Spending The Most Of Our 12 Hours In Ipoh, Perak

Ipoh

I’m sure we can all relate when I say last-minute plans would work the best and would leave you with the best memories. That’s what happened to me and my friends when we decided just a day before to go for a quick getaway to Ipoh! At our age, it seems almost impossible to find the right time when we’re all free.

8.30 a.m. – New Hollywood Restaurant

Our first stop to fuel up was none other than the famous New Hollywood Restaurant, which serves all of the locals’ favourites and caters for every taste bud. We had a bit of everything and left no room on the table; various types of steaming dim sum, a plate of (deep-fried goodness) loh bak, the classic char kuey teow, the delicate chee cheong fun, half-boiled eggs on toast, chilli pan mee, and to top it all off, the must-have Ipoh white coffee. Bear in mind, this is not even half of what they serve!

 

 

9.30 a.m. – Lost World of Tambun

After our hearty breakfast, we headed straight to the Lost World of Tambun for a day of fun and splash. If I remember correctly, the last (and only) time I was here was when they first opened in 2004, almost 17 years ago!

This beautiful theme park has so much to offer since then, offering six theme parks, three night parks, and accommodation! We did not manage to visit all of them but promised ourselves to come again, spend the night, and get the full experience.

We started with a swim at Lost World Water Park’s Jungle Wave Bay, the biggest wave pool in Malaysia, before trying out the rest of the colourful, swirly slides around the water park. We didn’t realise we spent so much time here until we had a change of clothes for the dry parks!

Due to time restriction, we quickly headed to Lost World Amusement Park to take a ride on the flying swings, Dragon Flights. They sure sent you up high! And it sure was a long ride, a bit more than my stomach could care for!

Although we were famished by now, we made a stop at the Haunted Chambers, Lost World’s humble haunted house. I’m not going to spell out the whole experience here, (because I barely kept my eyes open!) but for RM10 per entry, you are in for the ultimate horror experience by our local, infamous ghosts and witches!

We wrapped up with a roller-coaster ride at Lupe’s Adventure, which is also Perak’s very first roller coaster. Not as scary or heart-thumping, this ride is definitely suitable for the younger visitors to enjoy.

3.30 p.m. – Still at Lost World of Tambun

For our late lunch, we made our way to a special café in the cave, called the Dulang Tea House. You best believe we had a feast here! From all the classic Ipoh kopitiam drinks, to toast dipped in thick, savoury chicken curry, steamed tapioca with sambal ikan bilis (fried chilli paste and anchovies), with sweet tapioca porridge and roti tumbuk for dessert. Directly translated as punched bread, we really had to smash the hard-rock bread to pieces and mix it with brown sugar and coconut shreds for a spoonful of sweet, creamy crunch goodness.

Before we left, we made a stop at Lost World Tiger Valley and Catopia, to pay a visit to the feline family. At the Tiger Valley, we witnessed two Siberian Tigers bathing in the sun in all of their glory, and at Catopia, we got to play with so many different breeds of cats; Persian, Maine Coon, Bengal, and many more!Before we left, we made a stop at Lost World Tiger Valley and Catopia, to pay a visit to the feline family. At the Tiger Valley, we witnessed two Siberian Tigers bathing in the sun in all of their glory, and at Catopia, we got to play with so many different breeds of cats; Persian, Maine Coon, Bengal, and many more!


As we headed for the exit, we walked along Lost World’s very own Ipoh Street. Unfortunately, the weather chose to not side with us, as it started drizzling so we quickly made a move to our next destination, hoping to catch the sun on the other side of the town.As we headed for the exit, we walked along Lost World’s very own Ipoh Street. Unfortunately, the weather chose to not side with us, as it started drizzling so we quickly made a move to our next destination, hoping to catch the sun on the other side of the town.

5.30 p.m. – Concubine Lane

By the time we arrived at Concubine Lane, the rain started to pour even more heavily. With our umbrellas in hand, we strolled around the lane for some shots with the murals and colourful doors, ignoring our drenched pants and slippers.By the time we arrived at Concubine Lane, the rain started to pour even more heavily. With our umbrellas in hand, we strolled around the lane for some shots with the murals and colourful doors, ignoring our drenched pants and slippers.

7.00 p.m. – Miker Pizza, Ipoh Parade

As dusk approached, we made a move to Miker Pizza, a local pizza joint that should be on everyone’s must-visit list whenever they visit Ipoh. Not to be confused, Miker here is pronounced as it is spelt, mee-ker, and not mai-ker, for it means ‘you’ in the Ipoh dialect.

We decided on a half-and-half pizza, with Ultimate Kampung on one side and Crazee Meat on the other. My take? I could eat the Ultimate Kampung every day! A pizza with anchovies, cili padi (birds’ eye chillies), onions, and local herbs topped with cheese, what’s not to like? There was also a strong scent of bunga kantan (ginger flower), which makes it all the more fragrant and delicious.

As if that wasn’t enough, we went on a search for dessert at Ipoh Parade and agreed on Salon Du Chocolat. We ordered two plates of dessert (a chocolate crepe and a ‘pizza’ waffle) and realised almost immediately that we were too full to finish both!As if that wasn’t enough, we went on a search for dessert at Ipoh Parade and agreed on Salon Du Chocolat. We ordered two plates of dessert (a chocolate crepe and a ‘pizza’ waffle) and realised almost immediately that we were too full to finish both!

8.30 p.m. – It’s a Wrap

We had reached the end of the day! We bid our farewell and vowed to spend more time when it permits, maybe 24 hours next time? No matter how much we’ve grown and how busy we’ve become, we are never too old to have fun. So, pick up that phone, call up your friends, and plan that trip you’ve been longing for!


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