On the arrival of the 19th century, Ipoh became one of Malaysia's biggest cities - to this day it is still an important economic and commercial center for the country. The tin industry was booming, and Ipoh had large amounts of this resource. Expats living in Ipoh nowadays will find the city center gets a lot of its unique character from the Straits eclectic shop houses. The city of millionaires, as it's sometimes referred to by the people who live there, also has the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia - for anybody new to the area, it's an impressive sight to behold.
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Moving to Ipoh, or any foreign city for that matter, can be daunting at first, and the move bring with it its fair share of problems. Before you leave and start your life as an expat in Ipoh, you have to put in some level of research in to the area, to find out if it's suitable for you and your family, and not to forget, how to actually get there. The Keretapi Tanah Melayu operate the train networks in and out of the city, so travel is easy, however, there is no inner city rail network like in Kuala Lumpur. Once arrived, an expatriate moving to Ipoh will find that the food scene in Ipoh is vibrant, with many specialist restaurants and Hawker centers. Sar Hor Fun is one of the most popular dishes, which is a rice meal with a choice of meat. The Hor Hee on the other hand is a flat rice dish with fish cakes or dumplings. The expatriates on the InterNations forums can lend you a hand with any queries you have – and not only in regard to local dishes – as they've been in very similar situations to your own.
As the capital city of the Perak State, in Malaysia, there are thousands of working opportunities throughout Ipoh. One of Malaysia's largest cities, with more than 700,000 people live there, Ipoh is the sixth most populous place in the country. If you want to start working in Ipoh, but you don't know where to look or you need some help with your confidence, you can speak with other expats on the InterNations forums. The majority of our more than a million InterNations members are people just like you, who have chosen to up and leave their country to work in another. Whether you're thinking of setting up your own business, want to go self-employed, or you just need help understanding foreign business etiquette, you can be sure that there will be a member of the InterNations community who can help you. And if you can't find a forum thread that already deals with your query, you can always start a new thread and wait for the replies to come flooding in.