Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Weekend to Ipoh by Bicycles & Trains

It was a Friday a plan for the weekend was laid out for a trip to Ipoh, we will be attending a Brompton cycling event in the historical city together with friends from Thailand, Singapore and other states. We started the journey from home to the nearest LRT station.
Setiawangsa station isn't too far from home and it's surely a convenient way to commute to KL Sentral.
KTM is showing good progress in improving their services and was told that more in the pipeline to promote its commuter trains especially the ETS (electric train service) for the intercity rail service.
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh took approximately 2 hours, it was a pleasant ride. Here we were at Ipoh train station.
Kinta river has a path that is good for cycling with big trees well shaded and lovely to cycle.
Our first stop was at Yong Suan Coffee shop for its famous nasi kandar ayam merah, click here for more on this coffee shop.
We then checked into Ibis Style Hotel for the weekend, it was such a refreshing break after entering the air conditioned atmosphere. 
 Later in the evening, my cousin whom I have not seen for a while invited us for a sumptuous dinner at Restoran Pusing Public, the dinner was fabulous and Jo wanted to go back to eat again. Thank you bro!
 Meanwhile Jason has been busy bringing friends from Thailand to savour the delicous of Ipoh, I joined them for a round of snow beer at the old town and the snow beer was awesome.

Friends from Thailand and were ready for Bromptom Ipoh Mali Ride 2016.
Friends from Singapore they arrived at the wee morning and were equally excited about the gathering. It was such a lovely scene to see so many Bromptons gathered together and invaded Ipoh in style.
Cendol was also awesome at the old town and absolutely refreshing especially on a hot day cycling. We did a simple heritage trail with lots of photographs taken and most importantly everyone enjoy the moment..
Concubine Lane 二奶巷 is now getting popular and crowded with tourists during the weekends and public holidays. A small alley used to be a place for opium smoking and keeping mistresses. 
The Brompton Ipoh Mali Ride 2016 - Invasion of Old Ipoh Town.
We came back to Restoran Maysin for dinner and of course the snow beer while the bicycles were neatly parked at the verandah nearby.
On the second day of the ride Jason took us to Kg. Simee for a taste of its egg tarts before trying the so much talk of Bercham Char Siew Pao.
A must try egg tarts highly recommended by Jason, you could see a part of the video clips on these egg tart eating adventure here. Choy Kee Bakery
No 218, Lebuh 3, Kg Simee, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Tel No : 05-545 4351, 012-532 2761, 017-511 1596
GPS : 4.618741, 101.108675
A new found place for a good and delicious Char Siew Pao at Restoran New Paradise, Bercham.
We took a loop around the north eastern part of Ipoh and enjoyed the ride with lovely scenery of the limestone hills.
One for the album at Lost World ,Tambun.
Have bike will travel and there will be more places to see. Let's get a bicycle and go.
This is the clip of our second group ride where we went to Bercham for Char Siew Pao and Kg. Simee for egg tarts.
It was an enjoyable weekend indeed in Ipoh for food, meeting new friends and we will be looking forward going for more bike packing adventures. Happy Cycling.

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