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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Planning a trip to Singapore and Malaysia

In December 2008 last week we went to Malaysia and Singapore and also took a luxury cruise of 3days from Singapore. After our trip on our own to US - that means without a tour operator, we were feeling quite upto it. To our shock and dismay we found that in sharp contrast to US of A where you can purchase and/or book anything via the net it was quite the opposite in South East Asia. We were getting cheaper bookings through agents than through the concerned establishment directly.
We had a long planning phase and looked up all the possible hotels etc. For hotels you can get a fairly great idea about the place by searching tripadvisor.
For the location of hotels and sightseeing locations the onion maps were so much easier to follow than the regular maps.
For booking hotels the cheapest rates by far were given by for Kuala lumpur and Singapore. But the apartment which we eventually booked was through Wotif as no other agent was giving a booking for it and the apartments also were not ready to give us a reservation over there directly. In Singapore we stayed at Somerset Apartments on Orchard road there were not many choices for serviced apartments for a very short duration of two or 3 days

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