Sunday, December 31, 2017

MY IPOH - DAY 2

Day 2 in Ipoh, the sun was out! Not that it means a lot in Ipoh, since I was always equipped with an umbrella by my hotel, which told me that it can always rain in Ipoh. 

Day 2 I focused on the cave temples I had heard about. The tourist office had told me all the bus connections but I still opted for the more comfortable way of transportation and reserved a taxi for a half day.  

A friend recommended that I visit Perak Tong temple first because it was the most picturesque. However, it faces west and the light would have been better in the afternoon.  Perak Tong temple is huge, with many caves to visit and it was free of charge. So, a good opportunity for a donation!  In the back of the temple is a stairways leading up to the top of the hill in bright sunshine. Another reason why this temple might be better visited in the afternoon. The view was not so great because it overlooks the industrial side of Ipoh. 

After Perak Tong temple we drove back to Ipoh to visit Sam Poh Tong temple, which had a beautiful fish pond and Zen garden at the entrance side. Luckily it was very quiet and no other tourists were around when I visited, so I could explore the inside of the cave and the turtle pond on the other side of the cave. 

From Sam Poh Tong, I wanted to quickly walk over to Kek Lok Tong temple, which seems just next door on the map, and there are actually several more cave temples right nearby, but my taxi driver said the map was wrong. We did have to drive back and around the mountain to reach Kel Lok Tong, which was another awesome cave temple. Very clean and with lots of statues and gods to explore. Several parts were "no shoes" areas, all set beautifully within stalactites and stalagmites. The back of the cave opens to a beautiful garden and pond. 

My planned three hours were actually not enough time, so I had to pay extra for another hour. However, I did rush through all the caves and specially up the hill in the first cave. So, I would theoretically have spent more time than half a day and being flexible with the sunlight in the morning and afternoon if I had my own transportation. 

Each one of the cave temples has it's own charm and atmosphere. After visiting all three, I could not say which one I liked best. They are all different from each other, so I would always recommend visiting all three - and with enough time available.  

 






































 

Friday, December 29, 2017

MY IPOH - DAY 1

Ipoh in the State of Perak - what a treat!!  It had never been on my radar until recently and I wanted to take the train from Butterworth down to Ipoh, but upon realizing that I needed to take a ferry across from Georgetown to catch a 7am train, I opted for the most convenient transport and took a taxi all the way from Georgetown to Ipoh! Luckily a great and safe driver and a very pleasant journey! 

Arrived in IPOH in the early afternoon and used the full force of the sunshine on that day one of my three day visit, which I kicked off at IPOH's tourist Information Center. The staff here was really friendly and equipped me with all kinds of maps and suggestions for the next few days, so I was well prepared and started my walk through old town Ipoh visiting all the spots of the Ipoh Heritage Trail, with the late afternoon sun, slowly walking eastwards across the Kinta River. 

I was amazed at how clean and green Ipoh was. What a positive treat for my eyes and for my cameras!