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Help needed on places to go and the age old question of onward travel :-)

So, am in need of ideas of places to go
10 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 1 Msg: #84936  
Will be flying out to KL next March......am planning on going to Melaka, Perhentian Islands, Cameron Highlands....and that is where my list runs out.

I have been told by a few people that Malaysia is a country not worth spending any time in, but I dont believe this. I think every country is worth spending time in.

Any help on places worth visiting would be greatly appreciated. Am unsure of how much time will be spent here, am planning on spending a year, maybe more, in S. E. Asia and China so time isnt really a problem.

Also....I have a question that has probably been asked a million times and Im sorry to ask again BUT we have one way tickets booked to KL from London with Air Asia, we are planning on making onward travel arrangements when we are there as we dont want to plan too much, Ive called Air Asia to ask them if this is ok and they have told me to contact my Embassy.....so will this be ok, will we be let in, am getting a bit worried we're going to stroll up to the airport in March and they wont let us on the plane!!!

So many questions :-)

Thanks people

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10 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 2 Msg: #84940  
Hello Phil and Vicki 😊

If the airline dont cause trouble for you, then I dont think you will have any trouble. Sometimes the airlines wont want to let you on without a return ticket and relevant visa. The immigration in countries rarely/never ask about the return ticket. Officially you need a return ticket when entering many countries.......

I dont know why they told you to call the embassy. I think that sounds like some Air Asia employee who does not understand what you are asking. I would call again and ask if there will be any trouble with Air Asia when you are getting on the flight. The embassy are just going to quote the rules, rather than what is likely to happen.

Malaysia seems like an exciting enough country to me. Well, it is unknown to me actually. :D I am going to go there next August and check it out. Like you said, all countries are worth visiting.


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10 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 3 Msg: #84941  
Hey Mel

I think the best thing to do would be to book a cheapy flight, and then if we dont get on it it wont matter but at least it is 'proof' that we are going to leave....which we will just dont want a fixed date :-)

I dont think the lady I spoke to really knew what I was trying to ask, will have to give them a call back like you said and try again.

Have a great time out there, I cannot wait to go!! Not long now.....well 7 months hahaha.

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10 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 4 Msg: #84949  
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Hey Phil & Vicki,

Don't worry about the onward ticket issue, I did exactly the same thing and booked a one way flight from London to KL with no problems and have just been making it up as I go along, using airasia mostly. The only place I thought an onward ticket might be an issue was Indonesia but passport control didn't ask & I only had to write on the arrival card where I was planning on going next. As for Malaysia, the only place I wasn't keen on that I visited was KL, personally I reckon 3-4 days max would be long enough there!

Hope this helps! 😊

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10 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 5 Msg: #85050  
Hi Nyla

Just becoming a bit worried, as people say different things. Ive heard its not a problem with customs when you get to KL but it might be a problem with the actual airline.....think we might just book very cheap flights on Air Asia to Thailand or Cambodia etc and then if we dont use them loosing that little bit of money wont really matter!

Was thinking of not spending too much time in KL as Im not too keen on big cities (well after coming to London everyday for the past what feels like forever it will be nice to have a change!), would prefer to get out in to the country side and out of the smog :-)

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10 years ago, September 5th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #85353  
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Yeah that's true, people give conflicting stories about what does/ does not really happen, I guess the only(and probably the best) way to know for sure is to find out for yourself! I think you won't have any problems with the airlines regarding the onward tickets though, especially with Air Asia, they are quite good that way

Over the past few months the only thing they have asked me, in order to be allowed to board the plane was whether I had a Bangladeshi visa, otherwise it has only been the customs/immigration people that have asked how long I'm staying, where I'm going next etc but even they don't bother too much- I've been in and out of KL around 5 times recently & each time they stamp my passport with a 90 day visa no questions asked!!

You'll love the Cameron Highlands then if you're looking for an escape from city life! Very peaceful, plenty of jungle treks to do, some are pretty tough going, others are like a walk in the park, there are other touristy things to do like visit the tea plantations & the butterfly farm if you're into that & the best thing of all is the temperature! Not too drastically different from back home, although warmer, but it's brilliant after the heat of KL 😊

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10 years ago, September 6th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #85380  
Hi Vicki,

You will receive conflicting replies for a simple reasin. There is the rule, and there is what is commonly apply. The rule say you need an ongoing ticket, but this is valid for most countries in South East Asia, the fact, is that nobody ever ask it to you. What they want to make sure is that you have sufficient means to leave the country.

You want to be safe...call Malaysian Airline and ask them to book you a one way ticket from KL...to wherever (don't tell that to the agent obviously). Get is send to you by email, with an issuing deadline past your arrival date in KL. Print it...and you are safe, you apply the rule, don't spend any money, just few minutes on the phone, and you can than sleep in peace.

But the truth is...nobody will ask you on onward ticket.

KL is useless except for great food and shopping...backpackers don't domuch of the two...but you will enjoy the region. If you need info, ask...starting my 15th year in the region next month.

Hope this help,

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10 years ago, September 6th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #85420  
Hi All!

Thank you for all the help. We have just booked one way flights to Thailand (BKK) from KL (after spending 2 months there), so was thinking of keeping a step ahead of ourselves when we get there to save any problems....or just get there and then if theres any problems in Thailand we can sort it out then.

Have heard that KL isnt too nice.....so we arent planning on staying there too long, maybe just a few days and then heading up to the Cameron Highlands.

Counting down the days :-)

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10 years ago, September 6th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #85421  
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