" A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles "
" Age is no barrier when it comes to travel "
My Cuti Cuti (Vacation), Makan Makan (Eating) & Jalan Jalan (Walkabout) Malaysia - Ipoh Heritage Trail, Thursday - Friday 3 & 4 May 2018
Peninsula Malaya (now Malaysia) or part of the region was under the colonial rules ie Portuguese (1511), Dutch (1641) & British (1700's) since the start of the 15th century. The Japanese during the 2nd World War invaded & occupied Malaya in 1941 for 3 years 8 months ! Malaysia achieved her independence from the British on 31st August 1957 !
In recent years, due to the efficient public transport system & following the Heritage Trail guided maps for each city, tourists can easily visit a number of colonial heritage sites in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Klang & Penang / Georgetown in Peninsula Malaysia as well as in Singapore.
Malacca & Georgetown (Penang) are UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you are going to do a Heritage Trail, you can go Dutch & Portuguese and visit a number of heritage sites in Malacca & go British in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur & Ipoh !
Following the Heritage Trails, I had the opportunity of visiting a number of heritage sites during the last 2 years (2016-2018) in Peninsula Malaysia & Singapore :
1) Singapore - 20-24/2/2016
2) Malacca (UNESCO) - 22-23/12/2016
3) Kuala Lumpur - 31/12/2016
4) Georgetown (UNESCO) - 12-14/1/2017
5) Klang - 4/11/2017
6) Ipoh - 4-5/5/2018
Ipoh, the 3rd largest city in Malaysia is the capital of Perak state. During the 1880's, Ipoh became prosperous due to a flourishing tin mining industry but since 1970's with the collapse of world tin prices, the city suffered decades of decline & neglect.
Located by the Kinta River, the city due to her close proximity to Kuala Lumpur (205km one way, 2 hrs by car & 3 hrs by train) is now a popular tourist destination; more visitors are now visiting Ipoh for food & also attracted by the city's old town's British colonial era architecture charm !
Travel itinerary: Subang Jaya, Selangor > KL Sentral > Ipoh > KL Sentral > Subang Jaya (205km x 2)
|Map of Ipoh, Perak|
Total costs incurred (2 days): Rm110 (US$28)
Hostel (1 night): Rm30 dorm
LRT train tickets (senior): Rm2.10 x 2
KTM train tickets (Senior): Rm17 x 2
Exchange Rate: US$1=Rm3.93
My travel buddy from Singapore, Lam
Thursday 3rd May 2018
5) Hostel accommodation (Rm30=US$7.60 dorm) at Abby By The River, 56 Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh Tel +605241450 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Hotel Abby's Roof Top & a panoramic view of downtown Ipoh during the early morning & evening
Going British - The Start of the Ipoh Heritage Trail
11) Mercantile Bank (1931)
12) Chung Thye Phio Building
15) S.P.H Da Silva Building
16) Birch Memorial (1909)
18) Panglima Lane (Concubine Lane - since 1908) & Market Lane - where wealthy merchants & British officers kept their mistresses & also a notorious opium den during the 19th century !
22) Abandoned Heritage House
24) Abandoned Heritage buildings
26) Old Town White Coffee Building