Ipoh is a city in Malaysia, about 124 miles north of Kuala Lumpur. It’s home to around 700,000 people so never feels too crowded, and yet it’s the third-largest city in the country.

Ipoh was once a rich city because of tin mining, but today it’s undergoing a rapid transformation. The city is becoming a destination for travelers looking for great weather, food, and a cheaper place to live. It also offers rich culture, a burgeoning art scene, rich tropical rainforest surroundings, and some absolutely fantastic shopping.

A lot of travelers haven’t actually heard of this city, so figuring out where to stay in Ipoh can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve created this guide on the best places to stay in Ipoh – for any travel guide and budget.

Where to Stay in Ipoh

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Best Airbnb in Ipoh: Majestic Ipoh Homestay

Majestic Ipoh Homestay

This top-floor condo is totally private, so it has amazing views of the city. It has enough space for up to seven guests and also boasts a gym, pool, and free parking on site.

The property is ideally located close to the city’s coolest attractions and best restaurants.

Best Luxury Airbnb in Ipoh: Majestic Suite 3

Majestic Suite 3 Ipoh

With enough space for up to six people, this is one of the best places to stay in Ipoh if you’re traveling in a group. It’s a short walk from local restaurants and shops and offers sleek, modern facilities. There’s also a fully stocked kitchen, infinity pool, and mountain views.

Best Hotel in Ipoh: M Botique Hotel Station 18

M Botique Hotel Station 18 Ipoh

If you’re trying to decide where to stay in Ipoh for nightlife, food, or culture, this is a great choice. Ihas spacious rooms, an on-site restaurant, and all the modern amenities you could want from a 4-star hotel. Restaurants and shos are a short walk away.

Ipoh Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN IPOH
Birch Memorial Clock Tower Ipoh
FIRST TIME IN IPOH

Old Town

Ipoh’s Old Town is a cluster is historic colonial buildings. This is the part of the city that’s focused on tourism, and you’ll see that the moment you arrive. The Old Town is filled with trendy cafes, modern hotels, and lots of tourists and travelers enjoying great prices on their early morning coffee.

ON A BUDGET
Kellie Castle ipoh
ON A BUDGET

Gunung Rapat

Gunung Rapat is slightly away from the center of the city, which makes it a good choice when you’re deciding where to stay in Ipoh on a budget. This is where you’re more likely to find cheaper accommodation and restaurant options, as well as a quieter atmosphere.

FOR FAMILIES
Perak Cave Temple Ipoh
FOR FAMILIES

Tambun

The final area on this list is Tambun. This neighborhood is in the north of Ipoh and the best choice when you’re deciding where to stay in Ipoh for families. This is where you’ll find a big water park to keep the kids entertained in the heat.

Ipoh isn’t a very large city, but it is a little hard for outsiders to traverse. To help you figure it out, we’ve figured out the three best areas to stay in for a variety of travel styles and budgets.

If it’s your first time in Ipoh, then go for the Old Town. When you stay in this area, you’ll have the best shops and restaurants within walking distance. There’s a fair amount of English in this area too, which should make it easy for you to get around.

Gunung Rapat is perfect for travelers visiting Malaysia on a budget. This is a little further out of the city center but still offers easy access to several key attractions.

Finally, Tambun is a great choice if you’re deciding where to stay in Ipoh with kids. This is where you’ll find the local water park, as well as other family-friendly attractions.

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Ipoh’s 3 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look at each of these areas in more detail. We’ve included our top accommodation and activity picks in each, so you know exactly what to expect.

1. Old Town – Where to Stay in Ipoh for your First Visit

Birch Memorial Clock Tower Ipoh
One of the coolest destinations in Ipoh
  • COOLEST Thing to Do in Old Town – Explore the 19th-century Taoist temple known as Nam Thean Tong Temple.
  • BEST Place to Visit in Old Town – Memory Lane on Jalan Lim Bo Seng, for great shopping and souvenirs.

Ipoh’s Old Town is a cluster is historic colonial buildings. This is the part of the city that’s focused on tourism, and you’ll see that the moment you arrive. The Old Town is filled with trendy cafes, modern hotels, and lots of tourists and travelers enjoying great prices on their early morning coffee.

The Old Town is easily the best choice when you’re trying to decide where to stay in Ipoh for your first visit. And because the city is so small, you won’t have any trouble getting outside of it to see the beautiful jungle and the other tourist sites.

Best Airbnb in Old Town: Bit Suite Majestic H27

Bit Suite Majestic H27 Ipoh

This two-bedroom apartment is right in the heart of Old Town, close to all the top attractions. It has a warm, family feel as well as a pool, fully-equipped kitchen, and free parking spot.

Best Luxury Airbnb in Old Town: Majestic Premier Suite 1

Majestic Premier Suite 1 Ipoh

This suite is one of the best places to stay in Ipoh if you like a little luxury. It’s in a prime location right in the center of Old Town and has private parking, a balcony, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The building has a gym, gardens, infinity pool, wading pool, and 24-hour security on-site.

Best Hotel in the Old Town: Regalodge Hotel Ipoh

Regalodge Hotel Ipoh

This reasonably-priced hotel in Ipoh sits ight in the city center, close to a huge number of restaurants and shops. It has a restaurant and spacious rooms with wifi and modern decor. The hotel also provides laundry and dry cleaning services if needed.

Things to See and Do in Old Town:

Nam Thean Tong Temple in Ipoh
  • Admire the Birch Memorial Clock Tower.
  • Enjoy a boat ride and check out the waterfall in the Gunung Lang Recreational Park.
  • Learn about the history and founding of the city at Ipoh World At Han Chin Pet Soo.
  • Eat dim sum on Jalan Leong Sin Nam, otherwise known as ‘Dim Sum Street’.
  • Play sports or just wander around in nature in D R Seenivasagam Recreational Park.
  • Learn about the city’s mining past at the Han Chin Pet Soo museum.
  • Wander the streets and take photos of the amazing wall murals.
  • Walk the Ipoh Heritage Trail, which will take you past most of the historic buildings in the city.

2. Gunung Rapat – Where to Stay in Ipoh on a Budget

Kellie Castle ipoh
  • COOLEST Thing to Do in Gunung Rapat – Spend a day at Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village for culture displays as well as great hiking and biking.
  • BEST Place to Visit in Gunung Rapat – Kek Lok Tong, one of the most famous Buddhist cave temples in the area.

Gunung Rapat is slightly away from the center of the city, which makes it a good choice when you’re deciding where to stay in Ipoh on a budget. This is where you’re more likely to find cheaper accommodation and restaurant options, as well as a quieter atmosphere.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be bored in Gunung Rapat. This area contains several famous cave temples that should be on any list of what to do in Ipoh. So, make sure that you take the time to check them out.

Best Airbnb in Gunung Rapat: Family Home

Family Home Ipoh

This bright and uniquely decorated home sleeps up to eight guests. It’s completely private and has all the modern amenities you’ll need for your stay at a budget-friendly rate.

Best Luxury Airbnb in Gunung Rapat: After 90s Guesthouse by Verve

After 90s Guesthouse by Verve Ipoh

Up to 12 guests can stay in this luxury Airbnb, making it ideal for groups or families visiting Ipoh on a budget. It’s within walking distance of lots of places to eat, relax, and shop, and has a garden on-site.

Best Hotel in Gunung Rapat: OYO 89490 Hill Times Inn Hotel

OYO 89490 Hill Times Inn Hotel Ipoh

Located close to the heart of Gunung Rapat, this budget offering is convenient and fairly basic. It’s close to the local caves and the rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, and wifi.

Things to See and Do in Gunung Rapat:

Kek Lok Tong Ipoh
  • Explore the ancient Guanyin Cave, dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
  • Look out for ghosts at the 17th century Kellie’s Castle.
  • Have a meal at Jun Japanese or Hainanese Restaurant.
  • Explore the limestone caves of Sam Poh Tong Temple.
  • Go hiking, kayaking, or biking near Small Mirror Lake.

3. Tambun – Best Neighborhood in Ipoh for Families

Perak Cave Temple Ipoh
  • COOLEST Thing to Do in Tambun – Take in the views from the hill that holds the Perak Cave Temple.
  • BEST Place to Visit in Tambun – The Lost World of Tambun theme park for the kids and for hot springs.

The final area on this list is Tambun. This neighborhood is in the north of Ipoh and the best choice when you’re deciding where to stay in Ipoh for families. This is where you’ll find a big water park, as well as several natural hot springs where you can cool off from the heat.

Tambun is removed from the city center, but there are still plenty of restaurants and accommodation options here. It’s also closer to the forest area, so you can spend more time in nature!

Best Airbnb in Tambun: Tulip’s Homestay

Tulips Homestay Ipoh

For a real homey feel and a great price, check out this apartment. It’s ideal for families and groups and boasts air conditioning and guest parking. You’ll also have access to the building’s facilities during your stay, such as the swimming pool, basketball court, and 24-hour security.

Best Luxury Airbnb in Tambun: Opposite Lost World

Opposite Lost World Ipoh

Whether you’re staying in Malaysia for one night or longer, check out this beautiful bungalow. It sleeps 10 guests across for bedrooms, perfect if you’re traveling in a group. It offers a full kitchen, parking, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi.

Best Hotel in Tambun: Sunway Lost World Hotel

Sunway Lost World Hotel Ipoh

This hotel is a great choice for families visiting Ipoh. It offers direct access to the Lost World Theme Park and complimentary use of the hot springs. With a terrace where you can enjoy breakfast and large rooms with garden views, it’s the ideal oasis away from the busyness of the city.

Things to See and Do in Tambun:

Tambun Ipoh
  • Try some of the native pomelo fruit.
  • Make sure you try some white coffee, one of the local inventions.
  • Have a meal at Uncle E Corner, The Yihe Roast Duck, or Ray of Hope Ipoh.
  • Head out of the city and take a tour or go spelunking at Tempurung Cave.
  • Throw in a line at fishing camp Lombong Timah Ulu Kinta.
  • Enjoy some of Malysia’s awesome hiking in the Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve.
  • Relax in the air conditioning and enjoy some relaxing shopping in the Aeon Mall Ipoh Klebang.

Final Thoughts on the Where to Stay in Ipoh

There are loads of awesome places to stay in Ipoh. And with such good prices, you should seriously think about trying one of the more luxurious offerings! This will make your stay in the sultry, historic city of Ipoh just that little bit extra special.

If you’re still unsure where to stay in Ipoh, we recommend Old Town. This area provides the best insight into the city and its culture and is full of shops, restaurants, and activities to keep you entertained throughout your visit. It’s also a great base for exploring the city’s other neighborhoods.

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