• Do we really need a Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail link?

    Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said he’ll cancel a planned high-speed railway that was intended to reduce journey times between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore from about five hours to 90 minutes. Bloomberg Opinion columnists David Fickling and Adam Minter debate the topic....

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 8 Comments

  • Travel tip: drop your suitcase at Kuala Lumpur in-town check-in

    Flying with Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air or Cathay Dragon from Kuala Lumpur International Airport? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in desks, where you can ditch your suitcase and obtain your boarding pass before reaching the airport. It’s a great move if you’r...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • The best pre-paid SIM card for travellers to Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur and broader Malaysia are big business destinations for travellers in the manufacturing industries – particularly electronics, solar and automotive – yet keeping in touch with the office and your loves ones back home can prove a costly exercise for business travellers. Wh...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • Photos: inside Malaysia's new luxe St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel

    Joining Kuala Lumpur’s bustling skyline, the new St. Regis Kuala Lumpur hotel provides luxurious lodgings in the centre of the city: quite literally, two blocks from the KL Sentral railway station. Not only can you ditch the traffic and be here in 28 minutes from the airport via the non-st...

    POSTED 26 May, 2016 2 Comments

  • New hotels on the map for Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia

    Travellers venturing to Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia will find new hotels waiting for them – both now and over the coming year – with many of the usual 'freebies' including Internet access and room upgrades on offer for members of the various loyalty programs. Among them:...

    POSTED 4 May, 2015 1 Comment

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru opens its doors

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru opens its doors as the second DoubleTree property in Malaysia. Located in the heart of Johor Bahru's CBD and less than five kilometres from the Johor-Singapore immigration checkpoint, travellers can enjoy a signature warm chocolate chip cookie on arriva...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2014 3 Comments

  • BridgeAlliance axes unlimited AsiaRoam Data SIM

    IN BRIEF | Australian travellers to Asia will lose one of their options for unlimited data roaming on December 31 when the Bridge Alliance group shutters its AsiaRoam Data SIM programme. However, citing a "change of business focus", the Bridge Alliance says that "Bridge AsiaRoamData SIM and...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • New pay-per-entry Plaza Premium Lounge in Kuala Lumpur Airport

    There's a new buy-your-way-in lounge in Kuala Lumpur from the Plaza Premium Lounge network, which is also affiliated with Priority Pass and other lounge-access cards. It's ideal if you're travelling in economy from KL and don't have lounge-access frequent flyer status on the airline you're flying...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 7 Comments

  • Malaysia's AirAsia X starts Sydney-KL flights April 2

    AirAsia X is will begin daily flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on April 2nd, giving business travellers to Malaysia an alternative to national flag-carrier MAS. The low-cost airline's daily service from Sydney (D7-223) will depart at 10.55am and arrive into Kuala Lumpur at 5.25pm; the return ...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2012 15 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines adds new wines, crew wine training to flights

    Malaysia Airlines is upping its wine game with a new selection for business and first class passengers on its international flights, aided by Australian Master of Wine Dr Ron Georgiou. MAS' cabin crew have undergone a special wine training module, and will be certified as Malaysia Airlines Wine ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • 2-for-1 deal on unlimited data roaming SIM

    IN BRIEF | Heading to Asia for a short trip? There's a good deal on a roaming SIM card that could save you even more money than usual.  Bridge Alliance -- a consortium of mobile networks in the region -- is offering a good promotion on its Bridge AsiaRoam DataSIM cards for American Express ...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • MAS flights to Adelaide, Melbourne & Perth get new business class

    Malaysia Airlines passengers will see a number of changes to Australia flights starting next month, as the airline shuffles its planes around on Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth services. The news is mostly good for business class passengers, since it means more flights on the airline's new Airbus ...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • How to divert your mobile through Skype to avoid global roaming fees

    There's a golden trick that tech-savvy travellers have been using for years to avoid global roaming fees. Put simply, you divert your Australian mobile number to a Skype number, which in turn diverts to your overseas mobile number.  As a result, you avoid global roaming fees altogether. Y...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2011 18 Comments

  • Abroadband: data roaming in 50 countries for 81c/MB

    The walls around global roaming costs continue to tumble down, with a new data roaming service available to travellers offering data at 81c/MB in more than 50 countries. The only catch? The SIM cards can only be delivered to European addresses at present, so it'll only be suitable for Australian...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2011 2 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines' A380 headed to Sydney and Melbourne?

    Update 2 | Malaysia Airlines will introduce its brand new Airbus A380 onto the Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route later this year – click here for details of the layout and dashing new-look livery. Update 1 | Sydney and Melbourne are on the shortlist for Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines unveils premium 'check-in lounge' at KL airport

    Malaysia Airlines has replaced one of its four check-in aisles at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with a 'check-in lounge' for first, business and platinum Enrich frequent flyer passengers. The new check-in area will have a meet-and-greet service where staff will be briefed and waiting for el...

    POSTED 16 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Top 5 best airline business lounges in the world

    What's the world's best airline lounge, and how do you get in? Travel guidebook company Frommers picked its five favourites, but they didn't say why they picked each lounge or tell you much about them. Here's our take on their top five for business travellers, plus where to find them, what to ex...

    POSTED 13 May, 2011 7 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines introduces new Airbus A330 to Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia Airlines will introduce its all-new Airbus A330-300 onto Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights from April 20th. MAS has fifteen factory-fresh A330s on order, all of which will sport the same stylish livery seen on this aircraft, with red and blue stripes soaring up the sides of the plane to tra...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2011 1 Comment

  • Malaysia Airlines increases Adelaide-Kuala Lumpur flights

    Malaysia Airlines is boosting its flights from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur, making the route more attractive to South Australia-based business travellers, who won't need to connect in Melbourne, Sydney or Perth as frequently. Flights now operate six days a week, with only Tuesdays not served into A...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Unlimited roaming data in 32 countries: new service

    A new service is offering unlimited mobile internet access in 32 countries around the world for a flat daily fee — adding yet another nail to the coffin of telcos' inflated global roaming data fees. We've recently covered some solutions to the problem of high data roaming fees (typically $...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • New SIM card offers unlimited data roaming in Asia

    UPDATE | The Bridge AsiaRoam Data SIM package is being withdrawn as of December 31, 2012 – see our story here for more details. PREVIOUS | Last week, we detailed Tru's new mobile network that spans three countries, doing away with global roaming fees altogether. This week, there's mo...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 6 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines revs up First Class with Porsche Panamera transfers

    Passengers travelling on Malaysia Airlines’ First Class product and holders of Malaysia Airline’s Enrich Platinum card will now be whisked to their flight in a stylish Porsche Panamera at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.  Currently, passengers are being bussed between Kuala...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines to run six flights per week between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysian Airlines (MAS) continues to ramp up the frequency of its Australian services with the introduction of near-daily direct flights between Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur. The new service comes into effect on March 27th 2011, and will see a Boeing 777-200 (with 35 business class seats and 245 i...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Malaysian Airlines packs 508 seats into new A380

    Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) first Airbus A380 will take to the skies in April 2012 packed with 508 seats - 50 more than Qantas and second only to Lufthansa and Air France in maxing out the super-jumbo's capacity. (That said, this is nowhere near the 853 passenger capacity on an A380 fitted wit...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Malaysian Airlines doubles direct Sydney-KL flights, spruiks $599 return fare

    Need to scoot up from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur for a quick round of meetings and customer catch-ups? Malaysia’s flag carrier is doubling the daily direct service between the two cities as of November 1st. In addition to the current 3pm/8.50pm MH0122 flight, MAS will convert the overnight MH0...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2010 0 Comments

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