Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ipoh, Perak

Above: View from 7th floor of Ipoh City Hotel.

The first thing to do when we arriving Ipoh is to look for food. After traveling for more than 7 hours, what else to do beside looking for a good delicious lunch. I heard Ipoh offers lots of good and cheap food. That's why   we shouldn't miss this opportunity. Most of the shops are closed at the old town since it is a Sunday. So, we went rounding with our car and finally found a hawker center with lots of people. We end up having lunch twice before searching for a hotel. We took sometime looking for Ipoh City Hotel.
This is the hotel reception of Ipoh City Hotel. It cost us RM93.50 nett per night for a twin bed room.
The hotel lounge provide free wifi service. Even though I found that the rate is a bit expensive for a simple hotel, lets do some comparison with the room at Casuarina Ipoh Hotel, a 5 star rating hotel.
This is our room at Ipoh City Hotel. Looks clean, simple and spacious and located in the middle of Ipoh Old town.
On the second night, I shifted to Casuarina Ipoh Hotel as it was arranged by my company. The hotel is located slightly further out from the city, which is not convenient at all for those without a car. This 5 star hotel looks very impressive from outside. As you enter inside, the reception and the lounge looks very old and rundown. The corporate rate is at about RM165.00 nett per night for a twin sharing. They claim that they have refurbished and renovated the rooms, but from inside, they do still look very old and rundown.. Not worth the money as compared to Ipoh City Hotel. See below at the hotel room.
At night, we visited the nearest shopping mall which is the Ipoh Parade.
On the next day, we visited the Sam Po Kong Temple and the famous Ipoh caves, before shifting to Casuarina Hotel to join my colleagues for lunch and adjourn for a meeting at the same hotel.
At the famous Sam Po Kong Temple.

Photo: Inside the temple.
In the evening after our group dinner, we went clubbing until 2 am.


Zawi said...

The Casuarina Ipoh is supposed to be a top hotel. I wonder why they are not maintaining it that way. I guess business must be bad for Ipoh.

cibol said...

Looks like a very nice and decent hotel. Not bad. I never really stop by in Ipoh and walk around town. I had a few stops and it's just for meals. Great pics!

ipohchai said...

it is still best to stay within the city's area when you are at Ipoh. the price are just about the same and it is more convenience to walk around.

Ipoh isn't really a big place and you could explore everything just within a short period.

anyway, guess you must have had a good time in Ipoh

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