Thursday 15 December 2016

Ipoh-CH Day 1: WEIL Hotel & Ipoh Parade

It's our first road trip to Ipoh and Cameron Highlands as a family and also our first road trip via Azura the Forester! The hubby's colleagues originated from Ipoh and were telling him about all the good places to eat.

The drive to Ipoh took approximately 6 hours, excluding the time spent queuing at customs. To break up the long drive, we stopped over at Yong Peng for lunch before continuing our journey. The hubby said it was an easy drive seeing as Azura the Forester had cruise control and ample horsepower to drive consistently way above the speed limit *shhhhhh*

Exiting to Ipoh, we're finally here!
Welcome to Ipoh!

We stayed at WEIL Hotel as it was conveniently located in the heart of Ipoh, right next to the biggest mall in town.

WEIL Hotel 
(Address: 292 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh, Malaysia)
Clockwise from left: The exterior of WEIL Hotel;
Hubby queuing to check in at the front desk;
Kids running around in the lobby.
Clockwise from left: A nice photo of the kids with the Christmas tree at the lobby;
View of the lobby and the hotel's restaurant;
High ceilings and full glass panels give the lobby an open feel.
Waiting for the lift and walking to our room

We booked two Premier King rooms, which cost S$129 per room per night (pretty reasonable).

King size bed
Clockwise from left: Lounge sofa with a nice view of the mountains;
The bed is next to the bathroom, which has a full glass panel;
The TV, fridge and luggage rack area behind my girl.

Clockwise from left: The wardrobe with 2 bathrobes and 2 pairs of bedroom slippers;
The TV and study table;
The kettle, complimentary water and utensils.
Shower area and shower gels
Bath tub and sink area
Toilet, good size bathtub and toiletries

We were quite happy with the rooms except for one thing: the hotel had given two rooms at separate ends of the same floor! That meant having to walk from one end of the floor to the other end whenever we needed to pass things to my mum-in-law and vice versa. Super inconvenient =(

Anyway, we were hungry so the hubby brought us to Woolley Food City, which came highly recommended by the hubby's Ipoh colleagues.

Woolley Food City
(Address: 48-50, Lengkok Canning, Taman Canning, 31400 Ipoh, Perak)

They are famous for their Char Kway Teow (fried noodles), which was not opened so we tried other stalls instead. I loved the prawn mee! The soup was so delicious! =)

Clockwise from left: Bak Kut Teh stall;
Tick Kee Prawn Mee;
Popiah stall.
Clockwise from left: The bah kut teh soup was so delicious! Yum!;
Noodles instead of rice to go with the bak kut teh;
Super nice prawn noodles! It looks deceivingly ordinary but the soup is to die for! =P
Very tasty popiah as well

If you judged this place by its run down signboard, you will never have realised that it contained such good food! Definitely highly recommended if you visit Ipoh!

After lunch, we spent time at Ipoh Parade doing what my family loves to do: shopping!

Ipoh Parade
(Address: 292 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah, Ipoh, Malaysia)
Interior of the mall

The shopaholic mum-in-law needs her regular dose of retail therapy otherwise she'd complain for the rest of the trip! *true story*

After we had bought a ton of groceries to bring to Cameron Highland in case there weren't any there (and there weren't), we went to check out the pool at our hotel.

Clockwise from left: Lounge sofas for relaxing with a drink;
This way to the Infinity Pool;
More outdoor relaxing spaces for chatting.
Lovely view of the mountains in the background in sunset
We really love swimming! =)

The pool was really small and very cold (didn't help that the wind was very strong) so we didn't swim for very long.

And since we worked up an appetite after our swim, we headed to a famous food street in Ipoh, Jalan Yau Tet Shin. We were supposed to eat at another famous restaurant but the hubby went with his gut feeling and hence, we ate at Restoran Tauge Ayam Ong Kee instead.

Restoran Tauge Ayam Ong Kee
(Address: 48, 51 & 53, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak)
Ipoh is famous for their kampung chicken and super fat and juicy bean sprouts!

Tastes ok though the meat was too tough for our liking
Very yummy! Definitely must order!

According to the hubby's colleagues, the fried noodles and fried squid from Restoran Tuck Kee is really good too so we bought some to bring back to our hotel for supper.

Clockwise from left: The bak kwa (barbecued meat) from ζˆ‘ζ₯也 Wo Lai Ye is soooo good!! They have this in JB too!;
Restoran Tuck Kee;
Ipoh is very famous for their pomelos. Cheap and good!

The Chinese in Ipoh speak mainly Cantonese so whenever we were ordering, it really felt like we were back in Hong Kong.

I definitely can't get enough of the food in Ipoh so we decided that we're going to come again next year.

I'll be sharing on WEIL's buffet breakfast and other Ipoh food next so stay tuned! =)

Continue to >> Ipoh-Cameron Highlands Day 2: Copthorne Cameron Highlands & Cameron Square


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