Well-renowned CNN Travel has listed Ipoh as the top in Asia’s 18 Most Underrated Places making the quaint town in Perak even more desirable than what we Malaysians already know.
Now the Perak state government is looking to further intensify promotions to attract as many tourists and investors as possible to the state capital it said.
State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, Sandrea Ng Shy Ching said the committee will continue to utilise various platforms to introduce Ipoh so that more people have the opportunity to visit and experience the city’s special features.
“Ipoh has always been known for its unique history, charm, food, and atmosphere.
“Efforts will also be increased towards improving infrastructure facilities and diversifying tourist destinations in preparation to receive more visitors in the future,” she told Bernama.
The list of 18 of Asia’s Most Underrated Places gives exposure and recognition to each destination that is deemed to have good tourism value but still lacks the attention it deserves.
Between January and November, Ipoh and Petaling Jaya in Selangor were also on the list of the two areas in the country with the highest number of searches by Malaysians looking for residential properties for sale on the iProperty.com.my website.
The city’s mayor added that when it comes to great Malaysian food cities, most people think of Penang. But that’s only because they haven’t been to Ipoh.
The capital city of Perak state, Ipoh’s location between Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown makes it an ideal stop for any Malaysian road trip. It’s also the gateway to Cameron Highlands, a district known for its cool weather and tea plantations.
CNN Travel in its article described the city for its unique culinary, writer Heather Chen wrote:
Ipoh’s food and world famous white coffee are enough reasons to visit but there are also magnificent limestone hills and caves that are home to unique temples as well as amazing hidden bars.
Visit the Chinese temples of Perak Tong, Sam Poh Tong and Kek Lok Tong and be blown away by intricate stone carvings and bronze statues of Chinese deities surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. Ipoh’s colonial legacy is also evident in its architecture: from its Railway Station to the Birch Clock Tower, town hall and the Old Post Office.