TOURISM NEWS

  • Kinta Nature Park - A Haven for Birds, Fish and Mammals

    Kinta Nature Park - A Haven For Birds, Fish And Mammals

    Did you know that Kinta Nature Park is a bird paradise visited by thousands of avid bird watchers and tourists from in and out of ...read more

  • Koo Kee: A Peek at the Past

    Koo Kee: A Peek At The Past

    Located at Ipoh’s favourite tourist spot, Ipoh Old Town, Koo Kee is a place to go if you want to see how the 70s and 80s looked like in Malaysia. Curated and managed by See K...read more

  • Enhancing Ipoh's Popularity

    Enhancing Ipoh's Popularity

    Come 2020, Perak is expected to receive even more visitors with the few soon-to-be completed mega projects in the pipeline. Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Ka...read more

  • WET Expo 2017

    WET Expo 2017

    The title sounds suspicious but it is not what you think. “WET” is an acronym for “World Eco-Tourism”. The 3-day exposition, named WET-Expo 2017, was held a...read more

  • Lubuk Timah Hot Springs

    Lubuk Timah Hot Springs

    Your visit to Lubuk Timah waterfall, with its green backdrop, is incomplete without taking a dip in its main attraction – the hot springs. According to naturalists from Japa...read more

  • Best Destination Manager Award

    Best Destination Manager Award

    Heartiest congratulations to Mayor Dato’ Zamri Man for having won “The Best Destination Manager Award” in conjunction with the 8th Tourism Promotion Organisation ...read more

  • Mrs Malaysia Tourism Queen Promoting Tourism in Ipoh

    Mrs Malaysia Tourism Queen Promoting Tourism In Ipoh

    Twenty-two Mrs Malaysia Tourism Queen 2017 finalists, including a 75-year-old grandmother made heads turn during a fun, easy and a...read more

  • Fun Drive to Ipoh

    Fun Drive To Ipoh

    In conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017, the Selangor Tourism Association initiated a 300km fun drive to Ipoh on Saturday, September 30. Running on three major themes namely, tou...read more

  • Royal Belum - Gateway to Nature's Treasures

    Royal Belum - Gateway To Nature's Treasures

    Did you know that Perak has a 130-million-year-old tropical rainforest? It is the oldest in the world, much older than the Amazon ...read more

  • MM2H Dialogue

    MM2H Dialogue

    Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme was initiated by the federal government in 2002 under the purview of the Ministry of Tourism. Its primary objective is to allow citizens of...read more

  • Kampar: An Education Hub

    Kampar: An Education Hub

    Kampar came into prominence in the 1880s largely due to tin mining activities and its proximity to the iconic Kinta Valley. The bustling town developed rapidly but went into a slum...read more

  • PTA's Third Teh Tarik Session

    PTA's Third Teh Tarik Session

    Perak Tourism Association (PTA) held its third “Teh Tarik” session on Monday, July 31 at Symphony Suites Hotel, Ipoh. It was attended by about 50 industry players, some...read more

  • Promoting Perak in Jordan

    Promoting Perak In Jordan

    The mission of promoting Visit Perak Year 2017 (VPY 2017) received overwhelming response at Amman, Jordan. Khairulikwan, a 45-year-old Jordanian from Sweileh said that Malaysia is...read more

  • KUALA KANGSAR, THE ROYAL TOWN

    KUALA KANGSAR, THE ROYAL TOWN

    Kuala Kangsar, the Royal Town, has many iconic touristic landmarks preserved over the years. The town is the pride of all Perakeans, as they can relate to it. Built in 1917, the U...read more

  • Mining Heritage: Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No.5

    Mining Heritage: Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No.5

    The Tanjung Tualang Dredge No 5 (TT5), located at Batu 5, Jalan Tanjung Tualang is living proof that this area was once part of a ...read more

  • Distribute Tourism Tax Fairly

    Distribute Tourism Tax Fairly

    The Federal Government should allocate the Tourism Tax revenue to state governments based on the number of registered accommodations rather than an allocation by region, said the S...read more

  • Taiping - A Town Of Many Firsts

    Taiping - A Town Of Many Firsts

    Taiping got its name from the Chinese word “Tai-Peng” meaning everlasting peace. Klian Pauh, its former name, was chan...read more

  • Gua Tempurung - Nature's Best Kept Secret

    Gua Tempurung - Nature's Best Kept Secret

    Located in Gopeng, Gua Tempurung is the longest and biggest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia, measuring 1.9km in length and 2...read more

  • Begging to Travel: The 'Gap Yah' Phenomenon

    Begging To Travel: The 'Gap Yah' Phenomenon

    Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand have always been the places most popular with tourists and backpackers. While some tourists don&rsq...read more

  • City of Colours

    City Of Colours

    Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Multimedia and Communications, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said that Kampar has experienced rapid development and has ...read more

  • Tourist Arrivals to Perak

    Tourist Arrivals To Perak

    The number of tourist arrivals to Perak recorded a 20 per cent increase between January and March this year, as compared to the same period last year. This would help the state ac...read more

  • 1001 Sides of Ipoh

    1001 Sides Of Ipoh

    Known fondly as the “Town That Tin Built”, Ipoh has its origins from the booming tin trade of the 1880s. From a humble beginning Ipoh has transformed into a bustling me...read more

  • 5th Ipoh International Waiters Race

    5th Ipoh International Waiters Race

    To be held on Sunday, May 14, the 5th Ipoh International Waiters Race is organised by the Malaysian Association of Hotel (MAH Pera...read more

  • Is Ipoh Safe These Days?

    Is Ipoh Safe These Days?

    As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Malaysia, Ipoh lures around 300,000 to 400,000 foreign travellers on average every year, thanks to Ipoh’s heritage township...read more

  • Working with RTM

    Working With RTM

    The programme, “Negaraku Jom Singgah – Sehati @ RTM” held at Arena Rakyat Tualang Sekah, Malim Nawar on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 attracted over 3000 ...read more

  • Pangkor the Island Paradise

    Pangkor The Island Paradise

    Pangkor Island, one of the most stunning islands in Asia, got its name from the Thai phrase, “Pang Ko” which aptly means “a beautiful island”. True to form,...read more

  • Discussions over Tea

    Discussions Over Tea

    Embarking on Visit Perak Year 2017, it is expected that industry players and members of tourism associations have planned ahead. In anticipation of this, the Chairman of Perak Tour...read more

  • Way to Go MBI

    Way To Go MBI

    Once again, Ipoh Echo has been heard. Upgrading works to restore the once pristine Gunung Lang Recreational Park are underway. After countless reports and complaints regarding the ...read more

  • Cleanliness the Mantra

    Cleanliness The Mantra

    Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s dream of a clean and cheerful state can only come true if the public cooperates. During the launch of a competit...read more

  • Tripping Perak

    Tripping Perak

    What is it that makes Perak the place to visit in 2017? Is it the untouched forest of Royal Belum? Is it the now buzzing town of Ipoh or is it the history of Perak Man

  • Lonely Planet  Perak in 9th Spot

    Lonely Planet Perak In 9th Spot

    World renowned travel guide book, Lonely Planet, has listed Perak as the ninth (out of ten) top region in the world to visit in 20...read more

  • Free Comics for Perakeans

    Free Comics For Perakeans

    Comic fans can get the first edition of “Ayah Chor”, a comic book by PORT (People of Remarkable Talent) featuring ten Perakean cartoonists, for free beginning January 2...read more

  • VPY 2017: Exciting Times Ahead

    VPY 2017: Exciting Times Ahead

    In view of the upcoming Visit Perak Year 2017 (VPY 2017), visitors are in for a treat with the following promotions and activities. The state government, via Tourism Perak, is org...read more

  • Secrets of Taiping Lake Gardens

    Secrets Of Taiping Lake Gardens

    Not many are aware that the iconic Taiping Lake Gardens have eight hidden locations that were only known to the town’s older...read more

  • Impressive Souvenirs for Visit Perak 2017

    Impressive Souvenirs For Visit Perak 2017

    In conjunction with next year’s Visit Perak Year, Perak Tourism Association together with UiTM Perak and Tourism Perak Manag...read more

  • Waterfront City

    Waterfront City

    The 170-acre lake fronting Waterfront City at Lahat Mines is the latest attraction in Ipoh. This new watersports cum tourism site was officiated by Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri, ...read more

  • Circling Ipoh Town by Rickshaw

    Circling Ipoh Town By Rickshaw

    Started on September 1, tourists and locals in Ipoh can now take the rickshaw tour to circle around town. The service, provided by M Bike Sdn Bhd has been the latest hot buzz in Ip...read more

  • Thai Food Festival to Stay for Good

    Thai Food Festival To Stay For Good

    In conjunction with ‘Visit Perak 2017’, state Exco for Tourism, Art, Culture and Multimedia Dato’ Nolee Ashilin ...read more

  • Perak Tengah's Paradise

    Perak Tengah's Paradise

    Along the Batu Gajah-Tanjung Tualang-Kubu Gajah arterial road is a plethora of delightful must-visit attractions. The list includes the iconic Kellie’s Castle, the one and on...read more

  • Souvenir Design Competition

    Souvenir Design Competition

    Aimed at spicing up Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2017, a souvenir-designing competition was organised for the very first time. Held in Kuala Kangsar, the competition was initiated by the...read more

  • A Hidden Gem

    A Hidden Gem

    What would be better than taking a deserving break away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Based on the familiarisation trip that was reported in Ipoh Echo Issue 236, here ar...read more

  • Familiarisation Trip

    Familiarisation Trip

    Tourism Malaysia (Perak) organised a familiarisation trip for media representatives as one of its efforts to promote agricultural (agro) tourism in Perak from May 8 till 10. Led by...read more

  • Ipoh  A Veritable Aladdin's Cave of Delights

    Ipoh A Veritable Aladdin's Cave Of Delights

    For three consecutive years, Perak has received the biggest number of domestic tourists compared to any other state in Malaysia. W...read more

  • Foodies Get Ipoh's Best

    Foodies Get Ipoh's Best

    Aside from our interesting tourism scene, Ipoh is also known for our delicious and scrumptious food. With that in mind, forty nine club members of Gourmet Circle Club (GCC) from Si...read more

  • Destination Perak Office Opened

    Destination Perak Office Opened

    Minister of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz expected tourism growth in the country, for the first qua...read more

  • MB Launches VPY 2017

    MB Launches VPY 2017

    In conjunction with Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2017, the state government is paying extra attention to foreign tourists in order to increase the number of visitors. According to Mente...read more

  • Perak Matta Fair

    Perak Matta Fair

    The low currency and economy did not seem to stop Ipohites from visiting the much awaited travel fair of the year, the Perak Matta Fair 2016 held at Ipoh Parade from March 11 to 13...read more

  • Kellie's Castle on Canvas

    Kellie's Castle On Canvas

    Organised by People of Remarkable Talent (PORT) recently, the Plein Air Challenge 2016 not only unearthed fresh talents, but also helped in promoting the state’s iconic touri...read more

  • 1Malaysia Trishaw Ride

    1Malaysia Trishaw Ride

    Over 500 people celebrated the arrival of the 1Malaysia Trishaw Ride convoy at the Ipoh City Council (MBI) Square on Sunday, February 28. Present was the Executive Councillor for ...read more

  • Nigerian Emerged Winner

    Nigerian Emerged Winner

    The sole international participant from Nigeria, Njoku Genevive Ucheci emerged champion at the Gua Tempurung Lipstick Challenge 2016 on Sunday, January 31 at the cave. Genevive, 3...read more

  • Fruitful Tourism Gathering

    Fruitful Tourism Gathering

    Counting down to the Visit Perak Year 2017, the Perak Tourism Association (PTA) initiated a Tourism Tea Gathering on Tuesday, February 2 at WEIL Hotel, Ipoh in the presence of gues...read more

  • A Double Joy

    A Double Joy

    Thousands of Ipohites filled Dataran Bandaraya Ipoh for the New Year countdown celebration by Tourism Perak which also saw the launch of the official logo for Visit Perak Year 2017...read more

  • Perak Tourism Award 2015

    Perak Tourism Award 2015

    It was a night of celebration at Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites on November 13 as Tourism Perak Malaysia throws its annual gala dinner to celebrate everyone involved in promot...read more

  • Lenggong: Malaysia's Pre-historic Legacy

    Lenggong: Malaysia's Pre-historic Legacy

    The name Lenggong derives from several local myths. Different versions abound of how this cowboy-town got its name.

  • Musang King Durian Par Excellence

    Musang King Durian Par Excellence

    A durian variant known locally as Musang King will be a major tourist attraction in Perak besides its other touristic products. Mi...read more

  • Tourism Perak's First Book

    Tourism Perak's First Book

    “Perak, Malaysia – World of Wonders” is Tourism Perak Management Berhad’s first ever book detailing the touristic destinations within the state. It is in th...read more

  • Urban Escape  Ipoh's Green Lungs

    Urban Escape Ipoh's Green Lungs

    Wondering where to bring your children for the upcoming school holidays? Or simply looking for a place to run away from the hustle and bustle?

  • Matta, CC1M and Pior Book Launches

    Matta, CC1M And Pior Book Launches

    It was a lively whirlwind of activities at Ipoh Parade on Friday, Sept 4 with three launches namely: The state-level Cuti-Cuti 1Ma...read more

  • Malaysia Wins Goodwill Games

    Malaysia Wins Goodwill Games

    Eight years of bonding borne out of the annual Malaysia-Thailand Goodwill Games saw another successful round of games, hosted by Malaysia this time around. With a congenial theme,...read more

  • Destination Perak

    Destination Perak

    “Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful” is one inspiring saying imprinted on the glass walls of the office of Destination Perak. The cat...read more

  • Perak Mosque Trail Package

    Perak Mosque Trail Package

    The Perak Mosque Trail Package launched by Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, is expected to be a hit with local and foreign tourists. The package takes t...read more

  • A Durian Feast

    A Durian Feast

    Over 300 people from all walks of life thronged the pristine My Kandu Resort in Gopeng on Sunday, August 9 for the ‘Jom Makan Durian’ (Let’s Eat Durian) extravaga...read more

  • Taiping All Set to Woo Tourists

    Taiping All Set To Woo Tourists

    Cover Story By Tan Mei Kuan, Ili Aqilah & Nantini Krishnan The Taiping Heritage Trail was launched in April this year with e...read more

  • Forum on Food Tourism

    Forum On Food Tourism

    What are the unique selling points of Ipoh? How can Ipoh be branded as a food haven which is claimed by many? What are the major problems Ipoh faces in its development as a food to...read more

  • Teluk Intan Lass is Prettiest

    Teluk Intan Lass Is Prettiest

    She entered the competition to gain experience and make new friends. Rishon Shu, 21, from Teluk Intan was astounded when she was crowned Miss Perak Tourism 2015 at Syeun Hotel, Ipo...read more

  • International Waiters' Race 2015

    International Waiters' Race 2015

    The winner of the  Ipoh International Waiters’ Race (IIWR) 2015, to be held on Sunday, May 24 at Lost World of Tambun, ...read more

  • Heritage Trail Revisited

    Heritage Trail Revisited

    Historical sites, buildings and establishments are physically linked to our past. It is not about saving bricks and mortar but about preserving information about the current and th...read more

  • Electric Buses for Taiping

    Electric Buses For Taiping

    The Japanese government will provide two electric buses to Taiping Municipal Council next year to ply the newly-launched Taiping Heritage Trail. The buses will be an added attracti...read more

  • Tigerair Grows Malaysian Network

    Tigerair Grows Malaysian Network

    Tigerair, leading Singapore-based no-frills airline, announced that it will launch a four-times-weekly service from Singapore to I...read more

  • Gopeng: Emerging from Slumber

    Gopeng: Emerging From Slumber

    Gopeng, once fondly known as a cowboy town when tin mining was in its heyday, has been gradually shedding its sleepy image and transforming itself into a vibrant township with the ...read more

  • Perak Food Trail Booklet

    Perak Food Trail Booklet

    The 19th Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair was held on Friday, March 13 and ended on Sunday, March 15. The launching of the Perak Food Trail booklet was ...read more

  • A Lesson in Diplomacy

    A Lesson In Diplomacy

    Beside the mission to strengthen existing relationships between Malaysia and China, the Perak Media and Sports Club managed to elicit interest in Perak from the Chinese. This was a...read more

  • Goodwill Mission to Beijing

    Goodwill Mission To Beijing

    In memory of MAS Flight MH370 that went missing a year ago, 40 members of Perak Media Sports and Recreation Club will conduct a humanitarian mission, which is to traverse the Great...read more

  • Tourism Information Portal

    Tourism Information Portal

      Tourism Perak launched an interactive 360-degree tourism information portal, aptly named the ‘perak travellin360.com’ recently. The information portal provides ...read more

  • Perak Targets Five Million Tourists

    Perak Targets Five Million Tourists

    The Perak State Government is optimistic of achieving a target of 5 million tourists, domestic and foreign, to the state. The Elec...read more

  • Optimise Opportunities Says Nolee

    Optimise Opportunities Says Nolee

    The Perak State Government urged private companies to work with the three low-cost carriers and Malayan Railways Limited (KTMB) to...read more

  • MyFEST 2015

    MyFEST 2015

    Year 2015 will be Malaysia’s year of festivals to keep up the momentum in promoting the country to the world, following a successful Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign. Theme...read more

  • Royal Belum Theme Songs

    Royal Belum Theme Songs

    ‘Royal Belum Belum Tercemar’ (Royal Belum Hasn’t Been Polluted) was selected as the winner in the Royal Belum Theme Song competition organised in conjunction with...read more

  • Kellie's Castle Photography Festival 2014

    Kellie's Castle Photography Festival 2014

    Some 500 photographers from all over Malaysia took part in the Kellie’s Castle Photography Festival 2014. The 2-day event wa...read more

  • A New Flight Route

    A New Flight Route

    Low-cost airline, Firefly took steps to upgrade their services by opening the long-awaited Ipoh-Johor Bahru flight route. Operating at Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, the n...read more

  • Aqua Matrix 2014

    Aqua Matrix 2014

    The Siamese fighting fish competition, the highlight of the recent Aqua Matrix Programme 2014, was recognised as the competition with the largest number of entries ever by the Mala...read more

  • Fresh Theme for Royal Belum

    Fresh Theme For Royal Belum

    In conjunction with the six months long Royal Belum International Festival 2014, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Perak) and the Perak Information Department are jointly organi...read more

  • A Discourse on Royal Belum

    A Discourse On Royal Belum

    Getting to Perak’s iconic rainforest may now be just a short flight away from Ipoh. A flight between Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport and Grik’s airstrip is possi...read more

  • Efforts to Promote Cycling

    Efforts To Promote Cycling

    Tourism Perak and the Malaysia Interaction Culture Association (MICA) held a press conference at the State Secretariat Building, Ipoh, recently. The aim was to introduce cycling pa...read more

  • Bike Ride @ Padang Rengas 2014

    Bike Ride @ Padang Rengas 2014

    As many as 400 cyclists who participated in a cycling programme dubbed, “Bike Ride @ Padang Rengas 2014” got to enjoy the scenic countryside and visit unique tourism pr...read more

  • Best Destination Manager

    Best Destination Manager

    Ipoh City Council won the Tourism Promotion Organisation, Asia-Pacific’s (TPO) Best Destination Manager award recently.  Winning the coveted title means that Ipoh is one...read more

  • You Wings Set to Fly

    You Wings Set To Fly

    You Wings, formerly known as Flying Fox, is set to take off in late June but not from Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport but from Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang inst...read more

  • Photography Extravaganza

    Photography Extravaganza

    Gunung Lang was again the focus of shutter bugs when over 400 photographers, both amateurs and professionals, gathered for the annual Gempak Version 5 2014 recently. The programme...read more

  • The Lucerne School of Tourism

    The Lucerne School Of Tourism

    A group consisting of 74 students, lecturers and hospitality professionals from the Lucerne School of Tourism of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland wa...read more

  • Safe and Cleaner Waterfalls

    Safe And Cleaner Waterfalls

      Ulu Kenas in Kuala Kangsar is the fourth recreational waterfall in Perak to be fitted with the headwater early warning system. The system forewarns visitors of an impending...read more

  • Scaling Mt Kosciuszko

    Scaling Mt Kosciuszko

    The Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club created history recently as the first media club to scale Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. The party, consisting of 21 ...read more

  • Spooky Kellie's Castle Paranormal Night Tour

    Spooky Kellie's Castle Paranormal Night Tour

    Haunted houses in fun fairs and malls do not excite us anymore. It is merely a gimmick, the scary monsters and ghosts are, after a...read more

  • Gua Tempurung's Earnings Drop

    Gua Tempurung's Earnings Drop

      Tourism revenue at Gua Tempurung dropped by as much as 50% following inaccurate media reports of a fire. Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, Executive Councillor for Health, Tou...read more

  • Off The Beaten Track

    Off The Beaten Track

    When an Ipohite is quizzed about natural attractions around Ipoh, he or she would respond with the usual Gua Tempurung, cave temples and pomelo orchards, to name a few. After all, ...read more

  • Perak Tourism Awards 2013

    Perak Tourism Awards 2013

     The third Perak Tourism Awards 2013 event held before the close of the year was another glitzy affair attended by the multiple stakeholders from the tourism industry througho...read more

  • Ahmad Leaves for Milan

    Ahmad Leaves For Milan

    Tourism Malaysia (Perak) bade farewell to their Director, Ahmad Kamarudin Yusoff (pic, third from right), who now assumes the post as head of the Tourism Malaysia office in Milan, ...read more

  • Perak Ready for VMY 2014

    Perak Ready For VMY 2014

    Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 was officially launched throughout the country on January 4 with much fanfare with visitors arriving into Malaysia being greeted at all entry points ...read more

  • Four Million Visitors Anticipated

    Four Million Visitors Anticipated

      Visit Malaysia Year 2014 is the fourth in the series after its inception in 1990 and the subsequent two in 1994 and 2007. ...read more

  • Awareness Campaign

    Awareness Campaign

      An awareness campaign to educate and encourage locals to keep Pangkor Island and adjoining Pulau Sembilan clean, crisp and green was successfully organised and executed by ...read more

  • Hornbill Feeding at Pangkor

    Hornbill Feeding At Pangkor

    Pangkor Island, Perak’s idyllic and laid-back holiday destination, has another interesting product to offer its visitors. This is hornbill feeding where every evening at 6.30...read more