Ipoh Travel Guide – Great Times with Zenxin Travel


My last post with Zenxin Travel was all about the Sincere Food Trail Trip up to Cameron Highlands to witness the fruit of labour of Zenxin certified organic farms. In this post, you will find a guide of the best attractions to visit in Ipoh.


Recap of our Sincere Food Trail To Cameron Highlands to find out the answer to this question “Is organic food really “organic”?”

Video Courtesy of Grace, Journalist of Pocketimes.my



Photo Courtesy of Vivonne Soong, General Manager at Zenxin Travel


Ipoh is the capital city of the state of Perak, Malaysia. The city is well known as a food paradise destination and a visit to Ipoh won’t be complete without eating the famous Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken! Ipoh is a haven for food lovers and the city offers ample choices of its own iconic local delicacies such as Ipoh Salted Chicken, Ipoh Old White Coffee, Tau Fu Fah (Soybean Pudding), Char Kway Teow and to Satay…and the list goes on! You’ll never go hungry in Ipoh given the wide variety of makan places here. The capital of Perak is definitely one of the best destinations to be visited in Southeast Asia with an array of exciting things to do and interesting places to visit in Ipoh.


Can’t wait to discover Ipoh? Continue reading…



Stay in Ipoh Bali Hotel

Ipoh Bali Hotel


The Ipoh Bali Hotel is located in the heart of Ipoh with Balinese stay experience and whoa, what a pleasant surprise when I step foot into my hotel room. I felt like I was transported back to a luxurious resort in Bali. As a traveler, I always take note of the comfort level of my accommodation and Ipoh Bali Hotel offers comfortable accommodations at reasonable prices. Insomnia is my worst nightmare and I am someone who needs her regular undisturbed beauty sleep regimen every night so that I can wake up refreshed to start each day anew.




Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle

Photo Courtesy of Vivonne Soong, General Manager at Zenxin Travel


Kellie’s Castle is a castle with an interesting history and this castle has been well-known in Malaysia especially for it’s eerie and spooky appearance. The history of Kellie’s Castle is in itself hidden in unexplained mystery and filled with catastrophe. Kellie’s Castle was built by a Scottish planter his name called William Kellie Smith and unfortunately for Smith, tragedy, one after another, struck soon after construction of the mansion began. Kellie’s Castle was built as a symbol of love for his beloved wife Agnes and just as how the Taj Mahal in Agra, India was built to represent the undying love of a Mogul King, Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal..



Kellie’s Castle has since been refurbished and the castle was also one of the sets for the film’s Anna and the King. However, there are many stories going around that Kellie’s Castle is haunted!! The castle has been categorised as among the five scariest places in Malaysia by International Paranormal Investigators. Do you still have the guts to visit Kellie’s Castle?


Old mansion on the left, New castle on the right


Group photo at Kellie’s Castle. Don’t all of us look great posing together?


The unfinished, ruined castle is now a popular local tourist attraction to visit in Ipoh. With the alleged ghost sightings of the Smith family seen wandering throughout the mansion, I will strongly advise visiting Kellie’s Castle in a big group.


Address: 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak, Malaysia



Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory

Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory


Gopeng is a small town south of Ipoh and with Gopeng’s hot and sunny weather, it is an ideal place to set up a soy sauce business and here is where you gain sight of the successful sauce story of Hup Teck (合德). Hup Teck means “Compatible” in Hakka and Hup Teck Soy Sauce Factory is known for its homemade recipe of preservative-free soy sauce. The manufacturing method has largely remained unchanged over the years of production of soy sauce in the traditional way.


Fermentation of Soy Sauce


Large clay pots filled with fermenting soy sauce at Hup Teck


The weather in Gopeng is conducive for the production of soy sauce and the huge clay pots where the soya beans were kept during the fermentation process would determine the quality of the soy sauce. Don’t forget to buy some soy sauce when you’re here! A bottle of soy sauce costs RM5.40.



Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau


Whenever Ipoh is mentioned, the famous Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken always come to mind. Ask any locals where is the most famous restaurant to have Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken, there is a high likelihood that they will be recommending Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau!



Have I ever mention that I love to eat? I have an insatiable appetite and I am always hungry… Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken is definitely a die-die-must-try local delicacy when you’re in Ipoh.


Address: 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh 30000



Tau Fu Fah (Soybean Pudding)


Another must-not-be-missed local street food is Tau Fu Fah (Soybean Pudding). It is easy to tell the Tau Fu Fah (Soybean Pudding) tastes good when delighted natural smiles are showing gleefully on both our tour leader Vivonne and Galina’s face.



There are many different styles of Tau Fu Fah in Ipoh and my favourite is the sea bird nest with ginkgo Tau Fu Fah! The price of a bowl of Tau Fu Fah is very cheap.



Zenxin’s Organic Sweet Potato Farm


The tour also brought us to Zenxin’s Organic Sweet Potato Farm and it is time to learn more about our vegetables again. Farming is really hard work and in my view, being a farmer is one of the toughest jobs in the world.


Alright, let’s taste the fruits of our harvest!  Anyone wants BBQ sweet potatoes? Sweetness guaranteed!


Or do you prefer steam sweet potatoes instead?



Anyway, have a guess which celebrity is one of our 3 dedicated tour leaders? It is none other than……Tadah! Former Mandarin radio DJ and Television Presenter Wong Lee Jeng!!


Does that entice you a little more to sign up for a tour package with Zenxin Travel? I have to hide that excitement of a little fan girl’s moment when I am with her. She is so awe-inspiring! You will really love listening to Lee Jeng sharing her life experiences as her voice is just so soothing.



Whoa, what a worthwhile trip for me to be part of this pilot trip to Cameron Highlands and Ipoh with Zenxin Travel! One reason is I took a lot of photos together with Wong Lee Jeng!!! *Fangirl mode* Other than this, the 4D3N Sincere Food Trail trip is very very very fun, engaging, enjoyable and interactive.


If you are interested to know more about the other tour packages that Zenxin Travel provide, you can get in touch with their representatives by email, phone or a visit to their office.


Zenxin Travel

Address: 27 West Coast Highway, #02-22, Singapore 117867

Phone: (65) 6779 7839 / (65) 9645 3892

Email: travel@zenxin.com

Website: www.zenxin.com/travel

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Great times with Zenxin Travel


Don’t say I boh share that what good deal Zenxin Travel is offering during the long school holiday break in the month of December 2017. You can join this tour 2D1N Kampung Fun by Train (2nd to 3rd December 2017) for a laid back weekend in villages and countryside in Bedok, Johor! Quirky, lovely and passionate Vivonne will be tour leading, you can be sure to have a peace of mind and enjoy this trip immensely with your family and friends.


You may also WhatsApp Vivonne at 9645 3892 to enquire for more information.

$148/adult and $128/child(4-12yo)

Tour booking will close by 28 Oct. Please book with Zenxin Travel early to avoid disappointment!


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  • Nicole October 22, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Hello Irene! Love your photos. I have’nt been to Ipoh but its on my to-visit list. Kellie’s Castle looks amazing! I love places with a rich history like that! Btw, is the photo (Photo Courtesy of Vivonne Soong) taken via a drone? 😀

    • Irene October 23, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Ipoh has a lot of amazing local cuisine to try too! Well, the photo taken by Vivonne I believe was with a Samsung phone..


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