Flights from Ipoh

The Sultan Azlan Shah Airport or the Ipoh Airport is an airport found in the city of Ipoh, in the state of Perak in Malaysia. It is previously a small Fokker airfield before being upgraded to accommodate jet operations. In the year 1989, it was prepared for Queen Elizabeth II's visit in the Royal Town of Kuala Kangsar. Following the visit, the airport has become a busy hub, with Malaysia Airlines (flag carrier) operating in the area.

After some years, the North-South Expressway in Malaysia opened, connecting Kuala Lumpur (capital) to the other regions, cutting air travel, and converting travellers into car drivers and public transport riders. The event also prompted the pull out of Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia from the airport. In the recent years though, the airport has formed and reconsidered strategy, ultimately extending its runway by 200 metres to accommodate bigger planes, and renovating its old terminal into a modern-looking facility.

Where to go

Malaysia is a country in the South East Asian region with 127, 350 square miles in its jurisdiction. Given its relatively huge land mass, visitors can travel around and see what this contemporary yet cultural country has to offer.

Petronas Towers – This icon of strength and stability is found at the heart of Malaysia's city centre, Kuala Lumpur. The twin towers, as sometimes called, is the jewel of the city, and is known to be the tallest in the world from the year 1998 (upon completion) to the year 2004, and remains as the tallest twin towers in the world, replacing the discarded World Trade Centre towers in New York. It was originally designed by Argentine American Architect César Pelli. The design depicts 21st century Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves – The Batu Caves is a Hindu shrine and tourist attraction just a stone's throw away from Kuala Lumpur. The caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan, the God of War and Victory in Hinduism. With some 100 metres above the ground, it is quite a hike to reach the

interior of the caves, but upon reaching the summit, travellers will see the beauty inside. The Batu Caves consists of the main caves, plus some smaller caves.

Bukit Bintang – Bukit Bintang is the most popular shopping district in Kuala Lumpur. Known as the “Bintang Walk” or “Starhill”, it is a prominent retail belt, with lines of shopping centres, al-fresco cafes, swank bars, night markets, and hawker-type eateries. Cheap and expensive finds can be bought here, as well as colourful cuisine, coffee and tea, and of course, souvenirs.

Travellers may also opt to visit the many temples in Malaysia, like the Thean Hou Temple, the Sri Mahamariamman temple, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, and the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple. There are also an abundance of mosques in the area, like the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Jamek Mosque, and the National Mosque of Malaysia.

Short Haul 

Part of South East Asia, Ipoh in Malaysia sits side by side with other Asian countries including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, and Indonesia. Incidentally, it is also near the Korean Peninsula, China and Mongolia, and also Japan. A mix of ethnicities, these countries will bring you the best of Asia, and a visit sure will prove to be enjoyable. Taste the exotically interesting cuisines of these countries, and check out the vigorous pop culture. Shopping is also recommended, especially of clothes and shoes, as there is a surplus of clothing in the area from the bigger factories and producers. Food is also relatively cheap and can be found everywhere.

Long Haul

If looking for more than rest and relaxation and after a lifetime's worth of adventure, travel to the West and check out the colours and sights of the Latin American countries.

Cusco Region, Peru – Dive into the historical wonders surrounding the Cusco Region in Peru through its magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Machu Picchu. Mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” archaeologists believe the Machu Picchu is the crowning glory estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It is built in the classical Inca Style, with polished dry stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows, often related to the polytheistic religion of the Incas.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador - In the west of continental Ecuador, this group of islands form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological reserve – perfect for exploration and learning trips. You can also do island hopping and check out the province's islets like Baltra, Bartolomé, Darwin island, the island of Santa Fé, San Cristobal Island, among others.

Carnaval (Rio de Janeiro) – The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest parties in the whole world. Due from Friday to Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday (of the Catholic faith), residents of Rio go out and party like wild; colourful, hedonistic bacchanalia sprawling on the streets of Rio, culminated by a grand parade featuring elaborate floats of different themes and intricate designs. Tourists and travellers may experience the Carnaval with all its splendour at the said time, but are advised to be vigilant especially during the parties lasting from dusk all the way up to the crack of dawn.

How to get out

For travellers who are planning to explore places aside from Malaysia via the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, the main airline company is Malaysia Airlines, and trips from Tigerair, Firefly, and Malindo Air are also available. However, from Ipoh's Sultan Alzan, travellers will need to catch connecting flights from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to get to their main destinations. 

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