You will LOVE Asia – 5 reasons to go

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I’ve traveled to Asia numerous times now and it’s most definitely the place closes to my heart.  The people, the food, the weather, the sites (and the exhange rate!), everything about it is just different than what we’re used to and it leaves a lasting impression.

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I always recommend a trip to Asia for people that are looking for an adventure and a complete attack on the senses.  It’s a great place for first time travelers as well as return customers.

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Here I will share my reasons for traveling to Asia, but take note, Asia is not for the faint-hearted:

Let Go!

Leave the luxuries behind when you travel Asia and learn to let go.  Cram your world into a backpack and get ready to be changed forever.

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Everything you are used to and every social expectation will be changed and you’ll soon realise that you can get a long with a lot less.  Say goodbye to your shoes and your watch and start living! You will have to let go of your personal space, you will share bus and train rides with many others, enjoy street food amongst the hustle and bustle of Asian street life, see poverty but also learn about humility and thankfulness.  You will start seeing the world through different eyes and that is priceless.



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Simplify your life

Traveling through rural Asia, you will meet the richest people in the world – with pockets filled with dust and hearts overflowing with gold.  The people around Asia live simple lives, but there is something to learn about simplicity.  These people have no need for material wealth and yet you will always see them laughing.

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Be present

The East have mastered the art of no anxiety and no time.  One of the greatest gits you will get from your travels through Asia is that it will bring you back to the moment.  Sit back and enjoy life rather than rushing from one tourist attraction to the next.  Soak it in – the sunsets and sunrises, the smells and the sounds.  People always long for island holidays to get away and rejuvenate themselves, but you can do this by slowing down and discovering the peace within yourself.  A valuable lesson learned.



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Slow down

Life in rural Asia moves so slowly, you will believe that it is standing still.  And it probably is!  As Oscar Wilde put it: “To live is actually probably the rarest point in the planet. A lot of people are present, that’s all.” Asia do not comply with deadlines and timelines, you are going to be forced to slow down.  In fact, throw your to do list completely out!  Asia sets its own pace and you will just have to comply!

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Wherever you travel in Asia, the countries are different and each provides its own eclectic mix of people, flavours and experiences.  What I did learn is that the lessons are the same.  It’s as if there is this common thread running through the whole of Asia with ancient wisdom of how life should be lived.  Go and find Asia and experience it for yourself!

Let’s travel to Phuket!

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Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is situated south along the Andaman Sea.  The island is a melting-pot of Thais, Malays and sea gypsies – each culture bringing its unique charm to the island’s hospitality, cuisine and entertainment.

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Think long summer days lazing on tropical beaches enjoying luxurious massages overlooking the sparkling ocean.  Phuket truly is an island paradise with its lofty coconut trees, turquoise lagoons, and romantic sunset spots overlooking the sprawling coastline. By day, wander through the Old Town, laden with historical buildings, temples and quaint shophouses. Visit Big Buddha and the intriguing museums along the way. Tour the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery or join a cooking class and experiment with the wonderful, aromatic flavours of Thailand. Hop on a long-tail boat and sail around the bays, marvelling at the floating villages set against picturesque lime-stone cliffs. Phang Nga Bay is home to over 40 islands and is perfect for adventurous scuba divers and snorkelers. The famous Phi Phi Islands are just a stone’s throw away.

As night sets in, the beaches light up with funky beach bars and fresh seafood barbecues. Patong attracts the party animals with its lively street bars, markets and poi dancing. Take in a cabaret show at Fantasea, where you’ll be treated to dazzling performances. Whatever your fancy, Phuket will thrill and delight!



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The island has been enjoying a flourishing tourism trade as of recently and especially South Africans love to travel here.  Thailand is generally very affordable and a very good choice if you want to enjoy beautiful beaches, splendid cuisine and historical attractions.  BUT there is so much more to Phuket than just cheap cocktails and go-go bars.  Here is a list of things to do in Phuket:

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Okay you HAVE to visit the beaches.  Think tropical greenery, bluer than blue water.  Grab your beach bats or sit back, relax and work on your tan.

Thai cooking – Thai cuisine is one of MY favourite cuisines.  It consists mostly of lightly prepared dishes, with a rice or noodle base, with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge.  If you want to make these delicacies at home, take some Thai cooking classes and wow all your friends on your return.

Yoga – Yoga is the perfect way to relax even more while getting in some exercise while you holiday.  Beach yoga is available everywhere and you don’t have to be a yogi!  Beginners are more than welcome!

Beach front bars – These beach front bars are perfect for sundowners and with Thailand’s great prices you can work your way through the money and have a jolly time.

Sightseeing – Sail off and discover the surrounding bays and islands.  Snorkeling, diving and canoeing are all activities that you can enjoy while out in the sun.  There is also a heap of historical monuments and temples to visit for a cultural injection.  For the shopaholics there are markets for days to explore and browse through.

Best time to go

Deciding when to visit Phuket is based on personal preference and your budget.  The weather is pretty much good all year round which makes it a very sought after destination.  Peak season is between November and March and attracts many tourists.  During summer, the beach towns have a rowdy nightlife, busy marketplaces and conditions are perfect for water activities.  Unfortunately high season also means higher flight prices, accommodation and shopping.  The monsoon (or wet) season is from April to October.  You can expect heavy rain showers but these don’t last very long and will clear up very quickly.  Still the perfect time for outdoor activities PLUS you’ll pay lower prices.

Health & Safety

Holidaymakers need to be vigilant at all times as pick pocketing is something that is experienced regularly.  Muggings also occur so be take extra precaution at night and never wander by yourself.  During monsoon season, beware of fierce currents and freak waves.  Drownings occur every year simply because tourists don’t adhere to the red flag warning.  If you decide to rent a scooter, make sure to know the basics and where your helmet (even if the locals don’t!).

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed but we advise a Hepatitis A and Tetanus shot just to prevent any illness due to possible water or food contamination.

Visas

Thailand is one of the countries that does NOT require a visa for South African visitors.  You can enter the country for a maximum stay of 30 days.  Make sure your passport is still valid for a minimum of 6 months after date of departure and that there are 2 blank pages available for stamps.

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Singapore Airlines

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Fly in style and discover the charms of the East with Singapore Airlines!  With ClickClickGo there are no need for queuing or hours of comparing fares, our search engine returns the cheapest flight options every time!  Find a price that suits your pocket and pay using any of our many payment methods.  Your travel dreams start here!

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About the airline

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Singapore Airlines is the national airline of Singapore with its base at Changi Airport.  The airline was the first to launch the Airbus A380 which currently is the world’s largest passenger plane.  The airline is 56% owned by the Singapore government and holding company Temasek Holdings. Voted ‘world’s best airline’ from passengers, there is no doubt that this airline is in a class of its own.

The fleet

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Singapore Airlines flies to 62 destinations in 32 countries on 5 continents.  Their presence is mainly in the Southeast Asian region of the world and together with their subsidiary airline, SilkAir, they connect to more international destinations than any other Southeast Asian Airline.

Their fleet consists of some of the most comfortable and spacious aircraft in the world and currently consists of 106 planes.  Rest assured that when you fly with this airline, you’ll be enjoying the comfort of the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft in the skies.  The fleet consists of 23 Airbus A330-300, 19 Airbus A380-800, 11 Airbus A350-900, 11 Boeing 777-200, 10 Boeing 777-200ER, 5 Boeing 777-300 and 27 Boeing 777-300ER.

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In order for your flight experience to be extra comfortable, the airline offers various choices of cabins including suites, first class, business class, premium economy class and economy class.

During your flight, you can expect meals that has literally been tested under pressure to ensure the best taste is served to you.  They also make sure to taste more than 1000 wines each year in order to offer you the best.  While you dine, you can stay entertained by watching one of over a 1000 movies, various television programmes, music and kiddies entertainment to ensure a pleasant flight for you and the young ones.

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Baggage allowance

As per any airline, there are certain limits as to what you can carry on board and check in.  When checking your luggage, always make sure to have your travel documents, medication and valuables on hand as you won’t have access to checked baggage.

For flights to and from all destinations the allowances for checked baggage is as follows:

Class of travelAllowancePPS Club members    KrisFlyer Elite Gold / Star Alliance Gold members
Suites and First Class50kgExtra 100%
Total: 100kg
    Extra 20kg
Total: 70kg
Business Class40kgExtra 100%
Total: 80kg
    Extra 20kg
Total: 60kg
Premium Economy Class35kgExtra 100%
Total: 70kg
    Extra 20kg
Total: 55kg
Economy Class30kgExtra 100%
Total: 60kg
   Extra 20kg
Total: 50 kg

 

Two bags of carry on luggage are allowed, depending on the class you travel, and all luggage must be able to be stowed away in the overhead compartments.

Class of travelAllowanceLimitations
Suites
First Class
Business Class
2 pieces
  • Up to 7kg each
  • Sum of length, width and height of each piece should not exceed 115cm.
Premium Economy Class
Economy Class
1 piece
  • Up to 7kg each
  • Sum of length, width and height of each piece should not exceed 115cm.

 

You are also allowed various items of additional luggage which includes ladies handbags, camera or camera bags, document bags, overcoats, umbrellas, laptops, walking sticks or crutches and a small amount of duty free goods.

Contact Singapore Airlines

The airline can be contacted via email or phone depending on the city you will be traveling from.  For specific information regarding your departure city, please click here.  For Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to the airline’s website where you will also be able to find more in-depth information on your trip with them.