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Asian Destinations – Beyond Singapore – Travel Warnings

 

 

Introduction

The holiday season is all year round in this region. There are numerous festivals and holidays, which combined with a weekend and an extra day off can extend to a week long holiday altogether. See table below.

We also recommend you to check out the destination country’s holidays, as the long awaited escape may turn out to be a trip to a packed hotel struggling to cope with a large number of guests.

 

Restaurants in particular may be booked out long in advance and you end up eating sandwiches in your hotel room.
Especially avoid the busy Chinese New Year season.

 

Around Christmas and New Year short weekend trips are often not available as there is a minimum stay connected to the festive season.

 

The best travel deals can be bought on the travel fairs held in March/April and September/October each year. Especially airlines position their price promotions around that time.

 


Cruises from Singapore 

A number of cruise ships call on Singapore’s port regularly and you can hop on for cruises to Koh Samui, Hoh Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Kuantan, Port Klang, Hong Kong, Phuket, Bombay, Colombo, Tokyo and other destinations. Combine the relaxed travel with sightseeing at destination and fly back.

 

Addresses: Cruise Liners
Holland American Line 
Tel : (65) – 6542 4369
Fax : (65) – 6542 4372
Website
 
Star Cruises 
Tel: (65) 6223 0002
Website
Norwegian Cruise Line
Website
 
P&O Princess Cruises
Website
Prime Cruise
Tel 6221 6580
 
Royal Caribbean International 
Website
Nautica
Cruise Holidays New Zealand
Tel: 00 64 9 302 3388
Pacific Arena
Tel: 6317 2812
Crystal Cruises
Hong Kong, Vietnam Thailand
Website
Costa Cruises
Hong Kong, Manila, Borneo, Bruney Vietnam
Website

 


Eastern and Oriental Express

 

An unusual way to get from Singapore to Bangkok is a train ride on the famous Eastern and Oriental Express. While you enjoy superb the food the landscape passes by tropical jungle, rubber plantations and rice fields where buffalos laze in the heat. You can stop for a boat excursion on the famous River Kwai or join a tour to visit Georgetown on Malaysia’s island Penang.

 

Fly to Bangkok first for an extensive shopping trip and take the train back: you will not experience any problems with too much luggage on the flight back!

Websites
Orient Express

 


Holidays

 Watch out for holiday bridges and Singapore School Holidays as your destination may be crowded and service poor.

* If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday.

Book accommodation flights and ferry tickets early to avoid disappointment or overbooking.

 

Websites
Asian holidays
Singapore Public Holidays
Singapore School Holidays

 

Info: Singapore Holidays (2014)
Public Holiday Weekday Date
New Year’s Day Wednesday 1 Jan 2014
Chinese New Year Friday to Sunday* Jan 31 Feb 1 2014
Good Friday/Easter Friday to Sunday April 18 2014
Labour Day Friday 1 May 2014
Vesak Day Tuesday May 13 2014

* If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a holiday.


Travel Agents Singapore 


When booking a trip you should check out the agents cancellation policy and charges. Under the National Association of Travel Agents’s service-fee guidelines, a fee of S$ 50 is recommended as an administrative fee for refunds and cancellations exclusive of any cancellation fees and refund charges imposed by the supplier.

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A full list of these recommended fees is available at NATAS .

Websites: Travel Agents Singapore
Tradewind
AsiaTravel
Chan Brothers
Asia Travelmart
Sa Tours
Travelsutra

 

Addresses
Sino American Tours
Tours to China with own itinerary
#04-62 Peoples Park Complex
Tel: 6535 2611
 
Dynasty Travel
(Johnny)
200 Middle Rd.
#01-01 Prime Center
Tel.: 6 339 1900
STA Travel Pte Ltd
(Adventure/Youth Travel)
534A North Bridge Road
Tel: 6737 7188 ext 810
Fax: 6737259
Website
 
Outdoor in Asia
17 Emerald Hill Rd
Tel: 6 738 991
Website
Transglobe Travel Service (Airfares)
#02-01 Furama Hotel
Tel: 6532 4288
 
Diners World Travel
7500E Beach Road
#02-201 The Plaza
Tel: 6292 5522
Website
Wheelpower
Biking Tours
Tel. 6238 2388
 
Vacance (The Resort People)
Plaza Park Royal #02-310
The Plaza Beach Road
Tel: 6296 0789
Fax: 6296 5512
Eco Adventures Worldwide
17A Madras Street
Tel: 6538 4441
Website
Country Holiday Travel (China)
Tel: 6 334 6120
Website
Japan Travel Bureau
Tel: 6 223 9800
 
GSA Travel
Tel: 6 323 2028
Website
SilkAir
Tel: 6225 4488
Website
 
Eureka Travel (Australasia)
Tel::l 6 469 4766
Website
Atrium Travel (Eco-Tourism)
2 Havelock Road
#01-16 Apollo Centre
Tel: 6536 9282
Website
 
Spring Travel
#02-11 Great World City
Tel: 6734 4044
American Lloyd Travel Services
350 Orchard Road
#17-07 Shaw House
Tel: 6 737 8777
Fax: 6 733 7527
 
The Fun Starts Here
Cycling Holidays in Asia
#01-09 Sunshine Plaza
91 Bencoolen Street
Tel: 6 238 2388
Travel Haven Pte Ltd
#03-05 Holland Shopping Centre
Tel: 6463 3800
Website
Holiday Tours
15 Cairnhill Road
06-05 Cairnhill Place
Tel: 6238 2899
Website
Aveson Travel
19 Tanglin road
02-62 Tanglin Shopping Center
Tel: 6737 7677
Website
 

 


Travel Publications

 

Info
Zingout Singapore (free monthly)
31 Beach Road
#01-18 Keypoint
Tel: 6 842 7220
 
100 Resorts Malaysia
by Sarah Hardy
Published by Encyclean 2004
WE
Sports Environment Travel
Tel: 6742 3511
Website
 
100 Resorts Philippines
by Sarah Hardy
Published by Encyclean 2004
100 Resorts Thailand
by Sarah Hardy
Published by Encyclean 2004
 

 


Travel Warnings

 

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Info
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Indonesia Tel: 001 62 21 344 2211
Fiji Tel: 001 697 314 466
Laos Tel: 001 856 21 212 581
Philippines Tel: 001 632 523 1001
Malaysia Tel: 0203 2168 5000

 


Travel Web sites Indonesia

 

 

Websites
Bali Hotel Association
Bali
Lonely Planet
Java and Bali
Adventure
Travel Safety

Many expatriates like to rent a house in Bali together with friends as there is more space and it is less formal than in a large hoTel: 6 It is advisable to rent a car (and for the first few days a driver) to get around.

Websites
In Touch with Bali
Villas in Bali
Bali Villas
Bali Villas Vacation
Bali Holidays
Bali Private Villas
Villas Bali