Month: January 2017

Ipoh part 1

Driving in Malaysia is not for the faint hearted or the driver that insists on following every rule in the book. I have mentioned it before and I most likely will again but Malaysian drivers are not that keen on sticking to the rules. Every lane is a fast, slow, turn, double park lane- it all depends on the driver. So the only advise I can give you is to go with the flow, follow the pace on the road and BREATHE. Our trip from Melaka to Ipoh went smoothly and took about 5 hours with lunchbreak and all. No heavy rain and a clear sky meant that we got to see the mountains as we approached Ipoh. It is such a beautiful landscape around that city, no photos can truly capture it.

The Ipoh sign pictured below is in reality huge. On YouTube you can find videos of people climbing it and it is so tall.

We had decided to stay five nights in Ipoh and after some research I booked us at the Sarang Paloh hotel in the Old Town of Ipoh. The hotel was amazing, the staff ever so helpful and the rooms were both beautiful and clean. Every day two guys spent over an hour and a half cleaning our room and to be honest it was cleaner than our apartment back home. The only drawback was the traffic outside our room but we had been informed about that when we booked so it came as no suprise. My husband, two children and I had a family room that was really two rooms and a bathroom (with both a shower and a bathtub!). Loved it. My mother and mother in law shared a room and as it was overlooking the garden it was a lot more quiet than ours.

The corridor leading up to our room. It had a lovely mural on one wall.


Our room wasn’t cheap but I can truly recommend the place. They don’t serve breakfast but there is a great little place right next door where you can get a nice breakfast and lunch as well. As a hotel guest you get a 20% discount so don’t forget to mention where you are staying.

I loved Old Town and it was perfect for us to stay right smack in the middle of it. We parked the car at the free indoor parking space provided by the hotel and then we walked everywhere. Ipoh might be a big city but it sure felt like a small town when we went out at night. 

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Melaka

The drive from T6 to Melaka went smoothly but we ended up driving to the wrong place after following the gps’ directions. Apparently there are more than one Jalan Masjid in the city… So after making a u -turn and checking the gps a bit more closely we ended up at Hotel Hong, about 5 minutes walk from Jonker Street and smack in the middle of the old part of Melaka. Excellent location, free parking, friendly staff and very clean. Only drawback was the lack of a fridge and an elevator. Heavy luggage does not get any lighter when there are only stairs to get your room. Once again we have overpacked, strange how we never seem to learn.

The children wanted to revisit the Oceanarium at The Shore and we all enjoyed it. I found these shrimps that were colourful and looked funny. Camel shrimps, a fitting name when you look at their backsides.

My husband and I left the children with my mother one evening and went to the Pak Putra restaurant. They are well known for their tandoori chicken and I understand why. It was delicious!

We enjoyed our three days in Melaka but felt that it is not really our kind of place. The inner city is so crowded and getting more and more touristy, but it is still worth a visit. Three days were enough for us as it was our second visit. The market on Jonker Street was as usual packed and busy and after an hour I was exhausted. My mother was overwhelmed and when she realised the market is EVERY Friday and Saturday she just shook her head.
We packed up and headed north to Ipoh.