Ipoh is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Perak. Located by the Kinta River, it is nearly 180 km (110 mi) north of Kuala Lumpur and 123 km (76 mi) southeast of George Town in neighbouring Penang. As of 2010, Ipoh’s population of 657,892, makes it the third largest city in Malaysia by population.

In recent years, Ipoh’s popularity as a tourist destination has been significantly boosted by efforts to conserve its British colonial-era architecture. The city is also well-known for its cuisine and natural attractions, such as its limestone hills and caves within which Buddhist temples were built. In addition, Ipoh has managed to maintain its reputation as one of the cleanest cities in Malaysia.

Ipoh’s location between Kuala Lumpur and George Town has made it a major land transportation hub within West Malaysia, with both the Malayan Railway’s West Coast Line and the North-South Expressway cutting through the city. Aside from the land transportation links, Ipoh is also served by the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

Official Hotel

The concept of Container Hotel has always been about providing urban, unique and affordable stay for millennials. Their room are cool, edgy and different from the normal four-post beds and conservative walls. We want to give an unforgettable yet new living experience for our debaters.

The design of Container Hotel Ipoh is about having a unique and iconic green structure, cool edgy interiors with a comfortable and cosy setting while making our debaters feel safe and relaxed. This hotel was chosen to encourage participants to mingle, exchange stories and experiences and explore the city together.

In 2016, Ipoh has been named one of the best destinations in Asia by the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, the Lonely Planet. To add on, thanks to the fast-paced restoration of period houses, century-old and historic buildings, we strongly believe that the city has a booming tourist destination. Tourists will be attracted to the city due to its improved infrastructure which maintains a classic British colonial architecture with a modern twist.

One can experience contemporary street art, traditional coffee shops, art cafes and colonial masterpieces within a walking distance from the hotel. The hotel shares an exciting and colourful neighbourhood with conceptual hotel like Sekeping Kong Heng, boutique cafes such as Burps & Giggles (which is also our Official Breakfast Partner) and other old coffee shops. But food pilgrims still clamour for Ipoh’s old favourites: Lou Wong’s chicken with crisp bean sprouts and tau fu fah (tofu pudding) at Funny Mountain. So yes, we are happy that we are bring #QIUPWUPID to this historical city.

Getting to Ipoh.

The city of Ipoh is about 250km away from both the KLIA and KLIA2 airports. There are several ways to travel to Ipoh:

By bus:

The Star Shuttle and the YoYo Bus perform regular service between the airports and Ipoh. It costs approximately MYR45 and takes about three to four hours. Tickets can be purchased directly at the airport bus counters.

By train:

The KLIA Transit will take you directly to KL Central, the main train station of Peninsular Malaysia. KLIA transit to KL Central will cost MYR55, and takes about half an hour. You then can take a train from KL Central directly to Ipoh, the price of tickets varies depending on the type of train. The faster the train, the more expensive the ticket. Ticket price ranges from MYR35 to MYR70, and takes about 2 to 3 hours. But be warned, tickets are sometimes sold out during the weekends.

By Grab:

Booking a Grab is the fastest, easiest but most expensive option. You can book one directly from the airport and it will take less than three hours to get to Ipoh. It will cost MYR300 to MYR400, depending on the time.