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Best time to visit
It is very easy to say when the best time to visit Ipoh is because it is throughout the year! This is because temperatures are at a comfortable level (between twenty °C (68.0°F) and thirty °C (86.0°F) roughly. The great news is that this means you can plan many activities and extreme weather won't slow you down! That doesn't mean to say that there won't be some rain here or there, but you can book a trip with quite flexible dates.
Ipoh Climate Graph
Below is the climate graph for Ipoh in Malaysia. It shows both the average temperatures throughout the year in degrees Celsius and also the average total rainfall in millimetres.
What To Wear In Ipoh
Ipoh Perak is a cosmopolitan city where there is no particular dress code and where you will find all fashions. In keeping with many Muslim countries you will find that people in the Capital city and other major towns are used to foreigners are therefore likely to be more tolerant and more liberal. However once outside; the population are more traditional and rigid so please be sure to cover you shoulders, stomach, hips and bare legs. It is also hot and humid so we suggest that lightweight clothes in natural fibres; linen, silk and cotton will be more comfortable. Rain is frequent, so lightweight clothes will also dry more quickly.
T-shirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable, but avoid skimpy or revealing clothes or you will get unwanted attention. Hotels, restaurants and shopping malls are usually air conditioned and at times this can be pretty fierce so be sure to tuck a shawl or pashmina into your day bag.
The rain fall is greater from March to April and October - December so be sure to pack a light weight raincoat.
If you plan on visiting religious sites please be sure to cover up - absolutely no skimpy or revealing clothes, and cover your legs and shoulders.
"Ipoh" usually refers to the territory under administration of Ipoh City Council or Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh, which includes the smaller towns adjacent to the city such as Pengkalan, Silibin, Chemor, Jelapang, Menglembu and Tanjung Rambutan.
The Old Town
The Old Town is located to the west of the Kinta River. There is a vibrant commercial district with many historical 'shop-houses' centred around Leech Street (Jalan Bandar Timah). Other notable features include:
-Ipoh railway station in neo-classical/Edwardian Baroque style nicknamed the "Taj Mahal of Ipoh".
-Ipoh Town Hall, an Edwardian Baroque municipal building located across the road from the Railway Station.
-Padang Ipoh or Ipoh Field is located on Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam. The field is surrounded by historic buildings that feature classic colonial architecture, including the mock-Tudor style Ipoh Club, FMS Bar, HSBC Building and the St Michael's Institution secondary school.
-The Anglo-Chinese School, Ipoh, officially named SMK Methodist (ACS), is located along Lahat Road.
-Anglo-Chinese School, Ipoh
The New Town
The so-called "New Town", to the east of the Kinta River, was developed by Yau Tet Shin around 1908. The New Town houses the Perak Medical University and Ipoh City Hall building, among others. There are numerous shops, shopping malls, and hotels.
D. R. Seenivasagam Park (Coronation Park), located in the heart of Ipoh (New Town), is known for its scenic beauty and recreational facilities. It comprises recreational fields, an artificial lake filled with fish, a nursery for potted plants and a children's traffic playground. The latest addition is the newly landscaped Japanese garden featuring a Japanese carp pond.
From the late 1980s Greentown, located beside the New Town, was transformed from old government quarters to an administrative and commercial centre of Ipoh, often overshadowing both the Old Town and New Town.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Coverage for mobile phones available around Ipoh every major towns. You will have no problems using your phone. 3G network support like Digi, Maxis and Celcom all available on Ipoh City.
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restuarant and shopping centre. You may not be able use credit cards at almost all of the small restaurants, food stalls and attraction point.
Banks & Money Changers
Banks are only open weekdays and generally only between the hours of 9.00am to 4.30pm. Especially money changer counter unil 5.30pm. All banks above have ATM machines to cater for after-hours transactions. For non-local visitor please use your ATM card on HSBC Bank.
Petrol Filling Stations
Petrol filling stations can found anywhere around in Ipoh town. Petronas, Shell, BHP, Esso, Caltex and Mobil all available in town.