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Malaysia’s New ‘MYPass’ Travel Card Makes It Easier to Travel in Country, Save Money

September 14, 2013

The newly launched ‘MYPass’ travel card enables visitors to Malaysia to conveniently travel within the country and save money. ‘MYPass’ is a prepaid and discount flash card issued by Touch ‘n Go, Malaysia’s leading e-payment service provider. ‘MYPass’ can be used to pay for products and services, in cities such as Kuala Lumpur (KL), the country’s capital, and wherever the Touch ‘n Go signs are displayed, including KL’s public transport, retail stores, restaurants, theme parks, attractions and more.

The card can be reloaded from as low as RM10 and up to a maximum of RM1,500 at convenience stores, transit stations, petrol stations and selected retail outlets. Visitors can purchase, reload, and refund their ‘MYPass’ pack from the ‘MYPass’ Mini Hubs at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Departure Hall Level 5 and The Zon, Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), the moment they land.

‘MYPass’ also comes with a complimentary SIM pack, which includes discount vouchers. Visitors simply need to present the card along with the voucher to enjoy exclusive discounts and other great benefits.

KL’s public transport is operated by different entities. However, visitors can use their ‘MYPass’ to pay the fare on all of the different transit systems including KLIA EKSPRES, the non-stop airport rail service and the fastest way to reach city center. Avoid having to stand in line to purchase tickets or figuring out the fare schedule. Visitors only need to get their ‘MYPass’ and the transit map, and they are set to go. It is recommended that visitors have a minimum of RM10 per day to cover public transport needs during their stay in Malaysia.

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Malaysia Emerges as a Leading Ecotourism Haven

July 14, 2011

“Going green” is a phenomenon that has been permeating in all aspects of life – including travel. A consistent growing percentage of travelers are looking for destinations and activities that offer nature-based activities with minimum impact to the earth. Thus, ecotourism has become the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry and it is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.3% until 2017.

For this reason, Malaysia is growing in appeal as it emerges as a major ecotourism destination. Tourists can experience a range of ecotourism activities in Malaysia, such as caving, hiking, jungle trekking, white water rafting, river cruising, bird watching, and diving.

Mega-Biologically Diverse Country

Malaysia offers a wide range of natural and cultural assets that makes ecotourism a highly beneficial, sustainable and long-term form of tourism. The country, located in Southeast Asia, is one of the 12 most mega-biologically diverse countries in the world. It boasts more than 15,000 species of flowering plants, 286 species of mammals, 150,000 species of invertebrates, and 4,000 species of fish, in addition to countless micro-organisms.

Covering almost 60% of its landmass, Malaysia’s ancient tropical rainforests are millions of years old and are home to an incredibly diverse array of flora and fauna. Experts believe that many animals, plants, flowers, and trees living beneath its lush canopy have yet to be discovered.

The ocean and seas surrounding Malaysia shelter various marine life that rely on the delicate balance of an undamaged ecosystem. Turtles from the other side of the world migrate thousands of miles to nest on Malaysian shores.

Listed as a World Heritage Site

Malaysia’s reputation as a premier ecotourism destination is further strengthened by the inclusion of the Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak) and Kinabalu Park (Sabah) in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List. Langkawi Island, located in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia, has also been recognized by UNESCO as a geopark, a title given to outstanding geological landscapes in the world.

Malaysian Government Promotes Sustainable Tourism

While promoting natural attractions in the country to tourists, the Malaysian Government also recognizes the importance of sustainable tourism and the balance of conservation and development. As such, the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia, has adopted the National Ecotourism Plan (NEP) to provide policies and guidelines for the conscientious development of ecotourism.

Malaysia will continue to protect its environment, to ensure that travelers from across the world will be able to enjoy the country’s unique and natural wonders.

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October 15, 2010

Dubbed the City of Digital Lights, i-City is the first lightscape tourist destination in Malaysia. The city is a culmination of real estate development, information and communication technology that creates a knowledge-based society, all with state-of-the-art facilities. It is located in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Showcasing state-of-the-art LED technology, i-City is an exciting and fascinating place to visit, especially during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year. It combines LED lights technology and traditional elements for a unique sight.

Visitors can stroll around a colorful forest that resembles a four-season park filled with dozens of wonderful sculptures. Many beautiful and colorful lanterns can also be seen. The sculptures and themes, as well as the lighting decoration in i-City are changed periodically.

With numerous bulbs lighting up i-City nightly, some people might be concerned about their effect on the environment. i-City is quick to assure that the digital lights with total power consumption equivalent to about four shop lots, are environmentally friendly.

i-City has hosted various large-scale events and programs, such as Malaysia’s Independence Day Celebration and the Mid-Autumn Festival. During the 2010 World Cup, i-City screened the matches live from Johannesburg on its 21’ x 28’ video wall, the largest video screen in Southeast Asia.

i-City is “open” 24 hours a day as it has been approved as a technopreneur campus, where cosmopolitan lifestyle outlets can operate on a 24-hour basis. Under this concept, i-City will be a “gated but open” zone where security, traffic management, landscaping, rubbish management and other township services will be the responsibility of i-City. This is in recognition of i-City as a night tourist destination and a knowledge hub.

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Tourism Malaysia, Singapore Airlines offer 5-nite inclusive package with air at $1,299

October 15, 2010

Tourism Malaysia and Singapore Airlines Vacations are offering a five-night all inclusive trip to Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most fascinating and multicultural cities,  starting at only $1,299. The offer includes roundtrip airfare, accommodation at a five-star hotel, local transfers, daily breakfast, and a half-day city tour inclusive of lunch. With this amazing value, the time to get-away is now.

A two-night extension to one of four destinations is available for only $299 (per person/double). Destinations include Penang, Kuching, and Langkawi in Malaysia, or Singapore.

This special fare of $1,299 (per person, based on double, taxes not included) must be purchased  by November 15, 2010 for travel until November 30, 2010 and from January 1 – March 31, 2011.

Round-trip Economy Class airfare is provided on award-winning Singapore Airlines. Departure airports include LAX, SFO, JFK and IAH.  Airline fuel surcharge is included. The two-night extension offer includes economy class airfare from Kuala Lumpur to destination airport, accommodation at deluxe hotels, daily breakfast and local transfers for only $299 (pp/double).

Rich in cultural diversity, Malaysia offers a truly Asian experience. The exotic country provides a unique culture experience, tantalizing food, an array of attractions and activities, and great value for your dollar. English is widely spoken throughout the country.

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