Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok


Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai is the 5th biggest city in Thailand. The city is remarkable greener and calmer than Bangkok and is one of the important culture and art center in Thailand. The city was once very difficult to access so this isolation created a very unique and interesting culture which can be seen in the city even today.

You can take a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (700 km distance) or take a bus but the most popular ways to travel between Bangkok and Chiang Mai is by train. You can buy your train tickets in Hua Lamphong train station ( beware of scammers who will try to direct you to some bogus ticket offices).

Getting from Chiang Mai train station to city center takes less than 10 minutes ride. There are at least 6 trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai from 08:30 AM till 10:00 PM in the night. The journey takes 1w to 15 hours and a first class sleeper on the train costs 1,700 Thai Baht. The train is a very popular way to travel between Chiang Mai and Bangkok so if you are planning to take the train, book in advance.

There are 1st class sleepers, air-conditioned 2nd class sleepers, non-air conditioned 2nd class sleepers, 2nd class seats and 3rd class seats options on Chiang Mai - Bangkok trains. 1st class sleepers have 2 berths and your ticket will buy one bed so you will travel with strangers. You can have sole occupancy of a 2-berth sleeper for an extra 500 baht (£10 or $16). The most popular class is air-conditioned 2nd class sleeper.

The best would be getting a night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in a first class sleeper and spend the night on the road. This will save you hotel money and effectively it will be less tiring and time consuming than taking flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Even if you want to see the Thailand country side, night train like this is still a very good option. The last one third of the train ride will be in the daylight and you will have a chance to watch the sunrise from the Chiang Mai train in the morning. The scenery in this section is in the mountains and is particularly good.

Train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok
Chiang Mai train offers a fantastic view of Northern Thailand's hills.
We recommend you to take 9/10 trains because the night travel will be very convenient and the new Chinese-built high-quality sleepers on trains at these hours are excellent. These new trains feature seat- mounted screens for watching TV and movies during your journey and aircraft -type toilets, not the old kind that drop straight onto the tracks. If you cannot find a ticket on this ultra popular trains, 13/14 is the second-best sleeper train using the next most modern cars. This train still passes the best scenery near Chiang Mai in daylight.

First class sleeping compartment in new Thailand trains. These trains serve the Bangkok - Chiang Mai services at 9 & 10. Photo - Bangkok Post

Hush Puppies Warehouse Sale 2017


Hush Puppies, American internationally marketed brand of contemporary, casual footwear for men, women and children, is sold by Redina Trading in Singapore. Now there will be a Hush Puppies Warehouse Sale between 20 June – 9 July 2017 where you can expect discounts up to 80% on Hush Puppies apparels and undergarments, bags and fashion accessories. Early bird specials will be available from now till 23 June where customers take home free bag and umbrella with minimum spending of $100 or more at the sale event.

Please note that shoes, will not be available in this round of sale, according to the company.

Hush Puppies Warehouse Sale 2017
Hush Puppies Warehouse Sale 2017
Hush Puppies Warehouse Sale 2017 will be at the Redina Trading HQ at Redina Trading Pte Ltd, 17 Bukit Batok St 22 S(659587) between 20 June – 9 July 2017 from 10.30am – 7pm daily.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Reasons to Travel to Vietnam


Everyone who loves to explore should put Vietnam in the first place in their travel program. Vietnam is really an authentic country, with impressive landscapes, colorful and dynamic cities, warm and gentle people, and a good blend of old and new.

1. Vietnam is relatively unspoiled by tourism

After hundreds of years of struggle, under the invasion of foreign states and lived in poverty, Vietnam, today opened its doors to foreigners, tourists and investors, welcoming them with a glamorous face and hospitality.

Vietnam is a new country in terms of tourism. Unlike Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, you will see smaller number of tourists walking around the streets. Vietnam is not as spoiled as the countries with more tourists. Local people are genuinely interested in tourists. They want to chat to you with their little English.

2. Vietnam is safe

Vietnam is a pretty safe country to visit even for women traveling alone. Actually, I can say from my own perspective that I have not felt unsafe anywhere in South Asia. Usually the countries with majority Buddhist population are safe.

Most of the Vietnamese were farmers and most of them were born in the villages. The communist government seems to have done its utmost to make the premise a safe place. Considering the recent history of the country, there is a warm attitude to many tourists, especially Americans. They will wrap up the pain of the past, look into the future.

3. Vietnam is relatively cheap to travel

Vietnam, offering super luxurious travel comfort, offers the possibility to travel with a very low budget. It is possible to eat for 1 Dollar at a stall on the street, and even if you go to super luxurious restaurants, the prices are still reasonable.

It is possible to travel in Vietnam, a favorite country for backpack travelers, with a daily budget of $ 15. Almost everywhere in the country there are convenient hotels, guest houses and hostels. For example, the 4-star Sunway Hotel Hanoi in Hanoi costs $ 49 per night for 2 people.

4. Ha Long Bay

Imagine over 2,000 limestone cliffs rising from the emerald waters of Tonkin Gulf to the sky! This is Halong Bay, Vietnam's most popular tourist destination in the world. According to the, Vietnam remains in a difficult situation with the Chinese, and the gods send a dragon for help. This dragon spouts jade and jewels from its mouth and forms the limestone rocks that we see today, and through these obstacles the Chinese can not enter.

Cruise ship experience among these interesting limestone cliffs is a unique experience. Halong Bay is beautiful and charming and this place is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located 4 hours from Hanoi, the beautiful capital city in the north of the country.

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay
5. Unique Vietnam Culture

Vietnam has one of the oldest cultural heritage in South East Asia. History of Vietnam goes back to the Bronze Age, and the area was more than 1,000 years in Chinese domination. Therefore, the influence of Chinese culture on the culture of the country is great.

Following the independence from China, Vietnam was under the influence of the Khmer empire for a while. In the French colonial period, European culture interacted. In Vietnam, where the Latin alphabet is used, the values ​​of old, atelier, social and family values, handicrafts and labor are of great importance. Also in this exotic culture of Far East, where we are a stranger, dragons and turtles have an important place. In addition, the bamboo plant and lotus flower are considered sacred.

6. Vietnamese people are warm and friendly

Like many neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese people are friendly, gentle and friendly. When you look at your eyes, a smile appears in their faces, they are very elegant and sweet. I have not encountered anyone who is trying to attract people and to sell something in shopping places and markets. The same is true when you walk around the historic district of Hanoi's tradesmen. Everyone is busy engaging in performing arts and taking care of incoming customers.

When visiting historical sites and temples, everyone respects and respects the rules without loud noise. You can easily start chatting with whatever you want in almost everywhere. The farmers living around the Mekong Delta are very impressive with their productivity and hard work. It's also amazing to play crafts and instruments.



7. Mekong

The Mekong River is a river that is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia with a length of about 4350 km. The adventure of a dive starts from Tibet in the eastern Himalayan Mountains at an altitude of 5,224 meters and flows into the South China Sea beyond 6 Southeast Asian countries like Yunnan (China), Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Mekong Delta, which the Mekong River meets with the sea on Vietnam soil, makes this geographical region of more than 7 million people unique. With white sandy beaches, tropical forests, small villages and towns scattered among the waterfalls, this is a very interesting and rich geography.

8.Vietnamese Coffee

If you're a coffee lover like me, I'm sure you'll love Vietnam's coffee culture. Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, though not very well known. So it has an important place in the culture of the country. Although I usually drink milk and sugar, I prefer the simple one (ca phe den).

It is possible to have delicious coffee and sit in a tree shade or park even on street benches. Try the ice-cold cup. Take care of the addresses Café Mai (79 Le Van Huu, Hanoi) or Highland Coffee (26 Le Loi, Ho Chi Minh City).

9. Extraordinary caves

I like caves, and in every country I go, I like to visit immediately when I hear that you are a cave. Vietnam is one of the largest and most impressive caves in the world. Think of a geography, you are discovering the world's greatest cave more recently. This is Vietnam. Sơn Đong Cave was discovered in 2009 yet.

After Phong Nha Cave, 44.5 km long, which is the other famous cave of the country, Sơn Đong Cave was located in the world press. The width of some rooms of Sơn Đòng Cave is 5 km. Imagine how many airplanes you can imagine! Those who go to Ha Long Bay know the beauty of Surprise Cave cave.

10. Vietnamese cuisine and tropical fruits

Whether you like to eat fruit or not, Everybody gets to know the tropical fruits that make a different sensation other than a taste that is known before. This is my testimony. Mangosten, dragon fruit, rambutan are my favorites.

Today it is possible to see Vietnamese restaurants in many cities of the world. The development of the culinary culture and the diversity of delicacies. Seafood, chicken and meat have an important place in the Vietnamese cuisine where fresh vegetables are often used. If you love Hele seafood, South East Asia is already in heaven itself! Although we are very conservative in taste, coming to taste without local tastes makes the trip incomplete. At least enjoy a Pho soup.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Patio Pacific Resort Boracay Island


Boracay Island is one of the world's and South East Asia's most beautiful and famous islands. White Beach in Boracay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and its stunning 4 kms of whiteness is absolutely gorgeous. This beach is also one of the most happening places on the island with most of the colorful Boracay night life, entertainment, boat tours, sports activities and shopping opportunities are here.

Patio Pacific Resort is located on Station 1, the most vibrant and popular area of ​​White Beach. Opened in 1990, the Patio Pacific started with only 8 rooms and was called the Pink Patio then. Although it does not have a sea view, it now has 65 rooms, but it has a very good location only a 1-2 minute walk to White Beach.

Resort has the Ecology and Economy Specialist Award from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism. The hotel has three floors, deluxe, premiere deluxe, family rooms and suites.

Spacious and all-inclusive, Patio Pacific Resort rooms feature wifi, cable television, mini bar, complimentary tea and coffee, water, table, coffee table and comfortable bed. The Deluxe rooms overlook the Garden Cafe, which is open all day and overlooks the Garden Cafe, which is located in the hotel's own garden, while the other rooms overlook the pool where hotel guests are free to use. Deluxe rooms have a double bed and a sofa that can turn into a bed. Premier Deluxe rooms have the same bed option plus bathtub.



Patio Pacific Resort offers guests a buffet breakfast. There is plenty of choice in the buffet breakfast, where you can also enjoy the Philippine breakfast. Refreshed breakfast in the Garden Cafe or in the hotel garden is included in room rates starting from 4000 pesos with taxes.

There is a small bar next to the hotel's pool and a climbing wall where guests can use again free of charge. There are a lot of tropical plants and flowers in the garden, and the ambiance that I created reminds me of Bali. A carefully crafted camellia in this garden is intended for romantic couples.

The pool is huge enough, but there may be a problem with the number of sunbeds. Lovely pool with scrumptious sea and fine sandy beach whatever you do! But maybe some people like it from the pool.

For more information on Boracay accomodation, you can check our where to stay in Boracay page.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

AirAsia flights departing from Kuala Lumpur International Airport


Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia currently operates scheduled domestic and international flights to more than 165 destinations around 25 countries. Its main hub is Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Here is the list of these destinations offered by AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur:

From Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Bali- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Banda Aceh- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Bandung- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok - Don Mueang - 7 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Bintulu- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Brunei- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Cebu- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Chennai- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai- 4 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Clark- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Guilin- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City- 5 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong- 5 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kochi- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kolkata- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu- 8 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu- 14 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Krabi- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kuching- 12 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Kunming- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Labuan- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi- 11 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Lombok- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Macau- 4 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Makassar- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Medan - Kualanamu - 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Miri- 5 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Nanning- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Padang- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Palembang- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Penang- 10 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Phuket- 4 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan- 4 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Semarang- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Shenzhen- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Sibu- 6 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore- 13 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Solo- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Tawau- 5 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Tiruchirappalli- 3 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane- 1 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Yangon- 2 x DailyDirect
From Kuala Lumpur to Yogyakarta- 2 x DailyDirect

Cheap Flights from Bangkok to Maldives by Thai AirAsia


Thai AirAsia, Thailand's largest low cost carrier, is launching daily direct flights from Bangkok to Maldives starting from August 11 2017. Currently, only available direct flight from Bangkok to Maldives is operated by Bangkok Airways and costs 13,500 Thai Baht (397 USD) plus tax one way. ThaiAirAsia announced promotional 1,990 THB (58 USD) one-way, inclusive of taxes and fees. The Maldives flight promotion will be available until June 25th.

Thai AirAsia is a joint venture of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia and Thailand's Asia Aviation. It serves AirAsia's regularly scheduled domestic and international flights from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.

The competitive prices Thai AirAsia offering will change the face of air travel to the Maldives. Travel to Maldives has long been regarded as a highly expensive and luxurious.

Thai AirAsia will operate Airbus A320 aircraft on Bangkok - Maldives route. The aircraft will depart from Bangkok's Bangkok Don Mueang Airport :

FD177 will depart from Bangkok daily at 09:30 AM and will arrive to Maldives (Male) at 11:40 AM. FD178 will depart fromMaldives (Male) at 12:30 PM and arrive at Bangkok at 19:00.

Thai AirAsia Air Stewardess

AirAsia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to the Maldives (Flight AK, seven times weekly).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Principles of Accounts Tuition in Singapore


If you are looking for Principles of Accounts (POA) Tuition in Singapore and a good POA tutor, it is important to choose a good one who does not simply teach accounting but also teaches how to think via accounting. POA tutor Kok Peng Chong is one of them. He is specialized in providing POA Tuition and POA Crash Courses for students studying Principles of Accounts in exams like GCE N / O Level, IGCSE, GCE A Level, WACE, Polytechnics, diplomas and universities.

Principles of Accounts is simply a course teaching students Our Financial Literacy 101. The POA is designed to provide students with a meaningful basic introduction to financial accounting and to develop an appreciation of the discipline of accounting.The POA builds the basic foundation of how financial records are recorded and processed to create financial statements and thus informed decisions. Accounting is the language of businesses so POA teaches the language spoken by numbers.

There are many POA tutors in Singapore, so why POA tutor? POA tutor should be prepared. A tutor should not merely follow through schoolwork or Ten Year Series (a red flag : no lesson plan!). POA Tutor for example has special worksheets to help the students to identify their mistakes. On top of this, POA Tutor uses diagrams and flowcharts to simplify difficult accounting concepts.

POA tutor also provides progressive learning to help weaker students apply accounting concepts progressively. On top of this, POA tutor provides online resources because students may forget what was taught and not much can be done outside the classroom.

Principles of Accounts (POA) Tuition in Singapore
POA tutor Kok Peng Chong offers one of the most innovative Principles of Accounts (POA) Tuition in Singapore. He does not simply teach accounting but also teaches how to think via accounting.
Principles of Accounts Tuition offers POA tuition classes, POA crash courses and  POA online courses.

Principles Of Accounts can sometimes be confusing. Some accounting jargon, especially the new ones, are quite difficult for beginners to grasp. Mr. Chong's lessons are designed to simplify and breakdown the jargon using simple Flow Charts. Mr. Chong supplements the POA lessons with online videos, which are useful for many students who have difficulty following a lesson. Online POA videos enable them to replay and learn the missing pieces.

POA Crash Courses are designed for those whose accounting exam is approaching but he or she has no clue what his / her teacher is teaching.Mr Chong’s individual (1-1) POA crash course  is designed for those who need a concise, comprehensive and thorough overview of their accounting syllabus within a short time. Overall, the crash course is about 10 - 15 hours and tailored to programs like UOL POA, GCE N / O Level POA and IGCSE POA.

Other than standard programs, POA tutor also provides special programs such as Sec 3 Mid Year POA Revision Course (designed for children who did not do well in their 1st POA exam), Private Candidates Course (designed for individuals who wants to take up Principles of Accounts (POA) to boost their chances to enter their preferred course in higher institutions) and Normal Academic students (one of two subjects at ‘O’ Level when they sit for their GCE N Level Exams).

You can visit poatutor.com.sg to find out more. You can also email info@poatutor.com.sg or call 6100 2407. The venue for POA tuition is in the North Eastern Part of Singapore. You can see the POA tutor rates here : POA Tutor Fees and FAQ. Mr. Chong offers trial lessons for students to judge the suitability of the lesson. Fees are chargeable as per normal.

POA prepares Singaporean students to financial landscape of the 21st century. POA tutor is there to help.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Japan Tomei Expressway Accident Video


The video of a horrific car accident in Japan's Tomei Expressway is released, showing the horror lived in a bus on which a car flew and crashed.

In the 37 second video recording, a car is seen swerving and flipping from the opposite direction across a Japanese highway and crashing into a bus in the oncoming lane. The video is taken by a camera mounted on the bus.

The driver of the car, a 62 years old man, died in the crash while 45 people on the bus were injured. The driver was the only passenger in the car.

dramatic footage of the car soaring from the other side of the highway and 
slamming against a buses windshield

Below is the aftermath of the accident.

Japan Tomei Expressway Accident - Car crashed bus windscreen

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Karaoke World Championship Singapore 2017 Auditions


What's up guys! Guest blogger Ash at your service. So I was given the privilege to work with KWC (Karaoke World Championship) in Singapore, and I must say it is a mind blowing experience.

KWC is an amateur singing competition that originated in Finland and has been around for 15 years. It brings amateur singers from around the world to the global stage. It is considered a great social experience, meeting and interacting with new people and amateur singers.

World's biggest amateur singing competition is back.
Don't miss this awesome opportunity of going for the Singapore KWC auditions. If you win in the national championship, you will receive a prize package WORTH OVER SGD 3000$, recording contract and ROUND-TRIP AIRFARE & ACCOMMODATION to Finland to compete for the title of KARAOKE World Champion & WIN TOTAL CASH prize of USD 10,000$ and an all expense paid trip to KWC World Finals in 2018.

Karaoke World Championship Singapore 2017 Auditions
Karaoke World Championship Singapore 2017 Auditions
For more information on the KWC and our past world champions, check out

 http://www.karaokeworldchampionships.com/


WE HAVE SEVERAL AUDITION DATES AND VENUES SCHEDULED. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AUDITIONS

http://www.kwcsingapore.com/Register-Now.php