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UberTRIP brings you Ipoh!

July 19, 2017 / Ipoh
Nestled among limestone, the mining city of Ipoh synthesizes elements of old town charm with bustling evergreen enclaves. With colonial architecture, limestone caves, lush mountains and famed white coffee, it’s a challenge to decide where your exploration could begin. 

We want to make this easier for you by bringing you UberTRIP! UberTRIP is a new service that allows you to request an Uber for 4 hours or more, regardless of the distance and number of stops you decide to make. Now is the time to explore!

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Open up the Uber app
  2. Select UberTRIP, set your pickup location, set your first destination, and request your ride.
  3. You will see your driver’s details once your request is successful –their name, photo and the details of the car.
  4. UberTRIPs are RM140 for 4 hours (the minimum fare) and RM0.60/min after.You will pay this as per a normal Uber trip (with both cash and credit card options available) and receive an electronic receipt.
  5. This amount is only for the car + driver, any entrance charge to attractions is to be borne by the rider.

In collaboration with Destination Perak, we have three suggested trips planned that’ll deliver glimpses of what this culturally rich city has to offer (although, feel free to get creative with your exploration!):

Ipoh Gopeng Trip

Spend the day trekking along the caves of Gua Tempurung as you wander through the sights of stalagmites and stalactites that form one of the longest caves in Peninsular Malaysia. Here, you’ll be able to explore river caves, domes, wind tunnels or join adrenaline-filled caving tours.

For the second part of the trip, breeze through tea trees of The Gaharu Tea Plantation. A trip to the highest point of the plantation allows for panoramic views, where the tea valley contrasts blue skies. The plantation specializes HOGA fruit, once used for medicinal purposes by emperors before being seeded in Ipoh by a Japanese researcher. An industrial-themed cafe lies within the plantation and here, you’ll be able to enjoy HOGA themed localized dishes.

Roam the chilling grounds of the haunted Kellie’s Castle, a fortress perched atop the hill of an old rubber estate. The castle was the home of Scottish Planter, Kellie Smith, who abruptly died before its completion. The ghost of Kellie and his family have been seen wandering the corridors of his unfinished estate. The castle is also believed to have hidden rooms and underground tunnels.

Ipoh Heritage Trip

The day begins with a Heritage Walking Tour of the Old Town. The four mile excursion explores the workings of Moorish colonial architecture, pre-war buildings and the historical journey of an old Japanese spy hideout. 

For lunch, stop by Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah on Jalan Yang Kalsom. Situated within a row of shophouses, Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah is operated in the shophouse of Kedai Kopi Yong Suan. This rice delicacy is dubbed ‘Nasi Ganja’ by locals  and is said to be extremely addictive with it’s combined flavours of spiced curries, homemade mint chutney, salted egg and fried chicken. 

Next, ride to the temple of Kek Lok Tong to promenade along zen temple gardens. This temple grotto is located in a cave within the mountains of Gunung Rapat and is said to have been a place of worship since the 1920s. 

The trip ends with a visit to Han Chin Pet Soo, a location that used to house the meeting place of Ipoh’s select miners club. Along ornate tiles and opium dens, visitors are transported to the 1893 to uncover the secret customs private lives of traditional tin miners.

Ipoh Kuala Kangsar Trip

Along an old rail network, just an hour from Ipoh, lies the Royal Town of Perak. See old tradition and vivid Malaysian history come to life in the undisturbed town of Kuala Kangsar. Drive through the royal districts to marvel at the sultanate sights of Iskandariah Palace, The Baitul Anor abandoned mansion and the crafted royal museum, Istana Kenangan.  

Just short trip away from The Royal Town, stands the century old railway track of Victoria Bridge. Although this 1900 picturesque structure is no longer in use, the bridge continues to serve as an icon that connects the Perak River.

Complete your trip by unearthing the dwindling art of handcrafting keris and labu sayong. The keris, a traditional Malay dagger, is welded by hand and predominantly sought after by royalties, while the Labu Sayong was customarily used as a water pitcher in Malay Villages.