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Other holidays gone wrong

KELANTAN, MALAYSIA (DECEMBER 2013)

A National University of Singapore student died after falling into a seven-tiered waterfall, said to be one of the highest in South-east Asia.

The 23-year-old had been on a trekking expedition with 22 other participants, who arrived at the top of the waterfall to catch the sunset and the view of the Gunong Stong State Park, in the Malaysian state of Kelantan.

His body was found in the lake below after a search-and-rescue operation was mounted by police, forest rangers and others.

The cause of death was listed as drowning.

MOUNT KAILASH, TIBET (MAY 2012)

Two Singaporeans died on the seventh day of their trip to Mount Kailash in Tibet, after developing altitude sickness at the 5,500m Dolma-la pass, the highest point of their journey.

The group of 10 Singaporeans had been struggling with the steep incline at the pass.

Three members of the group managed to return to the hotel to seek help and the five survivors were rescued.

The eight of them flew back to Singapore the next day.

Mount Kailash, which stands at 6,638m, is considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus, and thousands of pilgrims visit the site every year.

LANCELIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (JULY 2011)

A four-wheel drive tour bus tipped over sand dunes in Lancelin, a town about an hour's drive north of Perth, injuring 19 people on board.

More than 30 Singaporeans were on the bus, on a "dealers' trip" organised by tyre company Bridgestone Singapore as a reward for its distributors.

Six staff members accompanied the dealers on the trip.

The experience was marketed as a thrilling adventure on what was dubbed "the best produced and performing 4WD (four-wheel drive) tour bus in the world".

It later emerged that the driver and tour operator may have lacked the requisite licences and permits for the four-wheel drive vehicle.