Walked from hotel to the M Boutique Hotel to see what it had to offer the weary traveller. It was close to the Old Town but some distance from the New Town on the Jalan Leong Boon Swee. A fabulous new build with great public areas and an Old Town White Coffee shop on the premises. An excellent establishment in every way. Highly recommended. www.mboutique.com
Next stop was The Happy 8 Hotel and restaurant in The Old Town. Quirky and remarkable. Has just 13 themed rooms each with great character. Has a set lunch for 23RM. The laneway next to the hotel was full of wonderful art, tables to eat at and fabulous pendulous aerial roots hanging down from the plants above. A joy to behold. www.happy8.com.my
We strolled past Ioh World (The Old Hakkas Miners Club) in the Old Town for another look. Our guides Christy and Leong from our earlier visit spotted us looking a little heat distressed and invited into the club for a cooling break. It was most welcome. They were excited that I had managed to get Ipoh World listed on TripAdvisor (as they had so far failed to get it listed). I had discovered the reason why and overcame the problem thanks to some help from Commander Ian Anderson.
They were keen for us to have lunch at another recommended place called 2 Two Six nearby. We were so hot and did not feel like eating so did not take up the offer. In some ways this could have been lucky as they specialise in Pork Noodles with either pigs entrails or pigs blood. Hard to get down on a 35°C day in Old Ipoh Town.
Took a Taxi from outside The Old Ipoh Club greens wher cricket was in progress to the cool of Ipoh Parade Shopping centre. More people watching. Very busy as people tend to shop in air conditioned shopping centre in the heat of the day. Eminently sensible!
A fascinating thing in Ipoh is the habit of people when parking their cars in the sun for any period of time (especially seen in car sales yards) is to pull the windscreen wipers up away from the windscreen. A friendly car salesman told us it is to prevent the wiper blades hardening in the extreme heat.
Have included a pic in today’s blog pics that seems to say it all. It was taken at lunchtime today across the greens in front of the Old Ipoh Club. It shows the long white British building of St Michaels School, The Islamic Bank looming over it to the left, the Indian Mosque to the right and looming over it the Kinta Riverfront apartments. The history of Ipoh in one pic!