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November 15 – New visa rules for members of G7 that enter Thailand
Good news for the citizens of the nations that are a member of the G7. From November 2013 onwards the people who carry a passport from Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States get a tourist stamp that allows them to stay up to 30 days in the Thai Kingdom when they enter Thailand over land.
Citizens from other countries still get 15 days tourist stamps or visas on arrival. For more information about you country and Thai visas you can check our Thailand Visa Page. We verified this information at the Immigration Office complex at Chaeng Wattana in Bangkok.
October 21, Luang Say Slow Boat Northern Laos
Luang Say is a cruise company in northern Laos that offers a luxury slow river cruise on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. The standard cruise takes two days and makes a stop at the luxury Luang Say lodge in Pakbeng. 3 and 4 day cruises are also available.
(On the Mekong during the Luang Say cruise)
It is truly one of the best experiences you can have in South East Asia. The cruise travels through the virgin jungles in northern Laos. Along the way there are stops at the Pak Ou Caves and two rural villages.
(Arriving at the Pak Ou caves with with the Luang Say cruise)
On board lunch and snacks are provided. Around sunset on the first day you will arrive at the Luang Say lodge where you can enjoy a great Laos style dinner on the river. The next morning after breakfast you continue to your destination.
September 21, New taxi service Pattaya to Siem Reap
We found some reliable taxi drivers in Pattaya in Thailand that can now bring people straight to the border with Cambodia at Aranyaprathet for 2500 baht. If you travel with 4 or 5 people we can also arrange a bigger taxi (SUV) for 2800 baht.
(The type of taxi we use in Cambodia)
In Poipet in Cambodia a taxi driver can wait for you at a local hotel to bring you to your destination in Siem Reap for 50 USD. For more information you can sent us an e-mail at Jeroen@globaltravelmate.com Off course the taxi service from Bangkok to Siem Reap is also still available.
August 24, Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
You can not miss the Petronas Towers when you are in Kuala Lumpur. At a height of 451m. the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers is a world renowned icon of modern Malaysia. It is the center piece of Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) in the Golden Triangle.
(The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur)
The Petronas Towers comprises the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Suria KLCC shopping mall, star-rated hotels, a mosque as well as the immaculately landscape KLCC Park.
(View from the Petronas Skybridge)
One of the highlights of a visit here is standing at the Skybridge on the Fourty First floor for a breathtaking view of the city skyline. You can get tickets to the skybridge in the morning, the ticket window opens at 08:30 at the Concourse Level. It is free, but there are limited tickets available.
July 24, Bagan Ancient Temples in Myanmar
Bagan or Pagan is an ancient city in Myanmar packed with temples, pagodas and shrines. In total there are more than 3000 religious buildings in Bagan spread out over an area of 42 square kilometers.
(The temples at Bagan at sunrise)
It is said that there are even more then 4000 temples, but some of them are merely piles of rubble. Bagan is actually the largest area of Buddhist temples in the world.
(Lion statue at the base of Shwezigon Pagoda from the 11th century)
The city is built on a plane and when you manage to climb one of the temples you can see stupa’s until the horizon. It is a spectacular sight.
July 05, Koh Mak Island, Thailand
Koh Mak is an Island in the Koh Chang archipelago just south nof Koh Chang Island on the Eastern Seaboard in Thailand. The Island is flat and therefore an ideal place to explore on bicycle. Most of Koh Mak is covered in palm trees and rubber plantations.
(The beach at Koh Kham Island)
If you are looking to party or beach activities you can better skip Koh Mak. The Island is very popular with the people from Bangkok to escape to for a few days and recharge their battery. There are a few amazing beaches on the Island.
(Ao Suan Yai Island with Koh Kham in the background)
The two main beaches on Koh Mak are Ao Khao Beach and Ao Suan Yai Beach where you can find the Koh Mak Resort. Both are long white sandy beaches with little development, ideal to enjoy your holiday in a quiet way.
June 21, 2013 Malacca UNESCO city in Malaysia
The city of Malacca is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia; the historical centre that is made up out of Portuguese, Dutch and British influenced buildings is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
(The Christ Church an iconic Dutch built building in the historic center)
Around St Paul’s Hill you can find the historical precinct, containing the well preserved 17th century Dutch Stadhuys and the remains of the Portuguese A’ Famosa fortress.
(Replica of a Portuguese ship at the Maritime Museum in Malacca)
It is easy to visit Malacca on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur and it is possible to see all off the old city center in one day; but if you also want to visit the interesting museums, such as the Maritime Museum it might be better to stay at least one night.
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