Malaysia Part 2 – Ipoh
Code Name: M.A.K.A.N
Mission: Eat and Chillax
Choosing not to drive from Singapore for our Malaysia trip was a good decision. Without a car, the best way to travel inter-city is definitely by train.
ETS (Electric Train Service) operated by the national railway operator KTM offers a pleasantly fuss-free ride for our next leg – KL to Ipoh. 2hr 40mins and RM36 each later, we arrived at the once-popular tin mining town of Ipoh, Perak. Tickets can be purchased easily at the train station or online.
We were quite clueless about Ipoh except for its famous Ipoh Hor Fan prior to visiting. A quick search on Google led us to Han Chin Pet Soo – Malaysia’s first Hakka tin miner’s clubhouse. That visit gave us a glimpse of the tin-mining history in Perak, as well as the interesting extra circular activities those affluent members enjoyed inside this “members-only” clubhouse.
Entry is strictly by appointment only. That includes a very informative guided tour. Although entrance is free, there is a recommended donation of RM10 per adult for the maintenance and upkeep of the building.
Conveniently located right next door to this clubhouse is the museum of Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea. This small museum depicts the life story of Mr Ho Kai Cheong, the founder of Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea and his philanthropic contribution to Ipoh’s community back in the days. Entrance is free and there is a tasting session at the end of the tour.
After some much appreciated history lessons, our Ipoh food exploration begins.
Here are our best eats 2 days in Ipoh