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A local SIM card for travellers like us

Image Have you ever wished that you could just call back home and share your travel stories with your friends and family? When I travelled to Vietnam early this year, I realised how important a SIM card is to me. Having Internet data was the most important thing for me when I travelled abroad because with it, I can keep in touch with my friends and family. I tell them lots of stories – basically, I talked to them about my travel experiences and how Vietnam was like when I came over to the country. The first thing I did after I passed through the immigration checkpoint was buying a SIM card. I chose Vinaphone SIM card. I got it along with my taxi ticket at the Ho Chi Minh International Airport. I had to face language barrier as I didn”t have any Vietnam language basics. The salesgirls who entertained me were also not very fluent at speaking English. Despite the language problem, I managed to get myself what I wanted and left right after.


Waiting for the taxi was another different story. I got a bit annoyed by everyone because they were impatient. There was a young lady who was responsible to calm everyone down – telling them that the taxi will arrive soon. Some of the travellers were already showing faces to her. Poor girl. I had to wait for quite sometime before I got myself a taxi ride. My hotel wasn’t far from the airport. Thank God. It only took me about 15 minutes before I arrived at my destination.


I checked in at Hon En Hotel – a boutique hotel in Go Vap District. I won’t recommend this hotel to travellers who are planning to stay for a long period of time as it is very far from the city centre. If you had a travel buddy, you can really save up on taxi fare. I didn’t regret for staying at the hotel tho. I just wished that I have tried some other hotels during the rest of my days in Ho Chi Minh. Travelling alone from Go Vap to the city centre was very expensive for me (especially when you had to face dishonest taxi drivers). I was quite depressed for awhile. I felt a little lonely.Ā Luckily, I had a SIM card with me. So, I sent some messages to a friend of mine who is currently living in Ho Chi Minh. His name was Chris and he is from Singapore. Chris and I met up for dinner and he showed me around. He gave me plenty of travel tips too. He also guided me on how to activate Internet data on my SIM card. I can’t believe how cheap Internet data was in Vietnam! I only used up Internet data when I was out from my hotel room. Whenever I stayed in my hotel room, I would use the WiFi instead – the connection was really good!

2 days before I flew back to my country, I felt like my days in Ho Chi Minh was getting a little boring. I would have gone to other places in Vietnam such as Da nang, Na Thrang, etc. However, I had to just explore the places nearby instead due to insufficient funds and very limited time. I was going through some emotional breakdowns (probably due to loneliness as this was my first time travelling alone). I don’t normally travel alone, but I told myself “Why not give it a shot?”. I was not scared when I travelled by my own. I just thought that it would be more exciting if I had a friend with me. I called up my friends via Skype (thanks to good WiFi) and told them about my likings and dislikes of the country. I would love to come back to Vietnam again if I had the chance, but hopefully with a travel friend. Some of my friends suggested me to hangout at the backpackers streets. I did. I went there yet I was not very comfortable hanging out with new people all by myself. I guess my trip to Vietnam was indeed memorable due to the hardship (my 2nd time should be better).

Vietnam has lots of nice people who would help you if you need one. But, it is advisable for any solo traveller to always stay alert and calm. Don’t trust strangers before you really get to know them better! As for me, I met really nice friends while I was in Vietnam. Thank God! šŸ™‚ Because I was travelling alone the whole time, I felt a little bored as I didn’t have anyone to talk to. Thanks to my mobile phone + Internet data, I was able to talk to my friends on just about anything! Few hours before I left Vietnam, I had some difficulties at the airport. I wasn’t sure where to print out my boarding pass. I then realised that there was no boarding pass printing machine at the airport! I was a little upset because the lady who was suppose to entertained me did not bother to help me out with my problem. When a Vietnamese guy came and asked for help, she quickly entertained him and after she helped him out, she then said to me “Hi, how can I help you?” , with a smile on her face. At that time, I just felt like yelling at her and asked her why was she behaving that way. I thought that she probably didn’t want to entertained me because of language barrier, but I then realised that she could speak English all along! I panicked when she didn’t want to entertain me, so I had to text Chris to ask him about the boarding pass printing machine. Upon my return, I sighed and told my friends all my stories – it was a pretty challenging week. Language barrier is a big problem for me when I went to Vietnam. Perhaps I should learn some Vietnamese basics. I can’t expect everyone to speak English after all.

Learning other languages is also a very good and useful effort. I realised that communication is really important when I travel abroad. I am not sure if you all think the same way as I do; I just knew from the veryĀ beginning that I am the kind of person that needs to always stay connected with the world.

There is a travel SIM card that can help travellers like me to skip all the hassles that I went through while I was in Vietnam. Visit I personally like the product and I believe that this product will work well for me. I like to plan before I travel. With this product, I can book my local SIM card before I travel and have my overseas mobile number in advance. I can also top up online and if I have any problems with regards to the service, I can always call its customer support. LocalSIMKad Vietnam is powered by Viettel. I may have chosen Vinaphone on my first visit, but trust me, I’ll pick LocalSIMKad the next time I come over to Vietnam! To find out more, visit

ImageDrop me an ink if you have any questions to ask. Cheers! šŸ™‚


Your roaming solution in South Africa has officially launched its brand new destination, LocalSIMKadā„¢ South Africa yesterday. It is now available on, a booking platform for global travellers to book LocalSIMKadā„¢.

With the new country on board, the team hopes to expand its business to more countries in the future, followed by its upcoming product, International Call Easy (ICE).

For those who are still unclear about LocalSIMKadā„¢, it is another roaming solution that travellers are encouraged to try if they wish to save more on roaming charges. The product may be new, but it has received positive responds after the past few months. Demands are increasing, so is the number of countries offered by

Some of the things you should know about Jounieh, Lebanon

Jounieh (Arabic Ų¬ŁˆŁ†ŁŠŁ‡, or Junia, Ų¬ŁˆŁ†ŁŠŲ©) is a coastal city which is located about 16 km north of Beirut, Lebanon. It is well known for its seaside resorts and also bustling nightlife, as well as its old stone souk, ferry port, and a cable car that takes passengers up the mountain to the infamous shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa. There is a small hill named BkerkĆ© above Jounieh and not far from there stands the Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church.

For your information, the residents of Jounieh and the surrounding towns are amongst Christian Maronites, making Jounieh the largest Christian Maronite city in the world. If you do visit Jounieh, don’t forget to stop by the bay of Jounieh, which is considered to be the most beautiful bay in Lebanon.

Coming to Jounieh? Make sure you have a comfortable stay while you are there. Here is a list of some of the hotels in Jounieh that you can check in:

1. Ā  Ā  Ā Reston Hotel

This hotel offers a high quality service and it is a harmony between the romantic and the luxurious. In fact, this four stars hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area.

What it offers:

24h Front Desk and concierge, Free Wireless Internet in lounge, 24h Room service, Daily housekeeping, Airport pick-up and drop off facilities, Taxi service, Tour operator, Car rental, Laundry and Dry cleaning service, Breakfast area, International Restaurant and Banqueting facilities.

2. Ā  Ā  Ā Aquarim Hotel

This hotel is ready to offer you both luxury and comfort. Located in the heart of Jounieh, the Aquarium Hotel is just a short distant away from the popular shopping areas, attractive tourist sites and nightlife entertainment places.

What’s hot here?

Aquarium Hotel offers you a beautiful pool, which is located by the sea. Sit tight and relax!

Churchill Rooftop Pub/Restaurant that offers you excellent food and beverages, so you can get together with your friends and family at night after your tiring exploration around the city.

3.Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā  Madisson Hotel

Located 100 meters away from the sea-shore and just 3 kilometres from the Casino du Liban, this hotel offers you nothing but convenience and comfort during your visit to Jounieh. It is also 20 minutes from downtown Beirut. What’s cool about this hotel is that you don’t have to worry about finding a parking each time you come for a visit.Ā 


Fitness centre, Jacuzzi, Sauna, etc


Horse riding, Scuba diving, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Hiking, etc

LocalSIMKadā„¢ Malaysia User Experience: From a satisfied customerā€™s point of view

I had a one day trip to KL, with LocalSIMKadā„¢ Malaysia in hand. Now that I am back in Singapore, I could share my travel experience with all smart travellers out there. Overall, I am very impressed with LocalSIMKadā„¢ front line staff.

Well, after I booked myself a LocalSIMKadā„¢ and got my voucher, I changed my flight. I called and I must admit that it was fuss-free; there was no waiting time. They jotted down my details. Then, I was informed by one of the LocalSIMKadā„¢ staffs about my Singapore mobile number. Everything went just fine. My LocalSIMKadā„¢ Malaysia was ready for collection in the morning.

I had difficulties in finding the infamous ā€œPink Boothā€. I thought that Iā€™ll never find it until I received a call from! I was happy and relieved. In fact, the staff who spoke to me was very kind. He walked all the way out and passed the LocalSIMKadā„¢ to me.

Generally, I had the feeling that the team was very helpful and reliable. This is very important to me. Using the service was not difficult at all. Itā€™s really easy. Unfortunately, I could not fit it into my Iphone 4. Therefore, I did not get the chance to try Data roaming.

In short, Iā€™ll definitely recommend this product to my friends and family! I also liked the brochure that came along with the LocalSIMKadā„¢ package. Nice!

Anyway, keep up the friendly service. It builds customer loyalty. Thank you!

LocalSIMKadā„¢ Saudi Arabia User Experience: From a satisfied customer’s point of view


First of all, Alhamdulilah for the service offered by LocalSIMKadā„¢ as I find it to be very convenient and hassle-free, although I personally think that it could have been a lot better if English was the language used on the home screen instead of Arabic.

Secondly, in term of top up, it was easy for me to reload my SIM card as there were plenty of STC counters around the Holy land.

Overall, I was very satisfied with the service. I recommend this useful service to those who wish to stay connected with their loved ones whenever travelling to the Holy land. Keep up the good work! Thank you LocalSIMKadā„¢ ! šŸ™‚

Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Are you a budget traveller travelling to Kuala Lumpur? If you are, perhaps you should take a look at some of these budget hotels listed here. These hotels offer good deals and you can always choose the one that suits your preference best.

(i)Casavilla Travellers Lodge

Located in KL, this hotel offers spectacular night views of the Bukit Bintang area and its famous Bintang Walk. Since it is close to the local shopping malls such as Berjaya Times Square and Sungai Wang, travellers get to enjoy shopping as long as they want. You donā€™t even have to take a taxi; you can just walk to the malls and the cityā€™s wonderful attractions. The infamous Kuala Lumpur Convention and Exhibition Centre (KLCC), Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower are also nearby, so be sure not to miss them. If you need the night clubs to spice up your adventure, the Vegas Club and Rootz KL are just around the corner! There are plenty of rooms offered by the Casavilla Travellers Lodge and price range is from as low as RM40 to RM150 per night.Ā 

(ii)Green Hut Lodge

Located in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, the Green Hut Lodge is a walking distance from the beautiful Petronas Towers, Chinatown and night clubs. There are also 24 hours convenience stores that you can always walk into anytime, just in case you need to grab a can of beer, phone card reload or sanitary pad. The hotel makes a good place for travellers between 18 to 45 years old. It is cosy, safe and secured with 24 hours CCTV surveillance.

(iii) LaComme Inn

Located in Bukit Bintang, this budget hotel provides you with reliable facilities and convenience to go shopping as it is close to the cityā€™s shopping complexes. The train stations such as the LRT and Monorail are also nearby so you can always hop on to any in order to get around the city economically; well, at least it is much better and cheaper than taking a taxi.

For more deals on budget hotels, visit this link

Get yourself a binocular!


Some travellers prefer to take a binocular with them in order to enjoy beautiful scenery, especially from the top of the mountain. Binoculars are a pair of mirror-symmetrical telescopes mounted side-by-side and aligned to point accurately in the same direction that enable viewers to use both eyes when viewing objects from a far distance.

If you are planning to go up the mountain or probably watch a concert at the city of travel, take it with you to get a clearer view!


Travel with cash in hand


When travelling abroad, itā€™s best to get your money changed first! The easiest is the American dollar as they are widely accepted around the world. Do check out for the local money changers too, as well as the operation hours, just in case if you need to change more cash. Credits are of course the most useful, as they like to say ā€œBuy first, pay laterā€; so you donā€™t have to bring too much money with you when travelling abroad. Bear in mind that coins would also come in handy, especially when you choose to travel on public transportations such as public buses.

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