Saturday, 19 December 2015

Ipoh, Perak

Ipoh is the capital city of Ipoh state, Perak, Malaysia. It is surrounded by beautiful limestone hills with wonderful cave temples.There are a lot of interesting tourist attractions in Ipoh like Perak Tong, Gua Tempurung, Kek Look Tong, Sam Poh Tong, Theme Park - Lost World of Tambun,  and etc. Apart from the tourist attractions, Ipoh is also well known for its local dishes and restaurants. If you are a food lover, It is a good place for you to try out some special local cuisine like Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken, Ipoh Salted Chicken, Ipoh Chee Cheong Fun and etc.

    Since we spent the whole morning visiting Gaharu Tea Valley in Gopeng., we could only visit a few attractions nearby the Ipoh town in the afternoon. My family just followed my plan to visit Kek Lok Tong and  Ipoh Old Town.

Kek Look Tong is a cave temple which is not far from Ipoh town... Here you can feel the power of universe and enjoy the beauty of the cave over the sky.

The entrance  of Kek Look Tong.

The interior of Kek Look Tong

There is a beautiful garden behind Kek Look Tong. 

The surroundings of the garden.

Our next spot in Ipoh is Ipoh Old Town. After taking some photos in the railway station, we strolled around the streets in Ipoh Old Town. We enjoyed walking around the streets ... nostalgic feel.

You can see many old buildings around Ipoh Old Town. Many of them still functional until today. To me, it is very interesting in exploring old Ipoh on foot.

Ipoh Railway Station

Street view of Ipoh Old Town.

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng, Perak

Gaharu Tea Valley Gopeng in Perak was our first destination in our one day trip planning list for this holiday. It was an educational and relaxing activity in a green valley. Gaharu Tea Valley is a a Gaharu (Agarwood) plantation in Gopeng,Perak. There are approximately 200'000 Gaharu trees.

What is Gaharu tree? We found the answer here. With RM10 per adult and RM5 per children, we took a scenic tour in a guided mini van which took us to three spots in the valley. The first stop was the viewing tower where we got a briefing on Gaharu tree and the history of the valley. The second stop was the painted animal trees spot and the third stop was the lovers park.

The entrance of Gaharu Tea Valley.

An amazing view of the valley.

Painted animal tree.

Lover trees

Colorful staircase at Lovers Park.

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