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TRAVEL GUIDE & ADVICEBus to Malaysia
Buses / coaches into Malaysia (KL / Malacca) run from Brunei, Indonesian Borneo, Singapore and Thailand. Please see the relevant c... moreMalaysia overview
A former British colony, Malaysia, as the rising star of South-East Asia, neighbored with Thailand in the west, Singapore in the S... moreTaiwan Climate
Located in the subtropical climate zone, Taiwan enjoys warm weather all year round. The weather is fluctuated during spring... moreTaiwan Overview
Ilha Formosa – Beautiful Island. This is what a group of Portuguese sailors uttered upon seeing T... more
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TRAVELER HOTEL REVIEWSHermes Athens [1 Reviews]
Location is perfect for tourists - cafes, restaurants, shopping in and around Plaka, close to underground stations (very... moreRocks Resort Currumbin Be [1 Reviews]
We booked this hotel on the hotel's website, why we chose this hotel it was because this hotel was located in the Macau ... moreAsakusa View [1 Reviews]
The Asakusa View hotel is located right in the heart of Asakusa, one of the oldest and most charming areas of Tokyo whic... moreHilton Amsterdam [1 Reviews]
It's true, the hotel is old, but I believe they made a good effort at keeping it clean and somewhat up to date. The room... more
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Australia spans three time zones:
GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania).
GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory).
GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum).
Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer.
7,686,850 sq km (2,967,909 sq miles).
21.2 million (official estimate 2007).
2.8 per sq km.
Canberra. Population: 323,700 (2007).
Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901.
Head of State
HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Michael Jeffery since 2003.
Head of Governmen
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd since 2007. All individual states and territories have their own autonomous legislative, executive and judicial systems (though certain powers remain under the jurisdiction of the federal government).
The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages.
27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions.
220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels.
A largely informal atmosphere prevails; shaking hands is the customary greeting. Casual wear is worn everywhere except in the most exclusive restaurants, social gatherings and important business meetings. Most restaurants forbid smoking. Australians can be socially conservative compared to some European cultures, and most resemble Canadians or New Zealanders in their political outlook. They tend to be relaxed in their religious observance. While the mythic Australian sense egalitarianism has declined in economic terms, modes of address still tend to be casual and familiar compared to some other cultures. Most Australians irrespective of socioeconomic status will tend to address you by your first name and will expect that you do the same to them.