Affordable Family Entertainment

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By Ili Aqilah

A quick vacation or even just an outing with your family is important. Not only can it strengthen the bond between members but it also will allow you to learn a thing or two about the places you visit. However, with the rising cost of living and the current economy we are facing now, it can be hard to plan for a family holiday. We at Ipoh Echo understand the situation, hence we have prepared a list of affordable family entertainment around Ipoh to help you plan for enjoyable trips with your family!

From caves to parks to street art, there is something for everyone

1. Lang Mountain or Gunung Lang

Located at one of the busiest roads in Ipoh, it is a surprise to experience how quiet and peaceful Lang Mountain is. Also known as Gunung Lang, this mountain may sound as if you need a hike but it is actually one of Ipoh’s best places for a quick picnic with your friends and family. The park is divided into two sections and is located off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly known as Kuala Kangsar Road).

Once you enter the main entrance to the mountain, a breathtaking vista greets you with luscious green trees and playgrounds. As you walk further, a boat will be waiting to take you to the main part of Gunung Lang. As it may get busy during weekends, you might need to queue to get in but fret not. To kill time waiting, you can feed the fish at the jetty. You can buy pellets at the counter for only RM1 per pack.

Gunung Lang Ipoh

The 10-minute boat ride is also one of the main attractions of Gunung Lang. Filled with captivating views, it is an amazing ride, not to be missed.

The other side of Gunung Lang offers its visitors a park with colourful flowers and a mini zoo. The entire park is surrounded with big shady trees that is perfect for picnics or small gatherings. You can take a walking stroll around the area that is free from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Gunung Lang IpohGunung Lang Ipoh

Opening hours: 
Monday to Thursday: 8am till noon; 1.30pm-7pm
Friday: 8am till noon; 2.45pm-4pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holiday: 8am till 6.30pm
Boat ride fees (return ticket):
Adults – RM3; Kids (3-12 years) and Senior Citizens (above 55 years) – RM1.50
Address:  Taman Rekreasi Gunung Lang, Off Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 30010 Ipoh.
Contact:  +605 506 3088 (tel.);  +605 253 7396 (fax)


2. Tempurung Cave

Named as of one of the must-visit places in Perak, Tempurung Cave doesn’t need much introduction. Located only 45 minutes away from Ipoh, Tempurung Cave is one of the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia.

Why go caving? Simply for the experience to see the beauty of untouched nature and enjoy pristine views. Carved through time by water, visitors will get a glimpse of glistening marble along the tour in the cave. Not only will you be fascinated with the unique rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites, be ready to be amused with the patterns and interesting shapes of the rocks.

Gua Tempurung Perak

There are currently four different tours available at Gua Tempurung. The first, called the Golden Flowstone is a 40-minute guided tour and another tour available is the Top of The World Tour, which is slightly more strenuous and may take about 1 hour and 45 minutes. These two are the easiest and suitable for those who want to take caving lightly. The third tour, Top Of The World & Short River Adventure is an exciting tour of 1.2km journey. Starting from the main entrance  to the Golden Flowstone, to the Top Of The World and finally down through the underground river that will lead you back to the main entrance. Last but not least is the fourth tour called The Grand Tour, a trip comprising all three tours. The challenging and exciting tour will take you through a complete 1.9km journey all the way from the entrance to Golden Flowstone, to Top of The World with full length underground river until the end of the cave.

Gua Tempurung Perak

This is definitely one of our favourite spots to bring tourists as the experience of caving is truly exciting. Families with small kids or even older parents are all welcome to try.

Tour 1: Golden Flowstone

Duration: 40 minutes


l Adult: RM8

l Children (6-12 years old): RM4

l Senior Citizen: RM4

*Tour starts every half an hour from 9am to 4pm

Tour 2: Top of The World

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes


l Adult: RM12

l Children (6-12 years old): RM6

l Senior Citizen: RM6

*Tour starts every half an hour from 9am to 3pm


Tour 3: Top of The World & Short River Adventure (minimum 8 adults)

Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes


l Adult: RM15

l Children (6-12 years old): RM7.50

l Senior Citizen: RM7.50

*Tour starts every half an hour from 9am to 12 noon


Tour 4: Grand Tour (Minimum 8 Adults)

Duration: 3 Hours 30 Minutes


l Adult: RM30

l Children (6-12 years old): RM15

l Senior Citizen: RM15

*Tour starts every half an hour from 9am to 11am

Address:  Pusat Pelancongan Gua Tempurung, 31600 Gopeng, Perak.
Tel: +605 3591561

3. Han Chin Pet Soo, Ho Yan Hor and Mural Hunting

If you are looking for a quick and fun entertainment for the family, may we suggest a trip to the  Hakka Tin Miners Club? Now known as Han Chin Pet Soo, the museum has no entrance fee but appointments must be made before entering and donations are welcomed to keep this place running.

Why? Aside from the fact that it is a guided tour, the house was built in 1893! Founded by Towkay Leong Fee, the house used to be a mystery to the public because only club members and their VIP guests were allowed in. The building was rebuilt in 1929 and is across the street from  Concubine Lane another favourite tourist haunt. Han Chin Pet Soo museum contains artifacts, collectibles, actual life sized figures dressed in costumes and photographs from the 19th and 20th century.

Han Chin Pet Soo museumHan Chin Pet Soo museum

Located next to Han Chin Pet Soo is the Ho Yan Hor museum, where visitors will get a chance to know more about the first and longest-standing product from Hovid Berhad. The museum was the place where the tea, touted to be a panacea for all ills, was invented and was the original home of the founder, Dr Ho Kai Cheong and his family.

Similar to Han Chin Pet Soo, the building stored many historical artifacts and went under restoration before opening early last year in 2016,  and has been receiving flocks of visitors ever since. Guests will get the chance to see some of Dr Ho’s personal items such as his calligraphy set, his paintings and even the original advertisements.

Ho Yan Hor museumHo Yan Hor museum

You can also bring your family around Ipoh’s old town and new town for a mural hunt. There are approximately more than 50 murals scattered around Ipoh, painted by locals and also international artist Ernest Zacharevic. Famous mural locations in Ipoh are between Jalan Masjid (Hume Street) and Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah (Hugh Low Street) where more than twenty murals were painted by the locals and artist, Eric Lai. Another hot spot location for mural hunting is located off Jalan Sultan Pasir Pinji Ipoh where murals are painted by Eric Lai and three of his students.

Ipoh mural

Artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals, the  Art of Oldtown, are placed at Jalan Bandar Timah, Jalan Bijeh Timah, Concubine Lane, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Jalan Panglima and Jalan Bandar. All these roads are within walking distance, so it won’t be any trouble finding them all!

The Most Important Time is Family Time

Although it may be tough to take your family out for cheap entertainment these days, we believe that the effort is really what counts. There are many other cheaper options such as visiting the Dream Big World museum located at No.7, Level One, Lorong Panglima (Concubine Lane), 30000 Ipoh (Malaysia’s first model car museum featured in issue 251), a trip to DR Seenivasagam Recreational Park, Lubuk Timah Hot Spring and Waterfall, Lata Kinjang Waterfal, Ulu Chepor, Bandar Seri Botani Eco Park Batu Berangkai Waterfall, (Urban Escape: Ipoh’s Green Lungs, issue 223) and more. Spend as much time as you can with your family as they are the ones that matter the most. Let’s explore!


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