Friday, October 15, 2010

Grand Riverview Hotel Kota Bharu

Kelantan's Hospitality Begins Here...

The best hotel in Kelantan for 2008
Stay for 2 nite here.....nice and affordale....view of Sg.Kelantan.
RM195 per nite with brakfast...


The Grand Riverview Hotel is centrally located in Kota Bharu the capital city of Kelantan Darul Naim. The state is a unique travel destination known for its splendid beaches, rich cultural, ornate handicrafts and wood carvings. The hotel is situated along the Kelantan River and is within walking distance to business, shopping and cultural zone ideal for business and leisure travelers. You will also find batik and songket fabrics are among the best in the country. The laid-back atmosphere, rustic charms and friendly locals add to Kelantan’s appeal.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Top Ten Cheap Backpacking Tips

Top Ten Cheap Backpacking Tips

Here is a list of some good backpacking tips if you are on a budget. And let’s face it, what college student is not on a budget these days? Just because you are pinching pennies doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun backpacking trip. It does mean being smart, finding ways to cut corners, and having a little extra left over at the end of your trip. With these tips below you will be having a great trip in no time and worry free with your money.
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1. Pack light

The key to backpacking is ‘less is more’. Stick to this rule of thumb and you will be all set. Sometimes students love to go overboard and bring six swimsuits and ten pairs of jeans. Well guess what, this is not the way to effectively backpack a place. If you are being boggled down by too much stuff then you will miss out some great opportunities like seeing more things and catching that last minute train. You will also save money with airlines for not paying extra for overweight luggage or checked bags.

2. Leave valuables at home

There is really no need to bring your favorite ring you got for graduation of those earrings Dad gave you for your birthday. When backpacking the idea is to only have the basics on hand. Keep this in mind; only have things on you that you don’t mind too much to replace. Not to say it isn’t a bummer to have to get new clothing if your bag gets swiped, but it is a whole lot easier than something you will really miss not having.

3. Let someone know

Often people make the mistake of taking off on a trip and not telling family or friends. Even if you don’t want Mom and Dad breathing down your back, it’s a really good idea to let someone back home have a general idea of where you are going and how long you will be gone. Also have a way of getting in touch with you. The last thing you want is for some emergency on your end or at home and having no means of communication.

4. Get a hostel with a kitchen

When you are booking a hostel check to see if they have a communal kitchen or complimentary breakfast. Often there is a kitchen available for use with some utensils and cooking items. Making a couple meals at your hostel will save you and your friends a lot of money in the long run.

5. Buy a train pass

If you know you will be backpacking in one area, such as Northern Europe, Southern Europe, or Asia, then you can pre-purchase a train pass that allows you to travel within certain countries for a set amount of time. This elevates the stress of waiting in long lines at train stations. Plus you will end up saving money because you bought in bulk. Just be sure to

6. Be careful of gypsies

Many countries, even the most cosmopolitan, have some form of gypsies. These women and sometimes men are trained to feed on tourists. They know right away that you are not a local and that they can take advantage of you. The best way to save money when backpacking is to keep your money close to you. The fastest way to lose money when traveling is by a gypsy stealing it right from under you.

7. Buy alcohol at a store

Bars and clubs love charging tourists for drinks. In major cities especially they know when you are coming and where to get you. For instance, around major tourist sites bars will charge more for beers then in other places knowing that you aren’t going to stray too far. If you buy your alcohol at a store then you can pregame at your hostel and buy less drinks when you go out. Many cities also allow public drinking. So check the guide books first for this.

8. Bring your own snacks

Bringing some energy bars or granola bars with you during the day can help fight off hunger cravings in between meals. Snacks during the day can easily add up to just as much money as a meal. With bars in hand you won’t be spending your money on unnecessary snacks and can save it for other things.

9. Walk instead of taking a cab

It may feel easier to hop a cab and head to a destination. But don’t do it! Between the mileage cost, tipping, and of course the added secret tourist fee (many cab drivers charge tourists more than locals because they don’t disclose rates) you are looking at a hefty bill. Walking a little extra is good for your body and then environment not to mention your wallet. If something is really out of walking range then take a bus or metro. They tend to run less then $2 in most cities around the world.

10. Watch your drink cards at clubs

In a lot of European countries clubs require drink cards at the door. Clubs hand them out, you get them punched each time you order a drink, and then when you leave you cash out. There are many instances of drunk club goers getting extra punches and not taking notice so they get charged double. Also if you loose your card, good luck. The fees for a lost card can be astronomical. So just make sure you keep track of your drink card and who is punch them.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

bangkok trip


27.9.10---Dari rumah ke Airport Kuantan
5.00am-----Click here to view Kuantan airport

6.50am---from Kuantan to Kl...Flight MH1263..tambang RM150/orang
7.30am---reached KLIA.Get information on KLIAKLIA website:
Have brakfast and tea...pokok buluh cafe....untuk pemandu and sedap. bus to LCCT...RM1.90.
Here how to get there.
Get some info about LCCT

ramai orang kat LCCT.

From LCCT terminal ..Flight AK742..KUL-Bangkok ..reach Suvarnabhumi Airport
Sampai Bangkok ontime...bagus perkhidmatan Airasia kali ini.

Penerbangan memakan masa 2 jam...dipenuhi dengan order makan...sayang Nasi Lemak Pak Nasir tiada....terpaksa makan Nasi Lemak sotong dengan air Milo kos RM13.

Di Bangkok ada kawan dah tunggu...dan terus ke Bandar Bangkok...dari airport mengambil masa dalam 1 jam....macam Klia ke KL juga...highway bagus.
Terus ke restoran Islam....waktu Maghrib...makan makanan Thai..tomyam,,,ok jugak.
Check In Hotel..Bangkok Palace
Room 9073...ok agak bersih ..mungkin dah sampai agak gelap pukul 8.30pm
Jaln2 ke Nite Bazaar...

Hari Kedua
6.00pg...breakfast...hanya boleh makan roti....makanan lain Tidak halal.
Makassan Coffe shop.
6.30pg...menaiki van ke Aryanphratet...boleh lihat
Perjalanan sejauh hampir 250km....memakan masa 5 jam...melalui highway Bangkok-Aryanphratet..
Dalam perjalanan ..tanaman padi,ubi kayu,tebu,pokok jati,getah...kawasan rata.
Berhenti rehat R&R...tandas bagus tapi nak makan susah..ada kedai 7eleven dan kiosk ATM..sampai terus makan makana Islam....dimasak oleh Islam Kemboja..
Masakan sedap...sup tulang dan telur dadar serta sayur campur spt makanan Thai...
memang sedap...terus bersiar2 di pekan Aryanphratet...luas gerai hanpir2 sama pekan Rantau Pajanang...barang2 agak murah tp kurang kualiti.
Bermalam di Aran Mermaid Hotel

Hari Ke 3.

Dari Aran ke Bangkok...tiada aktiviti kecuali shopping di Indra..terlalu ramai
pengunjung ...tapi seronok shopping barang jenama tiruan pun banyak.

Hari ke 4.
Bertolak balik ke Malaysia.
AK739..masih gagal mendapatkan Nasi Lemak PAk Nasir.
Samapai KLia pukul 4 ptg..terus ke Daun Cafe ...makan kuey teow...sedap baru ada rasa Malysia.
Naik bas ke KL Central(SkyBus)...RM9...dari Kl Central naik LRT Rm2.50 sampai Titiwangsa..berdiri dalam LRT sesak orang balik kerja.
Sampai Pekeliling terus naik basPlusliner RM20....sampai Terminal Makmur Kuantan jam 11.30mlm...sewa teksi ke rumah RM20.

Alhamdulilah selamat sampai umah 11.45mlm

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sleeping Bags ' How To Select The Right One For Your Needs

Sleeping Bags ' How To Select The Right One For Your Needs

There are such a large variety of sleeping bags on the market that the first-time buyer sometimes feels bewildered and doesn't know what to look for when buying one. We will try to set out a few important aspects to keep in mind in this regard.

In the first place you have to consider your budget. The cheapest reasonable quality sleeping bag will probably cost around a hundred dollars. There is virtually no upper limit. Only you can decide how much you want to spend and this should largely be determined by how much money you have and what you want to use the sleeping bag for.

What type of sleeping bag should you buy? This depends on what you want to use it for. If you need it for periodic camping trips with the family under normal weather conditions, you obviously needs a different type of bag than when you plan to trek for a week in the Rockies.

The fill of the sleeping bag is a very important factor to consider. If you will be hiking a lot and the weather will not be extreme, choose a lightweight material. It will be easier to carry and still provide sufficient protection during the odd cold night.

Should you plan to do serious hiking under adverse weather conditions, you will have to buy a bag with a top quality fill offering excellent insulation. This does not have to be weight a ton though ' you do get lightweight material nowadays that provide excellent protection against cold conditions. These type of bags comes with a temperature rating, so you can easily see whether it will be suitable for your purposes.

The shell of the bag is also important. You should once again buy a bag with a type of shell that is suitable for the conditions you want to use it under. If the terrain is rugged with many rocks and scrubs, select a shell that will be able to withstand a lot of abuse.

The lining is often overlooked when people buy sleeping bags and is therefore often the cause of buyer's remorse. You should be looking for material that is strong yet soft and warm. It shouldn't tear easily ' once that happens you can basically throw the bag away. It should also allow for air to circulate. Plastic would therefore be the worst type of material to use as a lining.

Modern sleeping bags also come in a variety of colors and styles. You are therefore sure to find something that fits your image as a serious backpacker or mountaineer.

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Michael Russell writes regularly on a website on various tools and accessories relating to camping like the pocket knives, tents, and the sleeping bags. The website provides bags for all seasons including those for the kids on the move and other items like the air mattress.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A True Thai Departure [Be Travel Savvy Tips]

Now, here's a room with a view. Most of us love the idea of a truly luxurious escape, but sometimes being in the middle of nowhere isn't everyone's idea of idyllic. That's why we love the look of the Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa, which opened just yesterday. Located on stunning Siray island, this luxurious 5* hotel boasts breathtaking ocean views and a secluded beach. Still, it is connected to Phuket by a bridge and is only an eight minute drive from Phuket town and 45 minutes from the airport. Phi Phi, James Bond, Similan and Maya islands are all a short boat trip away.

The Westin Siray Bay offers choice of tastefully furnished guest rooms, including suites and villas with private plunge pools and even rooftop relaxation areas with views across the bay. Dining here is an experience in iteself, with six fine restaurants to choose from. The Heavenly Spa offers four single treatment rooms and three couple treatment rooms - perfect for honeymooners or those on a romantic getaway. This hotel isn't just for adults though - the Westin Kids' Club keeps little ones entertained with thoughtful activities such as local crafts, open air movies and even stargazing.

Friendly Thai hospitality, an unbeatable location and contemporary style all combine at the gorgeous Westin Siray Bay to offer an unforgettable luxury holiday.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kuala Lumpur pampers women tourist

Cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur pampers women tourists to the hilt, provided you know where to find the best spots. From shopping, beauty treatments to partying, there are lots of exciting places to spoil and enjoy yourself. Below is a recommended list, which is not exhaustive, however

This five-star hotel has a Ladies Floor that is suited to women who travel alone. (Hotels in Malaysia are rated from one to five stars - the more stars, the more upmarket). Extra security is provided for this floor. Other facilities include florist, baby-sitting services, beauty parlour, woman's hairdresser, car rental, and restaurants, to mention but a few. Crown Princess Hotel is located on Jalan Tun Razak, and is host to Martha Tilaar Spa, a ladies only spa.

Pamper Floor in Starhill Gallery is dedicated to spas and beauty centres. The mall stands next to J.W. Marriott Hotel on Jalan Bukit Bintang. Asianel Foot Reflexology Spa offers foot therapy with essential oils and a host of luxury treatments to heal & rejuvenate the body, mind & soul through your feet. For a soothing spa experience in a Balinese setting, pop over to Donna Spa that pampers your five senses. Ayurvedium Medispa is equipped with private/couple therapy rooms, spa bath and steam cubicle, private shower and in-room safe for clients to enjoy a host of health, beauty and stress-relieving therapies. A wide range of beauty regimes are available from Beaubele, Escentials Urban retreat, Kanebo International Salon and MTM Skin Care Concept Store -- all located on the same floor.

As diamonds, gold and gems are a girl's best friend, the Ground Floor of Mid Valley Megamall is a must-visit. Five jewellery stores are housed here, which allows for easy comparisons. With luxurious furnishings and bright lights, they exude an inviting atmosphere for browsing. Among the five stores, there is always a gem to suit every personality, mood or fashion trend. Diamond & Platinum offers a wide range of diamond and platinum collection for every occasion. Its signature diamond is Estrella Diamond; named after the Spanish word for star. Goldheart specialises in unique pure platinum wedding band collections and the symbol solitaire collections - ZEN (in brilliant), CRISS (with 77 facets) and PRINCESS (in princess cut). Wah Chan offers a complete collection of diamonds, gem stones, jade and pearl jewellery. Tomei and Zin Liang Jewellery complete the picture. To get to Mid Valley Megamall on Jalan Syed Putra, you need to travel by taxi or take the KTM Komuter which has a station at its North Court.

The First Floor of Sungei Wang Plaza has the largest concentration of hair salons in any shopping complex. Get your latest hair styles that are in vogue in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris or Milan from a choice of ten outlets. They include Art De Salon, CS Hair & Beauty, La Belle Unisex Hair & Beauty Centre, Rizz Hair Design Centre, Secolo Hair Dressing, Scissors Palace Hair Salon, Snips, Trio Image Studio, Vis-à-vis, and Vouch Stylistics. Services include styling, rebonding, digital perm, wsh-cut-and-blow-dry and a host of other treatments. Sungei Wang Plaza stands on Jalan Bukit Bintang opposite the Parkroyal Hotel.

Fish spas are the latest craze in Kuala Lumpur. Customers dip their feet in a pond filled with Garra Rufa, a kind of fish that eats dead skin! Nicknamed "Doctor Fish", these creatures originate from Turkey and are toothless, actually. Your feet will feel smooth and silky after the "treatment." Besides the fish spa, Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa offers services like foot and hand reflexology, foot spa, head acupressure massage and full-leg aromatherapy. Check out Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa on Level 5 in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur which is adjacent to Grand Millenium Hotel.

Beryl's Chocolate Kingdom is sheer paradise for female chocolate lovers! Bar chocolate (raisins, almond, coconut, etc) camior bar chocolate, Ghana chocolate, tiramisu chocolate and gift packs are the popular buys. Beryl's is located at Jalan Utara, Off Jalan Imbi. Another chocolate haven is Beryl's competitor, Chocolate Gallery on Jalan Inai, Off Jalan Imbi. Beryl's and Chocolate Gallery are about 30 minutes' walk from J.W. Marriott Hotel and Dorsett Regency Hotel - a road map can guide you there. They are housed in converted bungalows.

On Ladies Nite, many dance clubs, discos and bars offer special privileges for women such as free entrance and complimentary cocktails (non-alcoholic). The following nightspots are ideal for women, (with Ladies Nite shown in parentheses), but please phone to check beforehand:

The Loft, No. 28-40 Jalan Doraisamy, Asian Heritage Row (Thursday, 10pm-12am.); Ruums, 1st & 2nd Floor, Bangunan Life Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail (Wednesday & Thursday, 10pm-12am); Maison, No. 8 Jalan Yap Ah Shak (Friday, 10pm-12am); Palacio Lounge & Restaurant, 26 Jalan Doraisamy (Thursday, 10pm-12am); Club Z @ Zeta Bar, 5th Floor, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral (Thursday, 8pm-3am); Velvet Underground @ Zouk, No. 113 Jalan Ampang (Thursday, 10pm-12am); and Cynna, No. 8-40 Jalan Doraisamy, Asian Heritage Row, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail (Thursday, 10pm-1am).

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