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[UPDATED] Ipoh Calling: Go Local For The Raya Haji Weekend

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Hari Raya Haji this year falls on a Sunday, giving us a nice long weekend at the start of August.

There are many long weekends coming up after this, so the first long weekend of the year-end season should be enjoyed in moderation.

To enjoy a four-day weekend during Raya Haji, simply take one day off on Friday (9th August). Monday is automatically a holiday since Raya Haji falls on a Sunday.


Since this will be a quick and chill one, why not go local? It’s easier on the pocket and makes for an ideal getaway.

Ipoh, Malaysia

Image from Lonely Planet

Where else but Ipoh?

This quaint town is rich in culture and history. It is also home to some fantastic food options. If you’re lazy to drive up all the way to Penang for some good dose of northern food, Ipoh is the next best choice.

4-day Itinerary
Driving to Ipoh RM200

(estimated cost for toll and petrol)
Intercity transportRM100
Lodging3 nights @ RM526 (including breakfast)
Food, recreational activities, shopping, tours, etc.RM500
Overall total spent on tripRM1,326

Ipoh in 4 days

Here’s what you can do in Ipoh during your four-day trip:

Kellie’s Castle. If you’ve never visited this majestic castle, you must add it on to your list. Located in Batu Gajah. Suitable for a pit when you’re on your way into the city. 

Lost World of Tambun. One of the most popular theme parks in the country after Sunway Lagoon. The Lost World of Tambun boasts over 64 attractions and 10 parks. Aside from usual theme park activities, they also throw pool parties, host a flaming percussions show, and offer an under-the-stars glamping experience!

Ipoh Street Art. Ernest Zacharevic, the same guy who made the street walls of Penang famous with his art, did the same thing in Ipoh. His iconic drawings can be found in the city, and it’s the perfect location to take all those Instagram photos!

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Restoran Sun Heng Kee. An insider told us that the signature oyster and duck egg char koay teow here will erase your memories of all other char koay teow you’ve ever had in your life. Give it a go.

Kek Lok Tong Cave Temple. The entrance to the temple is a cave – how cool is that? Situated in Gunung Rapat, this limestone cave temple is peppered with Buddha sculptures and serves as a nice place to stroll.

Nam Heong White Coffee. This place boasts a 4/5 star on Tripadvisor. If you’re a #coffeelover, there’s no way you should leave Ipoh without making a stop here. You can thank us later.

JJ Roll Sdn Bhd. This is the place for you to snag the famous Ipoh Swiss roll cakes. Souvenirs, check!

Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum. The best dim sum you’ll ever have. Plenty of choices that a great value for money. However, due to its popularity, you might have a hard time getting a table, so be prepared to queue up.

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