TRIP TO HATYAI & KRABI | Story by SURAYA JASMEEN

During this quarantine days, I asked my friend SURAYA to share her Hatyai & Krabi trip experienced. I’m glad to share her story with you all.

The most exciting trip of the year. Yes… it’s here… it’s all started at the end of October 2019 when I decided to travel to Hatyai and Krabi as a year-end trip. The first thing comes to mind was who to pick as my travel partner. So I choose my friends and yes it’s a complete girl’s trip. 

So we started our survey on how to travel from kl to the accommodation in Krabi. After all the surveys and fights we finally manage to travel in the first week of November. It was a school holiday so the flight ticket quite expensive. And the train was full by the time we want to book. So our final decision was to book the bus.

NO CHOICE. The bus departs from TBS (Terminal Bersatu Padu) in Kuala Lumpur. The ticket price was around RM62 (booked by one of my friends so not really sure about the price). So we took 10.30 pm bus. The bus was not really comfortable as it’s a very last minute booking. So for those travelers planning for the long trips better books earlier especially those who traveling with elderly people. Upon boarding the bus everyone was exhausted (taking account of it was working day thus everyone was rushing after their work). All fell asleep the moment we got into the bus.

Day 1

Around 6 AM we reached the Padang Besar border. I couldn’t remember exactly what time we reach there but it’s around 6 – 6.30 AM. So the bus will stop at the Malaysian Imigresen. The earlier you are the earlier you will clear the Malaysia Imigresen and the same goes to the Thai Imigresen. Since our bus reached on time we go through the Malaysian Imigresen within 30 minutes. On the Malaysian side, things will be simple. Usually, they will only check your passport.

Once you clear the Malaysian immigration, you can get into your bus back and they will drive you to the Thailand Immigration which is 2/3KM from Malaysian Imigresen. Here’s where things can get complicated. We need to produce a few documents in Thai Imigresen. Since one of our friends been there before it was easy for us. It will take around 1-2 hours to clear Thai immigration. And the main thing is you need to fill up a document and make sure you do not lose it as you will have to present it when you re-enter Malaysia.  And one more important thing for travelers is will have to prove that they have at least 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family in order to be allowed entry.

After the customs clearance here we are in Thailand. Oh yeah for bus travelers, the bus will bring you only until Thai Imigresen. After that, we need to find our own way. So here we choose the train from Padang Besar to Hatyai which took us around 40 minutes. Once we reached Hatyai there were many agents waiting to approach us. But we already decided to take the bus from Hatyai to Krabi. So yes we were looking for a tuk-tuk. It’s better we wait for the roadside for the tuk-tuk. There are hundreds of Tuk-tuk that can be seen on roads. But the tuk-tuk was expensive which cost each of us 30baht.

The duration of to train station around 10minints. Once reach the bus station, you need to find the counter selling bus tickets. Because there are few counters for Van tickets. So at first, we get confused. Since the trip to Krabi will take 6 hours we choose the express bus. The bus double-decker and more comfortable but a bit pricey. We reached Krabi station at 6 pm. Thailand is 1 hour behind Malaysia so 6 pm in Krabi is the same as 7 pm Malaysia.

After a tiring day, we choose a taxi to reach our hotel in Aonang. Aonang is happening and the best place for food. So, we can survey hotels in Aonang. Since it was a school holiday we only able to book a hotel a bit far away from the main area which took us 10minits to reach the happening area. So we booked a Resort name Phu Panwa Resort which is RM 280 per night. We booked a family room for us. It can get cheaper if a book from Agoda. The hotel staff is nice and they even suggest to us the best way to travel around Krabi.

So we chose scooter which cost 200-250baht(RM20-RM25) per day. After getting ready and fresh up we asked the hotel receptionist for the nearest restaurant for dinner. They suggest the Krabi Night Market which is 20 minutes far away from the resort. It’s worth it. There are soo many halal foods and souvenirs you can buy from there.

Since on the first day our breakfast and lunch were not proper we really want hunting for food. Krabi night market is not the same as Malaysian Pasar Malam. Its bit differs from ours. A new experience for travelers. It is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in downtown Krabi. For those food hunters its heaven. So many varieties of foods. It even can get souvenirs from there because of its more cheap compare to other places.  

Day 2

We get ready as early as 8 am for elephant trekking. Before the elephant trekking, we go for breakfast this one Malay shop in Aonang.  We had roti canai with hot milo. Truly Malaysians. Around 9 am we reach Krabi safari which is 20 minutes from Aonang. Nothing much there other than the elephant ride. We can choose either 30 minutes or 15minits ride.

So we chose 15 minutes elephant ride which cost 300 baht each person. After the elephant ride, we feed the elephant there. We need to buy a banana which costs 60baht.New experience while taking pictures and playing with baby elephants. After that, we went to the national park for Island hopping. The package we took includes 4 island hopping and the snorkeling equipment. The island hopping we went starting at 1 pm and we back to the jetty around 7 pm.

Once back to the hotel after some, we get ready for dinner. So we go to the seafood restaurant over there. After dinner, we go for a walk in Aonang street. Music, people, and so many souvenir shops there. We walk and try their street foods as well.

Day 3

Last day in Krabi. We went to the Emerald pool. Visit the famous Hot Spring and the Hot Spring waterfalls, the hot water pools, swimming in the Emerald Pools, the famous Blue Lagoon. If you will travel solo, remember that the earlier you can arrive at the Emerald Pool, the fewer people around and the clearer the water will be. There’s a 90 baht federal park entry fee to access the hot springs, plus another 200 baht fee before reaching the Emerald swimming pool. Once you are at the entrance you will have two options, the long walk or the brief walk into the pools. The long walk is 1,400 meters and also a raised concrete route that’s been constructed through the rain forests. It is a very pretty stroll beyond rivers and ponds.

Instead, the fastest route is just 800 meters but the track is quite filthy. I suggest taking the path in and the route that is brief out. Once in the pool be quite careful about the slippery stones all around.

After the emerald pool trip we back to Hatyai which took another 6 hours. And since it was Sunday they had a Floating market. And we had another few hours for our bus so we go for the floating markets and a few shops there. Hatyai floating marketing flooded with people queue for food. But the time we been there was a bit late so the foods almost finished. We still manage to taste the foods there. Yummy!!

Read my more blogs about Australia ETA and New Zealand ETA on next. I hope you have enjoyed reading my story. Thanks.

This travel story shared by –
SURAYA JASMEEN
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ONLINE FORUM: COVID-19 BREAD AND BUTTER SERIES #1 PROTECTING THE TOURISM WORKFORCE 21 APRIL 2020, 9.00 PM

Dear Members,
 Kindly be informed that MATTA in collaboration with Star Media Group is organizing an Online Forum “Covid-19 Bread and Butter Series #1: Protecting The Tourism Workforce” on 21 April 2020, 9.00 pm. The Online Forum aims to provide insights on how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the tourism workforce alongside with the measures the industry can take to retain manpower and utilize talent during the crisis and post Covid-19 situations. 

►Register to the Online Forum: 21 April 2020, 9.00 PM: https://bit.ly/mattaseries1 

►Speakers:

  1. Nigel Wong, Honourary Secretary General, MATTA (Moderator)
  2. YBhg. Datuk Muhd Khair Razman Bin Mohamed Annuar, Deputy Secretary General (Policy and International), Ministry of Human Resources
  3. YBhg. Dato’ Mohd. Jeffrey Jaokim, Director General, Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia
  4. Mr Senthil, Legal Counsel,Vasaan, Chan & Chandran

Members are invited to participate in this Online Forum as this will be a good resource for tourism industry players, especially travel agencies and tour operators.  Should you have any query pertaining to registration, please contact [email protected].

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How To Apply New Zealand ETA? Do It Online in 3 Steps!

A beautiful blog is written by Sin Yee (A Sabahan who is currently based in KL, MY. I blog mainly in food, beauty, and lifestyle). She has shared her online NZeTA application which was obtained from our agency. We hope this is helpful for others as well.

NZeTA Malaysia

When talking about New Zealand, what are the things in your mind? For me, NZ is a wonderful land of nature. I love humble and loving people, which Kiwi has~ And it is not overcrowding where LOHAS travelers would love it. I know quite a number of friends who visited NZ, and some have the chance to join the Work & Travel program in NZ. But for for myself, I have never visited there and I hope to go soon. Yet, we are all stuck at home now due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Well, it can’t stop me preparing my “Travel the world” dream. I have planned few trips that I wish I could go after the epidemic and one of them is to travel to New Zealand. So, I have done some studies and found that we need to apply ETA even Malaysia is listed as one of the visa waiver countries.

New Zealand ETA is like an electronic travel pass for travelers from visa waiver countries. It is first launched in August 2019 and is a mandatory entry document since October 2019.

Meanwhile, there are 2 types of NZ ETA:

1. Visit ETA – For whom are visiting New Zealand for up to 3 months. Regardless you will be arriving NZ by plane or you are flying to NZ to join a cruise trip, as long as you are entering NZ, you need to get this visit ETA.

2. Transit ETA – For those who are passing through New Zealand on your way to another country and do not plan to stay, you would have to apply for transit ETA. Please note that as a transit passenger, you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft.

FYI, New Zealand ETA is valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple visits. And the great thing is you do not have to walk into embassy to apply the ETA. What you need to do is to apply it online. And here I am going to recommend the agency that I always engage with when applying my visa/ETA – iAdventure Escape Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd.

iAdventure Escape Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd is a registered travel agency. They have a physical center but you don’t have to walk-in in order to apply. So don’t ask me is this legit (like people who doubt me for years since I shared Aus Visa Application with only RM25)! Yes, it is!

Well, NZ ETA is not as cheap as Australia’s one.. It starts from USD 40~~

Now, let’s dive in to apply the New Zealand ETA…

Step 1: Go to https://www.nzeta.my/ and click “Request an ETA”

Step 2:  Fill in your details. Click “Continue” to fill in all the details and “Submit”.

Note: Make sure all are correct before submission.

Step 3: Click “Continue to payment” to make your payment directly.

Note: After payment is made, you will be redirected to the following page. Please remember your reference number. It is recommended to screenshot for reference.

Basically, after these 3 steps above, you will receive a confirmation email, stating that your application is in progress.

The application takes up to 72 hours to complete (depending on the package you take as well) and you will then receive another email update (application success or failure).

If your application is approved, then you can download the ETA through the link provided. I do recommend you to print it out so you can show it if (touch wood) any issue happens when you are entering NZ.

Okay~ That’s all for the sharing this round. Hope this simple guide helps~

Find/Follow iAdventure Escape Tours And Travel Sdn Bhd at:

Address: Level-8.03, Menara TA One, 22, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2164 5555
WhatsApp: 012-222 3800
Fax: +603-2181 8481
Email: [email protected]
Company Website: https://www.iae.travel
Facebook: New Zealand ETA

CREDITS

This blog originally posted on https://www.iamsinyee.com/nzeta/
Thanks to Sin Yee ([email protected])

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Austria & Czech Republic Introduce New Conditions of Entry From 14th April

Austria and the Czech Republic have presented new states of passage, beginning from April 14, in the midst of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Austria’s legislature has concluded that all outsiders entering in the nation from April 14 will be required to show proof that they have tried negative for the test for COVID-19 in English, French, German or Italian. The test ought to be no more established than four days, Schengenvisa.com.my reports.

From this choice will be excluded as it were Austrian citizens or people dwelling in Austria, who will, in any case, be subject to two weeks isolate at domestic upon return.

Cross border laborers will too be excluded from this commitment, meaning that transport for work, transportation of products, people subject to obligatory well being protections in Austria and the utilize of therapeutic administrations certified by a specialist on a uncommon frame; as well as travel through Austria will be permitted to proceed regularly amid the widespread.

The new measure will be valid until the end of April but can be extended.

The Austrian government has extended internal border controls at land borders with Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein until April 27, as an effort to stop the spread of corona-virus.

As per the Czech Republic, there will not be a prohibition of traveling for its citizens who wish to travel abroad.

People who are returning to the Czech Republic will be subject of a 14 days isolate. The consent to enter the Czech Republic will be recently amplified to companions and underage children of EU citizens dwelling within the Czech Republic.

Outsiders will be ineligible to enter the nation, but those who get a substantial home allow that remains successful.

Outside nationals will moreover be permitted to travel through the nation, but it is vital to exit the Czech Republic inside 24 hours to dodge the obligatory isolate due to the dangerous infection.

The Czech Republic has extended land border controls with Austria and Germany and air border controls which were set to expire on April 4, for another 20 days, until April 24 amid COVID-19.

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SURVEY ON AIR TICKET REFUND ISSUE DUE TO COVID–19 PANDEMIC

Dear Members,

Kindly be informed that MATTA had recently issued a press statement, urging Airlines to provide standard refund instead of individual airlines credit note or voucher. MATTA is actively engaging the government to bring forward the concerns of IATA Accredited Agents in the tourism industry by compiling the data pertaining to outstanding refunds status. 

Herewith, we are conducting a simple survey amongst members seeking your cooperation in providing the following details in this survey. 

Google Form link as below:https://forms.gle/Yz2pLDtEHakLH6Fh8 

Kindly note the above information will be kept confidential for the use by MATTA only, and when we engage with the government during this period of time. 

We seek your kind cooperation for these information, and trust that you can submit your response by Friday, 24 April 2020, attn Nurashikin Abdul Halim at [email protected].

Thank you.  

SHAZLI AFFUAT GHAZALI

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50250 Kuala Lumpur. (Click here for map)
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‘Ghosts’ scare Indonesians indoors and away from Covid-19

'Ghosts' scare Indonesians indoors and away from Covid-19Read more at https://bit.ly/2Vn0OBUWATCH MORE: https://thestartv.com/c/newsSUBSCRIBE: https://cutt.ly/TheStarLIKE: https://fb.com/TheStarOnline

Posted by The Star on Monday, 13 April 2020

ইন্দোনেশিয়ার কেপু গ্রামে সম্প্রতি দেখা দিয়েছে ভূতের উৎপাত। রহস্যময় সাদা ভূতেরা রাতে বেলা পথচারীদের চমকে দিয়ে নিমিষেই চাঁদের আলোয় মিলিয়ে যাচ্ছে।

তবে এ ভূতগুলো আসলে মানুষ। করোনাভাইরাসের বিস্তার ঠেকাতে মানুষকে ভয় দেখিয়ে হলেও ঘরে রাখার এমন অভিনব পন্থা অবলম্বন করেছে জাভা দ্বীপের ছোট্ট এ গ্রামের কর্তৃপক্ষ। তাদের বিশ্বাস, পুরনো কুসংস্কার আশ্রিত গ্রামের বাসিন্দারা এতে ঘরে থাকবে।

গ্রামের তরুণদের একটি দলের প্রধান আনজার পানকানিংত্যাস বলেন, ‘আমরা আলাদা থাকতে চেয়ে এমন ভিন্ন উপায় বেঁছে নিয়েছি। কারণ ‘পোকং’ খুবই ভূতুড়ে এবং ভয়ংকর।’

সাউথ চায়না মর্নিং পোস্টের প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়েছে, করোনাভাইরাস সতর্কতায় সামাজিক দূরত্ব বজায় রাখতে পুলিশের সহায়তার গ্রামের একদল তরুণ গোপনে এই ভূত সেজে ভয় দেখানোর কাজটি করছে।

ইন্দোনেশিয়ান মিথ অনুসারে ‘পোকং’ হলো সাদা কাপড়ে মোড়ানো ভূত। মরে গেলে মানুষের আত্মা এরকম ভূতের বেশ ধরে আসে। মানুষকে ভয় দেখায়। আবার চলে যায়।

এই রহস্যের সূত্র ধরেই তরুণরা মুখে পাউডার ও চোখে কালি মেখে ‘পোকং’ সেজে বিনা কাজে ঘরের বাইরে বের হওয়া মানুষদের ভয় দেখিয়ে বেড়াচ্ছে।

তবে এতে ঠিক কাজ হচ্ছে কী না জানা যায়নি। উল্টো নাকি ভূতকেই পাকড়াও করে প্রায় ধরে ফেলার ঘটনা ঘটেছিল। তারপরও এমন ভূতুড়ে টহল অব্যাহত রয়েছে গ্রামটিতে।

ইন্দোনেশিয়ায় এখন পর্যন্ত করোনায় আক্রান্তের সংখ্যা ৪ হাজার ২৪১ জন এবং মারা গেছেন ৩৭৩ জন।

দেশটির বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের গবেষকরা সতর্ক করে বলেছেন, জনগণের অবাধ চলাচল কঠোরভাবে নিয়ন্ত্রণ করতে না পারলে আগামী মে মাসের মধ্যেই করোনায় আক্রান্ত হবেন ১৫ লাখ মানুষ এবং তাদের মধ্যে মারা যাবেন ১ লাখ ৪০ হাজার জন।

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Are my testicles black?

A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse,”‘ he mumbles from behind the mask, “are my testicles black?”
Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, Sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”


He struggles to ask again, “Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?”
Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and
pulls back the covers.


She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other.
She looks very closely and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine.”


The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,
“Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very, very, closely:
“Are – my – test – results – back?”

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Poland Expands Transitory Inner Border Controls Until May 3

Poland’s government has chosen to expand the inside border controls with the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania and Slovakia for another 20 days, until May 3, in a offered to handle the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The wilderness checks had to begin with been put in put on Walk 13 by the Clean Serve of Insides, when the nation too pronounced a state of “epidemic emergency” and was set to run out on April 13, but beneath coronavirus emergency, the government has anticipated vital to preserve border controls still, Schengenvisa.com.my reports.

The advancement of the widespread has been milder in Poland than in Italy or France… we have an opportunity to bring the spread of coronavirus beneath control,” Prime Serve Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out.

Poland moreover declared that they would keep in put the limitation on the section of outsiders into the nation. The controls will too be connected at seaports and airports.

The amplifying of border controls have been presented beneath the article 28 of the Schengen Region Border Code, which permits the reintroduction of border controls due to genuine dangers to open approach or inside security that requires prompt action.

At show, the inside border to enter Poland can be crossed at 42 assigned places on the arrive border: on the border with the Czech Republic – 18, with Slovakia – 5, with Germany – 16, with Lithuania – 3. Border control is additionally carried out at four seaports and 17 airports.

Amid coronavirus flare-up, Secretary of Administration on Issues of Outsiders, Jakub Dudziak declared that the nation too has chosen to amplify visas for all remote citizens who hold work grants, brief home licenses or national visas, for 30 days, after the conclusion of “epidemic emergency”

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STATUS OF STAFF SITUATION IN TRAVEL AGENCIES

Dear Members,

We refer to the current situation of the COVID 19 Outbreak since January 2020, and the Movement Control Order (MCO), 18 March – 14 April 2020 which has affected our members business which has been reduced to zero. With no business, means no income. The situation is not clear when it will be over.

We have heard market talk that many many members have started to downsize their business and reducing their number of staff.

Herewith, we are conducting a simple survey amongst members to tabulate statistics of the number of staff been reduced. We seek your cooperation in providing the following details in this survey.


  Google Form link as below: https://forms.gle/WCpXJifYRwry6At78
 

Kindly note the above information will be kept confidential for the use by MATTA only, and when we engage with the government during this period of time.

We seek your kind cooperation for these information, and trust that you can submit your response via email  to MATTA office by Monday, 6 April 2020 to attn Pn Salbiah at [email protected].
 

Thank you.

NIGEL WONG

Honorary Secretary General MATTA                                                                   

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April Fool

Despite this coronavirus issue, we hope you all are doing great and staying home.
Everyday the situation is getting worst and all we can do is stay safe and maintain social distance.

Australian border are closed so currently IAE Travel is not processing Australia ETA until the government of Australia announced.

Good news is we have reduced the eta visa fees and now it’s only RM25 for Australia Visa.

australiavisa.my

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