AirportsPenang International AirportKuala Lumpur InternationalAirport
History of Malaysia Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) in Kuala Lumpur, whereMalaysians celebrate Independence Day on 31 August each year Chinese reaction against the MCP was shown by the formation of theMalayan Chinese Association (MCA) in 1949 as a vehicle for moderateChinese political opinion. Its leader, Tan Cheng Lock, favoured a policyof collaboration with UMNO to win Malayan independence on a policyof equal citizenship, but with sufficient concessions to Malaysensitivities to ease nationalist fears. Tan formed a close collaborationwith Tunku (Prince) Abdul Rahman, the Chief Minister of Kedah andfrom 1951 successor to Datuk Onn as leader of UMNO. Since theBritish had announced in 1949 that Malaya would soon becomeindependent whether the Malayans liked it or not, both leaders weredetermined to forge an agreement their communities could live withas a basis for a stable independent state. The UMNO-MCA Alliance(which was later joined by the Malayan Indian Congress (MIC)), wonconvincing victories in local and state elections in both Malay andChinese areas between 1952 and 1955.
During 1955 and 1956 UMNO, the MCA and the British hammered out aconstitutional settlement for a principle of equal citizenship for all races.In exchange, the MCA agreed that Malaya’s head of state would bedrawn from the ranks of the Malay Sultans, that Malay would be theofficial language, and that Malay education and economic developmentwould be promoted and subsidised. In effect this meant that Malayawould be run by the Malays, particularly since they continued todominate the civil service, the army and the police, but that the Chineseand Indians would have proportionate representation in the Cabinet andthe parliament, would run those states where they were themajority, and would have their economic position protected. The difficultissue of who would control the education system was deferred untilafter independence. This came on August 31, 1957, when Tunku AbdulRahman became the first Prime Minister of independent Malaya.
FAMOUS FOOD IN MALAYSIARiceRice tends to be a staple food inMalaysia as in most countries in theregion. The rice eaten in Malaysiatends to be the local variety of riceor fragrant rice from Thailand, itsnorthern neighbour. QualityIndian basmati is used in biryanidishes due to its long grainedshape, fragrance and delicateflavour. Japanese short grain riceand others are slowly entering theMalaysian diet as Malaysians expandtheir culinary tastes to new areas.
Kai FanThe perennial Chinesefavourite, Kai Fan or ‘Chicken Rice’is cooked and enjoyed by Chineseall over the world, originating firstfrom Hainan province in China.Although there are manyvariations of the meat fromsteamed white chicken tobarbequed pork, roasted chickenremains the most popular.First, the chicken is meticulouslymarinated (whole) and thenroasted in an oven until crispybrown. The rice, on the otherhand, is cooked with the leftoverstock in a pot, sometimes with atouch of butter. Finally, cucumberslices are placed together with thechicken and rice to make Kai Fan.Over the years, the Chinese haveinnovated to serve other thingsinstead of chicken such as roastedduck and curried boar
Tai ChowTai Chow isn’t a dish but merely areference to a wide range of foodcooked on-the-fly. Patrons maketheir choices from a menu and thechef then cooks it on a flaming wokto serve it fresh and hot.From fried rice to glass noodles andsteamed fish with ginger to sweet-and-sour pork ribs, Tai Chow is theeasiest way to sample Chinesecuisine at one go.
Taman NegaraWith the thick rainforestsurrounding you, try jungletrekking, tracking elephantswith your leech-proof boots.kayaking and overnight atKenyir Lake. Fishing andexploring the National Parkat Endao Rompin;
Pulau orTiomanThese east coastal islandsare best forsnorkeling, scubadiving, photographing livecorals and sunsets! You canalso witness turtles layingeggs at sea shore if you arelucky;
Cameron HighlandThe hinterland athighland where you canvisit tea plantations in thecool air, sipping tea atcafes, viewing flowers andcactus plantation, as wellas trying our localsteamboat lunch anddinner. You can also play around of golf there too.Please check out myphoto travel guide toCameron Highland too;
MelakaThe historical city withmany ancient architecturesand cultures inherited fromthe Portuguese, Dutch andSpanish. Travelers couldlearn more on the local Papaand Nyonya community andits culture. Plan a short tripto Melaka to take colourfultravel photos;
TWIN TOWERSThe capital city of Malaysia. Theheaven forentertainment, shopping, drinking, and people watching.Travelers need at least 3 days tovisit tourists spots such as thePetronas TwiN Tower, BatuCaves, Tasek Perdana with BirdsPark, OrchidGarden, museum, zoo, royalpalace, chinese temples etc. Thebest way to explore the city isby utilising its IntegratedRailway System to connect tomost travel sites;
Langkawi Skybridge Tour The Langkawi Skybridge Tourtakes you on a journey to visitsome of the island’s bestknown attractions. Start outthe day with a visit to OrientalVillage where you can ride thecable car to the apex ofGunung Matchincang and get abird’s eye view of Langkawi’sverdant lushness. The tourcontinues with a visit to TamanBuaya Langkawi – where youcan watch handlers wrestlewith these crocs. The daywinds down with a visit toBlack Sand Beach – a greatphoto stop opportunity – andthe Langkawi Wildlife Par.
Penang Hill & Temple TourAlso, you will be brought to PenangHill, also known as Bukit Benderaand is 830m high, where you canescape the hotness of tropicalGeorgetown by taking cable car tothe peak. However, the funicularrailway will not take you straight tothe top, you’ll have to change trainshalfway and pass several smallstations. While you reach thehilltop, you’ll find a teakiosk, restaurants, souvenir stalls, amosque, hindu temple, and the oldbellevue hotel. Moreover, thesummit offers you a magnificentpanoramic view of Geogetown, themainland of Malaysia and thePenang Bridge
THAILAND Thailand capital Bangkok Thailand currency is Thaibahat Thailand is in tc area 3
Airports Phuket International Airport Don Mueang InternationalAirport
History Of ThailandTai peoples who originally lived in southwestern China, migrated intomainland Southeast Asia over a period of many centuries. Theoldest known mention of their existence in the region by theexonym Siamese is in a 12th century A.D. inscription at the Khmertemple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which refers tosyam, or "dark brown" people. It was believed that Siam derivedfrom the Malay word sagûm, or brown race, with a contemptuoussignification. During the reign of Rama III (1824–1851,) aScottish trader had experimental coins struck in England at thekings behest, Though not adopted for use, the name of the countryput on these first coins was Muang Thai, not Siam. Also spelledSiem, Syâm or Syâma, it has been identified with the SanskritŚyâma ( , meaning "dark" or "brown"). The names Shan and A-hom seem to be variants of the same word, and Śyâma is possiblynot its origin but a learned and artificial distortion.
Later on, many more Dvaravati sites were discoveredthroughout the Chao Phraya valley. The two mostimportant sites were Nakorn Pathom and Uthong (inthe present Suphanburi Province). The inscriptions ofDvaravati were in Sanskrit and Mon using the scriptderived from the Pallava script of the Pallavadynasty.The religion of Dvaravati is thought to beTheravada through contacts with Sri Lanka, with theruling class also participating in Hindu rites. TheDvaravati art, including the Buddha sculptures andstupas, showed strong similarities to those of theGupta dynasty. The most prominent production ofDvaravati art are the Thammachakras or the StoneWheels signifying Buddhist principles. The easternparts of the Chao Phraya valley were subjected to amore Khmer and Hindu influence as the inscriptionsare found in Khmer and Sanskrit.
Dvaravati was not a kingdombut a network of city-statespaying tributes to morepowerful ones according to themandala model. Dvaravaticulture expanded into Isan aswell as southwards as far as theIsthmus of Kra. Dvaravati was apart of ancient internationaltrade as Roman artifacts werealso found and Dvaravatitributes to the Tang court arerecorded. The culture came toan end around the 10th centurywhen it was replaced by a moreunified Lavo-Khmer polity.
FAMOUS FOOD IN THAILANDPad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles):From Cape Town to Khao SanRoad, the default international Thaidish! Dropped in a searing hotwok, fistfuls of small, thin or widenoodles (you choose) do a steamyminute-long dance alongsidecrunchy beansprouts, onion andegg, before disembarking for thenearest plate. A truly interactiveeating experience, half its fun (andflavour) lies in then using a quartetof accompanying condiments - fishsauce, sugar, chilli powder andfinely ground peanuts - to wake itfrom its slumbers.
Tom Kha Kai (Chicken in CoconutSoup):A mild, tamer twist on Tom Yum, thisiconic soup infuses fiery chilies, thinlysliced young galangal, crushedshallots, stalks of lemongrass and tenderstrips of chicken. However unlike its morewatery cousin, lashings of coconut milksoften its spicy blow. Topped off withfresh lime leaves, its a sweet-smellingconcoction, both creamy and compelling.Yam Nua (Spicy Beef Salad)If there was such a thing as a Salad Hallof Fame, Thailands zesty own breed, oryam as they are known here, wouldsurely take pride of place. Unconvinced?Experience the fresh, fiery thrill of yamnua - with its sprightly mix ofonion, coriander, spearmint, lime, driedchili and tender strips of beef - and youwont be. It perfectly embodies theinvigorating in-the-mouth-thrill of all Thaisalads, the yummy-ness of yam.
Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw If there is one must-see sight thatno visit to Bangkok would becomplete without, its thedazzling, spectacular GrandPalace, undoubtedly the citys mostfamous landmark. Built in 1782 -and for 150 years the home of theThai King, the Royal court and theadministrative seat of government -the Grand Palace of Bangkok is agrand old dame indeed, thatcontinues to have visitors in awewith its beautiful architecture andintricate detail, all of which is aproud salute to the creativity andcraftsmanship of Thai people. Withinits walls were also the Thai warministry, state departments, andeven the mint. Today, the complexremains the spiritual heart of theThai Kingdom.
Chinatown (Yaowarat)Bangkok’s Chinatown is a popular touristattraction and a food haven for newgeneration gourmands who flock hereafter sunset to explore the vibrant street-side cuisine. At day time, it’s no lessbusy, as hordes of shoppers descend uponthis 1-km strip and adjacentCharoenkrung Road to get a day’s worth ofstaple, trade gold, or pay a visit to one ofthe Chinese temples.Packed with market stalls, street-siderestaurants, Chinese medicine stores andprobably the greatest concentration ofgold shops in the city, Chinatown is anexperience not to miss. The energy thatoozes from its endless rows of woodenshop-houses is plain contagious – it willkeep you wanting to come back for more.Plan your visit during major festivals, likeChinese New Year and the annualvegetarian festival in October, and you willsee Bangkok Chinatown at its best.
Floating MarketPerhaps the best choice to enjoy atraditional Thai floating market withoutthe touristy push is Bang Khu Wiang.Monks arrive by boat in early morning ontheir daily tak baat (alms round), and avariety of farm - fresh produce is offered.Opening Hours: 04:00 - 07:00 (everyday)How to get there: One option is to renta boat from Chang Pier (in Bangkok), andask to be taken to Noi-Khlong Om-BangKhu Wiang Floating Market. A cheaperoption is to catch a boat from Wat ChaloPier for a 45-minute ride to Bang Kruai (5baht), which runs every 15 minutes from05:00 - 20:00. From there it is a 10-minute boat ride to the market. If boatsdont suit you, no worries as taxis andtuk-tuks are available for hire at themarket.
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, issituated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the ChaoPhraya River. It is believed that after fighting hisway out of Ayutthaya, which was besieged by aBurmese army at the time, King Taksin arrived atthis temple just as dawn was breaking.He laterhad the temple renovated and renamed it WatChaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. During hisreign (Thonburi Period), Wat Chaeng was thechief temple, and it once enshrined the EmeraldBuddha and another important Buddhaimage, the Phra Bang, both of which had beenremoved from Vientiane.The temple has flourished throughout theRattanakosin Period. The beauty of thearchitecture and the fine craftsmanship declareits status as a temple of the first grade and oneof the most outstanding temples in Thailand.
Wat Pho in BangkokWat Pho (the Temple of the RecliningBuddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is locatedbehind the splendid Temple of the EmeraldBuddha. Its the largest temple in Bangkokand famed for its huge and majesticreclining Buddha measured 46 metres longand covered in gold leaf. The Buddhas feetare 3 metres long and exquisitely decoratedin mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspiciouslaksanas (characteristics) of the Buddha.If youve never tried a traditional Thaimassage, Wat Pho is a good place to start.Its quite different to most other forms oftherapeutic massage and tends to beinvigorating rather thanrelaxing, incorporating yoga style posturesto relieve stress and improve bloodcirculation. Cost is around 120 baht for halfan hour or 200 baht per hour.
Soi CowboySoi Cowboy was named after thecowboy hat-wearing African-Americanwho opened the first bar here in theearly 1970s, this red-light district has amore laid-back, carnival-like feel to itthan Patpong or Nana Plaza. Flashingneon lights up a colourful streetscapecomprised mainly of middle-agedexpats, Japanese and westerntourists, and of course a lot of sexilydressed girls. With cries ofhelloooa, welcome! the latter try tolure you into one of the 20 or so A go-go bars that line its sides... dont beshy, its pretty easy going and open-minded. Remember: you might not seethis again anywhere else in the world!
Chatuchak MarketOnce only popular among wholesalersand traders, Chatuchak Weekend Markethas reached a landmark status as amust-visit place for tourists. Its sheersize and diverse collections ofmerchandise will bring any seasonedshoppers to their knees – this is whereyou can literally shop ‘till you drop’.The 35-acre (68-rai) area of Chatuchakis home to more than 8,000 marketstalls. On a typical weekend, more than200,000 visitors come here to siftthrough the goods on offer. Veteranshoppers would agree that just abouteverything is on sale here, although notall at the best bargain rates. But if youhave one weekend in Bangkok, squeezein a day trip to Chatuchak WeekendMarket and you will not be disappointed.
Malaysia Customs Rules Free import• 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco. There is no information on agerestriction• 1L of alcohol• Personal goods• New and unused items as follows: one pair of new shoes or up to threeitems (or pairs) of new clothing• Gifts and souvenirs worth up to RM 400, or if the items are coming fromLangkawi, • Pulau Tioman or partnership they cannot exceed RM 500• Electrical equipment – only one unit of a particular appliance• Commercially produced foodstuff worth up to RM 75Prohibited• Narcotics• Pornography• Counterfeit items• Explosive material
Restricted• Live animals – health certificate required along with complete andvalid inoculations• Endangered species and any products or parts thereof as outlinedby CITES maybe be brought in only with CITES permission• Medication – in original packaging and with original labelsaccompanied by prescription or medical certificate• Weapons and ammunition permissible only with authorisation.Contact nearest embassy for more information• Currency – any negotiable instruments exceeding US$ 10,000 orforeign currency equivalent needs to be declared to the customs.Local currency exceeding RM 1,000 can be brought in only withpermission from Controller of Office Exchange
Airport Embarkation TaxAirport Tax is levied on air passengers departing as follows:1. International flights : MYR 45.-;Except from:a- Ipoh, Langkawi or Penang to:- Bandah Acheh, Medan or Nias in Indonesia;- Hat Yai, Narathiwat or Patani in Thailand;b. Kota Kinablu, Kuching or Miri to:- Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei;- Balikpapan, Menado, Pontianak or Tarakin in Indonesia;- Davao,General Santos,Puerto Princesa or Zamboanga in the Philippines;where the airport tax is: MYR 20.-.2. Domestic flights: MYR 6.-.Place of payment: if ticket issued:1. In Malaysia: airline ticket office in Malaysia.2. Outside Malaysia: Airport of departure in Malaysia.
Excempt:1. Transit passengers proceeding by same aircraft or not leaving thetransit lounge;2. Those arriving from abroad (including Brunei and Singapore) andproceeding to abroad within 12 hours;3. Crew travelling on duty;4. Children under 2 year;5. Heads of state, including their suite, Ministers and otherdignitaries visiting Malaysia as State Guests;6. Other persons when specified by Malaysia Airport Authority(Berhad). The exemption must be supported by writtenauthorization from Airport Authority.
Currency rules Currency Import regulations: Currency must be declared upon arrival, and is allowed for bothRESIDENTS and NON-RESIDENTS, if carrying:- local currency (Malaysian Ringgit-MYR): MYR 1,000.- or higher amounts;- foreign currencies: USD 10,000.- (or equivalent in other foreigncurrency) or higher amounts. Currency Export regulations: Currency must be declared on departure, and is allowed for bothRESIDENTS and NON-RESIDENTS, if carrying:- local currency (Malaysian Ringgit-MYR): MYR 1,000.- or higher amounts;- foreign currencies: USD 10,000.- (or equivalent in other foreigncurrency) or higher amounts.Additional information: Travel Declaration Form (TDF) is required forpassengers entering or leaving Malaysia, regardless of age. Foreigncurrencies include funds in the form of travellers cheques. Clearance fromthe Central Bank of Malaysia is required for amounts exceeding thosestated above.
Malaysia & Thailand Visa and Travel Permit Required Documents Malaysia & Thailand Visa Application:1. Your valid passport or travel documents in lieu of passport2. A completely filled out visa application form3. Your recent photograph (affixed to the application form)4. Photocopy of proof of your financial standing, e.g. bank statements, savings accountspassbooks, tax receipts, etc. and proof of employment (if any), e.g. company leaveletter, salary slips, etc.5. Photocopy of proof of transportation arrangement, e.g. flight itinerary6. Photocopy of proof of the proposed leisure visit to Malaysia, e.g. receipt for a packagetour to Thailand itinerary, etc. (for leisure visit only)7. Photocopy of proof of the proposed visit in the next destination after visitingMalaysia, itinerary, etc. (for transit only)8. Photocopy of proof of the proposed business visit to Malaysia, e.g. letter issued by theapplicants employing company to confirm his/her proposed business activities inMalaysia, invitation letter issued by a local company, letter issued by a trade body toconfirm the applicants attendance at trade fairs and exhibitions, etc. (for business visitonly)9. Photocopy of proof of relationship with the local sponsor (for family visit only)10. Photocopy of proof of the proposed visit to Malaysia(for purposes of visit other thanleisure, transit, business or family visit)
Thailand Custom Rules Import regulations:: Free import by each passenger holding a passport of his own, irrespective ofage:1. 200 cigarettes or 250 grammes of tobacco or equal weight of cigars;2. 1 liter of alcoholic liquor;3. One still camera with 5 rolls of film or one movie camera with 3 rolls of 8or 16 mm. film. Free import for non-residents:- for holders of transit visas or who can obtain a visa on arrival: up to THB10,000 per person or THB 20,000 per family.- for holders of tourist visas: up to THB 20,000 per person or THB 40,000per family. Prohibited (without license):1. Firearms and ammunition incl. explosive articles and fireworks, drugs ofnarcotic nature, e.g. heroin.2. Gold bullion. Moreover it must be declared on arrival and can, if no importlicense is available, be left in Customs bond at the airport of entry to beretrieved on departure.3. Meat from any country affected by Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy(BSE) or mad cow and foot-and-mouth diseases. The measure covers meatfrom all EU Member States and any other infected country. Those carryingsuch diseased meat will be fined THB 40,000 and/or imprisoned for up totwo years.
Export Regulations:: Free export of tobacco products and/or tobacco: anyquantity.Prohibited (without licence):1. Antique or objects of art, whether offically registered asart or not;2. Religious articles (excluding one small Buddha imagenormally carried on person). Currency rulesCurrency Import regulations: Local currency: up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB100,000.- per family holding one passport.Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts of foreigncurrency exceeding USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must bedeclared to a Customs Officer upon arrival by all travellers.Currency Export regulations: Local currency: up to THB 50,000.- per person or THB100,000.- per family holding one passport.Foreign currencies: unlimited. However, amounts of foreigncurrency exceeding USD 20,000.- (or equivalent) must bedeclared to a Customs Officer upon departure by alltravellers.
DAY 1 IN KUALA LUMPUR Arrive at London airport:Your own personal guide will meet you right at the arrivalhall of the airport. A comfortable vehicle and driver will beready and waiting to take you both to the hotel.Selected Hotel: famous hotel Pan Pacific
DAY 2 IN KUALA LUMPURAttraction:Batu Caves:Located approximately 11 kilometres tothe north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Cavesis a limestone hill comprising threemajor caves and a number of smallerones. Considered one of Kuala Lumpur’smost frequented tourist attractions, this100-year-old temple features idols andstatues erected inside the main cavesand around it. Incorporated withinterior limestone formations said to bearound 400 million years old, thetemple is considered an importantreligious landmark by Hindus.
DAY 3 IN KUALA LUMPURAttraction: Central Market:Central Market is one of KL’s mostfamiliar landmarks and a popular touristattraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walkaway from Petaling Street, along JalanHang Kasturi. Also called Pasar Seni, itused to be a simple wet market but inthe early 1980s was revamped into ahandicrafts outlet.The focus for the city’s artisticcommunity, inside the building is awarren of boutiques, handicraft andsouvenir stalls with traders selling localmerchandise such as authentic Malaysianbatik prints and more. Central Market islocated on the opposite bank of theDayabumi Complex and is an art-decostyle building with local ‘Baroque’trimmings.
DAY 4 IN KUALA LUMPURAttraction:Taman Negara-National Park:No holiday or vacation in thetropics is complete withoutvisiting a tropical rainforest.And theres no grandeur thanto visit the TAMANNEGARA, reputed to be TheOldest Jungle , The Best KeptTropical Rainforest & TheGreat Natural Wonders of theworld. By that it means thatTaman Negaras flora & faunahas evolved naturally overhundreds of millions of yearswithout any disruption ormajor calamities.
DAY 5 IN KUALA LUMPURAttraction:Petronas Twin Towers:Visiting Malaysia is never complete, if onenever visits this twin towers…. and thatinclude Malaysians, be it from KL or anyother parts of the country. The 88-storeyPetronas Twin Towers is one of the world’stallest buildings in the world, soaring to aheight of 452 metres above the cityskyline. Designed by Cesar Pelli in 1997and mostly constructed with steel andglass, the towers were the world’s tallestwhen completed.Loved By The CamerasThe twin towers is a common feature inthe skyline of the city and can be seen inmany magazines and books on thecountry. It is also shown in movies and TVproductions, most notably the filmEntrapment starring Sean Connery andCatherine Zeta Jones.
DAY 6 IN MALACCAAttraction:Malacca:Malacca is a quiet seaside citylocated on the West Coast ofPeninsular Malaysia facing theStraits of Malacca, about 147 kmfrom Kuala Lumpur. Malacca is awonderful repository of its culturalheritage. Its colonial past is evidentin its Portuguesearchitecture, where as on thestreets, Chinese influence is mostvisible. Most of the businessmenhere are Chinese. Over thecenturies, the Chinese and localMalay cultures in Malaccaintertwined, eventually producing acompletely unique society-a mosaicof different cultures.
DAY 7 IN KELANTANAttraction:Kelantan:Kelantan-literally meaning "Land ofLightning"-is an agrarian state withlush paddy fields, rustic fishingvillagesand casuarina-lined beaches.Located in the northeast corner of thepeninsula, the charms of Kelantan arefound in the vitality of its culture andits remote, unsullied beauty. Kelantanoffers plenty of opportunities fortourists such as river cruises, riverrafting, bird watching and jungletrekking.
DAY 8 IN MALAYSIA Attraction:Langkawi Sky Bridge: Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, theJewel of Kedah (Malay: Langkawi PermataKedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands inthe Andaman Sea, some 30 km off themainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. Theislands are a part of the state of Kedah, which isadjacent to the Thai border. The Langkawi Sky Bridge is located at the ‘end’of the Cable Car ride. One of the island’shighlights, it is a 410ft-long curved pedestrianbridge above Mount Mat Cinchang. It maysound like a cliché but it is really true – theviews from here are simply stunning – great forthose Kodak moments!Located 2,300ft above sea level, the Sky Bridgeis easily accessible by the Langkawi Cable Car.The journey to the top starts out at the OrientalVillage in the upper northwest of LangkawiIsland, near Pantai Kok. Once the cable car getsgoing it gets a little chilly as winds flow throughthe ventilation slits at the top, so put on asweater beforehand.
DAY 9 IN MALAYSIAAttraction:Chiang Mai Night Bazaar:Every evening, the centre of Chiang Maicomes alive with the massive Night Marketthat stretches for several blocks andincludes restaurants, bars andentertainment. Few people visit Chiang Maiwithout picking up a few bargains here. Infact, the stalls that are squeezed on to thepavement and in the purpose-built arcadesof Chang Klan Road are one of Chiang Maisbiggest attractions.In addition, there are two Walking Streetmarkets each week - the Sunday Marketalong Ratchadamonoen Road (through theold town), and the Saturday eveningmarket along Wualai Street (through thetraditional Silversmith quarter). At theChiang Mai Night Bazaar you can pick upeverything from antiques to fake Rolexwatches and an astonishing variety ofhandicraft souvenirs, or sample thesmoothness of the colourful silk on saleeverywhere. You can have a suit measuredup, ready for your collection the followingevening, browse exquisite Asian silverjewellery, or stock up on cheap DVDs.*
DAY 10 IN MALAYSIA/PAHANGAttraction:Cherating BeachPahang:Cherating Beach is a stretch ofalmost 10 kilometers of beachfrom the south of Kuantan inPahang right up to the town ofChukai in Terengganu. With itssloping white sandy beaches andsoothing sea breeze, it is aninternationally acclaimed spot forsurfers particularly in Novemberand December.Cherating has the perfectcombination of greatsurf, extreme sea activities suchas Jet Ski, nice chalets, fine diningand exciting nightlife. For a morethorough experience, visitors cansign up for the river cruise thatsails around the coast and explorethe nearby forests
DAY 11 DEPART PAHANGTravel to Thailand via flight
DAY 12 IN BANGKOKPlace & Transport:Arrive in Bangkok, Flightnot includedTodays Activities:Airport Transfer(Thailand)Accommodations:InterContinentalBangkok
DAY 13 IN BANGKOKDamnoen Saduak FloatingMarket:There are countless floating marketsthroughout the country, many withina couple of hours’ of the capital. Thecolorfully clad merchants at theselively markets paddle alongcongested canals in sturdy canoesladen with fresh fruit and vegetablesto sell to shoppers on the banks.There is lots of chatter and activity –bargaining is common – that’s all partof the fun -- but don’t expect to getthe price down more than a few baht.The most famous of the floatingmarkets is Damnoen Saduak, about100 kilometers southwest ofBangkok. This buzzing market is at itsbest in the early morning before thecrowds arrive and the heat of the daybuilds up. Our tour further includes avisit to Phra Pathom Chedi in NakornPathom, supposedly the largestpagoda in Southeast Asia.
DAY 14 IN BANGKOKCalypso Ladyboy Show: An explosion of lights, sounds andpouts, the famous Calypso LadyboyCabaret is a breathless blend ofincredible sets, glittering costumesand thrilling musical acts. Despitewhat you have seen or heard aboutThai ladyboys, these performers aregood at what they do best. Lookingand acting just like the realthing, you will be left dazzled by theshow and quite possibly smitten withthe many gender-straddlingperformers. Meet MarilynMonroe, Michael Jacksonand Portuguese-Brazilian 1940sstarlet Carmen Miranda, along witha string of their diva friends. This isan entertaining night out forfamilies, couples and any curioussouls expecting to be surprised.
DAY 15 IN BANGKOKBangkok Grand Pearl Cruise: Experience the Chao Phraya Riverunder the candlelight with thisdinner cruise on the luxuriousGrand Pearl. After beingwelcomed on board with warmsmiles and cocktails, youll begina journey up the river, starting atthe River City Pier, then passingsuch iconic sites as WatArun, the Grand Palace and WatPhrA Kaew. After enjoying a lavish Thai andinternational buffet dinner, relaxunder the stars and moonlight, asa live band enhances the mood inthe background. At Rama VIIIBridge, the cruise turnsaround, allowing for one lastglimpse of Bangkoks time-honoured temples.
DAY 16 IN BANGKOKSiam Niramit:Siam Niramit combines anauthentic Thai buffet with aworld-class stage show depictingThailands historical and spiritualheritage. With over 150 dazzlingperformers and state-of-the-artspecial effects, it’s a captivatingjourney. The first act describeshow Siam became a cross-roadswhere civilisations met, thesecond how karma binds Thaipeople, the last how religiousceremony earns Thais merit inthis life. Also visit replica villagesfrom the countrys rural regionsand buy Thai handicrafts.
DAY 17 IN BANGKOKBangkok River Kwai Tour:Kanchanaburi is a land forever cloaked inhistory. Renowned across the globe for itsfamous WWII landmarks – Bridge over theRiver Kwai (Kwae) and the Death Railway –this westernmost province was used by theJapanese army as a strategic supplies routeinto neighbouring Burma beyond. Enclosedby verdant forests, then opens out onto asheer cliff – just barely hanging on the edge– before crossing the Kwai Yai River at theBridge over the River Kwai, the DeathRailway is, today, one of the most scenic railroutes in the country.History, however, is only part of whatKanchanaburi has to offer, as the provinceboasts a beautiful natural landscape ofdense tropical jungles, crisscrossing riversand streams, and spell-binding waterfallswith emerald-coloured pools. The idyllicKwai Noi River cuts through lush valleysflanked by sheer cliffs on both sides, makingfor a great river journey by a bamboo raft orlong-tail speedboat.
DAY 18• Place & Transport: Depart Thailand, Flight not includedTodays Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Thailand)Meals: Breakfast• Our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for yourinternational flight. Fly back home with fond memories ofhighlights on your tour.
IATA The International Air TransportAssociation (IATA) is an international industrytrade group of airlines headquarteredin Montreal, Quebec, Canada, wherethe International Civil Aviation Organization is alsoheadquartered. The executive offices are atthe Geneva Airport in Switzerland IATAs mission is to represent, lead, and serve theairline industry. IATA represents some 240 airlinescomprising 84% of scheduled international airtraffic. The Director General and Chief ExecutiveOfficer is Tony Tyler. Currently, IATA is present inover 150 countries covered through 101 officesaround the globe. IATA’s stated mission is to represent, lead and servethe airline industry. All the Airline rules andregulations are defined by IATA. The main aim ofIATA is to provide safe and secure transportation toits passengers.
PATA The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)adopted a new concept it has called "TotalTourism" at its Annual General Meetingmeeting on April 20. The new directionempowers PATA to promote travel “from”Asia Pacific. Previously, PATA’s mandate hadonly been to promote travel “to” and“within” the region. Seventy-five percent of Asia Pacificoutbound is currently to destinationswithin the region. “It will ensure that Total Tourism is not justanother clever slogan, but a powerful andmeaningful direction for all of us,” saidPATA’s chief executive.
ICAO The International Civil AviationOrganization (ICAO), pronounced /aɪˈkeɪoʊ/, (in French: Organization de lavation civilinternational, OACI), is specialized agency ofthe United Nations. It codifies the principles andtechniques of international air navigation andfosters the planning and development ofinternational air transport to ensure safe andorderly growth. Its headquarters are located inthe QuarterInternational of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The ICAO Council adopts standards andrecommended practices concerning airnavigation, its infrastructure, flightinspection, prevention of unlawfulinterference, and facilitation of border-crossingprocedures for international civil aviation. Inaddition, the ICAO defines the protocols for airaccident investigation followed by transport safetyauthorities in countries signatory tothe Convention on International Civil
The aims of UFTAATo unite and reinforce nationalassociation and organization oftravel agents.To act as a sole representative ofthe travel agency profession atinternational and worldwidelevels.To ensure the maximum possiblecohesion, prestige, protection, and development in theeconomic, juridical, and socialsphere for the tourist tradeeconomy.
The Warsaw ConventionThe broad principle set forth in the Warsawconvention is “the carrier is liable to the passenger,shipper or consignee, unless it can prove that it hastaken all necessary measures to avoid damage. Theburden of proof is thus shifted from the claimant,where it normally rests, and placed on the carrier”.In 1929, the Warsaw convention anintergovernmental agreement concluded withseveral amendments and additions which includesthe liability of airlines for death or injury topassengers and for loss, damage or delay to baggageand cargo in most international travel. In thisconvention a limit prescribes the amount for whichthe carrier is liable.
The Chicago Conventiona. In chicago , in the year 1944, in aninternational meeting, between variousGovernment, the Chicago convention oninternation Civil Aviations concluded. In theconvention, nearly all countries governsrelations between states on technical as wellas commercial subjects connectinginternational Air Transport such as:b. Flying over territory of contracting state(airservice)c. Customers,d. Rules of the air spread of disease,e. Nationality of aircraft,f. Facilitation(customs, accidentinvestigation, etc.),g. Document (recognitions of certificates &licences, etc.)h. International standards andpractices, inculding those for acrriage ofdangerous goos.i. Statistics, Finance, Technical assistance etc.