Asia - South-East Asia Islands & Peninsula
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In April I'm planning to visit the kinabatangan River in Sabah. We made a reservation for the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (we fly from KK to Lahad Datu), and after a few days, the BRL will drop us off in Lahad Datu.
Is it possible to arrange a trip to the kinabatangan River from lahad datu (possible by public transport)? Or should we fly back to KK, and then go to the K. River?
Or is the tabin Wildlife a better option from Lahad Datu? (althought we go for seeing wildlife, and the K. River is therefore a better option I believe..)
We have extra 3 days to spare (plus transportation in and out) between Bohol and Banaue.
I would really like to hear which place would people prefer who have visited them both.
Camiguin - Hibok-Hibok, island explore, Mantique and White islands or
Dumaguete - Mt Talinis (propably 2 days), Twin Lakes and Manjuyod sandbar or day in Apo island.
We are mostly up to exploring scenic nature, nice beaches and good food ofcourse :) Which place would give us more "real" experience and things to remember later?
I planning on a budget holiday for the family of four. Can anyone suggest the best way to spend about 3 days in Kuala Lumpur and see the place around. I would like to keep the expense to a minimum and avoid package tours, which may turn out to be expensive...
I'm travelling to philippines for 10 days middle February.
I really want to get the most out of my short visit! So decided to narrow down my destinations.
I was thinking of visiting the rice terraces up north, straight after arriving in Manilla, for about 3 days.
The rest of my trip is dedicated to Palawan and Puerto-Princessa island, and exploring what this amazing place has to offer.
I need some thoughts and advice please!
1. I'm a 23year old girl traveling alone.
2. I plan on booking domestic flight tickets in Manilla and not beforehabd, because i don't want to restrict myself to a strict itinerary.
3. I want to spend a lot of time on the beach, snorkeling, relaxing, and exploring the beautiful sights. I love waterfalls!
We’ve booked a two week trip in the summer to Sarawak (flying in and out of Kuching) and we have a pretty good idea of what we would like to do while there and the national parks we would like to visit. The one thing we are feeling a bit stuck on is beaches. We visited Sabah two years ago and loved it (hence the return trip) and visited the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and were completely blown away by them. We are looking for something similar and we appreciate Sarawak isn’t necessarily known for its beaches but we were wondering if the beaches of Miri or Damai are worth a visit? Alternatively is it worth us re-visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman park again or perhaps flying out of Kuching a bit further to the likes of Penang for 4-5 days on the beach?
I have a simular problem to “ pumpkin_rrr " and didn't realise it, untill I saw his post.
I arrive K.L. 15.25 depart for Penang 18.10 giving me 2hrs.45 mns.
Return:ARRIVE K.L.07.50 DEPART K.L.for Gold Coast 10.00 giving me 2hrs.10 mns.
Will I also need my running shoes?
Just spent few great days visiting Guimaras and wanted to share my experiences as not much info on LP.
Easy to find the Ortiz port in Iloilo and 15php banca ride gets you to Jordan port on Guimaras. From there I caught a one hour, 40php Jeepney to the village of Dolores then a short motorbike taxi ride (20php) to Guisi Beach. Stayed at Guisi Clearwater Resort in simple fan room for 700 php. Nice place frequented mainly by Filipinos on good white sand beach. The owner cook great local food at very good prices and SMB was 32php, useful as onsite KTV plays till 10pm! Because its fairly remote very few visitors except at weekends and you pretty much have the beach to yourself. At the end of the beach some stairs lead to Guisi Lighthouse, the second oldest in PI apparently and defintly worth a visit if you climb to the top for theviews over the bay. The beach at Guisi is great for swimmin... more »
Im planning a trip to sulawesi with a fly into Manado and fly out of Makassar within a 9 day window in February;
Could you recommend the best places to visit along the way? and how long it will roughly take?
im not sure if 9 days is enough and i may need some plane trips to shorten the distance so would appreciate your advice on the feasibility and whether its worth just traveling around the south or north
My wife and I will be traveling with another couple from Hong Kong to the Philippines over Holy Week. We have chosen the Philippines due to very inexpensive and short flights and quality diving at low prices. My wife and I are already certified but our friends are not.
Right now we're planning to fly direct to Manila and transfer via local bus/ferry transport to our actual vacation spot for the week. Of course there are lots of decent dive towns within a few hours of Manila! Personal recommendations, please? Locations that are similarly affordable and quick to fly to compared to Manila will be considered as well, but our priorities are to keep our flight to four hours max and minimize connections after our initial (direct) flight.
A friend has recommended Puerto Galera - anyone been there recently? I've heard Subic Bay recommended for wrecks (but not fish), and... more »
Has anyone taken this route recently?
Flying out in two days time, I have exactly 1 hour and 50 minutes to get ready for KBI. I realise that I cannot check thru my luggages but need to check-out and re-check-in. Just wondering as to whether I need to do both security and custom clearance, and separately, in KUL? Am getting worried that I may not have enough time, including getting out of the aircraft. I will later try to book a seat close to the door. Deos it matter as to whether I am a Malaysian or foreigner??
Also do they have trolleys readily available? Being on my own I dont know I can do without, esp that I may have to walk very fast or even run....
Thanx for your sharing.
I'm thinking about traveling to the Philippines in early May but I'm reading that its a lot of trouble on the southern island so I'm a bit unsure if I should go. My plannes are to go to Malapascua Island and do some diving and that's where I want to stay for my whole visit. Has anyone been there lately? Is it ok to do that trip you think?
Is anyone else thinking about doing the same trip around that time? I'm traveling on my own so if someone would like to join me I would be more than happy to have a travel buddy. To travel as a woman alone might not be the best thing to do, especially not in south east Asia. Although, I'm going there to dive so it would be best if that's your reason of travel too. Im not an experienced diver but maybe I'll do the PADI advanced open water course there.
But, if I decide to not go to Philippines, where in south east Asia is the best place f... more »
A friend and myself are going to Manila mid march on a one way ticket. We are starting to get a little concerned about onward travel. Since we are trying to do this cheap, we have been attempting to book onward travel through cebupacificair.com. I have read about a lot of other people's difficulties with this on this forum as well. I can't seem to pay with a credit card(I don't seem to have the option, only their "Bancnet" option) and my friend's bookings just won't go through. I was wondering if there are any reputable travel agencies that may have an easier time doing this. I don't mind paying a little more, but to fly with other airlines makes the price at least three times as much.
Thanks for your time.
We're heading to spend 4 months in eastern Indonesia in June and have a few questions about the Borneo bit. We have the following rough plan -
Derawan (our first week to chill on the beach as we'll be coming from 3 months in the Amazon!)
Apokayan Highlands/Kayan Mentarang
Kutai (before continuing onto Sulawesi/Maluku/Papua)
I have a few questions -
1. There seems to be 2 options in AH/KM, either boat up Sungai Pujungan and explore around Long Jelet area (Hulu Pujungan) or fly into Long Bawan and explore around there (Krayan Hulu). Which area should I choose?!?! We're interested in trekking in primary rainforest and experiencing different cultures so maybe hiking between villages/camping with a local guide. Has anyone been to both areas so can compare?
2. If we do take the boat up and back down Sungai Pujungan and spend a good week or so explori... more »
I was just wondering how much will my travel budget be for 12-15 days during August 2012, if I want to include places like Gunung Bromo (2 days), Bali (2 days), Lombok (5 days) a few days at the Gilis and if possible a few days in Labuan Bajo, Komodo and Rinca in my itinerary, if I stay in single room budget rooms and eat at local restaurants. .
Thanks a lot for your suggestions.
I live in the UK, going to Singapore at the start of February for a month. I would like to go to Melbourne for a week at the start of March before flying back to the UK.
Does anybody know if it's cheaper to wait til I get to Singapore to buy the flight to Melbourne, book it now from the UK (probably with Air Asia and about 350GBP after a quick search) or whether it doesn't really make any difference?
Any knowledge much appreciated!!
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