Travel from Kota Bharu to Ipoh by Bus
Ipoh is just 344km away from Kota Bharu. Via bus one takes only 6 to 7 hours to reach there. There are 2 buses that travel to Ipoh which are Transnasional and Perdana Express. Both buses have 2 rides in a day. Transnasional has theirs at 9.45am and 9.30pm while Perdana has theirs at 10.00am and 10.00pm. Both buses depart from Tesco Kota Bharu and arrive at the Amanjaya Terminal in Ipoh. For further details or ease of booking visit www.catchthatbus.com or simply download the CatchThatBus mobile app.
Things to do in Ipoh
Ipoh, the state capital of Perak is one of the largest cities in the country. Blessed with some natural beauty, Ipoh is fairly rich with limestone caves, mountains and lakes. Gua Tempurung is the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia having rocks aging between 200 to 450 million years ago. Take a guided tour around the cave and explore this natural structure. Kellie’s Castle is an unfinished Moorish design influenced castle. Located near Batu Gajah, this mansion was built by a Scottish planter William Kellie Smith apparently for his wife rumour has it. Nevertheless, this beautiful architecture is something to look at and has even be used for filming movies such as Anna and The King.
Have a fun day out at the Lost World of Tambun theme park. This park covers 7432m2 worth of area around the limestone hills and has exciting activities inside such as a water park, dry park and hot springs. The Birch Memorial Tower is surely a historical place to visit. Enacted in 1909, this tower was built in memory of the late J.W.W. Birch who was the first British Resident of Perak who was eventually murdered by a local activist Maharajalela. The tower is unique with murals of famous people around it and a snap with this tower would carve you some good memories.
What to eat in Ipoh?
Let’s get to the exciting part about Ipoh and that’s the food. Highly influenced by Chinese culture, Ipoh is home to some of the most tongue tickling Chinese cuisines. Ipoh is well known around Malaysia for its white coffee that a chain store has been opened all around Malaysia called Ipoh Old Town White Coffee. Nothing like having a taste of the original white coffee right here in Ipoh itself. Bean Sprouts Chicken is another famous Ipoh dish usually served with the famous Ipoh Chicken Rice. The Ipoh Chicken Rice is something to die for truly. Claypot Chicken Rice which is basically chicken rice cooked in a claypot is best in a suburb called Bercham in Ipoh. Ipoh Garden and Wooley’s are some of the famous hawkers to visit.