A road trip to Ipoh for a two night stay proved to be well worth it. Only 2.5 hours from Penang by car over the bridge we found a Malaysian abnormally set in the most rugger terrain.
This British colonial city is set amongst jungled mountains and limestone caves, making it the perfect backdrop for a nature-inspired theme park.
Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia's main cities around the turn of the 19th century due to the booming tin mining industry. Architecturally, the city centre is characterised by colonial era Chinese shop houses. There are also several impressive historical buildings from the British Colonial era such as the Railway Station, the Town Hall and the Court House. Recently many modern day houses have been added and this is the reasons we found it such an anomaly. It really is a mixture of Chinese, British and modern day eras clashing to make a vibrant and the most beautifully backdropped city I have seen.
Our verdict? Loved it! Perfect age for our kids. There was just the right amount of amusement rides and a great petting zoo. But all of that pales to the water play area for my children and they are still asking if we are going back today. Mia even asked if she can live there! For me, I loved the hot springs! And the Crystal Spa was to die for. My husband loved the majesty of the mountains and was in photographer’s heaven. We will be back!
Before heading back to Penang we decided to visit Gua Tempurung in the Kinta Valley. Gua Tempurung is one of the larger cave systems found in the scenic limestone hills of Perak. It is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. While one can not undertake a 4 hour adventure with toddlers, you can still enjoy the wonders that exist in a 40 minute tour.