Malaysia Backpackers Destination and Homestay


Saturday, May 31, 2008

Malaysia, Langkawi Pulau Tuba Homestay Program

There are currently four villages participating in the homestay program - Pulau Tuba, Kampung Wang Tok Rendong, Kampung Sungai Itau and Kampung Bukit Tangga. The villages offer a number of 90 rooms for the homestay program.

If you participate in the homestay program, you'd have the chance to stay with fisherman and farmers of this legendary island, and could see closely their daily routines, Malays' cultures and traditions, and other unique attractions.

Pulau Tuba is one among the 3 islands in Langkawi that is inhibited by people. This island occupies an area of about 20 square kilometre and consist of 5 fishing villages. Pulau Tuba is also known as "Pulau Islam" as all of its 3000 people are Muslims.

Getting to Pulau Tuba

The main route to Pulau Tuba starts at Kedah Cement Jetty in Kuah, Langkawi and ended up at Telok Puyoh, the main entrance to Pulau Tuba, a distance of 5 nautical km from Kuah. From Kuah, Langkawi, two types of transportation are available specifically speed boat (fibre-glass ) and normal passenger boats (modified fishing boats). Speed boats are meant for chartered services only. Chartered boat service are available at any time of the day. For a normal passenger boat, adults are charge RM 6.00 per person and RM3.00 for children. The boat ride will take a time of 25 minutes.

From Telok Puyoh, you can hire car and motorcyle (RM2-RM3) to explore the island.

For bookings please contact:

Langkawi Fishermen Association
07000, Kuah, Langkawi.
Tel: 04-9666102
Fax: 04-9666102

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kijang Care Homestay in Pantai Mek Mas, Kota Bahru, Kelantan

Kijang Care Homestay is located in Pantai Mek Mas, which is only about 20 minutes away from Kota Bharu.For your information, this area is very famous for local batik industry so you will have an opportunity to shop for good locally designed batik for sure.

Situated in a beautiful fishermen’s village in Kijang district, Kijang Care Homestay offers a very affordable stay at RM70.00 per night (approximately USD25).

It is interesting to know that 50% of the proceed from these homestay income will be used to finance other homestay projects to help the fishermen in the villages.

For more information on how to book the Kijang Care Homestay, please call Mr. Zaidi Hj Abdullah at +6019 372 7197 or +609 744 6800.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Malaysia Airlines low fare strategy to boost domestic load factor

Malaysian Airline System Bhd’s (MAS) just-launched “Everyday Low Fares” programme should boost its domestic load factor at a small expense to yields, says OSK Investment Research said.

In a research note issued on Monday, the research house said MAS’ current low load factor of around 70% allowed it to offer zero fare tickets for around 30% of its domestic flights.

It said the need to book the tickets early meant there should be minimal cannibalisation of existing passengers while collection of fuel surcharges and other taxes should cover additional costs.

“Overall, we see a positive impact, lifting core net profit by between 3% and 4%. Fair value is raised to RM5.20 and we see MAS leveraging on its enhanced efficiency to increasingly muscle into low-cost carrier (LCC) territory where it deems profitable. Maintain Buy,” it said.

Under the programme, MAS will set aside one million tickets or 30% of each flight between June 10 and Dec 14. Passengers must book the tickets at least 30 days in advance over the Iternet and still pay the surcharges and administrative charges. No cancellations or modifications are allowed.


Thursday, May 1, 2008


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