Explore Taiping, Malaysia on a Shoestring Budget

“International travel” is a phrase that immediately elicits the knee-jerk reaction, “I can’t afford that.” This is especially so when the travel destination lies on the opposite side of the globe. The truth is, however, that a trip to a far-off land like Malaysia can be done on a budget and for a relatively low cost. Why Visit Taiping? Taiping, Malaysia is located in Perak state on the northwestern shore of peninsular Malaysia. It is a city of over 200,000, which was a boom town back in the 19th Century due to the discovery of tin mines nearby. Chinese immigrants flooded the town to work the mines and continue to contribute to the local culture. Taiping’s tin-boom ended long ago, but a “tourist boom” has begun in recent years to take its place. It is a destination with a large enough tourist population for all needful accommodations to be present but still “off the beaten path” enough for them to still be cheap. Getting There and Back Cheaply The largest item in your travel budget will easily be the plane fare, but this cost can be minimized. There are plenty of airlines that offer special deals on round trip tickets from London to Malaysia, and you can often find prices nearly half the summer rates during the fall. Travel light, and you will also save significantly on luggage fees. Finding a “Budget-Friendly” Taiping Hotel If you take but a little time to look, you will not have any trouble finding a Taiping hotel that will fit a tight travel budget. A small room with comfortable bed, a bathroom with...

Malaysia Travel: How to Book Online Bus Ticket from KL to Penang

The food delights, pristine beach sands and cultural attractions of Penang lie only about 350 kilometers, or 217 miles, from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, which makes for an easy trip. You can fly a quick but expensive plane or drive yourself in a car, which can be tiring. You can also travel by bus, which offers the convenience of private transportation but the ability to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery. Buses A quick way to locate buses going from Kuala Lumpur is to enter the query into Google Search. But with over a hundred bus companies, the search results will present travel guides, trip information and bus company names that you’re going to have wade through. You’ll have to click on the website of each potential bus line to find more information, such as arrival and departure times and stations and costs. You’re likely to find buses that stop at every town on the way, turning what could be a quick trip into a 10-hour ordeal. One-Stop Shop A more convenient alternative is to browse a website that lets you compare and contrast several express bus trips at once here: http://www.catchthatbus.com/kualalumpur-to-penang. This site can limit your search to express trips that make the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Penang in about four hours or less. To book your bus ticket online in Malaysia, do the following. (Note that with minor changes, these steps can work for any bus booking site.) 1. Enter “Kuala Lumpur” in the From field and “Penang” in the Destination field. Note that under Kuala Lumpur, due to the size of the...

Top Beaches On The West Coast of Malaysia

  Top Beaches On The West Coast of Malaysia Been looking for a pristine beach to feel the sand between your toes? Come wander around in the West Coast of Malaysia and get your feet wet now! Scroll down this article and you’re just about to find out some top recommended beaches in West Coast of Malaysia.   Pulau Langkawi Widely known as the “Jewel of Kedah”, Pulau Langkawi is paddy fields, jungle-clad hills, crystal clear waters, and pristine beaches all rolled into one. Throw yourself into the arms of its idyllic, scenic beaches such as Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Pantai Kok, and Datai Bay. By all means partake in a plethora of water sport activities namely snorkeling, banana boating, kayaking, water skiing and many more to unleash your pent-up energy!   Emerald Bay (Pulau Pangkor, Perak) Emerald Bay, widely proclaimed to be one of the most alluring beaches in Malaysia, will captivate your heart with its sparkling emerald sea. Perfect for couples and honeymooners, it allows you to while your time away on its pristine beach.   Batu Ferringhi (Penang) Not just a long stretch of white sandy beach, Batu Ferringhi is also a mini-Malaysia rich in local culture. From enjoying watery splash, exploring exoticness in nature, to strolling down the bustling street of night market, the following attractions will be able to keep travel stint fully packed: Wet World Wild Penang Butterfly Farm Tropical Spice Garden Tropical Fruit Farm Penang Botanic Gardens Penang National Park Yahong Art Gallery Penang Batik Factory Batu Ferringhi Night Market Another bonus tip for you, Penang has lots more tourist attractions to...

Saving Money on Your Health: 3 Money-Saving Tips for a Better Health

The rising cost of health care is not going anywhere, so your best bet is to control the expenses in your own life. You can also reduce your cost of healthcare by understanding the new rules of the game. Below we will take a look at how you can save money on healthcare. – It all starts with your health. Most huge out of pocket health care expenses that people use insurance to cover do not come from car wrecks or huge accidents. They come from long term health problems that are caused by a sedentary lifestyle – obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, drinking, etc. Change your lifestyle, your diet and your exercise routine in order to lower your costs instantly. You will go to the doctor less, your premiums will be lower and your co-pays will not kick in as much. – You can opt out of Obamacare. The number one way to opt out of the hideously overpriced insurance rates of today, including Obamacare, is to become “self insured.” Basically, if you can save up around $30,000, the government will allow you to set up an account that will serve as your personal insurance account. You will then be freed of many of the responsibilities of having to own insurance by paying a third party every month. Rules are slightly different depending on the state that you reside in, so be sure to check with the local authorities. You can also defer some of the costs of healthcare by investing in an HSA. A health savings account allows you to build your savings up to the self...