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Things to Do in Ipoh

Ipoh, the capital of Malaysia’s Perak state, is the country’s fourth-largest city and serves as the gateway to the cool peaks, waterfalls and tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands. While many travelers head out of Ipoh almost as soon as they arrive, it’s worth taking a day or two to enjoy this colonial city.

Ipoh’s excellent collection of British colonial architecture is a testament to the city’s wealth, which developed thanks to a tin-mining boom in the early 1800s. Walk the streets of Ipoh’s Old Town and you’ll also see one of the country’s most extensive areas of Chinese shop-house architecture.

Foodies will find that Ipoh is also famous for having one of Malaysia’s best regional cuisines, with specialties like chicken with bean sprouts and crispy golden kaya puffs.
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The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
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The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh claims to be Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs center. Offering a wide range of wellness facilities and relaxation treatments, the Banjaran’s real star quality is the beautiful natural landscape in which it’s situated. The retreat is characterized by dramatic limestone rocks, gushing waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, and natural caves, plus it’s surrounded by lush rainforest-carpeted hills. Ideal for both a romantic retreat for couples (they even do weddings) as well as solo travelers, the Banjaran offer Garden Villas and Water Villas to choose from for sleeping, plus a wide range of treatments and relaxing features to help you unwind. At its center is a huge geothermic lake, flanked by a cascading waterfall on one side and natural caves on the other.

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