In the past, many youths risked being laughed at whenever they told people that they were from Ipoh. This even brought about the term Ipoh ma-li (I come from Ipoh), said Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang.“But now, people from Ipoh can beam with pride as tourists are flocking to their city to savour its food, fruits and white coffee,” he said.
“Ipoh is now roaring back in style,” it said.
It also featured a list of hip cafes and eclectic boutique hotels in Ipoh, a town that was formerly a hotbed for tin mining activities.
It was also previously reported that Ipoh had welcomed 31,785 international tourists in last year’s first quarter, a 20% increase from 22,095 tourists in 2016.
In 2016, Lonely Planet ranked Ipoh as the sixth best destination in Asia, ahead of all other South-East Asian cities.
In 2016, Perak received 7.2 million domestic tourists.
Visitors could experience contemporary street art, traditional coffee shops, art cafes and colonial masterpieces in its town centre, bird-watching in the Kinta Nature Park, white water rafting near Gopeng, trekking to clifftop temples and the fragrant Gaharu Tea Valley, said Tan.
“There are also more homestays, service apartments and Airbnb accommodations.
“The increased number of electric train service (ETS) trips to Ipoh has also helped to bring in more tourists,” said Tan.
“It will be added value for Ipoh in terms of tourism because the city is now on the international roadmap,” she said.