Ipoh isn’t just famous for food. More than just a stopover, the capital of Perak charms with dazzling street art and instaworthy sights to keep visitors busy for days! Scroll down our list of top 22 instaworthy spots in Ipoh to check out for your next trip
1. Kinta Heights
We start off this list with a hidden gem. Located near Jalan Bijeh Timah, Kinta Heights is a colourful flat that’s very reminiscent of the instaworthy Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong
Location: Persiaran Bijih Timah, Kinta Heights, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
2. Sam Poh Tong
Stepping into Sam Poh Tong instantly makes you channel your inner Indiana Jones. Hidden amongst towering limestone karsts covered in lush greenery, the photogenic Sam Poh Tong is Ipoh’s oldest Chinese temple
Location: Kampung Gunung Rapat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
3. Kinta Riverfront
If you’ve been to I-City in Shah Alam and absolutely love your time there, then Kinta Riverfront should be a no-brainer for you! Incredibly lively and scenic at night, you’ll find plenty of shops and LED trees illuminating the riverfront
Update: According to some of our followers, this location has been closed for renovations till 2021
Location: Jalan Lim Bo Seng, 30000, Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
4. Gua Tempurung
One of the largest and longest limestone caves in peninsular Malaysia, Gua Tempurung’s beauty is difficult to describe in words. Explore the depths of this beautiful underworld as you marvel at million year old stalagmites and stalactites.
Location: Gopeng (roughly 40 minutes drive from Ipoh), Perak (Google Maps)
5. Kellie’s Castle
Located on a small hilltop in Batu Gajah, this historic castle is popular with visitors for its intriguing architecture and picturesque landscapes.
Location: Batu Gajah (about 30 minutes drive from Ipoh), Perak(Google Maps)
6. Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village
Sandwiched between two famous cave temples (Sam Poh Tong & Kek Lok Tong) in Gunung Rapat, Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village is vibrant and eclectic, with plenty of photo opportunities on display that’s perfect for the ‘gram.
Nicknamed ‘Little Guilin’ by visitors, admission comes with free usage of bicycles and straw hats, so you can roleplay and feel as if you’re in China
Location: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
7. Tasik Cermin
Located near a quarry, visitors flock to this hidden oasis for its breathtaking scenery and tranquil waters. Coming here involves the risk of falling rocks and braving a dark tunnel, however you’ll be rewarded with some of Ipoh’s most pristine views
Location: Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, 31350 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
8. The Haven
A beautiful 5-star resort located in Tambun, a short 20 minute drive away from Ipoh. Be a guest here to take advantage of the resort’s infinity pool that overlooks the lake
Location: Jalan Haven, Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Tambun, 31150 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
9. Disney Avenue
Nestled in a quiet area of Kampar, there exists a small development called Bandar Agacia. Locals nicknamed it “Disney Avenue” as the town was modelled after Disneyland’s Main Street. Its pastel-hued facade provides the perfect backdrop for magical photos. It even has Disney-themed cafes!
Location: Bandar Agacia (roughly 50 minute drive from Ipoh), Kampar, Perak (Google Maps)
10. De’Cafe & Resthouse
Along the alley leading to De Cafe & Rest House is this picturesque walkway that makes for a beautiful spot to click a photo. Intentionally left to be overgrown with green moss, leafy ferns and creeping vines, being here almost feels like stepping into a ‘tiny forest’
Location: 35, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
11. Banjaran Hotsprings
Rainforest-covered hills, cascading waterfalls, steamy hot springs, natural caves, there’s an abundance of instaworthy sights that awaits you at Banjaran Hotsprings.
While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the must-see Jeff’s Cellar, the only place in Malaysia where you can dine in a cave!
Location: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
12. Ipoh Railway Station
Never leave Ipoh without having a look at its most famous landmark, the Ipoh Railway Station! Affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, it stands proudly with its majestic white vestige that’s instantly recognizable in any photo.
It might be a little rundown in some corners but is still perfect for ‘gram with its British-colonial architecture and pleasurable symmetry
Location: Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
13. Gunung Lang
The peaceful scenery is reason enough to go. Most visitors will simply queue up for a photo with the man-made waterfall and leave, however there are enough activities here to keep you occupied.
There’s boat rides to the other side of the lake, giving you alternative views of Gunung Lang and its surroundings
Location: Gunung Lang Recreational Park, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
14. TT5 Tin Dredge
Located off the tourist trail in Batu Gajah, TT5 Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge is the last of its kind that still stands in Perak. A picture with this unique 80 year old relic from Ipoh’s glorious tin mining past can certainly help you make your Instagram feed stand out
Location: 9th KM, Jln Tanjung Tualang, 31000 Batu Gajah (approx 35 minute drive from Ipoh), Perak (Google Maps)
15. Concubine Lane
Easily Ipoh’s most famous street, the colorful shops and decor around this particular alley in Ipoh Old Town makes for a beautiful backdrop for any photo.
Don’t forget to check out Market Lane (or Second Concubine Lane) for the coloured umbrellas!
Location: Concubine Lane, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
16. Platf9rm Cafe
Rejoice, Potterheads! Still waiting for your dream invitation to Hogwarts? Well, grab your broomsticks and head over to Ipoh’s very own Platform 9 ¾!
With its unique aesthetic and beautiful decor, Platf9rm Cafe is a magical place to be for any aspiring wizards
Location: 22, Lorong Panglima, Concubine Lane, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
17. Bukit Batu Putih
For views alone, Bukit Batu Putih should top your list. Situated in Gopeng, the trail head can be found near Gaharu Tea Valley. Topping out at just 310m, it’s a relatively easy hike as the trail to the summit is clear and well-marked.
Come here just before sunset for the best and most dramatic views.
Location: Gopeng (about 40 minutes drive from Ipoh), Perak (Google Maps)
18. BookXcess Kong Heng
The first outlet of its kind in Ipoh, BookXcess in Kong Heng Square sports a quirky interior, where rows upon rows of books are stacked on cinder block shelves, making great backdrops for photos
Pretty neon lights lead down into the basement, where more books are hidden away in the building’s old bank vaults and security deposits! Don’t forget to check out the “peephole” outside the shop’s entrance!
Location: 91, Jalan Sultan Yusof, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
19. Lata Penyel
The majestic Lata Penyel in Kampung Pendeq Pos Yum, near Sungai Siput, is one waterfall you shouldn’t miss! Towering almost 60 meters from the ground, the waterfall makes a great backdrop for any photo.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you may even try abseiling down the falls for a more epic shot!
Location: Kampung Pendeq Pos Yum (about 1.5 hours drive from Ipoh), Sungai Siput, Perak (Google Maps)
20. Time Tunnel Ipoh
For vintage lovers, Time Tunnel Ipoh (not to be mistaken with the one in Cameron Highlands) is a must-visit spot in Ipoh. Decked out with old equipment and collectibles, Time Tunnel Ipoh brings back nostalgic memories from the yesteryears
Location: Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
21. Birch Memorial Clock Tower
The steps leading to this exquisite white clock tower are the most popular spot amongst photographers and Instagrammers. No matter the time of day, the clock tower is always in its best form for your pictures
Location: 31650 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)
22. Jalan Bijeh Timah
This historic street in Ipoh has a collection of murals that are quite impressive, but the most famous of them all has to be the mural of a trishaw garbage collector. It’s so attractive that you can’t resist posing in front of it. This is one of the 7 wall art murals by Ernest Zacharevic
Location: Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak (Google Maps)