of limestone hills of Gunung Lang and Gunung Bilike. The main are the man-made cascading waterfall atop a limestone hill, a 2km broadwalk over the swamp and lookout towers. There are also facilities like a children’s playground, campsite, mini zoo, a prayer room and washrooms. In order to reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.
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Gunung Lang Recreational Park
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Gunung Lang Recreational Park, located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly Kuala Kangsar Road), Covering an area of 30.35 hectares out of which 14.16 hectares consists of the lake, the park is divided into two sections. It is developed around a scenic backdrop of limestone hills of Gunung Lang and Gunung Bilike. The main are the man-made cascading waterfall atop a limestone hill, a 2km broadwalk over the swamp and lookout towers. There are also facilities like a children’s playground, campsite, mini zoo, a prayer room and washrooms. In order to reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.
Recommend for people who are adventurous and love the smell of Nature. One can get the glimpse of the whole Ipoh City when you are on top of the hill. During your hike to the top of the hill, you will be able to see different kinds of trees which is more than 200 years old.
Kledang Hill Trail Head
Recommend for people who are adventurous and love the smell of Nature. One can get the glimpse of the whole Ipoh City when you are on top of the hill. During your hike to the top of the hill, you will be able to see different kinds of trees which is more than 200 years old.
Arts & Culture
The old heritage building was brought back to life and it took with its “kampung style entrance” and ever smiling staff, you will feel right at home and never out of place. However you are required to take off your shoes before entering and the ever helpful staff will make sure that your beloved footwear is safe and sound. Deriving its name from the combination of “fun” and “fantasy”, this beautiful century-old dual-frontage courtyard shophouse, brings back the life and activities it deserves, in addition to preserving the nostalgic feel of yesteryears with the “Straits architectural beauty of Ipoh’s Old Town heritage enclave. A Place With The Blend of Art and History.
Funtasy House Trick Art
16 Jalan Market
The old heritage building was brought back to life and it took with its “kampung style entrance” and ever smiling staff, you will feel right at home and never out of place. However you are required to take off your shoes before entering and the ever helpful staff will make sure that your beloved footwear is safe and sound. Deriving its name from the combination of “fun” and “fantasy”, this beautiful century-old dual-frontage courtyard shophouse, brings back the life and activities it deserves, in addition to preserving the nostalgic feel of yesteryears with the “Straits architectural beauty of Ipoh’s Old Town heritage enclave. A Place With The Blend of Art and History.
The Perak Museum was built in 1926 as a private domain and was sold to the Perak Government in 1950 who utilized it as an administrative centre for Department of Works before it became a museum in year 1992. Visitor can browse through the museum and learn about the early history of Perak. Here, visitor will be introduced to the many characters that moulded the state. Get to know all the important who's who. Find out who Hugh Low was, and what Swettenham achieved, or whether Clarke made any difference in his policies. There are plenty of pictures of British administrators and rulers who played enormously significant role in the building of Perak and Malaya History of Perak and its Timeline.
Muzium Darul Ridzuan
The Perak Museum was built in 1926 as a private domain and was sold to the Perak Government in 1950 who utilized it as an administrative centre for Department of Works before it became a museum in year 1992. Visitor can browse through the museum and learn about the early history of Perak. Here, visitor will be introduced to the many characters that moulded the state. Get to know all the important who's who. Find out who Hugh Low was, and what Swettenham achieved, or whether Clarke made any difference in his policies. There are plenty of pictures of British administrators and rulers who played enormously significant role in the building of Perak and Malaya History of Perak and its Timeline.
Trademark of Ipoh Old Town. Lots of character and colours depicted ,some contemporary works amongst the older authentic styles. Great architecture to be viewed such as :- 1. A Paper Plane 2. An Old Uncle Drinking Coffee 3. A Yellow Hummingbird 4. A 'Kopi' Break 5. A Bag Of Coffee 6. Girl On A Wall In Bandar Timah 7. Old Town Relives Nostalgia With Trishaw 8. Tin Mining Town With Chinese-Style Painting Worth the visit.
Art Of Oldtown Bijeh Timah
1 Jalan Bijeh Timah
Trademark of Ipoh Old Town. Lots of character and colours depicted ,some contemporary works amongst the older authentic styles. Great architecture to be viewed such as :- 1. A Paper Plane 2. An Old Uncle Drinking Coffee 3. A Yellow Hummingbird 4. A 'Kopi' Break 5. A Bag Of Coffee 6. Girl On A Wall In Bandar Timah 7. Old Town Relives Nostalgia With Trishaw 8. Tin Mining Town With Chinese-Style Painting Worth the visit.
A place that relives the golden days of Ipoh. Turning back time to the way people lived back then. The things inside the place is really precious although many take it as junk. For those who love things from the past, this is one place to visit.
Time Tunnel Ipoh
A place that relives the golden days of Ipoh. Turning back time to the way people lived back then. The things inside the place is really precious although many take it as junk. For those who love things from the past, this is one place to visit.
Clearly explain the Ho Yan Hor tea process and his historical story. Adding on , staff service very good and polite. A place where history is preserved.
Ho Yan Hor Museum
1 Jalan Bijeh Timah
Clearly explain the Ho Yan Hor tea process and his historical story. Adding on , staff service very good and polite. A place where history is preserved.
The museum is a 'must visit' place when one visits Ipoh. Very informative and gives a great descriptive history of Ipoh especially how tin mining began, and how Ipoh developed. I was very impressed with not only the exhibits but also the wonderful guides who are very humourous, knowledgeable , making the tour really interesting and fun! Note that I visited this museum twice already!!! Definitely 'must visit'!!!!! A Place That Relives The Golden Memories.
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Han Chin Pet Soo
3 Jalan Bijeh Timah
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The museum is a 'must visit' place when one visits Ipoh. Very informative and gives a great descriptive history of Ipoh especially how tin mining began, and how Ipoh developed. I was very impressed with not only the exhibits but also the wonderful guides who are very humourous, knowledgeable , making the tour really interesting and fun! Note that I visited this museum twice already!!! Definitely 'must visit'!!!!! A Place That Relives The Golden Memories.
Everything Else
Ipoh is famous for its Pomelo , therefore its definitely a bucket list to fulfill during your visit to Ipoh. You can take a slow drive towards Tambun which leads to the outskirts of Ipoh City and its approximately 30 minutes away from the city. Well here at the farm you are given the opportunity to choose and pluck your own choice of pomelo before paying for it. Pomelo is known as Limau Bali amongst the locals...
Ladang Limau Tambun Chin
Ipoh is famous for its Pomelo , therefore its definitely a bucket list to fulfill during your visit to Ipoh. You can take a slow drive towards Tambun which leads to the outskirts of Ipoh City and its approximately 30 minutes away from the city. Well here at the farm you are given the opportunity to choose and pluck your own choice of pomelo before paying for it. Pomelo is known as Limau Bali amongst the locals...