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New Routes to India, Myanmar. Some less traveled places!

Shaw has decided to add a few new routes to Flocations.  Some of these are definteily a bit off the beaten path so bear with me:

1.  Yangon, Myanmar accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

Storm is coming -Yangon, Burma by Jason Wang (jwang7)) on 500px.com
Storm is coming -Yangon, Burma by Jason Wang

The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese and Indian influences, and is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital. New high-rise buildings were constructed from the 1990s as the government began to allow private investment. However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors and its pungent smells.

2.  Kochi, India, accessible from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok

Pristine Island, Kerala  by Anoop Negi (Anoop_Negi)) on 500px.com
Pristine Island, Kerala by Anoop Negi

A city born in storm, nurtured in rivalry and established as battling ground for European empires. This phrase makes prefect understanding of Kochi which was formed as an ancient port city after the Great Floods of the Periyar River in 1341. With partitioning of Chera Kerala empire in 14th century, this region came under control of a new dynasty, rivaled by other local feudal lords. With the advent of colonization, Kochi became the first major battle grounds of almost all European powers. However, least it made an impact over the fortunes of this city.

How to get Visas for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

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Before starting my 1 week, 3-country vacation to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, my partner and I (both Canadian citizens) had to get a visa for each country.  Below, I describe the processes and obesrvations we had to go through to acquire these:

Vietnam

Vietnam requires Canadians to have a visa.  It is noted that Visa on arrival are available but we 

decided to skip that process and visit the embassy in Singapore as we did not want to deal with this at customs.  

Caution:  Visa Office only open between 9 and 12.  

Duration: 1 week

Documents Required:  Visa Application form, valid passport and 2 photos per person

Fee: $80SGD/person

Process:  Bring the Required Documents and cash at the times of operation to the Vietnamese Embassy.  Receipt will be issued and the timing took 1 week on the dot.

Laos

The Laos Embassy is located at Goldhill plaza.  Google Maps has an inaccurate address when doing a search for the embassy so ensure that you make a call to get the right address.  The locations linked above is correct.  

Visa on arrival is available as we landed in Loan Prabang. The airport was quite small, and customs went quickly.  There is a separate line for Visa on arrival which seemed to be moving quickly, however, we decided to get our Visa beforehand at the Laos embassy in Singapore.

Caution: the general Visa Application form could not be located online.  There are some Laos visa forms for Australians and Americans, but I could not find a general one.

Duration: 24 hours, but they said they could do it in less time if needed.

Required Documents:  Applications Form, 2 passport photos, 80SGD

Cambodia

The easiest of all countries to get a visa; simply go the e-visa form (linked) and you can, surprisingly, create an account and then purchase multiple visas for you and your family/friends.  A surprisingly, quick and complete visa management service. 

Duration: 3 days max

Required Documents: passport photo that can be uploaded

Well now you know how to get to some beautiful but lesser known places!  Enjoy your time!

 

 

 

Budget Destinations from Singapore for Hari Raya Haji long weekend

With Hari Raya Haji just around the corner on 6 November 2011, its a great opportunity for a quick getaway during the long weekend from Saturday 5 to Monday 7 Nov. If you are one of those who have no plans for the holiday, or if you have a budget constraint, here are some suggestions to help you get started.

Based on the results from Flocations flight search, here are the top 5 budget destinations for you to choose from.

1. Kuala Lumpur for S$99
KL is a great place for shopping. Jalan Petaling, the Chinatown of KL, is a “pasar malam” or night-market styled place where you can find bargains for everything from fresh fruits to cheap clothes and imitation goods.

 Besides shopping, Jalan Petaling is also home to some of the best street food in KL. There are a whole host of Chinese and Malay food on pavements along Jalan Sultan and Jalan Tun HS Lee that are open until midnight.

2. Jakarta for S$120
If you are looking for a place for relaxation, the chain massage parlor Bersih Sehat Mayestik offers affordable massage and sauna services.


For other activities, there is Dunia Fantasi, which is one of several theme parks in Jakarta, or “Indonesia in Miniature Park” (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah) that features miniature islands representing different parts of Indonesia.

3. Kuching for S$153
If you are feeling adventurous, Rainforest Kayaking offers a variety of packages to paddle along Sungei Sarawak or to Semengoh Wildlife Center to see Orang Utans during their feeding time.

For sight-seeing, visit the Sarawak Cultural Village where the tribal houses showcases the various attributes of major ethnic population in Sarawak.

4. Ho Chi Minh City for S$194
For places of attraction, Ho Chi Minh City has various museums, such as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Museum of Vietnamese History, the Revolutionary Museum, Ben Duoc Relic of Underground Tunnels to name a few.

There is also the famous Củ Chi tunnels, a network of underground tunnels located 70km northwest from the city which was used by the Viet Cong during the war.

However, if you just want to hang around the city for shopping, visit Diamond Plaza, Saigon Centre, Ben Thanh Market and many more.
 

5. Surabaya for S$239
To explore around Surabaya, join the Surabaya Heritage City Tour which drives around Old Surabaya on board a sight-seeing bus.
 
On the other hand, if spending a few hours of driving and trekking uphill sounds fun to you, the Ijen Crater offers a stunning view of the biggest crater lake in Java.



Of course, if none of the above places catches your fancy, check out more places by increasing your budget: Return flights from Singapore for less than S$500.

Happy holidays!
From the Flocations Team

Note: Above prices are inclusive of return ticket. Prices are correct as at October 26, and will probably change as the dates become closer.
Source of information: lonelyplanet.com, tripadvisor.com, flocations.com