Singapore to Ipoh

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Singapore to Ipoh 

There are predominantly 4 ways to travel from Singapore  to Ipoh 

(Also, Scroll to bottom to find out International Films filmed in Ipoh)

Flight

Airplanes(flying) is of course very convenient but a bit more expensive, about SGD 100 to SGD 250 two ways depending on dates and season , Scoot is generally cheaper than Fireflyz. There are about 3 or 4 flights

into Ipoh from SG direct a day depending on day of the week. eg.weekends more flights . These are direct flights from Singapore to Ipoh and the flight time is only about an hour. 

Scoot (Merged with Tiger A320)

Daily

8:15 am departure, reach Ipoh 9:30 am

3:20 pm departure, reach Ipoh 4:40 pm

* schedule subject to change but the above are roughly the timings

 

Fireflyz (Turbo Propeller) 

Daily

9:40 am departure, reach Ipoh 11:20 am

3:00 pm departure, reach Ipoh 4:30 pm

* schedule subject to change but the above are roughly the timings

There used to be Malindo airlines also direct from Singapore to Ipoh but that has since been discontinued since April 2016. I have tried all 3, Scoot, Fireflyz and Malindo and Malindo is the best in terms of comfort and value for money. 

I love travelling by plane because door to door from your Singapore house to Ipoh hotel takes just maximum 4 hours. 

If you take the morning flight, you will reach Ipoh airport by 9:30 am and have a nice local Ipoh breakfast at about 10 am . Yummy Yummy delicious noodles or steamy hot dim sum .

Driving 

Driving to Ipoh is pleasant but there are numerous speed traps along PLUS highway with the recent introduction of AES system.

Duration : About 7- 8 hours on 130-140 kmh with 1 meal stop and 1 bio stop 

Toll Cost : For Cars , about MYR 100 including immigration etc 

Petrol      : One full tank or slightly more depending on your car

Bus 

Bus  Fare from SG to IPH is approx.S$42 per pax no discount for children. Todllers are exempted because they do not take up a seat. This mode is quite simple you board in SG and arrive in IPH

about 8hours later. You can check Easybook, largest online bus ticket provider.

Grassland is the most reputable since they value safety. Sometimes the bus will drop passengers off some small towns before reaching Ipoh. Normally they will also have a stop in Yong Peng and a stop in Tanjung Malim for food/bio break.  There are night buses which departs around 10 pm and arrive around 6 am in the morning, head straight to Ming Court Dim Sum for the delicious delicacies - local favourite. 

Trains

Railway(Trains) Fare from Singapore to Ipoh for adults is S$32 and S$23 for children one way only

This mode is quite troublesome because you have to take a shuttle from SG to JB then board train

JB to Gemas and switch to ETS fast train from Gemas to Ipoh. Approximately 13 hours . If you are not in rush and would like to see the country side, then you may select the train option. 


Things you didn't know about Ipoh

 

1) Anna and the King was filmed in Ipoh

 

 

 

This movie depicts a fictional story of Anna, an English teacher in Siam (Modern-day Thailand) who became the teacher of King Mongkut’s many children and wives. It raised controversies among Thai authorities due to historical inaccuracy, thus most of the scenes were filmed in Ipoh, Parit, and Penang. Some of the Grand Palace scenes were taken at Rumah Besar, Papan (near Ipoh) meanwhile Anna’s traditional residence was somewhere in Parit. 

2) Lust, Caution - Ang Lee Block Buster was filmed in Ipoh

 

A row of dilapidated pre-war buildings along Jalan Chung On Siew in Ipoh has been transformed into a World War II street scene of Shanghai. Prop signboards, street lamps of bygone days and a replica of a double-decker tram have been put up for use during the filming.

The story revolves around a group of patriotic students who plot to assassinate an intelligence chief in the Japan-backed Chinese government during World War II and star Tony Leung. 

3) Black Hat (Chris Hemsworth) was filmed in Ipoh

Thanks to its culturally diverse and breathtaking scenery, Malaysia has emerged as one of the most sought-after Asian countries for many international filmmakers, including Hollywood productions over the last few years. , Michael Mann's long-awaited cyber thriller, "Blackhat", which features an international cast comprising of Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, is the latest big budget Hollywood production shot at various locations in Malaysia such as Ipoh
 

4) Magnet Man Magneto is from Ipoh. 

Liew Thow Lin of Ipoh is known as the "Magnet Man" because he has the ability to stick metal objects to his body.

Liew has performed in many charity events showing his ability. He can make metal objects, weighing up to 2 kg each, up to 36 kg total stick to his skin. He has also pulled a car using this ability.

Liew's ability is due to the fact that  his skin exhibits very high levels of friction, providing a "suction effect". The trait appears to be genetic, appearing in Lin's three grandchildren. Liew was also featured on the second episode of the Discovery Channel's One Step Beyond.

Visit Ipoh before it becomes touristy , feel the rawness and originality, book a flight and visit Ipoh as soon as you can. We will see you here! 

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