Much as I love Ipoh and am doing my part to promote it, there is no denying that Ipoh is not a convenient city to visit without a car. Public transport is grossly unreliable – taxis are not budget-friendly and buses run on their own secret route.
One could rent a car while in Ipoh, but the trend now is bicycle rental. I say trend because we have to admit that cycling in Malaysia is not conducive. The weather is either too hot or too wet.
And if you have visited bicycle-friendly countries such as the Netherlands, you would wonder why we cannot emulate them by paving dedicated lanes for bicycles.
Anyway, there are visitors to Ipoh who are up to a new experience, and that is to rent a bicycle to visit some areas, such as Old Town, either for its food, wall murals or heritage sights.
There is a shop in Kongsi Square along Kinta Riverwalk that rents out cicyles just for this purpose. They have bicycles for children, adult + child, adult tandem, single seater and family. Rental starts from RM5 to RM15 per half an hour.
A refundable deposit of RM10 has to be paid and if there is damage to the bicycle upon returning it, a compensation fee has to be paid, from RM5 to up to RM1,8000 depending on the severity of it.
Ipoh Bicycle Rental
Office: Kongsi Square, Kinta River Walk, Ipoh
Tel / SMS: +6012-5558503 / +6018-4644692 / +6019-9356726
Facebook: Micias Mica
Business hours: 3pm – 11pm (Tues – Sun, including Public Holidays)
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