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Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village in Ipoh

Looking for a scenic spot to visit just outside of Ipoh? Just 6 km or about 12 minutes drive from Ipoh town is Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village, which is just behind Mirror Lake Ipoh.

It is a natural area combining culture and art displays with recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and more.

How to get there

Address: 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5a, Taman Saikat, 31350 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

As it’s outside of town, it is recommended to drive, Grab, or hire a van service.

Since there were 15 of us in a group, we went in a hired van. This is a continuation of our trip in Ipoh from GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm to Qing Xin Ling. You can scroll below to watch on YouTube about the 10 places we visited in 1 day.

Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village

Entry into the village is not free and comes with a fee. You can buy the entrance pass at the entrance. Refer to the image below for the entrance pass rates.

After buying the tickets, you’ve full access to the village. So, here are 6 reasons why Qing Xin Ling was and is worth the visit.


1. Enjoy animals around

There are many tortoises and fishes in the ponds. There are many geese and ducklings around the small lakes too. You can feed and take photos of the animals.

2. Ride a free trishaw

Yes, you read that right! It is free to cycle and ride the trishaw(s).

There are bicycles and trishaws placed around, which you can ride as a couple or in a group of 4 around the village. Enjoy views of the lake, mountain, and cultural buildings while on the ride.

3. Snap insta lake photos

The lake with the mountain as the backdrop, makes for good instagram shots. You may also want to take panoramic shots of the lake from the cultural houses around the lake.

4. Snap more insta photos

There are lots of signs, cultural artifacts, antique cars, and instagrammable props which you can snap photos of and with.

5. Visit cultural houses

There are olden day kampung houses of the three main races in Malaysia. Lots of antiques and vintage collections in the small houses. 

6. Walk up Memory Lane

Memory lane is an upper area you can walk up to which is quite a nice and shady walk through a narrow walkway slightly uphill. On the lower side you will find different cultures ornaments and on the upper part you need to hike to see more antique ornaments.

All in all, the whole self-tour lasted about an hour.

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Below is a full brief experience of my tour in Qing Xin Ling. Watch YouTube below.

During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Qing Xin Ling was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube below.


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GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm in Ipoh

Looking for some activities to do outside of Ipoh town? Why not visit a Pomelo farm in Tambun? There’s GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm. 

How to get there

Address: 158258A, Jalan Ampang Tambun, 31400, Ipoh, Perak Tambun, 31400 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

As it’s outside of town, it is recommended to drive, Grab, or hire a van service. Since there were 15 of us in a group, we went in a hired van.

Continuing our journey for the day, it was a 20 minutes ride from Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” to GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm. Scroll below to watch a YouTube Short about how we visited 10 places in a day in Ipoh (with this pomelo farm included).

GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm

At the front of the farm is the shop selling pomelos and fruits. You’ll notice the entrance to the shop and farm with the GBBS Gerai Buah Buahan Segar signboard.

Entrance to the farm is free. You can just walk-in and do a self-tour of the farm. The paths in the farm are properly routed and easy to follow. 

Pomelos can be are easily spotted on trees. Towards the end of the farm, you can also see some guavas growing.

You can buy some pomelos from the shop to eat at home or at the shop itself. We bought 1 pomelo and shared among ourselves.

Watch YouTube below to explore the pomelo farm.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Yong Tau Fu at Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” in Ipoh

Just down the road from TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD is Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar”. This is Ipoh’s most famous Yong Tau Fu spot.

How to get there

Address: 1213, Jalan King, Taman Hoover, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk.

Continuin with our journey for the day, the van took 15 of us from Kampung Kacang Puteh to Pokok Besar.

Pokok Besar

The main stall at the front of the restaurant is the yong tau fu stall. Besides the yong tau fu stall, there are also other stalls that sell popiah, oyster omelette, wan tan mee, rojak, chee cheong fun, and pan mee. 

There was a queue for the yong tau fu. We queued and by the time it was our turn, we were given a basket. There were a wide variety of yong tau fus. They had the fried thin beancurd, fried beancurd, fish cake, fried turnip, fish ball, fried egg with fish paste, wan tan, tau fu pok, long bean, eggplant, bitter gourd, chili, etc.

The yong tau fus, you can eat with different noodles and soup base. For the soup base, you can choose from either clear soup, assam laksa, or curry soup base.

Below is what we ate.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Restoran Choong Kee “Pokok Besar” was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube below.


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Kampung Kacang Puteh in Ipoh

Just 4 km or 9 minutes drive from Taman Jubilee to Buntong is the birthplace of Kampung Kacang Puteh in Ipoh.

Kampung Kacang Puteh (also known as Kampung Kacang Putih) is famed for its traditional Indian snacks: nuts, murukku, tapioca chips, other types of cookies, etc. The Indian snacks here are directly from the manufacturers. Hence, the snacks are fresher, more traditional, and supposedly the cheapest in Malaysia. Furthermore, the business owners in Kacang Puteh are directly involved in the production to maintain quality and traditional values.

How to get there

Address: Laluan Sungai Pari, 2, Laluan Sungai Pari 19, Buntong, 30100 Ipoh, Perak

Getting to Kampung Kacang Puteh is fairly simple, either you take a taxi or Grab.

Since we hired a van, it was a smooth ride to the kampung from Restoran Thean Chun near the Concubine Lane. Scroll below to watch a YouTube Short of how we spent our day in Ipoh – visiting 10 places in the process.

Kampung Kacang Puteh

The entrance to the kampung (village) is easily recognisable by the arch with the greetings TERIMA KASIH KAMPUNG KACANG PUTEH.

We stopped at the first cross junction where 3 popular kacang puteh shops are located. There’s CTS Kacang Puteh Sdn Bhd which is easily recognisable by it’s green exterior. Then there’s D.N.S FOOD which is directly opposite CTS. Then, Enak & Rangup is directly opposite D.N.S.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Kampung Kacang Puteh one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Caramel Custard in Ipoh

When in Ipoh, here were 2 places we had egg custards. One was just opposite Concubine Lane and the other in Taman Jubilee area.

Restoran Thean Chun

Address: 73, Jalan Bandar Timah, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday
Closed
Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Restoran Thean Chun is a coffee shop which also had stalls selling Ipoh hor fun, beef noodles, fish ball noodles, curry noodles, satay, and popiah. 

We took away the caramel custard to eat on the van to our next stop. Scroll below to see (on YouTube) where we went next.


Kacang Soya Lai Kee / Lai Kei Soya 

Address: 32-54, Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

As the name goes, this shop focuses on soya bean and tau fu fa, with the addition of caramel custard.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Restoran Thean Chun one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Shorts below.


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Funtasy House Trick Art in Ipoh

Question: “So, what did you do for your holidays in Ipoh?” Answer: “Eat.”

Besides eating and on a food-only trip, there are also other (fun) things to do in Ipoh. You can take photos with the murals at the Mural Art’s Lane, visit temples, explore Kellie’s Castle, tour museums, etc.

For some fun, family activity, there’s Funtasy House Trick Art. It is an attraction featuring more than 20 illusionistic rooms and artworks for trick photo sessions. 

How to get there

Address: 16, Jalan Market, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking lots nearby to park your cars. Even though the parking lots are nearby, you may have to walk a fair distance to the location. 

After breakfast at Ming Court, the van chauffeured us to Funtasy House. Hence, we’re back at the Concubine Lane area.

Funtasy House Trick Art

As the name goes, it is a mix of fun and fantasy. The arts play a trick on the camera lenses. 

This modern art museum is not hard to miss with it’s colorful pink, blue, and green colored sign.

It is a ticketed entry, hence you’ve to pay to enter. Tickets cost RM15 per person for Malaysian adults between 13 to 59 years old. Then, for Malaysian senior citizens, aged 60 and above, are charged RM10 per entry.

It’s a fun place to be with family and friends. 

There’s food-related, cultural, sci-fi, and fantasy-themed wall illusions. On the floor, there are markings telling you where to stand exactly and to snap the photos. On the walls, are sample photos of how the illusions will look like on camera.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Funtasy House was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum in Ipoh

What better way to start the day with breakfast than the traditional way in Ipoh – dim sum.

Today, we’re going for dim sum along Jalan Leong Sin Nam in Ipoh. Along this same street, there are 3 famous dim sum shops: Foh San Restaurant, Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum, and Restoran Yoke Fook Moon Sdn Bhd.

Today, we’re at Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum. 

How to get there

Address: 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, Kampung Jawa, 30300 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking lots nearby to park your cars. Even though the parking lots are nearby, you may have to walk a fair distance to the shop. 

We had hired a van to bring 15 of us around Ipoh. Scroll below to watch a YouTube video on where and what we covered in 1 day – starting with Ming Court.

Ming Court Hong Kong Tim Sum

Ming Court is located just behind Hotel Excelsior Ipoh. It is on the ground floor of a standalone block.

By the time we reached at about 8.30am, there was already a long queue at the front of the shop. Even inside the shop was also fully packed out. According to reviews on Google, it is advisable to go there as early as possible, because the restaurant opens from 6am and for half a day only.

The queue was exceptionally long that day, no thanks to the other 2 famous dim sum shops that were closed for the day.

The restaurant had a number system. You had to tell them how many people you have, and they would then give you a number and tell you how long you had to wait for your table(s).

Even though the queue was about 20 minutes long, but by the time it was our turn; it was worth the wait.

Dim Sum

When we sat down, the waiters brought a tray of dim sums. The dim sums were in metal containers. Each container had a dot that was color-coded.

Hence, on the spot and on the order chit, the waiter would then note the dim sums that were taken.

Unlike the dim sum in Kuala Lumpur, the steamed dim sum in Ming Court or in Ipoh for that matter, were in small mini sizes. Price-wise, the dim sum was also Ipoh-priced.

We ate the usual siew mai, har gow, fried beancurd roll, seaweed rolls, etc.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Ming Court was one of the 10 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD in Ipoh

Not to be confused with Restoran Tuck Kee, this Tuck Kee here is a different restaurant in Ipoh. 

This TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD is located at Jalan King, Jalan Pasir Pinji, and not in Taman Jubilee.

How to get there

Address: 1-3, Jalan King, Jalan Pasir Pinji, 31650 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking spaces around. 

As it was nearby our AirBnb in Ipoh, we walked there.

TUCK KEE RESTAURANT SDN BHD

TUCK KEE is prominently located at the cross junction where Jalan King, Jalan Queen, Jalan Saw Seong Peck, and Jalan Peh Kee Koh meet. The restaurant is a double-storey corner shop lot, easily recognisable by it’s modern facade.

A bonus to this restaurant is that it is elderly-friendly, as there’s a separate access and specially-fitted chair on another staircase to bring the elderly upstairs.

Upon entering the restaurant, it has a grand middle-to-upper class feel to it.

Good thing we called an hour earlier to make a reservation. By the time we reached at 6.30pm for dinner, it was already almost packed. 

Due to shortage of tables, 15 of us were squeezed into a table upstairs. 12 chairs and 3 stools surrounded the table.

We ordered 8 dishes. See below for the 8.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, TUCK KEE RESTAURANT was one of the 7 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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Mural Art’s Lane in Ipoh

Like Penang, one of Ipoh’s attractions is the Mural Art’s Lane. See Penang Street Art: Murals and Sculptures.

Besides eating only after eating (eventually), take a walk through this lane and explore a part of Ipoh.

How to get there

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, drive, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking spaces around. 

Continuing our journey for the day, we walked from Plan B to the Mural Art’s Lane. We crossed the Jalan Sultan Iskandar Bridge over the Kinta River to get to the other side of town.

Mural Art’s Lane

The paintings were painted on old, heritage buildings. The paintings highlight the many cultures and life of Malaysia: lion dance, children skipping rope, family art, etc.

The Mural Art’s Lane is located at the back lane between Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid. Search “Mural Art’s Lane” on Google Maps or use Masjid Panglima Kinta as the landmark. 

Murals can also be found around Jalan Market that area.


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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Mural Art’s Lane was one of the 7 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Shorts below.


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Plan B Cafe in Ipoh

Just diagonally opposite Concubine Lane and at the corner is Kong Heng Square. In Kong Heng Square, you’ll find Plan B (Ipoh).

How to get there

Address: 75, Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak

Operating hours:

Monday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Plan B is located at the intersection of Jalan Panglima and Jalan Bandar Timah.

Getting around Ipoh is fairly simple; either you take the bus, take a taxi, Grab, or walk. If you’re driving, there are lots of parking spaces around. 

After a quick walk through Concubine Lane, we went diagonally across to Plan B in Kong Heng Square.

Plan B (Ipoh)

If you recognize this cafe in Kuala Lumpur, this is the Ipoh outlet. Plan B is also in:

Plan B is under The BIG Group which also has Ben’s, Ben’s General Food Store, Ben’s Bake Shop, Ben’s Chicken Shop, Ben’s BBQ, Plan B Roasters, Benbino, and BESPOKE by Ben’s under it’s umbrella. You can learn more about The Big Group here.

Plan B is an Asian fusion restaurant. The interior has a very industrial and modern feel.

As it was already in the afternoon, we ordered some light food and drinks to chill after a short walk through Concubine Lane and a long walk from Taman Jubilee. 

We had some coffee, latte (hot), watermelon lychee frosty, classic chocolate brownie, and plain fries.

At the table, there was a QR code to scan to open the menu, create your order, and send to the kitchen.

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During our 3D2N trip in Ipoh, Plan B was one of the 7 places we visited in 1 day. Watch YouTube Short below.


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