Emirates Airlines offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh is a two-hour, $4 train ride away on the Kuala Lumpur Express, which departs multiple times a day from the KL Central station in downtown.
26-8 Jalan Theatre, Taman Jubilee
Small rooms, comfortable beds, free WiFi. Rooms from $33.
Heritage Hotel Ipoh
Jalan Raja Di Hilir
Centrally located, with 261 rooms from $54.
Foh San dim sum
51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam
Ipoh’s most famous dim sum offerings, buffet-style. Pay by the piece; not more than a few ringgit (one ringgit is about 30 cents) each.
Restoran Lou Wong
49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin
Just say “chicken,” and a few minutes later, you’ll be rewarded with a plate of boiled ayam taugeh for a mere $3.
Sin Yoon Loong
15A, Jalan Bandar Timah
There’s plenty of Cantonese food at this bustling joint, but go for Ipoh’s famous white coffee (50 cents a pop), which was reputedly born here.
Wander on foot, from Old Town to New Town, soaking up the British colonial architecture.