Trip to Ipoh

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Where I stayed
Sun Golden Inn

Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Monday, January 10, 2011

The 2 days before leaving Tanah Rata we sat around town updating our blog and checking e-mail, playing cards and on the i-pod. Our legs were so sore from the first day both our calves hurt with every step so we didn't get far from where we were staying. We also watched a bootleg copy of Pirahnna 3D that the hotel had recorded, it was really bad and at one point in the movie a big Malaysian man sat right in front of the camera (so that made the movie that much better).

We left the next morning on a public bus to head to Ipoh (ee-po). When we got dropped off at the bus terminal we assumed we knew where we were going but had to wander around a bit to get our bearings (oh ya and it was 35*C and no wind, oh how it would have been nice to be in a blizzard). We managed to get a cab after wandering to the train station and he took us to the area of town we read about to get a place to stay. After walking from hotel to hotel for the better part of an hour we settled with the Sun Golden Inn, it was the last one we checked and thankfully the best one so we didn't have to walk back to any of the others we had checked.
After cooling down a bit we headed to a local mall to try and get on the internet because our hotel had none. When we got to the mall we thought it would be cool to eat at a Japanese steamboat restaurant where food goes by your table on a little conveyer belt and you pick and choose what you want. Then after sitting down we realized we were totally confused and didn't want to make huge fools of ourselves so we just ordered some stupid little dishes of the menu, the whole time watching delicious food slowly toying with our emotions (damn them all!!!); once we had sat the for awhile and watched we realized they bring you a pot of hot water or broth and you cook the food in that and then eat it....we'll be ready next time!
We bummed around the mall for a bit then hailed a cab and got him to take us to Sam Poh Tong cave temple. Its an old buhdist temple inside of a huge limestone cave, it had a huge lush pond filled with coy the size of a small horse or large dog, and a tiny tortoise pond. As we were leaving we saw what looked like a children's play area where people were taking pictures with lifesize ceramic statues of various animals, so we thought we should as well (oh what fun we had). After that we just got a cab back to our hotel and collapsed out of exhaustion.
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