13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores Lima, Peru

13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores Lima, Peru

Not sure what to do in Miraflores Lima, Peru?

As one of the most affluential districts in Lima, Miraflores is filled with some of the best attractions in Lima. Amazing restaurants, stunning landscapes, nice parks, the list goes on and on. 

With so many things to do in Miraflores Lima, it is easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you only have a short time in Lima.

Below we have compiled a list of our personal favorite attractions in Miraflores, Peru. Hopefully, this will help plan your exciting Peru itinerary.

Enjoy!

What To Do in Miraflores: 13 BEST Things To Do in Miraflores, Lima

1. Stroll Down the Miraflores Boardwalk (Malecón De Miraflores)

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If there is one thing to do in Miraflores Lima, it is to stroll down the ~6-mile long malecón, an elevated walkway situated above the dramatic cliffs overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean. Sometimes also referred to as the Costa Verde, this path is one of the most popular places in Lima due to its wide stretches of green spaces, calm atmosphere, and surreal sunsets.

On any given day, you will find numerous tourists and locals strolling along the malecón, enjoying the breezy ocean air and admiring the panoramic views. The walkway is also a popular location for joggers and bikers to escape the bustling city and get some exercise outdoors.

There are many bike rental companies throughout Miraflores for anyone interested in biking the malecón. Though we haven’t rented one ourselves, we have heard great reviews for Mirabici. One of their locations is located right on the malecón!

2. Go Shopping in Larcomar, Lima’s Fanciest Mall

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Credit: Ivan Mlinaric via Flickr Nested in the stunning cliffs of Miraflores is Lacromar, one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Lima. Featuring more than 80 shops, Lacromar is the place to go to if you want to do some shopping in Miraflores. Its unique location offers breath-taking seaside views and adds a touch of romanticism whether you are doing some shopping, eating at the food court, or going on a date at the cinema. Though the price is quite steep for even the most mundane dish, having the mystical ocean as your backdrop when munching on your greasy fries does make a difference. A shopping mall is definitely not on our Peru bucket list, but Lacromar is unlike any other shopping malls that we have been to. Visitors can spend the whole day here, shopping, eating, going to the cinema, and admiring the views.

3. Eat At Maido, One of the World’s Top 50 Restaurants

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Credit: Cathrine via Flickr If you are not sure what to do in Miraflores, may I suggest eating till you can’t walk? In Arequipa, our tour guide said there are three reasons why travelers come to Peru. The first one is Machu Picchu (obviously), the second one is gastronomy, and the third one is the diversity of the landscapes. While we knew have seen the desserts in Ica, the Andes in Huaraz, and Machu Picchu itself, we were not exposed to the delicious Peruvian dishes until we came to Lima. To our surprise, Lima has a total of 2 of the top 50 restaurants in the world. Maido, one of the top 50 in the world, is also considered the best restaurant in Latin America. Guess where Maido is located? The friendly Miraflores district in Lima, Peru! Maido offers a unique Nikkei experience, the perfect fusion between authentic Peruvian cuisine and Japanese cuisine. Their philosophy believes in combining the best of two worlds to create a “third dimension”, the complex Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. The food here is inexplicably phenomenal, and along with other small touches create the iconic Maido experience. Though Maidos is expensive, it is relatively cheap compared to some of the top 50 restaurants in other parts of the world. We recommend you to reserve 2 months in advance to secure your table!

4. Indulge in Delicious Ceviche, The National Food of Peru

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If there is one Peruvian dish that I could have forever, it would be the Peruvian ceviche. This national dish of Peru is exemplary of what Peruvian cuisine is about – simplicity, superb ingredients, and bursting flavors.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Peruvian ceviche, it is a popular dish made using raw fish “cooked” primarily in Peruvian lemon juice. The acidity of the Peruvian lemon is so strong that it essentially kills all the harmful bacteria in the raw fish, creating a dish that is fresh and flavorful.

Every bite of this national dish of Peru reminds you of the sea, as the fish retains most of its flavor. Combined that with the unique flavors of the Peruvian lemon and a few spices, you have yourself a simple master dish.

As a coastal city, Lima is blessed with some of the freshest seafood in the world. There is honestly no better place in the world to try this magical dish. Luckily for you, having the Peruvian ceviche doesn’t have to be expensive.

Here are some of our favorite affordable ceviche restaurants in Lima!

5. Visit Huaca Pucllana, A Pre-Incan Archaelogical Ruin

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Located in the heart of the Miraflores district is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Peru – Huaca Pucllana. At first glance, this site looks less impressive than Machu Picchu or even Kuelap in Chachapoyas. That is because this ruin actually dates back to sometime between 200 AD to 700 AD, almost 1000 years before the Inca empire. 

This pre-Inca run features a great adobe and clay pyramid made from seven staggered platforms and was once the administrative center of the Lima culture indigenous group.

At around 700 AD, the Lima culture group was conquered by the Wari culture. Under the Wari’s rule, Huaca Pucllana became a burial site for nobility. In 2008, tombs were discovered in Huaca Pullcana.

The admission fee to Huaca Pucllana is 15 Peruvian soles and it comes with a mandatory guided tour.

6. Visit Love Park (Parque Del Amor)

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Credit: WikiCommons Along the beautiful malecón of Miraflores is one of the most popular parks in Lima – the Love Park, or Parque del Amor in Spanish. Featuring a kissing statue, mosaic walls, and views of the Pacific Ocean, the Love Park is a relaxing romantic place for dates and couples. Lovers and soon-be lovers can sit on one of the benches and enjoy a nice chat while enjoying the ocean breeze. If you are hungry, there are several snack stands nearby to keep you at the top of your performance!

7. Go Paragliding Off Of Lima’s Picturesque Coast

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If the view from the malecón is not breath-taking enough, why not go paragliding. The perfect mixture of fun and sightseeing, paragliding is one of the most popular activities in Miraflores, Peru.

As you stroll down the malecón, it is not unusual to see paragliders over the beautiful coast of Lima. You don’t have to watch from the sidelines, as there are many paragliding schools right on the malecón.

Simply head over to Parque Raimondi near the Love Park and you will find yourself multiple paragliding companies. We recommend Parapuerto Miraflores – APIPT. No reservation is required but it is wise to give them a phone call to make sure the weather is okay for paragliding!

8. Pet Some Stray Cats At Kennedy Park, The Central Park of Miraflores

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While there are many things to do in Miraflores Peru, there is only one if you are a cat-lover – visiting Kennedy Park.

Kennedy Park is the home of numerous stray cats. But unlike stray cats that are not taken care of, these stray cats in Kennedy Park are well-maintained. Park officials periodically do check-ups, feed them, and give them water.

These stray cats stroll around the park and approach anyone that has food. However, they are by no means aggressive. Even if you don’t have food, they are always up for a nice belly rub or a head scratch. Don’t worry about being scratched by them, they are the most docile cats we have ever encountered.

If you see a cute one that is just dozing off on the side, don’t approach him/her. Imagine someone entering your house and waking you up from your sleep, you wouldn’t be too happy, would ya?

Kennedy Park in Miraflores is pretty much like a cat cafe in Japan, but the cats are living happy lives and free from captivity!

Besides the adorable cats, there is the famous Sunday night dance. A speaker is set up and locals dance the night away, sharing laughter and having fun!

9. Check Out the Crafts at The Miraflores Indian Market

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No Peru trip is complete without a visit to one of its artisan/craft market. Luckily for you, there is the perfect one in Miraflores – the Miraflores Indian Market.

A huge market with anything from alpaca sweaters to hats to t-shirts to other miscellaneous crafts, the Miraflores Indian Market is the perfect place to see what the local craft scene is like. If you are looking to purchase some souvenirs, this is the perfect place to do so.

Like many markets in South America, quality can be an issue. Many vendors will claim that their textile or clothing is 100% (insert adjective here), but that isn’t the case most of the time.

The most popular souvenirs from Peru are the alpaca products –  hats, sweaters, ponchos, and others. The most precious of which is the 100% baby alpaca products, sometimes costing as much as a few hundred dollars. 

We do not recommend you to search for any high-quality alpaca products at the Miraflores Indian Market. If you do intend on purchasing some, please go to Cusco, as their selection is much cheaper and higher quality.

Nevertheless, a stroll down Miraflores Indian Market will expose you to the amazing crafts Peru is known for!

Don’t forget to negotiate… and negotiate again when you visit the Miraflores Indian Market.

10. Learn How To Surf At One Of Miraflores Beaches

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Behind the dramatic cliffs in Miraflores are some of the most beginner-friendly surfing beaches in Peru. One of the most popular beaches for surfing in Miraflores is the Makaha Beach, or Playa Makaha in Spanish.

Dozen of surfing schools line up on the beautiful rocky beach with wetsuit and boards available for rent. Classes are available, and so are 1-on-1 private lessons.

Unlike other surfing beaches in Peru such as Mancora in the North, the surfing beaches in Miraflores are less crowed, perfect for beginners.

Though we haven’t taken a lesson in any of the surfing schools, we have heard great reviews for Willy’s Surf School.

TOP Things To Do In Miraflores At Night

1. Try Pisco Sour (The National Drink of Peru) At One Of The Best Bars In Miraflores

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Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru, is an alcoholic beverage you must try on your Peru trip. The name of the cocktail comes from pisco, which is the base liquor used, and the term sour comes from the citrus elements used.

At first glance, this drink might look at all appetizing, because raw egg white is one of the ingredients, creating a thick white foamy layer at the top of the drink.

However, this doesn’t stop local Peruvians from indulging in their favorite alcoholic drink. In fact, they love it so much that the first Saturday of every February is National Pisco Sour Day.

Luckily for you, there are plenty of bars in Miraflores serving some of the nation’s best Pisco sours. The one we highly recommend is Bar Capitán Meléndez. Its friendly atmosphere along with carefully crafted Pisco sours makes it one of the best places to visit in Miraflores at night. 

2. Dance Salsa At One of The Nightclubs in Lima

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If you are traveling in South America, learning how to dance salsa is essential to surviving in the nightclubs. From the small towns to the big cities in South America, salsa dancing is a huge part of the culture. Though Colombia is definitely the prime location for salsa dancing, Lima’s salsa scene is quite amazing.

Though you might want to take some salsa classes to unlock your full potential, local Peruvians are very accepting of foreigners trying to learn. Since this is a partner dance, if your partner is experienced, you both can still have a lot of fun.

If you don’t want to dance salsa, you can just admire the art. The quick movement of the feet, the sway of the hip, everything about this dance is hypnotic to watch.

If you ask a local how did they get so good at dancing salsa, chances are they will tell you they were dancing salsa when they came out of their mother’s womb!

The best place to dance salsa in Miraflores Lima is unquestionably Son de Cuba. It is a place with good music, decent drinks, and a fun atmosphere!

3. Relax And Admire The Night View Of Costa Verde From The Malecón

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Though the nightlife in Miraflores is amazing, you don’t always have to go to a bar or club at night. In fact, one of my favorite things to do in Miraflores at night is to simply stroll along the malecón. I know we have mentioned this malecón numerous times throughout our post, but visiting it at night is very different from seeing it in the day.

If you simply want to unwind and look into the abyss that is the Pacific Ocean at night, the malecón is the perfect place to do it.

Traveling doesn’t always mean doing something exciting all the time. Simply doing nothing or very little at night will help you enjoy your travels more, especially if you are traveling for a long time! 

Where to Stay in Miraflores, Peru

Best Hostel in Miraflores, Lima – Pariwana Hostel Lima

If you are backpacking Peru, you are in luck. There are plenty of amazing hostels in Miraflores, Lima. Our personal favorite is the Pariwana Hostel Lima, a famous hostel chain in Peru.

Featuring comfortable beds, an on-site restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge, and an outdoor roof terrace. The hostel is in no shortage of common areas where guests and socialize and meet other solo travelers. Anyone traveling solo in Peru must stay at Pariwana Hostel Lima.

Click here for more details!

Best Cheap Hotel in Miraflores, Lima – Larq’a Park Rooms

Featuring spacious no-frills private rooms, Larq’a Park Rooms is one of the best cheap hotels in Miraflores, Lima. The decor is cozy and the hotel actually feels like a home more than a hotel, something rare to find traveling abroad.

The location of this hotel in Miraflores cannot get any better, but certain rooms in the hotel can get noisy. However, it is not a big deal given the high quality of the rooms.

Click here for more information!

Best Luxury Hotel in Miraflores, Lima – Radisson Decapolis Miraflores

If you want a luxurious stay in Miraflores Lima, then you must stay at Radisson Decapolis Miraflores. Featuring beautiful rooms and stylish modern decor, it is a luxurious experience the moment you step into the hotel.

The hotel contains an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, a restaurant, and two bars. When you are not exploring the city, guests can enjoy a drink from the bar on their rooftop pool. A delicious breakfast buffet is served every morning.

Don’t miss this luxury hotel in Miraflores Lima, Peru.

Click here for more info!

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The PERFECT Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary!

The PERFECT Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary!

Planning a Cameron Highlands one day trip?

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia, numerous tourists flock to Cameron Highlands every year to see some of the country’s best attractions. However, with so many things to do in Cameron Highlands, planning a day trip is no easy task.

In our Cameron Highlands blog post, we will help you plan your trip, tell you what to do in Cameron Highlands in 1 day, how to get around, and the best time to visit.

Enjoy!

Is A Day Trip To Cameron Highlands Enough?

If you are planning a Cameron Highlands trip, you must wonder if one day in Cameron Highlands is enough. After all, there are tons of stunning Cameron Highlands attractions. Is one day really enough to enjoy them all?

The answer is… probably not.

From morning to night, Cameron Highlands is packed with fun activities. There are night markets, hiking trails, tea plantations, waterfalls, the list goes on and on. One day is simply not enough to fully experience Cameron Highlands.

Ideally, you would want to spend at least a weekend there. If you can only spend a day in Cameron Highlands, you will be able to see the main points of interest, but you will also miss quite a few!

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How To Get To Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Located in the center of the Malay Peninsula, Cameron Highlands is reachable by many of the big cities of Malaysia. Below we will talk about how to get to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur (KL), Penang, and Ipoh.

Getting From KL To Cameron Highlands

If you want to take a Cameron Highlands day trip from KL, you must be willing to get up early. About 200 kilometers apart, it takes about 3 hours to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands. Personally, we wouldn’t recommend you to spend just one day in Cameron Highlands if you are coming from KL because you will spend half the day sitting on your butt.

Besides renting a car / having a car and driving to Cameron Highlands, you can also take the bus. The KL to Cameron Highlands bus departs at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), and the journey takes about 3.5 hours. If you get carsick easily, take a motion sickness pill. Though the journey is very scenic, it is also very windy.

You can find the schedule for buses to Cameron Highlands from KL here.

Unfortunately, you cannot go from KL to Cameron Highlands by train. The train only takes you to Ipoh, where you would have to take a bus or drive to Cameron Highlands.

Due to the long commute, I recommend taking a tour from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands. Here are the tours we recommend:

Getting From Ipoh To Cameron Highlands

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If you are going from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, you can be a lot more flexible. The journey takes a little less than 2 hours, and renting a car or taking the bus are both viable options.

For anyone flying into the Cameron Highlands airport, you are actually going into the Ipoh Airport, because it is the closest airport to Cameron Highlands.

If you are taking the bus from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, you will have to get it from the Terminal Amanjaya. It is located 20-30 minutes away from Ipoh center, so plan accordingly. The bus journey takes about 2 hours and you are dropped off at Tanah Rata, one of the two main towns in Cameron Highlands.

The bus schedule is as follows: 8 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 6:30 PM. If you are taking a taking day trip from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands, chances are you will want to take the 8 AM bus.

Getting From Penang To Cameron Highlands

Taking a day trip from Penang to Cameron Highlands is similar to taking one from Kuala Lumpur, it takes about 3 hours driving to get there. You must wake up early to avoid the rush hour, otherwise it might take longer than you expect.

If driving is not an option, buses from Penang to Cameron Highlands depart at Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal daily. Frequently, there is only one bus that leaves in the AM, making your one day trip to Cameron Highlands much more difficult.

Click here to find more information about the bus schedule.

The other option is to drive there. Having your own transportation in Cameron Highlands will be very useful.

Cameron Highlands Day Trip Itinerary

Morning:

Aim to arrive in Cameron Highlands as early as possible, ideally before 9 AM.

The first stop of your 1-day Cameron Highlands itinerary is the renowned BOH Tea Centre. (Don’t get this confused with BOH Tea Plantation, which is another destination in Cameron Highlands)

Due to the moderate weather, consistent rainfall, and rich soil, the tea produced from Cameron Highlands are some of the finest tea you will find in the world.

At BOH Tea Centre, you can marvel at the acres of undisturbed tea plantations with the perfect cup of tea in hand. The tea plants stretch for miles, running up and down the lush hills of Cameron Highlands. The vibrant blue sky harmonizes with the solemn green, and it reminded us of the beautiful paddy fields in Sekinchan.

If you have not had breakfast yet, their cafe serves light snacks that will keep your energy up for now.

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When you are done enjoying the incredible views at their cafe, take a free guided tour of their tea processing facility. Here you will see every step of the procedure and every machinery used to create this tasty delicacy.

The free guided tours take place every 30 mins starting from 8:45 AM to 4:15 PM, and you can register for it when you arrive at BOH Tea Centre.

Before you leave, make sure you check out the BOH Tea Shop, the perfect place to purchase BOH’s tea to take home!

BOH Tea Centre is one of the most crowded places in Cameron Highlands. We highly recommend you to arrive early and leave before the crowd comes.

Unless you decide to purchase something, it is free to enter the BOH Tea Centre!

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After you have finished visiting BOH Tea Centre, it is time to move on to the next attraction on the itinerary, the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm.

Featuring a small garden in the rear, visitors can observe the honey bees in action. After strolling through the garden, make a stop at their multi-level souvenir shop. Featuring cheap and locally-made honey, don’t forget to grab some on your way out! Honey has many known health benefits!

There is no admission cost to enter the bee farm!

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Afternoon:

After a visit to the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, the next stop is the Pasar Pagi Kea Farm (Farmers’ Market).

At first sight, this crowded farmers’ market in Cameron Highlands might look like a tourist trap. However, if you do a little bit of observing and investigating, you will notice both tourists and locals shop here. The market is only one street long, but stalls inundate the sides of a street like the rainy season in Malaysia.

The farmers’ market mainly sells fresh produce from the region, but you will also find souvenir shops and a fair share of street food. It is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of a local’s daily life.

If you have been following this Cameron Highlands one day itinerary, you probably have not eaten yet. Time to stuff yourself with some street food!

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Chances are you the street food at the farmer’s market is just a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. If you are like us and love to eat all the time, you might still be hungry after the street food.

If that is the case, it is time to head into Tanah Rata!

Tanah Rata is a quaint walkable town in Cameron Highlands. Known for its easy accessibility, good food, and affordable accommodation, Tanah Rata is the best place to stay in Cameron Highlands.

Here in Tanah Rata, we will find our afternoon tea (or second meal).

Being an ex-British colony, Malaysia still has many traces of British traditions. In the Lord’s Cafe in Tanah Rata, you will find delicious British scones, pies, cakes, and other dishes. Their strawberry scones are known to be mouth-wateringly delicious.

After a delicious second meal at the Lord’s Cafe, it is time for one of Cameron Highlands’ best attractions, the Big Red Strawberry Farm.

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Not only is Cameron Highlands climate perfect for cultivating tea, but it is also the ideal location for growing strawberries. Throughout Cameron Highlands, there are numerous amount of strawberry farms, but the one you must visit is the Big Red Strawberry Farm.

The Big Red Strawberry Farm is exactly what the name suggests, a big strawberry farm. Visitors can stroll down its hydroponic environment and check out the strawberries growing in action. When they first start growing, the strawberries are as tiny as a peanut, an occurrence we usually don’ get to see.

Besides strawberries, the farm also grows a variety of other produce such as vegetables and flowers. They also have an on-site cafe serving food made with ingredients from the farm. The strawberry sundae is one that you have to try!

If you are visiting Cameron Highlands, chances are you would like to do some strawberry-picking. At Big Red Strawberry Farm, the price for strawberry picking is 30 RM per 0.5 kg. If you are traveling Cameron Highlands with kids, this is a must-do activity. 

Before you visit, give the farm a call to make sure strawberry-picking is available. Though strawberry-picking season is from May to August, it is best to confirm with the property!

It is free to enter the Big Red Strawberry Farm!

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Evening

At this point, you are probably exhausted from your Cameron Highlands trip. While there are still many things to do in Cameron Highlands, you have seen the best. If you have extra time, I would recommend to you visit the Mossy Forest and Mount Brinchang for sunset, though it is a bit of effort to get to both. (We will talk about these two attractions down below.)

If you are visiting Cameron Highlands on the weekend, then you are in luck. The Cameron Highlands Night Market, also known as the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market, is happening!

The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market is the best thing to do in Cameron Highlands at night. If you thought the street food at the farmers’ market was intense, then you need to see the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market.

You can find extremely affordable meals here, great souvenirs, and lots of sweaty people. Golden Hills Weekend Night Market does not understand the concept of personal space! It surely didn’t stop us from getting a 4 RM meal here though.

If you have been to Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur, this night market is about half the size but twice the hecticness. Skewers, nasi lemak (the national food of Malaysia), nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), fried vegetables, desserts, there is definitely more food than you can handle! Don’t worry to give everything a try though because the food there is so affordable.

Though advertised as a night market, the market is opened as early as 5 PM. Don’t miss it before you leave Cameron Highlands (if you are here on a weekend).

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Additional Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

If you have extra time on your day Cameron Highlands one day trip, consider some of the additional things to do down below. Similarly, if you have more than one day in Cameron Highlands, you could take a day trip to Ipoh and check out some of the cave temples around Ipoh.

1. Hiking in Cameron Highlands

The moderate climate and stunning views make hiking one of the most popular activities in Cameron Highlands.

There are a total of 14 hiking trails in Cameron Highlands, and each of them is conveniently numbered. Not all trails are created equal, and others such as Trail 9 is known to be overgrown and dangerous.

Personally, I would recommend Trail 10 combined with Trail 6 as the trail allows you to walk through some of the local farms and stunning tea plantations.

The trailhead starts right outside the town of Tanah Rata, so it is still accessible if you don’t have your own vehicle. The hike takes about 3.5 hours to complete. Just keep in mind you finish at Cameron Valley Tea House and you would need to take a taxi back to town!

Another popular trail in Cameron Highlands in Trail No.1. Trail No.1 is a 3-hour hike that takes you up to the peak of Mount Brinchang, the second highest peak in Cameron Highlands. The views from Mount Brinchang is said to be the best in Cameron Highlands, as you get a panoramic view of the lushness Cameron Highlands is known for.

Install the mobile app maps.me before hiking to avoid getting lost!

If you enjoy hiking, you must check out Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest mountain, in Sabah!

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2. Visit Mount Brinchang

As we have mentioned above, Mount Brinchang is the second tallest mountain in Cameron Highlands and offers unparalleled views of the surrounding area. Luckily for you, hiking is not the only way to get there. 

Travelers can also take a taxi or drive up to Mount Brinchang. Because of the constant rain that Cameron Highlands receives, the road is not exactly in the best condition. To make matters worse, parts of the road are so narrow that only one car can fit through at once.

Many tour operators might even tell you it is impossible to reach without a 4×4. However, that is just not true. If you have a regular automobile, you will get there without a problem. If you have a motorcycle, it’s not impossible, but just a little tricky.

Is it worth the effort? Definitely YES!

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3. Check out the Mossy Forest

Due to the elevation of Cameron Highlands, low-level clouds constantly cover the area with mist and moisture. The result? A perfect environment for mosses ferns, lichens, and other plants to grow. In fact, such a phenomenon has created one of the most interesting places in Cameron Highlands, the Mossy Forest.

Mossy Forest is located a short drive from Brinchang on the same narrow road. If you visit the Mossy Forest, you should also see Mount Brinchang and vice versa.

The entrance cost to the Mossy Forest is 30 RM for foreigners and 10 RM for locals. Once you are inside the Mossy Forest, you are limited to a ~250-meter boardwalk. Some travelers say the price is too steep for such a short visit. Whether or not the price is justified, that is up to you! 

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Getting Around Cameron Highlands

One thing travelers must be aware of is how difficult it is to get around Cameron Highlands. Without your own vehicle, the only way to get from one attraction to another is by taxi. Some of these attractions are located very far apart from each, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of money.

Taxis can be found at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal, the location where your bus will drop you off if you are taking a bus. If you are planning to visit a ton of places in Cameron Highlands at once, try to rent the taxi by the hour. As always, don’t forget to negotiate! 

If you are able to drive a scooter legally in Malaysia, renting a scooter in Cameron Highlands could be an option for you. There are several scooter rental places in Tanah Rata, and they are much more flexible than taking the taxi.

Half-day tours can also be found in many of the kiosks along the streets of Tanah Rata. If you only have 1 day in Cameron Highlands and would like to see as much as possible, taking a tour might not be a bad idea.  

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Best Time To Visit Cameron Highlands

When considering when is the best time to visit Cameron Highlands, you must think about what you are trying to accomplish. Are you planning on doing some hiking in Cameron Highlands? Picking strawberries? Or do you just want to stay away from the crowd? 

For hiking, you will want to pick the months that rains the least. Months like January, February, June, and July are the best months for hiking in Cameron Highlands because it rains less frequently. However, June and July are months of summer vacation, so you will see huge crowds and tons of traffic. The months of October and November are known to be the peak of the rainy season.

If you want to go strawberry picking, May to August is considered the strawberry-picking season. Just remember to check with the strawberry farm because there could be minor discrepancies. 

Temperature-wise, it is moderate all-year-round, though in the winter months (especially January and February) you might see some snow!

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15+ Must-Visit Attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

15+ Must-Visit Attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Not sure what to do in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia? Worry not, we were in your shoes once.

However, after spending a month in Malaysia uncovering all the hidden gems (such as Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor) and exploring popular destinations, we are now ready to share one of our favorite places in Malaysia: Cameron Highlands.

Located in the highlands of Malaysia, Cameron Highlands’ altitude varies from around 800 meters to 1600 meters, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists to enjoy some nature and escape from the city life.

Without further ado, below are the 16 best attractions in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. Whether you are on a day trip to Cameron Highlands or spending a few days, you don’t want to miss these!

Map Of The Best Tourist Attractions In Cameron Highlands

With so many Cameron Highlands attractions, we have decided to create an interactive map to help you plan your Cameron Highlands itinerary. On the map above are the 16 places of interest we will talk about in our Cameron Highlands blog post.

The upper left corner of the map is a toggle. Don’t forget to click on it if you need more information about a specific attraction in Cameron Highlands.

If you have questions about the map, feel free to leave a comment down below.

What To Do In Cameron Highlands: 16 Top Things To Do In Cameron Highlands

1. Go Hiking in Cameron Highlands (Especially Trail 6 & 10)

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If there is one place to go hiking in Malaysia, it is in the Cameron Highlands. Known for its lush rolling hills, beautiful tea plantations, and moderate weather, it is no surprise that hiking is one of the best activities in Cameron Highlands.

There is a total of 14 hiking trails in Cameron Highlands, and they are conveniently named by their numbers. With so many options and such a short time in Cameron Highlands, it was difficult to pick the perfect trail for us.

After asking the reception, fellow travelers, and lots of research online, we found that Trail 10 that splits into Trail 6 is the most scenic route.

The hike starts with trail 10, just a few minutes from the town Tanah Rata. After 30 minutes of hiking through the jungle, you reach Gunung Jasar, a peak with incredible views of the surrounding area.

That is also where the trail splits into Trail 6 or continues to Trail 10. If you take trail 6, you will pass numerous farms along the way and have the opportunity to walk through the gorgeous tea plantations Cameron Highlands is known for.

The hike ends at Cameron Valley Tea House 1, where visitors can cool down with a nice cup of tea before heading back into town.

The difficulty of this hike in Cameron Highlands is moderate, though it becomes treacherous after a rainstorm. It is a half-day hike so plan accordingly! 

2. Visit the BOH Tea Centre (BOH Tea Plantation) and Learn About Tea Processing!

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If there is one thing to do in Cameron Highlands, it is to check out the labyrinth of tea plantations and learn about the tea processing procedures. BOH Tea Centre, one of the most famous tea plantations in Cameron Highlands, is the proper place to do so.

(If you look carefully on the map, BOH Tea Plantation is another location in Cameron Highlands. Don’t get those two confused. The one you want to go to is BOH Tea Centre.)

Featuring acres of gorgeous tea plantations, a cafe with great views, a tea shop selling tea made on-site, and a tea processing facility tour, it is no wonder why BOH Tea Centre is so popular.

If you are traveling in Malaysia with kids and family, BOH Tea Centre is a great spot to just hang out for a day, take in the views, properly relax, and learn something about this super popular beverage. However, due to its popularity, BOH Tea Centre can sometimes be crowded, especially on the weekends.

When you visit the tea plantation, make sure you take the free guided tour of the tea processing facility. It shows you the procedure and machinery used to make the picture cup of tea! Being an old British colony, you know that the tea in Cameron Highlands is going to be superb!

The free guided tours happen several times throughout the day. You can sign up when you arrive, there is no need to reserve your spot beforehand.

3. Hike Mount Brinchang

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At 2,032 meters high, Mount Brinchang (Gunung Brinchang) is the second-highest peak in Cameron Highlands. The summit of Mount Brinchang is one of the best places to visit in Cameron Highlands due to its surreal landscapes of the surrounding greenery.

There are three ways to get there: Hiking Trail 1, taking a taxi up, or taking a tour in Cameron Highlands.

If you are an avid hiker, consider taking the 3-4 hour Trail 1 to reach the top of Mount Brinchang. The trailhead is located in the northern part of Brinchang, so visitors staying in the popular backpacker town of Tanah Rata will have to find a mode of transportation there.

When you arrive at the trailhead, look for a signboard indicating the start of jungle walk No.1. Once you have found that, you are only 3 kilometers away from the peak of Mount Brinchang! The trail is through the jungle and sometimes it can get quite messy.

There might be rumors that Trail 1 has been closed. However, as of March 2020, the trail is still open. Just download the app maps.me and use their offline maps feature to make sure you are on the right path!

For visitors that are semi-lazy, taking a taxi up to Mount Brinchang and hiking down is a good option. Taxis can be found at the Tanah Rata bus station or just flagged down in the streets. It is advised to visit the nearby Mossy Forest to kill two birds with one stone!

For those that are extra lazy, tours can be found throughout Tanah Rata and Brinchang. Just go up to any of the kiosks and ask if they have tours to Mount Brinchang!

4. Visit the Mossy Forest, One of the Most Interesting Places in Cameron Highlands

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The Mossy Forest is one of the tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands that gets a lot of debate. Some visitors say that it is totally worth the trip and hefty admission cost, while others say it is just a complete scam. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop the Mossy Forest from being one of the top places of interest in Cameron Highlands.

Having been to the cloud forest in Mindo Ecuador, we felt that there was no need to visit the Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands.

What is a moss forest? Good question. A mossy forest is a very unique environment that is only present in several places in the world. The perfect elevation of Cameron Highlands allows for low-level clouds to constantly cover the area with mist and moisture, providing the ideal environment for many mosses, ferns, lichens, and orchids to grow.

With such different vegetation, it shouldn’t surprise you that the animals that live there are also quite unique. Insects, birds, frogs, and other mammals inhabiting the environment are unlike other animals in Malaysia, making the Mossy Forest one of the most interesting places in Cameron Highlands.

What stops some tourists from visiting such an exciting place in Cameron Highlands is its price. For 30 RM for foreigners (10 RM for locals), you get to walk on a boardwalk for 15 minutes before heading back. You are not allowed to steer off the designated path. That is not including the price for the taxi/tour to get to this place!

As travel bloggers, we feel obligated to lay out the fact. Whether you decide to go or not, that is up to you!

5. Check Out Big Red Strawberry Farm And Pick Strawberries If You Want

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If you traveling with kids and not sure what to do in Cameron Highlands, take them to the Big Red Strawberry Farm. This place in Cameron Highlands is quite self-explanatory, a huge strawberry farm! Though strawberries are their main attractions, they also grow a variety of other things such as lettuce and flowers in their hydroponic setting.

Their affordable cafe sells various products from the region, but the ones you must try are definitely the strawberry ones. We had the strawberry sundae and it was absolutely delicious!

If you go to a strawberry farm, chances are you would want to pick your own strawberries! At Big Red Strawberry Farm, that is a possibility, but only during peak season (May to August). If your focus is picking strawberries, I highly recommend you to call them to confirm that they are open for strawberry picking. The price is 30 RM for 0.5 kilograms.

Yes, strawberries are somehow really expensive in Cameron Highlands. 

It is completely free to enter the Big Red Strawberry Farm.

6. Eat Street Food At The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market (Cameron Highlands Night Market)

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No Malaysia trip is complete without indulging in some delicious and cheap street food. If you had time to visit Kuala Lumpur, you might have had your fair share of street food at Jalan Alor, if not, worry not. The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market will satisfy some of your cravings.

Numerous hawker stalls line up on the sides of the street, selling nasi lemak (The national food of Malaysia), nasi goreng, skewers, fried chicken, deep-fried vegetables, and many other local dishes. I found a full meal here for 4 RM (less than 1 USD)!

Not only will you find a variety of street food there, but you can also encounter produce and souvenirs. Even if you are worried about eating street food, there is something at the Golden Hills Weekend Night Market that will excite you.

If you see a strange fruit that looks like a brown coconut with a hat, you might be tempted to give it a try. Don’t do it. The exotic fruit is sea coconut, and we made the mistake of trying it because we saw the line of people. It is by far the most tasteless and bitter fruit we had in our lives. Learn from our mistakes!

The market is only opened on weekends, and it is crowded if you arrive at night. Personally, the crowd is one of the quintessential components of a street market in Southeast Asia. If you want to avoid the crowd, arrive no later than 5 PM.

The Golden Hills Weekend Night Market is located in Brinchang. Anyone staying in Tanah Rata without a vehicle will have to take a cab there.

7. Relax and Admire The Landscape At Cameron Valley Tea House

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If you are visiting Cameron Highlands from other places in Malaysia, chances are you want to escape from the heat, humidity, noise, and stress. What is a better way to relax than sitting in a beautiful cafe, having a cup of locally grown tea, and admiring the beautiful tea plantations?

Though BOH Tea Centre is the most famous place to see the tea plants, it is not the most gorgeous place. The best place to see the tea plantations is actually at Cameron Valley Tea House.

There are two Cameron Valley Tea House adjacent to each other, tea house 1 and tea house 2. Cameron Valley Tea House 2 is the one with the best views of the tea plantations. If you want to appreciate the vastness of these never-ending tea plantations, tea house 2 is the perfect place for it. The greenery stretches for what seems like an eternity here, and it reminded us of the beautiful paddy fields in the nearby Sekinchan!

Cameron Valley Tea House 1 is another cafe, but it is mostly known for its entrance to the acres of tea plantations. (It is also where Trail 6 ends.)

For a small entrance fee, visitors are allowed to wander up and down the tea plantations, get up close and personal with the plants, and take as many photos as they want. If you get lucky, you might also see workers in the process of irrigating these plants.

Cameron Valley Tea House is unquestionably the best place for photography in Cameron Highlands!

8. Visit the Buddhist Sam Poh Temple

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Sam Poh Temple is located on a hill overlooking Brinchang. As the 4th biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Sam Poh Temple features numerous statues of Buddhist deities, including a large temple of Lord Buddha.

The temple welcomes visitors of any belief, and anyone can enjoy the quaint architecture and serenity a Buddhist temple offers. Monks and other residents live in the temple, so it is important to be respectful when visiting.

If you are into temples, you must visit the nearby cave temples in Ipoh. Those cave temples are nestled in the limestone hills and will amaze you!

It is free to enter Sam Poh Temple.

9. Check Out The Indoor Cactus Park At Cactus Point

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If you are traveling Malaysia on a budget, Cactus Point is a free attraction in Cameron Highlands you cannot miss. Its expansive greenhouse not only features a huge variety of cacti, but other plants for visitors to check out.

The plants are arranged neatly row by row, and their geometrical intricateness creates the perfect photo-taking opportunity. If you are interested in purchasing your own cacti, you can get the small ones for as cheap as 2 RM!

Though you won’t be able to spend a long time here, it is worth making a short stop to check out what they have! 

10. Try Some Fresh Honey At Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm

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If you are not sure where to go in Cameron Highlands, spend some time at Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm, one of Cameron Highlands’ best bee farms.

The farm features a nice little garden where visitors can stroll through and observe the little hard bee workers at work. When you are tired from walking around the garden, head over to their gift shop where they sell locally made honey.

Honey has many known health benefits, so don’t miss your chance to snatch some quality ones for low prices at the Ee Feng Gu Bee Farm.

The bee farm is free to enter.

11. Reminisce at the Time Tunnel

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Have you ever wanted to take a glimpse into the past? To reminisce about your childhood or wonder what your parents or grandparents’ daily lives were? Here at the Time Tunnel, you can!

Featuring lots of items and artifacts from the 40s to the 80s, this quirky museum is one of the best places to go in Cameron Highlands. Information about Malaysia before its independence from Great Britain is detailed along the walls of this museum, perfect for anyone that wants to know more about Malaysia’s rough history.

The museum also contains pictures of Cameron Highlands back in the day, and it is astonishing to see the transformation that has happened.

If you are a history-lover, you will find the Time Tunnel to be your favorite place to visit in Camron Highlands. If you are not, it will still surely evoke a sense of nostalgia!

The entrance cost of the Time Tunnel is 6 RM.

12. Check Out The Local Produce At Pasar Pagi Kea Farm (Farmers’ Market)

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If you are planning to visit Cameron Highlands, a stroll down Pasar Pagi Kea Farm is a must. Featuring many local produce, souvenirs, street food, and other merchandise, this local market might seem like a tourist trap at first. However, many locals in the area often shop in these local markets, thus offering glimpses into their daily lives.

The most popular product in Cameron Highlands is its freshly grown strawberries. These sweet little red delicacies can be considered a luxurious item in Cameron Highlands, as the prices for them are unreasonably high. That doesn’t stop local or international tourists from trying this delicious locally-grown fruit!

13. Cool Down At The Lata Iskander Waterfall

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Is the weather in Cameron Highlands too hot for you? Why not cool down in a swimmable waterfall?

Located about an hour away Tanah Rata, Lata Iskander waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in the Cameron Highlands area. Though there are some waterfalls in town such as Robinson Falls and Parit Fall, they are often quite dirty and filled with litter. It is worth spending the extra time venturing out of town.

This small waterfall is the perfect place to relax, especially with family. Kids can enjoy the fresh cool water while parents sit in the adjacent restaurants with a drink in their hands.

For travelers that are coming from Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh, chances are you will pass by Lata Iskander waterfall. Stop by for a short break and enjoy this natural beauty!

14. Take A Day Trip To Ipoh, A Quaint Little City

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Located 2 hours away from Cameron Highlands is Ipoh, one of the quaintest cities in Malaysia. Known for its rich Hakka history, delicious local food, and internationally recognized white coffee, Ipoh is a small city with many things to do.

Though we recommend you to spend several days exploring Ipoh, a day trip to Ipoh is a good way to introduce yourself to the richness of this historic city. Plenty of cheap hotels are available in the Old Town and New Town, so staying for a few days to wander around does not have to be expensive.

If you are visiting Ipoh from Cameron Highlands, you won’t have that much time. There are some notable attractions in Ipoh that you cannot miss, namely the picturesque Concubine Lane, the stunning street arts and murals, and the cave temples that are scattered on the outskirts of town.

15. Smell The Roses At Rose Valley

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Even if you are in Malaysia for a short trip, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Luckily for you, there is a rose garden located just right outside the town of Brinchang.

The Rose Valley features a variety of roses as well as many various types of plants. As you walk by each different species of rose, notice the distinct scent that each gives off. It is the perfect way to appreciate nature and properly calm down.

Besides its luring scent, the arrangement of the roses creates a beautiful landscape. Bring a nice traveling camera and make sure you take lots of photos!

However, don’t expect to spend hours here though because the place isn’t exactly huge. Besides checking out the roses, there really isn’t anything worth seeing here.

The entrance fee to the Rose Valley is 5RM.

16. Visit The Lavender Farm!

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One of the best things to do in Cameron Highlands is to visit the popular Cameron Lavender Garden. 

A dainty garden known for its breath-taking lavender and lavender-flavored ice cream, it is no surprise why this is such a big tourist attraction. Many say that the lavender ice cream is a bigger attraction than the garden itself! Whether that is true or not, that is up to you to find out.

The garden features many amazing photo opportunities, whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, or even as a family. 

The entrance cost for adults is 10 RM and for children is 7 RM. When you are tired strolling down their beautiful garden, you can grab a snack from their cafe or check out their souvenir shop!

Places In Cameron Highlands You Might Want To Reconsider Visiting

It is without a doubt that Cameron Highlands has become one of the top places to visit in Malaysia. As a result, many merchants will see this as a money-making opportunity, often time neglecting their property.

Here are the places in Cameron Highlands we do not recommend visiting, especially if you only have a short trip like a day in Cameron Highlands.

1. Cameron Highland Butterfly Farm

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Cameron Highland Butterfly Farm is unquestionably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands. However, we decided not to visit based on the negative reviews we read online.

Visitors have left reviews saying that even though the Butterfly Farm does feature various beautiful butterflies, many of them are in terrible health, some are even dead. Besides the butterflies, the Butterfly Farm also contains a mini zoo, where animals such as kangaroos, scorpions, and raccoons look neglected.

We can’t say for sure if these reviews are true, because we haven’t been there. Reading reviews like those made us not want to support an organization that appears to neglect its animals. The entrance to the Butterfly Farm is 10 RM.

2. Parit Fall (Thompson Fall)

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Parit Fall, sometimes also called the Thomspon Falls, is a small waterfall in Cameron Highlands. It is one of the best things to do in Tanah Rata because this waterfall is very close to the town center. Though it is within close proximity to the town, the waterfall is still surrounded by the lushness Cameron Highlands is known for. 

So why would you not visit?

Because the place is completely littered with trash. Plastic bottles, styrofoam boxes, and miscellaneous trash contaminate the freshness of the water, destroying a seemingly beautiful location. If the rubbish ever gets picked up, Parit Fall will become one of the best Cameron Highlands attractions.

3. Cameron Highlands Trail No.9

Not all trails are created equal in Cameron Highlands. Trails such as Trail No.1, Trail No.10, and Trail No.6 are safe and stunning, but others like Trail 9 can be the opposite.

Though trail No.9 visit the Robinson Falls, the trail is known to be overgrown and filled with fallen trees. The trail also has a history of robberies and muggings, as well as attacks by aggressive dogs. Whether these events are interlinked or not, we decided not to investigate.

Until we hear better reviews about Cameron Highlands Trail No.9, we recommend that you avoid it. 

Getting Around Cameron Highlands

If you look at the map of Cameron Highlands, you will notice that the things to do in Cameron Highlands are quite far apart. This situation makes it extremely difficult for any tourists that are backpacking Malaysia or traveling without their own vehicle.

How do you overcome this problem?

The easiest way is to just hire a taxi by the hour/day. Negotiate with the driver and tell them which attractions you would like to visit, then just hop in the taxi and have your private driver take you around for a day. Taxis are located at the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal or you can flag them down in the street.

The next possible solution is to hire a car or a motorbike, and we did the latter. If you do decide to rent a car, you might have to do so in Ipoh. We did not see any car rental agencies in Tanah Rata. On the other hand, renting a scooter is as easy as cake in Cameron Highlands. We rented a scooter here for 80 RM for 24 hours, and it was just enough to see the places we wanted to see.

The last option is taking a tour in Cameron Highlands, which we will talk more about down below.

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Tours In Cameron Highlands

Tours in Cameron Highlands are far from lacking, especially in Tanah Rata. Everywhere you go, you can find kiosks on the side of the street selling day tours or half-day tours. Most of these tour companies sell the exact same day tour and half-day tours, so it is really about finding a good price.

Though we have not taken a tour in Cameron Highlands, we have heard great reviews about ECO Cameron Travel & Tours. They are fairly priced and the tour often comes with a good tour guide.

If you are on a short visit to Cameron Highlands, a tour is the best way to go sightseeing in Cameron Highlands because it maximizes your time!

If you want to take a day tour from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands, here are some tours we recommend:

Where To Stay In Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

If this is your first time in Cameron Highlands, you might be confused as to where to stay. Cameron Highlands consists of two towns: Brinchang and Tanah Rata.

Tanah Rata is a quaint walkable town with lots of affordable hotels and eateries. Tanah Rata is also where most foreign tourists stay as the bus terminal is located there. I personally recommend staying in Tanah Rata if you are visiting Cameron Highlands.

Brinchang, though a little more well-equipped, doesn’t feel like a nice relaxing town in the mountains. There is plenty of traffic and the town is hard to get around on foot. Though the top things to do in Cameron Highlands are located closer to Brinchang, I still wouldn’t recommend staying here.

Here are my hotel recommendations in Tanah Raa, Cameron Highlands.

Best Hostel in Cameron Highlands- Traveller Bunker Hostel

If you are a backpacker in Cameron Highlands, you are in luck. Cameron Highlands, Tanah Rata especially, is filled with amazing and affordable hostels. The one that we highly recommend is the Traveller Bunker Hostel.

Featuring capsule-style beds where each bed contains its own fan, power supply, and hanger, guests can properly relax after a long day. When you are not relaxing in your comfortable bed, you can hang out in the common area, the perfect place to meet travelers from around the world.

The hostel is also located a 5-minute walk from the Tanah Rata Bus Station!

Click here for more details!

Best Cheap Hotel in Cameron Highlands- Arundina Cameron Highlands

Arundina Cameron Highlands is one of my favorite cheap hotels in Cameron Highlands. A non-pretentious hotel with comfortable rooms and a peaceful garden, guests will surely find themselves at ease.

The rooms are well-equipped and most of them have a balcony that overlooks Tanah Rata, perfect for watching the sunset. Though it might appear that this hotel is far away from town, it is actually within a few-minute walk from the center of Tanah Rata.

Privacy, comfort, convenience, price, all checked!

Click here for more info!

Best Luxury Hotel in Cameron Highlands- Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands

If you are looking for a luxurious experience in Cameron Highlands, you must not overlook Cameron Highlands’ most impressive hotel: Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands.

A fancy hotel nestled into nature, Century Pines Resort has free breakfast, a well-equipped gym, large rooms, fancy decor, and very friendly staff. The hotel is also located a short 5-minute walk from the town center, so guests aren’t deprived of the action.

Though if you were staying at the Century Pines Resort, you might be tempted to just stay in the hotel and indulge in luxury!

Click here for more information!

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5 BEST Ipoh Cave Temples You Cannot Miss On Your Trip!

5 BEST Ipoh Cave Temples You Cannot Miss On Your Trip!

Majestic, mysterious, and fascinating, these are three words to describe the famous cave temples in Ipoh.

It is a no-brainer that a visit to these incredible Ipoh attractions is a must on any Malaysia trip.

However, with around 30 cave temples near Ipoh, it is difficult to decide which ones are worth your time.

In our Ipoh blog post, we have handpicked 5 of our favorite Ipoh cave temples!

Enjoy!

Ipoh Cave Temples Map

The interactive map above details the location of the cave temples we will be discussing. On the top left corner is a toggle that will allow you to see more details.

Because the cave temples are located far from the center of Ipoh, knowing their location will help you plan your Ipoh itinerary

1. Perak Tong Cave Temple

Perak Tong Cave Temple is the most famous cave temple in Ipoh and it’s not difficult to see why.

The moment you arrive at the complex, you are greeted by a beautiful staircase that leads to a gorgeous red and white temple. The temple sits at the bottom of a massive limestone hill, and it is also the entrance to the famous Perak Tong Cave Temple.

Before you go in, don’t forget to take a cool photo at the entrance. The stairs and the colorful facade of the temple create the perfect Instagram photo! They reminded me of the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

The admission fee for all cave temples in Ipoh is free. However, donations are greatly appreciated to help maintain the conditions of these amazing places in Ipoh.

Once you have entered the cave temple, you will begin to see what the rave is about. Immediately you will notice the giant 15-meter tall Budhha sitting amidst the statues of guardian deities.

On the walls directly adjacent to the Buddha are paintings of other Buddhist deities and mythical creatures such as dragons and phoenixes.

If you thought the murals and street art in Penang and Ipoh are amazing, these religious paintings inside the Perak Tong Cave Temple will leave you breathless.

Though a very tall cave, it doesn’t take a long time to explore all of it. After spending about 15 to 20 minutes seeing the different religious artifacts, Chinese calligraphy, and well-crafted statues, head towards the rear of the cave.

In the rear of the cave is a set of stairs that leads an opening in the back. For anyone that would like to get a panoramic view of the suburban parts of Ipoh, there is a path with over 300 steps that take you to a vantage point. The climb isn’t exactly difficult but it can be given the climate of Malaysia.

In my opinion, visiting the Perak Cave Temple and not climbing to the top for that unique view is just a waste!

How To To Perak Tong Cave Temple: Perak Tong Cave Temple is located in the north of Ipoh, fairly far from the center of Ipoh. Though there is a bus that passes by the entrance of the complex, I highly advise taking a taxi or using a taxi-hailing app such as Grab. It is affordable and much quicker!

History: Every Ipoh cave temple has some sort of history, and the Perak Cave Temple is no exception. In 1926, the cave was discovered by a married couple from China.

With the approval of the state government, the husband started planning the development of the cave temple while his wife sought monetary assistance. After more than 50 years of hard work, the cave temple became one of the best attractions in Malaysia.

2. Kek Lok Tong (Cave of Ultimate Bliss)

Kek Lok Tong, or “Cave of Ultimate Bliss”, is unquestionably my favorite cave temple in Ipoh. Why? Let me explain.

When you arrive at Kek Lok Tong, you aren’t greeted with a beautiful temple like Perak Tong. Instead, it is quite the opposite. A huge gaping hole on the foot of a limestone hill awaits you, like a giant rock monster waiting to swallow you whole.

Don’t let this intimidate you. The interior of the cave is filled with marvelous geological formations, paintings, decorations, and altars. Take some time and admire the stunning stalagmites and stalactites. Their massive and jagged features create an unworldly feeling, almost as if you were on an alien planet.

On quiet days, it is possible to hear the sound of a water drop reverberate inside this half-Buddhist and half-Taoist cave temple.

Honestly, after seeing the extraordinary cave at Kek Lok Tong, I was content and ready to head home. However, this is not where the story ends.

At the rear of the cave is a massive opening that leads to an award-winning Zen garden. Did I know what a Zen garden is? No. Am I glad I had to chance to experience it? Yes. If there is a part of the cave that brings “ultimate bliss”, it is the Zen garden in the back. 

A tranquil garden surrounded by the incredible limestone hills of the region, Kek Lok Tong is the picture-perfect location. Featuring many interesting Buddhist statues, a lotus pond, and the opportunity to go boating on the river (only in peak season), the Zen garden in Kek Lok Tong is a tourist attraction on its own.

If you like to stay fit while traveling, the well-maintained jogging path that surrounds the lakes is a popular spot for jogging in the morning. You might even see locals enjoying other physical activities, such as badminton. Surprisingly, Kek Lok Tong is a top location for exercising!

Though you can spend 30 minutes to see the entire place, it is very peaceful to just sit and admire the breath-taking landscapes. Read a book, take a deep breath in, and feel the stress leaving your body. The Zen Garden will provide you with an experience unlike any other!

How To Get To Kek Lok Tong: Kek Lok Tong is a short 10-minute drive from the Ipoh center, where the majority of the best and cheap hotels in Ipoh are located. I do not recommend you to walk or take public transportation, as Kek Lok Tong is located in a fairly inaccessible area. 

History: Kek Lok Tong was a place of worship since the 1920s. However, in the 1960s, parts of the cave were excavated for mining activities. Mining ceased in the 1970s and the place slowly regained the popularity and visitors it once had. Nowadays, it is one of the most famous attractions in Malaysia.

3. Sam Poh Tong (Three Buddhas Cave)

Founded in the 1890s, Sam Poh Tong is considered as the oldest temple in the Perak region of Malaysia. It is also considered as one of the biggest cave temples in Malaysia.

With so many textbook achievements, we were sad to find that it wasn’t as impressive as the Perak Tong Cave Temple or the Kek Lok Tong Temple. That is partially because the other temples were absolutely stunning.

At the front of the Sam Poh Tong is one of its most impressive features, a beautifully landscaped garden surrounding a large koi pond. The pond is decorated with artificial rocks that resemble miniature mountains.

Rumors have it that this garden won an award for being the most beautiful garden in Malaysia in 1993. Though it is beautiful, I personally would not consider this to be on an award-winning tier.

After passing through the garden you will arrive at the entrance of the cave temple. The cave structure is much smaller compared to that of Kek Lok Tong or Perak Tong Cave Temple.

Inside you will find stalagmites, stalactites, and statues of Budhha and other Chinese deities. In general, the cave felt very run-down.

Many visitors miss the rear of the cave, where a beautiful Japanese-style pagoda and the turtle pond are located. The towering cliffs surrounding the rear part of the temple create a unique environment. Visitors can also feed or release turtles, and doing so is said to balance one’s karma.

The pagoda is not allowed for entry.

How To Get To Sam Poh Tong: The Sam Poh Tong Temple is located 5 kilometers south of Ipoh in Gunung Rapat, so it is recommended that you arrive by car or a taxi. 

History: It is said that Sam Poh Tong was founded by a monk in 1890. He decided to make the cave his home and a place for meditation. He remained in the cave until he died. After his death, many other monks and nuns continued using that cave and eventually built a temple in the 1950s.

4. Ling Sen Tong (Rock of Heavenly Spirits)

When you arrive at Ling Sen Tong, you might ask yourself, “Is this really a temple?” Featuring colorful architecture and whimsical human-size statues, it certainly feels a little bit like an amusement park. If you traveling in Malaysia with kids, the Ling Sen Tong is a great place to bring them.

The garden is decorated with statues of various characters from Chinese folklore and mythology, including the Monkey King, Guan Yin, and the 12 Chinese Zodiacs.

It might be tempting to take out your camera the moment you arrive here, and that is fine. Just be respectful and don’t forget that this is a place of worship.

The area of temple grounds is very small and it shouldn’t take you a long time to explore. Wander around and make sure you check out the tortoise pond in the rear. Tortoises are symbols of longevity and very common in Chinese temples. 

On the second floor of the building you will find joss sticks and a great view of the garden down below!

How To Get To Ling Sen Tong: Ling  Sen Tong, along with Nam Thean Tong and Sam Poh Tong, are located adjacent to each other about 5 kilometers from Ipoh center. It is recommended to drive or take a taxi.

5. GuanYin Cave (Kwan Yin Tong Temple/ Goddess of Mercy Cave)

If you just cannot get enough of cave temples, then the last one I would recommend is the Guan Yin Cave (sometimes referred to as Kwan Yin Tong).

A cave temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, you will see the statues before you enter the cave. And what can you find inside the cave temple? More Guan Yin statues. If I were to count how many Guan Yin statues are in that cave, I might still be there.

The temple is well-decorated with color and paintings of other deities and mythical creatures, such as dragons and phoenixes. Along with the lanterns that dot the premise, they create a very picturesque and peaceful scene.

The Guan Yin Cave Temple itself is not too big, and it is a great addition if you have extra time on your Ipoh temple exploration journey!

How To Get To Guan Yin Cave: The Guan Yin Cave is located at foot of Gunung Rapat on Jalan Gopeng, about 5 kilometers from the center of Ipoh.  Like most of the cave temples on this list, a car or a taxi is recommended.

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for a hostel in Ipoh with great comfort, amazing security, and within walking distance to pretty much everything, then look no further. De Cafe & Rest House is one of the best hostels in Ipoh and it is easy to see why.

Their capsule-style beds offer great comfort and privacy. Their cafe provides guests with a convenient location to enjoy some amazing food. They are also located a 10-minute walk from the bus station!

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Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

Find the perfect budget hotel in Ipoh might be daunting because there are so many choices. There are so many criteria to consider: security, comfort, location, and more. 

D Eastern Hotel provides spacious rooms at an affordable price. Located in the New Town of Ipoh, the best attractions in Ipoh, convenience stores, and eateries are on your doorstep. For a cheap price, you can also enjoy their amazing breakfast buffet!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

If a visit to the cave temples in Ipoh is not enough, what about staying in a hotel that is surrounded by limestone hills? 

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ipoh. Featuring geothermal hot springs, steam caves, and hot baths, guests can probably relax after a day of exploring Ipoh’s cave temples.

The accommodation boasts an amazing natural vibe, perfect for any travelers that love spending time in a lush environment.

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This is the end of our guide on the best Ipoh cave temples! We hope you get the chance to visit some of the ones we recommended!

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The PERFECT Ipoh Itinerary: Ipoh Day Trip, 2 or 3 Day Itinerary!

The PERFECT Ipoh Itinerary: Ipoh Day Trip, 2 or 3 Day Itinerary!

Planning a trip to Ipoh, Malaysia?

Though a small city compared to Kuala Lumpur, there are still many awesome attractions in Ipoh. Visiting Ipoh without a planned itinerary can lead to much unforeseen waste of time (Speaking from firsthand experience).

From our experience, we have created the perfect Ipoh itinerary for anyone taking a day trip to Ipoh or spending a few days there.

Enjoy!

Is A Day Trip To Ipoh Enough?

If you are planning an Ipoh trip, you must wonder how many days is required to see the best attractions in Ipoh. After all, if you could see everything on an Ipoh day trip, why would you want to spend more than 1 day in Ipoh?

The truth is… yes, you can see all the main tourist attractions in Ipoh in just 1 day! But would I recommend it? No. Why? Because visiting Ipoh on a day trip requires cramming in many things, so much that the trip itself might not even be enjoyable anymore.

It requires you to wake up very early in the morning and see the cave temples in the surrounding Perak region. Then it requires you to brave the debilitating Malaysian heat to visit the attractions in the Old Town and New Town of Ipoh. Obviously, if you are located near Ipoh and are used to the heat, an one day trip to Ipoh is more feasible.

My personal recommendation is to spend a few days in Ipoh, ideally a weekend. 2 or 3 days in Ipoh is the ideal amount of time to enjoy this historical place leisurely. You can even take a day trip to Cameron Highlands for a more nature-filled trip! The tea plantations and strawberry farms there are absolutely stunning!

Ipoh One Day Trip Itinerary

The first Ipoh itinerary we will talk about is the Ipoh one day trip. This is for visitors who are planning on taking a day trip to Ipoh or only spending one day in the city.

Morning:

Aim to arrive in Ipoh as early as possible, ideally around 8 AM. If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, it takes about 2.5 hours by car. If you are coming from Penang, it takes about 2 hours. Yes, that means leaving at around 6 AM!

Why are we arriving so early in Ipoh? Because you want to start your day trip in Ipoh right by having the famous Ipoh white coffee. For anyone that doesn’t know what that is, it is the coffee that put Ipoh on the map as one of the best coffee towns in the world.

In fact, the coffee in Ipoh is so amazing that Lonely Planet has named Ipoh one of the top 3 coffee towns in Asia!

Ipoh’s white coffee is much sweeter and lighter than the regular kind, perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

There are several cafes in Ipoh known for their white coffee. The two  I recommend are Sin Yoon Loong and Nam Heong White Coffee. Though Nam Heong White Coffee is a little more popular, Sin Yoon Loong still follows the original recipe! Don’t forget to grab some breakfast here as well. The food in Ipoh is some of the best and cheapest in Malaysia!

After a refreshing white coffee and some tasty breakfast, it is time to visit some of the most interesting places in Ipoh: the caves temples.

In the Perak region where Ipoh is located, there are over 30 different cave temples. With so many different options, it is difficult to decide which ones to go to, especially if you only have 1 day in Ipoh.

Luckily, you are reading our Ipoh blog post!

The best cave temples in Ipoh are Perak Tong Cave Temple, Sam Poh Tong Temple, and Kek Lok Tong. You cannot go wrong with visiting any of them. I recommend visiting at least 2 of the 3 cave temples I listed above.

Take your time and admire the geological formations, the intriguing religious artifacts, and just enjoy the unworldly feeling of being in a cave temple!

Another unique attraction in Ipoh is Kellie’s Castle. An abandoned European-style castle built by a Scot, this unfinished building is rumored to be haunted!

Afternoon:

After spending your morning on the outskirts of Ipoh, it is time to head back into town. If you are like me, then you are probably going to be hungry. Don’t worry, I know just the perfect spot for lunch in Ipoh!

Besides white coffee, Ipoh is also famous for another dish: the bean sprouts chicken rice. If you judge it by its name, you will never expect this simple dish to be so impactful. Its ingredients are awfully plain and honestly, I had low expectations before trying it on my Ipoh trip.

However, what they don’t tell you is how well-prepared it is. The bean sprouts are seasoned perfectly and cooked to the proper crispiness. The chicken’s texture is soft but composed enough that the meat isn’t mushy. Every bite into the chicken is juicy, and the flavor is savory but not too much.

No wonder why this authentic Chinese dish has survived the test of time!

Many Chinese restaurants in Ipoh New Town sell the famous Ipoh chicken rice, but the best one I had was at Lou Wong, a restaurant that has existed for ages. Their chicken rice with bean sprouts is affordable and fresh!

After your delicious lunch in Ipoh, it is time to explore the town! Because there are so many things to do in Ipoh and so little time, I will only highlight the places you must visit!

1. Learn About The History of Tin Mining In Ipoh at Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

Ipoh has a rich history and it is difficult to grasp all of it on a short trip. The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is the perfect place in Ipoh to start learning more about how the town became what it is today.

It talks about the early history of Ipoh when it was mostly a tin mining town. Information about the early Hakka miners and their lifestyles are also documented in the museum.

The best part about the Han Chin Pet Soo Museum? It is free and comes with a tour guide! However, there is a suggested donation of 10 Malaysian Ringgit to preserve this historical building.

You must reserve your spot on their official site before arriving. Note that the last 2 sessions of the day are at 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is closed on Mondays.

2. Ipoh Street Art and Murals

Everyone that travels to Malaysia knows that Penang is the city for graffiti, but we were surprised to find so many cool street art and murals in Ipoh as well.

Street arts and murals fill the streets of both the Old Town and New Town of Ipoh, and it is nearly impossible to not just randomly stumble upon them.

The amazing thing about Ipoh street arts and murals is that they are not just about anything. Usually, they often depict the daily lives of the residents of Ipoh, offering glimpses of their lifestyle and history.

Travelers can find a large concentration of Ipoh street art at Ipoh Mural and Mural’s Art Lane.

The one mural you absolutely cannot miss is trishaw 3D mural. It is one of the most magical places for photography in Ipoh!

3. Concubine Lane

If there is one thing to do in Ipoh, it is to visit the Concubine Lane. Why? Because this place summarizes Ipoh in just one tiny street.

The Concubine Lane was a street that the mining tycoon Yau Tet Shin gave to one of his three wives. The wife would make money by collecting taxes and profits from the vendors on her street. Yau Tet Shin gave 2 more streets to his 2 other wives, namely Hale Lane and Second Concubine Lane, though they are not as lively as the Concubine Lane.

Nowadays, restored historical buildings are lined up on the side of the street. Buildings that were once used for brothels and other illegal activities have now become cafes, restaurants, and shops.

As one of the most popular places to visit in Ipoh, Concubine Lane can get very crowded. If it is possible, avoid visiting on the weekend or you will learn the concept of “invasion of personal space.”

4. Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of the most iconic landmarks in Ipoh. Locals love this building so much that they call it the Taj Mahal of Ipoh. One of the best hotels in Ipoh, the Majestic Hotel, is built inside the railway station. (Note: The hotel is under renovation until 2023.)

The beautiful transportation hub is used by travelers daily and has connections to many big cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

To see the Ipoh Railway Station at its finest state, you must visit at sunset. The golden hues of the sunset emphasize the colors of the building, making it more beautiful than it already is. In fact, the Ipoh Railway Station is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset (the other being Bukit Kledang but that involves a hike).

After the sun has set, there is a routine evening water show. Though it cannot compare to the one next to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, it is a relaxing thing to do in Ipoh at night.

Though it is technically a water show, it doesn’t stop locals or travelers from jumping in the cold soothing waters!

Night:

If you are on a day trip to Ipoh, you might need to return home after sunset. If you are not rushed on time, then head to Tong Sui Kai and enjoy some delicious street food from the local hawker stalls. Translating to “Dessert Street”, the name Tong Sui Kai can be a little misleading because it doesn’t only contain dessert vendors!

A wide variety of cuisine can be found in the small Tong Sui Kai: Malay, Chinese, and more. You can find delicious snacks, desserts, and complete meals here for low prices. Don’t try to come here in the day because Tong Sui Kai opens at 6 PM! 

If you are staying in Ipoh and have energy left after dinner, make sure you enjoy Ipoh’s nightlife. Bricks & Barrels and Fei Bo are two great places to get a drink! Expect to meet locals when you visit the latter because it is in a more local area!

2 Days In Ipoh Itinerary

Our 2 day Ipoh itinerary will contain the same activities in the Ipoh day trip itinerary and more. Instead of rushing everything in one day and skimming the surfaces of the attractions, you can spend an adequate amount of time to fully grasp their significance.

With the extra time, make sure you visit all of the cave temples we mentioned above: Sam Poh Tong, Perak Cave Temple, and Kek Lok Tong. If you are a big fan of Chinese mythology, I would also add Ling Sen Tong onto that list. Don’t forget about Kellie’s Castle as well! (I would recommend doing temples on one morning and then doing Kellie’s Castle the next morning).

If the weather is too hot, especially at midday, you can take a break at your accommodation, a cafe, or a shopping mall. From 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, the sun is like a biological weapon that melts you like butter.

With the extra time, you can add a few more attractions to your Ipoh itinerary.

I would personally recommend a visit to the BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh bookstore. Using old bank vaults to display their merchandise, BookXcess Kong Heng is one of the most unique book stores in the world.

History lovers should allot themselves 2.5 to 3 hours to explore the Ipoh Heritage Trail. A self-guided trail with 27 points of interest in Ipoh, participators will come out with a newfound understanding of Ipoh and its history.

The trail starts at the famous Ipoh Railway Station and ends at the Birch Memorial, bypassing many notable landmarks in Ipoh such as the Town Hall and Old Post Office.

Find out more about the Ipoh Heritage Trail here!

Besides Ipoh’s famous bean sprout chicken and white coffee, there is another dish you must try: Dim Sum. With the huge population of Chinese immigrants, the Chinese food in Ipoh is just as authentic as places like Hong Kong and Southern China.

There are many great Chinese restaurants in Ipoh, but the ones I recommend for dim sum are Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum and Restoran Chooi Yue Dim Sum. The latter is a little far away from the town center but the trip is worth it!

Dim Sum is a breakfast or lunch thing, don’t expect to find any dim sum at night!

3 Days In Ipoh Itinerary

3 days in Ipoh is perfect for any travelers that like to take things slow. With that much time, travelers can see all the tourist attractions in Ipoh and possibly take a day trip to Cameron Highlands. 

Ipoh is a beautiful city but it is a busy city after all. There is noise, pollution, and almost no sense of peace.

Luckily, the lush area of Cameron Highlands is located a short 2-hour drive away. At over 1,000 meters higher than Ipoh in elevation, beautiful nature dominates the landscape. Anyone visiting from Ipoh will immediately find the pace much slower here, the air fresher, and the weather much more bearable. 

If you are taking a day trip to Cameron Highlands from Ipoh, you won’t be able to fully appreciates its beauty. I recommend staying a few days in Cameron Highlands!

There are still several notable attractions in Camera Highlands you can visit on a day trip.

One of the biggest tea plantations in Malaysia, BOH Tea Centre, offers tours of their tea processing facility as well as close contact with the tea plants themselves. The maze of tea plants is almost as beautiful as the rice paddies in Sekinchan in the western part of the Malay Peninsula.

The Big Red Strawberry Farm offers strawberry picking, a cafe, and a gift shop. Due to the climate, the strawberries in Cameron Highlands are some of the best in the world. They do, however, come with a heavy price tag (even for western standards). The strawberry milkshake at their cafe is very delicious and worth a try!

The Mossy Forest is considered one of the top things to do in Cameron Highlands, as the peculiar environment is the home to many unique species of plants and trees. However, the path to the entrance of the Mossy Forest is treacherous and requires a 4×4. If you have the utmost burning desire to go, you can find tours in Brinchang or Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands.

If you have more time, there is an endless amount of places to visit in Cameron Highlands!

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for an affordable hostel in the center of Ipoh, look no further. De Cafe & Rest House offers comfortable capsule-style beds on gender-separated floors. At the entrance of the hostel is a cozy cafe that guests can dine in or have a cup of coffee. The accommodation is also within walking distance from everything!

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Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

With so many budget hotels in Ipoh, finding the right one can be difficult. Luckily, D Eastern Hotel makes deciding much easier. Featuring comfortable big rooms at a low price, guests can enjoy great comfort without breaking the bank. The hotel is located in the New Town of Ipoh, with many eateries and things to do nearby!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is the ultimate luxury hotel in Ipoh. Nestled in the stunning limestone hills of the Perak region, guests can relax and promote their wellbeing with their ice baths, steam caves, and geothermal hot springs.

However, it is located a little far away from the center of town. Having your own vehicle is a must if you decide to stay in this luxurious accommodation. 

Click here for more details!

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This concludes our suggested Ipoh itineraries! I hope this guide helped you determine how what to do in Ipoh and how many days to spend!

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7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

Looking for a cheap hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Luckily for you, there are plenty of affordable hotels in Ipoh. Whether you are traveling solo or with family, there is an Ipoh accommodation that is right for you.

Below we have outlined our favorite budget hotels in Ipoh. The majority of these accommodations are located in New Town or Old Town of Ipoh, which are the ideal places to stay if you want to visit the best attractions in Ipoh. Visitors also tend to stay here if they are planning to travel via the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (Ipoh Airport).

We also outlined the best hotels in Ipoh next to the Amajaya Terminal, perfect for anyone traveling on the bus.

Without further ado, here is our list of budget-friendly hotels in Ipoh!

Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh, Malaysia

M Boutique Hotel is the definition of luxury and affordability. Though not one of the cheapest hotels in Ipoh, its fairly low price and great value-for-money earns it a spot on our list of cheap hotels in Ipoh.

Unlike most hotels in Ipoh that just offer you a bed and a bathroom, M Boutique Hotel is more than that. The moment you walk into this boutique hotel, you will be intrigued by its interior decor. Located in a city where houses are usually old and rustic, the contemporary design of this hotel is refreshing.

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh has 3 thematic floors and 5 different types of rooms. The three themes are The Adventure theme, The Majestic theme, and the Excelsior theme. There is a decor perfect for any traveler.

The hotel also features a gym, self-service laundry, a cafe, and the Old Town Coffee Grand, one of the best places to try Ipoh’s famous white coffee.

M Boutique Hotel is unquestionably one of the best hotels in Ipoh.

Price: $$$ (Cheap, but not cheap for Ipoh)

Rating: 8.6

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pros

  • Stylish Interior Decor Not Usually Found In A Cheap Hotel
  • Free Laundry And Gym
  • Delicious Breakfast (Included For Certain Rooms)
  • Good Location (Close To Ipoh Center) 

Cons

  • A Little More Expensive Than Other Options

If you are looking for a standard cheap hotel in one of the best places to stay in Ipoh, then look no further. Hotel Cheqinn is located in the New Town of Ipoh, one of the prime locations for sightseeing. The Old Town of Ipoh is only about a 15-minute walk away.

If you are looking for some good food in Ipoh, Hotel Cheqinn is located on Dim Sum Street and many dining options are nearby.

The hotel itself isn’t spectacular, but given the price point, you don’t expect it to be. It does have the basic amenities and will guarantee you a good night’s sleep. It is clean with spacious and comfortable beds. There is hot water in the shower and good water pressure. What more do you expect? 

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Clean and Comfortable
  • Great Dining Options Nearby

Cons

  • 15-Minute Walk From Old Town Of Ipoh

D Eastern Hotel is the perfect hotel in Ipoh for anyone looking for spaciousness and affordability. Featuring 3-person triple rooms and 4-person family room, D Eastern Hotel targets families and groups instead of couples. Though any couples might enjoy the extra space that comes with one of their 3-person rooms.

The hotel is strategically located on the eastern side of the Kinta River, just at the entrance of the new town of Ipoh. Old Town is only a short 10-minute walk away. Plenty of amazing eateries including the famous Ipoh bean sprouts chicken rice at Lou Wong is located less than 10 minutes away. 

If you are traveling to Ipoh as a group of 3 or more, D Eastern Hotel is the ideal budget hotel for you!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Spacious Rooms
  • Great Eateries Nearby
  • Rooms Perfect For Families

Cons

  • No Breakfast Option
  • Only Options for 3 or More People

Unlike the name suggests, the French Hotel doesn’t come with the French decor or luxury that it implies. However, it does come with affordability and spacious standard rooms. Here at the French Hotel, you will find a no-frills hotel for your Ipoh trip.

It is located in an amazing neighborhood in New Town surrounded by restaurants. Famous attractions in Ipoh Old Town such as the Concubine Lane is only a 10-minute walk.

The only thing that would stop me from staying here is spotty WiFi. As someone that works online, I would not advise staying at this budget hotel in Ipoh if you rely on fast WiFi.

pros

  • Free Parking Provided
  • Spacious And Clean Rooms
  • Good Location

Cons

  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast Included

There are plenty of budget hotels in Ipoh, but Char Lodging Inn takes budget to another level. As you can see in the photos, the rooms are very basic. The decoration is very old-school and retro. It almost feels like the place was frozen in time.

You get what you pay for at Char Lodging Inn: 2 beds, 2 chairs, and a bathroom. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because you are just paying what you are using. It is the definition of value-for-money in my book.

It is also conveniently located a close 10-minute walk to Ipoh Old Town. Plenty of well-priced local restaurants are within close proximity to the hotel! 

Char Lodging Inn is the best place to stay in Ipoh if you are on a bare minimum budget.

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Super Budget-Friendly
  • Great Location
  • Spacious Rooms

Cons

  • Unstable WiFi
  • Bathroom Could Be Improved

Best Cheap Hotels In Ipoh Near Amanjaya Terminal (Ipoh Main Bus Station)

Amanjaya Terminal is the main bus station terminal in Ipoh. Many buses depart at Amanjaya to various destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cameron Highlands, and more! Chances are if you are traveling to/from Ipoh by bus, you will pass by the Amanjaya Terminal.

Located an 8-minute walk from Amanjaya Terminal, Valya Hotel’s location cannot be more ideal. If you have an early bus ride or arrive in Ipoh late at night, the Valya Hotel is a good place to crash for a night.

The rooms are spacious and feature comfortable beds. The hotel also provides certain amenities such as shampoo, soap, towels, and etc, perfect for anyone on a short stay in Ipoh.

The nearby area is filled with restaurants, grocery stores, and even a proper shopping mall. Travelers will undoubtedly find a pleasant stay at this cheap hotel in Ipoh!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Spacious Rooms
  • Short Walk to Amanjaya Terminal
  • Great Facilities Nearby

Cons

  • No Breakfast
  • No Parking For Guest

Sun Inns is one of the most recognized hotel chains in Malaysia for its affordability. The one next to Amanjaya Terminal is no exception. For as low as 13 USD (at the time of writing), you can get yourself a private room with 2 twins beds or one double bed.

Since this is a newly opened hotel (at the time of writing), many of the facilities are new and clean. The same cannot be said about this hotel a year or more from now. Some Sun Inns can be poorly maintained.

Sun Inns Meru Raya is located a 6-minute walk away from Terminal Amanjaya. For anyone that needs to catch a bus at inconvenient hours, Sun Inns Meru Raya’s low price makes it one of the best, if not the best place to stay in Ipoh. 

Price: $

Rating: 8.2

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pros

  • Super Cheap
  • 6-Minute Walk From Terminal Amanjaya
  • Neighborhood Is Full Of Shops

Cons

  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast

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Picking the perfect budget hotel in Ipoh is no easy task! I hope this list of hotels in Ipoh has given you a rough idea of which affordable accommodation is right for you! 

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21 Must-See Ipoh Attractions (Especially For First-Time Visitors)!

21 Must-See Ipoh Attractions (Especially For First-Time Visitors)!

Not sure what to do in Ipoh, Malaysia? Don’t worry, we are here to help.

From incredible limestone cave temples to the rich history of the Hakka miners, Ipoh is teeming with wonders and excitement. 

In our Ipoh travel blog post, we will talk about the best Ipoh attractions you must see, especially if you are visiting for the first time!

Enjoy!

Ipoh Attraction Map

Above is a comprehensive interactive Ipoh tourist map containing the 21+ things to do and places to visit in Ipoh. We have created it specifically for this Ipoh blog post.

Knowing where the attractions are located will help you plan your perfect itinerary for Ipoh. On the upper left corner of the map is a toggle that will allow you to dive into the details of each Ipoh attraction.

If you have any questions about the interactive map, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below!

What To Do In Ipoh: 21 Best Tourist Attractions In Ipoh, Malaysia

1. Learn About Tin Mining At Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

Ipoh is a very different city compared to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. On the surface, it seems impossible that these two cities actually belong to the same country.

That is because the two cities have a significantly different history. Ipoh was found because of the fact that tin deposits were located nearby in the 1880s. To this present day, there are many mining operations and quarries in the area.

The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is the perfect place to learn about the early history of Ipoh and the Hakka miners. The Hakkas are Han Chinese people whose ancestral homes are mainly in Hakka-speaking provinces in China.

A visit to the Han Chin Pet Soo is a great introductory course to the rich heritage of the Perak State of Malaysia. The best part is that the visit is free and comes with a tour guide. However, there is a recommended donation of 10 Malaysian Ringgit to help preserve such an important heritage building of Ipoh.

You must reserve your timeslot for your visit at Ipoh World Official Site

2. Visit The Majestic Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of Ipoh’s most iconic landmarks. Considered as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, the railway station is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ipoh. Locals love it so much that they built one of the best hotels in Ipoh, the Majestic Hotel, inside the station! (Note: The hotel is under renovation until 2023.)

Besides its beauty, the transportation hub is also used by numerous travelers daily. It has connections to many cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset in Ipoh. The fading light emphasizes the beauty of this remarkable building. After the sun has set, there is an evening water show. The water shoots from the ground and locals and travelers alike jump in to cool down from the suffocating heat of Malaysia.

If you are not sure what to do in Ipoh at night, you won’t have a bad time at Ipoh Railway Station.

3. Check Out The Must-Visit Concubine Lane

Concubine Lane is one of the most popular attractions in Ipoh and it is easy to see why. A traditional street filled with street food vendors, souvenir stores, and many restored historical buildings, Concubine Street summarizes Ipoh in one small little street.

What is more interesting about the action-packed street is its history. Concubine Lane is actually one of three concubine lanes.

There are two other concubine lanes: Wife Lane (Hale Lane) and Second Concubine Lane(Market Lane). According to the locals, the mining tycoon Yau Tet Shin gave one street to each of his three wives. The wives would make money by collecting rents from the shops along their streets.

Nowadays, the other two concubine lanes are rather quiet and unpopular, but the Concubine Lane itself is a must-visit place in Ipoh.

4. Take A Day Trip To Cameron Highlands

Located a little under 2 hours away from the Ipoh is a nature paradise called Cameron Highlands. Though it is recommended to spend a few days exploring the amazing attractions in Cameron Highlands, a day trip from Ipoh is still a nice experience.

Known for its massive tea plantations, strawberries farms, beautiful hikes, Cameron Highlands is the ideal place to take a break from the noise and pollution of Ipoh. At an elevation of ~1100 meters to ~1800 meters, the weather and air-quality are much better.

The one place you must visit on your Cameron Highlands day trip is the BOH Tea Centre. Not only will you get to see the massive tea farm, but you can also get a free tour of the tea-processing facility!

You can take a bus from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands. However, I recommend you to rent a car because you can have the flexibility of deciding which places to visit in Cameron Highlands!

5. Learn About The History Of Ipoh On The Ipoh Heritage Trail

If visiting the Han Chin Pet Soo sparked your interest in the rich history of Ipoh, then you will love the self-guided Ipoh Heritage Trail. With a total of 27 points of interest, this Ipoh activity takes you on a 4-mile around both Ipoh’s Old Town and New Town.

If Ipoh’s weather is too much for you, you are more than welcome to shorten the duration of this trail! That is the magic of self-guided tours!

The trail starts at the Ipoh Railway Station and ends at the Birch Memorial, passing through other famous places in Ipoh such as the Town Hall and Old Post Office.

Covering so many attractions in Ipoh, the Ipoh Heritage Trail is one of the best activities for sightseeing!

The trail usually takes around 2.5 hours to complete. Plan accordingly!

Click here to find out more about Heritage Trail and the 27 points of interest!

6. Check Out The Sunday Market At Memory Lane

If you happen to be in Ipoh on a Sunday, make sure you don’t miss the famous Sunday Morning Market at Jalan Horley. Also known as loken or Memory Lane, this flea market features vintage items that will make you feel old. DVDs of movies from the late 1990s, old toys, flip phones, many of these merchandises will surely bring a sense of nostalgia.

Similar to Ah Ma House in the hidden-gem town Sekinchan, the Memory Lane market is like stepping in a time machine. As you stroll down this busy street, you will be reminded of the good old times!

Though the items might seem worthless, there is a chance you might find a valuable antique there! If you are a collector of vintage things, don’t miss this Ipoh tourist attraction!

Just be aware that the market is only opened on Sunday and goes from around 6 AM to 1 PM. 

7. Admire At Ipoh’s Street Art and Murals

We knew that Penang has some of the best street arts in Malaysia, but we were surprised to find that Ipoh was also riddled with amazing murals.

Most of the street art in Ipoh are scattered throughout the old town, but travelers can find a large concentration of them at Ipoh Mural and Mural’s Art Lane.

The murals in Ipoh are very realistic, oftentimes offering a glimpse into the daily lives of an Ipoh resident.

Make sure you don’t miss the magical trishaw 3D mural. It is one of the most magical places for photography in Ipoh!

8. Check Out The “Haunted” Kellie’s Castle

A castle might be a strange thing to find in Malaysia, especially in a place like Ipoh. As a result, the abandoned Kellie’s castle is one of the most interesting places in Ipoh. Why is there an abandoned castle in the middle of the Malaysian jungle? Let me tell you.

William Kellie Smith was a Scotsman that moved to Malaysia to seek fortune and wealth. After several unsuccessful business ventures, he eventually found prosperity in the rubber industry. With his newfound success and newly-wed wife, he wanted to build her a mansion, one that is more extravagant than any other at the time. Many different styles of architecture can be seen in the building, including Moorish and Roman influences.

Unfortunately, his plan to finish the mansion was cut short when he passed away from pneumonia. When he died, the mansion was given to his wife, who lived in Scotland. His wife never visited the mansion and eventually sold it to a private company in Malaysia.

The building now sits unfinished amidst the jungle of palm trees and has become a top attraction in Ipoh. Rumors have it that Kellie’s Castle is haunted. A ghostly figure of a man has been seen walking down the corridors of the second floor at night!

9. Hike To The Highest Point in Ipoh (Bukit Kledang) For Stunning Views

If you are an outdoorsy person and don’t mind the debilitating heat, there is a hike in Ipoh perfect for you: Bukit Kledang.

Bukit Kledang, or Kledang Hill, simply refers to the peak of the mountain. There are actually many trails of varying difficulty that lead up there. The full trail is a 9.3 km loop that starts at the bottom and takes you to the top of the Kledang Hill, bypassing the famous “exercise corner”, a place with stunning views of Ipoh.

As the tallest peak in Ipoh, summiting this mountain is no easy task. Hikers need to gain over 800 meters in order to reach the summit, which is made more difficult by the steep trail. The full trail usually takes a little more than 3 hours to complete.

Though there are better hikes in Cameron Highlands than the hike to Bukit Kledang, hiking Bukit Kledang allows for an amazing view of Ipoh. Just be careful when you hike up, it is easy to catch a heat stroke if you are not used to the weather. Try to avoid the midday sun if possible!

I recommend installing the app Alltrails before starting your hike so you know the exact location of the trail!

Visit A Unique Ipoh Cave Temple: One Of The Most Interesting Places In Ipoh

1. Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong Cave Temple)

With over 30 caves temples around Ipoh,  it might be different to pick the perfect one. If you had to choose one for your Ipoh itinerary, then Perak Tong Cave Temple (or Kek Lok Tong) has to be the one.

Featuring intricate cave formations, exquisite religious artifacts and paintings, and a stunning panoramic view (after a short hike) of Perak, this Ipoh cave temple has everything a tourist might be looking for.

The entrance is also completely free! Is there any con to the Perak Cave Temple? Well yes, it is a little far from the old town of Ipoh. However, every cave temple in Ipoh is a bit far from the center. A taxi is needed to reach the limestone cave temples in Ipoh.

The most majestic feature of this cave temple is the 40-foot sitting Buddha whose presence amplifies the sacredness of the cave. Surrounding the Buddha are vivid murals of deities that are sworn to protect the Buddha. Beautifully depicted, the murals of the cave are like paintings in an art museum.

At the back of the cave is a small hiking trail (~450 steps) that takes you to the top of the hill. Though a bit of an effort (especially in the heat), the view from above is worth the sweat and tears (hopefully not the latter).

2. Kek Lok Tong 

Massive cave formation, interesting geological features, serene garden surrounded by limestone hills, Kek Lok Tong just might be the best place to visit in Ipoh.

Whereas the Perak Tong Cave Temple takes pride in its beautiful views after a strenuous hike, seeing the best of Kek Lok Tong requires minimal effort.

As you enter through the massive opening, you will be immediately greeted by religious artifacts, stalactites, and stalagmites. Navigate through the cave and arrive at the back, where a beautiful and peaceful garden resides.

The garden is the most outstanding feature of this Ipoh cave temple. Take a casual stroll along its well-maintained path, feel the serenity coming from the lily and the fish pond, and observe the funny statues lined across the path. Visitors can spend hours here, relaxing and being at one with nature.

Similar to Perak Tong Cave Temple, Kek Lok Tong is free-to-enter and a short ride from Ipoh center. However, unlike the Perak Tong Cave Temple, there are many other redeeming cave temples nearby. Some of those will be discussed below!

3. Sam Poh Tong Temple

Sam Poh Tong Temple gains its recognition from being the oldest and the main cave temple in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

It is also known as the largest cave in Malaysia and contains a wide variety of artifacts including the reclining Buddha statue.

However, the temple is starting to lose its glory as fewer and fewer donations are received annually to maintain it.

When you visit Sam Pog Tong Temple, make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is a short climb. Navigate through the cave and you will reach the rear of the temple, where a semi-hidden tortoise sanctuary resides! Tortoise is a symbol of longevity and it is quite common to see them living in temples.

Surprisingly, visitors are allowed to feed the tortoises! Just resist the urge to take them home!

Sam Poh Tong Temple is free to visit but it closes quite early!

4. Ling Sen Tong Temple

Ling Sen Tong Temple is situated on the foot of a limestone hill, so it doesn’t exactly fit the definition of a “cave temple”.

Ling Sen Tong is the home to many colorful and carefully crafted statues, all located inside a medium-sized garden. There is no physical activity that needs to be done, unlike Perak Cave Temple or Sam Tong Poh Temple.

Featuring the 12 Chinese Zodiac and characters and deities from Buddhism and Chinese mythology, the Ling Sen Tong is one of the best places to go in Ipoh for anyone interested in Buddhism.

The colorful architecture and statues also make a great spot for Instagram photos!

Ling Sen Tong is free to visit but donations are always appreciated when it comes to temples.

Enjoy Some Of The Best Food In Ipoh

1. Delicious Dessert and Street Food At Tong Sui Kai

If you are missing the hawker stalls and street food experience in Kuala Lumpur, don’t worry! Tong Sui Kai is the famous equivalence in Ipoh. Tong Sui Kai is Pinyin in Chinese and literally translates to Dessert Street.

One of the best things to do in Ipoh at night is to visit the Tong Sui Kai for some tasty desserts. Strangely, it is popular for locals to eat desserts at late into the night. It’s almost like they are trying to get diabetes!

You will see how popular Tong Sui Kai is when you arrive. Numerous stalls lined up on the side of the streets and plastic chairs and tables are crammed together. There are many vendors, each serving their own specialty. You can find an array of cuisines here, from Chinese to Malay to Indian. Your cravings will be satisfied here!

When we visited, we did not see any tourist here, which only means that this is a great spot. Don’t miss this hidden gem in Ipoh on your visit!

Tong Sui Kai is opened from 6 PM to 2 AM. If you are hungry after enjoying Ipoh’s nightlife, then come satisfy your munchies at Tong Sui Kai!

2. Iconic Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken Rice At Lou Wong

Before we even arrived in Ipoh, we heard of the famous bean sprouts chicken rice. A skeptic myself, I wasn’t convinced how magical a simple bean sprouts chicken rice could be.

Well, let’s just say I am a believer now.

The simple bean sprouts chicken rice is exactly what it sounds like, chicken with rice with a side of bean sprouts.

What they don’t tell you is the texture of the chicken, the perfect seasoning and crispiness of the bean sprouts, and the perfectly cooked and flavored rice. The combination of the three simple ingredients served with haste and affordability was the perfect meal anyone could ask for.

If you are not sure where to go in Ipoh for the best bean sprouts chicken rice, head over to Lou Wong. A Chinese restaurant in Ipoh with a lot of history, Lou Wong’s chicken rice is something you must not miss on your first-time visit!

3. Try Out Some Authentic Chinese Dim Sum

With such a heavy influence from Chinese culture in Ipoh, travelers will find plenty of exotic and delicious Chinese cuisine. One of the best food in Ipoh is the Dim Sum.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Dim Sum, they are small plates that usually come in a bamboo basket, depending on how they were prepared. A dim sum restaurant is usually a gathering place for friends and families where they would order a variety of dim sum to share with the whole table.

The typical dim sum dishes are Siu Mai, Feng Zhao (chicken feet), and Har Gow, though there are over a hundred kinds of dim sum.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to visit China or Hong Kong to try some authentic dim sum. Ipoh has many great dim sum restaurants run by Chinese immigrants.

The dim sum restaurant in Ipoh I recommend is Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum. It is a lively place that serves some of the freshest Dim Sum in town! 

Note: Dim Sum is a great option for lunch or breakfast in Ipoh, but it is not a dinner option!

4. Have A Cup of The Famous Ipoh White Coffee

If there is a drink that Ipoh is famous for, it has to the white coffee. It is a drink that originated from Ipoh in the Perak region of Malaysia, a drink so famous that Lonely Planet has named Ipoh one of the top three coffee towns in Asia!

Ipoh white coffee is different in that the coffee beans are roasted with palm oil margarine. The final product is then served with condensed milk, creating the creamy color light color. However, the name didn’t originate from the color of the coffee, but rather from the process of using only margarine to roast the coffee.

For me, I personally drink my coffee black so I wasn’t a huge fan of the white coffee. It did have a buttery and sweet taste that I found interesting. The white coffee is definitely worth a try in Ipoh.

But where to try it? Good question.

With an influx of tourist looking to sample out the best white coffee, many coffee shops in Ipoh has sprung up.

If you want an authentic white coffee experience, the best place in Ipoh is Sin Yoon Long. This coffee shop in Ipoh still follows the original recipe. Other great places are the Nam Heong White Coffee and the Old Town White Coffee, with the latter being an international chain. 

Quirky Things To Do In Ipoh, Malaysia

1. Platform 9 1/2: The Harry Potter Themed-Cafe

Though most of Ipoh attractions are cultural, there are some quirky things to do in Ipoh as well. The one that comes to my mind is the Platform 9 1/2 Cafe.

Situated inside the popular Concubine Lane, a visit to this themed cafe is a must if you are a Harry Potter fan.

The cafe serves a variety of drinks, including the famous Butterbeer from the franchise. However, its stunning decoration is what draws many visitors daily. Visitors can put on costumes such as witch’s hat, wands, and even cloaks to take photos in the Hogwarts look-alike environment.

Though it is marketed as a cafe, only drinks are served inside. If you wish to put on the costumes and take photos, you must first make a purchase. Make sure you arrive at off-peak hours as the place could get crowded. Sadly, many visitors can hog the limited costumes for prolonged periods of time!

2. Visit The Hipster BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh Bookstore

BookXcess is a Malaysia bookstore chain known for its affordability and a wide variety of books. Unlike most bookstores in Malaysia that are bland and boring, stepping into the BookXcess Kong Heng in Ipoh is like stepping into an art exhibit.

On the ground floor is your typical bookstore, featuring books of various kinds. The fun begins when you venture into the basement led by alluring neon signs. If you follow the suggestive neon signs that say “Let’s get down and nerdy” and “Yes, even deeper”, you will eventually reach the basement of the bookstore.

Now that is where the magic is. The basement of BookXcess Kong Heng Ipog is actually the old vault of one of the busiest banks in Ipoh.

As you enter, you will see massive metal vault doors that lead to the once-in-use safety boxes. While there isn’t much materialistic wealth in there anymore, there is plenty of knowledge (Well, knowledge is wealth!). The old safe rooms are now used as part of the bookstore, displaying a huge array of books available for purchase!

One of the basement vaults is dedicated to the works of the influential film director Yasmin Ahmad.

3. Check Out Ipoh Upside Down World or Funtasy House Trick Art

If you are traveling in Malaysia with kids, take them to Ipoh Upside Down World for a few hours of fun and trickery.

The Ipoh Upside Down World is a trick art museum that features rooms where things look like they are upside down. With a little bit of creativity, visitors can spend hours here fabricating the perfect gravity-defying photo!

Though the place only contains several rooms, each room is built meticulously and is fun for all ages.

Another popular trick art museum is the Funtasy House Trick Art. It is the bigger and more popular version of Ipoh Upside Down World. Where Ipoh Upside Down World focuses on environments that appear upside down, the Funtasy Trick Art also contains other types of trick art!

When visiting these places, it is important that you avoid peak hours!

4. The Instagram-Worthy Catch A Toy Store And Art Exhibit

From the name, you might think that Catch-A-Toy is your typical crane machine arcade. Though on the surface it might look like it, there are secrets that many visitors aren’t aware of.

Many of the Catch-A-Toy stores boast incredible interior decor, making it one of the most places in Ipoh for photography. The one Catch-A-Toy that swept me off my feet was the Catch-A-Toy @ New Town.

This store only features a few crane machine, but its most impressive feature is the stunning art in the rear. The art exhibit somewhat resembles the revolutionary art museum at teamLab Borderless Tokyo. Now you won’t have to take a trip to Tokyo to see the cool art exhibition!

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for a cheap hostel for a comfortable stay, then look no further. DeCafe & Rest House features spacious capsule-styled beds, unique interior decor, and clean facilities. At the entrance of the hostel is a cafe where guests can enjoy a delicious cafe conveniently.

If you are not sure what to see in Ipoh, staying at De Cafe & Rest House will guarantee that you are within close proximity to the best Ipoh activities!

Click here for more details!

Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

Affordable hotels in Ipoh are abundant, but finding the one that is not shady and located in the perfect location can be difficult. Luckily for you, D Eastern Hotel is here.

Located in close proximity to the best tourist attractions in Ipoh, visitors can maximize the thing they do on their Ipoh trip. The rooms are large with comfortable beds, guaranteeing guests a perfect stay!

Click here for more details!

Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

If you are looking for the ultimate luxury experience in Ipoh, then a stay at The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is a must. Nestled in the stunning limestone hills of the region, guests can relax and promote their wellbeing with their geothermal hot springs, steam caves, or ice baths.

Besides its outstanding facilities, the peaceful enivornment is the perfect place to stay in Ipoh for nature-lovers. If you can afford it, you will 100 percent love The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat!

Click here for more details!

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This is the end of our guide on the best Ipoh attractions. Hopefully, it has given you a rough idea of the things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia!

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17 FUN Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

17 FUN Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

Not sure what to do in Tokyo at night?

As the capital of Japan, Tokyo is a thriving metropolitan city that never sleeps. With an incredible range of things to do, there is never a dull moment at night in Tokyo. 

Here on our Tokyo blog post, we will talk about the 17 best things to do in Tokyo at night and why you should add them to your Tokyo itinerary!

Enjoy!

What To Do In Tokyo At Night: 17 Best Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

1. Visit Sensoji At Night, Tokyo’s Oldest Temple

Sensoji, otherwise known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is the most famous Buddhist Temple in Tokyo. As the oldest temple in Tokyo, visiting the Sensoji Temple is a must on any Tokyo trip. But is it worth visiting it at night? Totally!

In the daytime, Sensoji is teeming with tourists and locals. Everywhere you go, you are overwhelmed by the noise and crowds, diminishing the sacred grounds of Sensoji.

The famous Nakamise Street with vendors lined up on both sides of the street is a mze of people. The only way you can get through is by repeatedly saying the word “Sumimasen (Excuse Me)” like a broken record.

However, Sensoji at night is a completely different universe. Though the vendors on the Nakamise Street the temple are closed, the temple grounds are opened at all hours. Both the gates that guard the temple and the famous 5-story pagoda are lit up, enchanting the place in a unique way.

The experience of walking through such a sacred place is calm and mediative, and honestly one of my favorite things to do in Tokyo at night alone. Sensoji at night is also one of the best places for photography in Tokyo!

If you are a lover of history and temples, make sure you give the city of Kyoto a visit!

2. Challenge Your Friends At One Of Akihabara’s Top Arcades!

One of my favorite Tokyo night activities is to visit the addicting arcades in Akihabara. Nicknamed the Electric Town of Japan, Akihabara is filled with electronic stores, otaku culture, and arcades as tall as skyscrapers!

If you are a big fan of arcades such as Dave and Buster’s make sure you give the arcades in Tokyo a go. The gaming machines in the Tokyo arcades are much more high-tech and complex than any other ones I have seen. Virtual-reality, jockey simulation, Taiko rhythm game, if there is a game you like, you will find it at the arcades in Akihabara.

Are you are traveling to Tokyo with friends or kids? Take them to the arcades for a fun night of competitive or cooperative gaming. Whichever one you choose, it is a great bonding experience!

If you want to test your luck and win a mega adorable Japanese plushie, there are plenty of crane machines to every arcade. However, like everything in Japan, extreme precision and patience are required to emerge victoriously. 

There are several SEGA arcade megastores in Akihabara. SEGA Building 3 needs to be your first stop in Akihabara.

3. Admire The Neon Lights At Akihabara, Shibuya, or Shinjuku

One of my free things to do in Tokyo at night is just to stroll around and admire the bedazzling neon lights. Part of the quintessential Tokyo experience, the neon lights are iconic symbols of a city that never sleeps. 

These vertical catchy advertisements are plastered throughout the city of Tokyo, and many locals have already taken them for granted. For travelers, the neon signs are a top Japanese sightseeing spot on its own. 

The 3 best places for seeing the neon lights are Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Akihabara. 

In Shibuya, the best place to see neon lights is the area surrounding the “Shibuya Crossing”. In Shinjuku, the red-light district Kabuckicho is filled with these captivating neon signs! In the Electric Town of Akihabara, you don’t find neon lights, they find you You won’t have any prolems finding neon lights in Akihabara! 

4. Visit The Hottest Attraction in Tokyo, Robot Restaurant

By: Caroline of CKtravels

There are several Shinjuku night-time activities worthy of your Yen but none more so than the weird and wonderful world of the famous Robot Restaurant.

Located in the entertainment district of Kabukicho just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku station, this is a cabaret show like no other.

Your experience starts as soon as you arrive and enter the cocktail waiting lounge – the room is filled with so much color and glitter and the lounge music is provided by musicians who look like they’ve just walked off a Daft Punk video.

But nothing really prepares you for the ‘main act’, as you’re ushered into a darkened room and begin to watch a terrific techno cabaret unfold.

A cavalcade of dancers, dinosaurs, robots, ninjas and all manner of eclectic entertainers vie for your tension – neon madness ensues, like an overspill from Bladerunner. After visiting the Robot Restaurant in 2013, the legend Anthony Bourdain announced: “This is the greatest show I have seen in my life”.

The 90-minute show costs 8000 yen per person (you can pre-order a bento box meal at an additional cost). We recommend booking your tickets as far in advance as possible because the shows always sell out!

5. Dine At The Uniquely-Themed Ninja Akasaka Restaurant

By: Paula of TrulyExpat

When people ask where to eat in Tokyo, I always recommend the ninja restaurant in Akasaka. (They recently opened one in Shinjuku as well)

Why may you ask? Doesn’t the name speak for itself? This fun restaurant is for all ages and don’t let the name fool you, the food here is just as amazing as the experience itself.

When you arrive, you are shown to your table by a ninja. Once you venture through the cave-like mazes and arrive at your ninja cave, then the fun begins.

As your ninja waiter brings each course that is ninja worthy, he also brings with it some light entertainment (this includes magic tricks). Each course is like a little magic show in itself, and each course is more delicious than the next.

You can choose from the set menu or order individual items. Every item is created into a piece of art, and you will be impressed by the precision of each dish. This restaurant is great for all ages, as we have been many times with all types of visitors.

Akasaka is easily accessible by train and is only a short walk from the station. The walk to the station won’t take you long, approximately 10 mins.

Remember to book in advance because the Ninja Akasaka Restaurant is always busy, every night of the week.

6. Late Night Shopping At Shibuya’s Don Quijote

If you are looking for a place to do some late night shopping in Tokyo, look no further. Don Quijote, sometimes referred to as DONKI, is the ultimate department store in Japan.

If you combined Target, Costco, Toys R Us, and a hint of naughtiness, and put them in the same building, you will have yourself a typical Don Quijote store.

Luckily for you, the popular district of Shibuya is the home to the biggest Don Quijote in Japan. A 7-story building with all various kinds of merchandise, visitors can spend hours (maybe even days) walking down the isles and discovering unique Japanese items.

I specifically loved the aisle for costumes. Though I visited in May, a month nowhere near Halloween, there were aisles dedicated to various costumes. Some of them were your typical ones such as a nurse or a ghost costume, but if you venture deeper into the aisle you will find strange costumes of a sumo wrestler, a Taoist (?), a Teletubby (?), and much more.

Honestly, the section is full of fun and laughter, the perfect place to bring your friends for some silly shenanigans. The Don Quijotes all operate 24/7, which means the only thing that is stopping you from shopping all night in Tokyo is… you yourself.

Another great thing about DONKI is its affordable prices. If you need a place to purchase some unique and cheap souvenirs in Tokyo, Don Quijote is the perfect place for you!

If you love shopping, you can’t miss the Shinsaibashi Shopping Street in Osaka!

7. Sing Your Heart Out At Japanese-Style Karaoke

Singing karaoke is one of the popular activities at night for Japanese locals. Why? Unlike the western counterpart were you have to stand in front of a group of strangers and public humiliate yourself, Japanese-style karaoke is much more private. Typically, you either rent out a single-person booth (yes, that’s a thing) or a room for a few to several people. 

Now if you don’t want strangers to be blessed by your amazing voice, you don’t have to!

Each of these private rooms comes with a television, a few microphones, and a songbook, where you will pick out the song you want to sing! It is easy, efficient, and one of the best ways to spend a few hours at night in Tokyo!

Many of these karaoke places also serve snacks and (alcoholic) drinks. It is no surprise why they are so popular. Instead of partying all night at a nightclub in Tokyo, many locals prefer to just sing karaoke with several friends! You will find that the majority of karaoke places are opened 24 hours. If your heart desires, you can spend all night at karaoke! Your voicebox might hate you the next day though. 🙂

Pasela Shinjuku or Rainbow Karaoke Shibuya are two great places for karaoke in Tokyo!

8. Relax In A Traditional Japanese Onsen or Sento (Public Bath)

Exploring Tokyo in the day can be a tiresome task. If you are not sure what to do in Tokyo at night, why not relax in one of Japan’s most iconic geological features? An onsen (natural hot spring).

As a volcanically active country, Japan has numerous onsens scattered throughout the country.

Many of these onsens used to be outdoors, but nowadays you will find many indoor facilities built around them. Though some onsens naturally appear near the ground level, many of these natural hot spring waters actually exist underground. Drilling machinery is used to extract these natural hot spring water to build some of the best onsens in Tokyo!

For places where the mineral-rich hot spring water cannot be extracted, they have built sento (public baths) that model after the onsens. The facilities inside a sento are almost identical to that of an onsen, sometimes even better. The only difference is that onsens use natural spring water from underground and sento make their own hot water.

The onsens and sento are gender-separated, as they expect the guests to be completely nude when bathing. This might seem strange from a western point-of-view, but it’s something completely normal in Japan. Visitors with tattoos are forbidden to bathe in the onsen or sento, as Japanese locals equate tattoos to the Yakuza.

9. Check Out Harajuku’s Top Attraction: The Kawaii Monster Cafe

If I have to summarize the Kawaii Monster Cafe with 3 words, they would be: crazy, weird, and crazy. Oops, did I say crazy twice? It’s almost like I’ve gone crazy, as if I have just visited the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Kawaii Monster Cafe is very similar to the famous Robot Restaurant, in the way that they both contain a ridiculous show full of sensory overload and absurdity. Many visitors compare the Kawaii Monster Cafe to the movie “Alice in the Wonderland”, but with some added psychedelics and 2-day sleep deprivation.

Though a maniacal experience, the artwork and decoration are very creative and inspirational. In any other part of the world, you wouldn’t see anything similar. Along with the decor, food and drinks are served here, though they are not anything worthy to mention.

Shows happened regularly throughout the day. As long as you are in the Kawaii Monster Cafe when the show happens, you can watch it. You don’t have to pay extra money to watch the show, though the cafe has a cover charge of 500 Yen.

There are events of certain nights, such as the burlesque performance on Thursday. If you are traveling Tokyo with kids, that might not be appropriate. Plan accordingly by referring to their website first!

Harajuku Kawaii Monster Cafe

Enjoy Tokyo Nightlife!

1. Go Bar-Hopping At Golden Gai

By: Sydney from A World in Reach

Golden Gai is one of Tokyo’s most famous nightlife spots and should be on any visitor’s Tokyo bucket list. Located in a corner of Kabukicho, the red-light district of Shinjuku, Golden Gai is a network of alleys full of tiny bars, clubs, and restaurants.

In the 1960s, Golden Gai was known as a prostitution hot spot; since then, the area has transformed into a nightlife hotspot for locals and tourists alike. To get to Golden Gai, take the subway to Shinjuku Station and leave from the east exit. From there, Golden Gai is just about a 10-minute walk away.

Golden Gai is made up of six alleys, each lined with several bars. Most of the bars are extremely small, some only seating a handful of people.

Many of the bars are themed – some of the Golden Gai bars have a unique theme, like a hospital, while others have more typical themes such as jazz or R&B.

Unfortunately, many of the bars only admit locals. It’s pretty easy to tell which bars are for locals only; a bar with a closed door is a good sign that foreigners won’t be allowed in. Many of the bars have cover charges and almost all are cash-only, so bring along plenty of yen for the night.

With its dimly lit lights and unique architecture, Golden Gai is a one of the best places for photography in Japan. However, many of the bars do not permit photography – inside or out. If someone asks you to stop taking photos or there are signs stating that photography is not permitted, make sure to follow the rules.

2. Find A Unique Nightlife Experience At Tokyo’s Gay Bars

By: Derek & Mike of Robe Trotting

Wherever I’m traveling, I like to check out the gay bars. Whether I’m alone or with my partner, it’s always neat to see how the gay bars and community are in other countries. I had heard that Japanese gay bars were unique and that’s what I experienced in Tokyo.

In Tokyo, the Shinjuku Ni-chome district is the home of the gay bars.

I was told before my visit there that Tokyo’s gay bars were tiny compared to what I was used to in the United States. This was true once I explored them and I noticed it right away. Most of the bars I stopped into had only 10-15 people. It was an interesting experience to share a drink in such a cozy environment.

Another thing I noticed is that the gay scene in Tokyo is extra-specific and tailored to a niche crowd. The gay culture in Tokyo was also closed off and not very welcoming to foreigners. Still, there were plenty of fun bars to explore that I was recommended as foreigner-friendly.

The two that would suit any tourist were Dragon Men and the club Arty Farty. Both gay bars cater to an international crowd and I was surprised and happy at how diverse they were. I met great people who were locals and travelers from all over Asia and the West.

My night out in Tokyo’s gay district was a lot of fun and the city is a perfect destination for gay travel.

3. Dance The Night Away At One Of The Hottest Tokyo Nightclubs At Roppongi

Anyone in Tokyo knows that if you want to go to the best nightclubs in Tokyo, you either go to the posh neighborhood of Roppongi or the mega-club AGEHA at Koto City.

If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo when there is an event in AGEHA, try to go by all means. It is the ultimate nightlife experience in Tokyo. If you go, just be prepared to party until sunrise because it is located in the Tokyo Bay area and most trains stop running past midnight.

They do have a shuttle bus that departs every hour or so back to the center, but an hour is a long wait!

If you don’t feel like venturing into the outskirts of Tokyo and prefer to stay inside the center of Tokyo, Roppongi has some of the most top-notch foreigner-friendly Tokyo nightclubs. These nightclubs usually have a good mixture of foreigners and friendly Japanese locals.

Nishiazabu A-Life and 1OAK are two reputable clubs in Roppongi worth checking out! If you are traveling solo in Tokyo and want to go out, this pub crawl of Tokyo is highly recommended!

4. Eat Yakitori And Drink Sake At The Famous Piss Alley

While the name Piss Alley isn’t exactly enticing, the food and drinks served here are. Piss Alley, also known as Memor Lane, Yakitori Alley, or Omoide Yokocho, earned its name during a time when that area was lacking in toilets. 

Noadays, the area is one of the best places in Tokyo for delicious street food and affordable drinks. As the name suggests, the Piss Alley isn’t really a fancy place. Compared to the fancy places in Roppongi, the restaurants and bars in Omoide Yokocho are much more relaxed and casual. 

One of the most famous dishes in the Piss Alley is Yakitori, a type of traditional Japanese skewered chicken. Pair that with some Japanese booze and you have a recipe for a great night in Tokyo! 

Though the alley is very narrow, it preserves some of the old traditional aspects of Japanese architecture. Even if you don’t intend on eating or drinking at Piss Alley, come take a walk and marvel at the buildings that stood the test of time.

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1. Free Tokyo Skyline View at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

By: Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan

This government building offers the best free view of the Tokyo skyline at night. The building comprises two different towers, both of which have viewing decks, but only the north tower stays open late, until 11 pm.

You’ll find the viewing deck on the 45th floor. In addition to being free, another advantage of this view over the views at Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree is that you can actually see both those monuments from here.

Since this is a government building, you’ll have to go through security and have your bag searched. On your way out, stop in at the tourist information center on the second floor to get information to help you plan your trip.

You might also want to come back during the day to have lunch at the cafeteria on the 32nd floor. It’s mostly frequented by government workers, but they also have an English menu and even allergen labeling, helpful for those with allergies but also for vegetarian and vegan travelers in Japan.

The easiest way to get here is to take the Oedo Subway Line and get off at Tocho-mae Station, which is actually located in the basement of the building. Or, if arriving at JR Shinjuku Station, take the west exit and walk for about 10 minutes.

2. Tokyo Tower

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If anyone counted all the lights that light up Tokyo at night, this person would still be counting. Japan’s capital is truly magical at night and the best way to get a glimpse of this magic is by visiting the Tokyo Tower at night.

The Tokyo Tower is 332.6 meters high and has one viewing platform at 150 meters and a second one at 250 meters. When standing right in front of the tower, you might recognize similarities to another, quite a famous tower.

Yes, you’re right. The Tokyo Tower has been built in 1958 and is basically the Japanese copy of the Eiffeltower in Paris. The main difference? Definitely the bright color of the Tokyo Tower, which is a fundamental part of the city’s skyline.

Also, the Tokyo Tower is the symbol of Tokyo’s reincarnation after the Second World War.

The Tokyo Tower is located at the Shiba park in Tokyo’s district Minato. Simply take the Toei Mita line to Onarimon and follow the ten-minute-walk.

Fun fact: The Tokyo Tower has been the city’s largest tower until the year 2012, when the 634-meter tall Tokyo Skytree opened.

3. Shibuya Sky Observatory

By: Alyse of The Invisible Tourist

As one of Tokyo’s newest attractions, a visit to Shibuya Sky Observatory is one of the more amazing things to do in Tokyo at night.

Towering over the famous Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing at 47 stories high, Shibuya Sky is one of the best viewpoints in Tokyo to gauge the enormity of Japan’s bustling capital from above. It’s currently one of Tokyo’s hidden gems because it’s hiding in plain sight and yet to be discovered by the masses!

Visiting at night is a special experience because you’re able to see the entire city illuminated by its vibrant lights, something that’s missing during the day. As the rooftop offers 360° panoramic views, the soft glow of Tokyo reflecting off the clouds can be seen all the way to the horizon. 

In addition to the open-air rooftop viewing platform, there is also the Sky Gallery, an indoor viewing area on the 46th floor if vertigo gets the best of you. Keep your eyes peeled for popular landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower, SkyTree, and the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building in Shinjuku piercing the night sky.

Shibuya Sky is located atop the new Shibuya Scramble Square skyscraper at Shibuya Station. Entry costs 2000 JPY plus 100 JPY to store your belongings in a locker whilst you’re on the rooftop. Enjoy your visit to Shibuya Sky!

4. See Tokyo From Above On A Helicopter!

By: Anne of Pretraveller

A great option to see Tokyo at night that you may not have considered is to take an evening helicopter flight over the city!  It is a great option to fly around the city and see all of the major attractions from a very different perspective.

The 15-minute night-time helicopter flight takes a circuit from the Tokyo Disneyland Resort area over Odaiba, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa before returning to home base.

We had a lovely clear night for this experience and it was great to see the views both close up and far, and to take in the vastness of Greater Tokyo region and its population of around 40 million people.

You will need to book ahead to ensure you get on a flight, we booked this experience through Klook and the process went smoothly.

Note that weather can impact your ability to do this experience so plan to book earlier during your visit to Tokyo so you have backup date options in the event that your flight needs to be rescheduled.

Getting to the Urayasu Helipad is very easy, you can catch the JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station which is a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo Station.  Maihama Station is also the entry station to the Tokyo Disney Resort area so it is well serviced by public transport.  The helicopter provider provides a free shuttle bus service from and to Maihama Station.

Where To Stay In Tokyo, Japan

Best Hostel in Tokyo- UNPLAN Shinjuku

UNPLAN Shinjuku is located in the Shinjuku neighborhood, one of the best places to stay in Tokyo for nightlife. Many incredible places such as the Golden Gai and the Kabukicho neighborhood are located within walking distance.

The hostel features capsule-style beds, cozy common areas, and a smartphone for every guest to help navigate the city! 

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Best Cheap Hotel in Tokyo- Onsen Ryoken Yuen Shinjuku

Though not as well-located as other options (15 -minute walk from Shinjuku Station), Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku makes up for it with its stunning amenities. The hotel features gender-separated rooftop hot springs for guests that want to relax at night. They also offer traditional Ryokan rooms!

Click here for more details!

Best Luxury Hotel in Tokyo- Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu

King of the luxury hotels in Tokyo, the Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel is the place you want to be if you want an unforgettable experience. Elegantly designed with trendy vibes, this high-end hotel is your home away from home. Come here and experience all the rave about Japanese hospitality!

Click here for more details!

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Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Review: Is It Worth It?

Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Review: Is It Worth It?

Thinking about visiting Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor?

Not sure if it is worth the trip or where to find the best tours? We are here to help. 

Below we will discuss our experience at Sky Mirror, one of the so-claimed best things to do in Malaysia.

Enjoy!

What Is The Sky Mirror (Sasaran Beach) In Kuala Selangor?

The Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor is one of the most impressive hidden gems in Malaysia. During high tide, this secret island is completely invisible to the naked eye and undetectable because it is submerged. The miracle happens at low tide.

During low tide, a sandbank known as the Sasaran Beach (Sky Mirror) appears 1.74 nautical miles away from the fishing village of Jeram, in the middle of the Straits of Malacca Sea.

This natural phenomenon creates a place where shallow water covers the entire “island”. The golden opportunity provides the perfect setting for photographers, as the shallow water fabricates the perfect reflection and the illusion of scale. Any photographer will unquestionably find the Sky Mirror in Malaysia to be a photographer’s paradise.

Sky Mirror is often called as Malaysia’s “Salar de Uyuni”, or the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.

Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Price

If you are thinking about visiting the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor, you must be wondering about the price. Luckily, the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor price is quite affordable, but you can only visit with a tour company.

It is impossible to do it without a tour because the place is located about 30 minutes away from Kuala Selangor in the open sea. Even if you had your own boat, it would be difficult to locate this secret island as it is not on the map.

Only tour companies know the location of this hidden attraction in Malaysia.

The price for Sky Mirror for a Malaysian citizen is around 80 Ringgit. For a non-citizen, the price is around 100 Ringgit. For children, the price is 60 or 90 Ringgit, depending on if you are a Malaysian citizen or not.

Those are the prices for a Sky Mirror tour without transportation to Kuala Selangor. If you have decided to visit Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor from Kuala Lumpur, you must ask to be picked up or arrange your own transportation. It takes about an hour to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor.

Since the tours are usually early in the morning, it is recommended that you stay nearby.

When we visited, the tour started at 6:30 AM in the morning and we were back by 9:30 AM, but the schedule depends on the tide table.

Check out this tour of Sky Mirror that includes pick-up from Kuala Lumpur! 

We stayed in OYO 89410 Z&H Hotel in Kuala Selangor. It was affordable and located adjacent to the river next to some of the best seafood restaurants in Kuala Selangor. I highly recommend it.

However, some people do find Kuala Selangor quite boring. There’s an exciting town 30 minutes away called Sekinchan that many visitors stay at instead. The rice paddies there are utterly breath-taking! 

Kuala Selangor Sky Mirror Tour Companies

Though there are many Sky Mirror tour companies in Kuala Selangor, not all of them are reputable and provide the proper equipment.

The one that we went with was called Sky Mirror Official, or so they claimed. They offered fair prices (though a tad above average), great equipment, and a generally good experience. No complaints whatsoever!

Another popular tour company is called Sky Mirror Malaysia. Though we did not use them, they have great reviews at a more affordable price. Their website also looks very reputable. If I were to go again, I would not hesitate choosing this Sky Mirror tour company in Kuala Selangor.

The last option, which is sometimes my favorite option, is to use Klook. Klook is a reputable online booking company that offers tours at low prices, sometimes even lower than in-person. If you can arrive at Kuala Selangor by yourself, consider this Sky Mirror tour on Klook.

It seemed to us that every company contained roughly the same experience for Sky Mirror. All the boats arrived at around the same time, spent roughly the same amount of time on the Sasaran Beach, then headed back to Kuala Selangor.

The general rule of thumb is to not go for a tour company that is offering ridiculously low prices and has no/little reviews. 

Is It Worth It? Full Review Of Sky Mirror In Kuala Selangor, Malaysia

I think the ultimate question that everyone has is whether the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor is worth the trip and money.

The answer is: Yes and No.

If you are looking for a Salar de Uyuni aka Salt Flats experience, you will be disappointed. The place does not look like anything compared to the Salt Flats in Bolivia. The pictures are deceiving because the tour guides artificially fabricate a location on the beach to create the perfect reflection.

After a 30-minute boat ride from Kuala Selangor, we arrived at the Sky Mirror. The tour guides immediately start working and digging to produce the perfect puddle. The waves had left the sandbank with many raised ridges, making it impossible to take the famous reflection photos Sky Mirror is known for.

The guides used shovels and boards to funnel the water. After about 30 minutes of digging, it was finally ready. The visitors took turns standing in front of the artificially-made puddle to take the so-called perfect photo.

If you just want cool photos, then you will find that at Sky Mirror. However, if you are expecting a similar experience as Salar de Uyuni, you will be disappointed.

The one redeeming factor that the tour companies do no tell you about Sky Mirror is the abundance of marine life there. As the tide drops and the sandbank reveals itself, the marine life that was living on the sandbank also appears. It was incredibly fun to walk around and observe the numerous sea creatures that were left on the sandbank. We saw crabs, shells, more shells, and even some unidentifiable sea creatures!

As we were preparing to return, we saw a very odd phenomenon. The crabs that live under the sand all came out and starting marching towards the sea. I am talking about thousands of tiny little crabs crawling on the sand. That moment is one of the most unforgettable moments I had traveling in Malaysia.

Though not the perfect place, Sasaran Beach is still extremely beautiful. The fact that you are on an island only available a few hours a day in the middle of the sea is an incredible adventure.

For as far as your eyes can reach, there is nothing but the sea and the horizon.

Conclusion: If you are already in Malaysia and happen to be nearby (Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh), then spend a day or a weekend at Kuala Selangor and the Sky Mirror. After all, it is still a unique and enjoyable place and I would recommend it. Visitors typically spend the morning at Sky Mirror and the evening on the popular fireflies tour.

However, if you intend on arriving to Malaysia with the sole purpose of seeing this “Asia Salar de Uyuni”, save yourself the trip. There are many places worth coming to Malaysia for such as nature-paradise Sabah and beach-heaven Langkawi, but Sky Mirror should not be your main focus.  

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11 BEST Things To Do In Sekinchan: The PERFECT Sekinchan Day Trip

11 BEST Things To Do In Sekinchan: The PERFECT Sekinchan Day Trip

Not sure what to do in Sekinchan? Don’t worry, we were in your shoes once.

With the recent boom of tourism to Sekinchan because of a TVB Drama called Outbound Love, Sekinchan is still a hidden gem in Malaysia with not much information.

That is why we have written this guide on the top things to do in Sekinchan and how you can do them all on a day trip!

Enjoy!

How To Get To Sekinchan?

Sekinchan is a small fishing village located in the Sabak Bernam District of Selangor, about 100 kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur. The most convenient option to visit Sekinchan is by renting a car in Kuala Lumpur and taking the 1.5-hour drive.

Though there is public transportation that goes from Kuala Lumpur to Sekinchan, the route requires many stops and a longer time (~2 to 2.5 hours). If you want to do a Sekinchan day trip, it is highly recommended to drive from Kuala Lumpur.

If you insist on taking a bus from KL to Sekinchan, head over to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) and catch the SPT to Teluk Inan. The bus will pass by Sekinchan where you can disembark.

It is also possible to come from the north as well. Ipoh is a common departure point for Sekinchan. The drive from Ipoh to Sekinchan could take up to 3 hours, making it an unrealistic option for a day trip to Sekinchan. Public buses are also available from Ipoh to Sekinchan, though that would take a much longer time.

Is A Sekinchan Day Trip Enough?

One of the most common questions I get asked about Sekinchan is “Is a Sekinchan one day trip enough?” The answer is: Probably yes.

Sekinchan is beautiful but it is a small fishing village after all. One day in Sekinchan is plenty to see the main Sekinchan attractions.

If you are visiting Sekinchan, chances are you will have your own car or motorcycle. Having your own transportation allows you to easily jump from one Sekinchan attraction to another. Taxi-hailing apps such as Grab can be unreliable in a small town like Sekinchan.

A popular option for traveling in town is by bicycle. There are bicycle rental companies in town with various types of bikes for rent!

Though if you want to enjoy some of the nearby attractions in Kuala Selangor such as the fireflies and Sky Mirror, you might want to consider staying in Sekinchan for 2 days. A weekend in Sekinchan is the ideal amount of time to explore and relax in this beautiful seaside town with stunning rice paddies!

Best Time To Visit Sekinchan, Malaysia

If you are visiting Sekinchan, you probably want to see the lush paddy fields. If that is the case, it is important that you come at the right time and not when the rice was just harvested. 

Generally, from the middle of March to May and the middle of September to November you will encounter lush rice paddies. December is harvest season so you won’t find anything.

Depending on how the season is going, the schedule might be a little different than anticipated. It is wise to check with your accommodation before arriving to check the condition of the paddy fields!

We visited early March and found that some of the fields were already cleared out. The owner of our homestay said the farmers had cleared it a few days ago. If we arrived a few days early or a few weeks later, the paddy fields would’ve been in full bloom!

What To Do In Sekinchan: 11 Best Things To Do In Sekinchan, Malaysia

1. Check Out Amazing Sekinchan Paddy Fields

Though Sekinchan is a fishing village, it is a lot more famous for its beautiful stretches of rice paddies. These rice paddies dominate the landscapes of Sekinchan, and it is probably the best thing to do in Sekinchan.

Visiting the rice paddy fields is a must if you come from a stressful city such as Kuala Lumpur as they remind you of the simpler days. Watch the rice plants flow freely in the wind, listen to the sounds of the birds, and feel your worries dissipate from your body.

Similar to the rice paddies in Bali or Vietnam, they are very picturesque. Blue skies, tall rice plants, and a beautiful flower dress, you have yourself the perfect Instagram photo! Sekinchan is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia!

2. Rent a Bicycle And Ride Around Town

Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Sekinchan and the paddy fields around it. If you are in Sekinchan without any type of transportation (car or motorcycle), a bicycle will allow you to visit some of the places outside of town.

Luckily for you, there are a few bicycle rental shops in Sekinchan. The most reliable of which is the AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan.

Featuring anything from the single-person bike to a family bike (4 persons), AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan has a bicycle for any type of travelers. If you are too lazy to paddle, they also have electronic bikes for a higher price! 

Be careful if you plan on riding a bicycle in Sekinchan. There is no such thing as a bike lane in Sekinchan!

3. Dine At the Unique N16 Cafe

Any travelers looking for a unique dining establishment must not miss N16 Cafe in Sekinchan. Using an old school bus, the owner has renovated it to become a cafe.

The food is decent but the most promising feature is the spectacular view of the paddy fields nearby. Sip on a cup of home-brewed coffee, have a cake, and enjoy the stunning visuals inside and outside the bus cafe!

The cafe is built on top of a freight container that acts as the kitchen. There is free parking nearby and the famous accommodation Padi Box is right next door. If you are staying in Padi Box (which is what we did), you surely cannot miss the N16 Cafe. 

N16 Cafe has air conditioning, making it the perfect place to relax after a visit to the other Sekinchan attractions nearby. 

4. Make a Wish At The Sekinchan Wishing Tree

Located on Pantai Redang (Beach Redang), the Sekinchan Wishing Tree is one of the best places to visit in Sekinchan.

As you approach the wishing tree, you will see the numerous red ribbons hanging off the tree. These ribbons are written with wishes from other visitors.

To get your own ribbon, you must make a donation at the adjacent temple. Each red ribbon is tied to an ancient Chinese coin. When tossing your ribbon on the tree, try to get it as high as possible. Legend says that the higher the ribbon lands, the most likely your wish is going to come true!

Don’t forget to keep your wish a secret!

Wishing tree, Redang Beach, Sekinchan

5. Chill At Pantai Redang Beach

If you are already at the Sekinchan Wishing Tree, then Pantai Redang is literally right at your doorstep. Though the quality of the beach cannot compare to those of Langkawi, Pantai Redang still attracts plenty of people on the weekends and holidays.

If you are traveling with family in Malaysia, Pantai Redang is the perfect place to bring your kids. They can spend hours running up and down the soft sands, observing kite-flyers, and swimming in the cold soothing water.

It is impossible to not love the beach in the hot and humid weather of Malaysia!

If you have time, grab a coconut, have some seafood nearby, and wait for the breath-taking sunset to unfold in front of your eyes!

6. Wander Around The Sekinchan Fishing Village

Though Sekinchan is famous for its rice paddies, the village itself is meant to be a fishing village. When you are not taking photos at the rice paddies, stroll around the old streets of Sekinchan. You will encounter numerous seafood restaurants and vendors selling various types of dried seafood.

Not only do you get to see the ending products, but you can also see the difficult types of equipment and ship that fishermen use. If you are from a big city like I am, then the contrast of a small fishing village will be quite interesting.

7. Stuff Yourself With Some Fresh Sekinchan Seafood

One of the many pros of a fishing village is the accessibility to fresh and delicious seafood. Sekinchan is no exception.

The fishing village is populated with many high-quality seafood restaurants at affordable prices. If you are from the western parts of the world, chances are you have never encountered some of those kinds of seafood.

Dishes such as oyster omelet, mantis shrimp, and shark meat are all popular local cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous, make sure you give those a try!

A highly-recommended place for seafood in Sekinchan is Loong Hua Restaurant. Though I have not been there myself, I have heard great things about it! If not, Restoren Wan Lau was personally recommended by a Malaysian friend!

8. Learn About Rice Harvesting At The Paddy Gallery

Besides admiring the lush paddies, one of the best activities in Sekinchan is to learn about the entire process from start to finish. 

The Paddy Gallery is an active rice-processing facility as well as a museum featuring exhibits on harvesting and more. Visitors will learn each and every step of the process from the rice paddies to the rice grains we see in the supermarkets.

On the ground floor of the establishment are shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs, snacks, and even rice produced there! On the first floor is the informational museum, where the entrance fee is 5 RM. 

It is worth the low price for so much information. Rice might be simple on the service, but the procedure to get it down to the grains is scientific and interesting!

The Paddy Gallery is located in the middle of the paddy fields, offering unparalleled views of the lush surroundings. However, it is quite a trek to arrive. I recommend either renting a bicycle or driving there!

9. Indulge In Fresh Mango Smoothies At Mango King

Located on the outskirts is one of the best things to do in Sekinchan, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Mango King is a small stall located in the midst of the paddy fields, just down the road from the Paddy Gallery.

Here you will find the freshest and sweetest mangoes and mango smoothies in Sekinchan. If there is anything I learned from backpacking Malaysia, it is that nothing beats a refreshing mango smoothie or slushie in the hot Malaysian sun.

After trying their mango specialties, you may want to purchase those seriously addicting mangoes! Thank God they are so affordable!

Mango King also sells snacks and other kinds of beverages!

10. Go Back In Time At Ah Ma House (Grandma’s House)

Ah Ma House is a unique attraction in Sekinchan. Featuring a conglomerate of old things such as film cameras, the Game Boy, the refrigerator-sized TVs, and other items that are beyond my time, stepping into Ah Ma House is like stepping into a time machine. 

If I had taken my parents there, they would’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane tremendously. For me, I was only able to recognize a few of the items. Even then, a sense of nostalgia rushed over me as I stood in awe in the traditional Chinese house.

Besides the antique items and cool historic house, Ah Ma House is known for its home-made cookies and crackers. Those snacks brought back some childhood memories for me. Don’t hesitate to try them when you get the chance!

Across from Ah Ma House is another attraction called the Kampung Atuk (or Grandpa). Though it was closed when we visited, it had empty stands with displays selling traditional snacks. It must be a popular spot in Sekinchan on the weekends or holidays!

11. Visit Kuala Selangor For Fireflies and Sky Mirror

If you have more than one day in Sekinchan, consider visiting the neighboring town Kuala Selangor. Kuala Selangor is a small seaside town similar to Sekinchan, but it has two of the top attractions in Malaysia: Fireflies and Sky Mirror.

Because seeing the fireflies is a night-time activity, it might be difficult to participate if you are on a day trip to Sekinchan. If you can afford to spend more than 1 day in Sekinchan, seeing the fireflies is a must. Numerous colonies of fireflies roam freely in the mangroves of Kuala Selangor. With the pitch darkness, the flickering of their lights is like stars in the sky!

Sky Mirror is another place worth visiting near Sekinchan. It is a shallow sandbank that appears only during low tides. The result? A magical place where the ground reflects the sky and everything around it. It is somewhat similar to the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) in Bolivia. 

All boats to Sky Mirror depart in the early morning, so it is recommended to stay in Sekinchan on Kuala Selangor the night before.

If you are coming from KL to Sekinchan, check out this tour for the fireflies and Sky Mirror!

Where To Stay In Sekinchan, Malaysia

Best Unique Hotel In Sekinchan – Padi Box
If there is another thing Sekinchan is famous for, it’s the freight container hotel and homestays. If you are used to staying in 5-star hotels and think this is outrageous, let me convince you otherwise. 

The most famous container hotel in Sekinchan is Padi Box. Using recycled freight containers as building structures, this eco-friendly accomodation is not only stylish but strangely comfortable. 

The decor of the hotel is adorable, and there are plenty of open areas to get some sun and admire at the rice paddies. It has the amenities of a standard hotel but in a generally fun and relaxing atmosphere. 

I highly recommend staying at one of these container hotels in Sekinchan if possible. The other more luxurious container hotel is called Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay.

Best Hotel In Sekinchan – The One Boutique Hotel

If you are looking for a standard clean and comfortable hotel, then consider The One Boutique Hotel. One of the most popular hotels in Sekinchan, The One Boutique provides spacious rooms at an affordable price. Though you won’t find the utmost luxury here, you will find sufficient amenities!

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This is the end of our guide on the things to do in Sekinchan, Malaysia. Hopefully, this has given you an idea of what to do on your Sekinchan trip! 

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