Monday, December 22, 2008

The Pinnacles of Mulu National Park

This video shows the beautiful of Gunung Mulu National Park which is located near the Miri town at the state of Sarawak in Borneo. Mulu’s have spectacular scenery and its biological significance, it was not surprising that Mulu was successfully listed as a World Heritage site in November 2000.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

PAYAR ISLAND, LANGKAWI, STATE OF KEDAH

THE PARADISE FOR SNORKLERS AND DIVER, WHICH IS SITUATED ON WEST COAST OF WEST MALAYSIA,,VERY CLOSE TO LANGKAWI ISLANDS,,,,

Sunday, August 24, 2008

KECAK DANCE AT ULUWATU - BALI

This is memorable experience for me,,,our trip in BALI at July / August 2008 really nice and enjoyable...here i attached the video of Kecak Dance at Uluwatu, Bali for all of u,,,,this dance based on Ramayana epic.....this show start at 6 pm and take around 2 hour..at the same time u also can enjoy a beautiful sunset at Uluwatu
video

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

REDANG ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE


Pulau Redang, situated 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu, is the largest of all Terengganu's islands. Its have two beautiful beaches, the Long Beach or locally known as Pasir Panjang, situated on the east coast and Teluk Dalam Kecil, a sheltered cove tucked away on the northeast of the island. Teluk Dalam Kecil is the location of the Berjaya Redang Beach Resort, a five-star accommodation on the island. Redang Marine Park cover all 9 (Lima Island, Paku Besar Island, Paku Kecil Island, Kerengga Besar Island, Kerengga Kecil Island, Ekor Tebu Island, Ling Island, Pinang Island and Redang Island) island in Redang Archipelago. Redang Island is famous for its crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and the tropical fish that inhabit the numerous reefs, many within 50 feet of the shore. The best time to visit Redang Island from March - October every year. Redang is affected by Northeast monsoon, so most resorts are closed and ferry transport schedules are severely restricted between November and February.

GETTING THERE
marine park fee (RM5) is levied on all visitors to the island.

1. BY AIR - From Kuala Lumpur, u can take flight at KLIA (Malaysia Airline - http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/) or LCCT (Airasia - http://www.airasia.com/) ot Subang Airport (Firefly - http://www.fireflyz.com.my/ to Kuala terengganu airport, this journey may be take 1 hour. U also can take direct flight to Redang with Berjaya Air (http://www.berjaya-air.com/) from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur. From Singapore, u also can take flight from Seletar airport (not Changi Airport) with Berjaya air, only one flight daily. After landed at Kuala Terengganu airport u can take taxi to Merang Jetty (main jetty to Redang).

2. BY ROAD - U can take the East Coast Highway from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu or via East-West Highway if u come from northern part of peninsular Malaysia and then proceed to Merang, the take-off point to Redang, is located about an hour's drive north of Kuala Terengganu. If u come with Bus express from Kuala Lumpur (Hentian Putra), Johor Bahru (Larkin station) or other place to Kuala Terengganu u will be arrive at Tanjung Express station around 6 am and then take taxi to Merang jetty to get boat to Redang. If u from Singapore u also can get Transnasional Express (Lavender Street/Kallang Bahru Junction and Damai Ria Express (Beach Road) with daily coaches to Kuala Terengganu.

3. BY BOAT - The main jetty is at Merang, some 30 km north from Kuala Terengganu. From Merang, the trip to Pasir Panjang takes about 40 minutes on comfortable, large speedboats and prices are more or less standardized at RM40/80 one-way/return. In season (March-October), there are also ferries directly from the Shahbandar Jetty in central Kuala Terengganu (Tanjung Bus Express station not far from here) to the Berjaya Jetty on the west side of the island, with approximately 1 hour 15 minutes journey.These are operated by and intended primarily for guests of the Berjaya resorts, but they'll take non-guests on board if there's space available. Ferry Fare (two-way) is chargeable at MYR 100.00 nett per adult and MYR 50.00 nett per child (Aged 2-12 years old).

THINGS TO DO
1. Snorkeling - this is no. 1 activity in Redang, Many resort offer packages include snorkeling tours by boat to nearby islands, but there are some decent reefs right off Pasir Panjang. The best is Redang Reef Resorts, and the small hill/island in the middle of Pasir Panjang is a nesting ground for baby sharks.

2. Diving - it popular bcoz the water around this island are usually crystal water. More or less every resort on the island has its own dive shop, but it may be worth looking beyond the house shop as quality varies considerably.

Coral Redang Divers, Pasir Panjang (at Coral Redang Island Resort). Very professionally run PADI outfit with custom-built dive boats.

Redang Bay Divers, Pasir Panjang (at Redang Bay Resort). Lowest prices on the island. Only MAUI instructors on the island.

Redang Pelangi Dive Centre, Pasir Panjang (at Redang Pelangi Resort). Competitive price, offering dive services, courses as well as Scuba Discovery for non-divers. Professional Dive Master and Instructor from either PADI/SDI certification.

3. JUNGLE TREKKING -u can try the trek between Pasir Panjang to Teluk Dalam which ending at Berjaya Redang Beach resort (2 km long).

4. Momo Tea Inn - this place became the movie background scene in the famous Hong Kong movie "Summer Holiday" acted by Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren. After the film shots were taken, Momo Tea Inn has become a famous and popular spot in Redang.

5. Blue Sand - Ucan found at the beach infront of Redang Reef Resort. At night time the sand glows in the dark in blue. This happen because it's kind of insect (Firefleas/Sea firefly) that lives in the water and they stay in the shore. U have to wipe the sand with your hand to find it, when you found it, it glows in blue for few seconds and it disappears in the sand. It's worth to experience it.

6. Enjoy Sunrise especially at Pasir Panjang Beach.

EATING

Every resort has its own restaurant, serving up burgers, pizza and bland local food at outrageous prices. Here a few restaurant for ur choice likes Sang Suria Buffet Restaurant, Palms Restaurant at Berjaya Beach Resort, Aima Grill Fish Restaurant, Redang Laguna Cafetaria etc.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Redang does not have any backpacker accommodation. Most resort rack rates are over RM300/night but if you book a package or visit in the off or shoulder seasons u can get better price. Lots of travel agencies offer packages to Redang.

Budget - I think the only option is campground located at Teluk Kalong. http://www.redangbudget.com/

1. Redang Pelangi Resort - http://www.redangpelangi.com/

2. Redang Bay Resort - http://www.redangbay.com.my/

3. Redang Lagoon Chalet - http://www.redanglagoon.com/

4. Redang Kalong Resort - http://www.redangkalong.com/

5. Berjaya Redang Beach Resort - http://www.berjayaresorts.com.my/

6. Laguna Redang Resort - http://www.lagunaredang.com.my/

7. Redang Holiday Beach Villa - http://www.redangholiday.com/

HAVE FUN IN REDANG, ENJOY IT





Wednesday, April 30, 2008

HUA HIN TRAVEL GUIDE



Hua Hin is a seaside resort city in Thailand, which faces Gulf of Thailand and also known as Royal Beach Resort. Hua Hin is located in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province which is situated at the northern end of the Peninsular Thailand and about 123km to the south of Bangkok. Hua Hin very popular with Thais and became weekend getaway spot for Bangkok residents.

GETTING THERE
1. BY AIR - u can take SGA airline ( now alliance with Nok Air) http://www.sga.co.th/ , which is operate 3 - 4 times daily flight from Suvarnabhumi airport. the flights maybe take around 45 minutes to 1 hour journey.

2. BY CAR / TAXI - From Bangkok, u can take Highway No. 35 (Thonburi Pak Tho route) passing Samut Prakan and Samut Songkhram, then take highway No. 4 (Phetkasem road) to Hua Hin. it can take 2 hours journey. By taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin also possible but the fare must be negotiate, try to get around 2000Baht range.

3. BY TRAIN - This journey maybe takes about 3 - 4 hours from Bangkok. Train can take at Hua Lamphong station which have 12 time daily trip to Hua Hin. This is the easy way because Hua Hin train station located within the city.

4. BY BUS - U can take bus at Bangkok Southern Terminal. This journey take about 3.5 hours.The price is 110Baht, 85Baht and 61Baht for 1st Class Air-conditioned, 2nd Class Air-conditioned and ordinary bus respectively. From Khao San road, u can take minivan to Hua Hin which cost around 150Baht/person. From downtown Bangkok, u also can take minivan from Victory Monument (Anusawari Chai) area, near the BTS skytrain, which cost around 180Baht/person. The price maybe change depends on current circumstances.

GETTING AROUND

1. MINIBUS - U can use this transport to the beach of Khao Takiap and Suan Son. The minibus terminal situated at the Intersection of Sasong road and Dam noen Kasem road.
2. SONGTHAEW - u can take songthaew at the station at the Intersection of Chomsin road and Phetkasem road.
3. For trip around Hua Hin town, u also can take Tuk-tuk or Samlor (tricycle), which cosst maybe 40Baht/trip.
4. At Hua Hin u also can rent motorcycle or bicycle for around the city. U can rent at Dam noen Kasem road near the Jed Pee Nong hotel.
5. At fishing pier, u also can charter boat to Koh Singto for 800Baht/day.

all price maybe change depends on current circumstances.

THING TO DO

1. HUA HIN BEACH - u can enjoy the beautiful 5km long white sandy beach, many seaside resort along the beach and this beach very close to town.
2. KHAO TAKIAB - One of the highest area in Hua Hin, going up here u can see the whole Hua Hin scenery. Here also a good place to see sunset. On the hill top have huge standing buddha and temple.
3. HUA HIN RAILWAY STATION - This is one of the oldest train station in Thailand. its unique, red color and white pavilion formerly served as the Royal Waiting Room.
4. KLAI KANGWON PALACE / SUMMER PALACE - Built in 1926 after King Rama VII was crowned, have 3 spanish-style mansions overlooking the sea, presently, it is the residence of His Majesty The King.
5. SUAN SON BEACH - owned by Thai army but open to public, located to the south of Hua Hin town and also have beautiful beach.
6. KOH SINGTO - This tiny island located about 800m off Suan Son beach and suitable for fishing trip and diving.
7. HUA HIN ART & CRAFT CENTRE - Located on Naepkhehat road, it showcases work of art including paintings, sculptures, thai handicraft and antiques.
8. HUA HIN NIGHT MARKET - Situated in downtown of Hua Hin, this is the best place to hang around in the evening and enjoy fresh seafood as well as shops for clothes, local handicrafts and souvenirs.

SHOPPING

- Souvenirs shops in Hua Hin, mostly on Naret Damri road, Decha Nuchit road, Chomsin road and Damnoen Kasem road.
- In Hua Hin also can buy Khommaphat ( printed cotton & silk fabrics), dried sea food, handicraft and variety of processed fruits.
- The best place for shopping is at night market but Hua Hin have 2 night market. The better known is in the middle Hua Hin town which is more to tourist oriented. Another one is Grand Market (Thai favors) located at parking lot between Grand Hotel and Sao Paulo Hospital.

EAT & DRINK

There are many options to eat and drink around Hua Hin. The beach area and Khao Takiap more to tourist area but if u want good local dishes just try on Phetkasem road along the way to Khao Takiap. At night market and Tesco village mall also have cheap foods.

Finally, Hua Hin is the safe city to visit due the King Palace was here so the security very tight.
FOR ACCOMMODATION JUST FIND AT SIDEBAR AND HAVE FUN IN HUA HIN

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

KOH SAMUI TRAVEL GUIDE




Koh Samui located off north-eastern coast of Thailand peninsular which is 84km east off Surat Thani Province and 475km south of Bangkok, Samui also the 2nd most beautiful island in Thailand and 3rd largest island in Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang. Samui have many beautiful beaches and bays. The best time to visit Samui is from February to April every year due the sea is calm this time.

GETTING THERE


1. BY AIR - Bangkok Airways have frequent flight from Bangkok, Phuket and U-Tapao (at Sattahip, 30km south of Pattaya). Thai Airways also have direct flight from Bangkok. Samui also can reach via Penang (http://www.firefly.com/), several flights a week from Kuala Lumpur with Berjaya Air (http://www.berjaya-air.com/).

2. BY BOAT / FERRY - Have various companies operate the boat to connect Samui from mainland.

a) Rajah Ferry - depart from Don Sak pier which is located 70km south of Surat Thani town with 1 hour journey to this pier. Crossing time from this pier around 1.5 hour. Operation hour from 5 am to 7 pm.

b) Songserm (Express Boat) depart from Ta Thong pier with 2.5 hour journey.

c) Seatran Express - Fast connection from Surat Thani (at Ban Don pier), take 2 - 2.5 hour to Samui and u can avoid riding bus 1 hour from Surat Thani to Don Sak pier if u take boat from this pier. 3 times daily (from Surat Thani at 7 am, 12.30 pm & 4.30 pm whilst from Samui at 8 am, 10.30 am & 3 pm).

d) Night Boat - u can take at Ban Don Pier, crossing time around 5 - 5.5 hours. By this boat u can avoid sleeping at Surat Thani if u arrive there at the end of the day. Depart from Ban Don pier at 11 pm.

From Bangkok - the cheapest way is by bus (from Khao San road) http://www.khaosanroad.com/charlieconnection/index.htm) or train (Hualamphong station) to Surat Thani, and take ferry from Donsak / Ta Thong / Ban Don pier. You can buy a joint ticket in Bangkok on Khao San Road.

GETTING AROUND

1. Songthaew - local taxi from pick-up truck, very practical and cheap but don't have timetable. U just stand by the roads and stop the songthaew and ride. Operation hour start from 6 am - 6 pm, after 6 pm also can but the price maybe higher and need to negotiate.

2. Meter Taxi - more expensive than songthaew, must negotiate price before getting on.

3. In Samui u also can rent the vehicles like car, motorcycle and bycycle. The rent shop have everywhere in Samui especially in Chaweng area.

THINGS TO DO & SEE

1. BEACHES

a) Chaweng Beach - 7km beach, the longest and most developed beach on Samui, located on east coast. Here have many accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops, bar, disco and dive shop along the beach.

b) Lamai Beach - 2nd most popular beach in Samui, it situated to the south of Chaweng beach. This 4km beach offer a lot of accommodations, market, dive shops, restaurants and entertainment area. This beach also close to the Twin Rocks on shore Hin Ta & Hin Yai.

c) Na Thon Bay - Here is the major settlement on west coast of Samui. Here also located main pier for ferry arrive from Surat Thani and also shopping centre of the island.

d) Taling Ngam Beach - located south of Na Thon, quiet beach and one of most beautiful beach on west coast of Samui.

e) Big Buddha Beach - This beach got its name from 12-metres high golden buddha, which is spectacular landmark of the island and located at the north-eastern coast of Samui.

f) Bo Phut Beach - Also known as Fisherman village and located next to the Buddha Beach.

g) Mae Nam Beach - next to Bo Phut Beach, this 5-km white beach is one of the most popular spots for holiday-makers. Apart from numerous bungalows and restaurants, there are also dive shops and other water sports facilities on the beach

2. Hin Ta Hin Yai ( Grandfather & Grandmother rocks) - this is the one of most visited place by tourist in Samui, this rock formation represent male & female genital organs, located to the south of Lamai Beach.

3. Wat Phra Yai - Temple of Big Buddha, 12-metre high golden buddha.

4. Fighting Buffaloes - it is one of most popular sport in southern Thailand. A lots of stadium around the island, for program show u can check with local organiser. Entry fees around 100 - 150 Baht for gents whilst ladies are free.

5. Aquarium & Tiger Zoo - located at Laem Set bay, here have many of species of fish and coral and at the aquarium exit u can see the tiger inside the cages.

6. Snake farm at Ta Ling Ngam.

7. Monkey theatre on the way from Chaweng to Bo Phut Beach.
8. Bungy jump at Reggae street.

9. Muay Thai - u also can take private lesson around 1500 Baht/hour.

10. Snorkeling trip to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.

EATING

In Samui u can get many of Thai local food and international dishes like Japanese, Amercan, Italian, Swedish, Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, Germany, Indian etc..

Chaweng area - Chaweng has a variety of restaurants and located along the beach. From local Thai food to gourmet international your taste will be satisfied. The restaurant likes Prego (Italian), Ali Baba Restaurant (Indian), Olivio's (International menu), Zicos (Bbrazillian), Will Wait (bakery cum restaurant), Toto's (Italian classic just opposite Burger King), Gringo's Cantina (Samui finest Mexican dishes) etc.

Lamai area - Lamai has a great selection of dining options from roadside stalls to the first-class establishments attached to smart hotels. In the beach road area you will find a wide variety cafes catering to foreign visitors and ex-pats, including British, Italian, Indian and Scandinavian food. There are also some relatively new bistro-style eateries on the outskirts of Lamai with thoroughly contemporary cuisine, meaning you no longer have to head into Chaweng for top-class international dishes. The restaurant likes The Cliff Bar & Grill ( International menu), Sri Nuan (Thai Food specialty), Salathai ( Thai & European menu), Ninja Crepes ( cheap and a great selection of crepes - 24 hours) etc.

SHOPPING

Three major areas for shopping likes Na Thon market, Chaweng market and Lamai market. In Samui u will enjoy great shopping with many kind of retail goods from all over of Thailand. In Samui u also can buy Thai famous souvenir likes Silk, Gems & Jewellery, Pearl, Gold, Lacquerware, Silverware, Nilonware and Pewterware.

Chaweng - here u will find all kind of shops, boutique. here also have skilled tailors & dressmakers who can sew a perfect fitting suits and dress of your choice. Talad Laem Din is Chaweng traditional market with vegetables, fruits, fishs, seafood and also cheap cloths. In Chaweng also have TOP'S market (modern supermarket, located just north from McDonald, best place to buy food product from outside Thailand), TESCO LOTUS (large shopping centre in Samui, close to Bangkok Hospital on the way Chaweng to Bo Phut), HOMEPRO (next to Tesco, home for electronic tools & household equipments).
Lamai - also have a lots of shop & boutique but less than Chaweng area, mostly concentrate around Ban Lamai and Beach road. Talad Lamai is local traditional market but smaller than Talad Laem din in Chaweng which is located at Ring road and close to Bank of Ayudhya.

ATM machine are many on Samui. They accept most of Credit, Debit and Electron cards like Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diner Club and JCB.


CHEAP ACCOMMODATION

1. Samui Island Resort in Chaweng (600 Baht for room with fan), email : info@samuiislandresort.com

2. Moby Dick Guesthouse in Chaweng (400 - 600 Baht for room with fan).

3. Penzy Guesthouse in Bo Phut beach.

4. Embassy Samui Guesthouse in Chaweng (600 Baht for standard fan & 700 Baht Standard AC)


HAVE FUN IN SAMUI,,FOR TOUR OR ACCOMMODATION JUST FIND AT SIDEBAR,,THANKS.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

KANCHANABURI TRAVEL GUIDE






Kanchanaburi is capital for kanchanaburi province and located 130km to the west of Bangkok or just 2 hour drive away.This province boasts some of the country's most beautiful waterfalls and caves in its national parks, as well as the historis bridge over River Kwai and exciting activities like rafting trips. This is the place if u want to explore the Thai countryside without travelling too far from Bangkok.

GETTING THERE

1. BY BUS - Use Bus line 81 (BKS public bus), which depart from Southern Bus Terminal at Phutthamonthon Soi 1 in northern Thonburi. In Kanchanaburi have two seperated bus station, with 1st class buses departing from an office off Thanon Saengchuto, and 2nd class buses from the larger terminal one block east. The bus leave bangkok around 15 - 30 minutes and will take around 2 hours journey. U also can get minibus from Khao San Road. The buses also depart from Bangkok Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet II Road to Kanchanaburi.

2. BY CAR - Kanchanaburi about 2 - 3 drive hour, follow Highway 4 heading west of Bangkok, then shortly after Nakhon Pathom take right to Highway 323 which heading to Kanchanaburi.
3. BY TRAIN - Train leave from Hua Lamphong Station (Southern Lines) daily on 3 hour journey to Kanchanaburi. The other way u also can get train at Thonburi Train Station (depart 7.45 am and 13.45pm). If u from Khao San area just take passengger boat at Banglamphu pier and connect to a cross river pier that reaches the railway pier and from there just walk or take minibus to Thonburi Train Station. You may be can buying a ticket all the way to the River Kwai Bridge, since these two trains are the only ones which cross the bridge each day. The fare is 100 baht.

GETTING AROUND

U can take Songthaews (small orange and large yellow (converted pickups)) to cruise up and down Saengchuto, connecting bus station, train station and the bridge, and charge a standard 5 baht. Motorbike taxis and tuk-tuks are also available, with negotiable prices, and some guesthouses offer bicycle rental.

THINGS TO DO & SEE
1. Bridge over The River Kwai - situated just to north of the town, this bridge was made famous by the 1957 film "Bridge over the River Kwai". This bridge also known as "Death Railway" and constructed during world war II which connected Thailand and Myanmar (Burma).

2. JEATH War Museum - it refer to Japan, England, America, Australia, Thailand and Holland which involved in building the railway. This museum located to the south of town centre next to Wat Chaichumphon. Open from 8.30 am to 6 pm.

3. World War II Museum - This museum located just south of the bridge, it contains war memorabilia in the form of bomb shell, photos etc.

4. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery - 7000 Allied prisoners are buried here.

5. Ban Kao National Museum - located 8km from Prasat Mueang Sing and 35km from kanchanaburi town. this museum constructed beside a Neolithic burial site discovered by allied prisoner during construction of Death Railway.

6. Erawan National Park - located 65km or 1.5 hour drive to northwest of Kanchanaburi town. This national park also most visited natinal park in Thailand. Erawan watefall here is one of the most baeutiful waterfall in Thailand. U can go here with Public Buses (no. 8170) but must take early bus. Foreigner may be pay for 400baht for entrance.

7. Bo Phloi - Located 40km to the north of Kanchanaburi, this village has a Jewellery Handicraft Centre, where blue sapphires mined locally are fashioned into beautiful rings and pendants.

8. Rail journey to the waterfall - one of the best way to see the countryside around town is to take 2 hours journey by train from Kanchanaburi to waterfall which operates 3 times a day. The train stops regularly at attractive village station so can view the beautiful scenery.

9. Mon Bridge - also known as "Uttamanuson Bridge", this bridge linking Sangkhla Buri and Mon villages, 850 metre long wooden bridge across Songkaria river is a famous viewpoint overlooking the merging point of the three river (Songkaria, Bikhli and Ranti).

10. Tiger Temple - located in Saiyok District of Kanchanaburi Province. u can Do a tour to the Tiger Temple, where you can pat tigers and play with monkeys at an animal rehabilitation centre run by a group of Buddhist monks.

EATING

1. Cheap Food u can get at market infront of the train station.

2. Apple guesthouse here also have good food for middle ranga price, Kaeng Matsaman (Muslim style curry) very rich flavour. http://www.applenoi-kanchanaburi.com/

3. Floating restaurant just located right next to River Kwai also have nice menu and good price.

4. For Backpackers also can try at Jolyfrog Backpacker restaurant at 28, Soi China.

SHOPPING

1. A shop called Rojjana, here The most popular Tamarind candy, Thai dessert and chilli sauce in Thai style.

2. For Jewellery the best place at Bo Phloi village.

3. Next to car park at River Kwai Bridge also located souvenir market where sells local souvenirs like food,beverage and jewelly .

CHEAP ACCOMODATION


2. Joly Frog Backpackers http://www.jollyfrog.net/

3. Poly Guesthouse http://www.ploygh.com/

4. V.N. guesthouse http://www.vnguesthouse.net/

HAVE FUN IN KANCHANABURI





Saturday, April 26, 2008

KOH CHANG TRAVEL GUIDE





Koh Chang, the largest island of Trat province (East of Thailand) and second largest island, after Phuket in Thailand. This island very rich in natural resources, teeming with hills, forests, waterfalls and streams, the latter being an important source of freshwater. The best months to visit this beautiful island is between december to march every year whilst the monsoon season between july to october, during this time, the sea is rough and not reccommended for swiming. Mosts of smaller resort will be close due the lack of visitors / customers.

GETTING THERE
1. BY PLANE - u can take flight from Bangkok to Trat airport, from the airport u can take many minivan to the ferry pier (at Laem Ngop).

2. BY BUS - From Bangkok, u can take bus from Ekkamai (Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal) to Trat (overnight or daytime), duration for this trip around 5 hours and costly around 230Baht/way, from Trat bus station u can transfer by a roofed pick-up truck (Songthaew) to Ban Laem Ngop, where regular ferry services will take you to the island.

3. BY MINIBUS - u also can take minibus from bangkok or from Trat town to ferry pier. If From Bangkok especially Khao San Road, u can book from travel agent, which cost around 600Baht/person,,maximum person for 1 minibus around 6 person..(u must ask travel agent, price for included ferry fare)

4. BY BOAT - In Trat have 3 pier servicing Koh Chang, all of this pier located at Laem Ngop. From Trat just take Songthaews around municipal market, it will cost u around 30Baht.
Boat leaves from Laem Ngob pier to Dan Kao pier on Koh Chang every hour from 7 am and the fare 30Baht. Boat leaves from Centrepoint pier to Dan Kao pier on Koh Chang every hour from 7 am and the fare 30Baht. Boat leaves from Ao Thammachart pier to Ao Sapparos pier on Koh Chang every hour from 6.30 am and the fare 3oBaht and 150Baht for car.

GETTING AROUND

1. By Songthaews - u can take this pick-up truck to go around this island.
THINGS TO DO & SEE
1. Scuba Diving - As one of Thailand's paradise islands, location between Koh Chang and Koh Kood have some superb dive site. The island dive centre offer day trip for qualified diver and beginner can sign up for open water dive course.
2. Fishing - u can charter boat and joint fishing trip around the island
3. Elephant trekking
4. Off Shore Island (Koh Chang National Marine Park) - KOH KOOD (Koh Kut) Off the southern coast of Koh Chang, Koh Kood is blessed with spectacular mountains and waterfalls, the best known being Nam Tok Klong Chao. Koh Kood's beaches are as good as any on Koh Chang, all with pure white sand and lined with coconut trees. The island has a good selection of accommodation available for all budgets.
OTHER ISLANDS Other highlights include Koh Mak, Koh Rayang Nai, Koh Rayang Nok, Koh Lao Ya and Koh Wai. All of these are at the southern end of Koh Chang, between Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Most have accommodation available for overnight stays or can be visited as day trips.
5. Bang Bao Village - This is traditional island lige in Thailand. Bang Bao magnificent unique housing, with each house all connected to each other with small bridges. Around the area are a good seafood restaurants and souvenir shops. This village similar to Koh Panyee at Phang-nga near phuket but here lack of promotion.
6. Tan Mayom Waterfall - This is three storey waterfall around 500 metres from durian orchard and also close to the National Park offices. Have footpaths to the site.
7. Beaches - Had Sai Khao (White Sand Beach), Klong Phrao Beach, Kai Bae Beach, Had Sai Yao ( Long Beach) and Klon Son Bay.
ACCOMMODATION
1. Baan Rim Nam Guesthouse (Klong Prao Beach), prices from 450Baht/night, air-cond, ensuite, 24-hour electricity, doesn't have own restaurant.
2. Bailan Family Bungalows (Bailan Beach), prices from 200Baht/night, traditional thai food available, fan, hot shower water and western style toilet.
The other accommodation just find at the Hotel Banner ----->>>>>>>.
HAVE FUN

Thursday, April 24, 2008

PERHENTIAN ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE







Pulau Perhentian (Perhentian Island) located to the north-eastern off coast of Terengganu which is comprises two islands - Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian) and Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian). Perhentian Kecil attracts many visitor especially backpackers because it has many cheaper accommodation while Perhentian Besar more expensive and caters more to families.

From November to February not suitable time to visit this island due the monsoon season because the sea is rough, during this monsoon season many hotel and chalet are temporary closed their operation until early March.

GETTING THERE

1. BY FLIGHT - u can take flight either Malaysia Airlines (http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/) or Airasia (http://www.airasia.com/) from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bahru, because this is the closest airport to Kuala Besut Jetty (Main Jetty to Perhentian Island). From Kota Bahru airport u can take taxi to Kuala Besut Jetty. Airport taxi to Kuala Besut jetty at RM76/car/way. By mini van at RM30/person/way and by Limo at RM180/car/way. From Thai Borders, u can take taxi direct to Kuala Besut jetty with fare RM60/car. U also can landed at Kuala Terengganu airport and then take taxi to Kuala Besut jetty about RM90/taxi/way.

2. BY BOAT - From Kuala Besut Jetty u have 2 options either take speed boat or slow boat. Fast boat from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Island usually start from 9.00a.m to 5.00p.m. Actually on Kuala Besut haven't regular time for departure. The boat will depart to the island when enough passenger. Leaving time for the fast boat from Perhentian island at 8.00a.m, 12.00noon and 4.00p.m (fare around RM35 per way and take aroun 30 - 40 minutes). When heading to the island by boat and plan to go to Long beach or Coral beach, u must take small boat (taxi boat) from the main boat to the beach because this area don't have any jetty (must around RM2/person).

3. BY TRAIN - u can take train (http://www.ktmb.com.my/) at KL Sentral Station or Singapore for east-coast line at stop either at Tanah Merah station or Wakaf Baru station. Here easily u can get taxi to Kuala Besut Jetty. Taxi cost around RM50 - RM60/way.

4. BY BUS - U can take Bus Express from either K.L (Hentian Putra) or Penang (Butterworth / Sungai Dua Station) or other places and stop at Jerteh bus stand, from there u can take taxi ( RM20.00/car-early morning @ night, RM10.00/car day time) or bus (RM1.50/person) ride to Kuala Besut. If u from Kuala Terengganu, u can take Bus to Kuala Besut with fare RM7.50/person which take 3 hours or take taxi from Kuala Terengganu which take 1 1/2 hours. From Kota Bharu Bus stand ( north ), you can take bus straight to Kuala Besut. Only RM5.10/person. From Singapore you can take bus (Transnasional) direct to Jerteh and get taxi to Kuala Besut jetty.

THINGS TO DO
1. Snorkeling - Here snorkeling is very cheap about RM40/person, this includes the snorkel, mask, fins and life jacket. The 5 spots will include Shark Point, Coral Garden and Turtle Bay. The whole trip usually takes about 5 hours, which starts at 10.30 am.

2. Tokong Laut (Temple of the Sea) - located in the northwest sea off Perhentian Island.

3. Diving, Jungle Trekking, Canoeing, Banana Boat, Watch Sunset etc.
EATING

Many of smaller resort on this island already offer meals as part of inclusive in packages, For Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) - have Panorama Restaurant, Lily's, Bubu Long Beach, Palm tree Cafe, Linda's cafe, Matahari Restaurant etc. On Perhentian Besar (Big Island) - have New Coconut Restaurant, Tuna Bay Restaurant, Abdul Chalet's Restaurant etc.

ACCOMMODATIONS

At perhentian island have many option accommodation from budget to expensive. Here are list for accommodation but not cover all accommodation on island, The price maybe change due high or low season.

PERHENTIAN KECIL (SMALL ISLAND)
1. Tanjung Langir Chalet - Room from RM30 - RM70 but also have hall 22 bed with Rm15/bed. (Tanjung Langir area)
2. Cempaka chalet - Room from RM25 - RM50 (Long Beach area)
3. Moonlight chalet - Room from RM40 - RM60 (Long Beach area)
4. Matahari Chalet - Room from RM40 - RM80 (Long Beach area)
5. Lily Chalet - Room from RM100 - RM200 (Long Beach area)
6. Panorama chalet - Room from RM45 - RM150 (Long Beach area)
7. D'Lagoon chalet - Room from RM25 - RM50 (Teluk Kerma area)
8. Bubu Long Beach Resort - Room from RM200 - RM360 (Long Beach area)
PERHENTIAN BESAR (BIG ISLAND)
1. Arwana Resort - Room from RM25/bed for dorm - RM550 (suite) (Teluk Dalam area)
2. Coral View Island Resort - Room from RM100 - RM500 (Teluk Pauh area)
3. The Reef - Room from RM100 - RM180 (Teluk Pauh area)
4. Paradise Island Resort - Room from RM60 - RM80 (Teluk Pauh area)
5. Abdul chalet's - Room from RM50 - RM90 (next to Tuna Bay Resort)
6. Flora Bay chalet - Room fromRM60 - RM190 (Teluk Dalam area)
7. Samudera Chalet - Room from RM40 - RM60 (Teluk Dalam area)
8. Tuna Bay Resort - Room from RM170 - RM360
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KOH PHANGAN TRAVEL GUIDE




Come and discover one of the Thailand's Best Kept Secrets : KOH PHANGAN. Koh Phangan is an island off eastern Gulf coast of Thailand, it located between Ko Samui and Ko Tao. Koh Phangan is famous for the FULL MOON PARTY (http://fullmoonparty-thailand.com/) which is held on full moon night every month. This is the world famous beach party which attract thousand visitor every months.

GETTING THERE

1. By Plane - The closest airport at Koh Samui which has frequent flight from Bangkok, Phuket and Penang (http://www.firefly.com/), daily flight from U-tapao (at Sattahip, 30km south of Pattaya) and Singapore, several flights a week from Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur (http://www.berjaya-air.com/). Then from the Koh Samui airport, it easy to find any transportation to Ferry Pier. The next nearest airport located at Surat Thani (on the mainland).

2. By Boat - From Samui - There are approximately 10 daily transfers to Koh Phangan. The trip takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the weather conditions. Boats leave from Thong Sala Pier and Haad Rin on Koh Phangan to Koh Samui Pier including Na Thon Pier, Mae Nam and the Big Buddha. Ferry from Big Buddha pier (around 15 minutes from Samui airport) to Haad Rin Pier. Seatran Catamaran (High Speed Boat) from Bang Rak pier (around 10 minutes from Samui airport) to Thong Sala on Koh Phangan. (http://www.lomprayah.com/)

From Bangkok - the cheapest way is by bus (from Khao San road) http://www.khaosanroad.com/charlieconnection/index.htm) or train (Hualamphong station) to Surat Thani, and take ferry from Donsak pier. You can buy a joint ticket in Bangkok on Khao San Road.
GET AROUND
1. Motocycle - the best way to around the island by rent a motocycle, many places around the island provide that service but carefully because the road here very dangerous because so narrow and unpaved. The rental between 150 - 200 Baht per day.
2. Songthaew - pick up truck taxis operate on the island with fare 100 Baht.

THINGS TO DO
1. Full Moon Party is on Haad Rin beach, very crowded beach on the island, many party lover around the world came here just for this party.

2. Bottle Beach (Haad Khuat)- The beach is quite and good for snorkeling. Bottle beach can only be reached by boat.
3. Massage - many places offer this service.
4. Snorkelling - this the best way to see underwater world at this island. many snorkel spot around this island and mostly at northwest area, best spot around Koh Ma or Horse Island.

5. Learn Thai Cooking - u can try this at Same Same restaurant, learn how to cook Green Curry and Tom Yam Khung.

EATING

The best area to find cheap and best food is definetely Thong Sala, main town on the island. Halal food hard to find here, next to 7 leven Thong Sala have 1 lady sell the pulut ayam. If u crazy about somtum maybe somtum inter the right place but only somtum, halal and other maybe not.

Restaurant list

1. Emotion of Sushi at Haad Rin Beach - Japanese Food

2. Kimera Restaurant next to Phangan Bayshore - Italian Food

3. Sheesha at Chaloklum (northern part of Koh Phangan) - International menu & bbq.

4. Hot Moon at Haad Yao beach - salads, breads, pastas, burgers etc.

5. Luna Lounge at the village of Thong Nai Pan Noi (close to entrance) - Thai, Moroccan & western.

SHOPPING
Thong Sala market the right place to buy cloths, shoes, souveniers, electronics etc. Haad rin area also many of shop but price more expensive compare to Thong Sala but overall the price here cheaper than Samui.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

HAT YAI TRAVEL GUIDES


Hat Yai also known as Had Yai is located within Songkhla Province. Hat Yai also close to Malaysian border, about 1 & 1/2 hour (50 kilometres) from Dannok town. Hat Yai also is the region's communication hub and is well served by road, rail and air access. Hat Yai is an ideal stopover if u coming from Malaysia or Central part of Thailand. Hat Yai boasts a large number of hotels and visitors every year. Many of these visitors came from Malaysia. Each weekend the town fills up with weekenders who spend much of their time in the city's many markets and restaurants.


Getting There :
1. Flights

There are daily flights to/from the new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on Air Asia(http://www.airasia.com), Nok Air (http://www.nokair.com), Thai Airways (http://www.thaiair.com/index.html) and One-2-Go.

2. Train

To/From Bangkok - Five daily trip to/from bangkok. Train go via Surat Thani, Hua Hin, Chumphon etc. http://www.railway.co.th/english/index.asp

To/From Kuala Lumpur - Thailand International Express leaves Hat Yai for Butterworth daily at 05:50 going via Padang Besar. In the other direction, trains leave Butterworth at 13:15 and arrive in Hat Yai at 17:30. The train then continues to Bangkok. The Senandung Langkawi operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu http://www.ktmb.com.my depart from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur daily at 14:50, arriving at KL Sentral at 07:36 the next day. Trains from Kuala Lumpur depart at 20:45 and arrive in Hat Yai at 10:20 the next day. The Senandung Langkawi goes via Butterworth and Besar.


Hat Yai has a large bus station located near the Diana Department store. Buses can be taken to all major towns in the south of Thailand and up to Bangkok. Depending on the route, different classes of bus are available. if u from/to Kuala Lumpur, u can buy ticket with Konsortium Bas Ekspress Semenanjung at Hat Yai (32, Prachatipat Road) / Hentian Puduraya in Kuala Lumpur.

Get Around:
Use Songthaews (like pick-up truck), Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis are easy to flag down but fares must be negotiated first otherwise you run the risk of being overcharged. Most journeys around town around 20 baht.

Shopping - Hat Yai is a shopper's dream.This is the best place to shopping in Songkhla province. Main shopping mall including Lee Garden Plaza, Odean Shopping Mall, Robinson Department Store, Diana Shopping Mall, Central Department Store,Tesco-Lotus and Carrefour. In Hat Yai also have 2 main market such as Kim Yong market and Sunthisuk market.

Eating - Hat Yai offers a lot of different food options for the visitor. Typical thai streets food is everywhere. The best place for eating is opposite Lee Garden Plaza. For muslim visitor especially from Malaysia, find the halal food is not the problem here. The reccomended place for halal food is along Prasaneha Road which opposite Pink Lady Hotel.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

HAI PENG - THE BEST KOPITIAM






When u visit chukai, LOCATED WITHIN KEMAMAN DISTRICT AND STATE OF TERENGGANU, u must drop by at the famous HAI PENG kOPITIAM. This kopitiam is a hot spot among the locals. The place is always crowded from the moment it open business for the day until they close in the evening. HAI PENG KOPITIAM served local foods like nasi dagang, nasi lemak, keropok besides their signature bread toast and special brewed coffee. There’s also localised modern dishes such as Italian Pasta with Asian Touch and Hai Peng Mamak with Spaghetti. This kopitiam located along Jalan Sulaiman, one of main street in Chukai town.

LEMBAH BUJANG ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM






Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum (Muzium Arkeologi) which is located beside the great Bujang River , located about two kilometers north of Merbok town. The museum gallery are displays pottery shards, ceramics and stoneware dating to almost two thousand years. Other interesting items shown here include Chinese porcelain, gemstones, Indian tridents and beautiful stone carvings. The partially restored candi (temples) can be seen at the rear section of the museum. Two remarkable sites of six hundred years old chandis were found in 1997 with the one thousand years old Candi Bukit Batu Pahat.

BANGKOK FLOWER MARKET - PAK KHLONG TALAT




This flower market is established in Bangkok more than 60 years. This is the place for flower lover and must visit. Imported as well as local flower can be seen exchanged in abundant. Local beauty such as jasmine, water Lilly, lotus , marigold, orchid, and rose can be found. Street vendors hand crafted, some flower into decorated pattern of garland for purpose to warship the Buddha image. This market is located near the river and along Chak Phet Street and also close to Memorial Bridge. This market is a wholesale clearing house for Bangkok flower vendors and considered as Bangkok's main best smelling wholesale market.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

BANGKOK DINNER CRUISE



This is memorable night out aboard one of Bangkok's most luxurious boat restaurant. U can relax in modern comfort and experience the warmth of Thai hospitality. U can dine with authentic thai food and sea food menu while cruising along the Chao Phaya River. U can take in the scenic sunset and river life by night. A truly exotic experience and unforgettable.

Monday, April 14, 2008

PANDAN WATERFALL - BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

This waterfall located at Sungai Pancing, Kuantan, Pahang. this waterfall is a well maintained and clean recreation park. There are good facilties, shelters, food stalls. A suspension bridge spans the river. It is only a short walk from the car park to the beautiful waterfall. This place is well visited, especially during weekends. This waterfall also offer the extraordinary scenery.

THE FLOATING MARKET - DAMNOEN SADUAK

This large and popular floating market is about 80 km southwest of Bangkok in Ratchaburi province. Photos of this vibrant market featuring many small boats laden with colourful fruits and vegetables and paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats. This is a very attractive place for tourists to see this old style and traditional way of selling and buying goods.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

VISIT TERENGGANU 2008

HELLO EVERYONE,,WELCOME TO TERENGGANU BCOZ THIS YEAR IS VISIT TERENGGANU 2008, TERENGGANU LOCATED AT THE EAST-COAST OF PENINSULA OF MALAYSIA, THE STATE WHICH RICH WITH MALAY TRADITION AND HERITAGE, ALSO WITH BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS SUCH AS REDANG ISLAND, PERHENTIAN ISLAND, KAPAS ISLAND ETC...

COME AND SHARE THE BEATIFUL TERENGGANU WITH YOUR FRIENDS,,,,

HELLO EVERYONE

HI,,WELCOME TO MALAYSIA, THE TRULY ASIA, TO KNOW MALAYSIA IS TO LOVE MALAYSIA, Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It's no wonder that we love celebrating festival. As a people, Malaysians are very laid back, warm and friendly.Geographically, Malaysia is as diverse as its culture. There are two parts to the country, 11 states in the peninsula of Malaysia and 2 states on the northern part of Borneo. Cool hideaways are found in the highlands that roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts, and five-star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.For the perfect holiday full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders, the time is now, the place is Malaysia...COME VISIT US.
 
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