Snapshot: Belakang KongHeng By DreamScape, a homestay in Ipoh

In this Snapshot we take you to the centre of old town Ipoh. If you love industrial, rustic architecture combined with heritage, you might want to consider a stay at Belakang KongHeng by Dreamscape. This place is right in the centre of town and designed by the same architect as Sekeping Serandah in Selangor.

Those who have visited Ipoh will know that one of the most Instagrammable spots is at Kong Heng Square. The square is just across Concubine and next to the narrow street where the hip and trendy bookstore ‘Book Excess’ is located.

Tucked away

When we arrived at the Kong Heng Square, the reception was hard to find with so many tourists wandering around, taking their best instapic. The hotel does not have a parking place for guests, so be prepared to take a walk with your luggage. On a Saturday afternoon we were lucky to find a parking spot in one of the nearby streets. After some back and forth walking with our suitcases, we found it, just next to Plan B. café. The friendly receptionist gave us the entrance card to all the gates of the square – between 5pm and 10am the site is closed for tourists – which gives you plenty of time to take your best instapic.

Ipoh Homestay 6 - Happy Go KL

Sleep like a local, eat like a local

We are a family with two older kids (8 and 11 years old) and we booked the maisonette / duplex suite (RM215 per night). The front door of the room is next to the two single beds, a staircase goes down to the double bed and there is a bathroom with shower. The steel stairs are quite steep, therefore not baby or toddler proof, just as the rest of the homestay. The room we booked is close to the swimming pool, which we found very convenient. It’s so refreshing to have a swim after a walk in town. Some of the rooms are situated on the other side of the square. This means you first have to conquer the crowd first, before entering the gate where the pool is located.

Ipoh Homestay 7 - Happy Go KL

What’s for breakfast?

This is a homestay, so there is no breakfast served… As you are right in the centre of Ipoh, you must try one of the authentic kopitiams for breakfast. During the night there was quite some noise from cars and motorbikes. Bring ear plugs for a good night sleep. Not all rooms are on the side of the street though.

Ipoh Homestay 5 - Happy Go KL

Overall, we really enjoyed staying in old town Ipoh, despite the noise during the night. The pool, the location, the atmosphere and the industrial design make this stay very unique and authentic. Find out more here about reservations for Belakang KongHeng by Dreamscape.

Ipoh Homestay 8 - Happy Go KL

We paid for our stay at Belakang KongHeng by Dreamscape. As always, our opinion is honest and our own.

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive an email newsletter every two weeks (or so) to get the best tips on what to do with kids in KL, best travel stories and much more!

I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )

We will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

What do you think? Please leave a comment!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Follow us

Happy Go KL is all about having fun with kids in Kuala Lumpur!

This is where you find the latest activities, events and more.

And when it’s time to plan the next family holiday, we’ve got you covered with reviews of destinations and hotels. 100% written by parents!

Follow us on Facebook

You might also enjoy

Happy Go KL radio

Get your FREE guide!

Download your FREE  neighborhood guide !

Join our Facebook group

Stuff like this in your inbox!

More interesting posts for you :