Penang, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide

Penang Malaysia

I have to be totally honest. The city that I looked forward most during my 2018 road trip was Penang. I heard so much about the fascinating sights to see, and the superb tasting food and desserts. I tried as many as possible, and share about all that and more in this article – Penang, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide.

Before I continue, let me share this beautiful video about Penang, Malaysia. It is from a local’s perspective. And is a great watch.

Wasn’t that lovely? Now, let’s continue this journey of Penang. You will be learning about where this city is located? Also, about the people, culture, religion, and more.

More importantly, you will find out which hotel to stay at? What good food to enjoy? What are the things to see and do? And many more useful and helpful information.


Where is Penang, Malaysia?

After our adventure in Ipoh, we drove up the western coast to the northern part of Malaysia. Then we crossed a bridge that brought us to the island that is called Penang.

I really liked crossing the bridge. It reminded me of the time when I crossed the bridge from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.

The capital of Penang called George Town is located on the island. Therer is also a part of Penang that is on the mainland. That is where the popular place called Butterworth is situated.

Butterworth. Isn’t that a delicous name? When I was a child, I loved sayiing this name – Butterworth. For some reason, it reminded me of butter, and its lovely salted and milky taste.

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Who are the People in Penang, Malaysia?

During my time at Penang, I found the people to be quite cordial. I mean, they are not unfriendly. At the same time, they are not warm.

It could be they are shy? To be fair, I did not have that much time or close engagement with them. Still, I find this video a charming representation of the people in Penang.


What is the Culture in Penang, Malaysia?

Like many other cities in Malaysia, Penang is a hot mix of various cultures. There are the Chinese, the Malay, Indians and many other races that add to a vibrant culture there.

One point I did note is that there is a heavy influence of Chinese culture here. The arts, culture, and even architecture exhibited some Chinese style.

Travel Tip: Please respect their culture.


What are the Religions in Penang, Malaysia?

As with any city in Malaysia, the major religion is Islam. And yet, because of the strong Chinese influence, the religions like Buddhism and Taoism are more apparent here.

Below is a cute video by three lovely ladies who share with us about the religions and cultures in Penang.


What is the Common Language Spoken  in Penang, Malaysia?

While Malay is still the dominant and national language in Malaysia, I did notice that most Chinese in Penang speak a Chinese dialect called Hokkien.

English is still a popular language, and commonly spoken here. As a tourist, I found it easy to communicate as most Penang people speak English.


What are the Festivals and Public Holidays in Penang, Malaysia?

Here are the public holidays and festivals that are celebrated in Penang. They are basically the same as the national holidays celebrated throughout Malaysia.

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Thaipusam
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • Vesak Day
  • Nuzul Al-Quran Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Hari Raya Adilfitri
  • Agong’s Birthday
  • George Town World Heritage Day
  • Birthday of the Governor of Penang
  • Father’s Day
  • Hari Raya Haji
  • Awal Muharram
  • August 31 – National Day
  • September 9 – Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong
  • September 16 – Malaysia Day
  • Maulidur Rasul
  • Deepavali
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

To learn more about the above public holidays and festivals, please do visit my article about Malaysia. I cover it in more depth there.

Below are some of the festivals unique to Penang. They look like so much fun! Next time when I plan to visit Penang, I will make sure to plan and visit during one of the festivals. I recommend you do the same, too!


George Town Festival

I was so impressed when I found out that George Town has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kudos to Penang!

And of course there must be a festival to celebrate this. The month long festival has a wide variety of arts, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions, food, drinks, arts, crafts and more.

This is a very popular festival. Tourists from all over the world come to experience this heritage site. Book your hotel room and flight early to avoid disappointment.

Bon Odori Festival

Love Japanese food, arts, dance and culture? So do the people in Penang!

Join them for an enchanting time where they celebrate all things Japanese. Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks in the evening. I heard it is breath taking!

Nine Emperor God Festival

Near my home, there is a temple that celebrates the Nine Emperor God Festival. While I do not follow this event, I am always awed by the parade and the practice of mediums in a trance, being possessed by the spirits of the Nine Emperor God.

The festival lasts for nine days, during the first nine days of the ninth lunar month. It is believed that the spirit of the Nine Emperor God returns to Earth during this period.

Penang International Dragon Boat Race

I find dragon boat races exciting and exhilarating. And it is awesome they have it in many Asian cities. At Penang, the annual event is held at Teluk Bahang dam near George Town.

Competitors from different parts of Malaysia and all over the world come to race for the coveted first prize. Colorful traditional boats. Sounds of drums pounding to get your heart pounding. All this makes this one of the most exciting festivals in this city.

St Anne’s Festival

This is surely an experience that will be beautiful and uplifting. It is a homage to the patron saint, Saint Anne.

Every year, on July 29, the pilgrims flock to Bukit Mertajam. One of the highlights is the beautiful procession of devotees with each holding a lit candle.

Can you imagine the sight of this from above? So pretty, I am sure.

Penang International Food Festival

And of course, what is Penang without experiencing all the delicious food. This is a much looked forward annual 16-day event. Rows and rows of delectable choices. You will be in food paradise.

* Note – sadly this festival is canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19


What is the Dress Code in Penang, Malaysia?

When my friend and I visited Penang, the weather was hot! And I mean really hot!!!

So, it was a blessing to be able to walk all around town in casual wear. We were in shorts and t-shirt. And we noticed most tourists were in the same gear.

So, pack light. Have a great time in Penang!


What is the National Dress in Penang, Malaysia?

The National Dress is the same as for the entire country. You can see what it looks like in my Malaysia article.


What is the Popular Sport in Penang, Malaysia?

I am not much into sports. I did swim in the past but have not done that in a while. Nowadays, I prefer to do yoga.

Penang is much like the rest of Malaysia. The favored sports is football. The other sports that are popular are badminton, tennis, squash, golf, horse riding, sailing and martial arts.


What Currency Can I Use in Penang, Malaysia?

Holidays in Malaysia - Ringgit

All throughout Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit.


How is the Weather in Penang, Malaysia?

I have found out that the weather in Penang is much like the weather in the rest of Malaysia. To find out more about the weather, please refer to my Malaysia article.


How is the Haze Situation in Penang, Malaysia?

I was very fortunate to visit Penang when there was no haze at all. I did find out that when there was haze, the situation was quite bad. Here is a video from a news channel about it.

The haze has been known to occur during the hot season. This is from May to October.

Travel Tip: Check the haze situation for Penang before traveling to this city.


Which are the Hotels to Stay in Penang, Malaysia?

We figured that we would be out most of the days, to see the sights and enjoy the great tasting food in Penang. Many Penang Hotels to choose from. So, we chose a budget hotel to suit the main purpose of simply a place to rest after a tired day of tourist duties.

Click the image below to read more about the Cititel Express Penang. There is also a short video in the review, for you to see what the room looks like.

Penang Hotels - Cititel Express
Penang Hotels – Cititel Express. Click image above to Read More

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What are the Things to Do in Penang, Malaysia?

Besides yummy food, there are many Things To Do in Penang. Here are a few of them.

Entopia Butterfly Farm

When I first heard of Entopia Butterfly Farm, my first thought was – what is the big deal? Just a place with many butterflies flitting everywhere, right? Boy, was I wrong!

This is one of the things you must do when you visit Penang. Click on the image below to find out why?

Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly
Yellow Glassy Tiger Butterfly at Entopia. Click image above to Read More

Kek Lok Si Temple

I love visiting religious sites. But what is there to see at Kek Lok Si Temple that can capture hours of attention? Click the image below to find out.

View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall
Kek Lok Si Temple – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

Penang Street Art

What is the fascination with street art? Who was the famous artist? Where are the street murals? All this, and more information when you click on the image below.

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Children on Bicycle
Penang Street Art – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

What Food to Eat in Penang, Malaysia?

When you visit this island, you must try the Penang Food! A whole vacation can be planned around this theme. In fact, this was the part I looked forward most to for this adventure.

Assam Laksa at Air Itam

Assam Laksa has gained popularity in Penang. The locals enjoy it. The tourists flock to this island to get a taste of this piquant dish. Click the image below to find out what the fuss is all about?

The Delicious Bowl of Assam Laksa - really good!
Assam Laksa at Air Itam. Click image above to read my review.

Cendol at Penang Road

Some people say this is still the best cendol in Malaysia. Some people say the one in Malacca is better. Click the image below to get more details from my review before you head to this popular place to try it.

The Famous Chendul aka Cendol, Chendol or Cendul
Cendol at Penang Road. Click image above to read my review.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

When I was a young boy, I remember my parents brought me to this famous eating place. It was charming and exciting for a lad like me back then. There was a wide variety of cuisine, and they were all delectable.

Is it all the same since then? Click the image below to find out.

Famous Indian Rojak stall at Gurney Drive
Gurney Drive Hawker Centre. Click image above to read my review.

Tiger Char Koay Teow

There are many food stalls that serve char koay teow in Penang. Many claim to be the best. What about Tiger Char Koay Teow? Is it as great as they purported? Click the image below to find out.

The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang
The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang. Click image above to read my review

Where To Go Shopping in Penang, Malaysia?

We only had time to visit one mall. And that was only because we were at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre.

It was Gurney Plaza, which was near the hawker centre. My friend parked our car there. It was convenient.

After dinner, we shopped around the mall. It was all right. Just like any shopping centre. Almost all the same brands and stores.

If markets are more your style, here are a few suggestions in this video.


Best Time to Visit Penang, Malaysia?

There are high season and low season to visit Malaysia. The same goes for visiting Penang. Each season has its pros and cons. For me, I prefer the low season so that I do not jostle with large crowds. Also, the hotel room rates are lower during this season.

To find out more about the two seasons, please go to my Malaysia article.


How To Get To Penang, Malaysia?

By Airplane

You can arrive at the Penang International Airport located in Bayan Lepas. Many airlines fly direct there.

Some of the airlines that can take you to Penang are the Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia, JetStar, Firefly and more.

I prefer JetStar. It is one of the safest budget airlines, according to airlineratings .com

By Train

There are no trains to the island side of Penang. But you can take the KTMB from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. Then catch a cab to ride across the bridge to the island.

By Bus

There are buses from Singapore, and other cities in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur to Penang. Do check for various transport providers for individual pricing and schedule.

By Road

I look back fondly at the road trip with my friend in 2018. We drove along the west coast of West Malaysia. And visited Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang.

From Ipoh to Penang, it took us about 2 hours, including a rest stop. We took the Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1 highway.

Do You Need a Visa to Go to Penang?

Visitors from some countries can visit Malaysia, and all her cities without a visa. Some will need a visa. It is best to check the immigration websites to find out if you need a visa to enter.


How To Get Around Penang, Malaysia?

By Bus

This is a convenient and one of the cheapest way to explore Penang. The buses go to most main attractions, too. Check out the bus time table and routes.

There is also the Rapid Penang (RapidPG) bus that offers travel throughout Penang. It includes free onboard WIFI.

By Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Penang. But, just like everywhere in Malaysia, please do negotiate the price, and agree on it before you board the cab.

By law, the taxis are supposed to go by meter. But many will claim otherwise and negotiate for a fixed rate.

By Grab

Private Hire Vehicles like Grab is available in Penang, Malaysia. I recommend using this service because it is so convenient. Also, prices are fixed before you confirm the ride. So, there is no problem with haggling or sudden increase in fare.

By Car

You have the choice to rent a car. Rental of cars is quite affordable. Just make sure the rental service is legit, and get insurance.

Alternatively, if you own a car, and drive to Penang, you can get around quite easily. My friend owned a car. And I found it very convenient.

We could choose where we would like to go, how long to stay at each attraction, cafe or restaurant. Some hotels even provide free parking. I highly recommend this choice of transport if you can have it.

By Motorcycle

It is cheap to rent a motocycle. And very convenient, too. Plus, you can enjoy a better view of the scenery as you ride around the island.

But, please be careful. There are many deaths due to riding on a motorcycle without a helmet. So, please do wear a helmet. Be safe.

By Trishaw

A trishaw is a tricycle with a front seat. The passenger sits on the front seat. The driver pedals the tricycle to transport the passenger around.

This is a charming way to explore Penang. But really slow. Do it only for the fun of it.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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I have been to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia many times. In the past, I was there as a young boy with my family. Then I traveled often for work. My latest adventure was for a fun and exciting holiday. All these travels are shared in this article about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide?

In my latest adventure, my Malaysian friend and I decided to go on a road trip along the west coast of West Malaysia. I would arrive in Kuala Lumpur where he resided.

He showed me around Kuala Lumpur. Then we got in his car, and rode all the way to Ipoh, and stayed there for a few days. After a nice and relaxing time in Ipoh, we traveled to Penang.

It was really nice to visit all three cities. And even nicer to be shown the sight by a local. He shared with me a lot of local information about popular places, and introduced me to all the best places to eat.

It was a really great holiday. And I share the experience here with you.

In this article, I will provide as much information as I can. Some information would be from research. And some would be from experience.

You will learn about where Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is? Who are the people living there? The culture and religion in this town. The language spoken. The dress code to follow. Where to stay? What good food to enjoy? What are the things to see and do? And many more.


Where is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

As the capital of Malaysia, it is interesting to me that Kuala Lumpur is along the west coast of West Malaysia. And especially interesting that it is situated somewhere in the middle of the peninsula along that coast.

It does make Kuala Lumpur strategically located so that it is within reach, by land, of both Singapore and Thailand. And also easy access by sea to Sumatra.

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Who are the People in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

While Malaysia is multi-racial, the majority of the people in Kuala Lumpur is Malay. Chinese, Indian, Indigenous Tribes and other races are minorities.

While in Kuala Lumpur, I did find that most of the people are Malay. There are Chinese but not as many as in other towns like Ipoh and Penang.


What is the Culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

It is evident that the strongest cultural influence are from the Malay and the religion, Islam. Everywhere you go, you will see strong impact on almost any aspect of their lives.

At the same time, because of the other races and religions, there are subtle cultural influences from them. But these are mostly found at certain areas and sites.

Nevetheless, there is a level of tolerance in this country. And as such, each race and religion does celebrate their respective practices and festivals. This creates a colorful range of activities. See Festivals section further down for more information.

Travel Tip: Please respect their culture.


What are the Religions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

In Malaysia, there are many people with different beliefs. Some believe in Buddhism. Some in Hinduism. Some are Sikhs. And some are Christians. The majority in Malaysia follow their main religion, which is Islam. In Kuala Lumpur, the same can be said to be true.


What is the Common Language Spoken  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I would say the language to be Malay. In fact, I had a rather unpleasant experience in a shopping mall.

My friend and I were looking for the men’s clothing department. We asked a sales lady for directions in English. She smiled cheekily and answered in Malay. It was obvious she was doing it on purpose to force us to speak in Malay.

But we did not know the language. And we found it to be very rude of her to do that to a tourist. After all, the large departmental store was in the tourist hub. How can she not know how to speak English? Or is it that English is saved for people who only show white skin?

So, from that experience, I concluded that the common language spoken would be Malay. Or rather they expect you to learn and speak Malay. Strange thing was that in hotels and restaurants, they speak English.

Still, I did ask directions a few times on the streets. And most times, I would approach a Chinese or any other race rather than Malay. Because I did not wish to be caught in that same situation mentioned above.

Most times, I found that people were willing to speak in English. If you are fluent in Chinese, you can try to speak it with the local Chinese there. Most would be able to speak Mandarin.

Of course, if you are fluent in Malay, then good for you! You will find it easy to get around, get directions, and get a lot done in this country.


What are the Festivals and Public Holidays in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Here are the public holidays and festivals that are celebrated in Kuala Lumpur. They are basically the same as the national holidays celebrated throughout Malaysia.

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • February 1 – Federal Territory Day
  • Thaipusam
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • Vesak Day
  • Nuzul Al-Quran Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Hari Raya Adilfitri
  • June 8 – Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong
  • Father’s Day
  • Hari Raya Haji
  • Awal Muharram
  • August 31 – National Day
  • September 16 – Malaysia Day
  • Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
  • Deepavali
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

To learn more about the above public holidays and festivals, please do visit my article about Malaysia. I cover it in more depth there.

Below are some of the festivals unique to Kuala Lumpur.


Thaipusam in Batu Caves

This is a festival in honor of the Hindu god of war, Lord Murugan. It is an annual celebration that is colorful and lively.

Held at Batu caves annually, the Hindu community gathers to shower gifts of gratitude for prayers answered. This vibrant festival is best celebrated personally at Batu Caves. For now, watch this video to see what to expect.


Chinese New Year

In every country that has Chinese community, the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Simply because it is the start of the new year based on the Chinese calendar, or Lunar calendar.

What happens during this celebration? What do the Chinese do? Check out the two videos below for an introduction to this festival.


KL International Jazz Festival

This is an annual event that raises Kuala Lumpur as a centre for stylish live music. The festival attracts world class acts like Incubus, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz, and many more.

Love jazz? Don’t miss this.


1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

This is one of the biggest sale events in Malaysia. And it is massive in Kuala Lumpur. Lasting for 2 months, you get big discounts on all types of products.


Mid-Autumn Festival

The mid-autumn festival is one of the festivals that I enjoy and love. It is a time for lanterns and mooncakes. The latter which is really yummy and tasty.

Here is a video about mid-autumn festival; how it started, why it started, the origin of mooncakes, and the festivities. Enjoy watching.


Deepavali

Deepavali is also known as Diwali. It is the Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus. It signifies the triumph over evil.

During Deepavali, Hindu families light candles and other sources of light to symbolize the dark being overcomed by the light. Families exchange gifts, enjoy feasts, and pray to their deities. Watch the video below for more information.


What is the Dress Code in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

For years, when I visited Kuala Lumpur, I dressed in bermudas or shorts with a light t shirt. My local Malaysian friend wears the same.

So, as a tourist, it is all right for you to wear the same light and casual wear. But do be mindful when you visit religious sites.

Ask the people in charge what is the correct clothing to wear. If required, most religious sites would offer a temporary wrap around the body or at least the lower part of the body.


What is the National Dress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

The National Dress is the same as for the entire country. You can see what it looks like in my Malaysia article.


What is the Popular Sport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Football, or soccer as known in other countries, is the most popular sport in Kuala Lumpur. Other sports like badminton, bowling, tennis, squash, golf, sailing and martial arts do get some attention, too.


What Currency Can I Use in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

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All throughout Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit.


How is the Weather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have written in length about the weather in Malaysia. And it is the same weather for Kuala Lumpur. To find out more info, please refer to my Malaysia article.


How is the Haze Situation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Every year, there is haze situation in Southeast Asia. The haze does get worse in Kuala Lumpur. Partly because of it being a city, and has its own pollution issue, too.

The haze has been known to occur during the hot season. This is from May to October.

Travel Tip: Check the haze situation for Kuala Lumpur before traveling to this city.


Which are the Hotels to Stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Kuala Lumpur is a metropolis. And has many hotels and resorts for you to choose from. Here are a few that I have stayed at, and I share my experience with you.


The Face Suites Hotel Review

Looking for a hotel room that is like an apartment? Look no further. The Face Suites may be what you are looking for. And it is also very well situated. Read my review and watch the video walk-through to find out more.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - The FACE Suites
The Face Suites Hotel. Click image above for more info.

Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

I just love staying at large hotel rooms. And better still, those that are like a small apartment. How does Ramada Suites measure up then? Is it near the city centre, according to its namesake? Read my review and watch the video to find out more.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Bed & Sofa
Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Click image above for more info.

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What are the Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have been to Kuala Lumpur many times. But nothing beats seeing the sights with a local friend. Through his eyes and with his explanations of each famous place, I learned more about this fascinating city.


Batu Caves

I used to think that Batu Caves was overrated. Then I finally really explored this place thoroughly. And I learned more about this ancient site. It was mind blowing. Click the image below or button further down to check out my story of my visit to Batu Caves.

Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - Batu Caves
Batu Caves. Click image above for more info.

Getting to Batu Caves

On a budget when visiting Kuala Lumpur? Wonder what is the best way to travel to Batu Caves at a reasonable price? And is this a comfortable ride? You must read about how we got to Batu Caves.

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Getting to Batu Caves. Click image above for more info.

Petaling Street

Every traveler to Kuala Lumpur will eventually visit Petaling Street. Why is that so? Click on the image or button below to find out.

Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur - Petaling Street - Entrance
Petaling Street. Click image above for more info.

Petronas Twin Towers – Icon of Malaysia

This is known as the icon of Malaysia. Not just Kuala Lumpur. But the whole of Malaysia. It has been featured in advertisements, magazines, brochures, TV shows and even top grossing movies. Click the image below to learn more about this amazing sight.

Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur - the Petronas Twin Towers at night
Petronas Twin Towers. Click image above for more info.

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What Food to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

I have always loved the great taste of Kuala Lumpur food. There is so much to try. And so many that are simply scrumptious. While impossible to cover it all, I did my best to feature some of the best here.


DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store

This super heroes theme cafe was eye catching. Nestled inside a shopping mall, it could easily be looked over. But with that awesome, bright and colorful window display, there is no way you would miss it. Come read my experience shopping and eating at this super duper place.

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store. Click image above for more info.

Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall

Unfortunately, my friend has informed me, that this place has closed down. It served really good Japanese food. It was an all you can eat buffet. Come read and see what you missed.

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Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall. Click image above for more info.

Madam Kwan’s at KLCC

This is a well known eatery. Why is that so? And who is Madam Kwan. What food does this place serve that is so popular? Find out when you click on the image or button below.

Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front
Madam Kwan’s at KLCC. Click image above for more info.

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Where To Go Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Besides all the sightseeing and eating, shopping is the next best and fun activity in Kuala Lumpur. There are so many malls in the city. It is just crazy Watch the video below to help you narrow down to which mall or malls to visit.


Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

There are high season and low season to visit Malaysia. The same goes for visiting Kuala Lumpur. Each season has its pros and cons. For me, I prefer the low season so that I do not jostle with large crowds. Also, the hotel room rates are lower during this season.

To find out more about the two seasons, please go to my Malaysia article.


How To Get To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

By Airplane

When you fly in from another country, you will arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). This is the main international airport that is located in the Sepang district of Selangor.

I know this because I flew in from Singapore, and I arrived at KLIA. One thing to note is that the airport is approximately 45 kilometers from the city centre. I had a choice to take the taxi or call a Grab car. I chose the latter. It was easy and hassle free.

For my latest holiday, I took the AirAsia flight I did not like it as much as JetStar. Next time, I would choose JetStar.

There are many other airlines that fly to Kuala Lumpur. For example, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, China Airlines, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and plenty more.

Travel Tip: Find out if your preferred airline flies to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

By Train

You can take a train from Thailand or Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. And vice versa. You go to and from the station called KL Sentral.

You can also take the train to arrive at Kuala Lumpur from the other cities and towns of Malaysia. As long as there is a train line and station to that town or station.

For example, here is my ride experience from Kuala Lumpur to Batu Caves. I took the same train back to Kuala Lumpur. Watch the video to see how I traveled from Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) to Batu Caves.

By Bus

There are buses from Singapore or Thailand to Kuala Lumpur. And also from Kuala Lumpur to these countries. Do check for various transport providers for individual pricing and schedule.

By Road

It is true that I took a flight to Kuala Lumpur. But we did go on our road trip back from Penang to Kuala Lumpur. And let me tell you that it was a really long journey. It was nearly 6 hours drive, including one refreshment and toilet stop.

It was fun. But after a few hours of nothing but roads and mountains, it was a little boring. So, I had to chat with my friend a lot to keep him awake and alert.

The good news is that there are highways that made it a quicker ride. To go from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, we traveled on the Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1. If you are unfamiliar with roads in Malaysia, download an app called Waze. It will help you travel easily from one point to another in Malaysia.

Do You Need a Visa to Go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Visitors from some countries can visit Malaysia, and all her cities without a visa. Some will need a visa. It is best to check the immigration websites to find out if you need a visa to enter.


How To Get Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

By Train

Hooray! Kuala Lumpur now has Mass Rapid Transit (MRT). And it is quite easy to get around using this choice of transport. See the above video about getting to Batu Caves? The initial part of the journey was via MRT. Watch to see how easy it was to buy a ticket, and travel on the MRT.

Travel Tip: MRT can take you to many attractions such as KLCC, Central Market and even their National Museum.

By Bus

If you are mainly traveling within the city, and going to popular places as well as shopping districts, the good news is that there is a free Go KL bus service for you. It is air conditioned and quite comfortable. Best part of this is that it is a free bus service.

If you are traveling further away from the city, and into the various districts, then it is better to go by taxi, Grab or your own transport.

By Taxi

Travel by taxi in Kuala Lumpur is very convenient. There are plenty of taxis. But do take note that it is best to go by meter.

But ultimately, from my experience, most cab drivers haggle for a fixed price. If you are comfortable to pay for the asking price, then agree and get in.

By Grab

Private Hire Vehicles like Grab is available in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I recommend using this service because it is so convenient. Also, prices are fixed before you confirm the ride. So, there is no problem with haggling or sudden increase in fare.

By Car

If you drive in with your own car or rent a car, then this is a good option. This is because you have the freedom to travel wherever you like. Only thing is if you are unfamiliar with Malaysia, you may end up getting lost. Do get the Waze app.

For me, I prefer Grab. Of course, I have a friend in Kuala Lumpur, and he is really nice. Whenever I visit Kuala Lumpur, he would do his best to drive me around. Bless him.

Travel Tip: Rental of cars is quite affordable. Just make sure the rental service is legit, and get insurance.


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Penang Food

Penang Food

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Everyone says the same thing – When you visit Malaysia, you must visit Penang, and you must experience the wonderful and delicious Penang Food! And this is true. I have a few reviews of the food for now. But trust me, I will be back for more. I may even go for an entire tour just enjoying the food. What do you think of that?


Assam Laksa at Air Itam

The Delicious Bowl of Assam Laksa - really good!

Look at that photo above. That is the quality Assam Laksa served at this stall in Penang. Where is it? How does it taste? Is it really that yummy? Read my food review to find out.


Tiger Char Koay Teow

The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang
The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang

There were many Char Koay Teow stalls that claimed to be the best tasting. We tried the one at Penang Road. Then we tried this one. Is it really delicious? Read my food review to find out.


Cendol at Penang Road

The Famous Chendul aka Cendol, Chendol or Cendul

There is only one cendol stall in Penang that is truly the best. And along that same street, there are many copycats. Read my review of this delicious dessert to find out which is the authentic stall that serves the best cendol in Penang.


Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Famous Indian Rojak stall at Gurney Drive

I recall eating at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre when I was a young boy. My Mom and Dad brought my brother and I to enjoy the tasty dishes here. How has this eating place changed? Is it still as good? Is it worth going there? Read my review to find out.


If you have ANY questions about Penang Food, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do In Penang

Things To Do In Penang

Penang is awesome! George Town is awesome! There are so many Things To Do In Penang that one trip to this awesome Malaysia city was not enough. Yes, you can tell by now that I have plans to visit this awesome city again. And soon.

But in the meantime, here are some of the places I visited during my last trip in January 2018.


Entopia Butterfly Farm

A Lovely Tiger Butterfly
Entopia Butterfly Farm. Click above image to find out more.

I understand what you may think. Unless you are a super fan of butterflies, you may be wondering what is the big deal about Entopia Butterfly Farm? I have been to this place, and I can tell show you why this may be worth a visit. Go to my review to read more about Entopia as well as see a video showing you the entire place.

Kek Lok Si Temple

View of Circular Pavilion garden and Middle Prayer Hall

When you visit Penang, this is the temple to see. Why is that so? Read my blog post and watch the video to see what to expect.

Penang Street Art

One of the famous Street Art in Penang - Children on Bicycle

Where are the famous mural art in Penang? Which walls on which streets are they painted on? Read my blog post where I show you most of the popular street art, and where they are located.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Penang Hotels

Penang Hotels

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Penang Hotels are many, and any visitor to this charming city in Malaysia is spoilt for choice. I would like to help you by reviewing as many as we can. It may take a while, but I will do my best. Meantime, here is the hotel I last stayed at in Penang.


Cititel Express Penang

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Penang Hotels – Cititel Express – Click on Image to Read More

Need a place to just have a good night sleep? That is because most of the day you will be going about Penang and sight seeing – like Kek Lok Si Temple, Street Art at the World Heritage Area in Georgetown, Entopia, etc. Also, you will be enjoying all the delicious food at Gurney Drive, Chendul at Penang Road, and many local delights. Then Cititel Express Penang is ideal for you. The location is perfect too.


If you have ANY questions about the Penang Hotels, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Best Places To Eat In Kuala Lumpur

Best Places To Eat in Kuala Lumpur

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I love Malaysian food. And here are some of the Best Places to Eat in Kuala Lumpur.

When you visit Kuala Lumpur, do not miss the great tasting food at so many eateries. Here, I present some of them. And I will add more as I travel to Kuala Lumpur again, and try more yummy dishes.


DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and Store

We stumbled upon this cafe and store while shopping. It is a store with lots of super heroes toys, clothing, and other merchandise. Plus, a cafe with super heroes theme. If you love DC comics super heroes comics, TV shows and movies, you must read this review.


Kinjuku SetiaWalk Mall Review

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This restaurant served really good Japanese food. Sadly, I have been informed by my Malaysian friend that is closed. Still, if you wondered how was the place and dishes, here is the review.


Madam Kwan’s at KLCC

Madam Kwan KLCC - Outside Restaurant, Front

You can almost say that this restaurant is an institution. It has grown in popularity. And serves street food in an air conditioned dining space. Is the food as yummy as


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Kuala Lumpur Hotels

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Hotels are many, and any visitor to the city is spoilt for choice. I would like to help you by reviewing as many as we can stay at here. For a start, here are a couple I have stayed at so far.


The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur – Truly Awesome!

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The biggest selling point at this hotel is the breathtaking view of the city and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from the Infinity Pool. Added to this, the rooms are large with living room, en suite bathroom, work room, kitchenette and many other amenities. You will love staying here at The FACE Suites Kuala Lumpur. Watch my video walk-through to get a preview of what you will experience here.


Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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Kuala Lumpur Hotels – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Bed & Sofa – Click on Image to Read More

This five star hotel is a hidden gem.

While my stay at Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur was not perfect. It could be due to its newness.

What happened? What does this hotel offer?

Where is it located?

Is it near all the malls, bars, restaurants and cafes?


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

I never knew there were so many Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur. So many sights to see. So many cool things to experience.

And I am glad I had the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur, and experience as many places as I can. I do plan to visit again, and will explore more places and share them with you here.

In this section, I share a list of them. Each is a summary of an attraction. If you need to find out more details like what it is about, where is the attraction, how to get there, what are the opening hours, etc, please click on the individual item to go the post with more information.


Petronas Twin Towers – Icon of Malaysia

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Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur – Petronas Twin Towers – Click on Image to Read More

This was the very first post I did of Malaysia. And of course, it must be the first post. The Petronas Twin Towers is the Icon of Malaysia. It is located at the heart of the city.

Millions have visited this place, and taken selfies to remember the experience. Day and night photos and videos offer different sights. Both are equally awesome.

Don’t miss reading about this, and seeing some of the cool photos and videos.


Batu Caves – Ancient and Awesome!

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Gigantic Lord Murugan Statue at one of the Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur – Batu Caves – Click on Image to Read More

Everyone who visited Kuala Lumpur will eventually visit the Batu Caves. This site is famous, and very popular.

The huge Lord Murugan gold statue at the entrance to the cave is sight not to be missed! The Caves itself are a testimony to the beautiful handiwork of Mother Earth.

There is so much more to see and experience here.


Getting to Batu Caves

I have also created a blog post and an instructional video on Getting to Batu Caves from KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center).

You must watch this as it will help you learn which station to board, how to transfer to another train line, and many more steps to get you to this beautiful and magical place.


Thean Hou Temple

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Entrance of Thean Hou Temple – Click on Image to Read More

Like Batu Caves, Thean Hou Temple is another religious site.

It is ornate and well decorated.

Being away from the city, and high on a hill, there is a photo opportunity to capture a picturesque view of Kuala Lumpur.

When is the best time to visit this temple?

Where is it located?

How to get there?


Central Market

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Central Market – Click on Image to Read More

The Central Market used to be a boring place.

Today, it has been reinvented as an exciting and fun hub where you can learn about the cultures in Malaysia as well as shop for quality arts and crafts.

I was so glad I decided to give this place a second chance.

They have done a good job making this place enjoyable again.


Petaling Street – Everyone Wants To Visit Here

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Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur – Petaling Street – Entrance – Click on Image to Read More

Petaling Street is a part of Chinatown. And it can be said that Petaling Street is the heart of Chinatown. It is where you can enjoy great food and shopping. Bargain hunters take note. The bargains at within certain hours. Read my travel blog to find out when.

Also, there is a popular drink stall here. You must not miss trying this drink when you visit Petaling Street. It is so refreshing! And so good after hours of walking around here.


If you have ANY questions about the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Ipoh, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide

Ipoh, Malaysia - The Ultimate Guide

How do I write an article about Ipoh, Malaysia – The Ultimate Guide? Well, the best way to me was to go on a road trip. And that was exactly what I did with a friend from Malaysia.

I took a flight to Kuala Lumpur to meet my Malaysian friend. Then we drove in his car to Ipoh and Penang.

The result was a glorious and fun week of exploring and eating in these three beautiful cities. We spent a short time in Ipoh. And yet, it was filled with so much activities.

In this article, I will provide as much information as I can. Some information would be from research. And some would be from experience.

You will learn about where Ipoh, Malaysia is? Who are the people living there? The culture and religion in this town. The language spoken. The dress code to follow. Where to stay? What good food to enjoy? What are the things to see and do? And many more.


Where is Ipoh, Malaysia?

Ipoh is near Kuala Lumpur, and along the west coast of West Malaysia. As such, we found it quite easy to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh as there were highways direct to this city.

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Who are the People in Ipoh, Malaysia?

I was quite surprised to find out that Ipoh is the third most populous city of Malaysia. Generally, it can be said that the people in Ipoh are the same as the ones mentioned in my article about Malaysia. That is, the city has many races such as Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian.

But to be honest, when I was there and strolling along the streets, I do find a strong influence from the Chinese. And there seemed to be more Chinese than other races there.


What is the Culture in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Having many different races and religions, Malaysia has many different cultures. The diversity in customs and traditions resulted in a very rich and colorful culture in Ipoh.

This was evident when we strolled around this charming town. For example, there were huge mural art everywhere. See the Things to Do in Ipoh section for more information about this and other rich cultural sights.

Each race and religion has their unique and important festivals. This range of culture has created a myriad of fascinating festivals. Read the Festivals section further down for more information.

Travel Tip: Please respect their culture.


What are the Religions in Ipoh, Malaysia?

In Malaysia, there are many people with different beliefs. Some believe in Buddhism. Some in Hinduism. Some are Sikhs. And some are Christians. The majority in Malaysia follow their main religion, which is Islam. In Ipoh, the same can be said to be true.


What is the Common Language Spoken  in Ipoh, Malaysia?

While Malay is the official language in Malaysia, I did find that I could get along with speaking English at the hotel, ordering food at a restaurant, or simply asking for directions from a local.

At times, I did find that the Chinese in Malaysia preferred to speak in Mandarin. When this happens, I gladly obliged as I am able to speak in Mandarin, too.


What are the Festivals and Public Holidays in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Here are the public holidays and festivals that are celebrated in Ipoh. They are basically the same as the national holidays celebrated throughout Malaysia. One difference is in Perak, they celebrate the Birthday of the Sultan of Perak.

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Thaipusam
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • Vesak Day
  • Nuzul Al-Quran Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Hari Raya Adilfitri
  • June 8 – Birthday of SPB Yang di Pertuan Agong
  • Father’s Day
  • Hari Raya Haji
  • Awal Muharram
  • August 31 – National Day
  • September 16 – Malaysia Day
  • Maulidur Rasul
  • November 6 – Birthday of the Sultan of Perak
  • Deepavali
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

To learn more about the above public holidays and festivals, please do visit my article about Malaysia. I cover it in more depth there.

Below are some of the festivals unique to Ipoh and Perak, which by extension includes Ipoh, too. They look like so much fun! Next time when I plan to visit Ipoh, I will make sure to go during one of the festivals. I recommend you do the same, too!


Perak River Safari – April

This festival promises lots of thrills and excitement. It is like a water carnival with many water sports and activities such as jet ski races, and power boat races. And if you prefer the land, there are also tug of war, football and volleyball to enjoy.


Ipoh Food Festival – April

Ipoh food is very delicious. And it is not easy to find out where are the best places for the most yummy food. So, the Ipoh Food Festival sounds perfect. It features the local food as well as cooking schools. Best time to taste all the best food in one place.


Ipoh Fun Run – July

The information about this run is not consistent. Some say it is a run from Ipoh to Bandaraya and back to Ipoh again. Some say it is called the Ipoh Unicorn Fun Run. Honestly, I found the video below, and I must say this run looks lots of fun!


Ipoh Music Festival – September

Music brings people together. And a festival of music is one of the best ways to celebrate together. This opening act for the Ipoh Music Festival looks awesome.


Ipoh Nine Emperors Festival – October

This festival is thrilling and colorful. The street parades are spectacular. The prayers and processions are beautiful to watch. Word of caution though. The festival includes a ritual where devotees cut themselves. They do not feel pain. But surely not for the faint hearted.


What is the Dress Code in Ipoh, Malaysia?

My friend and I walked around town in casual wear; bermudas or shorts with light t shirt. And we noticed most people in Ipoh have the same dress code. So, no worries. Pack light and enjoy your time in Ipoh.


What is the National Dress in Ipoh, Malaysia?

The National Dress is the same as for the entire country. You can see what it looks like in my Malaysia article.


What is the Popular Sport in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Perak wants to be the sports hub of the nation. This is to promote healthy lifestyle. So, all forms of sports are being promoted in this city. Most people in Ipoh prefer football though.


What Currency Can I Use in Ipoh, Malaysia?

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All throughout Malaysia, the currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit.


How is the Weather in Ipoh, Malaysia?

I have written in length about the weather in Malaysia. And it is the same weather for Ipoh. To find out more info, please refer to my Malaysia article.


How is the Haze Situation in Ipoh, Malaysia?

In the past, when Malaysia reported about the haze situation, Ipoh rarely was mentioned. But, just like any of the major cities, Ipoh does get affected by the haze.

The haze has been known to occur during the hot season. This is from May to October.

Travel Tip: Check the haze situation for Ipoh before traveling to this city.


Which are the Hotels to Stay in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Although not a large city, Ipoh surprisingly has many lovely hotels. For this round of visit, I chose the Hotel Excelsior. This was because it is a very established hotel. In fact, one of the first in Ipoh.

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Hotel Excelsior in Ipoh. Click image above to read review.

If a traditional and established hotel is not your cup of tea, then there are plenty of new and cool hotels that would please you. Whatever your taste, Ipoh has the hotel to suit your needs. Check out your options below.

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What are the Things to Do in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Ipoh surprised me. I had expected a sleepy town with very little to see and do. But there were so many Things to Do in Ipoh. After only two days stay, I realized I should have allocated more time for Ipoh.

I will not make that mistake again. Next time, I will make sure I stay at least four days to experience more that Ipoh has to offer.

Mural Art

Ipoh gave me a taste of mural art. And I have grown to love it. It is like walking in an entire city that is a museum of artwork. After Ipoh, I look out for street art in every city I visited.

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art. Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

Kek Look Tong

Ipoh is a city with mountains and caves. And some of these are mystical. Kek Look Tong is one of these that has become a spiritual site. There are statues of divine beings like Buddha, and an enchanting garden with beautiful creatures.

I felt such peace and tranquility there. I felt as if I have walked into another realm that is heavenly.

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Kek LookTong – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

First Concubine Lane

Ipoh’s First Concubine Lane has become a hip and cool area to enjoy shopping and dining at some really chic cafes and restaurants. Even the boutique hotel here is charming.

I really liked the street. Unfortunately, I visited during the low peak season, and there was very little activity. Fortunately, because of the low peak season, it was easy to find seats at the restaurants, and at the cafe where we enjoyed delicious desserts.

Er Nai Gang (), which actually means First Concubine Lane.
Ipoh First Concubine Lane – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

Ho Yan Hor Museum

After a day in the sun touring the city, the Ho Yan Hor cooling tea was so refreshing to us. Served since the tin mining days to keep the workers healthy, this museum serves to remind the locals and visitors of its grand history.

There was a shop to buy the wide variety of herbal teas. I regretted not buying it when I was there.

A colorful mural created by art teacher-cum-artist Chin Choon Yau
Hor Yan Hor Museum – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

What Food to Eat in Ipoh, Malaysia?

I love the food in Malaysia. Almost every place I ate served really delicious dishes. No exception here where I found some of the Best Food in Ipoh .

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken

Some people said this is the best chicken rice in Ipoh. Some people said that the standard has dropped. So, I went with my friend to try it. Click the image below to read my review.

A delicious and full meal - Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice. Click image above to read my review.

Foh San Dim Sum

This dining establishment was behind the Excelsior Hotel where we stayed at. According to my friend, this is one of the best dim sum in Ipoh. Was it? Click the image below to find out.

Some of the dim sum we had - siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea
Foh San Dim Sum – Click image above to read about this awesome attraction.

Where To Go Shopping in Ipoh, Malaysia?

We did not visit the malls during our stopover at Ipoh. That was because we did not particularly enjoy shopping in a mall. Now, I learned that there was a mall there. Just to share my experience, maybe next time I will take a look?


Best Time to Visit Ipoh, Malaysia?

There are high season and low season to visit Malaysia. The same goes for visiting Ipoh. Each season has its pros and cons. For me, I prefer the low season so that I do not jostle with large crowds. Also, the hotel room rates are lower during this season.

To find out more about the two seasons, please go to my Malaysia article.


How To Get To Ipoh, Malaysia?

By Airplane

You can catch a flight to Ipoh because there is the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. It is 6 kilometers from the city centre. But the flights only fly from two destinations.

From Johor Bahru, there are AirAsia and Malindo Air. From Singapore, there are AirAsia and Scoot.

Personally, I prefer to fly by JetStar, from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Then catch a bus or rent a car to travel to Ipoh. The flights are more frequent, and I get to see more, including another city.

But, if you plan to only visit Ipoh, then this can be a good choice.

By Train

When I was a young boy, my parents, my brother and I took the train to Kuala Lumpur. It was a wonderful experience for a little boy. Today, I find that a train ride would not be so thrilling.

Still, if you choose to, you can take a train from KL Sentral to Ipoh railway station, which is southwest of the city. The Gold Service train takes about two hours and twenty minutes to reach Ipoh. And the Silver Service train takes about two hours and thirty minutes, and stops at every station between KL Sentral and Ipoh.

Here is a video by me, taking the train from KLCC to Batu Caves. It is not to Ipoh, but I hope the video will help you see how KL Sentral looks like as well how good the train is.

By Bus

There are buses from Singapore to Ipoh. Do check for various transport providers for individual pricing and schedule.

Also there are buses from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. Again, the same, also check various vendors for their unique prices and schedules.

By Road

After the road trip with my friend, I found traveling by road to Ipoh to be really fun. At the same time, it can be a little boring because you will see nothing but mountains for hours. I enjoy it though because I love being in nature.

There is a highway to Ipoh. Just follow the Lebuhraya Utara – Selatan/E1 south from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. It will take about two hours drive. If you are concern about directions, there is an app called Waze that can guide you on the journey.

Do You Need a Visa to Go to Ipoh?

Visitors from some countries can visit Malaysia, and all her cities without a visa. Some will need a visa. It is best to check the immigration websites to find out if you need a visa to enter.


How To Get Around Ipoh, Malaysia?

By Bus

The Ipoh Bus Terminal is in Old Town. There are buses with routes to almost all parts of the city. Make sure you get the bus schedule to know how to get to your destinations, and how much each ride costs.

By Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Ipoh. But, just like everywhere in Malaysia, please do negotiate the price, and agree on it before you board the cab. Do not go by meter.

By Grab

Private Hire Vehicles like Grab is available in Ipoh, Malaysia. I recommend using this service because it is so convenient. Also, prices are fixed before you confirm the ride. So, there is no problem with haggling or sudden increase in fare.

By Car

You have the choice to rent a car. If you live in Singapore or another part of Malaysia, and you own a car, this is a better option.

Rental of cars is quite affordable. Just make sure the rental service is legit, and get insurance.

I found that driving in your own car is a very good option to get around Ipoh. You can choose where you would like to go, how long to stay at each attraction, cafe or restaurant. Some hotels even provide free parking. I highly recommend this choice of transport if you can have it.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do In Ipoh

When I first mentioned to my friends that I am going to Malaysia, and Ipoh will be one of the towns I will visit, I received a lot of advice such as “Not much to see there”, “One day is enough time spent in Ipoh“, and so on. To my surprise, when I finally visited this charming small town, I find that there are a lot of Things To Do in Ipoh.

In fact, the one day I was advised to spend was not enough. I will definitely need to visit this enchanting place again.


Beautiful Mural Art

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art - Click on Image to Read More
Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art – Click on Image to Read More

Just like Penang, Ipoh boasts a living gallery of Mural Art all around this small town. Done in brilliant colors and black and white, there are plenty of mural art for you to discover and enjoy. Read my blog post to see where to find these masterpieces.


Kek Look Tong – A Piece of Paradise

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Steps to Entrance

A little distance from the main town is Kek Look Tong. It is a large cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.

There are altars of images of Buddha and other heavenly beings carefully placed around the cave without affecting the beauty of this natural phenomenon.

Behind, there is a little piece of paradise. See the photos and video of this wonder.


First Concubine Lane – Refreshed and Cool Again

Er Nai Gang (), which actually means First Concubine Lane.

The Concubine Lanes is rich with history and culture. Today, the First Concubine Lane has been given a fresh coat of paint and looks awesome! There is so much to enjoy here – chic hotels, cool cafes and restaurants, unique retail stores, and more.


Ho Yan Hor Museum – How Tea Played a Part in History

A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea

There are many museums in Ipoh. Each is different and offers different subjects that are interesting.

There is a museum that focuses on the culture of Ipoh. The Ho Yan Hor Museum brings you back to time to the humble beginnings of this enterprise, and shows you how this business grew over time till today.

The interesting part of this is how this business played a part in history and society, helping to mould both to the town it is today.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus