DirectAsia Insurance http://www.directasia.com/blog Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:26:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Malaysia Road Trip Guide: Penang http://www.directasia.com/blog/malaysia-road-trip-guide-penang/ http://www.directasia.com/blog/malaysia-road-trip-guide-penang/#respond Thu, 22 Dec 2016 02:38:20 +0000 http://www.directasia.com/blog/?p=10073 In our Malaysia Road Trip Guide series, we’re featuring six of the best destinations in Peninsular Malaysia that Singaporeans can […]

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In our Malaysia Road Trip Guide series, we’re featuring six of the best destinations in Peninsular Malaysia that Singaporeans can drive to for the ultimate road trip experience. For the fourth part of our series, we are featuring Penang Island. Penang is a popular destination among Singaporeans because of its tropical beaches, metropolitan city centre, and multicultural heritage.

However, Penang is quite a lengthy drive from Singapore. This makes it all the more important for Singaporeans to familiarise themselves with the area before they go on their road trip. Here’s our road trip guide to Penang.

PENANG ISLAND

Getting There

Penang is approximately 7 to 8 hours away from Singapore non-stop from the Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoints. It’s the furthest destination on our list and passes through the other destinations we also featured such as Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. The fastest route to Penang Island is through the North-South Expressway. Once you get to the Penang exit, you will have two options to get to the island. You can either take the Penang Bridge or take the ferry. Toll fees through the Penang Bridge will cost you RM7. The ferry to Penang, on the other hand, will cost you RM7.70.

Stopovers

It is highly recommended that you take several breaks during your road trip to Penang. It is a must for a safe and comfortable journey to Penang. This is especially important if you plan to bring your kids with you. Luckily, there are multiple Rest and Service Areas where you can eat, stretch your legs, and use the toilet. There are 10 RSAs along the NSE going to Penang- Gelang Patah, Machap, Pagoh, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Sg. Buloh, Rawang/Ulu Bernam, Tapah, Sg. Perak, and Gng. Semanggol.

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Attractions

Penang Island is perhaps most renowned for George Town. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the oldest cities in Malaysia. Along with historical sites, there are numerous other attractions in Penang that would make for an unforgettable vacation for the entire family. Here are some of the best attractions you shouldn’t miss out on in Penang.

  • George Town (Penang, Malaysia)
    Located in the Northeast of Penang, George Town is indeed a fascinating destination for a lot of foreign tourists. Aside from the beautifully preserved shophouses and colonial buildings, George Town is a vibrant city that offers tourists a lot of exciting attractions. There are numerous street murals spread all throughout Penang from artist Ernest Zacharevic. If you want to learn more about George Town’s rich history, check out Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Clan Jetties, Khoo Kongsi, Penang City Hall, Fort Cornwallis, and Armenian Street just to name a few.
  • Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera, Penang, Malaysia)
    Once known as Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill is another excellent destination in the island. Penang Hill offers tourists unrivalled panoramic views of the entire island. It can be accessed through the funicular train or through a 3-hour trekking trail. With an average temperature of 200 to 270 Celsius, Penang Hill’s weather is also much cooler than the rest of the island. Aside from the great views of the island, there are a couple of attractions that can be seen atop Penang Hill such as the Kek Lok Si Temple and Bel Retiro.
  • ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park (828 Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia)
    ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park is the ideal destination for large families. It’s an outdoor adventure park where you can do a variety of fun activities such as zip-lining, climbing towers, flying lemur, gecko tower, monkey school, and so much more. The park itself is surrounded by Penang’s lush forests.  The outdoor park is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Ticket prices cost RM83 for adults and RM55 for kids.

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Accommodations

Photo credit: George Town Heritage & Hotels

Since Penang is a famous tourist destination, you won’t run out of hotels to choose from. With varying price ranges, you will surely find one that suits your budget. Here are some of the most noteworthy hotels in the island based on popularity and location:

  • Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100 Penang, Malaysia)
    After a long drive, there is nothing like relaxing on a beach resort where the whole family can enjoy. Located in Penang’s famous Batu Feringgi Beach, the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa offers guests a secluded paradise packed with all luxury amenities you need during a holiday getaway. This luxury hotel is perfect for couples and families.
  • Le Dream Boutique Hotel (139 Jalan Pintai Tali, George Town, 10100 Penang, Malaysia)
    If you plan on staying in George Town, Le Dream Boutique Hotel is a great choice. Ideally located in the heart of the old city, you will be within walking distance to shopping malls and other attractions. This boutique hotel is ideal for groups and families looking for a more specialised service.
  • Jawi Peranakan Mansion (153 Hutton Lane, George Town, 10050 Penang, Malaysia)
    History lovers will enjoy staying in this hotel. Part of the George Town Heritage Hotels’ collection, the Jawi Pernakan Mansion is one of the best hotels in the island that incorporates Penang’s old world charms. Exclusivity is their specialty with only 8 mansion rooms and 4 family suites. Couples and families will surely enjoy staying in this wonderful boutique hotel.

Dining Options

Penang Island is synonymous with street food. It’s named one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia’s ultimate street food experience. The reason why Penang is iconic when it comes to food is because of the diverse flavours in its cuisine. Influenced by various cultures, it’s a delicious melting pot you shouldn’t miss when you go to Penang Island. Here are just some of the best locations in Penang Island to you can get your affordable fix of favourites such as Char Koay Teow and Assam Laksa: New Lane Hawker Centre, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, and Presgrave Street Hawker Centre.

Although quite far from Singapore, Penang is definitely worth the 7-8 hours you put in driving. With so many attractions to see and dishes to savour, it is a destination worthy of the long journey. Before your trip, do make sure to have your car assessed by a professional in order to ensure your safety on the road. Keep your travel and car insurance handy in case of any mishaps during your trip.

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With its picturesque green valleys and rolling hills, Cameron Highlands was an easy choice to feature for the fifth instalment of our Malaysia Road Trip Guide series. It’s one of the most ideal destinations in Peninsular Malaysia because of its cool weather and beautiful tea plantations. Direct flights to Cameron  Cameron Highlands’ narrow and steep roads are suited for motorists looking for a more challenging drive.  In this article, we guide you on the best way to get to Cameron Highlands as well as some tips to make your road trip an unforgettable vacation.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

Getting There

Cameron Highlands is approximately 7 hours away from Singapore. With stopovers, getting there can take as long as 8 to 9 hours. The most effective route to Cameron Highlands is through the North-South Expressway (NSE). Once there, you can choose between two exits –Simpang Pulai & Tapah – to get to Cameron Highlands proper. The Simpang Pulai exit is the easiest and most comfortable which means its best suited for families. Second exit you can take is the Tapah exit. This exit is known for being the more rugged route and it is often used by heavy vehicles.

Stopovers

Apart from being stuck in a car for 7 hours, driving up to Cameron Highlands requires you to go through rough terrain. This is why stopovers are highly encouraged. Not only will you be able to stretch your legs and rest for a bit but you can also go on that much needed bathroom break. There are several Rest and Service Areas (RSAs) along the NSE such as Gelang Patah, Machap, Pagoh, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Dengkil, Rawang, and Tapah. If you have a little bit more time for a detour, Kuala Lumpur is an excellent choice since it’s the half way point between Singapore and Cameron Highlands.

Attractions

Cameron Highlands is made up of three townships that offer tourists a variety of different attractions. These townships are Ringlet, Tanah Rata, and Brinchang. Here are some of the best attractions you can find in each township.

  • Ringlet (Ringlet, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia)
    Ringlet is the first township you will pass from the Tapah exit. Tourists can expect a lot of lush vegetable and flower farms when driving in this area. Popular farms you should check out in the area are Highlands Apiary Farm and the Orchids Farm.
  • Tanah Rata (Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia)
    The Tanah Rata Township is located in the middle of Cameron Highlands. One of the highlights of Tanah Rata is Cameron Bharat Tea Estate. It’s a well known tea plantation in Cameron Highlands where tourists are treated to the stunning views of the entire plantation. It’s here where you can sample the best teas that Cameron Highlands has to offer. Another great destination in Tanah Rata is the Mah Meri Art Gallery. It features beautiful wood carvings from the Mah Meri indigenous people.
  • Brinchang (Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia)
    Brinchang is the northernmost township in Cameron Highlands. Similar to Tanah Rata, there are a lot of great tourist attractions to find in Brinchang. One of its most notable sights is the Mossy Forest. Located in Gunung Brinchang, the Mossy Forest is one of the most fascinating sights in Malaysia where tourists can witness a forest completely covered in moss. Other famous tourist destinations in Brinchang are the Sam Poh Temple, Night Market, Boh Tea Plantation, and Cactus Valley.

Accommodations

Photo credit: Cameron Highlands Resort

Fantastic hotels and inns are abundant in Cameron Highlands. From luxury hotels to charming inns, you will certainly find a place to stay in depending on your budget. Here are some of the best reviewed hotels in Cameron Highlands:

  • The Lakehouse (30th Mile Ringlet, Cameron Highlands, 39200 Pahang, Malaysia)
    One of the most notable hotels in Ringlet is the Lakehouse. It was built by a retired British Colonel in 1966. Its antique furnished rooms and Tudor-style architecture make it a very popular hotel in Cameron Highlands. With exclusive views of Ringlet and Tanah Rata, the Lakehouse is a hotel perfect for that weekend getaway.
  • Parkland Hotel (No 45 Jalan Besar, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, 39100 Pahang, Malaysia)
    The Parkland Hotel is a modern hotel in Brinchang. Each room has apartment like amenities that make it a perfect choice for large families and groups. It also overlooks the only golf course in Cameron Highlands – Cameron Highland Golf Course – which also makes it an ideal choice for those on a golf holiday.
  • Cameron Highlands Resort (By The Golf Course, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, 39000 Pahang, Malaysia)
    The Cameron Highlands Resort is an iconic luxury hotel in the Tanah Rata Township. It’s romantic setting and upmarket amenities make it an ideal destination for couples celebrating special occasions.

Dining Options

Apart from the cool weather and stunning views, Cameron Highlands also offers tourist an exciting array of dining options. To add to this, you can also find a lot of fresh produce in the area providing you with delicious dishes. From traditional English tea houses to Chinese steamboat restaurants, here are some of the best restaurants in Cameron Highlands: Singh Chapati Urban Restaurant, Barracks Cafe, The Lord’s Cafe, Sri Brinchang, The Smokehouse Hotel & Restaurant, and Gonbei. Be sure to check out the other restaurants in the area. You never know when you are going to find a great restaurant you can recommend to friends and family in Cameron Highlands.

Driving Reminder

Since roads in Cameron Highlands are a little bit unforgiving, do check out our previous blog posts on keeping your car in tip top shape before the big road trip. Please note that petrol stations are hard to come by in Cameron Highlands. Make sure to gas up before entering the different townships. Bring cash as most restaurants don’t accept credit cards.

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The holidays are a very stressful time for a lot of professionals. Year-end deadlines and back-to-back holiday events make it very difficult to go on a proper shopping spree. Car lovers are particularly tricky to buy presents for because they already know precisely what they want to add to their car. In this article, we help you come up with the perfect gift for that important car enthusiast in your life. Here are our picks for last minute Christmas gifts for car enthusiasts in Singapore.

For the family man or woman – BOSS Audio Mobile-Video Flip-Down

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A DVD player is an essential item to have in the car. Not only does keep kids entertained during long trips but it can also ensure that you have a relatively quiet drive. This is particularly useful for parents who don’t have or opt not to have tablets or iPads. Its 12 inch flip-down screen ensures that everyone in the back can see the monitor. It’s also comes with a remote control.

For the speedster – 2.0″ Car DVR LCD Full HD 1080P Vehicle Camera Video Recorder Dash Cam G-Sensor

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Dash cams are a great gift for those who like to drive long distances. This dash camera from OEM comes with a two inch screen. With motion detection and loop recording in High Definition, it can surely capture anything during their drive.

For the sporty – Foldable Car Trunk Organiser

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Whether it’s for sneakers or yoga equipment, a trunk organiser will be

an excellent gift for sporty car owners. It’s foldable which means they can just fold it away when not needed. It can also make the vehicle really easy to clean up.

For the gadget addict – SEIWA – Two USB Two Cigarette Lighter Port Socket Adapter Splitter

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The Seiwa USB cigarette lighter is the ideal gift for those who are constantly on the go. The multiple cigarette lighters allow users to charge multiple devices to make sure that they are never out of reach. The USB ports allow for accessible phone charging.

For the serial dater – Clemt Perfume Diffuser

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Serial daters are constantly looking for ways to impress their date. Why not gift them with something classy and indiscreet? This perfume diffuser not only smells fantastic but it also blends in to any car’s interiors seamlessly.

For the new car owner – Autodoc Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner

 

A portable car vacuum cleaner is a must have tool in every new car. You can easily clean your car from debris and food crumbs. This vacuum cleaner can be plugged in to your car cigarette lighter so they won’t have any issues with charging or plugging it beforehand.

For the phone addict – Non-Slip Phone Pad

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If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, this anti-slip car dash holder is the perfect gift. It keeps the car owner’s phone in place while driving. It’s compatible with multiple devices and holds items securely in place.

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In our Malaysia Road trip Guide series, we’re featuring six of the best destinations in Peninsular Malaysia you can drive to for the ultimate road trip. For the third part of our series, we decided to focus on Malaysia’s vibrant capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL).

Although quick, round trip airfares from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore can be quite expensive especially if you have a large family. Long airport queues, limited baggage allowances, and tight flight schedules can also cause you unnecessary stress. Plus, it’s a great excuse to take out your car for a proper drive outside the country. Apart from the affordability, bringing your car with you on a KL holiday can be very convenient way to get around the city.

Kuala Lumpur is a modern city that is an excellent destination for shopping and entertainment. It’s the ideal destination for the whole family because there is something for everyone here.

KUALA LUMPUR

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Getting There

Driving up to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore may seem daunting but it’s actually pretty manageable. It only takes 4 hours to get to the city from the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints. The best and fastest route to get to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore is through the North-South Expressway. From here, it’s essentially a direct course all the way to Kuala Lumpur.

Stopovers

There are several Rest and Service Areas (RSA) along the way where you can grab a bite to eat, use the toilet, or you just want a break from the long drive. There are five RSAs along the North-South Expressway – Gelang Patah, Machap, Pagoh, Ayer Keroh, and Seremban. If you prefer a longer and much more interesting detour, Malacca is a great stopover. Whether you plan to stay for a few hours or overnight, Malacca is certainly worth it.  Do check out our previous guide [url: Road Trip Guide to Malacca] to learn more about touring the Old City.

Attractions

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Malaysia’s cultural diversity is no more apparent than in Kuala Lumpur. This is why it is such a fun city to explore. It’s a city full of modern attractions perfect for the whole family. With KL’s sprawling size, it’s convenient to have your private car with you to explore different parts of the city. What are some of the attractions you shouldn’t miss in KL? If you came to Kuala Lumpur to go shopping, the best place to head to is Bukit Bintang. With large retail chains and trendiest boutique shops, you can’t go wrong when shopping in the area. Popular malls in the area are Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Low Yat Plaza, Star Hill, and the Berjaya Times Square.  Here are other non-shopping attractions you should check out in KL.

  • Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    A trip to Malaysia’s most iconic building is a must for first time visitors to Kuala Lumpur. Whether you are viewing the city from the building’s observation deck or the Skybridge, there really is no better view of Kuala Lumpur than in the Petronas Twin Towers. There are only limited tickets are available so it’s best to purchase your tickets online before your trip. Ticket prices cost RM85 for adults, RM35 for kids, and RM45 for senior citizens. Visiting hours are from 9am to 9pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.  Also located in the Twin Towers, is the Petrosains, The Discovery Centre. It is a Science Discovery Centre where children can explore various interactive exhibits about science and how applicable it is to everyday life in a fun hands-on approach. You can also head to the Aquaria KLCC to learn more about Malaysia’s diverse marine life.
  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Jalan Lembah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    If you want to learn more of Malaysia’s multicultural heritage, a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is not to be missed. There are twelve main galleries in the museum that features Islamic art, literature, textile, ceramics, glassware, architecture and so much more. Museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission fees cost RM14 for adults and RM7 for children and senior citizens. Plus, you can also check out the different sites in Malaysia such as the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Perdana Botanical Gardens, National Mosque, and the Planetarium Negara.
  • Batu Caves (Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia)
    A trip to Kuala Lumpur isn’t complete without a trip to the Batu Caves. The Caves are a series of Hindu temples and shrines a top of a limestone cliff. You don’t have to be religious to marvel at these splendid temples. It’s located just 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). It’s a very popular destination so try to go early to avoid the crowd and wear appropriate clothing. Admission is free in the Batu Caves.

Accommodations

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The great thing about staying in Malaysia’s capital is the numerous accommodations available in the area. There are so many hotels to choose from regardless of your budget and preferences. Most hotels in Kuala Lumpur can be found in the Bukit Bintang and KLCC area. Here are some of the highly rated hotels in the city based on various budgets:

  • Villa Samadhi (8 Jalan Madge, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    Villa Samadhi is a boutique hotel located in Kuala Lumpur. Currently rated the top hotel in KL, Villa Samadhi is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang or KLCC. Its luxury amenities and lush surroundings make it a perfect romantic hideaway for couples.
  • PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur (No. 1 Jalan Nagasari, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    Another great hotel in Kuala Lumpur is the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur. It’s located next to Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor, which ideally close to Kuala Lumpur’s best attractions. Reasonably priced accommodations and apartment-like amenities make it perfect for families and longer stays.
  • Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    Mandarin Oriental (Kuala Lumpur) is the best hotel for those who want five-star service and facilities but don’t want to compromise on location. Located right in the heart of the city, you can easily walk to the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, and Suria KLCC. Plus, the hotel has great views of the KLCC area.

Dining Options

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Kuala Lumpur, being the capital of Malaysia, offers tourists a diverse dining experience. From award-winning restaurants to hawker centres, Kuala Lumpur’s wide-ranging cuisine makes it a perfect destination for foodies. Top restaurants in the city you should check out are Naughty Nuri’s Life Centre, The Point Restaurant & Bar, Dining in the Dark KL, and The Steakhouse. For those who want authentic and affordable Malaysian street food, check out areas such as Jalan Alor, Petaling Street (Chinatown), and Brickfields (Little India).

Exploring Kuala Lumpur is definitely something every Singaporean car owner should experience at least once. You get to experience it in your own time without being rushed to catch a flight or a train ride. However, do ensure that your car insurance coverage includes Malaysia. Keep emergency numbers as well as your travel insurance policy ready in case of any issues during your trip.

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Whether you are travelling for business or for leisure, a safe and smooth journey should always be your top priority. As one of most frequent travellers in the world, there’s a genuine need for Singaporeans to protect themselves overseas. Cancelled flights or a medical emergency can be an unexpected expense that can easily turn your trip into a nightmare. Aside from protecting you from unforeseen costs, travel insurance gives you peace of mind. In this article, we are listing down the benefits of multi-trip insurance for constant travellers.

It’s cheaper.

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Although initially more expensive than single trip insurance plans, annual travel coverage can actually save frequent travellers money. Multi-trip insurance is more affordable for those who travel internationally more than 3 times a year. Fun fact: Annual travel policy holders can save as much as 40% off their annual trip insurance plan with DirectAsia.

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It’s more convenient.

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It takes time to plan a trip. From booking flights to looking for more affordable accommodations, planning a business trip or holiday takes a lot of organising. If you are a frequent traveller, an annual travel insurance plan takes out the hassle of having to purchase single trip insurance multiple times.

It’s flexible.

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Since most Singaporeans head to Malaysia or other regional destinations for business or weekend holidays, our annual travel insurance plan allows you to opt for “Zone Asia”. By limiting your annual insurance coverage to only Asia Pacific countries, policy holders can further reduce cost of their travel insurance. Countries under Zone Asia are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, China (excluding Tibet), Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. For those who plan to travel to other countries not on this list, a “Worldwide” cover is more suitable.

It’s comprehensive.

Other trip insurance plans in the market lessen their travel coverage in order to keep their prices low. The great thing about DirectAsia’s annual travel insurance plans is we provide our clients with the same travel cover protection throughout our plans. Rather than limit your travel cover, we allow you to choose between 3 different plan limits depending on your budget: Travel 100, Travel 200, and Travel 500. These different levels allow you to choose based on your budget and how much payout you will need in an event of a claim.

 

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A Singaporean Guide to a Hassle Free Road Trip to Malaysia http://www.directasia.com/blog/a-singaporean-guide-to-a-hassle-free-road-trip-to-malaysia/ http://www.directasia.com/blog/a-singaporean-guide-to-a-hassle-free-road-trip-to-malaysia/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:42:40 +0000 http://www.directasia.com/blog/?p=9995 Car and motorcycle owners have few opportunities to go on a road trip in Singapore. After all, getting from one […]

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Car and motorcycle owners have few opportunities to go on a road trip in Singapore. After all, getting from one end of the country to the other only takes an hour. For most Singaporeans, this doesn’t really count as a road trip. This is why most Singaporeans head to nearby Malaysia and Thailand to have a proper road trip. However, as with any long journey, drivers and riders should consider several factors during their trip. In this article, we are outlining some things you should keep in mind when going on a road trip outside of Singapore.

Examine if your car or motorcycle is capable of a long drive.

The first thing you should do before going on a road trip is to ensure that you have a car that can handle the long journey. It is essential to have your car inspected by a professional prior to your trip. This can help you identify any issues that may be a potential risk on the road. If you are behind on your auto maintenance schedule, make sure you have it serviced before your trip.

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Stay up to date with your vehicle and travel insurance.

If you are going on a road trip to a different country, it is vital that you are covered during your entire trip. Not only is mandatory for most foreign-registered vehicles to have valid car and motorcycle insurance but it is also a necessary precaution especially in a different country. Check if your policy includes driving in West Malaysia and Southern Thailand. Travel insurance is also a must when going on a road trip. Make sure everyone included in your trip is covered by your travel insurance. Buying or renewing your necessary insurance policies will give you peace of mind as well as provide you a safeguard if anything goes wrong during your trip.

Review the different routes.

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Getting lost in a foreign country isn’t as fun as it seems. You might wind up in a shady neighbourhood or get cited by local police. Additionally, road signs in Malaysia and Thailand are not in English which may be confusing for most Singaporeans. If you are unfamiliar with the country you are visiting, it’s a must that you plan your route ahead of time.

Make sure you download reliable map applications on your phone or GPS such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze to avoid getting lost. By reviewing the route, you can also prepare for much needed stopovers along the way.

Read up on traffic rules.

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Traffic laws are different in every country. Make sure you are aware of the basic traffic laws and regulations in the countries you plan to drive in. Although Malaysia has similar road rules and regulations, they can impose fines and summons to Singaporean drivers and riders caught breaking their traffic regulations. Multiple driving fines and penalties in countries like Malaysia and Thailand may affect your chances of re-entry. Another way to prepare for the road trip is to keep up with the local news.

Keep those requirements handy.

Before being granted access to enter neighbouring countries, car and motorcycle owners from Singapore must have all the necessary requirements on hand before going through the immigration. Here are the requirements you have to bring with you:

  • Passport
  • Singapore Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Valid Motor Insurance Documents
  • [Entering Malaysia] Vehicle Entry Permit & Road Charges (excludes motorcycles)
  • [Entering Thailand] Car Log Card

Apart from these requirements, all travellers must have, at least, a three-quarter tank of gas when departing Singapore.

Additional Reminders:

  • Malaysia recently imposed higher road charges (RC) on all land borders. Non-Malaysian registered vehicles entering Malaysia through the Tuas and Woodlands crossing must now pay RM20 upon entry to the country.
  • Crossing a country border may not be smooth sailing all the way. Make sure you include any potential delays in customs and immigration for a more flexible itinerary.
  • Touch ‘n Go cards are a convenient means of paying for toll fees, parking, and theme parks in Malaysia. Cards cost only 60 which comes with a one month warranty. These can be purchased in petrol stations.

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Apart from its affordability and accessibility, Malaysia provides Singaporean drivers with an expansive road network perfect for a weekend road trip. There are so many different interesting destinations all throughout Malaysia with their own unique character. In this series, we are featuring six of the hottest destinations in Peninsular Malaysia you can drive to if you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of SG. For the second part of our series, we are focusing on one of Malaysia’s most well-known destinations, Malacca (Melaka).

Famous for its historical landmarks and mouth-watering cuisine, Malacca is a must visit for Singaporeans who want to get more out of their short trips. Generally, driving to Malacca only takes around three hours, which makes it ideal for that quick weekend road trip. Before any road trip, make sure you are equipped with car and travel insurance to protect yourself should anything happen to during your trip.

MALACCA CITY 

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Getting There

Malacca is located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The fastest and shortest route to get to Malacca from Singapore is via the AH2 or the North-South Expressway (NSE). As mentioned above, this route only takes three hours from either the Tuas or Woodlands Checkpoint. The NSE is well-maintained, which provides drivers with smooth driving all the way to Malacca.

Stopovers

If you don’t want to spend three hours straight in your car, there are a couple of Rest and Service Areas (RSA) along the North-South Expressway going to Malacca. With comfort rooms, restaurants, and petrol stations, you can easily recharge in the RSAs. There are four RSAs on the way to Malacca – Gelang Patah, Machap, Pagoh, and Ayer Keroh.

 

Attractions

Known as “The Historic State”, Malacca is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique destinations in Malaysia. Malacca City is, after all, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Malacca City is also really easy to navigate so you won’t have trouble finding the many tourist attractions in the city. With Malacca’s numerous narrow passageways, the best and most convenient way to explore the city is by walking. Good news is that most hotels in Malacca provide guests with free parking.

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A famous tourist attraction in Malacca is Christ Church. It’s an 18th century Protestant Church which is one of the city’s defining sites. It’s located in the Dutch Square (also known as, Red Square). Here are a few more popular sites you shouldn’t miss in Malacca:

Stadthuys (Jalan Laksamana, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia)

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Stadthuys used to be the administrative capital of Malacca during the Dutch colonial period. Once the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor, Stadthuys now houses the Museum of History & Ethnography. Operating hours are from 9am to 5pm on Monday-Thursday and 9am to 8:30pm on Friday-Sunday.

A’Famosa Fort (Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir 78000 Melaka, Malaysia)

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The A’Famosa is the remains of a Portuguese military fortress built in the 16th century. Also known as the Porta de Santiago, it’s one of the oldest European structures in Asia. It is another popular landmark in Malacca that will surely be an interesting stop for history buffs.

Paul’s Hill & Church (Jalan Kota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia)

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Uphill from A’Famosa is St. Paul’s Hill. It is a very popular destination in Malacca. This landmark is only accessible on foot and tourists have to climb up to reach the top of the hill. Admission to the landmark is free.

Chinatown – Melaka (Chinatown, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia)

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Malacca’s Chinatown is one of the well-kept areas in the old city. Apart from the beautifully preserved shophouses, it is also a popular destination for shoppers, antique collectors, and foodies alike because of the famous night markets and restaurants. There are plenty of attractions within Chinatown that you should definitely check out such as Jonker Street, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, and Cheng Ho Cultural Museum.

Accommodations

Unless you have the energy to drive all the way back to Singapore after exploring the city, spending the night in Malacca is highly recommended. Malacca is a first class destination which means there are a lot of hotels to choose from. Here are some of the most highly rated hotels in the area:

  • Casa del Rio Melaka (Jalan Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia)
    Voted as the best hotel in Malacca for 2016, Casa del Rio Melaka is a luxury boutique hotel that overlooks the straits of Malacca. Located conveniently within walking distance to Chinatown, the first class accommodations are perfect for couples celebrating special occasions.
  • Holiday Inn Melaka (Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia)
    The Holiday Inn Melaka is another great hotel in Malacca City. With spacious rooms and complete amenities, this hotel is perfect for large families. Similar to Casa del Rio Melaka, the hotel also overlooks the Malacca Straits.
  • The Settlement Hotel (No. 63 Jalan Ujong Pasir, 75050 Melaka, Malaysia)
    The Settlement Hotel is another highly rated hotel in Malacca. It’s a stylish boutique hotel near the city centre. Along with standard hotel rooms, the Settlement Hotel also has luxury villas if you want more exclusive accommodations.

Dining Options

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Being influenced by different distinct cultures, Malacca offers tourists such a diverse dining experience. From traditional Nyonya cuisine to hipster cafes, Malacca City has got a lot to offer. Highly recommended restaurants you should definitely check out are The Daily Fix, The Baboon House, Nancy’s Kitchen Restaurant, Lung Ann Refreshment Kopitam, and the Calanthe Art Cafe. Another popular foodie destination is in Jonker Walk Night Market. With plenty of hawkers offering traditional and modern Malaccan street food, it’s an affordable dining alternative. These are just some of the fantastic places you can dine in during your trip to Malacca.

 

When going on a road trip to Malacca, make sure you park your car in a safe and guarded location. Since it’s outside of Singapore, you have to ensure that your car insurance coverage is still applicable in Malaysia. Keep emergency numbers and your travel insurance handy should you get into any trouble during your trip. Malacca is definitely a great holiday getaway for Singaporeans. Every corner is interesting.

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7 Things Singaporeans Hate about Travelling during the Holiday Season http://www.directasia.com/blog/7-things-singaporeans-hate-about-travelling-during-the-holiday-season/ http://www.directasia.com/blog/7-things-singaporeans-hate-about-travelling-during-the-holiday-season/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:02:59 +0000 http://www.directasia.com/blog/?p=9964 December is the month that most Singaporeans choose to travel on. In fact, nearly 1/5 of the population travels during […]

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December is the month that most Singaporeans choose to travel on. In fact, nearly 1/5 of the population travels during December. However, it also happens to be a very popular travel month all over the world, too. The December holidays are the busiest time of year. With this, there are a lot of issues that also happen during this time of year. In this article, we are listing down the seven things all Singaporeans hate when travelling during the holiday season.

1. Delayed Flights

For most tourists, the December holidays are synonymous with delayed flights. The primary reason why there are a lot of postponed flights during this time of year is often due to air traffic or weather issues. Delayed flights can push back a lot of things such as hotel reservations and transportation arrangements which could potentially cost you a lot of money. Not to mention having to spend for additional food.

What you can do to avoid it:

Choose an airline that has a decent track record of having little or no delays. Unfortunately, this means avoiding budget carriers. It’s no sure thing but it is worth the extra money. You should also opt for a great travel insurance policy that would protect you and your family if your flight were to be postponed.

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2. Missed Scheduled (Connecting) Flight

Missed flight connections are also very common throughout the Christmas season. Traffic jams, long queues, or delayed connecting flights can stop you from reaching the airport in time. This may cause you to get stranded on the airport for several hours or force you to purchase a ticket to the next flight to your destination.

What you can do avoid it:

Get to the airport on time. If you can afford it, opt for a direct flight to your destination.

 

3. Lost or Mishandled Baggage

With valuable essentials such as clothes and toiletries, losing your baggage is always a huge inconvenience. The hassle of having to follow up on the status of your baggage or your payout is something all Singaporeans would rather not do on vacation. Not to mention the sentimental cost of losing your personal items.

What you can do to avoid it:

To minimise inconvenience, make an itemised list of the stuff in your luggage and put all essential items in your carry-on baggage. All expensive electronics and a set of clothes is recommended. Try to read up on airline policy when it comes to lost baggage to familiarise yourself with the different steps you need to follow.

4. Hotel Complications

As previously mentioned, December is a very busy time of year and this is especially true for hotels. Its peak season for most hotels and apart from the high rates, there tends to be a lot of issues that happen during this time. From problems with reservation to overbooked hotel rooms, there is always something that goes wrong.

What you can do to avoid it:

Make sure you confirm your hotel reservations before heading to your destination. This allows you to plan for any last minute arrangements if there are any issues with your hotel booking.

5. Large Crowds

Huge crowds and long queues are inevitable in popular holiday destinations. Whether it’s in a shopping mall or the plane, crowds can be a bit overwhelming and can easily ruin your holiday spirit.

What you can do to avoid it:

The best way to avoid the holiday crowd is to try and limit going to popular tourist destinations.

 

6. Limited Shops & Restaurants

Another pet peeve most Singaporeans have when travelling during the holidays is that shops and restaurants tend to have limited operating hours. This can be really frustrating especially if you’ve been planning on shopping or dining there for so long.

What you can do to avoid it:

Before leaving your hotel, do check if the place you want to go to is open. Ask the hotel concierge if they can find out for you.

7. Weather Issues

When travelling to popular winter destinations, there is always a possibility that you will experience bad weather. Poor weather conditions like snow blizzards can cause travellers to get stranded in airports or ruin your planned activities.

What you can do to avoid it:

Do check on weather forecasts regularly before and during your trip.

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Travelling during the holidays is definitely a challenge but if you keep these pointers in mind and protect yourself during your trip, you can be confident on your vacation.

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Motorbike enthusiast, Faizal Zulkarnian, has been making monthly trips to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hue, Vietnam, for business purposes since April 2016. By the time he set foot there for the seventh time, his urge as a rider couldn’t be controlled anymore.

“The traffic condition is bad! Getting to meetings on time by car is a major problem. My main motivation to ride was to save on travelling time. I also realised that if I immersed myself in the riding culture there, I could get myself an experience of a lifetime,” says Faizal.

But it wasn’t easy for him to just jump on a bike and ride. The first time the 31-year-old entrepreneur stepped foot in Vietnam, he was taken aback by the massive number of motorcycles weaving through traffic. This is a place where motorcycles outnumber the population. It is a very different world from Singapore and even Malaysia.

Vietnam traffic

It was only on his latest visit there in November, did he pick up enough courage to give the Vietnamese riding culture a go. He managed to borrow motorbikes from his business partner – an SYM Attila Victoria in HCMC and Piaggio Vespa Primavera in Hue.

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Faizal’s experience in riding a Gilera VXR 200 back in Singapore helped him to quickly adapt to the motorbikes he was riding on. “The only challenge was adapting to the traffic conditions and knowing how to anticipate vehicles coming from different directions at the same time,” he says.

What amazed Faizal most was the uncanny telepathy that all the riders there seem to have. Despite the apparent chaos, he did not see a single accident during his time there. “Everyone horns to inform others of the blind spots. Yet, I did not witness any shouting or fingers being pointed. The riders seem to communicate with one another without any words being spoken. It’s amazing.”

One of the biggest challenges in adapting to Vietnamese roads is the left-hand drive system that they use. “I have to remind myself to keep to the right, and not left like in Singapore so that faster vehicles can overtake me. There were a few times when I forgot and ended up in the left lane meant for cars. I got horned on, yet, unlike in Singapore, the drivers don’t give you a nasty stare. Life goes on for these people,” says Faizal. “In HCMC, it is a must to plan at least an hour into your commute just so that you can arrive on time. A short 4 km ride can take you an hour during the peak hours”.

Vietnam Traffic

The most complicated part of riding on their roads is navigating a four-way intersection. Cars and motorbikes would be moving in different directions at the same time. You just have to trust your own skills and trust that other riders will give way as you cut across three lanes with three different traffic flows. There is no time for hesitation. Motorists around you cannot anticipate where you are going so they weave around you. This is even scarier!” He feared for his life in the beginning. Then he got used to it and even deftly rode on pavements to cut the traffic jam just like the locals. Riding in Hue was a little easier, given that it is a quieter city.

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Hue Vietnam

If you are heading to Vietnam, here’s what Faizal has to say about riding on their roads. “You will save time and money. It is convenient compared to using Uber and Grab cars. But you have to trust other riders’ skills in avoiding you. So there is always that safety issue. You also need to get accustomed to the local road sense quickly. Learn to anticipate the actions of other vehicles. They could be coming from any direction. You must be on the alert the whole time. The most important point is to trust yourself and make quick decisions. Only hesitations can cause accidents there”.

 

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10 Encounters With Parking Attendants All Singaporeans Can Relate To http://www.directasia.com/blog/10-encounters-with-parking-attendants-all-singaporeans-can-relate-to/ http://www.directasia.com/blog/10-encounters-with-parking-attendants-all-singaporeans-can-relate-to/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:51:27 +0000 http://www.directasia.com/blog/?p=9920 Before the days of EPS parking and automatic barriers, we used to tear off those little tabs on our parking […]

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Before the days of EPS parking and automatic barriers, we used to tear off those little tabs on our parking coupons. Or at least the more rule-abiding drivers did. The rest of us developed a sixth sense for those iconic white uniforms of the parking attendants and the running skills needed to avoid a fine.

We’re taking you on a trip down memory lane: here are some encounters with parking attendants all of us can relate to.

1. When You Put the Parking Coupon Just Before the Parking Attendant Comes By…

See the truth is that when you put the parking coupon, the parking attendant never comes. But when you don’t put it, you always kena fine. So on the rare days when you put the parking coupon and see the parking attendant fine all the cars who didn’t, it feels like you’ve triumphed because being good paid off for once!

2. When You Mistake a Flyer For a Fine…

You’re approaching the car from far away and you see a white slip of paper tucked under your windshield. Panicking, you think it’s a fine, but you come closer and realise cheh, it’s just a flyer. This used to get me. Every. Time.

 

3. When You Almost Get Caught…

You’re turning out of your lot when you see the parking attendant enter to catch all the errant cars and you can’t help but think to yourself, heng ah, luckily I left before I could get caught.

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4. When You Manage to Run to Your Car Just in Time…

Sometimes coincidence strikes and you are walking to the car park when you see the parking attendant making his/her way towards your car. But you forgot to put your parking coupon. This situation called for the biggest race of your life – remember sprinting faster than Usain Bolt to get to the car faster than the parking attendant? You may have been sweaty and tired and aching, but at least you made it.

5. When You Run to Your Car… But It’s Too Late and You Try to Plead with the Parking Attendant

Sometimes you ran, but weren’t fast enough. Sweating and panting, you’d plead with the parking attendant to tolong don’t fine me please”. If they’re nice they’ll let you off, but rules are rules, so chances are you’ll see the fine getting processed right in front of your eyes. If only you left 5 minutes earlier!

 

6. When You’re “Just Waiting”

Remember how parking coupons only came in 1h or 30min? If you needed to run a quick errand, you left someone in the car to tell the parking attendant that you’re “just waiting”. 15 minutes only. Say real one.

7. When You Add 10 Mins on Your Parking Coupon

When tearing the tabs on the parking coupons, some of us got very creative with rounding up. You’re technically only allowed to round up to the next 5 minute interval, but some rounded up to 10 minutes or even 15 minutes, just to squeeze out the most value from a single parking coupon. Even more extreme: setting your car clock 5 minutes ahead just to prove to the parking attendant that it’s not your fault that your clock is fast.

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8. When You Sit By the Window to Look Out for the Parking Attendant

Experience proves that your heart beats faster when you don’t put your parking coupon. If you decided to risk a fine,  you’d end up sitting next to the window with a view of the car park. You were an expert in finding the perfect spot to watch out for even the briefest flash of the parking attendant’s white uniform.

9. When Someone Yells “Parking Aunty Coming!” or When You’re the Smart One Who Uses an App

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I remember sitting in a coffee shop having breakfast when someone shouted “parking aunty coming!” Immediately, all the drivers abandoned their morning cup of kopi and ran to their cars to put a parking coupon. A couple of years later, some savvy smartphone users came up with an app that sent the parking attendant alert directly to your phone. And now, we hardly see parking attendants anymore. Oh, how times have changed.

10. When You Start to Miss Parking Attendants

If you’re reading this article and reminiscing about the old days, you know what I mean: we’re nostalgic for the old days! Most car parks have been converted to the EPS system, so there’s less need for parking attendants to patrol car parks, often doing their job under Singapore’s sweltering heat. Technology may be great, but we can’t help but think of the past with fondness. Kids nowadays will never experience these encounters with parking attendants, will they?

Thank you parking attendants, we’ve had many good times together!

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