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Malaysia tops Asean tourist arrivals from 2007 to 2011

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Malaysia tops Asean tourist arrivals from 2007 to 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia received more tourists than any other Asean nation between 2007 and 2011, according to a new Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) report. Over half came from Singapore, helping drive economic growth and Malaysia’s foreign exchange earnings. According to the report, three quarters of the tourists to Malaysia were from within Asean, with over 70 per cent of them coming from Singapore, thanks to close family and business ties. Meanwhile, between 2007 and 2011, tourist arrivals from outside the...

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Travel card scheme ‘makes it easier for Aussies to visit Asia’

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Travel card scheme ‘makes it easier for Aussies to visit Asia’

  A travel card scheme has been extended in order to make it easier for Aussie businesspeople to visit certain countries in Asia. Small and medium-sized companies can now apply for accreditation under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiative. This essentially allows Aussies to make numerous short-term trips to participating Asian destinations over a three-year period. “It saves businesspeople the time and effort involved in applying for individual visas or entry permits each time they wish to travel for...

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Malaysia to attract more foreigners for Healthcare tourism

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Malaysia to attract more foreigners for Healthcare tourism

  Malaysia is promoting its hospitals and clinics as new tourism attractions besides tropical islands, fascinating beaches and rainforest, in an effort to brand the country as a healthcare travel destination. Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Tuesday that high-quality and reasonable rates of the country’s medical service is attracting more and more foreigner, with the number of foreign patients arrival achieved a impressive 48% increase to 583, 000 in Y 2011 compared with the previous year. The most appealing medical services...

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Discovering the best of Malaysia by boat

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Discovering the best of Malaysia by boat

  MALAYSIA is a beautiful, friendly and culturally rich travel destination. River safaris and cruises are the highlight of a stay in Malaysia. These safaris and cruises are well organised and accompanied by expert guides, and present an interesting and exciting way to explore the country’s interior. Rejang River The mighty Batang Rejang (Rejang River), the Amazon of Borneo, is the longest river in Sarawak. Batang Rejang is located in northwest Borneo and it originates in the Iran Mountains. It is characterized by its vast rainforest,...

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Five things to do in Malaysia you won’t find anywhere else

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Five things to do in Malaysia you won’t find anywhere else

Pristine beaches, delicious food, bustling cities, orang-utans, and a wonderful fusion of cultures. These may stick out as the big draws for anybody visiting Malaysia, but I’ve never been somebody who is satisfied with seeing the same old sights and following the tourist trail. When I travel, I’m looking for unique experiences and Malaysia is certainly a country with no shortage of those. And while I can certainly foresee myself spending plenty of time on the nation’s white sand beaches and in the beating heart of Kuala Lumpur or Georgetown,...

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Malaysia ranks 10th friendliest country in world: HSBC survey

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Malaysia ranks 10th friendliest country in world: HSBC survey

  The Star/Asia News Network–Forbes Online has rated Malaysia as the 10th friendliest country in the world, based on HSBC’s recent Expat Explorer Survey. “Better quality of life, a satisfying social life, easy local travel and better housing than in their home country helped put Malaysia in fifth place overall — though many reported difficulty integrating into the local community (often because of a language barrier),” a recent Forbes Online article stated. Lauding the article, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak...

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Time Malaysian cabbies play by the rules

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Time Malaysian cabbies play by the rules

  MALAYSIA – Taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur have to accept the reality that competition from the free Go-KL bus service is good and timely. Don’t expect full support from the majority of us in the Klang Valley. In fact, many city folk strongly believe that taxi drivers have fleeced them for far too long. From refusing to go to certain destinations or use the meter to taking circuitous routes to get from one point to another, these are horror stories of taxi drivers shared by many regular commuters. Admittedly, there are good...

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Five Malaysian National Parks

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Five Malaysian National Parks

  MALAYSIA possesses the most biologically wealthy real estate on Earth. Thousands of plant and animal species, some found nowhere else in the world, are protected within specially-designated national parks and sanctuaries that showcase Malaysia’s biodiversity while protecting it from harm.   Taman Negara, Pahang/Kelantan/Terengganu Taman Negara is Malaysia’s largest national park, stretching over an area of 4,343 km2 and spanning three states. The park’s indigenous flora and fauna belong to one of the world’s oldest and most...

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Malaysia: Three of the best dive spots

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Malaysia: Three of the best dive spots

  Not only are these dive sites three of the best in Malaysia, they’re up there with the world’s best.    Layang Layang Lying 300 kilometres north of Sabah, in the South China Sea, Layang Layang is one of the best places on the planet to see hammerhead sharks. This manmade island is no tropical paradise but beneath the surface, its relative isolation lends itself to some of Malaysia’s healthiest reefs and clearest waters. A magnet for marine life and the place for pelagic action, Layang Layang’s pristine environment teems with...

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AirAsia launches Lombok flights

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  AirAsia has launched its first flight to the Indonesian island of Lombok. The inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur departed on Friday (12 October) morning, carrying a full planeload of 180 passengers. The route will now be served three times a week, departing KL on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and returning the same day. “This latest route is the 15th Indonesian route that we operate from Kuala Lumpur, with a total of 17 from our Malaysian hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu,” said AirAsia’s CEO, Aireen Omar. “Flight...

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