Thoughts of a geek

14 March 2010

More travel plans

Filed under: Travel — Tags: , , , — qwandor @ 4:24 pm

I just bought my tickets. They would have been about $100 cheaper if I had bought them a few days earlier. Oops.

I suppose I should back up a bit. To start with, I went in to STA travel and asked what fares they had one-way to London. The lady there was going to email me through some options, but never did. When I emailed them somebody else replied to me, giving only one option (some flights via Korea, with an unspecified carrier). Looking online on STA Travel’s website the cheapest flight was with Singapore Airlines, via Singapore. House of Travel had similar prices, with Singapore Airlines also the cheapest. Trying Singapore Airlines’ website directly, I found it easier to use than the travel agents’ sites, and the fares were about $200 cheaper. I also noticed that I could stop over in Singapore for no extra charge, so I figured I might as well stay for 3 or 4 days and see the place. Great!

I asked a friend for advice on what to do in Singapore and how long to stay, and he suggested that I should visit Malaysia while I was in the area, and pointed out that there were cheap flights or a bus available. Well, this opened up even more possibilities, resulting in me delaying even further in booking flights while I tried to decide how long to stay in Singapore and Malaysia. I am still not sure what I will be doing or quite where I will go, but I have finally bought my flights (the major ones, not yet any flights from Singapore to Malaysia). I will leave Wellington on 2010-05-03 at 9:30 am NZST, fly to Auckland and then Singapore to arrive at 7:00 pm SST. I leave Singapore on 2010-05-15 at 12:45 pm SST, and arrive in London at 7:00 pm, ready to have fun navigating the public transport system with all my luggage.

My current (rough) plan is to stay at a backpacker’s hostel for 2 or 3 nights in Singapore, then either fly to Kuala Lumpar or take the bus across the border and up to Melaka and perhaps on to KL from there. Or perhaps I might take the bus up and then fly back. I am not looked much yet into what there is do see and do.

So, if you have suggestions of what I should do, or know anyone in Singapore or Malaysia whom I should meet or even stay with, let me know!

(Oh, and thanks to everybody who has already given me advice! It is much appreciated.)



  1. Hi andrew,

    Congratulations on buying the ticket. you would love singapore airline. We think they are the best! things to do in singapore:
    1) NIght Safari (if only did one thing)
    2) Sentosa island
    3) shopping at orchard road (even if you don’t buy anything)
    4) botanical gardens

    In Malaysia,
    1) Penang ..
    2) melaka
    3) kuala lumpur
    4) if you have lots of time ‘taman negara’ which is the national rainforrest where you could see wild animals

    Air asia…is a great low cost flights but read the small details
    Our friends are coming over at the beginning of april..and have been in malaysia recently…so lets meet up when they are here.


    Comment by Kelvin — 14 March 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  2. Ok – when you say you arrive in London at 7pm, do you mean 7pm BST (GMT+1) or 7pm SST or NZST?


    Comment by Fi — 15 March 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    • Oops, I missed that one. That would be 7:00 pm BST.

      Comment by qwandor — 15 March 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  3. […] Filed under: Travel — qwandor @ 12:44 pm Well! My plans progress. Further to my last post about travelling, I have now mostly decided on what I will be doing (or at least, where I will be going and when) in […]

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