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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
malaysia Compiling a pre or post- conference trip can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with the region. here we have some day-by-day itineraries. F Malaysia itinerary iDEaS Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon Cultural navigator™ tips The Cultural Navigator™ is an innovative web solution for improving global effectiveness and gaining the competitive advantage. Here are some Cultural Navigator™ tips to keep in mind when doing business in Malaysia: • It is considered rude to interrupt someone while talking, so conversations are marked by pauses. Speaking immediately after another person may suggest to Malaysians that you were not listening to what has been said. • If Malaysian employees have a satisfactory and gratifying relationship with their manager, they will be very loyal to their employer. • There has traditionally been a dominant fluid orientation towards time in Malaysia; however, the degree of this orientation varies among ethnic groups. • Malaysians will rarely say “no” directly, as part of their concern with maintaining harmonious relationships. Visit www.culturalnavigator.com. ollowing days of conferencing in the city it’s important to take some time for rest and recuperation. Here we profile ways to get out of the city and explore Malaysia’s hidden treasures. Explore the islands of Langkawi Langkawi is famous for its white sandy beaches, limestone hills and lush rainforest and offers a range of resorts, world-class golf courses, day spas and water sports. As well as exotic flora and fauna on the island, offshore there is a diverse range of colourful marine life which divers can explore. DAY 1 – Arrive in Langkawi and check-in to hotel Afternoon: explore Langkawi’s natural attractions with an island tour and discover some of the renowned sights including the Field of Burnt Rice, the Tomb of Mahsuri and visit the batik and marble factory. Continue the journey to experience the beautiful beach of Tanjung Rhu and then spend the rest of the afternoon duty-free shopping at the Kuah town. Enjoy the first night with a dinner in a tropical setting. DAY 2 – After breakfast at your hotel, the island-hopping adventure continues, this time exploring smaller islands just off the coast of Langkawi including Pulua Dayang Bunting which is an island that is home to a freshwater lake, and Pulau Beras Basah which is the perfect place to go swimming and spend some time on the white sandy beach. DAY3 – After a leisurely breakfast, make the most of some free time before departure. Heritage tour Convention and incentive travel delegates are encouraged to get an insight into the history and culture of Malacca and Johor Bahru with a heritage tour. Malacca is located on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is about two hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpur. Malacca is abundant in historical attractions with many buildings dating back to the 14th century, giving them Portuguese, Dutch and British influences. Johor Bahru is the state capital of Johor which is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia and is a commercial hub for the southern region. DAY 1 – Arrive in Malacca and check-in to hotel. Depart for the heritage tour in the afternoon which will include Porta De Santiago, St. Paul’s Church, The Stadhuys, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Christ Church, the Portuguese Settlement and Dutch Square. And to finish the day a stroll through Jonkers Street for some antiques shopping is just the ticket. DAY 2 – Early start and breakfast then depart for Johor Bahru. After lunch enjoy an afternoon city tour which includes Istana Besar, the Royal Museum, the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque and the Joho Art Gallery. To complete the day of exploring the city, it’s time to relax before dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel. DAY 3 – Following a leisurely sleep-in and breakfast it’s time to pack- up and transfer to the airport for departure. 42 miceAsia.net