Travel warning for Indonesia lifted

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The US State Department has lifted its travel warning for Indonesia, reflecting improved security and paving the way for closer ties between the two countries.

The Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah, which wanted to create an Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia, carried out a series of deadly bomb attacks in Indonesia between 2002 and 2005, dealing a severe blow to the country's tourism and trade.

Following the bombings, the Indonesian authorities worked closely with foreign allies to arrest militants and step up security.

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Duck Tour in Singapore

Well when u visit a place, u want to see it with a difference, right!!

In Singapore there is something called as a Duck Tour !! A duck ??? where did that come from ?? It is a Boat, a Bus, a DUCK! It is the 1st and only amphibious theme tour attraction in Asia.These Duck tours offer both city and harbour tours without changing the vehicle.

Its amazing, you keep going in the road and suddenly u are in the water. A unique kind of boat on big wheels.

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Thai Culture that you need to know

If you're planning to come and visit Thailand, it's good to come with the knowledge of what's culturally acceptable or not.Generally, the Thais are very polite.

If you offend them in any way, they won't tell you and but instead say, "Mai pen rai' or it's okay even if they're already offended.

Here's a compilation of the things you can do and must not do during your stay or visit.

1) Show your respect towards the Royal Family.
The Royal Family is very well respected in this country, therefore as much as possible, don't comment anything may it be good or bad about them. Don't ask controversial issues about them from the local people. It'll greatly offend them and neither talk to you about it.

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Culture and Customs of Vietnamese

What you should do when meeting Vietnamese at the first time? These are some general notes which help you to be polite with Vietnamese culture and people.

Greeting People
Most of the Vietnamese in urban areas no longer bow when they meet each other. In formal gatherings, at religious place, and sometimes in the country areas, one may see the people clasp their hands together in a prayer-like gesture and bow slightly. This is not practiced to any extent in everyday life in Vietnam as it is in neighboring Thailand.

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Single Visa Policy for ASEAN

To boost tourism in the region, the Philippines and Thailand have agreed to urge the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to adopt a single visa policy for tourists traveling within the 10-nation bloc.This was one of the understandings firmed up at the Thursday meeting between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and visiting Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

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Malaysia Top 5 Medical Tourism in the World

Malaysia is among the world’s top five medical tourism destinations for medical tourists and foreign investors, reports online investment news source Nuwire Investors. Selected based on the quality and affordability of medical care and receptiveness to foreign investment, Malaysia came in third behind Panama and Brazil, and was followed by Costa Rica and India.

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Sabah public transpotation information

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

By Road
Taxis are available from the airport into the capital city and major hotels.
Overland journey by bus or car is easy to arrange between Kuching (Sarawak), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei Darussalam) and Kota Kinabalu. Passports are stamped at all the borders.

By Rail
Borneo's only railway service in operation is in Sabah. It runs from Tanjung Aru railway station in Kota Kinabalu to Beaufort and Tenom. The journey to Beaufort takes less than 2 hours, and to Tenom about 5 hours. The ride by railcar through the Padas River gorge to Tenom is particularly interesting to visitors.

By Ferry

Ferry Schedule
Kota Kinabalu to Labuan
  • 8.00am (Daily)
  • 1.30pm (Mon - Thur)
  • 3.00pm (Fri - Sun)
Labuan to Kota Kinabalu
  • 8.30am (Mon - Thur)
  • 10.30am (Fri - Sun)
  • 1.00pm (Mon - Thur)
  • 3.00pm (Fri - Sun)

Night Safari in Singapore

As the sun sets, a different world comes to life. At the Night Safari, you can look a rhinoceros in the eye, hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas or watch giraffes glide serenely across the plain in the still of the night.

This premier night zoo houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones re-created to simulate geographic zones like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle.

Strike out on your own along the walking trail or relax in a tram ride - whichever you choose, Night Safari is a wild adventure not to be missed.

Winner of the Tourism Awards 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997 and 1996 - Leisure Attraction of the Year.
Open
6.00pm to midnight (daily)
Last ticket sale: 11.00pm

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Jakarta, Capital city of Indonesia

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, located on the northwest part of Java.Jakarta has been called a study in contrasts: traditional and modern; rich and poor; spiritual and wordly stand side by side in this bustling metropolis.

Among the 8 million people who call Jakarta home, one find representatives of the many diverse ethnic and cultural groups which shape Indonesia, a reminder of the nation’s motto: ‘Unity in Diverse’. You may have to search high and low in this multi-cultural collage to find one of the proud ethnic Jakartans, called "Orang Betawi".

Their language. Betawi Malay, has two variations, conventional Betawi Malay, spoken by elder people and bred in Jakarta, and modern Jakarta Malay, a slang form spoken by the younger generation and migrants.

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Boat cruise at Ayutthaya, Thailand

Boat trips to enjoy the beautiful scenery and Thai lifestyle along the Chao Phraya River, the Pa Sak River and around the town island of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya are available. A long-tailed boat can be chartered at the pier in front of Chanthara Kasem National Museum, Pom Phet Pier, and Wat Phananchoeng Pier. The fare depends on the route and duration. There are also boat tours provided by:

1. Ruean Raprong Restaurant Providing a river tour around Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Starting from the restaurant, there are 3 routes available: 1. Around the town of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya; 2. To Bang Pa-In Palace, and 3. To Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre. The boats are in service during 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. daily. Service charge inclusive of food and beverage for a tour around the town of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is 320 Baht/person for a group of 10 – 30 persons and 300 Baht/person for a group of more than 30 persons.

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