Things To Do In Ipoh – First Concubine Lane

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Things To Do In Ipoh – First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)

While we searched for more Mural Art In Ipoh, we spotted a particular mural art that led to the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷). We were a little clueless about what this place was all about. Upon further exploration, we discovered that this was another one of the Things To Do In Ipoh.

Not sure if this is worth your time? Then read on for more info about this market street, the trendy cafes and chic boutique hotels. Watch the video and perhaps that will convince you to drop by when you are in Ipoh, Malaysia.


First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) in Ipoh – The Video

The First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) surprised us. There were hip cafes, trendy stores, and lots of interesting shops. And this was on an off peak season.

We later understood that during the peak season, there would be so much more to see. There would be pop up stalls, and decorations were much more vibrant.

Tip: For an exciting time, visit during the peak season; such as weekends and public holidays.


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About First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)

There are actually Three Concubine Lanes in Ipoh. Or rather, one wife and two concubine lanes.

In 1892, after a fire ravaged the Old Town of Ipoh, the entire town was rebuilt. Buildings along many lanes were redesigned with shops at the ground level. A mining tycoon by the name of Yao Tet Shin purchased three of these lanes, and gave each to his wife and two concubines.

Today, Lorong Hale is the wife lane, also called Da Nai Gang (大奶巷). Lorong Panglima is the first concubine lane, also called Er Nai Gang (二奶巷). And Market Lane is San Nai Gang (三奶巷), which is the second concubine lane.

Er Nai Gang (二奶巷), which actually means First Concubine Lane.
Er Nai Gang (二奶巷), which actually means First Concubine Lane., © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

For those who understand Chinese, you may wonder why is the First Concubine Lane called Er Nai Gang, which sounds like Second Concubine Lane? This is because in Chinese  the Wife is called Da Nai (大奶), which ranks her as the first lady in the family. The First Concubine, then becomes Er Nai (二奶巷), which ranks her as the second lady in the family. But she is actually the First Concubine. Hence, the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷).

Of the three lanes, the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) is the busiest with shops, restaurants, and even a boutique hotel. When we arrived on Friday, the lane is not too crowded. We understand that it fills up on weekends. Also, we visited during the off peak period.

Photo above: Tourists taking a stroll, slowly browsing and selecting what to eat, drink and what souvenirs to buy, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: If you prefer to avoid the crowds, then visit on a weekday, or better still during the off peak seasons.


What’s At First Concubine Lane? (二奶巷)

The fascinating aspect of the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) is that most of the old shop houses have been restored. At the same time, the interiors are designed in contemporary style, with a little touch of the past. So you do get the old world charm while you shop and dine in modern furnishings.

Today, you see a lot of cafes, restaurants and even boutique hotels here. Below is a photo of one of the cafes selling traditional desserts, great local coffee, and fruit ice lollies.

There are many food and beverage cafes and restaurants at Second Concubine Lane. You are spoiled for choice.
There are many food and beverage cafes and restaurants at Second Concubine Lane. You are spoiled for choice, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Of course, as with any tourist attraction, there are the souvenir shops.

One of the souvenir shops at Second Concubine Lane, lots of interesting stuff to buy as souvenir and for friends and family
One of the souvenir shops at Second Concubine Lane, lots of interesting stuff to buy as souvenir and for friends and family, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

We learned later that many of the shops have very fun and innovative ways of attracting customers. Some decorate the front of the shop with unique and eye catching displays. Some decorate the upper floor windows with attractive displays, such as a large teddy bear.

Another Tip: As you explore the street, look up at the windows on the second floor. 


Where is First Concubine Lane (二奶巷)?

Look for the First Concubine Lane (二奶巷) on Lorong Panglima. Below is a map to help you find the place.

Operating Hours

7am to 7pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Address

Lorong Panglima, Concubine Ln, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

How To Get There?

By Foot

If your hotel is not too far away from this area, it is all right to find it on foot. Check with your hotel before setting off. Also, there are hot seasons. So, either take regular drinking stops at local cafes or coffee shops, or carry some water with you.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Best Food In Ipoh

Best Food In Ipoh

Planning to visit Ipoh in Malaysia? Wondering what are the good food to enjoy there? And where are they? You have come to the right place! Here are a list of great food places that serves the Best Food in Ipoh, that will surely please your palate.



Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken

A delicious and full meal - Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup - Click on Image to Read More
A delicious and full meal – Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup – Click on Image to Read More

This is one of the local dishes you must try when you are in Ipoh. And where better to taste it than at Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken. Bean Sprouts in Ipoh are famous. How does it taste, together with the steam chicken? Where is it exactly located? Go to my food review, and Read More


Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant

Some of the dim sum we had at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant - siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea - Click on Image to Read More
Some of the dim sum we had at Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant – siew mai, har kow, cheong fun & tea – Click on Image to Read More

Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant is an institution in Ipoh. Ask any one in this sleepy town for the best dim sum, and they will point you to this famous eating place that is popular with the locals and tourists. Is it still as good? Where is it exactly located? What are the operating hours? All revealed in my food review. Read More



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Best Food In Ipoh – Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)

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Best Food In Ipoh – Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) Review

It had been a long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. We were ravenous. After we checked in to Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, we sought out Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉). We heard much about this restaurant, that it is one of the Best Food in Ipoh.

If you are like me, and did your research before coming to Ipoh, you would know that this is the best known Hainanese Chicken in Malaysia. And you should add this to your itinerary.

Since Ipoh is a small town, we decided to leave the car parked at the hotel, and walk to the restaurant. We got a little lost. Thankfully, the restaurant is so famous that any local seemed to know where it was. So, a little realignment from a friendly local, and we were on our way.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Reservations, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Madam Kwan KLCC - 4 Star Rating


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – The Video

Need visuals to locate the restaurant? Our helpful video shows you the street where Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken is at as well as shots of the kitchen, the available seating outside, and how it looks inside, too.


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About Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken 

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken is one of Ipoh’s most popular food places that serves the best bean sprouts and chicken. Bean Sprout Chicken in Cantonese is ‘Nga Choy Gai’. The concept is actually eating Chicken with Bean Sprouts, together with Chicken ice or Hor Fun, which is flat white noodles.

The restaurant’s humble beginnings started when the food was sold from a pushcart. Today, it spans the entire corner unit of a row of shophouses.

Best Food In Ipoh - Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken - restaurant front
Restaurant front of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Best Food In Ipoh - Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken - inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Visit during Off Peak Seasons (we went in January),
and you can get a table easily.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – The Food

As mentioned earlier, the restaurant is famous for the chicken and the bean sprouts. Customers have a choice of eating them with the fragrant chicken rice or hor fun, which is flat white noodles.

The chicken rice is really fragrant. It is cooked in chicken fat, ginger, garlic and spring onions. Plus, it is scented lightly with pandan flavor from natural pandan leaves. The hor fun is, on the other hand, is thin and light. It slides down the throat so easily.

As you can see in the photo below, we chose hor fun over the rice. In retrospect, we should have ordered one bowl of chicken rice and one bowl of hor fun. Just so that we could try both and know the difference.

A delicious and full meal - Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup
A delicious and full meal – Chicken with Bean Sprouts, Hor Fun (Flat white noodles), and meat balls in soup, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Order at least one bowl of Chicken Rice and one bowl of Hor Fun

The Chicken

The chicken was tender and tasted really good! And no wonder. They used fresh free-range chicken that they boiled to tenderness. Then they cut it into thick slices, and dunk it in ice and water. This process created the perfect Pak Cham Gai which means White Cut Chicken.

The chicken is then lathered in superior soy sauce, and sprinkled with pieces of scallion. The combined taste and texture was superb!

Pak Cham Gai - White Cut Chicken - Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions
Pak Cham Gai – White Cut Chicken – Boiled to tenderness, flavored with superior soy sauce, and garnished with scallions, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Bean Sprouts

Ipoh has the reputation of having the best bean sprouts in the country. The high quality seedling is produced with high quality and superior minerals in the ground. Added to that, natural spring water from the limestone hills, enriched with minerals, is used to grow the bean sprouts.

As a result, the bean sprouts are thick short and juicy. The fresh bean sprouts are flash-blanched to get rid of any raw taste of uncooked bean sprouts. This method is fast and quick enough to retain the crunchiness of the bean sprouts.

Then they are flavored in chicken fat, sesame oil and soy sauce and other condiments. This is followed by a topping of chopped scallions and red chilies with a light layer of pepper. The result is a delightful and delicious mix of fat, juicy and crunchy bean sprouts.

We truly loved and enjoyed the bean sprouts!

Fat, Crunchy and Juicy Bean Sprouts grown with fresh spring water from the limestone hills
Fat, Crunchy and Juicy Bean Sprouts grown with fresh spring water from the limestone hills, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

After having a great meal, we took a walk to explore the city, and searched for Mural Art, followed by an enriching and serene visit to Kek Look Tong, a cave temple with an award winning garden.


Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

We give Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) a firm 4.0.

Madam Kwan KLCC - RatingThey deserved this relatively high rating for serving food of high quality and standards.

But do take note that not all their dishes are of the same. If you order their signature dishes; that are the Chicken, Bean Sprouts, Chicken Rice and Hor Fun, you will be safe and assured of an enjoyable dining experience.

Do take note of our Tip to visit during the off peak seasons. If not, you will have to be very patient, and wait a long time for a table, and to be served.

Other than that, you can be sure to enjoy the food here, and have a memorable meal in Ipoh.


How To Get There?

Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉) is in the heart of the small town. It is within walking distance from most of the hotels. Use the map below to find out how far this restaurant is from the hotel where you are staying at.

Address of Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken:
Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken Rice (老黄芽菜鸡沙河粉)
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin,
30000 Ipoh
Tel: +605-254 4199

Operating hours: 10am to midnight

Contact Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken:
Phone Number: +60-5-254-4199


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

 

Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

After exploring the city, and finding as many of the lovely Mural Art in Ipoh as possible, my friend recommended another one of the Things To Do in Ipoh. He spoke about a very beautiful place called Kek Look Tong (極樂洞). Many tourists visit it, and even he, a local Malaysian, enjoyed going there every time he was in Ipoh.

It sounded so wondrous. Plus, he was driving. And it was not far from the city. So we made our way to Kek Look Tong (極樂洞). If you are planning to visit Malaysia, and Ipoh is one of the places you are considering, then you must read this blog post, and watch the video.


Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) in Ipoh – The Video

Visiting Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) was an awesome experience. The place was peaceful and serene. You really have to be there to know what I mean. Meanwhile, watch the video below for an idea of what to expect.


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About Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) is a cave and temple that is a favorite with the locals and popular with the tourists. Locals go there to pray and enjoy the peace and serenity. Some tourists go there to soak in the sights. Some say a little prayer while they are at it. The name – Kek Look Tong (樂洞) – means The Cave of Ultimate Bliss or Great Happiness

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Steps to Entrance
Steps to Entrance, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) is located in the south of Ipoh. It has been a place of worship since 1920s. In the 1960s, parts of the cave were excavated due to iron ore mining industry. Today, it is a place for refuge, and religious worship again.

Next to entrance, there is a charming small pond with a big statue of Kuan Yin, also known as the Goddess or Mercy.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Kuan Yin pond near entrance
Kuan Yin pond near entrance, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Inside the cave, there is a central altar and a few smaller altars. On each altar, there are image of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and various Chinese deities. There is a central altar where Maitreya Buddha sits. Maitreya Buddha, also known as the Laughing Buddha is prophesied to be the next Buddha to appear in our world. Many looking forward to this.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Maitreya Buddha, also known as Laughing Buddha
Maitreya Buddha, also known as Laughing Buddha, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Stalagmites and Stalactites inside the limestone caves are beautifully carved by nature into stunning natural artworks.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Awesome stalagmites and stalactites
Awesome stalagmites and stalactites, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - More awesome stalagmites and stalactites
More awesome stalagmites and stalactites, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Sanctuary in Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)

As we explored the place, my friend kept smiling and shared that the best part of this place is yet to be seen. Further in, there is a unique feature that sets Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) apart from the other caves in Malaysia.

There is a beautiful award winning garden, surrounded by imposing hills.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Magnificent Award Winning Garden
Magnificent Award Winning Garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

It was truly breathtaking. So amazing that such a place exists in Ipoh. The garden was large, and as we walked further in, we discovered one of the longest foot reflexology path in Ipoh.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Longest Foot Reflexology Path in Ipoh
Longest Foot Reflexology Path in Ipoh, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The challenge was to see if you can walk the entire path. We tried. After a few meters, we were crying out in pain. Haha

At the start of the garden, there was a lake. And as you walk deeper into the garden, you will find another lake. This is a lake filled with lotus plants.

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Lotus Pond, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Too bad it was not the season for lotus flowers. I am sure it would be a breathtaking sight, to see the entire lake filled with lotus flowers.

As you enjoy the garden, I advise to also look around and up. You will be impressed by the tall hills and the interesting designs by limestone.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Beautiful Limestone Hill surrounds the garden
Beautiful Limestone Hill surrounds the garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: There are mosquitoes eager for fresh blood! So do bring along any anti-mosquito balm or spray to keep them away.

Another Tip: Spot a cave and curious to explore it? Don’t!!! It is filled with mosquitoes. Like a spider luring its prey to its web, these caves are the mosquitoes’ bait.

Besides, mosquitoes, there are lots of wildlife there. There are birds, geese (that you see in the video), dogs, and even the excited garden lizard.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) - Garden Lizards Prance around the garden
Garden Lizards prance around the garden, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


Where is Kek Look Tong (極樂洞)?

As mentioned above, Kek Look Tong (樂洞極) is south of Ipoh. It is not really far … when you drive, or when you hire a cab or Grab to take you there. The journey is about 20 to 25 minutes from the main city of Ipoh.

Operating Hours

7am to 6pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Entrance Fee

Free. Donations welcome. Donations help to upkeep the place.

Address

Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

How To Get There?

By Foot

Not advisable.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. And there are no trains to this place.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. Better to go by car, taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. The journey is only about 20 to 25 minutes, one way. The car park at the site is free.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter. If you choose to go by taxi, sometimes it may be better to book them for the afternoon or day. This way, you can be assured of getting a ride back to the city, as and when you like it.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,
Timotheus

Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Mural Art

Before visiting Ipoh, I did my usual research on what are the Things To Do in Ipoh? And I read about the awesome Mural Art there. I had only heard about the famous Mural Art in Penang. And did not know they exist in Ipoh, too. Now, that I know, I made sure to track as many as I could.

After we checked in Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, and unloaded our luggage there, we first headed for lunch. We were very hungry after a long drive. We went to Lou Wong Chicken Rice. It was very good! I will blog about this next.

After lunch, it was time to find as many Mural Art as we could. It was perfect as we needed to walk and digest all that delicious food. Off we went to explore the city! Come along with us.


Mural Art in Ipoh – The Video

Prefer to watch a video of the Mural Art in Ipoh? Here it is!


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Mural Art in Ipoh

We did not have a planned route. To be honest, it was more like this – as mentioned earlier, we learned about the Mural Art in Ipoh. But we did not check where they were located exactly. So what we did was more of simply walking about the city, and spotted any Mural Art if we could. We were quite lucky. We found quite a few.

Below was one of the well known ‘Art of Old Town’ mural set. It was a collaboration between OldTown White Coffee and the City Council of Ipoh. The artist who painted this was Ernest Zacharevic. He was the same genius Lithuanian street artist that created all the awesome Mural Art in Georgetown of Penang.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet
Mural Art of Kopi O, Black Coffee in a packet

Kopi O is local for ‘black coffee’. There were 5 packets of the Kopi O, each emptier than the next. It was almost like a tribute to this iconic drink that was popular with the locals.

We continued walking down the street, and my friend spotted this very colorful mural. It was about an old style provision store that sold fruits, lanterns, and other goods. There was a towkay – local term for boss – seated on a rattan chair looking all relaxed.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner
Mural Art of a Provision Store filled with fruits, lanterns, and goods with the store owner

The next mural we found was next to a local restaurant. They must have realized how these Mural Art drew crowds. So, they had one of three foreigners enjoying beer. How apt that the restaurant sold Carlsberg!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of three men toasting with beer
Mural Art of three men toasting with beer

Soon, we were less depending on chance, and more dependent on Google. We read about a place where there were many Mural Art. As we approached that location, we were amazed at a huge Mural Art painted at the side of that building.

It was about a group of men practicing WuShu (martial arts), and one of the activities was to balance a very tall and large flag on their heads. You could not miss this!

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag
Mural Art on the wall of a building of a group of young men holding up a large flag

The location was supposed to have many Mural Art. But it looked closed, and all we could spot were a very few painted along the side of the facade. Quite sad. Even then, the paintings were beautiful.

Here was one that could easily be missed if you did not really look carefully. It was one of the smaller Mural Art of a cat catching mice. Was this art imitating life?

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a cat catching mice
Mural Art of a cat catching mice

Further along this perimeter, there are a couple more Mural Art. There was this charming coffee shop, complete with soft drinks that were no longer sold today, and a gentleman who could be the original barista, preparing coffee for customers.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista
Mural Art of a local coffee shop and the original barista

Next to the above painting was one of a trishaw rider. The trishaw was one of the old mode of transportation. It was made of a bicycle with a large seat in front of it. Passengers would sit on the large seat, and the rider would peddle the bicycle to take the customer wherever they would like to go.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider
Mural Art of a trishaw and its rider

Here was another one of the popular Mural Art – an mobile ice cream seller. These mobile stalls would move from one location to another, and sold the most delicious ice cream served on a hot day.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller
Mural Art of a mobile ice cream stall and its seller

Another popular Mural Art that captured a group of children playing blind man’s buff, a very popular game in the old days. The artist truly delivered the energy and emotions of the children.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man's buff - this is one of the famous murals
Mural Art of a group of children playing blind man’s buff – this is one of the famous murals

The last one we have in this post was discovered by us, by chance. We were looking for one of the popular local attractions, one of the museums. But found instead this breathtaking Mural Art that was drawn all over the side of this building.

This almost told a story, and perhaps it did. It was about the glorious days of tin mining in Ipoh. Back then, tin mining brought much prosperity and wealth to this small town. Today, tin mining has almost gone, with only a very few still in operations.

Things To Do In Ipoh - Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh
Mural Art depicting the old mining town of Ipoh


Where are all the Mural Art in Ipoh?

The Google Map below shows some of the locations of the Mural Art in Ipoh. Perhaps you will have better chances of capturing more of the Mural Art?

How To Get There?

By Foot

This was how we moved about within the small town of Ipoh. Just get a map from the hotel or use Google Maps, and you will be able to navigate easily to find all the Mural Art.

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services. There is no need actually. The town is so small that you can easily get about by foot (see above).

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. The town is so small, it is better to take taxi or Grab. Better still, since the Mural Art are all in town, simply go By Foot (see above).

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

Tip: Public parking requires coupons. You can buy them from stores nearby parking areas.

Tip: There are people hanging around public parking areas, and claiming to collect fees. It is up to you, but I would advise paying a small sum for the safety of your car.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Ipoh Hotels

Ipoh Hotels

Ipoh Hotels are many, and any visitor to Ipoh in Malaysia is spoilt for choice. We would like to help you by reviewing as many as we can stay at here. For a start, here is the review of Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. Click the link below for the review, with photos and videos of it.



Hotel Excelsior

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Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Front of Hotel – Click on Image to Read More

When I was planning to visit Ipoh, I searched for hotels to stay at. And my friends and I finally decided to be at Hotel Excelsior. Even when there are newer hotels around.

Why did we do that?

Well, one of the reasons is that this hotel is the most established hotel there. It was the first international hotel.

The second and better reason was that it was located right next to Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant. This fit into our plans perfectly – to wake early in the morning on our day of departure, enjoy great dim sum, then head off to Penang.

We did not expect much since this is a relatively old hotel. But we were pleasantly surprised.

Find out why?

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Things To Do In Ipoh

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

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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. Read More


Kek Look Tong – A Piece of Paradise

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Things To Do In Ipoh – Kek Look Tong (極樂洞) – Steps to Entrance – Click on Image to Read More

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.

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First Concubine Lane – Refreshed and Cool Again

Er Nai Gang, which actually means First Concubine Lane - Click on Image to Read More
Er Nai Gang, which actually means First Concubine Lane – Click on Image to Read More

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.

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

A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea - Click on Image to Read More
A peddler that would cycle around and sell the tea – Click on Image to Read More

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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Timotheus

Ipoh

Ipoh

About Ipoh

More info coming soon about Ipoh –

Where is Ipoh?

How to get to KualaIpoh?

Weather in Ipoh

How to get around in Ipoh?

Currency in Ipoh

… and more … tune in soon


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Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

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Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

After a night’s stay at the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Kuala Lumpur, we headed to Ipoh, the next destination in our road trip. After a few hours, we arrived and checked in at one of the Ipoh Hotels – the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh.

As a fellow traveller and digital nomad, I fully understand your concern when searching for a good place to stay in an unfamiliar and foreign city. So, in this Ipoh Hotels Review, I will give you my honest opinion of the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh that will include my personal experience at the hotel, what is around the hotel, what are the nearest attractions, where are the best places to eat, how to get to the hotel and around Ipoh.

As usual, I searched on Agoda to find a good hotel to stay at. I found a fantastic deal for one of the Ipoh Hotels – the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. Please continue to read for my review of this hotel.


Ipoh Hotels Review – Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, Malaysia
Room Rates: US$96 and above (depending on room type) per night. I managed to get a very good deal at Agoda – for a Superior Room, US$38 per night only
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: 43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.
Rooms: Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Various types of Suites for singles, couples and even family suites with triple an quadruple beds
Service: Cordial, friendly enough, and slightly helpful
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it!
Sleep Quality: The bed was all right, but the pillows were very soft. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. But if you like very soft pillows, then it is good for you
Cleanliness: Very good. Could be better.
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.0 out of 5.0 Three Point Stars Rating


Hotel Excelsior Ipoh  – The Video: 

Here is a video of the room that I stayed in at Hotel Excelsior Ipoh :


About Hotel Excelsior Ipoh

Hotel Excelsior has been around since 1983. It was Ipoh’s first international hotel.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Front of Hotel
Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Front of Hotel, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

So, when we booked the hotel room, we were prepared to stay in a room that might be a little old and tired.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Superior Room
Superior Room, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

To our surprise, the room still looks modern, with the latest design and furnishings such as the Rain Shower.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Rain Shower
Rain Shower, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The hotel is located at the heart of the city centre of Ipoh. As such, nearby are banks, business centres, food courts, hawker stalls, restaurants, and shopping malls. Even the local attractions are not too far away.

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - View of City from Room
View of City from Room, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems


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Amenities 

  • Non Smoking Rooms available – Request for this upon booking if you prefer Non Smoking Rooms. When I booked and made the request, the hotel responded promptly, and did provide us a Non Smoking Room when we checked in.
  • 24-Hour Concierge Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Free high speed WIFI Internet access
  • Breakfast Buffet Available

Tip: Do check if your booking includes the breakfast. If not, then you will have to purchase it.

  • Laundry Services
  • Free Parking for Guests
  • Room Service – from 7.00 am to 10.30 pm only
  • En Suite Bathroom – Towels, well stocked with shampoo and conditioner, hair dryer, Rain Shower!
  • Refrigerator

Ipoh Hotels Review - Hotel Excelsior Ipoh - Work Desk & Refrigerator
Work Desk & Refrigerator, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

  • Complimentary daily newspaper
  • Complimentary 2 bottles of water, coffee & tea in room
  • Electronic Safe
  • Foreign Currency Exchange Service
  • Ticketing and Travel Assistance
  • Taxi and Limousine Service
  • Secretarial Services
  • Baby Cot Services
  • Luggage Storage

Facilities

  • Dulang Coffee House (Ground Floor)
  • Sonata Lounge (1st Floor)
  • Excelsior Palace (5th Floor)
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Room
  • Conference Room
  • Facilities for Disabled Guest
  • Executive Club Lounge and access with VIP privileges

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What Good Food to Enjoy in Ipoh?

One of the things to do, that everyone who visits Ipoh do, is to enjoy the good food there. We know we did!

The good news is that just behind Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, there is the famous and popular dim sum place called Fo Shan Dim Sum. Locals and tourists flock here to enjoy delicious dim sum.

And a short drive away, you can enjoy the well known Lou Wong Chicken Rice. When you visit Ipoh, you must try the chicken rice here. Plus, just across the road from Hotel Excelsior Ipoh is the Oversea Restaurant where you can enjoy flavorful Chinese dishes that is as close to fine dining as you can get here.


Attractions Nearby

While the attractions at Ipoh are considered near Hotel Excelsior Ipoh, there are some that you could simply walk to, and there are those that it would be better if you have a car to drive you there or at least get a taxi or Grab.

We spent a lovely afternoon at Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple and Zen Gardens. This is truly an awesome place to visit. The serenity is truly refreshing. Then there is, of course, the famous Batu Caves.

There is a lot of history and art in Ipoh. And only so much time for you to see as much as you can. So, take your pick. For us, we visited the Concubine Lane, the Ipoh Mural Art Trail, Art of OldTown, and Ho Yan Hor Museum. We wanted to visit the Ipoh World at Han Chin Pet Soo, but it was closed by the time we reached there.

Maybe next time?


Where is Hotel Excelsior Ipoh?

 


Address: 43, Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30300 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Phone: +60-5-253-6666

How To Get There?

For us, as I mentioned, we were on a road trip. Our first stop was Kuala Lumpur. We drove along the highway to Ipoh, which took us a few hours only. Our next stop will be Penang.

From the highway, using the Waze app, we easily reached and found the Hotel Excelsior Ipoh.

You can do the same as what I did – that is, to fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, then take a bus, drive or get Grab to go to Ipoh. There are many bus services that go to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur. You can do Google search to find such services.

Tip: My Advice – Take a Cab or Grab to Ipoh. You can choose the time to depart, and it is not expensive.

Tip: There is a local airport – the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. But, there are few airlines, and no international ones that stop there. Better you take my suggestion above. At the same time, you get to visit Kuala Lumpur, too!.


Getting Around

By Train

This is a small town. There are no train services.

By Bus

There are local buses, but information on their routes and stops are not well provided. The town is so small, it is better to take taxi or Grab.

By Car

If you drove to Ipoh, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

Tip: Public parking requires coupons. You can buy them from stores nearby parking areas.

Tip: There are people hanging around public parking areas, and claiming to collect fees. It is up to you, but I would advise paying a small sum for the safety of your car.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


Hotel Excelsior Ipoh – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

This is quite a good hotel. Unfortunately, it lost points for the very soft pillows. Our sleep was affected. And good sleep is so important isn’t it?

Three Point Star RatingThe room was clean and well furnished. Housekeeping did a good job keeping the room, bed, en suite bathroom, towels, and everything else spotless.

The Superior Room was small. Yet, it was just nice for two persons who intended to drop everything the minute they checked in, and explore the city. In effect, the room is just functional. A place to shower and sleep.

Ahhh, there’s the rub again. The reason why the rating is an average 3.0. Sleep. It was not so good. Sleep aside, all else was good.

If you are like us, and travel to explore, then Hotel Excelsior Ipoh is just right for you. At the prices offered by Agoda, it is a great value.


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Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

I visited Malaysia again recently, and stayed one of the Kuala Lumpur HotelsRamada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. In this Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review, I will share with you my experience at the hotel, what is around the hotel, what are the nearest attractions, how to get to the hotel and around Kuala Lumpur.

It was time for another vacation. A friend from Malaysia proposed a road trip – Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh then Penang. That sounded fun! The thought of visiting more interesting places in Kuala Lumpur like Thean Hou Temple, Central Market, Petaling Street, Petronas Tower, and more was so inviting.

Plus, all the delicious food to enjoy like Madam Kwan’s, DC Comics Superheroes Cafe, Kinjuku, and more! And that is just in Kuala Lumpur. There are more good food in Ipoh and Penang. Resistance was Futile!

First stop was Kuala Lumpur. Needless to say, I turned to trusted Agoda to find a good hotel to stay at. I found a fantastic deal for one of the Kuala Lumpur Hotels – the Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Please continue to read for my review of this hotel.


Kuala Lumpur Hotels Review – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Room Rates: US$72 – US$133 (based on average rates for a standard suite)  and above (depending on suite) per night. I managed to get a very good deal at Agoda – US$51 per night only.
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: No 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylong, Kuala Lumpur  50200, Malaysia.
Rooms: One bedroom suites.
Service: Cold, unfriendly, mechanical
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it!
Sleep Quality: The bed was all right, but the pillows were a bit soft. Still, managed to get good enough sleep.
Cleanliness: Very good. Could be better.
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.0 out of 5.0 Three Point Stars Rating

Additional Info: Non-Smoking Hotel, Breakfast Buffet (need to purchase)


Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – The Video: 

Here is a video of the room that I stayed in at Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre:


About Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre

The hotel name is Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Quite a mouthful. And sometimes you might see the name listed or written as Ramada Suites KLCC.

Do not be misled when you see it as Ramada Suites KLCC. It is not located at or anywhere near KLCC. Instead, the hotel is nearer to the popular shopping belt known as Bukit Bintang. It is just a short 15 to 20 minutes walk to malls like Pavilion, Lot 10, and Sungei Wang. And even shorter distance to Low Yat, the IT Mall of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Bed & Sofa
Bed & Sofa, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

The Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre has 107 rooms or suites, as the hotel prefers to call them. Personally, I do consider the rooms a little too small to be called a suite. At the same time, it is a little larger than most rooms.

Furnished in contemporary style, each of the suite comes with king-sized bed or twin beds. There is even a choice of executive suite. The rooms or suites include a closet, a kitchenette, an en suite bathroom with rain shower, a sofa to watch shows on a 50 inch TV as well as a simple work desk.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Work Desk
Work Desk, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Due to its location near the shopping belt, and within the city, all the rooms have a city view.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - City View
City View, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Tip: Hotel is in an area with many restaurants and pubs. Can get noisy at night. Try to ask for a room that is in the quieter side. No promises they will provide though. I was fortunate to get a quiet room.


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Amenities 

  • 24-Hour Reception Desk – Service was cold and unfriendly. The reception staff were polite but did not smile at all. They might as well just install robots to do the job.
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Free WIFI
  • Breakfast Buffet Available

Tip: Do check if your booking includes the breakfast. If not, then you will have to purchase it.

  • Laundry Services
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Onsite Parking – Available but for a fee. Even for guests. We were not happy to find out that even guests have to pay a fee to park here. It should be free for guests!
  • Room Service
  • Kitchenette – With hob and hood, a kettle, fresh water in bottles daily provided, coffee and tea packets with sugar and creamer, a small refrigerator and a microwave oven. It is nice to have the refrigerator. I love to eat tropical fruits, and it was nice to store them in the refrigerator.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Kitchenette
Kitchenette, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

  • En Suite Bathroom – Has towels and well stocked with shampoo and conditioner. There is also a hair dryer. What really pleased me was the Rain Shower. Loved it! And the water pressure was very good too.

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - En Suite Bathroom
En Suite Bathroom, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

Kuala Lumpur Hotels - Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre - Rain Shower
Rain Shower, © Timotheus Lee for Asia Travel Gems

  • Safe – Great for keeping my valuables safe while I explore the city. But I discovered a hiccup, something for you to be careful about. Read the tip below!

Tip: The Safe! Be careful to use the safe in this hotel. One evening, I needed to check my passport that I kept in the safe. I could not open with the code I previously entered. I tried many times before I gave up and called the Front Desk. I was duly informed that they could not do anything because only the Manager can resolve this. And the Manager is only back in the morning.

I was horrified! What if we needed something urgently from the safe? What if our flight was that night, and we needed our passports? The Reception gave the standard answer – wait till morning for the Manager to arrive. Terrible!


Facilities

  • Lounge/Bar/Restaurant – Goa by Hubba is on the ground level, next to the Front Desk. They serve a wide range of food, from local to American. There is also a bar scene with live music. I had a couple of hours before my flight, and I spent it resting at this place. The drink was all right.
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Infinity Swimming Pool – Infinity Pools are so popular these days. But it is not good to have one for the sake of having one. I think this happened here at Ramada Suites KLCC. The Infinity Pool is lack lustre. There is no great view, only view of the city that are just buildings. It was not worth taking photos or videos of this facility.

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Attractions Nearby

There are no attractions nearby, unless you count Bukit Bintang, which is a shopping belt. There are large malls, small shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and food courts in this area. One popular eating place is Jalan Alor, which is a famous food street. You can find many tasty local food served at the restaurants and food stalls along Jalan Alor.

While there are no attractions near the hotel, there is the Bukit Bintang Monorail station that is only 15 to 20 minutes walk away. You have access to many attractions in Kuala Lumpur from this station. The attractions are such as those mentioned earlier – Thean Hou Temple, Central Market, Petaling Street, Petronas Tower, and more.


Where is Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre?

 


Address: No 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylong, Kuala Lumpur  50200, Malaysia.

Phone: +60-3-2386-9288

How To Get There?

It is easy to get to Ramada Suites KLCC from the airport. One way would be to get one of the taxi services at the airport or use Grab. My choice is Grab as it is easy to use.

Tip:  For some reason, drivers are not able to find the hotel, even if you give the right address. Get the phone number (shown above) ready. If need be, call hotel, ask them to direct driver. That’s what happened to me, and what I did.


Getting Around

By Train

Light Rapid Transit (LRT) – The nearest Monorail station is Bukit Bintang, and takes about 15 to 20 minutes walk to reach there. The monorail can bring you to almost anywhere within the city.

By Bus

KL Hop-On Hop-Off – This is a City Tour Bus that can take you to many attractions. Go to their website to find out the various routes, fares and destinations.

GoKL – This is a Free City Bus Service for visitors. It travels on selected routes in the city. Go to the GoKL website for more information.

By Taxi

This is also an option. And always take those that go by the meter. You can reject if they do not use the meter. Speak to the driver and agree to go by meter before you get on the taxi.

By Grab

This is my preferred option. It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

The hotel would have received a much lower rating. This was because of the very poor service at the Front Desk. To me, everyone working in the hospitality industry should have good customer service, and know how to smile.

Three Point Star RatingI arrived at the hotel to sullen faces. Not even a greeting. Just robotic actions to register me and quickly get me away from the Front Desk and to the room.

I do not know if it was because I was Asian? I witnessed the Front Desk staff behaved much nicer to a Caucasian couple.  No matter what, no excuse for poor service.

What made it worse was the inability to open the safe at night when the Manager is not around. Could they not arrange for the most senior person in the night to assist with this?

What saved the hotel, and helped them achieved an average 3 instead of a 1.5 or 2 are the room, cleanliness and location.


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Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus