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How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?
That's the question we asked back in December, when it was first announced AirAsia would introduce some sort of pass for unlimited flights. Well, that passthe AirAsia ASEAN Pass, named for the Association of Southeast Asian Nationsis official and available for purchase, beginning today.
The ASEAN Pass' original promise of travel to 10 countries has been kept, and passengers may elect to fly to airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Laos and Brunei. The greatest variety of destinations is of course offered from AirAsia's base in Kuala Lumpur, although Bangkok also has a bunch.
Popular leisure destinations in the passes include Bali, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Langkawi, and Puerto Princesa. With just those it'd be very tempting to turn an ASEAN Pass into a "best exotic beaches of SE Asia" pass, but culture and business travelers will find plenty destinations of interest as well.
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The culture, food, jungles, mountains, and beaches of Southeast Asia all provide platforms for travelers looking to make the trip across the Pacific. Some countries are looking to expand their offerings, and others are working to improve accessibility and attract Western travelers. After attending the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar, here's a breakdown of the latest buzz, country by country.
Considering a trip to Southeast Asia? Not sure where to go or what to see? Send us your questions and we'll answer them for you!
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Roses are red, violets are blue, and it’s only a matter of time before someone in a clingy dress winds up crying a river of mascara into her champagne glass.
But at least they’ll be doing it somewhere sunny!
"The Bachelor” is back. And if last night’s season premiere is any indication, leading man Chris Soules will experience the same parade of batting lashes, smoldering glances, and freshly sharpened claws that have seduced-and-or-terrorized past bachelors.
But here’s something new: according to spoiler site, Reality Steve, this season’s eventual overnight dates will be held in — THIS IS A SPOILER ALERT. ABORT MISSION OR DON’T COMPLAIN — Bali. This will be the reality show’s first trip to the beautiful Indonesian island, and it should make for an exceptional backdrop for the final episodes, airing sometime in March.
And who knows? Soules may even have his own lucky, love-struck flight attendant alongside.
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"Until today, we have never lost a life." - AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, 28 December 2014.
There's been no resolution yet to the question of what happened to Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320 (tail PK-AXC) which disappeared while en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore, and we're not going to speculate.
More and more there's been an issue with the responsible reporting of aviation incidents. FOX News is an infamous offender, prone to flagrant speculation and misinformation, but they're not the only ones. Even CNN can get their facts wrong. For example, today the CNN Asia Pacific Editor, Andrew Stevens, compared the search area to the size of California. In reality it's less than half that size; Stevens made a mis-calculation between square kilometers and square miles, but issued no correction. Media loves a soundbite like that California size comparison, so automatically CNN spreads flawed information.
If you'd like to follow along with the latest in the search, we recommend checking out the few sources we trust in these matters:
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In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties from around the world.
Last week we brought you the traditional delicacies of Vietnam and, this week, we skip to another part of Southeast Asia for the colorful treats of Singapore. Kueh, as they're called, are not specific to Singapore; these tiny desserts can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Southern China, but each country twists the basics into their own recipes.
Kueh (or kuih and kue) is really just a broad term signifying small cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries made from rice or glutinous rice. Like most kueh, the Singaporean variety comes with no specific or authentic recipe since most of the methods have been handed down from generation to generation, creating a unique taste from color to color. Traditionally handmade for special events like Hari Raya and Lunar New Year, kueh is sold in food hawker stalls all year round.
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There’s many flavors of Tiger Airways from which to choose, as the low cost airline offers up a few different options while holding down headquarters over in Singapore. However, now there’s one less option, as over in Indonesia the carrier known as Tigerair Mandala will no longer be climbing to cruising altitude as of July 1.
Apparently the cash and fare funds weren’t exactly pouring in, and after thinking things over it was decided that it would be best to just shut things down. In a statement they provided the following reasoning and rationale, as to why things would no longer be heading up in the air. “Mandala wouldn't be able to sustain its operations and the airlines key shareholders decided to cease funding the carrier."
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We’re not really sure if there’s a volcano eruption season, but we do know another one has just blown its top. This time it’s over in Indonesia, as Mount Sangeang Api is pretty darn cranky.
Eruptions began on Friday, and over the weekend ash has started to blow in all the wrong directions. Things have been headed south towards Australia, and this caused carriers like Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia to cancel plenty of their flights. Planes and people headed over to Bali were also affected, so we guess we can classify this as yet another big ash problem.
Situated in the middle of Southeast Asia is Indonesia, an archipelago nation the includes the island of Bali, synonymous with tropical cocktails, private luxury villas, and people with smiles as warm as the temps. There is one thing that can throw a wrench in the enjoyment of all of this paradise, however: a sleeping volcano that awakens.
That's just what happened late last week on the main island of Java, when Mount Kelud woke from its dormancy and began spewing ash, rock, and smoke into the sky. History has proved an issue for air travel when there's any type of ash in the atmosphere, so naturally planes were grounded across the region, even as far south as Australian flights en route to Bali, the Cocos Islands, and Christmas Island.
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Komodo Dragons are one of Indonesia's prime tourist attractions when it comes to adventure travel, and it looks like the rich just discovered they're a little richer than they thought.
While the Dragons were assumed to only live within the cozy confines of Komodo National Park in the Lesser Sunga Islands, 12 of the world's largest lizards were found on its eastern neighbor, Flores Island, in Mbeliling Forest. We're guessing the small population is the result of unnatural means -- that is, a human being was involved in their migration.
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Last month, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was held in Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo) and drew delegates from around the world. The ten member countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - were all represented by their ministries of tourism. The conference takes place each year but its location rotates through the member countries. This year’s host, Malaysia, opened the gathering by highlighting ATF’s vision of “Ten Countries, One Destination.”
“I hope that this forum will chart the strategic directions to expedite the growth and development of tourism in ASEAN and enhance our collaboration towards projecting ASEAN as an attractive and multi-faceted single destination,” said Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak.
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Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.
Kopi Luwak. In the movie "The Bucket List," it's the favorite drink of Jack Nicholson's character; he calls it "the rarest beverage in the world." We wouldn't exactly say that, but it is pretty rare and not to mention expensive, with a reputation as being only for connoisseurs.
Of course all this makes it a terribly in-demand souvenir purchase for tourists to Bali, though purchasers may not always realize how it's made: an Indonesian civet (like a possum) eats a certain type of coffee berry. Its digestive system digests the meat of the berry, adds enzymes to the bean inside, and then poops out the bean. These beans are then collected, cleaned and sterilized, roasted and ground into coffee powder.
Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
With what we can only hope is winter's final squeeze on the majority of the 'Lower 48', this blizzard is one of the best reasons to escape the blustery weather is to plan a vacation to a tropical location which gets you way far away, albeit with a few sleepless flights. While many come to mind, one in particular we would recommend highly: Bali.