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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. Photo:enterAsiaArt 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
 
Websites
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Info
Country US Embassies and Consulate
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.

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