Senior tourists Jakob and Rosi Wagner from Geilenkirchen, West Germany who were on a visit to Malaysia described Ipoh as a very quaint city.
“Ipoh is nice. It is not too big and everything is within walking distance.
“Getting around is very convenient and helped us get a feel of the town” said Jakob
The couple were in Ipoh for a 3D2N stay and walked everywhere around the town.
Jakob’s general impression of Malaysians was they did not like walking too much.
“The preferred to allow their motorized transport get them around even if the distance was just a few hundred meters away’
“I have met Malaysians who described walking a few block as being very far. Ecologically this does not make sense” chorused Jakob and Rosi together.
“We stayed at the Eastern Hotel in the centre of town and the main attractions’ such as the Heritage Walk is within walking distance.
“The post office and railway station are near and the town hall, beautiful street art and two story Chinese shophouses give character to the town.
They also visited the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar which they described as beautiful.
Rosi described getting to Kula Kangsar as ‘easy’.
“We just walked to the Medan Kidd bus station and hopped on the bus.
“The Mosque was beautiful and the Gallery was most interesting. Getting to the tourist destination generally was not a problem”
The Wagners said they used a German travel book which helped guide them around.
A check into the book written by Stefan Loose showed Ipoh town with all its regular iconic landmarks included.
Rosi described themselves generally as backpackers who usually travelled light but just needed their basic comforts due to their age. Both are in their 60’s.
“We travel light but we need our basic comforts of a good bath and a good night’s rest at the end of the day”
When I met them at Peoples Park taking photos they were on their way to the post office to dispatch their post cards of the Petronas Twin Towers which Jakob described a ‘must visit destination’ for their friends back home.
Their next destination was to Kuala Trengganu and the sandy white beaches.