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31 October, 2014

Best Of Malaysia Awards 2014 Expat Magazine

BOMA 2014 Expatriate Magazine

Best Of Malaysia Awards 2014 has been officially announced where this years Expatriate Lifestyle’s BOMA 2014 was held at Club Esperance, Fraser Business Park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 30th October. 

The Best Of Malaysia Awards or BOMA is also organised yearly by Expatriate Lifestyle, Malaysia’s number one expatriate magazine, The Best Of  Malaysia awards are the biggest awards celebrating the finest in the travel and hospitality industry but independently organised and not officially endorsed by the tourism ministry of Malaysia. The biggest recognised tourism awards in Malaysia is the Tourism Malaysia Awards which is held every two years. 

The awards are 100 per cent nominated and voted by well-travelled expatriates who live in Malaysia and this year, a record-breaking 30,000 votes were cast over 18 categories, all chosen from shortlists over a 13-week voting period which ended on October 1, 2014.

A total of 18 winner trophies and 54 Excellence Award certificates were presented by Ian Johnston, Editor of Expatriate Lifestyle; Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Breweries, and guest of honour, the newly appointed British High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Vicki Treadell CMG  MVO.

AirAsia receiving the Best Airline Award 2014
Aziz Laikar from AirAsia receiving the Best Airline Award 2014
Best Of Malaysia Awards 2014 Winners

Best Resort Experience
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is a world away from the bustling city life of KK in Sabah. 

Best Restaurant (non-hotel)
Cantaloupe at Troika Sky Dining
Opened in early 2013 by Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew of Frangipani fame in KL, Cantaloupe aims to take Malaysian dining to the next level.

Best Romantic Stay
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang
Rasa Sayang takes the best elements of it and weaves them into its environment, as evident in the Garden and Rasa Wings.

Best Service at a Hotel/Resort
Four Seasons Langkawi
Four Seasons Langkawi celebrates the natural elements of the Andaman Sea through its cuisines and stunning views at its dining facilities.

Best of Malaysia Awards Expat Magazine
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur with their award
Best Serviced Residence
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur
The modern property is centrally located, boasts facilities far surpassing the average home and hosts guests in a range of well-appointed apartments and suites.

Best Shopping Experience
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
There’s Bukit Bintang, KL’s shopping hub, and then there’s Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, its greatest retail destination.

Best Short Stay
Cameron Highlands Resort
Cameron Highlands Resort, famed for the beautiful Jim Thompson Tea Room which provides an Instagram-worthy background.

Best Spa Experience
The Datai Langkawi
Inspired by traditional Malay Ramuan healing principles, the holistic spa is integrated into the lush tropical rainforest.

Best Airline
AirAsia
Expatriates often cite travel options as a key reason for staying in or moving to Malaysia, and Air Asia plays a key role.

Best Attraction/Tourism Experience
Legoland Malaysia
Featuring a captivating mix of Lego sculptures, adventure rides and educational stations, the theme park is an ideal destination for families.

Best Attraction/Tourism Experience for Kids
KidZania Kuala Lumpur
Defending its title as winner of Best Experience for Kids at the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013, KidZania, the edutainment centre, continues to win.

Best Bar/Club/Pub
Expatriate Lifestyle Malaysia
Best of Malaysia Issue from Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine
Zouk Kuala Lumpur
With seven rooms of different concepts and music under its roof, the club continues to attract the young and trendy local and international crowd.

Best Boutique Stay
The Majestic Hotel KL
The Majestic lives up to its name with its colonial-era design concept, opulent accommodations and a dedicated 24-hour butler service.

Best Family Stay
Hard Rock Hotel, Penang
Music is the glue that bonds families who choose Hard Rock Hotel when visiting Malaysia’s Pearl of the Orient.

Best Golf Experience
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Hosting three international tournaments for the last two years, the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club has been the leading light in Malaysian golf.

Best Hotel Dining & Entertaiment Experience
SkyBar, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Sit back in one of the lounge’s plush booths while drinking in, arguably, the best view of Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Towers.

Best Hotel Experience
Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
A long-time favourite among the expatriate community, the hotel has been the go-to location for many society balls, and it continues to cement its place.

Best MICE Experience
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
With its signature Plenary Hall boasting a seating capacity of 3,000, featuring impressive technology and equipment.

Overall the Best of Malaysia Awards has been running for many years and each year, a number of hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions battle each other for the various titles. It is also no surprise that you will see similar brand names on the winning list too. We at Malaysia Asia would like to congratulate all the winners for this years Best of Malaysia Awards 2014. 

29 October, 2014

How to go to Koh Lipe

How to go to Ko Lipe from Langkawi

This information on How to go to Koh Lipe is created for those planning to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the south of Thailand. As peak season is from November till January every year, there is only one way to go to Koh Lipe and that is via boat. Ferries are the only transport to Lipe and they can be taken from Langkawi Island or Pak Barra in Thailand. Remember, December and January is super-peak season on Lipe too. 

There are no flights to Koh Lipe as there is no airport there and no roads leading into the island so getting here can be a challenge for first timers to the island. Various ferry services from Langkawi and Pak Bara in Thailand offer daily ferry trips here so you can check out the ways to go to Koh Lipe below;

Bundhaya Ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi
Bundhaya Ferry to Koh Lipe from Langkawi (One of them)
How to go to Koh Lipe from Langkawi 

From Kuah Jetty to Koh Lipe

Ferry Booking Website - Thai Beach Travellers 
Bundhaya Speed Boat Service from Kuah, Langkawi - Bundhaya Speed Boat

*Departure date 20th October to 15th May

Ferry from Ko Lipe to Kuah Jetty

*Departure date 20th October to 15th May

Telaga Harbour Jetty (Langkawi) - Ferry Booking Website

Ferry from Telaga Harbour to Koh Lipe

*Departure date 20th October 

Ferry from Koh Lipe to Telaga Harbour

*Departure date 20th October 

Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe, Thailand
Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe - Advertised photo
Ferry Langkawi to Koh Lipe Photo
Ferry from Langkawi to Koh Lipe - What you will get, most likely
Ferry from Telaga Harbour to Koh Lipe - PEAK SEASON

*Departure date - 1st November 2014 to 7th May 2015
TripMalaysiaLangkawi (Malaysia Time)ThailandKoh Lipe (Thai Time)
Trip 1Departing 0930 hrsArriving 1000 hrs
Trip 2Departing 1430 hrs Arriving 1500 hrs

Ferry from Koh Lipe to Telaga Harbour - PEAK SEASON

*Departure date - 1st November 2014 to 7th May 2015
TripThailandKoh Lipe (Thai Time)MalaysiaLangkawi (Malaysia Time)
Trip 1Departing 1030 hrs Arriving 1300 hrs
Trip 2Departing 1630 hrsArriving 1900 hrs

Koh Lipe Floating Barge / Pontoon Drop Off and Pick Up Point
Important Notes
Passengers need to check in 2 hours before departure time.
Passports are required from Langkawi Island to Koh Lipe.
Kuah Jetty is in Kuah Town, about 30 minutes by taxi from Langkawi Airport.
Telaga Harbour Jetty is about 10 minutes by taxi from the Langkawi Airport. 
There are no bus services in Langkawi.
Longtail Boat Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe Longtail boats that transfer you from the ferries to the island
Arriving at Koh Lipe
There is no jetty on Koh Lipe.
A floating barge / pontoon is the main drop off point outside Lipe.
Small longtail boats come to the pontoon and take you to to resorts (THB50 per person).
When you reach the island, prepare to get your feet wet as you get off the small boats.

Pak Bara ferry services in town
Pak Bara ferry services in town
How to go to Koh Lipe from Thailand

Ferry from Pak Bara Jetty to Ko Lipe 

*Departure Date All Year 

*Depart Date 1st November - 30th April

Ferry from Pak Bara to Ko Lipe
Ferries can sometimes be super crowded from Pak Bara to Lipe
Ferry from Ko Lipe to Pak Bara Jetty 

*Departure Date All Year 

*Depart Date 1st November - 30th April

Important Notes
Passengers need to check in 2 hours before departure time
Buy your tickets online or at the Ferry Counter! Beware of fake tickets from touts
Boats from Pak Bara drop you at Mountain Resort and Pattaya Beach 
Pak Bara is about 2.5 hours from Hat Yai town
Buses to and from cost THB80 one way and operate from 7am to 4pm
Mini Vans cost THB150-300 one way per person
Taxis cost around THB1850 to THB2000 one way for 4 persons

If you have never been here, you may want to check the Koh Lipe Map on where the resorts or hotels are located at on the island. I have been here in 2009 and 2011 before more resorts and hotels opened up and you can read my earlier review of Koh Lipe and also Getting to Koh Lipe

PakBara Ferry Terminal
Pak Bara Ferry Terminal
Koh Lipe General Information
  1. The immigration office is located on Pattaya Beach (main beach).
  2. There is no public transport on the island.
  3. The Walking Street is the main attraction here. 
  4. There are ATM's located at the Ko Lipe Walking Street
  5. There is Halal Food available for Muslims in Koh Lipe.
  6. There are various shops, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, internet cafes, massage available. 
If you have any questions or issues, you can contact the administrators of the booking websites directly. If you faced any problems or have any general questions, you can post your views here in the comment form. I am not an agent for booking ferry tickets to Koh Lipe. I just provide information for those who want to know how to go to Koh Lipe. 

28 October, 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014 Sunway

90's fans take note! The Retrofest Asia 2014 concert in Malaysia is taking place this 1st November here at the Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya and this blast from the past is featuring top notch artist no other than - Diana King, Color Me Badd, Tevin Campbell and Firehouse. Has this got your attention? Of course, only if you are a true 90's fan, the names mentioned above will start singing those tunes in your head. 

This is also the first time ever that a 90's retro era concert is being performed on such a large scale here in Malaysia. The last retro gig was the 80's the Genting 80s Concert featured Paul Young, Bananarama, Limahl, Howard Jones and Johnny Hates Jazz! 

My question has always been - What ever happened to the superstars of the 80's and 90's as many of them have seemed to be retired or just faded off. Well, I did some research to see how the artist currently look like and below are some comparisons of the before and after, so don't fall off your chair seeing them now.  

Color Me Badd - before and after
Color Me Badd - before and after
Diana King - before and after
Diana King - before and after
Firehouse - before and after
Firehouse - before and after
Tevin Campbell, before and after
The winner! Tevin Campbell, before and after
Fans of the 90's can expect super popular numbers from the artist, considering they still have it in them after all these years with hits like;

Diana King ; Shy Guy, Aint no body, I say a little prayer for you
Firehouse : I live my life for you, Love of a lifetime, when I look into your eyes
Color me badd : I wanna sex you up, adore Mi Amor, All for love
Tevin Campbell : I'm Ready, Can We Talk , Tell me what you want me to do

Retrofest Asia Malaysia 2014

Retrofest Asia 2014 Information
Date: 1st November 2014, Saturday
Time: 6.00pm - 12.00 midnight
Venue: Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya
Retrofest Asia Tickets - TicketPro

Retrofest Asia Ticket Prices
VIP: RM369
Standard: RM169
Retrofest Asia 2014 Ticket Prices
Retrofest Asia Ticket Prices
Retrofest Asia 2014 is an inaugural retro music festival brought to you by JS Concert Productions which is supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism and Culture. 

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