Hello ladybears and gentlebears. This was my first time visiting Ipoh, Malaysia with papa and mama!!
We stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights. The first night in WEIL Hotel within the city centre, and the second night in The Haven Residences and Hotels which is a further 30 minutes away.
Ipoh, the capital city of Perak, was once a a booming tin mining settlement that is rich in colonial heritage and culture. Today, it is known as the home to many famous limestone caves, cave temples, deliciously crunchy bean sprout chicken, and beautifully preserved historical buildings and shop lots.
The journey from KL to Ipoh took us approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
By the time we reached there, it was already late noon and we went straight to WEIL hotel for our check in. The hotel is easy to locate as it is just next to the Ipoh Parade (the only decent shopping mall in Ipoh, but still small compared to those malls you can find in KL)
Papa parked the car in the hotel parking lot. I can’t remember which floor it was, but I got very dizzy going up the winding circular ramp for many floors. There’s a special parking barrier that separates the parking lots allocated for hotel guests from the regular mall visitors.
Without further ado, I carried all our luggages down to the lobby. Did I mention that the lobby was standing in grandeur with a high ceiling and spacious check in counter.
Here, I was helping them look after our luggages while papa went to the counter for check in (because he has this plastic thing he calls a “credit card”)😉
As usual, mama kept taking pictures of me here and there nonstop in the lobby. I had to stand still in the pictures to make sure I look good 😅😅
My papa has chosen WEIL Hotel for our first night in Ipoh because of its great location and great online reviews. It is situated in the heart of the city and gives us direct walking access to the neighbouring Ipoh Parade shopping mall!
The hotel itself is very nice too. I would describe it as modern, new and clean.
Our room comes with an awesome panoramic view of Ipoh city.
There’s a bathtub inside the bathroom for me to enjoy in the evening too. My mama loves its rooftop infinity pool! (we will show you more pictures of the rooftop pool later)
Upon check-in, the hotel receptionist gave papa two vouchers that we can exchange for free welcome drinks at the hotel café.
My papa got me a fruit tart to go with the drinks too! 😍😍😍
I love the pianola (a self-playing piano) so much, it’s so cool! But I think I can play better hee hee 😄😄😄 Automatic pianos somehow takes away the feeling of romance you normally associate with musical instruments.
This is how the hotel lobby looked like. If you are driving, there’s no way you can miss the big WEIL sign in white.
We also took the chance to explore the hotel’s neighbourhood! Next to Ipoh Parade mall is the Ipoh Convent School. Across the road from WEIL Hotel is St Michael’s Church. The church is flanked by a cemetery and I believe is of historical importance.
After the short tour, my stomach was growling. “Hmm…papa mama….I’m hungry already!!!! Let’s go eat!!!!!”
We went back to the mall, and stumbled across a hipster-looking restaurant called the Dave’s Deli. The place was insta-worthy and the price was reasonable, so we ordered our food here.
Papa ordered fried chicken with chips & salad. It was quite delicious and big in portion. It could probably feed two grown bears.
Mama ordered spaghetti with mussels. They didn’t order anything for me, so I had to share their food.
Which would you guys choose?
“Arrrrrgh mama, stop!!!! Don’t touch my food!!!!!” I need to take pictures of it first to upload on my instagram.
As you can see in the above picture, the restaurant puts a lot of effort into its deco. I was so happy to eat here because I could take many nice pictures with the food.
Fast forward to the breakfast time!!! I truly enjoy a nice breakfast spread in the hotel, because it saves time and the food are normally decent. Also for the fact that I could arrange the food in a flat lay for pictures and no one would bat an eye, kiki.
Our hotel booking did not include the breakfast so papa had to fork out extra cash for it. Can’t remember exactly but probably around RM 36 per pax? Kid bears get to eat for free hehe.
After the hearty breakfast, it’s my favourite time, the POOL TIME! Yaay!!!! I changed into my bear-kini and waited by the poolside. To be honest, I don’t really like it cos it doesn’t fit me well but I have no choice. Mama please buy me more bikinis 😂😂😂
Papa brought my flamingo and yellow duck float. I could sat on the yellow duck float but I would most likely sink to the bottom of the pool. For safety reasons, I can only use the flamingo float haha!
The rooftop pool has a very nice view of Ipoh. One could chill up there, all day, at the veranda. The veranda gives you shade and has nice comfy cushions to lounge around.
Sometimes, the current carries me further away into the depths of the pool. I was carefully balancing myself but it was so scary out there. “arrrrrrgh😆😆😆😆 Papaaaaaaa, come get me back nooooow!!!!”
Papa then accompanied me to the edge of the pool, he said he wants me to see the awesome view!!!
“Arrrrrgh papaaaaaa, do I look like I enjoy it? ” 😂😂😂
Okay Papa Mama…please leave me here, let me enjoy sunbathing ok? You two can go swim BUT don’t drag me into the water again!!!!😂😂😂
Last night, we enjoyed some mocktails by the poolside 😊😊😊 There were no noisy music or big party crowd up there. Just a gentle breeze and a chill vibe while we sipped our drinks 😍😍. What a way to end the day.
When we got back to the hotel room, I was exhausted and climbed into my bed. My bed was so comfy, I don’t want to get up at all, and I almost fell asleep. 😴😴😴
Suddenly, I can hear a commotion in bathroom. I turned around and saw that mama was preparing a bubble bath for me!
I immediately jumped out of my bed in excitement. 😊😊😊 Yaay!!!!
My mama made a turban for me out of the towel provided by the hotel. This was to ensure that I don’t get my hair wet. (oh wait…. I have hairs?)
So this was how I managed to take bubble bath without getting my fur wet 😂😂😂 Precise balancing on the edge of the bath tub. There were so much bubbles in there! Fun!
The next morning, my papa and I are ready to go explore Ipoh city!!!
In these pictures, we were patiently waiting for mama again to photograph me in the hotel lobby. 😒😒😒 yaaaaas…MAMA!!!!! Faster, we’re going to be late for lunch 😂😂😂
First stop, we had a quick lunch at the famous Nam Heong Ipoh coffee shop. Everything was sooooo yummy, especially the eggtarts!!! The restaurant is always busy with tourists and the lunch crowd!
The coffee shop is more than 60 years old and has witnessed the tin mining boom of Ipoh back in the days. Their egg tart is one of the best in Malaysia.
Besides that, they also serve popular Ipoh delicacies and local Malaysian food, such as: chicken horfun, prawn noodles, curry noodles, chicken rice, roast meat and more. Another popular menu is their dim sum.
Let’s not forget, their legendary Ipoh white coffee is a must order over here. The famous Ipoh coffee has an aroma you won’t find anywhere else in Malaysia.
Next stop, we went straight to the Concubine Lane in the Ipoh Old Town area. This place is literally a lane lined with shop, stalls, restaurants and café on both sides.
Concubine Lane is the most vibrant on weekends, holidays, where many pop-up stalls gather. We took a walk through the lane and found that area was pretty commercialized.
Plenty of interesting mural drawings for tourists to feed their gram.
You’ll find cacti on sale, colorful ice balls, flower-shaped cotton candy and many restaurants and café.
Besides the more famous Concubine Lane, you might be surprised to hear that there are two other related lanes in the vicinity – the Wife Lane (or Lorong Hale, “大奶巷”,”Da Nai Xiang”) and the First Concubine Lane (Market Lane， “三奶巷”， “San Nai Xiang”).
These concubine lanes have history that goes all the way back to 1892, when parts of Ipoh Old Town were rebuilt after a fire in 1892. The Concubine Lanes were part of the rebuilt and were owned by mining tycoon Yao Tet Shin.
Legend has it that the rich tycoon gave away the houses on the lanes to his three wives, and hence the locals named the lanes accordingly – Wife Lane, Concubine Lane and First Concubine Lane.
There’s another version of the story, wait for it. Folklore has it that these were also the lanes where rich men hid their concubines away from their wives in the past LOL.
When we walked around the concubine lanes, we could spot many lovely street arts in the Ipoh Old Town. They reminded me of the Penang street murals 😘😘
In this picture, I sat next to a Karung Guni man (rag-and-bone man) painted on the wall. He was making a living by collecting recyclable items for resale.
Next stop, we headed to the Sam Poh Tong cave temple.
The Sam Poh Tong is a famous cave temple located in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh. It is said to be the biggest cave temple in the country.
Inside there, you’ll get to see impressive mural paintings with various statues of Buddha interspersed among the stalactites and stalagmites. Let’s go inside, shall we?
Another attraction at the temple that my mama and I really love: a beautiful Japanese pond full of Japanese carps and tortoises.
In chinese beliefs, carps and tortoises are symbols of longevity. 🐢🐢🐢🌺🌺🌺
We arrived here a bit late, the temple was about to close. I think we were the last group to leave the place haha 😅😅 It was a bit pity that we didn’t get to climb up there but my mama was lazy anyway LOL.
Bye Bye Sam Poh Tong temple! Now let’s move to out next stop!!!
Finally arrived at The Haven Lakeside! Look at the view!!! The place is surrounded by the limestone hills and this is the view from my balcony! It’s a resort-style hideaway just a stone’s throw from Ipoh downtown, only 10 minutes driving from the city centre and you will feel like you are out of this world!!! So excited to show you guys my suite!!!😄😃😀
Look at my suite, it’s massive! My papa booked a one bedroom suite but we got upgraded to a two bedroom suite! I’m gonna sleep in the same room with papa tonight and I will chase mama to the small bedroom hee hee 😂😂 Our suite is directly facing the lake and the limestone hills…so nice ☺️☺️There’s a bathtub too yaay!!!! I’m gonna have a bubble bath again 😝😝
Enjoying this awesome view from from suite ☺️😊 I cannot get enough of this 😘🐻🌠🌳🌳🌳
Last night my papa took us to the famous Cowan restaurant for bean sprout chicken!🐔🐔🐔 It’s a must when you visit Ipoh! Love the tasty chicken and flavourful soup noodles.🍜🍜
Look who I met while I was strolling around the old town yesterday? ☺️☺️☺️ It’s Choco, my idol ♥️💓💗
Good morning world 🌿🌄🐻 I woke up like this mwahahaha 😝
What a perfect morning! I have always been living in the city centre, this place is a true relaxation for me and my papa mama 😘😘🌿🌳🌳🌳🌳 They even said they want to live here when they retire 😅
Close your eyes, take a deep breath and…. arrrrgh my cotton tummy is rumbling now 😖😖 Papa Mama!!!!! Can you two wake up already, I wanna go get my breakfast!!!!
My breakfast with a view! 🌳🌄🥐🍳☕ What did you guys have for breakfast or brunch?
I ate a lot for breakfast 😅🥐🥐🥐🥐🍳🍳🍳☕☕☕ Now it’s time to exercise haha. Who wants to jump into the pool with me?
Hey, if you guys cannot swim, no worries! My papa has already prepared two floats here for us, flamingo and unicorn! Yeehaw!!!!
This unicorn float is so good! It’s so big, I love lying on it, I was actually fighting with mama to get this float because she wanted to use it too. At the end, I convinced her that she looks pretty using the flamingo float and she believed me hee hee 😅😅😅
Me at the edge of the infinity pool, the view is awesome!!! This is a bit too dangerous, I don’t recommend you guys to do it alone without your parents around 😅😅 My papa was nearby to save me just in case haha 😉😉
Mama is asking me to go shower and get changed now cos it’s lunch time already 😲😲😲 I don’t want to leave the pool at all, this is one of the most awesome pool I’ve ever been to!!! But well I am feeling a bit hungry now hee hee 😋😋
Mama!!!!!! Come help me shower please!! I will count 1 to 3….. One…Two…Three!! Time’s up! You are too late! Since you are not coming to help me shower, I will just go get changed now!😂😂😂
Hmm…what should I wear today? I remember I have brought more clothes than these….where have they gone? Mamaaaaaaa!!!! 😲😲😲😲
Papaaaaa…Mamaaaa…. Where are you? I’m ready to go out for lunch now! Anybody sees my papa mama? Arrrgh…don’t tell me they go out without me again!!!😤😤😤🐻🐻🐻
Hmm since I could’t find my papa and mama. I will just go explore the area first then. If you guys remember, my papa said there’s a dinosaur hiding somewhere here! 🦖🦖🦕🦕 Anyone wants to go find it with me? 😀😀🐻🐻🐻
Arrrrgh why you do this to me!!!!!! I am hungry!!!!! Feed me!!!
I’ve finally found the dinosaur that my papa kept telling me! Sooooo cool 🦖🦖🦖He is T-rex, I guess? I wanna go ride on his neck but not sure if he is friendly haha. Does anyone happen to speak dinosaur language? 😂😂
🦖🦖🦖Arrrrgh the dinosaur said he is hungry cos nobody feeds him at all. He told me, I can go sit inside of his mouth while waiting for my papa mama! I feel something weird! I better hide behind this giant rock here until my papa mama are back 😲😲😲😲
Papa is finally back to save me from the T-rex 😅😅😅Phew…what a relief haha 😆😆 Thanks everyone for your advice about the dino. Now let’s go eat, papa!
Waiting for papa to check out and then we’ll drive back to Ipoh town for lunch , yaay!!!!
Lunch at the famous Thean Chun restaurant before going back home. They are famous for egg custards 😋😋😋 Let’s go eat now!!!!
My mama ordered their signature chicken noodles. These noodles sell out particularly fast on weekends and holidays so be early if you want to try.
You can also give their stall dishes a try too. The Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun, Satay (especially the Pork Satay), and the Caramel Pudding at Thean Chun are so delicious too. I’m sooooo stuffed and ready to sleep in the car now haha.
Bye bye, Ipoh! Till we meet again