Day 6. Malacca, Malaysia’s UNESCO heritage city

We were up bright and early as we didn't want to have to rush our breakfast as we'd arranged to be picked up from the hotel at approximately 8.45 a.m. for a day trip to Malacca.  Although we usually travel independently, getting to Malacca and seeing all the main sights scattered around the city isn't …

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Day 5. Exploring Kuala Lumpur’s Civic District

We slept really well, not waking until our alarm went off at 7.30 a.m. despite the five hour time difference from Qatar.  Breakfast was served in the large, airy restaurant on the first floor, a little too airy perhaps as on future mornings I planned to wear a cardigan!  There was a large variety of …

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Day 4. Qatar Airways Doha to Kuala Lumpur

It was just after 2.00 a.m. when we boarded our Qatar Airways A340-600 flight at Hamad International Airport bound for Kuala Lumpur with a journey time of 7 hours 55 minutes.  Our selected seats of 21A and 21B were situated on the second row of the economy cabin and the seating configuration of 2-4-2 meant …

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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Doha, Qatar

We had taken advantage of the Discover Qatar Programme which is available to passengers who have booked flights with Qatar Airways and can be taken in either direction of travel.  After booking flights it was very easy to add the Discover Qatar programme to our itinerary, with visa free entry being available for over 80 …

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Day 3. Exploring Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl, Doha

We slept until 9.00 a.m. but as we had a long day ahead of us, it didn't matter.  It was so nice to be able to ring for the club car to meet us at the door and take us over to the Al Mirqab Hotel for breakfast on its terrace. As we had enjoyed …

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Day 2. Exploring Doha, Qatar

We had slept like logs in our extremely comfortable bed and ignored the phone alarm at 7.00 a.m. preferring an extra hour in bed.  Finally raising the energy to get up I was brought back to life in the shower which probably had the largest monsoon head that I had ever seen and I lingered …

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Day 1. Doha stopover with Qatar Airways

I had travelled down to London the previous evening where I met my son at the Premier Inn, Gatwick Airport.  This hotel is conveniently located at the north terminal and can be easily accessed from Gatwick Railway Station at the south terminal by means of the inter-terminal shuttle service which takes only two minutes.  It …

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Day 11. A visit to Stanley, Hong Kong

It was our final day in Hong Kong and fortunately it was to be a long one as we had arranged overnight flights back to the U.K. The sun was shining brightly through the large windows of the hotel restaurant as we enjoyed our final breakfast at the IBIS North Point.  Back in our room …

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Day 10. A ferry to Lamma Island, Hong Kong

We woke to yet another bright, sunny morning and after eating breakfast we took the MRT to Central and sped along to ferry pier 4 with just a few minutes to spare before the 10.10 a.m. fast ferry to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island departed. We paid the HK$16 (£1.60) fare using our Octopus …

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Day 9. Visiting the Monastery of 10,000 Buddhas in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

Our plan for the day was to explore places in Hong Kong that we hadn't previously visited. We started off the day with a journey on the MRT to Hong Kong University station (HKU) Exit A. The University of Hong Kong was established in 1911 and is the city's oldest university. It is located on …

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