Gateway to Asia: 5 Asian cities, where it is better to fly with Air Astana

By Janet Benoir – June 22, 2021

Discover the wonders of Asia with Air Astana, as we explore the vibrant cities of Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, and Beijing.


A bustling metropolis that stands apart from the rest of Thailand, Bangkok is a city of tuk-tuks, Buddhist temples, art centers, galleries, and exquisite restaurants. The Royal Palace, the Old Town, and the floating markets provide an enchanting contrast to the modern skyscrapers, transporting you back in time. Be sure to capture a stunning photo at one of the many rooftop pools in the city’s hotels. Sky bars are another popular attraction, with the best views found at Banyan Tree Bangkok, Above Eleven, and Baiyoke Sky II bars. Air Astana offers flights to numerous European and Asian cities from Almaty and Astana, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, Delhi, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Baku, Frankfurt, London, and more.


One of the most colorful Asian cities, Delhi can be an acquired taste but is a place you’ll fall in love with forever. A sprawling metropolis where the rich and the poor coexist, Delhi’s bazaars buzz with life, offering a variety of goods, fruits, sweets, and flowers. The aroma of spices and incense fills the air, particularly at Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market, which is over four hundred years old. Must-visit attractions include the majestic Lal Kila, Humayun’s tomb, Red Fort, and Qutub-Minar, the world’s tallest minaret. For a leisurely stroll, explore the city’s main streets or well-maintained parks, such as Lodi Gardens or the Garden of Five Senses. Air Astana’s MyUpgrade system allows you to apply for an upgrade from economy to business class 48 hours before departure, providing even more comfort on your journey to the Indian capital. Details at the link.

Kuala Lumpur

The fascinating capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is not a pedestrian-friendly city, but its wide highways make it easy to navigate by car. The city comes alive at night with the dazzling lights of its skyscrapers, providing the perfect backdrop for a selfie with the iconic 88-story Petronas towers. The towers also feature observation decks on the 45th-46th and 86th floors, offering panoramic views of the city. The modern and airy National Mosque is another unique attraction, open to non-Muslims during specific hours. For a taste of nature, head to the Kanching Rainforest, with its waterfalls and tropical greenery. Kuala Lumpur also offers a fantastic opportunity to sample a variety of Asian cuisine, from Malay to Chinese, along with locally-grown fruits like jackfruit and mangoes.


In the Korean capital, modern skyscrapers tower above ancient Buddhist temples, while the old city center is home to five historic palaces. The village palaces of Koenbokkun and Chandokkun, with their Secret Garden, are particularly renowned. Chandokkun is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit destination. For a break from the city’s hustle and bustle, take a trip to the national park located within the city limits, easily accessible by subway. Air Astana offers reduced prices for business class flights to Seoul and five other cities: Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Hong Kong, and Beijing. On long-haul flights, passengers can enjoy individual entertainment systems and noise-canceling headphones, with movies, music, and games available. If flying for more than 3 hours in business class, a personal tablet will be provided.


Experience ancient Chinese culture in Beijing, where you can visit historical palaces, the Great Wall of China, and witness the country’s evolving socialist landscape. The Forbidden City is one of the most famous palace complexes in the world, alongside Versailles, Buckingham Palace, the White House, and the Moscow Kremlin. For a trip back in time, wander the hutongs, old city alleys now filled with shops, bars, and low houses. An hour away from Beijing, you can walk along the Great Wall of China at Badaling, learning about the history of this 9,000-kilometer-long structure from local guides. Air Astana offers convenient connections to Beijing and back daily, both through Almaty and Astana.

Five more reasons to choose Air Astana for your travels:

  1. 4-star rating according to Skytrax and the title of the winner in the category “Regional Asian Carrier” of the world travel site TripAdvisor in 2018;
  2. Recognized as the best airline in Central Asia and India by Skytrax in 2018, for the seventh time in a row;
  3. Modern fleet of aircraft – Boeing 767/ 757, Airbus A320/A320NEO, Embraer 190;
  4. Delicious and varied food on board, with the option to choose special meals;
  5. Road kits provided for anyone flying longer than 3 hours.

    The East is waiting for you! Experience it all with Air Astana.