Seow Wee Liam at Durbar at FMS, in Ipoh, capital of Perak state in Malaysia. His restaurant is in a renovated 1920s building where the town’s first bar-restaurant was opened. “This bar holds a lot of memories for people,” he says. Photo: Sharon Lam

A visitor’s guide to Perak, Malaysia: hot springs, history, homely food, and gem hunting

  • More relaxed and less constricting than Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh in Perak state has shophouses, historical restaurants and even a Scottish castle
  • Former tin-mining pits have been turned into a nature reserve, and a retired gemologist can help you fossick for gemstones in old quarries
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Seow Wee Liam at Durbar at FMS, in Ipoh, capital of Perak state in Malaysia. His restaurant is in a renovated 1920s building where the town’s first bar-restaurant was opened. “This bar holds a lot of memories for people,” he says. Photo: Sharon Lam
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