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April, 2002

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M 2002.4.22: Nam Ling Leung <>
HK online Booking agent
My name is Miss Nam Ling Leung and I work for We are an online hotel booking company based in Hong Kong and are looking for partners to develop our product.
where you will be able to test our easy to use booking engine.
Nam Ling Leung Call Centre Executive
Tel No: 852-28656848 Fax No: 852-22940100

M 2002.04.30: wu <>

Package Tour in Malaysia
Our hotel offers golf vacation packages for small and large group. It cost Malaysia$165.00 (US$43.42 OR UKPound30.16 OR Euro49.40 OR Japan Yen5,892.86) nett per person ( weekday rate) or RM215.00(US$56.58 OR UK Pound39.30 OR Euro64.37 oR Japan Yen 7,678.57 ) nett per person ( Weekends rate) with one night hotel room ( Twin Share). Single occupancy room also available. This packages inclusive of the following:-
1 night stay in one bedroom suite.
Buffer Breakfast.
One round of golf 18 hole.
Free usages of golf buggy ( 2 person per buggy).
Complimentary daily newspapers.
Complimentary coffee / tea making facilities
Extended check in time ( subject to availability)

To book you golf vacation and budget airline ticket online to Malaysia, please go to this web site: - and click on to the golf vacation packages icon and the go to “contact us icon.
You can also organize golf tournament in our golf club. Please let us know in advance.

You can also book Novotel Century Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Century Mahkota Melaka hotel room online in this web site:- and click into the word Century Hotel Malaysia.
Lion Group of regional shopping malls in Malaysia.
Each mall is surrounding with 100,000 plus residential home & commercial units such as office buildings in 4 square miles or 8 square KM radius. The population living in the surrounding our regional mall is about 200,000 to 500,000 people. In each of our malls there are exhibition spaces for rental for short and long term. Aside from that we have retail lots available for rental. Most of our retail lots are 80% to 95% rented out. Our regional shopping malls is good place to do products test markets and even launch you products. Do contact us for more detail information or visit our web site and click into Lion Parade icon.

M 2002.4.05:RedRiver Tours <>
See the real Vietnam, from a real Vietnamese prospective, with our experienced multilingual guides. Our extensive variety of services and tours will give visitors a sound insight into the Vietnamese way of life with unique and rich civilisation that takes your whole life to explore.



2002:04.24: Azidin <>
How to get from KL to Koh Samui???
Could you please give me an advise on how to get to Koh Samui from Kuala Lumpur, I mean the best way and convenience since there's no direct flight from KL to Samui. So I am thinking of using the ground transportation instead. TQ.

From Editorial
here are many ways to go from KL to Koh Samui.
The easiest way is by train. Take a train from KL to Butterworth and change it to one to BKK. You get off at Suratthani. From there you take a bus and ferry to Koh Samui.
I just finished the research this area. The information will be up to our site shortly.



2002.04.24: Justin Maritz <>
Diving in SE Asia
I am travelling Thailand at the moment and would like to do a live aboard dive trip for a couple of days, however it seems that it is very costly from most places. Do you have any recommendations for doing a live aboard to the Similan Islands.

The best place for diving interim of quality of diving and the costs, I think Koh Tao is the best. Koh Samui is a big tourist destination and many people come here for diving but the most of the diving spots are quite far from Koh Tao. Koh Phi Phi is also good place but it is the most expensive place. So my choice is Koh Tao.
Similan Island is also good place but the season has been over. You have to wait until next December. Currently the best place is E coast of Malaysia or Thailand.t



2002.04.19: Tom <>
Leaving for the "NAM" on the 5th of May and need the latest info on the immediate area of HCMC on crime, pick pockets, etc. All info will be greatly appreciate of any type! Thanks in advance by all who care about travelers.
From Editorial
This city is famous for bike snatchers who come from the back by motor bike and snatch your bags, cameras, etc. You should be careful specially when you cross a street.



2002.04.11: Deborah Widjaja <>
Singapore to Koh Samui
Could you please give me more information about taking a bus to Ko Samui, Thailand from Singapore? Like how many people would fit, and whether the fair included a return trip as well. Please contact me as soon as possible as I am trying to arrange a trip there for my friends on the 25th of May.

Traveling from Singapore to Koh Samui by bus sounds quite hard to do. I guess it may takes almost 2 days to complete. Unless you find a direct tourist bus from Singapore, you have to travel to KL or Butterworth then to Hatyai in Thailand. You take a minibus to Surat Thani, then change to a boat to Koh Samui. I recommend to break journey at several places. Normally the bus fare is one way fare. You can find the round trip fares only for the VIP bus between Singapore and KL. A big bus can take 24(super VIP) to about 50 for lower graded ones and minibus can take around 20.

M 2002.04.10: cheong <
Mini bus in Penang, Malaysia
I want to complain on Penang mini bus no:29, they refused to take passengers. today I saw 4 of no:29 mini buses hiden in the housing area at Relau area. No bus is passing by and the residents there need to take a taxi to work.



2002.04.03 Craig <>
Boat from Indonesia
I'm travelling to Bali, and need an "onward ticket" to satisfy immigration requirements. I'm curious if you can, or know someone who can, acquire for me a valid boat ticket from Bali to Malaysia (anywhere) to depart Bali on or around June 10th? If yes, what are my options and what are the associated costs?

From Editorial
I don't think if there is any scheduled boat running from Bali to Malaysia. It is simply too far. You have to travel to Sumatra to take a boat Malaysia. We don't have any information about the boats from Sumatra but the prices can be checked on the pages of Melakka and Penang in Malaysia.
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