South-East Asia Islands & Peninsula FAQ
Replies: 86 - Last Post: May 14, 2013 12:49 AM Last Post By: peterhargrave
Sep 30, 2004 3:06 AM
South-East Asia Islands & Peninsula FAQInside this thread you'll find a collection of links to TT threads and websites about attractions, activities, travel practicalities and news about Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, & Singapore.
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Edited by: Trent_at_LP
Sep 30, 2004 3:09 AM
1The listings below now include contributions from daycat, steve252, ilya_troyanov, JBkayaker12 and TigerTraveller - thanks!
Royal Brunei Airlines
Destination East Timor
Discover East Timor
The Unofficial Guide to East Timor
East Timor Information
East Timor News
Travelling in Indonesia
Nature Reserves of Indonesia
Kawasan Konservasi Indonesia
Volcanos of Indonesia
Mountains of Indonesia
Surfing Indonesia 2
Bali Tourism Authority
Bali & Lombok Forum
Lombok Lovers Forum
East Nusa Tenggara
Pelni Shipping Lines
The Jakarta Post
Welcome to Malaysia
National Parks of Malaysia
The Kelabit Highlands
Mulu National Park
New Straits Times
New Sabah Times
Sep 30, 2004 3:13 AM
Travelling in the Philippines
National Parks of the Philippines
Key Conservation Sites of the Philippines
Birding in the Philippines
Volcanos of the Philippines
Surfing in the Philippines
Surfing in the Philippines 2
South East Asian Airlines
SuperCat Fast Ferries
The Manila Bulletin
The Manila Times
The Daily Tribune
Singapore Tourism Board
Singapore for Budget Travellers
Singapore without Shopping
National Parks Board
Cycling in Singapore
Ferries to Indonesia
Ferries from Singapore to Indonesia & Malaysia
Penguin Ferry Services
The Straits Times
Is it safe in...?
Where to find the best beach?
Are there boats between South-East Asia and Australia?
Good Causes & Volunteer Opportunities
Oct 7, 2004 3:46 AM
3For information on Singapore:
Virtual Park Tours
Singapore Zoological Gardens
Singapore Night Safari
Singapore Jurong Bird Park
Duck & Hippo Tours
For public transport information, both train and bus network and taxi services:
Singapore Bus Service /MRT/LRT
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
Street Directory & Map Locations
Best & Cheap Hawker Food
more singapore hawker food
Singapore News, Radio & TV prog/guide
New to Singapore (Expatriates):
American Association of Singapore
American Women Association
Singapore tours/wildlife info:
amphibious DUCK tours
Mangroves of Singapore
Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve
Oct 9, 2004 3:47 PM
· FAQ! - airline websites - Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore*
· FAQ! - airline websites - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
· Visa Information - official MOFA website
• East Timor
· East Timor Information TT thread
· EAST TIMOR - AUGUST 2005 TT thread
· www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/east_timor.html - index of online maps
· Tourism Timor-Leste - Official tourism website (in English & Portuguese)
· IMPORTANT - KUTA - money scams TT thread
· www.expat.or.id/info/rupiahworld.html - currency info page
· Flight schedule to Banda Aceh TT thread
· www.bikehash.freeservers.com - Kuala Lumpur Mountain Bike Hash
· www.langkawi-ferry.com/schedule.html - Langkawi-Penang & Langkawi-Satun
· visa requirements for foreigners entering Malaysia - official MOFA website
· Israeli stamp makes Malaysia travel difficult? TT thread
Kuala Lumpur - Menara (Kuala Lumpur Tower):
Kuala Lumpur - Petronas Twin Towers "Skybridge":
· Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur TT thread
· www.petronas.com.my/internet/corp/centralrep2.nsf/frameset_corp?OpenFrameset (& then click on "Visitor Info")
official holiday dates:
· Federal Territory Public Holidays 2005 | PDF
· State Public Holidays 2005 | PDF
· www.photomalaysia.com | forum
· Scam alert in KL TT thread
· WARNING - KL SCAMS ALIVE AND WELL TT thread
· Visa Information - official DOFA website
· Visa - Philippines TT thread
· Jeepney Transit Map (Metro Manila) TT thread
· www.oceanjet.net - Ocean Jet ferries (Ocean Fast Ferries Corporation)
· Travellers' Info Guide - Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website
· Entering Singapore, but no proof I'm leaving TT thread
official holiday dates:
· ministry of manpower - public holiday dates
visas for other countries:
· China - with USA passport
· China - other than USA passport
Oct 15, 2004 9:40 AM
Oct 22, 2004 3:30 AM
6BOATS TO THE PHILIPPINES
Now, this has been asked about so often that I find it worth putting here.
There are boats every week from Sandakan in Sabah to Zamboanga in Mindanao.
The boat is big & safe, has bunks for accomodation, and costs about 30 USD one way.
While western Mindanao and the Sulu Islands in general have a poor reputation, passing through Zamboanga City in transit elsewhere in the Philippines is safe. It is well connected to the rest of the country.
There used to be lots of cargo ships from Bitung in North Sulawesi to General Santos City in southern Minadanao when the Indonesian currency was down in 1999 and lots of Philippino traders were coming over. In that year even a Pelni ship ran to Davao for a few months. Fares were first as low as 15 USD one way. However as the rupiah got stronger and prices were rising, the traders stopped coming and the fares started rising, reaching 50 USD one way by the year 2000.
But it was a scenic run and many travellers used to take it, including myself several times.
Since then services seem to have all but stopped, and I haven't heard from anyone taking a boat on this route for years now - although the dated info from years ago keeps being circulated by guidebooks and travellers alike. If you want to try your luck, ask around at the harbours in Bitung or General Santos City, and if you strike it lucky, let us know here!
Flights between Davao and Manado replaced this shipping route for a few years, but as of early January 2008, these were suspended, too. Fortunately, Philippine budget airline Cebu Pacific has started up a Manila-Jakarta route, and that is now the cheapest way to travel between these two countries..
There are no passenger boats from the Asian mainland, such as Vietnam, China or Hong Kong, or from Taiwan to the Philippines, close as they might seem.
Nov 6, 2004 10:10 AM
7For Malaysian news, The Star has most recent updates on its site..even Malaysian recipes for you to download and print in the "Kuali" section
Nov 17, 2004 3:20 PM
8BOATS from WEST MALAYSIA to BORNEO
There aren't any!
Neither from West Malaysia, nor from Singapore.
The cheapest option is flying with Air Asia from Johor Bharu to Kuching.
Your only option by sea is going via Indonesia.
Cross first from Singapore or Johor to Batam, Karimun, or Bintan in the Riau Islands of Indonesia.
You will have to pay for an Indonesian visa!
From Batam or Karimun there are Pelni ships every few days to Jakarta's Tanjung Priok harbour (1 day), where you can change for another ship to Pontianak (1 day) in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). From Pontianak there are daily buses across the border to Kuching in Sarawak (8 hours).
From Bintan (Kijang harbour) there is a direct Pelni ship every fortnight to Pontianak (2 days) via the remote Natuna Islands.
I have also heard of direct hydrofoils from Batam to Pontianak, but can't confirm it myself! Anyone?
For Sabah, you could take a Pelni ship from Jakarta to Tarakan (min. 3 days), from where daily speedboats go to Tawau (3 hours).
All these options are more expensive than flying!
BTW, if you head this way, it's worth pausing to look around comparetively unexplored Indonesian Borneo - see the Kalimantan link under my signo. ;-)
Dec 4, 2004 2:37 AM
9ok, I can't believe I am actually having to point this out, but these questions are asked almost every day:
+Yes, in a *rain*forest, it is likely to rain.
The monsoon season in Sabah & Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), Brunei, Indonesia (Borneo) is approximately from November-March.
Yes, you can be lucky and the weather will be great, but you are just as likely to be unlucky and have rainy weather.
Yes, the heavy rains will affect what hiking you do.
The best time to visit is from April-September. Yes, it will still rain, just not as often during the monsoon season.
It is not really a monsoon season - more a "rainy" season. There are no monsoon nor typhoons, however the seastate and wind are affected by the typhoons that hit the Philipines and Taiwan. +
Dec 19, 2004 5:01 AM
Harlow! Very comprehensive links on Singapore. Very impressed.... Thought this link might be very handy too: www.thevisitorscard.com - The Visitors Card also known as Singapore's Official Tourist Incentive Card. Very useful for short trips in Singapore. Cost about S$40 for a 3D pass. You get good discounts at tourist attractions, shopping centres and restaurants all over Singapore. Plus it is also what the locals use on the public transport. Good deal!
Much Love! Narff Narff ; )
Jan 21, 2005 8:21 AM
Feb 19, 2005 12:38 AM
12This is an excellent resource for anyone living in Indonesia or planning to:
Living in Indonesia
Lots of reference data, plus forums for questions etc.
It includes a detailed section on all types of visa.
But some sections are written by sponsors and focus on their own products, so beware of these (it says when a page is written by a sponsor, and who it is.) Sadly this includes the Medical section, so you could think that the only clinics around are those run by International SOS; theirs are very good but there are many others.
Apr 19, 2005 10:48 AM
13Ways of getting from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore or vice versa, new bus line.
www.aeroline.com.my is the one to look at.
The other one is www.plusliner.com.my, which is a bit of a letdown, when you want to find out prices and schedules for some trips.
And the booking online capabilty on Aeroline seems to be available, as opposite to Plusliner.
I don't work for either of them, just saw the ad for Aeroline in the Star Malaysia newspaper.
Apr 25, 2005 4:25 AM
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