Single Visa Entry for Asean Region Soon?

How To Get Visa August 11th, 2007

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This is a great news for travelers if Malaysia managed to convince other ASEAN counterpart to implement this single visa entry. If being implemented, traveler who enter one ASEAN country does not need to apply for another visa when he/she wants to enter another ASEAN country.It’s like one visa for ASEAN.So far six countries out of ten has shown interests.

The Associations of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) consists of ten South East Asian countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Malaysia seeks single visa entry for Asean region

PONTIANAK (Indonesia): Malaysia is pursuing the facilitation of a single visa entry among Asean member countries to boost tourism in the region, which is forecast to receive 30% of the projected one billion tourists globally by 2010.

Tourists coming to Malaysia did not encounter problems getting a visa on arrival or for a two-week stay at present, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said yesterday.

“We are pushing for single visa entry for Asean, whereby tourists visiting a member state will not need to apply for multiple visas to visit other countries in the grouping,” he told Malaysian journalists covering his visit to meet Indonesian tourism industry players here in West Kalimantan.

While here, Adnan held dialogues with the Wakil Governor Kalimantan Barat Dr Lorencus Herman Kadir, members of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agents, airlines representatives and other stakeholders of the travel industry.

He said the single visa issue had been raised with his counterpart in Singapore while Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia were keen on the “one destination, three or four countries” strategy to boost regional tourism. – Bernama

I Have To Postpone My Indonesian Trip

Personal August 9th, 2007

I am so frustrated right now because I have to postpone my Indonesian trip which I am supposed to go at the end of this month. I have to make this decisions after learning  that my application for leave was not approved because I have been given an urgent task to do. This task maybe will need me to travel to Dubai for a few days. I hate to go to Dubai during this period. It’s so hot at nearly 40 degree Celsius.

I have to reschedule my Indonesian trip to maybe end of December during Christmas. Luckily, I have not redeemed my Skywards points yet.

Save Some Money And Enjoy Your Holidays

OnlyFive August 8th, 2007

Have you planned for your next holiday yet? For Malaysian, this year is a great year to plan for holiday because so much of offers for travelers to grab either by going for local destinations or overseas. Promotions from travel companies and airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Jetstar, Fireflyz and AirAsia are so great and affordable. I will be so happy if I manage to go to at least 2 holiday destinations this year. But it is all down to my budget which force me to choose only a few selected destinations. So I have to manage my budget for each itinerary carefully in order to maximize the traveling experience.

Hotel Reservations is one of the important agenda which needed to be looked into when planning for a holiday. A large portion of budget will be needed to be put aside for accommodations. So, some survey work has to be done in order to save some of the budget. Almost all the time, online hotel reservations such as HotelReservations.com do offer great discounts up to 70% for hotels, motels or even vacations package. A quick check for a standard room at Equatorial Hotel in Penang, Malaysia is available at USD82.00 per night which is almost 70% less than if I made a booking directly from the hotel’s website. Other than Equatorial Hotel Penang, there are many more hotels in Penang which available at a very good rate from HotelReservations.com. It seems like internet booking do offer more discounts comparing to walk-in guests. So, next time when you want to book for a hotel room, instead of walking straight to the hotel’s reception counter, head to internet cafe and book your rooms through online reservation website.

I don’t know about you but I would rather spend my money somewhere else rather than spending so much on accommodations which you require only for a few hours at night. A basic room is good enough for me because sight seeing is more important than spending my time inside the room. Anyway, everybody are entitle for their own opinions. So, this will be my way of enjoying my holidays.

Great Offer From Malaysia Airlines

Travel News August 6th, 2007

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In conjunction with Malaysia 50th Independent Day, Malaysia Airlines has come out with many offers for travelers. This is a great year for Malaysian travelers and hopefully not only for this year. Check for the latest offer from Malaysia Airlines at http://www.malaysiaairlines.com.

Fireflyz is Offering Cheap Air Tickets At MYR0.50

Travel News August 2nd, 2007

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This is another marvelous news for travelers especially those from Penang, Malaysia because Fireflyz is offering one way cheap air tickets at MYR0.50 (USD1 = MYR3.4) in conjunction with Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day!! Fireflyz is a low cost airline which based in Penang. Among destinations which Fireflyz fly to including Phuket, Koh Samui, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kuantan and Langkawi.

This is a good opportunity for me to pack my bags and head to Phuket. Unfortunately, I have to focus my time and budget on planned trip to Indonesia at the end of August, then only I will consider other destination. This time around, I will have to let go this good offer from Fireflyz. But for those who has got the time to travel within this month and March 2008, head to http://www.fireflyz.com.my and try your luck to book your MYR0.50 air ticket.