Ipoh – the town that tin built

When we leave Tanah Rata, we take a morning bus to Ipoh. A very cool small city with a thriving arts scene and burgeoning interest from foreign visitors.

Bridge over the river Kinta

Tin mining was big business here from the 19th century on.

The building on the right, Ho Chin Pet Soo, was a club for Chinese mine owners. Chief amusements: opium, gambling, and hookers. Such are boom towns the world around.

Tea museum on the left, Chinese tin mine owners club on the right

The building on the left was the original home and factory of a local self-made herbal tea magnate.

We stay in the Abby Hotel, in an enormous room that has AC AND a fan, lots of space to spread out, and a great rooftop terrace from which to watch the sun go down.

The river view from our room

The walls throughout are decorated with murals.

Our luggage, against the wall in our room

The Old Town is a warren of narrow alleys and colonial office buildings.

Vines on the wall
Shops in colonial shells
Old town, Ipoh

It’s like a mini-Georgetown.

Sight or Insight of the Day – Ipoh

We discover that trains are great in Malaysia. We decide to travel by rail to Kuala Lumpur.

Ipoh has a wonderfully colonial-looking station.

Little brother to the station in Kuala Lumpur

Buying tickets is a breeze. The train we book happens to be ‘silver’ service, as opposed to ‘gold’ service.

The second-best train to Kuala Lumpur