A Travellerspoint blog

February 2017

Sibu (28/1-1/3/2017)

For our journey east through Sarawak we decided to head up the Renjang river into an area which was once very remote and synonymous with the warring Iban and Kayan tribes, where head-hunting only ceased less than a century ago in 1924! Access to the area by public transport is still only by river and the trip starts in the bustling city of Sibu. The obvious choice for getting to Sibu from Kuching was actually to take a boat (should take 4.5 hours as opposed to 7 hours by bus!). The Lime Tree hotel’s shuttle bus took us to the wharf for the 0830 boat. First class (12 euros each) is definitely advised because it is upper deck with an outside area to sit if desired. After about 20 minutes we were out in the open sea and it was a decidedly rough ride for a couple of hours!! Once inland on the river, it was comfortable and we could sit outside – main impressions were of the muddy water and of the logging installations on the way. The river apparently used to be clear (not brown) – before all the logging activity upstream. Overall, the trip took 5 hours.

It was fun getting off the boat! – a metre drop from the side of the boat to the landing stage to negotiate by ourselves with the rucksacks etc. The hotel we thought we would stay for the night (but had not paid for) was disgusting so we ended up nearby in an enormous 16th floor room at the flash 19 floor Kingwood hotel. Very comfortable and a great view over the river and surrounding countryside.

We had a wander round Sibu In the afternoon – ok but not a pretty place! – very helpful and informative guy at the Tourist Office, had a look at the market, visited the night market which was selling some interesting foodstuff, and clambered up the Temple Pagoda. A lively town but not a lot to see of interest for a visitor.

Our transport for today (Kuching to Sibu)

Our transport for today (Kuching to Sibu)


Cargo includes 6 boxes of baby ducks!

Cargo includes 6 boxes of baby ducks!


1st class area

1st class area


out at sea

out at sea


Up the Renjang river

Up the Renjang river


Up the Renjang river 2

Up the Renjang river 2


Up the Renjang river 3

Up the Renjang river 3


Up the Renjang river 4

Up the Renjang river 4


Avoiding the aircon in first class

Avoiding the aircon in first class


Catching the breeze

Catching the breeze


Up the Renjang river 5

Up the Renjang river 5


Muddy waters

Muddy waters


Boat stop

Boat stop


Boat stop 2

Boat stop 2


Wood processing

Wood processing


Arrival in Sibu

Arrival in Sibu


Hotel Kingwood - enormous room

Hotel Kingwood - enormous room


Creature comforts

Creature comforts


16th floor room with a view

16th floor room with a view


16th floor room with a view 2

16th floor room with a view 2


Swan statue

Swan statue


Tomorrow's transport!

Tomorrow's transport!


Sibu town square

Sibu town square


Sibu - around town

Sibu - around town


Sibu - around town 2

Sibu - around town 2


Sibu - night market and Tua Pek Kong Temple

Sibu - night market and Tua Pek Kong Temple


Meaty stall at night market

Meaty stall at night market


Tua Pek Kong Temple

Tua Pek Kong Temple


View from top of temple - night market area

View from top of temple - night market area


View from top of temple - jetty and our hotel

View from top of temple - jetty and our hotel


View from top of temple - Renjang river downstream

View from top of temple - Renjang river downstream

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Kuching (24/2/2017)

We were up and out early at 0500 from our hotel in Butterworth, travelling to Penang airport by taxi for the 0700 flight to Kuching, Sarawak (2h05). We booked our 3 internal flights in Malaysia with Air Asia (Asia’s equivalent to Easyjet/Ryanair) – incredibly cheap flights! Novel system with the mobile check-in – scan the code at the airport and print off boarding passes and baggage labels, before taking them to the baggage drop counter. From arriving at the airport to getting to the boarding gate was less than 15 minutes! Comfortable flight. Only way into Kuching was by taxi (voucher purchased at airport counter) but was only around 6 euros and a comfortable way to arrive. Our hotel was a great place to spend our 4 nights in Kuching – very pleasant and helpful staff, varied, fresh and tasty breakfast and comfortable room. Here we are – first time in Borneo! We spent the rest of day one having a walk round town. Kuching does not feel like a capital city, more a provincial town. The river Sarawak runs right through the middle and there is a pleasant waterfront area. On the main town side there are areas of Chinese shop houses, modern skyscrapers, the odd shopping mall and a few colonial buildings from the British colonial era. The opposite side is mainly green and not developed, apart from the large ugly state assembly building and kampung areas. There’s no bridge across the river in town – you have to use the small sampan-like passenger ferries. Day two we had planned to go to the Semeggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which is a surviving pocket of rainforest where about 35 orang-utans live and are fed fruit twice a day by rangers – if they turn up (depending on how much wild fruit is available). It was raining heavily in the morning so we were not too hopeful, but as it started to clear up we decided to take the 1300 bus for the afternoon feeding. Eventually got to park gates after an age stuck in heavy Saturday traffic and then had a quarter of an hour’s walk to the main viewing area. There were several Orang-Utans already at the feeding area, including the famous 35 year old alpha male “Richie” – an impressive animal! It was a joy and a privilege to watch him and the antics of the others in the family group. We were also taken a short walk to another feeding spot where there were three other orang-utans feeding including a small baby clinging to its mother. We had about an hour altogether watching – the wardens said we were extremely lucky to see this number of animals.

Day three was sunny, warm and hot – just right for our day out to Bako National Park. A bus at 0800 took us to the pontoon for access to the park, where a boat takes you 20 minutes to the actual park itself – or it would do if the tide was not low. We had to jump into the shallow water, and walk quite a way up the beach because of the low tide. There is a central Park building where we registered which trail(s) we decided to take (and check back in on return). We took one trail (1 hour each way) through the forest and ending up at an attractive beach, then took another (45 minutes each way), again through forest to an area of mangroves by the sea. Often quite demanding terrain, ups and downs among networks of tree roots ... in very hot and humid conditions, but superb. Apart from the beautiful scenery we saw all the animals you would hope to spot there: bearded pigs, three types of monkeys (including the extraordinary proboscis monkeys) and an enormous vivid green viper (over a metre long) which slithered across the grass in front of the park buildings!!! Wonderful day out – with lots of aching muscles ...

Last day we had heavy rain in the morning again but it improved by midday, hot and sunny, so we were able to finish off our time in Kuching as we wanted, visiting areas we had previously missed.

We found some good eating and drinking opportunities in Kuching: <ul><li> My Village Buruk: across the river by sampan ferry is a very characterful 2 storey restaurant with typical local food &#8211; we had Nasi Ayam Penyet (their speciality &#8211; spicy grilled chicken with rice), plus mixed vegetables and jungle ferns. (for 2 persons &lt; 10 euros)</li><li>Top Spot Food Court: very large food court practically 100% seafood &#8211; choose your seafood and they cook it for you as you like (plus vegetables of your choosing). Enormous choice! We had 10 large king prawns (cooked in local style fried in butter/breadcrumbs, with jungle ferns in shrimp paste sauce and aubergines with garlic - absolutely delicious, best meal on trip so far (around 10 euros for the 2 of us)</li><li>Black Bean Coffee Caf&eacute; &#8211; excellent coffee</li><li>Mira Cake House &#8211; other side of river very near My Village Buruk &#8211; renowned and tasty cakes.</li></ul>Incidentally, Kuching=Cat in Malay; hence tacky cat statues abound!

Kuching waterfront and Sarawak Assembly building

Kuching waterfront and Sarawak Assembly building


Orang-utan at Serenggoh Wildlife Reserve

Orang-utan at Serenggoh Wildlife Reserve


Bako National Park

Bako National Park


Around corner from our hotel

Around corner from our hotel


Around corner from our hotel 2

Around corner from our hotel 2


Around corner from our hotel 3

Around corner from our hotel 3


A Cat monument photoed from our beer stop

A Cat monument photoed from our beer stop


Waterfront - Sarawak river

Waterfront - Sarawak river


Waterfront

Waterfront


Waterfront 2

Waterfront 2


Serenggoh orang-utan feeding area

Serenggoh orang-utan feeding area


Alpha male "Richie" (35 years old)

Alpha male "Richie" (35 years old)


Serenggoh orang-utan feeding area 1

Serenggoh orang-utan feeding area 1


Orange Utan

Orange Utan


Orange Utan 2

Orange Utan 2


Richie 2

Richie 2


Richie 3

Richie 3


Orange Utan with bananas and coconut

Orange Utan with bananas and coconut


Orang-Utan at play

Orang-Utan at play


Orang-Utans st play

Orang-Utans st play


The return of Richie!

The return of Richie!


The return of Richie 2

The return of Richie 2


To second Orang-Utan feeding area

To second Orang-Utan feeding area


Second feeding area

Second feeding area


Orang-Utan

Orang-Utan


Mother and baby on arrival

Mother and baby on arrival


Mother and baby (with goodies!)

Mother and baby (with goodies!)


Orange-Utan mother and child 2

Orange-Utan mother and child 2


Track to Orang Utans

Track to Orang Utans


My Village Buruk restaurant

My Village Buruk restaurant


My Village Buruk restaurant 2

My Village Buruk restaurant 2


Tua Pek Kong temple

Tua Pek Kong temple


Tua Pek Kong temple 2

Tua Pek Kong temple 2


Waterfront at night

Waterfront at night


Waterfront at night 2

Waterfront at night 2


Waterfront - Elvis impersonators competition

Waterfront - Elvis impersonators competition


Posing with the stars!

Posing with the stars!


Pontoon for boat to Bako National Park

Pontoon for boat to Bako National Park


Arrival at beach - Bako

Arrival at beach - Bako


Arrival at beach - Bako 2

Arrival at beach - Bako 2


Bako beach

Bako beach


Bako beach 2

Bako beach 2


Arrival at beach - Bako 3

Arrival at beach - Bako 3


Silver Leaf Lemur monkey male

Silver Leaf Lemur monkey male


First sighting - Silver Leaf Lemur monkeys

First sighting - Silver Leaf Lemur monkeys


Silver Leaf Lemur monkeys

Silver Leaf Lemur monkeys


Track 3 to Teluk Paku

Track 3 to Teluk Paku


Track 3 to Teluk Paku 2

Track 3 to Teluk Paku 2


Trail 3 to Teluk Baku

Trail 3 to Teluk Baku


Track 3 to Teluk Paku 3

Track 3 to Teluk Paku 3


Arrival at Teluk Paku

Arrival at Teluk Paku


Teluk Paku beach 2

Teluk Paku beach 2


Teluk Paku beach 3

Teluk Paku beach 3


Teluk Paku Beach 4

Teluk Paku Beach 4


Sweaty at Bako Beach after hike!

Sweaty at Bako Beach after hike!


Bearded Pig

Bearded Pig


Long Tailed Maquaque

Long Tailed Maquaque


Long Tailed Maquaque 3

Long Tailed Maquaque 3


Long Tailed Maquaque 2

Long Tailed Maquaque 2


Large green viper!

Large green viper!


Large green viper   tongue

Large green viper + tongue


Track 2 to Teluk Delima 3

Track 2 to Teluk Delima 3


Track 2 to Teluk Delima

Track 2 to Teluk Delima


Track 2 to Teluk Delima 2

Track 2 to Teluk Delima 2


Teluk Delima

Teluk Delima


Teluk Delima 2

Teluk Delima 2


Teluk Delima 3

Teluk Delima 3


Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey


Proboscis Monkey 2

Proboscis Monkey 2


Proboscis Monkey 3

Proboscis Monkey 3


Return to pontoon

Return to pontoon


Waterfront  across the water

Waterfront across the water


Around Kuching

Around Kuching


Around Kuching 2 - when it rains...

Around Kuching 2 - when it rains...


Around Kuching 3

Around Kuching 3


Around Kuching  Black Bean Cafe - great coffee

Around Kuching Black Bean Cafe - great coffee


Around Kuching - view off Carpenter Street

Around Kuching - view off Carpenter Street


Around Kuching 5 - Carpenter Street 2

Around Kuching 5 - Carpenter Street 2


Around Kuching - colonial building and mall comple

Around Kuching - colonial building and mall comple


Around Kuching - Main Bazaar

Around Kuching - Main Bazaar


Around Kuching  - waterfront

Around Kuching - waterfront


Around Kuching - Carpenter Street

Around Kuching - Carpenter Street


Around Kuching - view from other side of river

Around Kuching - view from other side of river


Stall at Top Spot Food Court

Stall at Top Spot Food Court


Choose your produce and they cook it

Choose your produce and they cook it


Delicious! King Prawns, Jungle Ferns and Aubergine

Delicious! King Prawns, Jungle Ferns and Aubergine

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Penang (20-24/2/2017)

Taxi/minivan came to pick us up at 0715 to take us to Pangkor town, ferry to Lumut at 0745, arrived in Lumut just in time to catch a coach at 0830 to Butterworth (2.5 hours), then short walk to the ferry terminal for the passenger/car ferry over to Penang. Finally it was just a hot 20 minute walk to our hotel where we had a good 6th floor room with a view over the town!

Towards the end of the last century Penang was going downhill, with the local finances mismanaged and traditional areas being torn down to build ugly skyscrapers. However, a change of the party in power signalled a change of approach, with emphasis on protecting its traditions. It was awarded World Heritage status in 2008 (along with Malacca), which encouraged tourism and investment and it has prospered since then.

We stayed 4 nights and there is quite a large area of interesting, characterful streets to wander around (and even a free bus (CAT) circulating for when it gets too hot/tiring). There is plenty of colonial and Chinese shophouse architecture, lots of temples, clan houses, mosques and a church or two, a Little India area, markets, clan jetties and an immense variety of eating opportunities (food courts, restaurants, street stalls &#8211; Chinese, Indian, Malay ... ...). Interest is added by the street art &#8211; both murals and also “heritage area markers” which are murals made out of wire which highlight a particular feature of the place where they are located (see some photos of both types below). Much of the time was passed wandering around neighbourhoods; particular sights we enjoyed were: Cheng Fatt Tze Mansion, Khoo Kongsi clan house, and the very busy Kuan Yin Teng Chinese temple.

Out of town, visited by bus, there are two Buddhist temple complexes opposite each other on the road towards Gurney Drive, one Thai (Wat Chaiya Mangkalarum) and the other Burmese (Nattukottai Chettiar Temple), and at Air Itam, 20 minute walk takes you up to the large and impressive Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple complex &#8211; all very worthwhile to visit.

Lots of photos!

PS If you are a birdwatcher, at Kek Lok Si temple and decide to take the '"sky lift" up to the large but unpretty goddess of mercy structure, walk back down the road and you should find (probably depends on time of year) lots of pretty bee eaters, which were nesting in the wall on the way down (see final 2 photos).

Kek Lok Si temple complex, Penang Island

Kek Lok Si temple complex, Penang Island


Ferry - Butterworth to Georgetown

Ferry - Butterworth to Georgetown


Old boats from ferry

Old boats from ferry


Arriving in Georgetown by ferry

Arriving in Georgetown by ferry


Our hotel

Our hotel


View from 6th floor room at our hotel

View from 6th floor room at our hotel


View room at our hotel with KOMTAR tower

View room at our hotel with KOMTAR tower


Clock Tower

Clock Tower


Old City Hall

Old City Hall


Old colonial building

Old colonial building


Street scene - Armenian Street

Street scene - Armenian Street


Street scene 1

Street scene 1


Street scene - Chowrasta Market area

Street scene - Chowrasta Market area


Street scene - Chowrasta Market area 2

Street scene - Chowrasta Market area 2


Street scene 2

Street scene 2


Street Scene - Trishaw

Street Scene - Trishaw


Kimberley Street

Kimberley Street


Georgetown Heritage area marker - Kandar

Georgetown Heritage area marker - Kandar


Heritage Marker 2

Heritage Marker 2


Mural - Old motorcycle

Mural - Old motorcycle


Mural - Boy on chair

Mural - Boy on chair


Mural

Mural


Mural - The Indian Boatman

Mural - The Indian Boatman


Mural - Kids on bicycle

Mural - Kids on bicycle


Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 1

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 1


Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 2

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 2


Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 3

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 3


Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 4

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 4


Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 5

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion 5


Clan Jetties

Clan Jetties


Clan Jetties 2

Clan Jetties 2


Clan Jetties 3

Clan Jetties 3


Clan Jetties 4

Clan Jetties 4


Temple scene

Temple scene


Temple entrance

Temple entrance


Temple with trishaw

Temple with trishaw


Temple decorations

Temple decorations


Yap temple

Yap temple


Kapitan Kling mosque

Kapitan Kling mosque


Khoo Kongsi clanhouse

Khoo Kongsi clanhouse


Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 2

Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 2


Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 3

Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 3


Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 4

Khoo Kongsi clanhouse 4


Kuan Yin Teng temple

Kuan Yin Teng temple


Kuan Yin Teng temple 2

Kuan Yin Teng temple 2


Kuan Yin Teng temple 3

Kuan Yin Teng temple 3


Kuan Yin Teng temple 4

Kuan Yin Teng temple 4


Red garden food centre

Red garden food centre


Coconut shake with ice cream - delicious!

Coconut shake with ice cream - delicious!


Preparing murtabaks

Preparing murtabaks


Murtabaks

Murtabaks


Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple

Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple


Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 2

Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 2


Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 3

Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 3


Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 4

Wat Chaiya Mangalaram (Thai) temple 4


Charmikarama Temple (Burmese)

Charmikarama Temple (Burmese)


Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 2

Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 2


Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 3

Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 3


Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 4

Charmikarama Temple (Burmese) 4


Kek Lok Si temple complex from below

Kek Lok Si temple complex from below


Kek Lok Si temple complex

Kek Lok Si temple complex


Kek Lok Si temple complex 2

Kek Lok Si temple complex 2


Kek Lok Si temple complex

Kek Lok Si temple complex


Kek Lok Si temple complex 4

Kek Lok Si temple complex 4


Kek Lok Si temple complex 5

Kek Lok Si temple complex 5


Kek Lok Si temple complex 6

Kek Lok Si temple complex 6


Bea Eaters at Kek Lok Si

Bea Eaters at Kek Lok Si


Bea Eaters at Kek Lok Si 2

Bea Eaters at Kek Lok Si 2

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Pangkor Island (17-20/2/2017)

Got a taxi from the hotel to the local bus stand for the bus to Lumut, jumping off point for Pangkor Island. Problem was, the hotel’s info for buses was completely wrong and instead of a bus at 9.30, we had almost 2 hours to wait for the next bus at 1100. Fortunately, we found an Indian cafe not far away for a sweet white coffee, and which even had WiFi. I also reacquainted myself with South Indian breakfast fare with an Uttapam and curry dips &#8211; tasty &#8211; and all for less than a euro. The bus, when we finally caught it was definitely vintage and the journey decidedly bumpy (being positive, could only hope it would have similar benefits to 'Powerplate') - but we arrived safely at Lumut in the 2 hours expected. Straight onto a ferry for the half hour trip over to Pangkor main town and then straight into one of the pink taxi minivans used for local transport and over to the beach area at Teluk Nipah. We had a simple but comfortable cabin in a well situated complex about 50 metres back from the beach. Very well run place and delightful staff. They did not provide breakfast but had boiling water on tap and a toaster. So, we bought a jar of Nescafe, bread and Kaya (delicious local coconut jam), and were organised.

Teluk Nipah itself has an attractive beach backed by the road with restaurants and stalls along its length and then 5 minutes walk around the headland is another attractive beach (Coral Bay) with just a couple of restaurants in the trees behind. It attracts Malays (particularly at weekend) and westerners travelling in Malaysia. Although Coral Bay is used by westerners for lying in the sun and swimming, I found the water too warm to even be refreshing, and there is quite a problem at both beaches with debris being washed up. We really enjoyed relaxing there after being in the towns and cities. A pleasant stroll up and down the beaches, a stop for a freshly pressed fruit juice or a coconut water served still in the coconut, tasty lunch at a restaurant by the sea (but watch out for the monkeys which one day descended from the trees intent on grabbing food!), pick up a very cold beer from the “Convenient Store” (sic) to enjoy on the balcony of our room, relax ... .. go and watch the characterful wild hornbills being fed bananas down the road from our accommodation at 1830 every night and later enjoy fresh fish or squid deliciously cooked in our evening restaurant by the sea. We managed to fill the 2/3 days we were there without problem.

Teluk Nipah - Pangkor Island

Teluk Nipah - Pangkor Island


Ipoh to Lumut bus

Ipoh to Lumut bus


Nr Pangkor main town

Nr Pangkor main town


Nr Pangkor main town 2

Nr Pangkor main town 2


Nr Pangkor main town 3

Nr Pangkor main town 3


Nr Pangkor main town 4

Nr Pangkor main town 4


Teluk Nipah Beach

Teluk Nipah Beach


Teluk Nipah Beach 2

Teluk Nipah Beach 2


Teluk Nipah Beach 3

Teluk Nipah Beach 3


Budget Beach resort

Budget Beach resort


Budget Beach resort cabins

Budget Beach resort cabins


Budget Beach resort - enjoying a beer

Budget Beach resort - enjoying a beer


Local transport

Local transport


Teluk Nipah road behind beach

Teluk Nipah road behind beach


Teluk Nipah road - Monkey on wires

Teluk Nipah road - Monkey on wires


Monkey in restaurant!

Monkey in restaurant!


Coral Bay

Coral Bay


Coral Bay panorama

Coral Bay panorama


Entrance to sort of temple by Coral Bay!

Entrance to sort of temple by Coral Bay!


Coral Bay from temple

Coral Bay from temple


Coral Bay 2

Coral Bay 2


Enjoying fresh pineapple and mixed fruit juices

Enjoying fresh pineapple and mixed fruit juices


The gathering for the Hornbills feeding 1830

The gathering for the Hornbills feeding 1830


Feeding the hornbills

Feeding the hornbills


Feeding the hornbills 2

Feeding the hornbills 2


Feeding the hornbills 3

Feeding the hornbills 3


Hornbills awaiting their bananas

Hornbills awaiting their bananas


Hornbills

Hornbills


Hornbill

Hornbill


Locals enjoying the beach

Locals enjoying the beach


Locals enjoying the beach 2

Locals enjoying the beach 2


Local enjoying a hammock

Local enjoying a hammock


Our lunch restaurant

Our lunch restaurant


Fresh coconut juice

Fresh coconut juice


Mee Udang

Mee Udang


Teluk Nipah - stalls at night

Teluk Nipah - stalls at night


Teluk Nipah - stalls at night 2

Teluk Nipah - stalls at night 2


Our evening restaurant

Our evening restaurant


Fresh fish 3rasa style   mixed veg and rice

Fresh fish 3rasa style + mixed veg and rice


Fresh fish barbecued with chili and accompaniments

Fresh fish barbecued with chili and accompaniments


Come to Teluk Nipah - for a spot of team building!

Come to Teluk Nipah - for a spot of team building!


Sunset at Teluk Nipah

Sunset at Teluk Nipah


Pangkor to Lamut

Pangkor to Lamut


Pangkor to Lamut 2

Pangkor to Lamut 2


Leaving Pangkor for Lamut

Leaving Pangkor for Lamut

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Ipoh (16-17 Feb 2017)

Up and out early anrd onto the monorail to KL Sentral to catch the 0830 fast ETS electric train service to Ipoh. Comfortable 2.5 hour ride on the ETS Express Gold (!) then 20 minutes walk in the hot sun to the hotel. Very comfortable good value room in the Hotel French. Just here for the one night. Ipoh is a pleasant enough place but not a great deal to see. There is a bit of a colonial area round the railway station and a Chinatown with old shophouses. A new town was built the other side of the river, leaving the old “heritage” area intact. We had a wander round it during the afternoon, finding the old Sinhalese bar (which did not look as if it had changed much since it was first established in 1931), some old heritage buildings and some interesting murals (which the tourist bureau had turned into a trail), a pleasant cafe in the “Old Town” chain for another rest from the heat (good coffee, interesting notice in the ladies! &#8211; see photo)

For eating, we tried the Ipoh speciality &#8211; stir fried beansprouts (generally eaten with chicken and noodle soup). The local beansprouts were delicious - plump and tasty. We were also offered the chicken feet soup! (see photo of pot full of them feet!) &#8211; but resisted!

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Railway Station


Ipoh Town Hall

Ipoh Town Hall


Central Market Vegetables

Central Market Vegetables


Central Market Eggs ...

Central Market Eggs ...


Bridge - Ipoh river

Bridge - Ipoh river


Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931

Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931


Your choice of Malaysian beers

Your choice of Malaysian beers


Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931 ...

Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931 ...


Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931 .. ...

Sinhales Bar (Established) 1931 .. ...


Lunch? - chicken feet soup - no thanks!

Lunch? - chicken feet soup - no thanks!


Lunch stop

Lunch stop


Ipoh Chinatown 1

Ipoh Chinatown 1


Old miners club - now museum

Old miners club - now museum


Ipoh Chinatown 2

Ipoh Chinatown 2


Concubine Lane

Concubine Lane


"Old Town" Cafe - ladies toilet!

"Old Town" Cafe - ladies toilet!


Dentist's sign!

Dentist's sign!


Mural - old tin mining scene

Mural - old tin mining scene


Mural - tricycle

Mural - tricycle


Dinner - an Ipoh specialilty

Dinner - an Ipoh specialilty

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