Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ipoh Pigi

I was at Ipoh for the pass three days. First time driving there alone, and first time staying overnight. Thanks to the navigator I had, I can roam the totally alien Ipoh town at ease. hehe.

After hearing a few recommendations, I stayed at the Syuen Hotel. They claimed to be four stars, but I was quite disappointed with the settings and the service of the hotel. (The four-stars Parkcity Everly Hotel in Bintulu beats this hotel hands down, really). The lights at the lobby was so dim that it gave me an eerie feeling once I stepped into the hotel.

They got plenty of lights actually, but most of them were not on. Here's another corner of the lobby.

The room that I stayed had no outside view. The window was facing the window of another room, just a mere 5 feet away. Hm... might be a good place for peeping toms. They got a small swimming pool, a gym and a steamroom, but was deserted. Only swimming pool was functional.

However, the hotel is situated just next to the Ipoh Parade, a small-medium sized mall.

I managed to 'ronda-ronda' the town at night. Nothing much actually, the town was quiet after 10.30pm. Below are the photos of the city hall and the railway station.


More coming up in my next entry. Makan-makan and jalan-jalan.

18 comments:

syukur said...

ke Ipoh tu apa tujuannya ??? laaa kenaper duduk kat Syuen Hotel ..memang eerie kat situ. I did my housemanship di Ipoh Hospital juga within walking distance dengan Ipoh Parade dan Syuen Hotel...Ada satu lagi Hotel yang best kat Ipoh..mmm dah lupa namanya....anyway..kalau Ipoh mesti gambar bukit bukit dalam bandarnya...cantik..memang Ipoh akan `MATI' lepas 10 pm.

kak ja said...

Hi Josh!!
Ke Ipoh rupanya Mamat Ensem ni.. Ipoh masih mcm tu rupanya, mati after 10pm.. Hmm.. kalau mcm tu, hebatlah lagi SP... hahaha.. (Tp kja ni jarang2 sgt keluar waktu mlm...Malassss!!!)

YAZrIE said...

bukan eerie lah Josh....ROMANTIC....muahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Josh said...

[Syukur] I was their for work. Visited Ipoh Hospital and Fatimah Hospital. Then to Vet. Research Institute.
Yuh, basically it's boring at night. I watched The Mummy at Ipoh Parade instead. hahaha

[Kak Ja] Ye ke SP happening?? wa, best ler camtu. Tapi Ipoh memang sesuai untuk orang yg sukakan suasan yang aman damai.

[Yaz] Aiyo... romantic ngan hantu ke?? Eerieeeee lerrrr.

YAZrIE said...

bolehhhh je......

[danial][ma] said...

hej! josh...how come you did not ask me first...ipoh is a dead city at night as early as 9 pm and this apply to old section of ipoh but if you go to the area of Jusco, then you will see the different...and that hotel i will not recommend to you...rather you better stay at Casuarina (this one the most expensive one in ipoh and the best one) or you can stay at Heritage and this hotel is second best after Casuarina...see, you did not ask me...hehehheee...Ipoh, my grand dad hometown...i'm ipoh mali ma...hehehehee...for the food, char kuey tiaw and mee rebus ramli...yum, yum, yum...

from used to be Ipoh Boyot oooppssss..Ipoh Boy! :-)

syukur said...

yeah it is casuarina baru ingat lepas daniel ma cakap...

Josh said...

[Yaz] Apa-apa je lah Labu.... (hehehehe)

[Danial] See, u know I'm going to Ipoh but u never take the initiative to tell me which hotel is better. (hahaha... boleh blame balik...) I was at JUSCO on the first night, itu pun mati selepas kul 10pm. Nothing laaa.... Yang Heritage pulak is far away, and many had complained about this hotel. Hm... Casuarina.... next time lah.

[Syukur] hahaha... orang cakap baru ingat. U need some brain food. hehehe

Kembara Musafir said...

Josh, Ipoh town itself tak ada apa sgt... but you have to go "around" Ipoh to see some touristic stuffs... all the temples in the caves (jalan gopeng & jln Kuala Kangsar), the lake where Yasmin Ahmad shot "Sepet"...., taman DR Seenivasagam go feed the fishes in the pond, go old town for Ipoh white coffee & roti bakar with kaya... and if you have time, go Kuala Kangsar visit the royal town... only 45mn away.... aiyo.. rugi2... everytime I have friends coming over to Ipoh, always bring them around, and they like it.... must have local tourist guide laaa... Ipoh not so good in promoting itself...

Kembara Musafir said...

and Ipoh Chi food is also quite reputable it seems... (according to my Singaporean friends...) macam2 ada...!! I can't verify this laaa, coz tak halal maaa... I never try...

PUTUBAMBU said...

tu dia.. org Ipoh (KK) dah bersuara..!

hehee... oh..betullah yg putu dengar.. Ipoh is a dead city at nite.. ish..ish.. tapi baguslah.. kurang sikit maksiat kat Ipoh tu.. kah..kah..!

Josh.. ape susah..nanti KK balik..kita suruh jek dia jadi tourist guide kita kat Ipoh..

tapi kalau Josh pegi Pantai Remis, putu volunteer jadi Josh punya tourist guide pulak.. hehehhe...

2l2m said...

Now you see....next time before you travel anywhere...publish in the blog first and you will sure get feedback from all your avid readers....where to stay, where to go...etc. :)

Syuen really sucks....I was dissappointed too. Heritage and Casuarina a much better choice...

:: NbC :: said...

had bad experience with Syuen hotel as well - even Heritage is much better - last time i met Shaolin Kung Fu team in Heritage, wow banus tu.. hehehe

Josh said...

[Kingkong] Temple-temple tu x minat. Ada lah Josh gi beberapa garden / taman. Ok gak. OldTown kopitiam tu kat maner-maner ada, lagipun dah pernah pergi yang original kat old town tu. KK jauh, masa x cukup dah... chinese food dah makan bean sprout steam chicken, memang the best in Malaysia! Lain kali kena tunggu kingkong bawakkan lah.

[Putu] OK, kita tunggu Kingkong balik, soh dia bawak kita gi jalan-jalan , hehe..
Pantai Remis masih belum pernah pergi. Kalo peluang memang Josh nak gi tengok-tengok.

[212m] Aiyo, I'd informed already maa, they recommend Syuen... how? nemind lah, will try somewhere else next time.

[pinky] Aik? pernah dok kat Ipoh jugak ke? bila tu?

Beruang Madu said...

Takper... first day memang untuk rehat rehat jer... jenjalan tu kemudian... karang dah settle semua barulah jenjalan kan

Josh said...

[beruang madu] A'ah. First day Josh rehat. Josh ngan Panda gi jalan-jalan hari ke 3, sebelum Josh balik KL.

:: NbC :: said...

selalu sgt gi Ipoh Josh - visit students buat practicum - da cekat banget pusing2 Ipoh - even hotel pon da tau mana yg ebst - yup agree with them, Casuarina is the better choice..

Josh said...

[pinky] ok. I know where to stay when i drop by next time.