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  • Tokyo Metro, The Best Way To Explore Tokyo
    While many may have visited Japan over the years, I am sure that all kinds of transportation was used for your travels. This article will highlight one of the best way to explore Tokyo with the Tokyo Metro Subway system. For me, having visited and worked Tokyo in 1990 to 1992, I was a frequent user of this main subway system and over the last 25 years, the Tokyo Metro has expanded and improved so much. Connectivity is one of the most important things when you travel any city, and in a metropolis like Tokyo, it is highly recommended to use this. First of all, for Malaysians or Southeast Asians, visiting Tokyo is not cheap, and if you plan to visit many popular places around the city, the easiest and hassle free way to do so is by using the Tokyo Metro. A one way general ticket will cost you around ¥200 per person, which is around RM7.70 or US1.70. Therefore, four stops will easily cost you quite a lot of money. And if you are travelling as a couple of group, the cost gets higher. However, there is a special tourist pass available which can save you loads of money which is the Tokyo Metro subway day pass ticket.Shibuya at night, vibrant and livelyMy Tokyo Metro Exploration in February 2017When I visited Tokyo in February 2017, I was part of the Tokyo Metro's special Pop Culture Tour and I had traveled to a number of popular places around here and by using my Tokyo Metro day pass ticket. My day started in Harajuku, which is probably one of the must-visit areas of Tokyo. Filled with specialty stores and quirky Japanese fashion, this is the place to be if you want to see what's trending in the Japanese Kawaii fashion scene.In general, you would need at least four to five hours just to see the main parts of Harajuku, therefore, if you visit the Moshi Moshi Box, this would be the ideal place to get all the information you need about Harajuku and other districts of Tokyo.Moshi Moshi Box in HarajukuSome of the tourist information in various languages at Moshi Moshi BoxJapanese souvenirs inside Moshi Moshi BoxThe Moshi Moshi Box would also be the best place for first timers to Japan as it serves as a tourist information center and also as a Japanese souvenir shop. The staff here speak English and are ready to assist anyone who needs information on Harajuku or Tokyo. They have brochures and maps in many languages including English, which are all the main tourist areas of Tokyo. Inside Moshi Moshi Box, there is free Wi-Fi available, some Japanese pop culture items and even local popular Japanese sweets and snacks. You can also find information about Tokyo Metro apart from the general tourist places in here.Moshi Moshi Box Harajuku Address:3, 3 Chome-23-5 Jing?mae, Shibuya-ku,T?ky?-to 150-0001, JapanMap of Moshi Moshi BoxAnother popular place that most people would want to visit is Asakusa as a lot of the popular tourist attractions are found here, like the Asakusa Temple or Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo Skytree Tower and the interesting shopping streets packed with great Japanese food restaurants and cafes.Tokyo Skytree seen from AsakusaFamous Suzukien Green Tea Ice Cream Shop in Asakusa. They offer 7 different tones of Green Tea Ice Cream!For Muslims traveling to Asakusa, you should be happy to know that the famous Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant is located here, just near the Asakusa Temple. And for those who want to try the famous Suzukien Green Tea Ice Cream Shop in Asakusa, it is also a 3 minute walk from the Senso-Ji Temple or a 10 minute walk from the Asakusa Station.  Of course, no trip to Tokyo would be complete without a visit to Shibuya, the most busiest area of Tokyo. From Asakusa, I took the Tokyo Metro for a 38 minute ride to Shibuya and spent the rest of the evening here. Exploring on foot, I walked west from the main Shibuya station to look for some Japanese pop culture stores. I have to say, those lanes and alleys with smaller boutique shops are quite interesting, compared to the commercial shopping malls.Japan's most famous dog - Hachiko, a statue erected in Shibuya, in honor of this faithful dogThe famous Shibuya Crossing in TokyoFor the Japanese Pop Culture lovers, one place to check out is Beams Japan, a seven-story store that has very unique and quirky pop culture on every floor. The popular Beams Japan store is located in Shinjuku while another is found in Harajuku called Beams Boy Harajuku. Honestly, the items sold here are really unique and very interesting, especially if you are into pop culture.As I stayed in the Shiodome area of Tokyo, the subway ride back was quicker than expected with the station just five minutes walk to the hotel. The Royal Park Hotel Shiodome offers an amazing view of the Tokyo Tower and also Mount Fuji far in the back.When you check in, just ask them for the Tokyo Tower view. At the end of the day, moving around Tokyo would not have been easy if I had not got my Tokyo Metro Subway Day Pass Tickets. It is highly recommended for anyone visiting Tokyo.Beams Japan, one of the very popular Japanese Pop Culture Stores in ShinjukuTokyo Metro Day Pass TicketsTokyo Metro offers these day pass tickets and you can buy them from the Tokyo Metro Information Counter in the subway stations. Just ask the friendly staff and they would most likely point you in the right directions. Some of the staff actually speak English too. The day pass tickets are in the form the 24, 48 and 72 hour tickets which means you can use them multiple times, per person. Tokyo Metro 1 Day Pass - ¥800 (RM31.00 or US6.95)Tokyo Metro 2 Day Pass - ¥1200 (RM46.00 or US10.40)Tokyo Metro 3 Day Pass - ¥1500 (RM58.00 or US13.00)*Children are half pricedThe day pass subway tickets can be used on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines in the city.Tokyo Metro Day Pass and GuideWhere to buy Tokyo Metro Subway Day Pass Tickets?You can buy the day passes from the Tokyo Metro Tourist Information counters which are located at the following subway stations in Tokyo;Ginza Station Tourist InformationShinjuku Station Tourist InformationOmote-sando Station Tourist InformationUeno Station Tourist InformationTokyo Metro Tourist Information Counter at Shibuya StationTourist Information Counters are open from 9:15 AM to 17:15 PM, and you need to provide your passport to purchase these tickets. The reason for this is so that they can track how many nationals are buying the ticket, plus they will know that you are in fact a visitor or traveller. For the full list of other places that sell the day pass tickets, you can see the Tokyo Metro Day Pass Ticket Outlets.For more information on this, visit the Tokyo Metro Discount Tickets page as they offer a wide range of other types of tickets like airport to Tokyo, shared subway tickets and others.View of Tokyo, part of it, seen from the Sunshine 60 ObservatoryEntrance to Tokyo Metro Harajuku StationMeet Tokyo Metro at the Matta Fair March 2017 For Malaysians planning to visit Tokyo for the Sakura season or any other time, you can meet the Tokyo Metro people at the Matta Fair 2017 in Kuala Lumpur. They will be having a Special Tokyo Metro booth in the Japan National Tourism Organization booth area in Hall 1 at the travel fair. You can get all the information you need on traveling around Tokyo and not to worry as they speak English and have local Malaysian staff at the booth. With this, I conclude that the Tokyo Metro is the best way to explore Tokyo city and it is hassle free, economical and also the fastest way to move around. Especially with the day passes, it is so convenient, for singles, couples or family travelers. Have a great trip to Japan. 
    Friday 17th of March 2017 03:00:00 AM
  • Tokyo Booth Promotions at Matta Fair 2017
    This Matta Fair March 2017, there will be some promotions held at the Tokyo Booth which is located at the Japan Pavilion in the international hall or hall one. For anyone planning to visit Tokyo, this will be the best place to get all your information about the most popular city in Japan. At the TCVB Tokyo Booth in Matta Fair 2017, visitors will have the opportunity to find out all the information you need about this fast moving city in Japan that most Malaysians want to visit. Even if you have visited Tokyo before, the city is so huge that for the second or third time around, you will still find something unique and interesting to do. Tokyo is so huge, that it has 23 special wards, 26 cities, 1 district, and 4 sub-prefectures and one of the most populous cities in the world. A total of 37.8 million people live in the Tokyo area. Back in history, Tokyo was known as Edo and was a small fishing village. Now, this mega metropolis is one of the most sought after places to visit for just about anyone in the world due to the vibrant Japanese lifestyle, food and culture.Tokyo Booth Promotions at Matta Fair 2017TCVB Tokyo Booth will be featuring two Japanese companies for the Matta Fair March 2017 and visitors will be in for a nice surprise. They are;Bic Camera - BIC Camera is one of the biggest power in consumer electronics and gadgets in Japan, with 39 stores spread all over in Japan especially in big cities. For the Matta Fair March 2017, Bic Camera will be distributing discount coupon to visitors, which is usable when they visit Japan. This would be great for anyone planning to travel to Tokyo, Japan this year.D.O.A Japan - This company manages Japan Panoramic Tours which consists of daily excursion trip around Tokyo. You can find Mt Fuji, Hakone, and Gotenba Premium Outlet packages from D.O.A Japan and for the Matta Fair 2017, they are simply promoting their tours. Visitors can then book their own tours online from the website. Therefore, visiting them will give you more information about this company.Visitors getting information at the Tokyo Booth at Matta FairPopular places include Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi and Asakusa but in recent years, much development has taken place bringing new places like Omotesando Hills, Ebisu Garden Place, Tennozu Isle, Shiodome, Roppongi Hills, Shinagawa and Odaiba to be lifestyle and entertainment places. Read about Tokyo Packages at Matta Fair 2017 where I share more information about the Tokyo Booth for this coming March Matta Fair from 17-19 at the Putra World Trade Centre or PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Tokyo and Japan booths at the Matta FairFor anyone planning to visit Japan, your main port of entry would most likely be Tokyo. There are two main airports in Tokyo which is Narita Airport (Malaysia Airlines) and Haneda Airport (AirAsia X). To move around Tokyo, it is very easy as there Tokyo Metro connects most areas and you can buy a daily subway pass (800 Yen) or even a three day pass for 1,500 Yen. All of the tourist destinations are accessible by trains and by walking, so there is no need to take a taxi around Tokyo.And if you are looking for any Matta Fair deals for 2017, it is best to head to the travel fair as everything would be on sale, especially Japan tour packages and other countries. Even flight tickets to Tokyo would be on sale from various airlines. The best place to get your questions answered would be the at the Tokyo Booth promotions at Matta Fair 2017. Here you will find staff that speak English and even Malaysian staff that work in Tokyo, which can help you with the information needed. 
    Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:30:00 AM
  • Tourist Arrivals To Malaysia
    As interesting as it is, these are the tourist arrivals to Malaysia for those interested to know the statistics. The numbers are taken from the Tourism Malaysia statistics and show the tourist arrivals to Malaysia since the year 2005 till 2016. In 2016, Tourism Malaysia targeted a total of 30.5 million visitors to Malaysia but due to the fall of the Malaysian Ringgit and many other contributing factors, the Tourism Minister had announced that the numbers had dropped drastically to 22 million visitors. The actual numbers have been sourced from the MyTourismData Portal.Currently for 2017, a target of 31.8 million visitors to Malaysia is set and the theme 'Malaysia Truly Asia', will continue to be used to promote Malaysia. This was mentioned by the Tourism Minister to Malaysia, Dato' Seri Mohd. Nazri during an interview with the media in early January.Visitor to Malaysia at the international airportTourist Arrivals to Malaysia from 2005 to 2016Tourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2016 - 22,056,417 VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2015 - 25.72 Million Visitors Tourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2014 - 27.44 Million Visitors Tourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2013 - 25.72 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2012 - 25.03 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2011 - 24.71 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2010 - 24.58 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2009 - 23.65 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2008 - 22.05 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2007 - 20.97 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2006 - 17.55 Million VisitorsTourist Arrivals to Malaysia 2005 - 16.43 Million VisitorsTop 10 Countries Visiting Malaysia 2016Based on the previous year of 2015, there was only the United Kingdom replaced Australia. The top 10 countries that generated tourist to Malaysia in 2016 was;Singapore (6,596,452)Indonesia (1,378,699)China (992,463)Thailand (864,453)Brunei (637,369)India (359,853)South Korea (228,023)The Philippines (220,163)United Kingdom (206,313)Japan (198,693)Top 10 Countries Visiting Malaysia 2015For the Tourism arrivals to Malaysia in 2015, the number dipped slightly compared to Visit Malaysia Year 2014 where 27.4 million visitors came, versus 25.7 million in 2015. Out of that, the breakdown of countries is;Singapore (12,930,754)Indonesia (2,788,033)China (1,677,163)Thailand (1,343,569)Brunei (1,133,555)India (722,141)The Philippines (554,917)Australia (486,948)Japan (483,569)South Korea (421,161)Tourist visiting MalaysiaAverage Length Of Stay For Tourist In MalaysiaOver the years, the length of stay has dropped, compared to ten years ago where on average, tourist used to spend from 7 to 10 days, and in 2013, it dropped to about 6.8 days. In 2015, the length of stay for tourist in Malaysia dropped to 5.5 nights. For future, the Malaysian Tourism Minister said that Malaysia had set a target of 36 million tourist arrivals into the country and RM168 billion in receipts by the year 2020. Again, this all depends n how the ministry is going to promote the country. Right now, the currency is at an all time low, but nothing much is being done to capitalise on this. Yes, there have been news reports on the minister saying that tourist should visit Malaysia now due to the low currency here. That is all.For the original numbers of tourism arrivals to Malaysia and more, you can also visit the Tourism Malaysia website for the statistics.Tourism Arrivals to Malaysia in 2015So, are we doing the wright or wrong thing? While the current generation of travelers are onto social media, many other countries have taken advantage of using social media as one of the main platforms to promote tourism. However, for Malaysia, it has been pretty slow in catching up in this area. Why I say this is that when I participated in neighboring countries FAM trips, social media campaigns and trips were created specifically for travel influencers to flood the social media channels with photos and information of the trips.In Malaysia's case, nothing has changed since five years ago. The ministry has engaged an advertising agency, which has no proper knowledge on tourism trends but because it is all about protocol and many other red tape issues.  The agency just hires an in-house team to manage the tourism social media accounts. Let me just say that the people running these accounts have never been to many of the places they promote for Malaysia, so how does this justify when consumers or would-be visitors ask questions, especially if it is in depth?For example, if someone asked the Tourism Malaysia twitter account this interesting question - "Where can I go in Sarawak to see some original or pure Sarawakian ethnic lifestyle?" Do you think they could answer this immediately? Or leave it hanging or even get back after consulting with the client?Technically, I could answer questions like that, all because I have traveled Malaysia pretty extensively. Therefore, this is just one of the examples. What is the point of just showing nice photos of Malaysia without any proper information? This goes to show why we lack in so many areas, that could be actually done in the proper way and generate more interest online for Malaysia.Tourist in Malaysia Perhaps, with Tourism Malaysia closing offices nationwide in January 2017, this could be the start of something new. I would also suggest that the ministry re-look the digital advertising agency's role in promoting Malaysia as they lack the experience in tourism social media. After all, when the travel community is very active online, we should be taking advantage of it, the right way, not the Malaysian way.The directives and approach should be looked into in order to keep the numbers growing to attract more tourist arrivals to Malaysia, not just the Chinese tourist. Having said this, I am just a travel writer who was once aggressively promoting Malaysia from 2008 to 2014 online, and have been in communication with the tourism officials during that time, which I learnt much of why things are the way they are.Over the years, I have also observed and monitored numerous tourism campaigns, decisions and strategies that were supposed to put Malaysia back on the tourism map of the world, but Malaysia being Malaysia, we only seem to look at what's in trend. Meaning if the Chinese were travelling, we would drop everything and just focus on that particular market with an ambition to increase the tourist arrivals to Malaysia. Well, I can only hope for the best in this kind of strategy. 
    Tuesday 14th of March 2017 06:46:00 AM
  • Taman Negara Tour Packages
    If you are looking for Taman Negara Tour Packages, there are quite a few companies selling them from Kuala Lumpur. As this national park is one of the must-visit places in Malaysia, this 130 million year old rain forest is easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur of KL as it is locally called. The journey there takes around three hours from KL city and can also be done on a day trip. Most travelers or backpackers who are visiting Malaysia would surely want to look for Taman Negara tour packages and I am writing this article to help you understand what is available, the pro's and con's, and the logistics of visiting Taman Negara. The largest national park in Malaysia, Taman Negara was established in 1938 and 1939 as the King George V National Park. It was later renamed to Taman Negara National Park after Malaysia received independence from British in 1957. Taman Negara is also shared between three states of Malaysia which are Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan.A Malayan Tapir seen in the park area. (Photo from http://duuo2014.weebly.com)Taman Negara Tour PackagesThere are a few types of tour packages for Taman Negara National Park and they are offered by selected tour companies in Kuala Lumpur, and also from other states in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is probably the best route to get there too. Please note that all tours are minimum two persons or 2 to go. If you are a single traveler, you can either wait to see if there are others going, and then you can join in. If no one else is going, then you have to pay the two person price. Alternatively, some Taman Negara packages have single-traveler rates, so please ask about this. The Taman Negara tour packages are;Taman Negara Day Trip PackageThis package is suitable for those who do not have the luxury of time and want to visit the oldest national park in Malaysia in a day trip. You depart by van as early as 6.00 AM from KL city and arrive there by 9.00 AM for breakfast before heading into the park for some jungle trekking, canopy walk, a river boat ride and a visit to the 'Orang Asli' or native settlement. After that, you will head back to Kuala Lumpur and be back for dinner around 8.00 PM. Perfect for those wanting to experience one of the oldest rainforest in the world. Taman Negara Day Trip Price:RM 490 per person or ?104 Included: Breakfast & Lunch onlyGuide: English Speaking Nature Tour GuideTransport: Van both ways includedTaman Negara National Park in PahangTaman Negara 2 Days 1 Night PackageThis overnight package is suitable for those who want to spend the night there and not rush. This package include all of the above plus a night jungle walk and a scenic boat journey to the Kuala Tahan main area of Taman Negara. The standard accommodation is air-conditioned, attached bathroom with hot and cold shower. Choice of twin room or dorm is available, but for the dorm rooms, it is shared or common bathroom and also air-conditioned. Taman Negara 2D/1N Tour Package Price:Twin Room: RM 500 per person or ?106 Dorm Room: RM 450 per person or ?95Included: Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast.Tour Guide: English Speaking Nature GuideTransport: Van both ways includedTaman Negara 3 Days 2 Nights PackageThis is one of the popular Taman Negara packages where you can spend two nights and take your time to experience the national park. The first day will be travelling and a boat ride with a night jungle walk. The second day, you will explore the rainforest with trekking to the Taman Negara Canopy Walk. Lunch and dinner is at a unique floating restaurant where local Malaysian food is served. A river rapid boat ride takes you to the 'Orang Asli' settlement and after dinner, it is free and easy. You can also go for the optional night safari on a 4WD to see the nocturnal wildlife here.Taman Negara 3D/2N Tour Package Price:Twin Room: RM 550 per person or ?117 Dorm Room: RM 490 per person or ?104Included: 7 MealsTour Guide: English Speaking Nature GuideTransport: Van both ways includedMutiara Taman Negara ResortTaman Negara 4 Days 3 Nights PackageThis package is for those who want to fully experience Taman Negara National Park. This package lets you stay here for three nights and is similar to the 3D/2N. But on the 3rd day, you have a waterfall visit and also a 3 km rainforest trek, or choose to have a free and easy time to explore on your own. Taman Negara 3D/2N Tour Package Price:Twin Room: RM 550 per person or ?117 Dorm Room: RM 490 per person or ?104Included: 10 MealsTour Guide: English Speaking Nature GuideTransport: Van both ways includedTaman Negara Real Inner Jungle PackageThis package is suitable for those who are Eco and nature lovers. In other words, the Real Inner Jungle package lets you experience living in the rainforest. The tour brings you to a couple of caves where you can do some cave exploration. Then you spend a night at one of the caves and experience cooking in the jungles. Other days, you do some jungle trekking Taman Negara 3D/2N Tour Package Price:Twin Room: RM 550 per person or ?117 Dorm Room: RM 490 per person or ?104Included: 10 MealsTour Guide: English Speaking Nature GuideTransport: Van both ways includedTaman Negara Canopy Walk, one of the longest in the world.Taman Negara Daily Shuttle Service There are also daily transport services to Taman Negara from Kuala Lumpur for those who just need a one way transport there. Departures are 6.00 AM or 8.30 AM from KL with a three hour journey to the national park. Price: RM 95.00 per person one way (?20)Journey: By air-condition van, three and a half hoursWhat to bring to Taman Negara?This is the crucial question. Well, since you are visiting a rainforest, it is recommended that you prepare yourself for all kinds of conditions. As this is a rainforest, you can expect rain on occasion. Apart from that, this is a tropical country, humidity is especially higher in the rainforest. This will help you to prepare for what to bring. Poncho, raincoat or umbrellaBug or mosquito spray or creamWater bottle or energy drinkSlippers, waterproof or trekking shoesSnacks or energy barsDry bag or waterproof phone and camera casingMutiara Taman Negara ChaletsHow to book Taman Negara Tour PackagesThere are a number of travel agents selling these packages and one of the recommended ones are Ivy Holidays, who operates from Jalan Petaling or Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur city. The tour counter location is inside the Kompleks Selangor (Selangor Complex) where the 5 Elements Hotel is located. Another landmark is also opposite the Swiss-Inn Hotel Kuala Lumpur.Ivy Holidays offers daily shuttle service to Taman Negara and also different types of packages to suite your time and style of travel. They have brand new vans, with great interior and comfortable seats while the drivers and guides are professional in all ways when it comes to travelers or tourist. You can contact them via mobile phone, Whatsapp or email and they speak fluent English.Ivy HolidaysContact: +6 010 900 8699Email: marketing@ivyholidays.comInside the 130 million year old rainforest of Taman Negara (Photo by www.fuesseimsand.de)For those who are into nature, outdoors and adventure, you can also read my article on Canopy Walks of Malaysia where most of them are located in national parks around Malaysia. The country is rich with natural attractions as there are more than 20 national parks all over the country. There are hundreds or even thousands of flora and fauna available for any Eco tourism lover. For anyone who has one or two extra days in Kuala Lumpur and does not know what to do, a visit to Taman Negara would be very interesting. Apart from KL City being just like any other city, it is always a bonus to see the real Malaysia by visiting one of the oldest national parks in the world. This article, hopefully sheds some valuable information about the many types of Taman Negara Tour Packages sold for those interested in visiting this amazing place. 
    Saturday 11th of March 2017 01:41:00 PM
  • Theme Parks in Perak
    A lesser visited state in the country has become the talk of the nation where a number of Theme Parks in Perak has opened or is opening soon. Currently there are two main theme parks which have opened for years and another which is scheduled to open somewhere in April or May 2017. Perak, once known as a quite state in Malaysia has turned the tables around by transforming into a tourist destination. The capital of Perak is Ipoh and was once known as a miners town, is only two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Nowadays, Ipoh is thriving with activity, namely for the famous Ipoh food and its revamped heritage tourism spots. Travelers now head to Ipoh for day trips or even as a stopover before heading to Penang Island. And with the new theme parks in Perak being opened and many interesting places to visit in Ipoh, this will make Perak one of the must visit states in Malaysia. Theme Parks in PerakThe list of theme parks in Perak are listed below with general information for travelers planning to visit here. The list is also in no order;MAPS Perak or Movie Animation Park Studios PerakMovie Animation Park Studios or MAPS Perak (Photo by www.foodmsia.com)This is the much talked about latest theme park to be opened in Malaysia, however the opening has been delayed since mid 2016. According to media reports, MAPS Perak was scheduled to open in October 2016, but was delayed to December and recently, to March or April 2017. This project, dubbed the star attraction of Perak, will cater to mainly the northern and central region of Malaysia. However, with Ipoh being in the limelight of tourism in the last couple of years, the Movie Animation Park Studios will benefit greatly from this as it is an international theme park. There will be 40 over rides spread out in this 52-acre site, which is huge. The collaboration with DreamWorks is probably the main attraction with popular names like Casper, Megamind and The Broods. Local cartoon hero's like Boboi Boy will also be one of the main attractions here.Movie Animation Park Studios Address and LocationPersiaraan Meru Raya 1,Bandar Meru Raya 3,Ipoh, PerakWebsite: https://www.mapsperak.comLost World of Tambun Theme ParkLost World of Tambun in Ipoh, PerakThis is probably the most popular theme park in Ipoh, Perak where they have been operating for a number of years under the Sunway Group, which owns Sunway Lagoon in Selangor. The Lost World of Tambun is Perak's answer to a massive theme park catering to locals and also foreigners. It is also touted to be the only theme park in Southeast Asia with natural hot springs coupled with an array of attractions and rides.This multi-purpose theme park offers a theme park, water park, night park, petting zoo, amusement park, adventure park, tiger valley and tin valley. The park is also complete with hotels and resorts, shops, restaurants which make this a one stop family recreational park. From Ipoh Town, it is only a 15 minute drive to the Lost World of Tambun.Lost World of Tambun Address and LocationNo.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1,Sunway City Ipoh,31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan,MalaysiaWebsite: http://sunwaylostworldoftambun.comBukit Merah Lake Town Theme ParkBukit Merah Lake Town Theme Park in PerakOne of the pioneer theme parks in Perak is no other that the Bukit Merah Lake Town, located in the Bukit Merak area. This lake town resort is more of a water park and adventure park where you will find a mini water park and a petting zoo in the main area. One unique attraction here is the Orang Utan Island where visitors need to take a boat and visit the island. Orang Utans are rehabilitated here under a private project. A new attraction here is the Laketown Adventure Park which offers a zipline and a kids outdoor course. However, this park has not been maintained to international standards, therefore, you get what you pay for. As an added attraction for those heading to Penang or Langkawi, the Bukit Merah Lake Town Theme Park is located along the main highway north and about 1.5 hours from Ipoh.Bukit Merah Lake Town Address and InformationJalan Bukit Merah,34400 Simpang Empat Semanggol,Perak, MalaysiaWebsite: http://www.bukitmerahresort.com.myQing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural VillageQing Xin Ling Cultural Park in Ipoh, Perak (Image from Qing Xin Ling website)One of the lesser known unique attractions in Perak is no other than the Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village in Gunung Rapat. The Chinese inspired cultural village offers a different kind of experience with a beautiful lakeside where visitor can rent bicycles to cycle around this picturesque place. A mini museum showcasing old memorabilia, quirky rock formations, wall art, fish feeding and a number of other activities are available for visitors. The Qing Xin Ling Cultural Park is also suitable for a day trip to see a different side of Ipoh, at times taking you back into time as the place has also earned the title of Little Guilin due to the beautiful landscapes found here. The Chinese name also translates a Serene Village. Qing Xin Ling Leisure Cultural Village is located between the Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple and Kek Lok Tong in Gunung Rapat area. This is about 20 minutes drive from Ipoh city.Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Culture Village ????????Address: No. 22A, Persiaran Pinggir Rapat 5A,Taman Saikat, 31350, Ipoh, Perak, MalaysiaEmail: michaelcheng8@hotmail.comTel: +6 012 516 1556Website: http://qingxinlingchaletipoh.com.myKledang Saiong Eco Forest ParkTaman Eco Rimba Kledang Saiong in Meru, IpohThis Perak Eco park is located near the Meru area is currently is in operation, however there is not much information apart from media report that indicate that there is a 2 km area available for trekking which is suitable for kids and families. Known locally as Taman Eko Rimba Kledang Saiong, many locals have been coming here for a nature experience. Those into Eco tourism and nature will find the Kledang Saiong Eco Forest Park interesting as there is a very unique Nepenthes Garden found here. Offering 55 different species of pitcher plants or monkey cups from places like Borneo, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, this is touted to be the first of its kind in the world. Taman Eko Rimba Kledang Saiong also covers an area of 2,188ha, and is located near the Jelapang toll plaza and at Persiaraan Meru Utama.Kledang Saiong Forest Eco Park Address:Persiaran Meru Utama,30020 Ipoh, Perak,MalaysiaWebsite: NoneLandmark: Tenby Schools IpohNew Theme Parks Opening in Perak MalaysiaThe below is one of the new theme parks opening in Perak but information or dates have not been announced. However, the Perak government has already indicate that the focus was on opening MAPS Perak before discussing other new theme parks which will bring the number of theme parks in Perak to five or six in the coming years. Water Parks in Perak are becoming a trendQi City Water Park The Qi City Water Park is part of the upcoming RM1.2 Billion Qi City project which is scheduled to be completed by 2020. However, there is no accurate news about the water park at this modern development, but it could be built by the developers or most likely by a third party contractor. The location of Qi City is also at Bandar Meru Jaya, which will also offer an international school, a hypermarket, hotels and resorts. This sums up the current and upcoming theme parks in Perak and hopefully we will get more information to update this article. You can also find out more about other theme parks in Malaysia from my previous article and also water parks in Malaysia which I did earlier. Also, if you are waiting for the Genting new theme park opening, it is slated for late 2017 or early 2018.If you have any additional information, please do share it with me via email or from the comment form below and if you have questions, please do ask. Hope you will find Perak one of the new destinations to visit in Malaysia and enjoy this article about theme parks in Perak, Malaysia. 
    Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:25:00 AM
  • Awana Skyway Glass Bottom Gondolas
    The Genting Awana Skyway was opened in August 2016 and with a brand new cable car system and the much talked about new feature is the Awana Skyway Glass Bottom Gondolas. This world-class attraction operates from the Awana Station all the way to Resorts World Genting and stops at the all new SkyAvenue Station. This new attraction is also part of the 10-year Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) where in late 2017, the first 20th Century Fox World Genting Theme Park will open and between now and then, the Genting Premium Outlets or GPO will also be opened at Awana. Many are currently asking when the new Genting theme park opening will be, but there is no confirmation to date as the project was delayed a little. The new Genting cable cars are French-made which is much bigger than the old ones. The new height is 2.1 metres high instead of the previous 1.6 metres, allowing passengers to get in and out easily without worrying about bumping their heads. Special windows and louvers that allow more of the cool mountain air into the cable cars are also fitted in for an unforgettable mountain experience.The new Awana Skyway which opened in August 2016 (Photo from Resorts World Genting)Awana Skyway Glass Bottom GondolasThe star attractions of this cable car system is no other than the Awana Skyway Glass Bottom Gondolas, where visitors can experience a 360 degrees view of the journey up the mountain, passing lush montane tropical rainforest. On occasion, if you are lucky, you can see Black Hornbills flying in flocks, usually in the late afternoons. In total, there are 99 gondolas available for the new Awana Skyway, and out of that, 10 special gondolas come with the glass bottom floors with a seating capacity of six persons. The speed of the cable car system is 6 meters per second and in total, 3,000 passengers can be moved every hour in both directions. The entire journey from Awana Station to SkyAvenue Genting Plaza will also take around ten minutes.Because consumers cannot live without their smart phones, each gondola is fitted with two USB ports to charge your smart phone or power bank during your journey. The cable car makes one stop at the temple before proceeding to Resorts World Genting.One of the glass bottom gondolas of the Awana Skyway (Photo from Resorts World Genting)Awana Station ---> Chin Swee Temple Station ---> SkyAvenue PlazaThe Genting SkyWay was originally opened to the public in 1997 and was South East Asia?s longest and fastest cable car system back then. In total, there have been 4 cable car systems in Genting since the 1970's and the Awana Skyway is now the latest cable car system in the country. Passengers can also bring along one aircraft cabin size bag per passenger on the gondolas. Over-sized baggage can be stored at the Baggage Storage Service located at Level G of the Awana SkyWay building for RM 5.00 per bag for 24 hours. For those who want to bring their over sized baggage into the cable car, a surcharge of RM 20.00 will be imposed. You can also use your Rewards Card to pay for this.Awana Skyway Facts (Facts from Resorts World Genting)Awana SkyWay InformationOperating Hours: 7:00 am until midnightOperating Days: 7 days a weekStandard GondolaTickets: RM 8.00 per personTickets: 5GP for Genting Rewards Card MembersExpress Boarding Pass: RM 40.00 per personAwana Skyway Glass Floor GondolaTickets: RM 50.00 per personTickets: 40GP for Genting Rewards Card MembersAwana Skyway TicketsAwana Station (Level 2, Awana Skyway building)SkyAvenue Station (Level 4, SkyAvenue)Awana Skyway Car Park (8 Floors)Fees: Free for now, but soon to charge4,437 car parking lots633 motorbike parking lotsAwana Skyway Map (Map from Resorts World Genting)How to go to Awana SkywayIf you are driving, taking a taxi or bus, it will usually stop at the Awana Skyway Station. From here, you will continue up with the cable car system to Resorts World Genting. Self driving visitors can park at the Awana Skyway car park, which is considered like the half way point to the top. Why most people park here is because the other half way up can be stressful for your car or bike. However, there are some that prefer to drive all the way up.Awana Skyway GPS Coordinates: 3.4027° N, 101.7817° EAwana Skyway will also be one of the new lively places as the all new Genting Premium Outlets (GPO) is scheduled to open in 2017, which has not had a official announcement but it is scheduled to open somewhere mid year. This will also be the second international factory outlet chain to open in Malaysia after the Johor Premium Outlets (JPO) opened in December 2011.The next time you head up to Resorts World Genting (RWG), do give this new cable car system a try as it will surely impress anyone, especially kids or first time visitors. The Awana Skyway Glass Bottom Gondolas are the main highlight and you should not miss this opportunity when visiting RWG or even when the new 20th Century Fox World Genting Theme Park opens in late 2017 or early 2018. 
    Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:36:00 AM
  • Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo
    If you are looking for Halal food in Japan, the Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo is one of the highly recommended places to savour traditional Japanese Ramen. During a quick trip to Tokyo in Feb 2017, I was introduced to this small and interesting Muslim friendly restaurant in the Asakusa district. To my surprise, the Halal Japanese Ramen was actually quite close in comparison to the traditional Ramen noodles. Now, Muslim travellers can experience traditional Japanese food at Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant, which is located near the famous Asakusa Senso-ji Temple. This makes finding the restaurant easier, and if you come in from the main entrance of the temple, head in and exit through the west gate. For your added information, Asakusa is also the birthplace of traditional Ramen in Tokyo, so you are at the best place to try this. The Halal menu at Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant in Asakusa, TokyoNaritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant in Asakusa, TokyoThe Ramen restaurant is so small, that if you don't look carefully, you will miss it. It is a two floor shop where the cooking is done downstairs in an open kitchen and there is a eating counter by the kitchen for those who want a quick fix. Here, Muslim couples or friends will sit and watch the cooks dish out amazing Halal Japanese dishes. Naritaya serves 100% Halal Japanese Food for Muslim TravelersFor larger groups or those who prefer to sit at tables, head upstairs on the narrow staircase where it opens up to a small dining area with four long tables. Each of the tables can seat about six to eight persons. There is also a small prayer room available for those who need to pray. If you wish to do so, inform the staff before your prayers. The food, I will get straight to the point - It is actually amazing! I managed to speak to the owner who is also the chef, and he told me that the entire menu selection offered is provided without any use of pork or alcohol and is certified 100% Halal. Aromatic broiled Halal chicken is used as a substitute for roasted pork fillet and tasting the Halal Ramen, it was almost hard to tell the difference. Trust me, I have also tasted the general Ramen from many other places around Tokyo.Naritaya Restaurant in Asakusa, 100% Certified HalalTo order, you simply slide the door open, go in and order from the staff, who are Muslims, but from Asian countries. So they speak Japanese and English but no Malay. Previously in 2016, there used to be an ordering vending machine outside Naritaya Halal Ramen, where you place your order through the machine, pay for it and it gives you a coupon. It no longer is available when I was there in mid February 2017. The Naritaya Chef's StoryThis Halal Japanese restaurant has been in operation since 2015 and previously, the owner had been running another Japanese restaurant for the last 10 years. Asking him why he decided to venture into Halal Japanese food, he told me that in the last Tsunami and earthquake of Japan, business had been really bad for his old restaurant. The chef (in red) and assistant, preparing Halal Japanese foodThen in 2015, he decided to tap into the Muslim market by opening up a Halal restaurant serving traditional Japanese food. This was also due to the sudden trend in Muslim travelers visiting Tokyo since 2015 and business has been really good till today as this is one of the most popular Halal Japanese Restaurants in Asakusa. In total, there are about 7 other Halal restaurants in the Asakusa area, according to the Chef. Naritaya is also part of a group of Halal restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto too. Naritaya's Special RamenHalal Beef Ramen at Naritaya RestaurantRecommended Halal Food at Naritaya RestaurantWell, the Special Ramen (1200 Yen) is the most popular dish here but they have quite a number of house specialties to try. One of them is the deep fried chicken or Karage (300 Yen), which is quite good. My friends ordered the Beef Bowl (1000 Yen), which was equally tasty. Another ordered the highly recommended Pokok Pisang Abura Soba (1000 Yen), which also tasted very nice. In general, the soba and ramen noodles they use are quality ones, which compliment the broth and other ingredients. However, due to time constrain, we had to eat and move to our next destination therefore, I could not order more dishes. Halal deep fried chicken (karage) at Naritaya RestaurantLooking around as I was leaving, I saw a group of Muslim travelers at the next table where they ordered many different types of Japanese dishes. A couple of them stood out, which was the traditional Gyoza (300 Yen), Gorogoro Beef Ramen (1200 Yen) and Mazesoba (700 Yen). On the menu of Naritaya Halal Restaurant in Asakusa, you will be in for a treat as they have quite a number of Halal Japanese dishes to offer. While 99% of them are Japanese, you will surely be in for a shock as they are also serving a Naritaka Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is of course Halal. But, seriously... Hainanese Chicken Rice? Oh well, sometimes, Malaysians or Singaporeans will miss home food when they travel, therefore, you can still indulge in this. I was kind of expecting a Nasi Lemak dish, but Chicken Rice it is. Halal food in Tokyo? Try the Pokok Pisang at NaritayaReality CheckI will be straightforward and honest here. Please don't get carried away and order everything on the menu. The portions are very decent as the Halal food here comes in small, medium and large sizes. Why I say this is because of the prices. As a Malaysian, you should know that 1000 Yen is now RM35.00 and when you overdo your order, your bill can easily reach in the hundreds of Ringgit. So, if you are on a budget, please choose wisely and if you are our to splurge, then by all means, enjoy yourself. Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant AddressAddress: Japan, ?111-0032 Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa, 2 Chome ???????Hours: 10.00 AM to 10.00 PMPhone: +81 3 4285 9806View of the main street in front of the Halal restaurant in AsakusaHow to go to Naritaya Halal Restaurant in Asakusa, TokyoThere are two train stations in Asakusa, and I would recommend using the Tokyo Metro Asakusa Line to get here as it is interconnected with many other subway lines around Tokyo. Alternatively, if you are along the Tsukuba Line, then it is a shorter walk to the restaurant. Below are the two trains that stop at Asakusa.Asakusa Line to Asakusa Station - The Asakusa Line is Orange Color and when you reach the Asakusa Station, it is a 10 minute walk to Naritaya Halal Restaurant. Tsukuba Express Line to the Asakusa Station - This is another way and and from the station, it is a 5 minute walk to the Naritaya Halal Restaurant. Directions from Asakusa Temple entrance to Naritaya Ramen RestaurantThe nearest landmark is the famous Asakusa Senso-ji Temple, which is just one minute walk away on the West Gate. Another landmark is the Hanayoshiki Theme Park which is Japan's oldest theme park. The restaurant is also the second last stall heading towards the temple. Opposite, there is a well known ice cream and dessert corner shop. So all you need to do is look out for the small sign and the A-board outside. Just for your added information, Japan Airlines offers Halal-certified in-flight meals and you can request for this on your trip to Japan. I found this out as my meal was a Halal in-flight meal on route to Tokyo from Kuala Lumpur. For Muslim travellers heading to Tokyo, I highly recommend getting the Tokyo Metro day pass as it is way much cheaper than buying individual subway tickets for each stop. You can buy them from the Tourist Counter of Tokyo Metro at selected stations. Most of the sightseeing involves moving around from area to area, and using the Tokyo Metro is the best way in doing so. To visit Naritaya Halal Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo, you need to take the Asakusa Line and from the station, a ten minute easy walk. 0
    Friday 3rd of March 2017 07:40:00 AM
  • 20 Things To Do At Avillion Port Dickson
    Many may have heard about this beautiful resort located in Negeri Sembilan, just next to Selangor but did you know that there are easily 20 things to do at the Avillion Port Dickson Spa Resort? Yes, in terms of activities for couples, kids, families or even business travelers, there is quite a lot of things that you can do at this multiple award winning spa resort in Malaysia. Having been around for over two decades, the Avillion Port Dickson Spa Resort consists of 300 rooms, suites and water chalets, ranging from the Water Suites, Water Chalets, Garden Chalets and Garden Seaview Chalets which are sea facing, offering superb views of the Straits of Malacca. This is also the pioneer luxury resort in Port Dickson having being the fist back then.Amazing views from the Avillion Port DicksonFor anyone heading to Port Dickson, you should not miss this opportunity to stay at one of the best resorts in PD, suitable for just about anyone and below is the list of things to do at the Avillion Port Dickson.20 Things To Do At Avillion Port Dickson 1. Avillion Pet FarmFor animal lovers and those with kids, the Avillion Pet Farm offers a large number of animals and birds such as rabbits, baby chickens, peacocks and peahens, tortoises and more.A peacock at the Avillion Aviary2. Aviary at Avillion Housing an amazing collection of various species of birds from South African peacocks to resort-hatched hens, the Aviary at Avillion Port Dickson is a great place for kids and adults.3. Beach VolleyballAnyone who loves sports and beaches is definitely in for a treat as you can have fun participating in some beach volleyball while giving yourself a good workout.Riau Beach at Avillion PD. Photo by www.mypeaceofheaven.com4. Caklempong MusicOn weekends, music lovers  can experience listening to the Caklempong which is a traditional Malay music gong instrument. This is part of the traditional and rich Negeri Sembilan culture which was brought to Negeri Sembilan in the 14th century by Minangkabau people from nearby West Sumatra.5. Cochin Pool (Adults Only)Specially made for adults who want  peace of mind is the exclusive Cochin Pool, which is a lap pool located at the Northern wing of the Avillion Resort. The pool is surrounded by day beds and sun lounges, it is really the perfect refuge for a tranquil afternoon for anyone seeking some self pampering.View of the villas at Avillion Port Dickson6. Fishing and Crabbing at Avillion ResortWhen the tides are low, this is when the crabs come out and guests can experience crabbing along the beach here. When the tides are in, give fishing a try, from the luxury of your sea villa balcony. Alternatively, you can ask the resort to arrange a fishing trip for the serious anglers. 7. Bird Watching at Avillion Port DicksonOver 30 different species of birds are ready to be spotted around the resort for bird lovers. You have the opportunity to spot Kingfishers, Purple-backed Starling, Black-Naped Orioles and many other birds. At the resort, there is a bird feeding platform where you can watch some of the birds feeding. For bird watchers, you should bring your own equipment as the resort does not provide any.8. Avillion Gymnasium Fitness travelers can utilize the Avillion Port Dickson's innovative gym, which is fitted with world class fitness equipment, including a range of cardiovascular machines, treadmills, recumbent bikes, weight machines and free weights.One of the many swimming pools at Avillion Port Dickson. Photo by www.mypeaceofheaven.com9. Village Pool at AvillionA free-form 1.2 meter deep swimming pool which is open 24 hours a day is the place to be for any swimming pool lover. The Village Pool is also set in the midst of the resorts tropical greenery and is suitable for just about anyone. The pool has sections that offers whirlpools for kids. 10. Kids Cabin at AvillionFor families travelling with kids, the Avillion Kids Cabin is not to be missed as it offers a large array of fun features which includes video game consoles, paint supplies, books, DVDs, and toys. A safely padded outdoor playground is also available for those energetic kids.Kids Spa at Avillion Port Dickson. Photo by www.mypeaceofheaven.com11. Avillion Kids PoolFor the kids who love water and swimming, a special Kids Pool is located right beside the Village Pool which is surrounded by abundant greenery. The step-accessible pool features a variety of fittings to ensure that kids are safe while the pool is only 0.9m deep, suitable for toddlers.12. Kids Spa at Avillion ResortEven kids get to experience a spa experience like the adults, but in a very fun way. Choose from massages, hair grooming, make up, manicure, pedicure and some fun henna body artwork where they are supervised and conducted by the resort staff.The lookout point where you can catch the sunset13. Lookout Point at AvillionFor the single or couple guest, the Avillion Lookout Point is the place to be at. Here, deck chairs are places on  the beach where guests can just sit and absorb the beautiful scenery in the Straits of Malacca. Order a cocktail to complete the experience during sunset. 14. Avillion Nature's WalkNothing beats taking a nature walk and here at the Avillion, you can easily do this at the resorts walking path. Guests can follow the footsteps trail that starts from the bullock cart area and take a relaxing stroll while learning about traditional village life of before.15. Avillion Orchid HutFlower lovers will be thrilled to learn that the Avillion Orchid Hut offers a wide variety of tropical Malaysian orchids. See different types of orchids that grow in the rainforest or even the famous Malaysian hybrid orchids that are cultivated here.Beach at Avillion Port Dickson16. Visit Riau BeachA must visit is the Riau Beach which is the main area where you can do all your water sport activities. Apart from that, couples or even families can take off those shoes or slippers and walk the beach in the evening looking for shells and catching the beautiful Port Dickson sunset. 17. Avillion Spice FarmIf you love cooking and flora, the Avillion Spice Farm is the place to be at. Here, you can see and learn about the many traditional herbs and spices used for cooking and healing purposes. Spices you can see here include the world famous Tongkat Ali, Kacip Fatimah, Pandan Wangi, Setawar Halia and Kunyit Sutera.18. Eat, Drink and Be MerryWith six F&B outlets, guests will be spoiled for choices at the Avillion Port Dickson. Choose from the aVi Lounge, Crow?s Nest, Jungle Fringe Karaoke, The Galley Lounge, The Verte and Village Court as all of these places have their own specialty from drinks to food. 19. Water Sports at Avillion Port DicksonMost resort guests love water sports and here at the Avillion Port Dickson, guests can try the non-motorized and environmental friendly water sports offered. Get those muscles working with activities like kayaking and windsurfing. Sorry, there are no motorized water sports like jet skis available.aVi Spa at Avillion PD20. aVi Spa AvillionNothing beats getting a spa treatment during your vacation or business trip, and at the aVi Spa Avillion Port Dickson, you will definitely be pampered all the way. This multiple award-winning spa offers an experience where stillness, simplicity and silence is fused to create an optimum balance of aura and peace.One of the sea villa units at Avillion Port DicksonThe above are the many things that you can do at the resort and I am pretty sure that if you look harder, there could be even more things to do at Avillion Port Dickson. However, these are just the main 20 things and just thinking of staying here for the weekend, it could be a pretty busy and productive weekend. In general, there are quite a number of new hotels and resorts in Port Dickson, but the Avillion Spa Resort has been the pioneer properties here since the nineties. With years of experience under the resort, it goes to say that they have been doing an amazing job with their guests, who have highly recommended this place to others.A beach wedding setting can be arranged by the resortMy travels take me all over Malaysia and also Southeast Asia but at times, I tend to refer to website that can give me a good deal in booking my hotel or resort stays. Previously, I booked my stays through Booking.com or Agoda, but of lately, I have found Traveloka to offer some of the best prices and package deals. Again, it is entirely up to the reader to choose, but nowadays with the stiff competition among the many booking sites, everyone just wants the best deal. The next time you plan to visit Port Dickson or PD, as it is locally called, I would highly recommend you explore what the many resorts or hotels have to offer. Most of them are just decent with less than ten activities to offer, but here, I found a total of 20 things to do at the Avillion Port Dickson Spa Resort. So far, no other property here has managed to top this list. 
    Thursday 23rd of February 2017 06:43:00 AM
  • Tokyo Travel Packages at Matta Fair 2017
    If you are looking for Tokyo travel packages at Matta Fair 2017, you are in luck as the Japan National Tourism Board or JNTO in Malaysia will be organizing a massive Japan travel booth at Malaysia's largest travel fair where Tokyo is one of the main highlights here among many other regions and prefectures of Japan. Most Malaysians and Southeast Asians have recently been attracted to Tokyo as one of the favorite travel destinations due to the wide variety of tourism products available all over Japan. Over the years, many Malaysian travel companies have been promoting many different Tokyo travel packages at Matta Fair, and this has increased more awareness about the Land of the Rising Sun. One of the main factors that contributed to this growth of tourism to Japan is how the JNTO has aggressively embarked on providing Halal cuisine in almost all major cities and prefectures of Japan. This includes creating prayer rooms and Halal food guides for Muslim travelers to Japan.Visitors at the Tokyo Booth in Matta FairTokyo Travel Packages at Matta Fair Depending on what you are looking for, there are various types of Tokyo travel packages available from many different travel agents. While the conventional all-in packages are promoted, a majority of the current day travelers prefer to go as Free Independent Traveler or FIT style. This means, they will just buy the attraction or transportation tickets and book their flights or accommodations online. At the Japan booth during Matta FairWhat consumers would do is to visit the Japan Travel Booth to get information and brouchers for various parts of Japan, depending on where they plan to go. At the Japan Travel Booth in Matta Fair 2017, many different prefectures from all over Japan will participate to showcase their tourism attractions. Apart from that, you will see other tourism related companies there like the Japanese Railway companies, JR East, JR West, Theme Parks like Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disneyland, Specialized Tour Service Companies and many hotels and resorts from around Japan. This will ensure that the would be visitor gets enough information before visiting Japan. Various booths from all over Japan during the Matta FairTokyo Booth at Matta Fair 2017One of the most popular places in Japan is no other than Tokyo, the capital of Japan and most first time visitors would head here to experience this vibrant city that offers so much. The main airports in Tokyo are also Haneda Airport for AirAsia X Flights and also Narita Airport where Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and other international airlines land at. Upon arrival at any of the Tokyo airports, you will then take a train to your hotel, guesthouse, AirBnB or Ryokan. Moving around Tokyo is also best done with the incredible subway system which connects almost every district.Tokyo offers Muslim travel packages with information available at the Tokyo BoothTokyo Travel Packages Matta Fair 2017If you are interested in visiting Tokyo in 2017, I would highly recommend you pay a visit to the Tokyo Booth at Matta Fair March 2017. Here, you can get most information about Tokyo and its surroundings by speaking to the officers in charge there. You should also know that this is purely an information booth and they do not sell any Tokyo Packages there. For any Tokyo travel packages at the Matta Fair 2017, you should look for those travel agents that sell Japan Packages and book through them. Most of the international travel agents are found in the main International Hall of the Matta Fair, which is Hall 1 and 2. Our tips and tricks on travelling to Tokyo is to research, find out what you want to see and do and then only plan your trip there. Most Malaysians visiting Japan would want to see the Sakura Flowers during the Sakura season from end March to early April, but the trick is to book your flights and accommodation at least six months in advance to get good prices. If you try to book one or two months before the Sakura flower Season, most hotels would be fully booked or whatever remaining rooms would be priced really high. It is always best to check out the various Tokyo Matta Fair promotion packages before deciding on what you want.Visitors getting information on Tokyo from the Matta FairHow Long To Spend In Tokyo?Another misconception is that many people think that you can see Tokyo in 4-5 days, and that is totally not true. Unless you are rushing your trip, even six days is not enough to see Tokyo. So, when tour companies sell Tokyo packages for 3-4 days, it is really a touch-and-go trip. They will most likely take you to a few popular places for a very short time and hop from city to city. Personally, I would not recommend going for this, but to experience Tokyo by yourself as it is a very safe city and the infrastructure is very good. A number of visitors would also choose to do dual cities like Tokyo and Osaka for their Japan trip, and usually this would be a 6-7 day trip, but it could also be quite a rush trip. A better solution would be to do them individually and during different times of the year, to experience the different seasons. However, at the end of the day, it is up to the consumer to choose and as mentioned, it is always best to source out the information for your Tokyo travel packages at Matta Fair 2017.
    Monday 20th of February 2017 05:47:00 AM
  • Best Shopping Malls to Visit in Kuala Lumpur KL
    Not your regular Top 10 list but this is a list of the Best Shopping Malls to Visit in Kuala Lumpur or KL based purely on the popularity of the malls for tourism purposes. Many visitors come to Malaysia in search of some good places to go shopping in Kuala Lumpur or KL, but with so many top 10 list out there, most of them are just plucked from the internet and interlinked to some online hotel booking sites or just for the sake of getting people to click on their links. So, as I have been born and bred here in Kuala Lumpur, and occasionally moving around the city, I can vouch for these shopping malls to visit in Kuala Lumpur as I frequent most of them regularly. In no order, here is the list of the best shopping malls to visit in KL, in the Golden Triangle and also the outer rim of Kuala Lumpur. Again, thee places are purely tourism focused.Berjaya Times Square, one of the mot popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Photo from www.gowhere.myBerjaya Times Square Shopping MallHaving been around for a number of years, the Berjaya Times Square has moved to be one of the top shopping malls in KL to visit, simply because of the variety of shops available here. You will not find high end brands but more of the local brands and many boutique and speciality shops here. On some floors, you can find some real bargains for ladies clothes and accessories as the shops here remind me of a Bangkok style mall, with lots of retailers and cheap clothes, mostly imported from Thailand, China and Korea. Berjaya Times Square is also one of the multi-concept malls where you can find a huge indoor theme park, a Japanese and Taiwan Street, Hotel and Serviced Apartments which are all housed in one huge complex. Perfect for those wanting a city holiday and very suitable for couples, families or those on business trips. Berjaya Times Square Address;Location: Opposite Melia Hotel and Amoda building. You can exit straight into the shopping mall from Imbi Monorail Station. Address: No. 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala LumpurTelephone: (603) 2117 3111Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Suria KLCC, a very popular shopping mall in KL. Photo by www.thousandwonders.netSuria KLCC Shopping MallThis is one of the most famous and popular shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, located underneath the Petronas Twin Towers, you get a two-in-one experience when you visit Suria KLCC Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur. Visitors to this mega mall will find local and international tenants and international department store chains here. The mall is also comparison to many other international mega malls in other countries. The crowds are not only on weekends, but just about everyday. One of the bonus points is that the Suria KLCC is connected to the main KLCC LRT train line. This station is linked to KLCC and also the mall opposite, called Avenue K.Apart from browsing the many floors and the Petrosains Centre on the top floor, visitors can spend a full day here in the mall, or simply going outside to the KLCC Park and also Aquaria KLCC. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Mandarin Oriental Hotel is also located just outside Suria KLCC. From Bukit Bintang City Center, it is only a 10 minute walk here. Suria KLCC Address; Location: Under the Petronas Twin TowersAddress: Lot. No. 241, Level 2, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre50088 Kuala LumpurTelephone: (603) 2382 2828Website: http://www.suriaklcc.com.my/index.html/Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Pavilion Shopping Mall in KL. Photo from www.pavilion-kl.comPavilion Shopping Mall Kuala Lumpur The mother of all shopping malls, the Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur is a world-class mixed-use urban development and also a multiple award winning mall. The entire project comprises a seven storey premier shopping mall, two blocks of Pavilion Residences, Pavilion Tower office block and the 5-star Royale Pavilion Hotel. With all that mentioned, I can say that this is the place to find top international brands, chic cafes, restaurants and other high end boutique shops. Located in the core area of the Golden Triangle of KL or the BBKLCC, this place pulls in all walks of life, including the shopping tourist. Think Channel, Burberry or Fendi and you can find it here as these are the kind of tenants that occupy the main area of Pavilion. A must visit for any luxury shopping lover and is a five minute walk from the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Address;Location: Right next to Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, across the street from JW Marriott and Starhill Gallery. Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Telephone: (603) 2118 8833Pavilion KL Website: http://www.pavilion-kl.com/Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur, the best place to get gadgets and electronics. Photo from www.wikimapia.com Low Yat Plaza Shopping MallThis is the place to go for cameras, smartphones, IT. electronics and gadgets in Malaysia. Plaza Low Yat has been serving local or foreigners over a decade and is well known as the IT and Gadget Center of Kuala Lumpur. People visit Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang to get their IT items, repairs or upgrades. Whatever is new in the market, you are sure to find it here. Whatever smart phone or gadget launched worldwide, you can find it here first too. There are a total of five floors for shoppers to explore and the location is about five minutes walk from the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station.Having been around for almost thirty years, this one-stop Camera, Smartphone, IT and gadget shop offers supermarkets, chain stores and private vendors and you can most likely get some of the best prices and deals here. Accessories for smart phone, tablets, laptop, desktop and cameras are also found here too. Definitely a must-visit place for any gadget lover. Plaza Low Yat Address;Location: Behind Amoda Building, which is across the street from Berjaya Times Square, and right beside Bukit Bintang Plaza/Sungei Wang Plaza.Address: No. 7, Jalan Bintang, Off Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang Central,Low Yat Plaza WebsiteTel: (603) 2148 3651Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Nu Sentral Shopping Mall in Kuala LumpurNu Sentral Shopping MallOne of the new players to enter the shopping mall scene in KL is no other than Nu Sentral, located in the KL Sentral core area. This interesting mall opened in 2014 and is connected directly to KL Sentral, which is also the main transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur. At Nu Sentral, you can find the standard retail shops, cafes, fast food joints and restaurants here but do not expect a lot of luxury brands here.Most travelers or locals would use the mall as a gateway to Brickfields where the main KL Monorail station is located. All train services in Kuala Lumpur and the main Malaysia Railway is found here. For those travelers who are waiting for their trains or even arriving early to take the KLIA Express train to the airport, you can just go over to Nu Sentral to shop or even have some food at the many restaurants and cafes there.Nu Sentral Address;Location: Connected to KL SentralAddress: No 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan 50470, Kuala LumpurTel: (+603) 2859 7177Website: http://www.nusentral.com/Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Mid Valley Megamall, one of the successful shopping malls just out of KL City. Photo from www.panoramio.comMid Valley Megamall One of the largest shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur is no other than Mid Valley Megamall, located just ten minutes drive outside of KL main city area. This gigantic mall which opened in 1999 has seen some of the best choices of brands, in terms of general retailers. In terms of shopping, you would most probably spend a lot of time here as the mall is so huge, it takes a lot of walking around.Mid Valley Megamall also has its own convention hall called the Mid Valley Convention Centre and two hotels which are also connected to the mall. However, to get here, you need to take a taxi from the city and avoid coming during peak hours as the place can get really crowded. For tourist coming here, a tip would be to change your money in the city before coming here as the money changers here have really long lines. This mega mall in KL is one of the best overall malls for couples, businessmen and families.Mid Valley Megamall Address;Location: 15 minutes out of KL main city area and 5 minutes from KL Sentral.Address: Mid Valley Megamall, 75, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala LumpurTel: (+603) 2938 3333Website: http://www.midvalley.com.my/Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 ? 22:00Suria KLCC, located under the Petronas Twin Towers in KLThe shopping malls in KL mentioned above have been personally visited by me on numerous occasions, hence you are getting exact information. If you are heading out of KL to the suburb of PJ, you can check out my Shopping Malls in Petaling Jaya article which I did previously as this is in the outer region of Kuala Lumpur.There are many other new shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, but I have not listed them as they are still considered new and many are still in the soft period while not all of them are completely occupied. So, to recommend these new malls would be useless, considering that when you go there, the place looks empty, lacking tenants, but I am keeping an eye out to see which are the ones who stand out after the first half of 2017 and update it here.So in the mean time, this article is strongly focused on popular malls that are relatively important to tourist visiting KL and I hope that this list of best shopping malls to visit in Kuala Lumpur provide you with more than enough information. Do ask if you have any questions or feedback and leave them below.
    Saturday 18th of February 2017 07:55:00 AM
  • Bird Watching in Flores
    If you are into birding, then this article on Bird Watching in Flores would be of great interest to you. I visited Flores twice in 2016 and both on a mission to explore this amazing destination which is relatively unknown to the general tourism world, perhaps many may know of Komodo Island as this is currently one of the top places to visit in Indonesia. Therefore, I wrote this article on bird watching in Flores for any serious birders who would like to increase their bird numbers. Before I continue, I would like to confess that I am only a beginner bird watcher as I have been doing this only for the last five to six years, mainly around Malaysia, especially at Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo Island. My birding activities have taken me to many national parks, forest reserves, conservation's, shorelines, islands and highlands. Even backyard birding is on my list at times. In general, I may have seen over 500-600 species of birds in the last five years or so and in Borneo, perhaps around 300 plus birds. As my job takes me to many places, I somehow manage to find the time to do some birding and in Flores, I was lucky to have time to explore some of the birding spots. Flores is located in the east most part of Indonesia, after Bali and Lombok Island and just before Papua Indonesia. To get here, the best possible way is by taking a flight. I would recommend using Skyscanner for flights to Flores as it would narrow down the cheapest and easiest ways to fly here from anywhere in the world. Let us get to the birding in Flores.A pair of pigeons seen at the Komodo National Park on Komodo IslandBird Watching in FloresThere are at least 10 popular spots to do birding in Flores and the best place to start is no other than the town of Labuan Bajo in the west most part of Flores. Labuan Bajo also serves as the main gateway to Komodo Island, where birding is also recommended. There are specialized bird guides found in this town and you can book them by getting in touch with some of the tour companies here. Labuan Bajo also offers some really nice hotels and resorts for your accommodations and the facilities are up to general tourist standards, or birding standards. By saying this, I mean you will not find a Nikon Optics shop in Flores, so please bring all your equipment and spares if you have to. Bird Watching Spots in FloresThe entire island is literally bird-watchable as there is no major development whatsoever being done here. However, there are a few notable places around Flores for bird watching which are listed from Labuan Bajo and heading outwards. This means for those planning a short birding trip to Flores can just focus around Labuan Bajo areas.Dolat Wetlands - Only 4 kilometers south of Labuan Bajo, you can come here twice a day. Spot the Wandering Whistling-duck, Malaysian Plover, Mees?s Nightjar, Sunda Teal, Black-faced Munia, Beach Thick-knee, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Javan Plover, Flame-throated Sunbird, Crakes and Rails among the many bird here.Potawangka Road - East of Labuan Bajo and 10 kilometers from the town area. Spot Bonelli?s Eagle, Wallacean Cuckooshrike, White-rumped Kingfisher, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Zebra Finch, Flores Green Pigeon, Elegant Pitta, Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Black-fronted Flowerpecker, Wallace?s Hanging-Parrot, Black-naped Fruit-Dove, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Green Junglefowl and many others.Komodo National Park - This will be everyone's must-go place when you are in Flores and apart from seeing the Komodo Dragons, you will be in for a good bird watching experience here. Some of the park guides know quite a bit about the Komodo Island birds.The beautiful five colored Munia in FloresLake Sano Nggoang and Nunang Village - Southeast of Labuan Bajo along the Flores Highway to Ruteng. Spot Wallace?s and Moluccan Scops-Owls, Glittering Kingfisher, Flores Crow, Flores Green Pigeon, Pacific Black Duck, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Elegant Pitta, Flores Minivet, Flores Monarch, Golden-rumped Flowerpecker, Yellow-ringed White-eye, Black-fronted Flowerpecker and many more.Puarlolo - East of Labuan Bajo and easy to do as a day trip. Spot  the famous Flores Monarch, Flores Crow, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Short-toed Eagle, Green Junglefowl, Thick-billed Dark-eye, Flores Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-capped Thrushes, Russet-capped Tesia, Wallace?s Hanging-Parrot, Rufous-chested Flycatcher and many others.Golo Lusang and Danau Rana Mese Lake - South and East of Ruteng, on route to Bajawa. Spot the Flores Minivet, Golden-rumped Flowerpecker, Pacific Black Duck (lake area), Russet-capped Tesia, Wallace?s Scops-Owl, Black-backed Fruit Dove, White-rumped Kingfisher, Timor Leaf-warbler, Scaly-crowned Honeyeater, Helmeted Friarbird, Pale-shouldered Cuckooshrike, Brown-capped Fantail, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Blood-breasted Flowerpecker and many other birds.Poco Ranaka - East Ruteng near to Lake Rana Mese, chances to spot Bonelli?s Eagle, Chestnut-backed Thrush, White-browed Shortwing, Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch and the Pygmy Wren-babbler.Pagal - North of Ruteng and you can find Elegant Pitta, Wallace?s Hanging-Parrot, Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Flores Green-Pigeon, White-rumped Kingfisher, Ruddy Cuckoo Dove, Brown-capped Fantail and Russet-capped Tesia, which have been recorded around here.Kisol Village - Southeast of Ruteng. Spot the rare Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Brown-capped Fantail, Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Flores Green Pigeon, Flores Crow, Thick-billed Dark-eye, Black-fronted Flowerpecker, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Flores Hawk-Eagle, Moluccan and Wallace?s Scops-Owl, Black-naped Fruit-Dove, Mees?s Nightjar, White-rumped Kingfisher, Elegant Pitta, Flores Crow, Russet-capped Tesia, Chestnut-capped Thrush.One of the sign boards at Kelimutu National Park, FloresKelimutu National Park - Near Ende and Maumere, you can spot montane endemics like Bare-throated Whistler, Flores Green Pigeon, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Crested Dark-eye, Ruddy Cuckoo Dove and Five-coloured Munia. The best is to trek using the general path all the way to the peak. It takes about 20-30 minutes trek up.What Kind of Birds Are Found in FloresBecause Flores is an island and sitting between certain flyways, you can see lots of migrating birds here. But Flores is also home to many endemics like the Flores Crow and Flores Green Pigeon just to name a couple. Check the Flores Bird List below for endemics. Varieties include coastal birds, lowland birds, hill birds, sub-montane forest birds, montane birds, raptors and even unique birds.A Rainbow Bee Eater spotted in Flores, near Labuan BajoBird List of FloresThe bird list below is not complete but better than anything because there is no offical list out there. The birds of Flores list here is provided by Burung Nusantara (http://burung-nusantara.org/) and a bird watching trip report. Note the Flores birds in bold are endemic while from No.1 to No.50 are mostly the star birds to spot.Green JunglefowlOrange-footed ScrubfowlFlores Hawk-EagleWallace?s Hanging ParrotLeaf (Rainbow) LorikeetDark-backed Imperial PigeonBlack-backed Fruit DoveBarred Cuckoo DoveParzudaki?s (Ruddy) Cuckoo DoveBlack-naped Fruit DoveFlores Green PigeonFlores Scops OwlWallace?s Scops OwlMoluccan Scops OwlWhite-rumped KingfisherCerulean KingfisherStork-billed KingfisherCollared KingfisherElegant PittaFlores MinivetFlores CrowFlores MonarchFlores Warbling-flycatcher (Russet-backed Jungle-Flycatcher)Trumpeting (Brown-capped) FantailBare-throated WhistlerChestnut-capped ThrushChestnut-backed ThrushFlores (White-browed) ShortwingPygmy Cupwing (Wren Babbler)Russet-capped TesiaFlores Leaf-WarblerScaly-crowned HoneyeaterWallace?s Heleia (Yellow-spectacled White-eye)Eyebrowed Heleia (Yellow-browed Dark-eye)Thick-billed Heleia (Dark-eye)Crested Heleia (Dark-eye)Golden-rumped FlowerpeckerBlack-fronted FlowerpeckerFlores (Blood-breasted) FlowerpeckerFlame-breasted SunbirdFlores Spangled (Wallacean) DrongoPale-shouldered CicadabirdWallacean CuckooshrikePale-headed MuniaFive-coloured MuniaBlack-faced MuniaScaly-breasted MuniaTimor Zebra FinchBulwer's Petrel (Komodo)Streaked ShearwaterWedge-tailed Shearwater Red-throated Little GrebeRed-tailed TropicbirdGreat FrigatebirdLesser FrigatebirdLittle Pied CormorantRed-footed Booby Brown BoobyAbbotts'Booby Great-billed HeronPurple HeronWhite-faced HeronIntermediate Egret Little Egret Pacific Reef Egret Cattle Egret Javan Pond-Heron  Little HeronRufous Night HeronCinnamon BitternWoolly-necked StorkOriental Honey-buzzardBlack-winged Kite Brahminy KiteWhite-bellied Sea-Eagle Chinese Goshawk Variable Goshawk Brown GoshawkJapanese Sparrowhawk Bonelli's EagleRufous-bellied EagleChangeable Hawk-eagleSpotted KestrelWandering Whistling DuckLesser Whistling DuckSunda Teal Pacific Black DuckBuff-banded RailWhite-browed CrakeWhite-breasted WaterhenCommon MoorhenBlack-winged Stilt Pacific Golden PloverKentish (Javan) PloverGreater Sand-PloverWhimbrelCommon RedshankCommon Greenshank Red-necked StintMarsh SandpiperWood Sandpiper Broad-billed Sandpiper Red-necked PhalaropePomarine JaegerWhiskered TernBlack-naped TernSooty Tern Greater Crested TernLesser Crested TernBrown NoddyWhite-throated Pigeon Island Collared Dove Spotted DoveRuddy Cuckoo-doveBarred DoveGreen Imperial PigeonYellow-crested CockatooGreat-billed ParrotRusty-breasted CuckooOriental CuckooCommon KoelLesser CoucalLarge-tailed Nightjar Edible-nest SwiftletGlossy SwiftletFork-tailed SwiftBlue-tailed Bee-eaterCommon Dollarbird Sunda Pygmy WoodpeckerAustralasian BushlarkBarn SwallowPacific SwallowStriated SwallowGrey WagtailRichards Pipit Pale-shouldered CicadabirdWhite-shouldered TrillerBlack-naped OrioleLarge-billed CrowGreat TitFlyeaterMountain TailorbirdArctic WarblerYellow-breasted WarblerGolden-headed CisticolaZitting CisticolaLittle Pied Flycatcher Black-naped Monarch Asian Paradise FlycatcherCommon Golden WhistlerWhite-breasted Wood-swallowHill MynaHelmeted Friarbird Brown-throated Sunbird Olive-backed SunbirdOriental White-eyeMountain White-eyeLemon-bellied White-eyeTree Sparrow Eurasian Coot Little GrebesSpectacled MonarchAn Orange-footed Scrubfowl spotted at Komodo Island, FloresWhen is the Best Time for Bird Watching in FloresOverall, the entire year is great for bird watching in Flores, but there is a rainy season from December to March and if you don't like the rain, avoid these months. Also, in February, the seas have high waves as it is the peak of the monsoon season, so avoid mid January to mid March. July to August is Komodo High Season, so Labuan Bajo will be pretty crowded and so will Komodo Island. If you do not like large crowds, avoid these couple of months. How Much is Bird Watching in FloresDepending on the type of package you choose, the price of bird watching in Flores varies anywhere from US$1000 to US$2000 per person. A couple of tour companies provide bird watching tours in Flores and for a 7 Day Bird Watching Package, the price is around US$1625.00 per person with a minimum of 2 persons.However, for those who are on a budget, you can also do bird watching in Flores for less than the prices mentioned above. Probably for under US$1000 per person, but it would be mostly around Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park.If you are visiting this island in East Nusa Tenggara, do read my other article on things to do in Flores as it sheds some information about what else you can do around this beautiful island. You should also read my other article on things to do in Labuan Bajo, as that is the most popular area in Flores.One of the colorful birds spotted just outside of Labuan Bajo, FloresFor me, being a beginner birder, I use very basic equipment for this hobby. My birding equipment is a Nikon D5100 DSLR camera with a 300mm Nikkor Telephoto Lens, an Omicron Barbet RF 8x32 Binoculars, a Cabin Zero Bag and mid range tripod. To date, they have served me pretty well as I travel around quite a bit, therefore I need easy and light equipment.The beauty about traveling from place to place on a short time is that you get to see multiple places, but for the serious birder, this would be frustrating. Well, for my work, I only have very little time to bird watch or photograph, therefore I make the best of what time I have. And this is also one of the main reasons that I travel light, due to my work schedules.Omicron Binoculars, which I use for my bird watching. I have to admit that I do not know most of the birds spotted during my trip here as I did not have the Flores Bird Guide Book. I have ordered it and on my next birding trip to Flores, I will bring it along to identify all the birds. You can also visit my Facebook album on Flores birds, where I have posted more photos there. In general, Flores is one of the new places for bird watching as it is located far from the main commercial Southeast Asia region and closer towards Papua New Guinea. With minor development happening, flora and fauna is still considered to be rich all over the island. And for anyone wanting to do Bird Watching in Flores, I strongly recommend you engage a good bird guide who speaks the local language. 
    Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:30:00 AM
  • OPPO R9s Smartphone Camera Review
    This OPPO R9s Smartphone camera review is probably one of my rare articles as I hardly do any phone reviews for Malaysia. Anyway, over the years I have been using various smartphones, dating back to the first ever smartphone, the Apple Iphone which I had shipped in the next day after it was released in the USA on June 29, 2007. I had a very good friend send two units over from the US and the joke was on me when I started using it here in Malaysia. Friends laughed at me back then, but nowadays, it is the most important gadget that almost every human must have. Back to the OPPO R9s Smartphone photo review. I bought the R9s on the launch date in January 2017 here in Malaysia as previously, I was using a OPPO F1s and before that, I was a Samsung Note user. Why the change? You may have guessed it, due to the Samsung issues and also how the previous Samsung's heat up on heavy usage and also the high price factors nowadays for branded smartphones. Yeah, I know right, RM3,000+ for a smartphone is a bit too much. Buy hey, it's totally up to anyone. A temple in the Chinatown area of Bangkok. Photo taken with OPPO R9s. All photos unedited. OPPO R9s Smartphone Camera ReviewWhat made me decide to change from the F1s to the R9s? Well, since I started to pay more attention towards my smartphone photography, I wanted to explore this area and many friends and even reviews out there have been quite interesting. In the top of the list was the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus which has been getting top reviews for their camera and Leica lens. So with some free time one early January day, I paid a visit to my regular phone shop and Danny, a good old friend has informed me that OPPO was in fact launching a new model, the R9s which was superior to the F1s and on par with the Huawei P9. His staff had a test unit which they took out the Huawei P9, P9 plus and did a side by side comparison. In the end, the OPPO R9s photo quality was actually a little better than the P9, in terms of realistic colors. Plus the price difference was huge, RM1799 for the R9s versus RM2099 for the P9. So, they say the dual lens on the Huawei is supposed to be a step forward in technology, but again, after doing the general user comparison, I saw no difference. Perhaps for those professional users, there may be but again, a majority of buyers are just simple users like me. OPPO R9s Smartphone Photos Below are photos taken in various places around Bangkok, Thailand in early February 2017 as I paid a personal shot visit here for a quick escape. Instead of lugging my Nikon DSLR, I just brought the OPPO R9s as my main camera to see how it would capture photos. The photos you see below are all straight from the smartphone and not edited at all. I simply resized them for this article, that is all.A Thai Temple PagodaRiver life along one of the rivers in Bangkok Facade of a Thai Temple in BangkokThai Dry Yellow NoodlesThai Tom Yum with Master NoodlesThe Giant Ferris Wheel at Asiatique Waterfront in BangkokThai Duck NoodlesA type of Thai sweet dessertOPPO R9s Specifications:The Oppo R9s is powered by 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. Retail price is RM1799.00 in Malaysia. For anyone out there who is contemplating on what your next smartphone will be, please do your own fact finding and it is always best to find a phone that suites your lifestyle. If you are a simple person, then go for something simple and easy, instead of the highest end model where you only use 20% of the smartphone functions. If you cannot live without selfies, then find a smartphone that can cater to vanity, built in beauty mode and a good reverse camera with a huge storage. If your whole life revolves around social media, then get a powerful smartphone to cater to your needs. To me, after a decade of using smartphones, I have been a simple user, taking photos and videos. What matters to me is the battery life, good clear camera, the RAM, processor and storage. Other things do not really matter much but from what I have noticed in Southeast Asia is that most people want to be in trend and have the latest smartphones. Perhaps it is a lifestyle trend, society status or just having too much money to spend. You can also see my OPPO R9s Video Review as I did one in January for YouTube. Let me know what you think about my OPPO R9s Smartphone camera review as I would be interested to hear what people think. 
    Sunday 12th of February 2017 06:48:00 AM
  • Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017
    After all these years, the time has come for metal fans as Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017 takes place this 4th May and at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Organised by IME Malaysia, the Megadeth debut performance in Malaysia will see a huge crowd, especially from the outskirts of the city and possibly from as far as neighboring countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. Megadeth has been around since 1983 and has performed all over the world, being known as probably the worlds most famous trash metal band that ever existed. As part of the Megadeth Dystopia World Tour, one of the stops include Malaysia, apart from also performing in Singapore and Indonesia. Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017According to Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine, he mentioned in an interview that Kuala Lumpur is one of the places that the would love to play when the band tours Asia. The 2017 tour is also to support the band's latest album titled Dystopia and is their first album in three years. In total, they have released 15 albums to date. Dystopia, he new album which was launched on 22 January 2016, also earned a Grammy Nomination for Best Metal Performance of 2017 and in the first week of release, they sold almost 50,000 units. The new Megadeth album is also listed as one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone magazine. With a total worldwide album sales of 50 million copies in three decades, the band has also earned many accolades and 12 Grammy Nominations. Megadeth's line up currently consist of Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, David Ellefson on bass, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. You can also get more information on the official Megadeth website. Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017 Ticket Prices RM428 (Deth Pitt Zone, Free Standing)RM388 (VIP, Numbered Seat)RM358 (Rock Zone, Free Standing)RM288 (CAT1, Numbered Seat)RM198 (CAT2, Free Seating)Seating position for Megadeth Live in Kuala Lumpur at Stadium NegaraWhere to buy Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017 TicketsYou can get your Megadeth Live in Malaysia tickets from;TicketCharge OnlineWebsite: www.ticketcharge.com.myHotline: +603-92228811 starting from 10th February 2017.Speedy VideoVictoria MusicRock CornerChambers MusicPJ Live ArtsThe Mines Shopping Mall information counter1 Shamelin information counterEden Ultimate (Kuantan)Blonde Brunette (Penang)All ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST but exclusive of RM4 processing fee.Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017Date: 4th May 2017 (Thursday)Time: 8.00 PMVenue: Stadium Negara, Kuala LumpurMegadeth Live in Malaysia PosterTraveling to Kuala LumpurFor those travelling to Malaysia to catch the Megadeth Live in Kuala Lumpur concert, you should make your hotel bookings as soon as possible. This is because hotels tend to get fully booked towards the concert date. There are many hotels located near Stadium Negara (National Stadium), which is very close to Petaling Street or Chinatown Kuala Lumpur. If you are staying in the Chinatown area, you can just take a 5 minute walk to the concert venue. Other places include Bukit Bintang and Pudu area, where you can find many other hotels, guesthouses and homestays. However, you will need to take the LRT train, bus or taxi to Stadium Negara. You can walk too, but it will take about 20-30 minutes. KL Sentral, the main train hub in Kuala Lumpur is also located about 20-30 minutes walk, but we advise not to do so and instead take a coupon taxi to your designated hotel or directly to the stadium outdoors. If you are traveling from KLIA airport to Kuala Lumpur, it is best to take the KLIA Express train as it only takes 28 minutes one way. Those driving to the stadium, please not that parking will be quite full, so it is best to park at some of the private car parks outside the stadium. Note that these car parks may charge you around RM50 to RM100, depending on how close it is. From the car park, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes walk to the stadium.Fans looking for the latest updates on the Megadeth concert in KL, visit @IMEAsia on Facebook, @IME_Asia on Instagram, @IMEProduction on Twitter, or @IMEProductions on WeChat. IME will be updating information for those planning to attend the Megadeth Live in Malaysia 2017 concert.
    Saturday 11th of February 2017 10:35:00 AM
  • AirAsia X Flights To Hawaii via Osaka
    The long awaited AirAsia X Flights To Hawaii via Osaka has been officially launched and the four times weekly flight starts on 28 June 2017. This will connect Kuala Lumpur to Osaka and then to Honolulu, making this the first budget airline in the region to enter the Unites States. With the launching of the Kuala Lumpur - Honolulu flights, AirAsia X will be offering fares from as low as RM499.00* from 11 to 26 February 2017 for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018. During this offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X's award-winning Premium Flatbed from RM2,999.00*, which will be one of the lowest fares to Hawaii from Asia. These promotional flight tickets are also available for booking on the website only. Please note that the one-way all-in fare inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.? Subject to Japanese government approval.AirAsia X Flights To Hawaii via OsakaWith the introduction of AirAsia X flights to the US, this will allow Asians to now choose Hawaii as one of the destinations for their vacation or even honeymoon. Hawaii will serve as the main gateway into other cities in the west coast of the US, namely Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Seattle. Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) via Osaka, Japan (KIX)Flight No.FromToDepartureArrivalFlight ScheduleD7 001KULKIX1400 hrs2125 hrsMon, Wed, Fri, SatD7 001KIXHNL2325 hrs1230 hrsMon, Wed, Fri, SatD7 002HNLKIX1600 hrs2025 hrsMon, Wed, Fri, SatD7 002KIXKUL2200 hrs0400 hrsTue, Thu, Sat, SunNote: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated.AirAsia X Flights To Hawaii - Visa QuestionsFor passengers heading to Hawaii and transiting in Osaka, they do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover, and can return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage or belongings. However, you are required to get your US Visa for anyone wanting to fly to Hawaii. AirAsia Fly-Thru ServicePassengers can also make use of AirAsia's Fly-Thru service to connect seamlessly to Honolulu from other cities within AirAsia and AirAsia X?s extensive flight network with just one additional stop.AirAsia Multi-City OptionPassengers who want greater flexibility in travel planning can opt for the Multi-City option, which allows them to spend a few days in Osaka (Japanese visa required) before travelling onward to Honolulu. For more information, visit the AirAsia website.Hawaii is also nicknamed the Paradise of the Pacific, is formed by eight islands located right at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous culture, this tropical paradise is the only US state located in the Oceania. Honolulu, the capital city, located on the most populous island O'ahu, is a modern city that boasts island charms, including the world-renowned Waikiki Beach, once the site of vacation homes for the kings and queens of Hawaii.In January, we had issued an article of AirAsia X flights to the US as they received clearance from the FAA. It has only been a month before the multiple award-winning budget airline announced the follow up for the flights. For those wanting to visit the US on a budget, you can now start to plan as soon, AirAsia X Flights To Hawaii via Osaka will start on 28 June, 2017. 
    Friday 10th of February 2017 05:02:00 AM
  • Malindo Air Flies to Guangzhou
    Another new route has been launched where Malindo Air Flies to Guangzhou, China. This new destination for Malindo Air is offering flights starting from RM299 one way for economy and RM699 one way for business class seats. The Malindo Air Guangzhou promotion is on from 6 Feb to 19 Feb, 2017 and the travel period is from 15 March to 30 November 2017. Guangzhou (??), otherwise known as Canton is located in southeastern China and very close to Hong Kong. It is actually only 120 kilometers from Hong Kong and is one of the very popular Chinese cities to visit, for businessmen and travelers alike. Currently, Guangzhou is the third largest city after Beijing and Shanghai. Bubble Tram in Guangzhou. Image from www.cantontower.comNowadays, Guangzhou is well known for being a wholesale capital of southern China and many people from all over the world come here to buy wholesale items. For the general tourist, this city which has a majority of Cantonese speaking people, is well known also for their shopping in general. As for Malaysian, many businessmen and businesswomen head here to source and buy products to be sold back here, as it is the closest Chinese wholesale city to Malaysia. Well, there are other major wholesale cities in China, just that Guangzhou is easier to access. With Malindo Air opening up the Kuala Lumpur - Guangzhou route, this will definitely increase the passengers here and also to help bring in more tourist from China into Malaysia. Currently only one or two other airlines have direct flights to Guangzhou. Now, consumers have more choices with the latest news on Malindo Air flights to Guangzhou. 
    Monday 6th of February 2017 04:59:00 AM
  • Fraser?s Hill International Bird Race 2017
    The Fraser?s Hill International Bird Race 2017 will take place on 25-26 February at one of Malaysia's hill resorts in Pahang. This is one of the pioneer bird watching events in Malaysia which was started in 1988 and is running in its 30th year. In total, over 10,000 people have visited Fraser's Hill for the bird race and festival which also attracts participants and visitors from neighboring countries.Organised by Tourism Pahang, Malaysia Nature Society (MNS), Malaysian WWW for Nature, and Fraser's Hill Development Corporation, this yearly event attracts beginner and professional bird watchers and nature lovers to the highland retreat. The great thing about this event is that it is only about less than two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, using the scenic route to get to Bukit Fraser as it is locally called. Fraser?s Hill International Bird Race 2017Foe the 30th year of the Fraser's Hill Bird Race, there are some exciting events, activities and contest line up for participants and also visitors. The general bird race is the main event where teams of three persons will race to spot the most number of birds here. Other events include the Fraser's Hill Bird Photography Contest where it is open to everyone. Prizes are yet to be announced, but rest assured, they will be attractive ones. Bird watchers and photographers have the opportunity to try their luck and spotting or photographing the 260 species of birds found in an area of 2,804 hectares of lush tropical rainforest here. Among them, you can find some endemic birds which are rare or extremely rare. Scene at the main square of Fraser's Hill in PahangActivities at the Fraser's Hill Bird Race 2017Bird Race Bird Photography ContestTalksPromotional BoothsBird Race CategoriesBased on the previous years categories for the bird race, they are usually divided into three segments which are;Advanced category: For serious and experienced bird watchersNovice category: For those who just take up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobbyLocal category: For the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser?s Hill areThe Fraser's Hill Bird Photography Contest 2017Fraser?s Hill International Bird Race 2017Date: 25-26 February 2017Location: Fraser's HillWebsite: www.pahangtourism.org.myApart from the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race, there are also many other bird races happening around Malaysia. The next one would be the Kenyir Bird and Nature Quest 2017 which takes place from 25-26 March 2017. Wings of KKB 2017 also known as the Selangor International Bird Race 2017 will take place in April 2017. This is followed by the Borneo Bird Race 2017 and also the Borneo Bird Festival 2017 which takes place in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo. For more information, you can also read my article on Birding Events in Malaysia which highlights all the related events. Those who are into birds, birding or nature, and visiting Kuala Lumpur at the end of February, you should make it a point to drop by or even participate in this years Fraser?s Hill International Bird Race 2017. This would be a great opportunity to see and experience the Malaysian nature scene and also get to know the local birding industry. For those planning to attend this bird race, you should start making our travel arrangements and transportation. See you at the event! 
    Saturday 4th of February 2017 07:07:00 AM
  • Wings of KKB 2017
    The Wings of KKB 2017 will take place from 21-23 April 2017 and this bird watching event in Selangor will be running in the 6th year. You should also know that in 2016, the event took a twist and re-branded themselves as the Selangor International Bird Race. Last year, during the Wings of KKB 2016, an estimate or 700 to 1000 participants were recorded. which is a great number. Participants included bird racers of multiple levels, photographers, attendees and school kids for the explorace. This year, the Wings of KKB 2017 will see another round of bird race through multiple checkpoints that start in the town of Kuala Kubu Bharu or KKB is it is called. The race will proceed to the Kalumpung Hot Springs before ending at Awana Genting which is part of the Important Birding Area or IBA MY10 and is situated 3,000 feet (915 meters) above sea level. In total, bird watchers can spot around 40 different species in the lowlands while up at Awana Genting, there are up to 70 species of birds available. Birds to spot during the Wings of KKB 2017 include Silver-Breasted Broadbill, Red Headed Trogon, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Marbled Wren Babbler, Large Niltava, Black Thighed Flaconet and four Hornbills (Great, Bushy Crested, Oriental Pied and Rhinoceros).The route for Wings of KKB 2017, going through various areas for the Bird Race. Photo by: WingsofKKBBird watchers from Malaysia and around the region are regular participants during the KKB Bird Festival and the numbers have grown over the last five years. The Hulu Selangor council's involvement together with Resorts World and Tourism Selangor have made this event one of the important bird watching events in Malaysia. It also contributes to nature and eco tourism while creating awareness for the younger generation on the importance of birds as part of our biodiversity. Activities during the event includes participation from the general public and also school children. It is also projected to attract families, couples and groups of friends as part of a learning experience. During the event, there will also be booths showcasing various related programs, products and souvenirs. Activities include;Bird Race (Professional, Secondary School and Primary School Category)Bird PhotographyBird SeminarExploraceLast years participants with their birding equipment at the Wings of KKB 2016. Photo by: Travel With E.T.A Wings of KKB 2017Date: 21-23 April 2017Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Kalumpung Hot Springs, Awana GentingTime: 5.00 am till eveningFor those interested in similar events, read this article on Birding Events in Malaysia as it provides all the bird watching events and festivals happening all over Malaysia. The largest and most successful birding event is also held in Sandakan during the Borneo Bird Festival which attract thousands of people yearly. Visitors from as far as the UK, Australia and Europe make their way here to participate in the very interesting bird race, especially for birding on the island of Borneo. As I am an amateur bird watcher and bird photographer, I have been doing this hobby since 2007 but never did make this my priority hobby as my work takes me to many places. I use a basic Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with a Nikkor 300mm Telephoto Lens and an Omicron Binoculars for my birding. My work has taken me to various interesting places around the region and world where when I get some free time, I will do some basic bird watching. Recently in late 2016, I did some bird watching in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara which was pretty amazing. For bird watchers or bird photographers, the Wings of KKB 2017 will be the premier event happening in the vicinity of Selangor and Pahang, which is only an hours drive from the city area. You can rent a car and self drive to KKB or even stay at Awana Genting Resort if you would like to participate for the Selangor Bird Race 2017. 
    Thursday 2nd of February 2017 12:13:00 PM
  • Travel from KLIA Airport to Kuala Lumpur
    The best way to travel from KLIA Airport to Kuala Lumpur City is no other that using the KLIA Express Train that runs direct and only takes 28 minutes. While there are many other options for travelling from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur, your options are pretty decent. In this article, I will share with you the pro's and con's of doing so as there are travelers who are on a budget, while others may be leisure travelers or even business travelers. Kuala Lumpur city is locate approximately 62 kilometers from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or KLIA as it is commonly called. The budget terminal, known as KLIA2 is also located just nearby the main airport and a journey by road from KLIA or KLIA2 to KL City will take you around 60 minutes. So, this article was created to give you the options of traveling to and from. KLIA Express Train The KLIA Express Train (KLIA Ekspres) runs frequently and services both KLIA and KLIA2 before heading directly into the city at KL Sentral Station. During peak hours, there re 4 trains running every 15 minutes and off peak hours, three train operate on 20 minute intervals. Train service starts from 5.00 AM and the last train from KLIA is at 1.00 AM. KLIA Express Ticket Counter at KLIA 2 In terms of comfort and security, this is the most recommended transport from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur as things work on time and in of world-class standards. On board the train, guests can use the free 4G WiFi services or simply absorb the beautiful Malaysian scenery along your journey. If you are traveling from KL Sentral to KLIA, you should also know that there is a baggage check in service at KL Sentral for selected airlines like Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways  and Malindo Air. This means, you can just go up to the check in counter and drop your baggage there and then travel to the airport hassle free, allowing you to have more time to explore the shopping and duty free areas. KLIA Express Ticket Price: One Way: Adult - RM 55.00, Child (2-12 years) - RM 25.00Return: Adult - RM 100.00, Child (2-12 years) - RM 45.00The interior of the KLIA Ekspres TrainDiscounts: Get a 10% discount when you buy your KLIA Ekspres tickets online, through the mobile app or the self-service kiosk. Please note that all pre-purchased KLIA Express tickets are valid for 30 days only. Find out more from KLIA Ekspres. The set back - Well, everything is picture perfect when you use the KLIA Express train,except that it does not drop you right at your door step of your hotel or home, for the general travelers. But for the business or luxury travelers, read below. KLIA Ekspres VIP ServiceThere is a KLIA Ekspres VIP Service offered where the service combines the train and limousine service to your hotel, hospital or home. Not only that, you will have a personalised meet and greet at the baggage claim area where you will be ushered to the train. A personalised porter will accompany you on the train to the city station where you will next board an exclusive executive Limousine to your hotel, home or business centre. This is of course, at a premium price for luxury or business travelers.  The price range is anywhere from RM 155.00 to RM 210.00 per person. Add on's are available for second, third and so forth. You can even get a VIP Van Service for persons more than four. Taxi options from KLIA 2 to Kuala LumpurTaxi from KLIA to Kuala LumpurOne of the most popular ways to travel from KLIA airport to Kuala Lumpur is by simply taking the airport taxi. This will allow you to go straight to your hotel entrance or home and the price would vary anywhere from RM 85.00 to RM 150.00, depending on the area or zone you are going to. Also, after midnight, there is a 50% surcharge on top of your main fare for all taxi services. Sounds simple, but let me just share with you the points of this. There are a few types of Taxi Services from KLIA and KLIA 2 which you should know about. KLIA Metered Taxi - This is where you buy a metered coupon from the Metered Taxi Counter for RM 2.00. Then you will head to the taxi bay area where a taxi will pick you up and you will travel using the general meter fair. This KLIA metered taxi service is for up to three persons only. But you must know that if your luggage exceeds the taxi booth, they will not take you and you would have to go in again and book a premier or van taxi, which costs more. KLIA Budget Taxi - This is a coupon based system, where you go to the KLIA Budget Taxi Counter and tell them where you want to go. They will ask how many persons and how many pieces of luggage and also the size of the luggage. Maximum is three persons too. The price is according to the zone or place you are heading too. Again, if there is three of you with three large luggage bags, they will instead give you a premier taxi or taxi van, which costs a bit more. Prices range from RM 85.00 to RM 150.00 per taxi to the main city area. KLIA Premier Taxi - One level above the budget is the premier taxi which can take up to four persons. The price is slightly more but these taxis are spacious. KLIA Executive Taxi - This taxi can comfortable sit up to five persons but the price difference is around RM 40.00 compared to the KLIA budget taxi. Also recommended for business travelers. KLIA Family Van Taxi - This is the best option for large families or groups up to 10 persons. Any larger groups, you would need a couple of these vans. The price per van is around RM 180.00 and above. The set back of taking a taxi from KLIA to KL - Overall, it is the time and price where most people do not want to get caught in traffic, or even risk getting ripped off. It's true, there are still taxi touts operating just as you exit the arrival hall. Therefore, the safest option to avoid any possible situations is to take the KLIA Express Train to KL City. Buses from KLIA to KL SentralBus from KLIA to Kuala LumpurThere are a number of buses that travel from KLIA / KLIA2 to Kuala Lumpur and these are specialised buses that only ply these routes. At the bus terminal of KLIA and KLIA2, you can choose which bus service and where it will stop at. Most buses stop at KL Sentral but there are some that may stop at Kota Raya near Petaling Street or even in Petaling Jaya at One Utama Shopping Mall. Best is to always ask the bus ticket counter about the price and also where the final stop is. There are a few bus services that operate from KLIA to KL Sentral which is Aerobus, Skybus, RedBus and Airport Coach that operate the buses both ways. Each of the bus companies have their bus ticket counters at the lower level arrival halls and you should buy your tickets directly from the ticket counter. Be careful of touts as they are known to be around. For bus connectivity to around Malaysia, you can refer to this article on Bus Terminals in Kuala Lumpur as they will connect the traveler to all cities and towns around Peninsular Malaysia. The article highlights the different bus terminals in KL and which one goes where.If you are planning to stay in KL city, you can also find out the best way to get around Kuala Lumpur by using a simple card system, which is accepted by most public transport systems. The city is well connected, especially the main tourist areas therefore it is much easier nowadays to move around. How long does it take to travel from KLIA to Kuala Lumpur?The KLIA Ekspress takes 28 minutes travel from the airport to KL City.A common question asked by most travelers, and the answer is one hour. This is also based on normal traffic conditions. During peak hours, it can take from 60-90 minutes. If there is a major traffic jam or accident on the main highway, you can expect the journey to be at least two hours, and in this case, many people miss flights or are simply frustrated getting caught in traffic, which is pretty common nowadays in Kuala Lumpur. I would recommend that you always plan to be at the airports three hours before your flight departs. Especially if you are flying international, the normal time states two hours, but better to be safe than sorry. Having said this, I strongly believing in taking the KLIA Express train as it takes only 28 minutes to both airports and not having to worry about traffic or anything else. So the next time you plan to travel from KLIA Airport to Kuala Lumpur, you have the options to choose and the fastest way is still by using the KLIA Express train which takes only 28 minutes. Any feedback or comments, please feel free to leave them below. 
    Tuesday 31st of January 2017 01:03:00 PM
  • SkyAvenue Genting
    The new SkyAvenue Genting and Sky Plaza Genting is taking shape and is planned for the full opening somewhere in 2017. This expansion and project is also part of the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) where the Genting 20th Century Fox World Theme Park is also slated to open at the end of 2017 or early 2018.Genting SkyAvenue and Sky Plaza are also going to be the talk of the highlands when they fully open and it is also said that Genting has about 70,000 square feet (sq ft) of food and beverage (F&B) space which will compliment this project. Currently, Sky Avenue Shopping Mall is opened, but still a number of shops are planned to only open this year, plus there is still ongoing work. SkyAvenue GentingIn total, there will be five main floors at SkyAvenue Genting catering to high street, luxury fashion, food and beverages and the main cable car station which is Awana Skyway. Ground Floor - No information yetFirst Floor - Food and Beverage RestaurantsSecond Floor - No information yetThird Floor - Retail OutletsFourth Floor - Awana Skyway Cable Car StationMalaysian Food Street will be one of the tourism highlights where visitors can find most of Malaysia's famous hawker foods in one area. Also to open are internationally renown cafes and restaurants which will be located on the first level of SkyAvenue Genting. Some of them have already started business in January 2017. This brings the total of 32 cafes and restaurants on the first level. Restaurants to look out for include; Burger & Lobster - Halal London based famous restaurantMotorino - Famous Wood-Fire Pizza from BrooklynTampopo - Japanese ramen restaurantDazzling Cafe - Famous cafe in Taiwan serving honey toastCafés Richard - Classy Parisian-style cafeFor retail, there are currently 38 shops on the third floor, with brands like Thomas Sabo, Clarks, Kaufmann, Timberland, Skechers, Under Armour, Calvin Klein, Pandora, L'Occitane, Starbucks Reserve and many others. Various photos of SkyAvenue Genting taken in the last couple of monthsGenting Member Card BenefitsYou should also know that Genting Rewards Card members will receive discounts at restaurants and shops at Sky Avenue Genting. To see what you get, just check with the outlet if there are any special discounts before you buy anything or before you order any food.For more information, you can visit the SkyAvenue Website (http://www.rwgenting.com/skyavenue/)In general, the entire concept of this project is to make one lifestyle and entertainment product and the Genting Sky Avenue is beautifully designed shopping mall in the highlands, targeted towards locals and foreigners. For anyone visiting Resorts World Genting, this concept is created to give you an overall experience in terms of entertainment, leisure and shopping. Right now, everyone is asking when the Genting new theme park opening is going to take place. Since the slight delay in the last couple of years, the 20th Century Fox World Genting theme park is now scheduled to only open very late in 2017 or even in early 2018. Another interesting project to look out for is also the Genting Premium Outlets (GPO) which is scheduled to open somewhere in mid 2017, but nothing is confirmed to date and the last mentioned opening date was in May 2017. This will be the first factory outlet in the highlands of Malaysia and the GPO will be at Awana, which is connected to the Awana Skyway that goes all the way to SkyAvenue Genting. 
    Monday 30th of January 2017 04:53:00 AM
  • Hotels in Labuan Bajo, Flores
    Labuan Bajo is your main gateway to the Komodo Islands and this article on Hotels in Labuan Bajo, Flores highlights most of the hotels here. I visited Labuan Bajo twice in 2015 and 2016 with Tourism Indonesia and stayed at the La Prima Hotel, a 4-star property in Labuan Bajo and also at Le Pirate Bajo, a boutique hotel in town. During my stay here, I noticed that there are quite a number of hotels which range from budget, luxury to even live on board boats so you have a choice when staying here. Before you read the rest, you should also check out my article on How to get to Komodo Island as it gives you a general guide on getting to this amazing island. Note the best way is via flights from Denpasar in Bali as there are three flights a day into Labuan Bajo. You can also check Skyscanner for the cheapest and fastest ways to get here. Anyway, below is the list of Hotels in Labuan Bajo, Flores.Hotels in Labuan BajoLaprima Hotel in Labuan Bajo, one of the places I stayed at4 Star Hotels in Labuan Bajo, FloresBintang Flores Hotel JL. Pantai Pede, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 4 StarPrice from: USD 49.00Number of Rooms: 61WiFi/Internet: Free Wi-FiEmail    : info@bintangfloreshotel.comWebsite: www.bintangfloreshotel.comLaprima Hotel Jl. Pantai Pedeh No. 8, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 43.00Number of Rooms : 88WiFi/Internet: Free Wi-Fi Public AreaSpaThe Jayakarta Suite Komodo Flores Jl. Pantai Pede Km.5, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 4 StarPrice from USD 54.00Number of Rooms : 71WiFi/Internet: Free Wi-Fi Public AreaSpaLuwansa Beach Resort Labuan Bajo - NTT, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 4-StarPrice from USD 33.00Number of Rooms : 35WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Scuba DivingSeraya Hotel and Resort SERAYA Kecil, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 4-StarPrice from USD 295.00Number of Rooms : 24WiFi/Internet: Free WifiDivingPlantaran Komodo office in Labuan Bajo town areaPlataran Komodo Beach Resort Waecicu beach, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 4-StarPrice from USD 183.00Number of Rooms : 8WiFi/Internet: No WifiDivingKomodo ResortTanjung Pelinta, Sebayur Island, Komodo, Manggarai Barat, FloresPrice from USD 120.00 ? 230.00 per nightWebsite: www.komodoresort.comBlue Marlin Komodo, located on the main street of Labuan Bajo town3 Star Hotels in Labuan Bajo, FloresBlue Marlin Komodo Jalan Soekarno-Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3-StarPrice from USD 57.00WiFi/Internet: Free WiFiDivingKomodo Resort & Diving Club Sebayur island komodo, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3-StarPrice from USD 267.00Number of Rooms : 16WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi DivingSylvia Hotel and Resort in Labuan Bajo, located 10 minutes out of town area and peacefulSylvia Hotel and Resort Waicicu Beach Area, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3-StarPrice from USD 28.00WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Lobby AreaPuri Sari Beach Hotel Jl. Pantai Pede, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3 StarPrice from USD 46.00Number of Rooms : 21WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi L Bajo Hotel Komodo Kasimo Street, no 99, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3 starPrice from USD 22.00Number of Rooms : 55WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Waecicu Beach Inn Waecicu Beach, Labuan Bajo, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 3 starPrice from USD 27.00Number of Rooms : 16Along the main road in town, you will see many local budget hotels in Labuan Bajo2 Star Hotels in Labuan Bajo, FloresSelini on the Hill Villas Gang Perikanan Lama No. 77, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 2 StarPrice from USD 42.00WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Komodo Boutique Hotel Jln. Sernaru-Labuan-Bajo-Flores, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 2 StarPrice from USD 27.00Number of Rooms : 24WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Hotel Komodo Indah in Labuan Bajo town area. There are a lot of local guest house and budget hotels hereBudget, Boutique Hotels in Labuan Bajo, FloresGolo Hilltop Hotel Jl. Binongko, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 1 StarPrice from USD 28.00Number of Rooms : 10WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi CF Komodo Hotel Jln Alo Tanis, Lamtoro, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoRating: 1 starPrice from USD 17.00Number of Rooms : 12WiFi/Internet: No WifiWaecicu Eden Beach Hotel Pantai Waecicu, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 26.00Number of Rooms : 10WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Green Hill Boutique Hotel Jl. Sukarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 32.00Number of Rooms : 11WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi DivingExotic Komodo Hotel Jl. Yohanes Sehadun, Depan Bandara Komodo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 30.00Number of Rooms : 11WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Green Prundi Hotel Jalan Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 22.00Number of Rooms : 14WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Hotel Pagi Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 21.00Number of Rooms : 19WiFi/Internet: Free WiFi Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge 3 Gorontalo Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 41.00Number of Rooms : 10WiFi/Internet: UnknownLe Pirate BajoJalan Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Labuan Bajo,Price from USD 30.00Number of Rooms: 14Rooftop Sky Bar, Live MusicWebsite: https://lepirate.com/labuan-bajo/Le Pirate Bajo, one of the active and happening hotels in the town of Labuan BajoLive on Board Boat Hotels in KomodoPlataran Phinisi Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 1,405.001 Cabin - 6 AdultsDivingLaba Laba Boat Pelabuhan Pelni, Jalan Soekarno Hatta, Manggarai Barat, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 310.002 cabins - 5 AdultsFishingIsland ToursPerjuangan Boat Jalan Soekarno Hatta, Manggarai Barat, Labuan BajoPrice from USD 1,501.003 Bedroom Cabin - 6 AdultsFishing Diving*All the prices above are estimates only, they may be higher or lower, depending on the season and also the availability. You should double check with the website or hotel booking sites for the current price.Cool Corner Backpackers Hostel, located smack center in Labuan Bajo town areaThe above are probably not complete as there are some other new hotels which have recently opened. As I write this, there are probably more hotels being opened too. All of this is due to the extra publicity that has been promoting Komodo Island in the last two years. More people are heading here as this is one of the new destinations in Indonesia to explore. And if you are wondering what else can be done here, I did an article on things to do in Labuan Bajo as well.For divers, Komodo has always been one of the must-dive places in the world and I had the opportunity to experience this in September 2016. Read my article on diving at Komodo Island as I wrote about my dive adventure here and I have to say, this was probably one of my best diving experiences to date.The breath taking view from the main lobby of Sylvia Resort in Labuan BajoFlores is not only popular for Komodo Island and the scuba diving, but also for trekking up Mount Kelimutu, one of the volcanic mountains that has three colored lakes at the top. This is something highly recommended to visit, especially if you are planning to visit Flores, you might as well explore the many other places. One of the growing trends is also the Bird Watching in Flores as there are quite a number of birds to spot here. For more information, I wrote another article titled things to do in Flores which could narrow down what you want to do here.Overall, you can research the hotels and resorts in Labuan Bajo, but let me remind you that not everything TripAdvisor says is gold. I would recommend you do proper research on the type of place you want to stay at. Some are located out of the town area, and some are smack center in town. Hope you have a great time here and this list of hotels in Labuan Bajo, Flores, came in handy for your planning. 
    Sunday 29th of January 2017 08:50:00 AM
  • Nasi Tumpang, a Unique Malaysian Dish
    What is Nasi Tumpang? This popular dish in Kelantan is probably one of the best looking rice dishes found in Malaysia. For any serious foodie traveler out there who wants to explore the Malaysian Food Scene, this is something to try. The word Tumpang translates as hitching a ride, or overlapping and from the style and shape of the rice, you can see multiple layers of dishes compacted with rice and wrapped in a cone shape with banana leaf. This is not your ordinary rice dish as you can find it only in selected coffee shops for breakfast or tea around Kota Bharu.In Kelantan, the locals call this dish in their local dialect which is Nasi Tupe. The origins of this dish goes back to the days where fishermen or farmers wife's would pack the Nasi Tumpang for their husbands to bring it along for their work. The main layered dishes are packed from leftovers of the previous day dinner. During rest time or long working hours, they would open up the cone shaped banana leaf rice and eat as a meal. It is very practical and cutlery is not required, making the Nasi Tumpang easy to consume. I fist encountered eating Nasi Tumpang back in the early 90's when I traveled to Kelantan and some locals introduced this strange cone dish to me. It was also at The White House in Kota Bharu where I was fascinated by the taste and quirkiness of this dish. The locals said that this was a popular breakfast or tea dish and would sellout really fast. Over the years, whenever I visited Kelantan, I would make it a point to explore other places selling Nasi Tumpang. A city style Nasi Tumpang. Photo by Hizwan Hamid c/o www.timeout.com.myOrigins of Nasi TumpangThe main word Tumpang actually comes from the Malay word 'Menumpang' which mean occupying the space together with rice. If you dig deeper into the origins of of this unique and strange dish, it is also shared with Indonesia as they too have a similar dish called Nasi Tumpeng. Just a difference in spelling, but the Indonesia one looks very intriguing as the way it is prepared and served. In Malaysia, the state of Kelantan is home to Nasi Tumpang where recipes have been handed down from generation to generation.In the olden days, Nasi Tumpang was sold in markets and nowadays, it is not easy to find as the process of making it is time consuming and tiresome. How far back this dish goes, no one knows for sure. But it is said that this dish is over a century old. I recently read a thesis paper on this, it was said that due to the painstaking effort to produce Nasi Tumpang, many have left this trade to pursue other easier foods. This is now becoming a loss to the Kelantanese people as it is claimed to be one of the original Kelantanese dishes. In terms of cultures, Nasi Tumpang in Kelantan is served mainly for breakfast and Nasi Tumpeng in Indonesia is served only during important events like wedding anniversary or other important events due to the grandeur of the accompanying dishes. Kelantanese Nasi Tumpang is made from plain white rice while Indonesian Nasi Tumpeng is made from rice with turmeric, which gives it a yellow color.  Indonesian Nasu Tumpeng or Nasi Tompang. Notice the style and color of the rice. (Photo: Unknown Source)Indonesian Nasi Tumpeng or Nasi TompangThe Indonesian Nasi Tumpeng has an interesting history that dates back to ancient traditions of revered mountains as the abode of ancestors and gods. The dish is also served as a form of thanksgiving for the abundance of harvest. During this ceremony, the top portion of the Nasi Tumpeng is cut and given to the most important person. at the ceremony. The word 'Tompang' also translates as making a fist and punching the ingredients into the banana leaf cone. Malaysian Nasi Tumpang preparation method. Image from http://fardiyah.blogspot.my/What is Inside Nasi TumpangMost would be curious to know, buy rice would be the main dish complimented with a variety of chicken or meat dishes. It also depends on the cook what he or she wants to include inside. Most common Nasi Tumpang in Kelantan would be simple rice, serunding (shredded beef, chicken or fish floss), chicken curry, eggs, cucumbers and the unique Gulai Ikan or Fish Curry. ( However, in today's lifestyle world, many restaurants and cafes have come up with their own versions of Nasi Tumpang with prawns, eggs, beef, squid and so on. But at the end of the day, each Nasi Tumpang is unique to the maker as he or she will have their own favourite ingredients in the cone packet rice. How to Eat Nasi Tumpang?While you will be fascinated with the overall look and feel, the big question is how do you eat this? Well, there are two main ways to do this, one where you open up the banana leaf and sample the different layers, accompanied with rice on each layer to fully sample the unique taste. The other is where you open it all up and give it a good old mix up. Where to Find Nasi Tumpang in KelantanA number of places around Kelantan sells Nasi Tumpang, and one of the famous restaurants in Kota Bharu is the White House Cafe, located in town center. Ask any Kelantanese and they would know of this popular breakfast, lunch and tea cafe. Where to Find Nasi Tumpang in Kuala LumpurWhile it is not easy to find Nasi Tumpang around Malaysia, there are some cafes or restaurants that actually make this dish, mostly if they are of Kelantanese origins. One cafe in Kuala Lumpur called 'Nasi Kukus Sentral' at Plaza Sentral in KL, makes this dish. So if you are in Kuala Lumpur and want to try this, head on over there. Each cone is priced around RM7.00 to RM10.00 due to the multiple choices of fillings stuffed inside. Another place to find Nasi Tumpang in KL is at 'The Warung' in Mid Valley Megamall. Here, they have created a masterpiece by making the Nasi Tumpang with 11 layers. Being in a shopping mall and in a proper restaurant, you can taste or experience what eating Nasi Tumpang is like. The Warung is also located on the 1st floor of Mid Valley Megamall and open daily from 8.00 AM to 10.00 PM. We recommend going before lunch to try this. If you know of other recommended places that sell Nasi Tumpang in the Klang Valley, do let me know. If you are planning on visiting Kota Bharu in Kelantan, north east of Malaysia, make sure you ask the locals about Nasi Tumpang and where you can find it in Kota Bharu. This will most definitely be something out of this world and will be a great conversation piece and even a great social media photo. Overall, this is undoubtedly a true Malaysian food dish to try.  
    Wednesday 25th of January 2017 07:35:00 AM
  • AirAsia X Restarts London Flights this Summer
    More good news for travelers as AirAsia X restarts its London flights this Summer after suspending the flights in March 2012. Originally, the long haul budget airline launched the direct Kuala Lumpur to London flight in March 2009 and was doing really well with full load passengers both ways. The main reason for AirAsia X to suspend the London flights were the high operating cost, possibly due to the high fuel prices back then, but after axing the route, there was much talk of the long haul budget airline getting back the route. Many speculated that it was a temporary halt, and expected the airline to resume the London route in a couple of years. That did not happen and speculations were high. During the last four years, AirAsia X has launched a series of new destinations, but in return, also suspending other routes which were shared by the Malaysian national carrier. AirAsia X discontinued their Christchurch route in May 2012 after successfully operating that route for a year. But in January 2016, they connected New Zealand with new flights to Auckland via The Gold Coast, Australia. The airline also launched their AirAsia X flights to Mauritius in May, 2016 and a series of other interesting destinations.AirAsia X London FlightsReturning to London on the summer of 2017 with direct flights out of KLIA2, this is great news for both, Asians and Europeans. The news was also announced by CEO Tony Fernandes in Switzerland in mid January 2017. Tony had also mentioned that Frankfurt was one of the new AirAsia X destinations which would operate direct from Bangkok. The CEO also mentioned that he would hope to have the flight tickets as low as Euro 150 (RM 715.00) to attract Europeans heading to Southeast Asia and vice versa. This is also great news for budget travelers as flight ticket prices are really competitive nowadays. The AirAsia X KL-London flights have yet to be confirmed by the airline, but speculations during the summer period would estimate it to be around June or July in 2017. How many flights a week or what aircraft they are using, is also awaiting the official news from AirAsia. In recent developing news, the long haul budget airline has also announced that the will soon be AirAsia X flights to the US. The airline received their approval from the FAA in early January which makes AirAsia the first Asian budget airline to fly and land in the US. This route, which has not been officially announced, will see Hawaii as the first destination that AirAsia X will fly to. This is purely due to the connectivity from Haneda Airport in Japan, which the airline flies too. As for AirAsia X restarting their London flights this summer, many are pleased with the news, especially for Asians who have their children studying in the UK. This would be a cheaper alternative for them to visit their kids there. And for the Europeans travelling to Southeast Asia or even Oceanic, this flight will make their connectivity easier by landing in Kuala Lumpur and connecting to the next destination. 
    Tuesday 24th of January 2017 12:09:00 PM
  • Tourism Malaysia Closes Offices Nationwide
    Tourism Malaysia closes its offices throughout Malaysia with immediate effect, and this comes as a shock for many people. The main reason behind this move by Tourism Minister Datuk Nazri, is to avoid job duplication with state agencies in promoting tourist attractions within Malaysia.  The closing of the 14 Tourism Malaysia offices around Malaysia will also not involve the termination of services of the staff, but they would be absorbed into the ministry's headquarters and other departments. This bold move is also expected to save about RM6 million in cost annually. The money could be utilized for other expenses and promotions, said the minister. The tourism minister also quoted that every state has its own Executive Councillor for Tourism and the State Economic Unit (UPEN), therefore they do not want a duplication of the tasks between the agencies and the tourism authorities in every state. Tourism Malaysia Closes Offices NationwideWith the closure of the Tourism Malaysia offices around Malaysia, the ministry also plans to create five information offices based on regions. The main headquarters will still be the central region which is the Tourism Malaysia Putrajaya Office. The other new regions are;Northern Region: Tourism Malaysia Penang OfficeEastern Region: Tourism Malaysia Terengganu OfficeSouthern Region: Tourism Malaysia Johor OfficeSabah Region: Tourism Malaysia Kota Kinabalu International Airport OfficeSarawak Region: Tourism Malaysia Kuching International Airport OfficeThis also follows the shocking news on Jan 14, 2017 where the ministry announced that four Tourism Malaysia offices abroad, New York, Perth, Johannesburg and Perth, would be closed with immediate effect following the termination of Malaysia Airlines Bhd services there. This was also huge news in the tourism industry when it was announced just a week before the new news of Tourism Malaysia closing all its offices in Malaysia. The closure of the Tourism Malaysia offices has come as a shock to many people, especially those in the tourism related field and industry. With this new move, it is to show that Malaysia is undergoing a serious tourism restructuring under the leadership of the minister, Datuk Nazri in order to achieve the goal of targeting 30.5 million visitors to Malaysia for 2017. 
    Tuesday 24th of January 2017 08:16:00 AM
  • AirAsia X Flights to the US
    In the latest Malaysian aviation news, AirAsia X flights to the US has been cleared by the FAA on the 24th January 2017. When the long haul budget airline will start flying, it has not been officially announced. However, related media reports had indicated that AirAsia X flights to the UK and Frankfurt will commence in the summer of 2017. AirAsia X is also the first Asian low cost carrier to operate flights to the USA and the the approval from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) allows the airline to fly to any destination in the US. Destinations include Hawaii is one of them and it could be a connecting flight via Japan. This is also huge news for the aviation industry in Asia as it is now getting very competitive in terms of destinations. AirAsia X, Malaysia's leading long-haul budget carrierIn May 2016, we had announced on Malaysia Asia about AirAsia X Flights to Hawaii, where it would connect via Japan. The news did not indicate exactly when, but the AirAsia X flights to US should most likely start in mid to end of 2017. The best is to subscribe to the airlines newsletter to get the latest information on their new destinations and promotions. AirAsia X has been aggressively promoting many new flight destinations in the last couple of years where one of the much talked about new routes was the AirAsia X flights to Mauritius, creating a budget gateway to the paradise islands in the Indian Ocean. There have been many other new destinations for the Malaysian long-haul budget carrier and dreams of visiting far away places are now becoming a reality. Especially for budget travelers, now you can start making plans to visit America as when the AirAsia X flights to the US is launched, there will surely be some promotions tickets. 
    Tuesday 24th of January 2017 06:40:00 AM
  • Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur Flights
    Come February 10, 2017, Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur flights will be launched and the airline will fly five weekly flights. This now makes the number of airlines plying this route to six, including Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia X, Malindo Air and Nepal Airlines who currently fly direct between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur.  According to Himalaya Airlines, a round-trip ticket on the flight from Kathmandu (Flight H9 890) starts at Rs 25,375 (RM 1656.00), while the  Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu (Flight H9 891) round trip, flight ticket prices will start at RM 928.00 and an early morning flight where passengers will arrive Kathmandu at about 9.40 AM. The airline has also appointed Carnival Travel and My Golden Lion Aviation as its General Sales Agents (GSA) for Malaysia and Myanmar respectively.Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur Flight TimingsFlight No.RoutingDepartureArrivalDay of the weekH9 890KTM-KUL11:00 PM06:05 AMMon, Wed, Thu, Fri, SunH9 891KUL-KTM07:05 AM09: 40 AMMon, Tue, Thu, Fri, SatVice President for Administration Vijay Shrestha also quoted that the launch of new destinations is part of Himalaya?s commitment to connect Nepal directly with Asia Pacific countries and boost tourism as well as trade opportunities. The airline received its first Airbus A320-214 aircraft in March of 2016 and at the end of January 2017, they will be receiving another similar aircraft which will be fitted with 150 economy seats and eight business class seats. An additional two similar aircraft are also being added at the end of 2017. For more information, visit the official Himalaya Airlines Website. Himalaya Airlines new Airbus A320-214. Photo from www.nepalmountainnews.com. Himalaya Airlines, is a Nepal-China joint venture, established in August 2014. Himalaya Airlines, a full service carrier, started its scheduled flights operations from May 31, 2016 flying directly to Doha, Qatar and to Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 1, 2016.Himalaya Airlines also plans to link various Asian and Middle Eastern cities initially and also to acquire 15 Airbus aircraft, including long-haul A330 wide body jets. The company plans to expand operations to Japan, Korea, Australia, America and Europe by 2022. For now, the new launch of the Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur flights will be something that many local and international travelers will look forward too, especially with the promotion prices offered. 
    Saturday 21st of January 2017 03:33:00 PM


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