Visit a Traditional Medicine Shop
One of the nice things to do when in Ipoh is to check out the traditional Chinese Medicine shops. While you can find these herbal and traditional medicine shops throughout Malaysia, many of the older ones have ceased operations or have been coverted to more modern Pharmacies.
In Ipoh, however, I noticed that many traditional Chinese medicine shops continue to ply their trade. Perhaps it is because there is a large enough population of retirees here or simply because of tradition. I'm not sure.
When you visit the shop, just tell the Chinese sinseh about your complaint, and he may check your pulse and ask you a few more questions, before prescribing something for your health.
Traditional herbs are not used only for medicinal purposes but also in cooking (such as herbal chicken soups). Among the better known herbs are ginseng (only to be drunk when you are feeling robust and in good health), dong kwai (for women's ailments and well being), gei ji etc.
Although it takes a while to boil up the concoction, I always do enjoy drinking herbal concoctions for coughs, colds and other general ailments. The herbs are aromatic and generally improve your sense of well-being. I guess the taste is an acquired taste-they can be bitter, lightly sweet, bland, or with a hint of tanginess- but I certainly do like it.
To get the most out of your visit, you would need to bring along a Chinese speaking friend. Having said that, most Ipoh folks are well-educated and do speak good English.
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The Kelly's Castle is actually near Batu Gajah ( 4km ), but it is also near Ipoh (12 km ).
There is a story about this castle, but such a boring tale that you shouldn't bother about it. The castle ? It's huge, but hardly deserving of such a grand name.
But then, in the name of tourism, they have to exaggerate ( sometimes over-doing it ) !
Still, worth a visit, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO !
Eagle Mountain Recreation Park
Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang, off Jalan Kuala Kangsar. Exit from North Ipoh.
Many local people still do not aware of this recreational place due to lack of publicity. However, I don't think this place is meant for tourists and there is little to offer. It's more of a place for the local people to hang out. The place was very queit when I went there in the weekend. If you don't have much time to spare in Ipoh, I suggest you to skip this place and focus your time for looking out delicious food in Ipoh.
You will see a calm lake surrounded by limestone hills. At the far end of the lake is a recreational park and children's playground. In order to reach there, one must pay RM3 (adult) / RM1.50 (Senior Citizen) for a boat ride from the jetty.
At the jetty, I can see the lake is teemed with large fish hungry for food but I don't see any eagles flying around here.
At the entrance of Eagle Mountain Recreation Park, you can see a chinese temple built inside the limestone cave. Note that in Ipoh there are many chinese temples built around or inside limestone caves. Eg: Perak Cave and Sam Poh Cave.
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Take a tube & Surf around the Hill
The new RM60 million water theme park "Lost World of Tambun" is located in the historic town of Ipoh in the middle of the North-South corridor in Perak. Ideally located between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
The park will provide a much-anticipated family leisure attraction for anyone in the area.
It's expected to attract 450,000 visitors annually.
The theme park is landscaped with vines, creepers and lush tropical plants to give the illusion of a “Lost World.” The park is the sister theme park of Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya. It is opened since Nov 2004.
The theme park is two hours drive north from Kuala Lumpur and one-hour and a half drive from Penang. It opens from 12:00 noon until 7 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, school and public holidays, the park opens at 10:00 a.m. It closes on Tuesdays except if the day falls on Malaysian school and public holidays.
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Gua Tempurong, Gopeng,...
Gua Tempurong, Gopeng, Perak
This cave is located about 2hrs away by car from Kuala Lumpur. This cave is must to go if you are interested in caving. This cave was first open to public about 7yrs ago(1995), then there were no charge except registering your name with the guard but now there is a RM22 entrance fees for the grand tour or RM11 for a half tour.
Best way to reach Gua Tempurong is by using the PLUS Highway, exit at Gopeng (about 30mins before arriving in Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur) and take a left once you paid the toll charges. Drive about 4km and you will see a sign pointing left into a small lane in between two village houses. From the entrance to the cave is about 4km and trust your instinct and keep going even until you see dirt roads, go on and you will reach the cave entrace.
Make you sure arrive at the cave before 0930 because everyday there is only one trip on the Grand Tour and you will not want to miss it.
Wear anything you feel comfortable, shoe will be good but sandals are fine. A waterfproof torch will be an advantage but any torch with high beam will do well. Bring along a set of cloth for change after the caving.
Gua Tempurung in Perak. It...
Gua Tempurung in Perak.
It was my first time venturing into the caves. I was with a bunch of good friends - the 10 of us and we decided to try the Grand Tour of Gua Tempurung. It was awesome!
Tiring, probably...but an experience not to be missed. I had no idea how exciting it would be to walk (and crawl!) in a cave...in total darkness (except for torchlights) until I tried this.
You shouldn''t miss it while there''s still a stretch of 'undeveloped' area, where you can experience an Indiana Jones-like adventure. I heard that plans are being made to build proper walkways (with proper lighting) in this current stretch of 'undeveloped' area. Personally, I think there goes all the fun!
I''m really glad I''ve been there and done that.
Just a reminder to take note of the wet seasons...the caves can get flooded then. And be prepared for about 4 hours of walking etc.
Take the highway from KL travelling north (the North-South Highway, probably). Exit at Batu Gajah. Travel along the old road (before there was the highway) heading for Ipoh, and look out for signs leading to Gua Tempurung. It's somewhere between Kampar and Ipoh...before Teluk Intan, if I'm not mistaken.
Can anyone confirm, please?
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