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Matta travel fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair in Malaysia

Matta Fair (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) is the biggest and most popular travel fair in Malaysia. Malaysians do not yet use the internet as the standard way to book their trips and holidays. Many either go to travel offices or they consult their travel agent when they want to go on a trip. Matta Fair is the place for the best bargains; and it can even be interesting for foreign travelers as there usually are great bargains to destinations outside and within Malaysia.

Food in Malaysia

Food in Malaysia

If shopping is the national pastime in Malaysia, then food is the national obsession. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the phrase 'Sudah makan?' (Have you eaten already?). Everything in Malaysia revolves around great food. Pleasant social get-togethers are always combined with having a nice meal. In Malaysia, more people blog about food than about anything else. Locals usually never eat at home; unless it is with family. Everybody eats outdoors every night; Malaysia is all about food!

Rafflesia biggest flower in the world

Rafflesia

Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants that is made up of 16 known species. The best known of these species is Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the distinction of being the world's largest flower, reaching a diameter of about three feet. The Rafflesia flowers have been found only in Indonesia - on the islands of Sumatra and Java - and Malaysia, in particular in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. All of the known species of Rafflesia are threatened or endangered.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. This goes for the Chinese population in Malaysia too where the day itself is declared a public holiday. For Chinese locals the new year means a new start where they can make new money and attract new businesses. At numerous locations in Malaysia people light fireworks during the celebrations. Chinese New Year is the only day in the year most of the shops are closed for business.

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Airport Taxi at KLIA

Though using the KLIA Express is a quicker way to reach Kuala Lumpur city center, using the airport taxi is a much easier way to reach your destination within Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Express only brings you to KL Sentral while the airport taxi drops you off right in front of your hotel. If you are traveling alone it might be too expensive compared to other options as you pay RM74.30 for a ticket. You can buy tickets for a fixed price at one of the taxi counters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines logo

According to many travelers, Singapore Airlines (SIA) is the best airline in the world. SIA has won several important prizes within the airline industry and for years they have been in the top 10 of best airlines in the world. Every year, more than a hundred thousand passengers fly with SIA to Malaysia via Singapore. Sometimes they stop-over for a couple of days to discover beautiful Singapore. Singapore Airlines has a fantastic inflight service. You can eat and drink as much as you want throughout the whole flight and the main courses are of exceptional high quality. The inflight program, KrisWorld, on board of the airplane is highly entertaining. You can watch the latest movies or series during your flight. This entertainment schedule is released in advance. So, you can easily check the internet to see which movies are shown during the flight.

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Many destinations worldwide

At the moment, Singapore Airlines flies to 62 destinations in 35 countries. The airline transports many passengers between Europe and Australia with a stopover in Singapore. In 2007, the airline was the first in the world to operate with the new Airbus A-380 (revolution in aviation). To celebrate this happy event, Singapore Airlines offered tickets from several places to Singapore for only €380. Currently, Singapore Airlines flies to the following destinations with the A-380: Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Zurich, London, Sydney and Los Angeles.

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Buying SIA tickets

Singapore Airlines tickets are generally reasonably priced. They are very good value for money. Your holiday actually starts as soon as you get onto the plane. Still many travelers prefer to fly with other airlines like Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines , Qatar Airways , Emirates , Etihad Airways and many others. Eventually the ticket prices between the different airlines do not differ that much and SIA is simply a very good airliner. Furthermore, the airline is mainly known because of the impeccable service on board. The famous 'Singapore Girls' serve you promptly and will go the extra mile for you during the flight.

When you purchase your own tickets online, it is advisable not only to check the standard airline ticket websites, but also the airline website of SIA itself. Singapore Airlines offers rock bottom prices at their website on a regular basis and sometimes it is cheaper than purchasing them through a travel agency or airline ticket site. It is easy to order the tickets online, especially since the purchasing procedure on the airlines website is simple. You also have the option to order the tickets telephonically. After the order, you receive a confirmation via your email together with the invoice.

 

Online check-in

Singapore Airlines gives you the option to check-in online and so you will not have to queue at the airport three hours in advance. You just need to drop off your luggage at the appropriate check-in counter. The same procedure applies for checking in prior to the return flight. It is very convenient to check-in beforehand. The check-in procedure for Singapore Airlines goes as follows: you can select your seat 48 hours before the regular check-in. If you are early, you might be lucky and able to change your own seat number(s). You can only do this online, because the travel agency will select your seat number in advance according to your preference.

 

Luggage restrictions

Singapore Airlines allows you to take 20k of luggage and they will not be difficult if you have slightly more weight with you. However, do not take more than 23k on board, because that will cause some problems and if you are unlucky you will have to pay high additional fees. If you know in advance that you will take more than 23k on board, then you can buy those extra kilos telephonically. Furthermore, you can take a maximum of 7k of hand luggage on board, excluding your book and a laptop/laptop bag.

 

Changi Airport

Changi Airport is one of the most beautiful and best airports in the world. It has a lovely, tranquil atmosphere and there is enough to entertain you as well. There is a complete shopping mall, various restaurants and other eateries, bars and lounge rooms. You can even watch movies at the cinema for free; a new movie starts every 2 hours. The airport also has many ATMs, banks and even a few massage parlours. There are even a couple of smokers’ areas in the airport. Some areas are not spectacular, but others are very beautiful. You can, for example, visit the roof garden to have the feeling that you are 'outside', even though there are a few other gardens where you are allowed to smoke. Each terminal has its own smokers’ areas. Consult the information boards to see where you can find these.

Changi Airport does not offer free WIFI. You could however make use of the WirelessSG - a free service which has coverage in the whole of Singapore. A possible disadvantage is that you have to setup an account in advance (and you receive a text on a local Singapore number to verify). Because this is so complicated, rather look for a bar of restaurant with free internet. There are various internet corners where you can use the internet free of charge. There are also a couple of public chargers where you can easily charge your mobile handset.

 

Member of Star Alliance

Singapore Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, an alliance working together with various big airlines. Singapore Airlines also has a frequent flyer program: Krisflyer. So, with each flight, you save miles which you can spend to upgrade your flight class or spend on free hotel bookings in Singapore.

 

Silk Air

Singapore Airlines subsidiary is called Silk Air which covers the regional flights. These are generally flights within Southeast Asia. Silk Air has the same charisma as Singapore Airlines and the same quality. At the same time, Singapore Airlines is the main shareholder of Virgin Atlantic and owner of low cost carrier, Tiger Airways.

 

Great value for money

If it is not a problem for you to pay a little more for a ticket in comparison to the various low budget airlines, then you should definitely fly to Malaysia with Singapore Airlines! You will get value for money and you will arrive more relaxed at your destination after a nice short stopover at the beautiful Changi Airport.

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