Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh
We were supposed to fly to Langkawi by Air Asia. Because of the haze in October 2015, our flight out of KLIA2 was delayed from 11am in the morning and finally cancelled at about 8pm. Air Asia offered to put us up in the Palace of the Golden Horses Resort and Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the night, where, after breakfast, we will be transferred by coach to KLIA2 for another attempt to depart for Langkawi.
The next morning, when we were told that there was no guarantee that we will certainly be able to depart for Langkawi, we decided to cancelled the trip and take a drive to Ipoh instead, for an overnight stay.
Whilst driving down to Ipoh, we contacted M Boutique Hotel and book 3 rooms. Our plans was to have lunch in Tanjung Tulang (feasting on the famous fresh water prawns or udang galah) and visit Kellie’s Castle since its along the way.
Kellie’s Castle – is located near Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia. It is across the Sungai Raya, a tributary of the Kinta River.
It was built by a Scottish planter named, William Kellie Smith and was apparently either a gift to his wife or a home for his son. He died of pneumonia at age 56 during a trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. William’s wife was devastated and decided to move back to Scotland and the mansion was left unfinished and later sold to a company called, Harrisons and Crosfield.
By the time, we reached Ipoh and checked into M Boutique Hotel, it was already about 8pm. After a short rest and a shower, we headed out to Ipoh Town for chicken and bean sprouts, the food that Ipoh is famous for and an early night’s rest.
M Boutique provides breakfast either in the hotel’s cafe or in Ipoh Old Town which is located next to the hotel. It’s your choice where you want to have your breakfast. Although the rooms are a bit small, it was really clean and chic with good bathroom facilities.
Perak Caves – After our breakfast, we decided to visit Perak Caves. We were told that the temple was built by an immigrant from China and his descendants are still managing the temple.
From the inner chambers, there are stairs to climb up to the top of Perak Caves.
After Perak Caves, we drove to Ipoh Old Town for lunch in Thean Chun restaurant. The restaurant is famous for Ipoh sar ho fun (rice noodles) and is two doors away from the Yasmin Ahmad Museum.
All in all, it was a nostalgic trip back to Ipoh for me as it was my hometown.
All photos shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikkor 24-120mm f4 lens and processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.