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Airlines • Maps • Sightseeing & Excursions • Star Cruises • Bintan • Singapore • Sentosa • Singapore & Malaysia Tour • Kuala lumpur • Penang • Langkawi • Historic Malacca • Sabah • Island Resorts • Turtle Island & Sepilok Orang Utan Tour • Sarawak • Brunei
Cruise the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea on board SuperStar Virgo. Choose from either a 3 night or 5 night itinerary visiting fascinating ports in Thailand and Malaysia. On board there is a range of comfortable cabins and luxurious suites to suit all tastes and you will experience the flexibility and independence that freestyle cruising provides. This magnificent floating resort offers a wide choice of dining, activities and entertainment. Choose from the range of sports and fitness facilities or relax while children can explore Neptune’s Wet and Wild or computer world. To compliment the cruise each new port provides an opportunity to take a shore excursion and enjoy the destination.
These days Singapore has traded in its rough-and-ready opium dens and pearl luggers for towers of concrete and steel, its steamy rickshaw imagery for hi-tech wizardry, and its contraband deals for shopping bargains. These days it’s known for its fantastic shopping, euphoria-provoking cuisine, friendly people and a mega-clean super-safe habitat and when you’ve had enough city you can escape to a park. It’s also truly multicultural – where else can you explore slices of India, China, Malaysia and the Arabic world within a 10km radius?
Sentosa Island is located five hundred metres off the south coast of Singapore. Its name means tranquillity in Malay. Along Sentosa’s southern coast are three beaches, Siloso at the western end, Palawan in the middle and Tanjong Beach at the eastern end. There are many attractions on Sentosa to keep you busy such as Dolphin Lagoon, Underwater World, Fort Siloso, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, the Musical Fountain and the historical and cultural museum Images of Singapore. There are also two 18 hole golf courses.
Malaysia is one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in Southeast Asia, with its interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs. Aside from the gleaming glass of the 21st Century in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia also boasts some of the most superb beaches, mountains and national parks in Asia. It’s hot and humid year-round in Malaysia with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C even at night, and usually climbing to 30°C during the day. Throughout the region the humidity tends to hover around the 90% mark, but on the peninsula you can always escape from heat and humidity by retreating to the delightfully cool hill stations. The region has a monsoonal climate, but only the east coast of peninsular Malaysia has a real rainy season. Rain, when it comes, generally interrupts the sunshine only briefly; most of it falls in short, strong bursts. It rarely rains all day.
Now one of Asia’s most bustling cities, Kuala Lumpur has something to offer everyone. With its tropical climate and its compact central area, the city is ideal for either a stopover or a longer stay. There are plenty of air-conditioned shopping centres selling everything at very competitive prices, outdoor and indoor eating areas and many beautiful colonial buildings, markets and the magnificent Petronas Towers rising into the clouds. Kuala Lumpur is a relatively easy city to navigate, and easy to get around – taxis are cheap and the light rail runs through the major shopping district.
Situated off Peninsula Malaysia’s north-western coast, the island of Penang is the oldest British settlement in Malaysia and one of the country’s premier resort areas. Aside from the island’s beaches, there are excellent hawker restaurants, the beautiful colonial buildings of nearby Georgetown and hundreds of market stalls that provide one of the best shopping experiences in Asia. Try a rickshaw ride around the old Chinese chophouses or take an excursion up Penang Hill rising 821m above Georgetown. Penang Hill is a cool retreat from the sticky heat below. There are spectacular views over the island and mainland and a lavishly decorated Hindu temple Sri Mariamman at the top. The temple was built in the late 19th century and has a priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam, embellished with gold, silver, diamonds, and emeralds. Penang is not just an island but a state that also includes a small strip of land (Butterworth) on the peninsula of Malaysia.
Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah which is adjacent to the Thailand border. An idyllic tropical island only one hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur, with stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and some of Asia’s best resorts. Langkawi is an ideal destination for a honeymoon and as a place to relax, kick back and make use of the excellent cuisine, wide range of watersports and interesting excursions. Langkawi Island is a duty free zone, which makes the island a shopping haven for visitors with many shopping complexes in the main town, Kuah. Away from the tourist areas, Langkawai is still a rural Malay island of small villages, rice paddies, water buffaloes and natural beauty. The legends of Langkawi will enthral the visitor to this beautiful island paradise.
Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and is also known as Negeri di bawah bayu which means The Land Below The Wind. It is known for its incredible natural features. There are gorgeous beaches to lie on and coral reefs to explore, birds, animals, trees and plants to seek out and a huge mountain to climb Mt Kinabalu (4095m), one of the highest yet accessible mountains in Southeast Asia. Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu sits on the edge of the South China Sea overlooking a cluster of coral-fringed islands. With the towering Crocker Range as a backdrop and the cloud-shrouded peaks of mighty Mt Kinabalu in the far distance, the modern suburbs of KK – as everyone calls it, sprawl aimlessly for many kilometres along the coast and inland. Soak away your worries in open air baths at the Poring hot springs or see the rare Proboscis monkeys at play.
The east Malaysian state of Sarawak sprawls along the northwest coast of the island of Borneo, a vast expanse of secondary forest and oil palm that gradually gives rise to jungle clad mountains along the border of Indonesian Kalimantan. The capital of Sarawak is Kuching which is derived from the Malay word meaning cat. It is one of the region’s best kept secrets, being small enough to be seen in its entirety at a leisurely stroll. Many of the old colonial buildings dating from the time of the “White Rajahs” (1841-1941), can be found mixed with Islamic and Hokkien Chinese architecture throughout the city. Like many towns in Borneo, Kuching grew along the Sarawak River. It is still possible to hire a sampan and drift along the river to soak up the atmosphere.
Brunei is a pocket-sized surprise packet: tiny, affluent, easy-going, it boasts virgin rainforest, hair-raising boat rides and a photogenic capital of soaring mosques and water-villages. It is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak and in fact it is separated into two parts by Limbang which is part of Sarawak. Brunei regained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1st January 1984. Recognised as the country with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, it is still relatively undiscovered and has some of the best preserved and pristine tropical rainforests anywhere, as well as the world’s largest water village of more than 30,000 people. This is an ideal stopover destination where you can enjoy a stay at the spectacular Empire Hotel & Country Club.
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