Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Lonely Planet names Ipoh as the sixth hottest place to visit in Asia《孤独星球》亚洲十大旅游景点怡保上榜排第六

Window shutters are seen in the charming old town district of Ipoh, Malaysia. — Pictures courtesy of Lonely Planet

Bali, Phuket or Shanghai for your next trip? Try Perak instead. That’s right, Ipoh has made it to Lonely Planet’s top 10 destinations in Asia.
Ipoh's old world charm and booming hipster cafes has impressed the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, Lonely Planet, after the city was listed as one of the best Asian destinations to visit in 2016.
The world’s leading travel media company today announced its inaugural Best in Asia list that highlights the continent’s 10 best destinations to visit over the next 12 months.

In their pick of where to go in the next 12 months, Lonely Planet listed Hokkaido, Japan at first place, followed by Shanghai, China and Jeonju, South Korea.

Ipoh is the only city in Malaysia to be listed, at sixth place.

According to the website, the lesser-known food capital has new flair thanks to a crop of boutique cafes that have sprung up in its historic quarter.

Mount Rishiri’s steep volcanic ridges tower over a field of wildflowers off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. 

"At the heart of Ipoh’s renaissance is other worldly concept hotel Sekeping Kong Heng, replete with glass attic rooms and wall-free rooftop quarters.
"Art-cafes like Roquette, Burps & Giggles and Everyday Lifeshop have appeared nearby, among creaky kedai kopi (coffee shops) and elegant colonial buildings.
"But food pilgrims still clamour for Ipoh’s old favourites: Lou Wong’s chicken with crisp beansprouts, and tau fu fah (tofu pudding) at Funny Mountain," said the website's description.
It also mentioned wild escapes, like birdwatching by bicycle through Kinta Nature Park or whitewater rafting near Gopeng are a must visit for tourists.
"Also, clifftop temples and fragrant Gaharu Tea Valley nearby, Ipoh’s revival seems sure to tempt new crowds," concluded Lonely Planet.

The Ipoh railway station at night

"In compiling our Best in Asia 2016 list, our Asia-expert authors have explored the continent’s most electrifying cities, trekked through steaming jungles and even swum in bountiful seas to seek out the spots you simply cannot afford to miss,” said Lonely Planet Asia-Pacific spokesperson Chris Zeiher.
“The result is a varied hit list of classic destinations offering a fresh twist for travellers, regions packed full of action, and edge-of-the-map places you may never have heard of,” he added.
In fourth place is the Con Dao Islands in Vietnam, followed by Hong Kong. Pemuteran in Indonesia was listed as the seventh top destination with Thailand’s Trang Islands, India’s Meghalaya, and Taiwan’s Taitung finishing off the list.  
While the rest of city has been industrialised, Jeonju Hanok Village retains its historical charms and traditions.


国际知名旅游指南《孤独星球》(Lonely Planet )公布2016年亚洲10大最佳旅游景点,好山好水但不是国际著名景点的怡保“爆冷”入榜,排名第6,日本北海道则位居榜首。

香港名列第5 ,太平山或维多利亚港令人难以抗拒的魅力不是它上榜原因,而是因为天然景观。香港地质公园获联合国教科文组织(UNESCO)列入世界地质公园名单中。
霹大臣:天然环境历史古迹 怡保亚洲第6受欢迎景点'

霹州怡保在孤独星球《Lonely Planet》国际旅游书籍最新发起“十大亚洲最受欢迎景点”的投票中排名第6,成为对州政府在旅游业作出努力的一项肯定。

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