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Bus ride to Kuala Lumpur from Penang

Kuala Lumpur which is one of the most popular cities of Malaysia and also its capital. It is considered to be the cultural hub with huge skyscrapers on one side and futurustic shopping malls on the other, Kuala Lumpur is definitely a must visit. With thriving night clubs all along the street it will not be an exaggeration to say that Kuala Lumpur has its very own night life. It is considered to be an enclave within the state of Selangor. Kuala Lumpur is also quite famous for its street food all over the world . The food here is considered to be a vibrant mix of Malay, Thai and Chinese food. The use of spices and ingredients that are used in the dishes is quite mind blowing. Kuala Lumpur is basically quite different from other asian countries when it comes to shopping and night life of the city. By 10:00 pm the city is ready for action.

 

The night clubs are completely alive with DJ’s spinning music and some of the best alcoholic offerings. The scene continues till the wee hours of the morning where as malls like Pavillion and Surya KLCC which are home to international brands and shopping centres like Low Yat Plaza. If you are looking for some places to spend your money well you can also visit the Time Square Mall. The local people in Kuala Lumpur are quite helpful. I recommend you to stay either in Puduraya or Bukit Bintang in order to cover the entire city. Since it is a metropolitan city you should not expect much when it comes to cleanliness. Also make sure to visit Genting highlands which is at a height of about 5000 feet.

 

All the places in this city are well connected by Bus and I dont recommend you to drive around the city as it might turn out to be quite strenous. Make sure to visit places like the Petronous Twin Tower, the Rootz Dance Club, KL Tower and the famous Batu Caves. During your time in Kuala Lumpur you can stay at Budget Hotels like Cozy White and the Paper Plain Hostels. The best time to visit this city is between the months of December to February and May to August. After my stay at Kuala Lumpur had come to an end it was time to visit my next destination which was Penang.

 

I had multiple options like Bus, train and air to travel to this beautiful city. However, based on the recommendation of a colleague, I chose to travel by Bus. I had booked my bus tickets through  Redbus.my and the mobile tickets were on my phone within minutes. As per the website there are more than 8 Operators plying on this route. Etika Express, KPB Express, Plus Liner, Pacific Express, Konsortium, Intercity Coach, Nise Express and Trans Nasional were the executive coach Operators. There were buses from 12:00 am to 11:00 pm through out the day. The cost of a single ticket started from MYR35 which I found to be quite affordable. My journey to Pennang was quite comfortable and I would certainly recommend a Bus journey for any body.

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Best activities to engage in George Town: Take a Bus!

George Town is considered one of the most pedestrian cities with a well-planned series of roads and paths connecting one end of Penang’s capital to the other. This is one place where lots of random goodness has been mixed together to ultimately form a city that is quite vibrant and colourful. The walls are decorated with age-old art. There are several century old temples which are a must visit here. Only in a single glance, you will realise that the city has a wealth of creativity and lots of dedication to preserve the islands colonial heritage. Evidence of this can be found just about everywhere.

 

The best way to reach Penang is by Bus if you are travelling from Singapore. Based on my experiences in the past I had booked my bus tickets from  Redbus.my  As per the website there were 2 Operators plying on this route which were Seasons Express and the Star Mart Express. Both of these Operators ply the Executive class of Buses with fares starting upwards of SGD45 going up all the way up to SGD55. It is during the week days that the fares are as low as SGD45 and during the weekends the fares are hiked. There are more than 12 buses plying throughout the day starting from 10:00 am in the morning till 11:00 pm in the night. The duration of the journey is about 10 hours. However, if you leave during the non-peak hours you can reach your destination within 8 to 9 hours. I had booked my bus tickets through Starmart Express and the Operator was quite punctual.

 

Visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion: This mansion is considered one of Penang’s most prominent attractions that is standing tall right from the 1880s’. It is only recently in the year 1990 that the Mansion has been completely restored and has been converted into a Boutique Heritage Hotel. It has even featured in some international French films. The hotel houses about 38 rooms with completely timber made windows, 5 courtyards that have been paved with Granite. If you want to explore this heritage site cum hotel you can book a one hour guided tour or you can even spend one night here.

 

Clam Jetties: Located in Lebuh Chulia the Clam Jetties are basically a series of 6 jetties that form a part of the Penang heritage train. The Jetties are located quite close to the Penang Ferry Terminal with the entrance located through a temple on the quay side. One of the locals told me that none of the families residing here pay any kind of tax as they technically do not live on the land of the country but they live on the waters.



Kuan Yin Temple: It is considered to be one of the oldest temples of Penang which was built in the year 1728 at a cost of 4000 Spanish dollars. It was built by the early immigrant settlers from China in honour of the Chinese goddess of mercy.

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Must visit French restaurants when in Malaysia

Think French cuisine, clean, sophisticated plates of vibrant flavors and colors fill your mind. French food is all of that and more. It is difficult to not imagine yourself sipping white wine in a cafe on a cobbled Parisian street, no matter where in the world it is that you are tucking into some heavenly French food.  


Traveling to and from Kuala Lumpur is made easy by the number of express buses that take you destination quite conveniently. You can book these bus tickets online from a recommendable portal called redbus Malaysia.


These two restaurants in Kuala Lumpur will suffice your list irrespective of whether you love the cuisine or not.


Lafite: This restaurant tops the list for fine dining restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. its tranquil and warm lighting lift the delicate French dishes to another level altogether. And you have an extensively wide array of wines to choose from to complement your dinner. Signature dishes that you must definitely try include crayfish spaghetti timbale and fresh oysters and smoked salmon. It is known for the best wine and dine experiences. The place has an extensive range of wines and champagnes from all over the world. Every dining experience that the restaurant has to offer is tailored to your needs. I tried some of the freshest seasonal produce of Europe and the different flavors of it were just mouthwatering. The place is open from 12 noon to 3 PM in the afternoon and 7 PM to 10:30 PM.

 

 

Bistro a Table: It doesn’t get more classic French than this. It may not be a fine-dine place, but the homeliness of the place will transport you to Paris in an instant. The coddled maple syrup egg is a comfort food you will begin to yearn for at every other place you visit. The interiors are quite warm and cozy ensuring complete relaxation. The waiters are always around and are quite attentive.

 

 

 

Maison Francaise: Set in a converted three-storey mansion along Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Maison Francaise (French House) is a French fine-dining restaurant with a romantic, vintage feel. With a classic Rolls Royce parked on the driveway out front and an interior design of white walls, terrazzo floors, modern crystal chandeliers and white tablecloth-covered tables, the decor is indisputably classy. I was here for brunch and it was quite exquisite with fresh oysters. The background music is always calm and soothing allowing you to have your meal in peace. The lighting is just right and subtle. The restaurant is more focused on the food before anything else. The kitchen is visible from a see-through glass.


It is separated into three areas: a private cigar lounge, main dining hall with a patio and an al fresco dining section surrounding a swimming pool. Heading the kitchen is executive chef Franck Lamache, who used to work in Les Ambassadors and Le Taillevent – Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. Serving French food (with an emphasis on southern French dishes) the food is without a doubt tasty.




 

 


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Traveling to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Bahru by bus

Johor Bahru is famously known as the Gateway to Singapore. However, the growth in tourism the city has seen a lot of stardom with shining skyscrapers and entertaining amusement parks. The nightlife of this city is completely lit with lights and attracts many tourists all-round the year in its vicinity. Signature landmarks like Lego Land, Johor Zoo and the famous angry bird activity park sees thousands of visitors in a single day. These places prove to be ideal when you are visiting them with your family and kids.


There is literally no end to cultural attractions in this beautiful city and it would take more than a day to explore these attractions. In 2008, the UNESCO termed this city as a world heritage site – thanks to the numerous attractions it has to offer. It is considered one of the largest city in Malaysia with a population of more than 2.7 million people. Some decent projects have claimed to transform Johor Bahru into a biggest financial centre of Malaysia in the coming years. There are about 16 million tourists visiting the city annually. Two bridges with the neighbouring country of Singapore connect the city. The Singaporeans consider Johor Bahru as one of the cheapest places to shop at.


Tourism has been booming in this city in the recent years and this is precisely because of its close proximity to Kuala Lumpur. This is the reason why I headed to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Bahru.  I looked up for this website called redbus.my to book my tickets to Kuala Lumpur. The bus booking experience was quite smooth and fast.  


There are about 4 Operators plying on the route between Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. The City Express Operator, KBES, Causeway Link and Mayang Sari Express are the most famous Operators that provide bus services on this route. The City Express has about 4 buses plying throughout the day right from 12:30 midnight to 11:10 am in the morning. The total duration of the journey is about 4 and a half hours. However, if you leave during the night you should definitely complete your journey within 3 hours.  I generally sleep late at night so I booked the 2:00 am bus and I was in Kuala Lumpur by 5:00 am in the morning. The cost of the tickets start from MYR34 and go up all the way to MYR50 depending upon the class of Bus you book.

 

Another Operator that plies on this route is the KBES Operator, which has about 2 buses plying throughout the day – first one at 7:30 am and the other at 6:30 pm. I did not book tickets with this Operator as both the times, I was sure to encounter plenty of traffic on the road.  Mayang Sari Express and Causeway Link are the only two luxury Bus Operators plying between the two cities. The prices are a little on the higher side but that is justified with the services that they have to offer.

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Things that make Sabah a must visit

Tiny in size, Sabah packs quite a punch with its gazillions of natural treats that will leave you feeling as though you have walked into paradise, as it was when the earth was first formed.

Travelling to Sabah is made easier by the fact that express buses now ply to major towns in Borneo. These express buses are also the most convenient option when it comes to travelling through the country, and you can book the tickets online as well, making life easier for you. Just refer to redbus for more information related to bus booking.

Jungles and parks teeming with the wild, mountains jutting out proudly against the skyline, welcoming diving sites—I give you five reasons to why Sabah is a natural paradise.

  1. Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary: Around 300 wild monkeys reside here, the proboscis monkey found only in Borneo.

  2. Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre: The smallest bears ever, watch them up close from an elevated viewing area or grab a telescope for further examination as you watch these beauties live in action in the wild.

  3. Tambunan Rafflesia Reserve: This Park is dedicated entirely to the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, and the 12 species found here are native only to Borneo and Sumatra.

  4. Tawau Hills Park: A park replete with natural trails that will take you on a tour that crosses the Sungai Tawau stream, Bukit Gelas Falls, 11 hot springs and many such wonders. The park is home to numerous plants and animals species that are justbeautiful to watch. There are several low land orchids here but the one that I found to be the most spectacular was the elephant’s ear orchid. It is home to an abundant selection of flora and fauna and serves as oone of the best places if you are visiting with your friends and family. The plush greenery has made this one of the perfect places for a picnic or a hangout. If you are one of those who enjoy camping, the management allows you to spend a night here in the camps under a blanket of stars.

  1. Mt Kinabalu: This one needs no introduction. Its wild granite spherical peaks at 4,095 m above sea level, glinting in the morning sun, is a remarkable sight. The climb to the top of Mount Kinabalu is definitely exhausting but once you reach the top you feel quite rewarding. The mountain has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Sabah culture is diverse due to a wide range of different ethnicity. In the coastal areas, the Bruneian Malays and West Coast Bajaus have influenced Sabahan culture on the west coast side while in the east coast either East Coast Bajau, Bugis or Suluk cultures influence it with Islam being the important part of their lives. Christianity plays an important part to the indigenous cultures in the interior side in the daily lives of the Kadazan-Dusun,Lundayeh, Murut and Rungus beside their old practice of the traditional Animism and Paganism.

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Top places to stay at in Chow Kit, Malaysia

Chow Kit is an atmospheric, localized area of Kuala Lumpur city Centre, filled with rows and rows of long-established retail outlets specializing in wholesale goods. While it is best known for its daily market, called Bundle Chow Kit by locals, Chow Kit also houses a number of prized local restaurants as well as sightseeing opportunities including Southeast Asia’s largest Sikh temple. Accommodation options here are limited to mid-range and budget hotels, but this unassuming section of Kuala Lumpur is well worth a visit if you are travelling on a modest budget and looking to get a taste of local city life.


Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from www.redbus.my .


Sunway Putra Hotel


Sunway Putra Hotel is located opposite the Putra World Trade Centre which is within the city's main commercial district. The hotel is equipped with modern rooms and suites that have been quite elegantly furnished and come equipped with a flat screen TV, a mini bar as well as a tea and coffee maker.


Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur features 618 guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Chow Kit and Kuala Lumpur city centre. This four-star property is linked to a shopping mall of the same name, offering a wide range of dining, entertainment and dining options. Fitted with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and Kuala Lumpur city, guests staying at the Club room can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, all-day non-alcoholic beverages, and evening cocktails at the Club lounge. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle services to prominent KL districts such as Bukit Bintang and KLCC while the Putra LRT station is a five-minute walk away. Onsite facilities include three restaurants, with Gen serving a wide range of Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. There’s also a fitness centre and a 25-metre long swimming pool with attached kid's pool and Jacuzzi.

The Ttanz Hotel


The TTanz Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a budget boutique hotel with 130 air-conditioned guestrooms and suites as well as an onsite Chinese restaurant, sky lounge, and fitness and spa centre. This property is a five-minute walk from Bazaar Baru Chow Kit, where travellers can find a wide range of local offerings at affordable prices. Ranging in size from 25sqm to 45sqm, rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and electric kettle, with ironing facilities available upon request.


Guests can rejuvenate at the fitness centre that has state of the art selection of fitness equipments.  Alternatively you can also take a dip at the 25 metre long outdoor pool. There is also a coffee house located within the hotel which serves authentic local dishes as well as signature Asian and Chinese cuisines.wever, I would recommend you to try out the tasty Western dishes. Other dining options within the hotel include Japanese food at the Gen Restaurant. The other hotel being the Atrium Lounge which serves a variety of coffes and pastries amidst a relaxed setting.


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When in Malaysia Le Meridien a must visit

The hotel is at a 10 minute distance by road from Kuala Lumpur’s Golden triangle and is easily reachable by bus. The golden triangle is the best place to reach all major and significant landmarks of Malaysia within minutes. Traveling to the golden triangle by bus will surely cut down a lot on your traveling costs as bus travel is cheap.

You can extend your holiday budget somewhat further!  It is right at the centre of the city and features large and modern rooms equipped with basic facilities like free fast Wi-Fi and coffee vending machines. It has 4 different dining options to choose from. The hotel also has an outdoor pool where you can also have your dinner. If you are looking forward to shopping after you have relaxed, then the Sentral mall is close by. You can board the hop on hop off bus, tickets for which can be booked online from redbus Another mall that is close by is the Mid Valley Shopping Mall. It is just at a distance of 1 km from Sentral mall.  I personally recommend you to travel by bus as it will only cost you anywhere between RM10 to RM20. Besides, the taxi operators here have a nasty habit of overcharging! Malaysia is quite famous for its extensive road network and has set a benchmark for the entire world. The bus network here is extremely strong and is known for its punctuality! The bus transit system promises point to point travel to most of the important landmarks of Malaysia and at cheap rates. This has encouraged the local and the tourists to opt for bus travel and do away with the menace of the taxi operators!


The Malaysian handicraft is located at a 7 km distance from the Pavilion Shopping Mall. A taxi ride wil set you back by RM90 to RM95 whereas by bus it will only cost you somewhere around RM10! Why spend more money on taxis when you can travel at the same pace and infact more comfortably in a bus?

Coming back to the hotel, each and every room of this hotel offers a panoramic & picturesque view of the city. The check-in time here starts at 3PM & the check – out timer is at 12. You can select from a wide rand of rooms like the super double room, the deluxe double, premier double, club double. Standing tall at 35 storeys, Le Meridien is a 5 star premier and luxurious hotel.

 

The hotels location is considered to be the city’s transport hub. The interior decor of the hotel has lots of brass and mirrors & also have a minimalist style and extends a homely feeling to its guests. The hotel has become a famous hotspot - thanks to the 2 award winning restaurants that are housed here.If you are looking forward to have a meet with your business colleagues, the hotel has 14 meeting rooms, a state of the art conference centre, and a business centre.

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Reaching top 2 shopping destinations in Langkawi, Malaysia by bus

Shopping in Langkawi is duty free and hence you can stock up on items like sports shoes, perfumes, cooking utensils, clothes, accessories, watches and sunglasses. There is definitely no doubt, as to why the locals call this place a shopper’s paradise. You can buy handmade souvenirs for friends and family back home. You can purchase authentic Batik and Songket prints at dirt-cheap rates. If you are one of those, who loves bargaining this is the perfect place for you. Everything from Batik prints, souvenirs and alcohol is tax-free. Shopping is the only reason why most of the people visit Langkawi. If you want to have a high shopping budget, you need to save on your travel expenses. You can do so by travelling by bus everywhere as the fares are real time and economic. 

 

Malaysia surely has many reasons to boast about their strategically planned road networks. The road planning is such that you can reach every nook and corner of the city without having to change your mode of transport frequently. You can just board a bus and reach your destination without any interchange of buses. Apart from this, the punctuality and low fares of the bus transit system has encouraged people to leave their own cars back at home. These buses have their own tracking system and there is no need to wait at the bus stop either. You can travel carefree without your wallets thanks to redbus.my, which will let you book your bus tickets online. So next time you plan on going somewhere open your redbus app, book your tickets and zip through the city conveniently and hassle free. The website also rewards you via discounts and cashback offers!

 

You can reach both these shopping malls by boarding the ‘Hop on Hop Off’ Bus that will take you off directly at the entrances of these malls. Therefore, it is going to be completely light on your pockets as shopping is duty free and travel by bus is cheap. 

 

Teow Soon Huat Duty Free Shopping

 

It is one of the most popular menus in Padang Matsirat area. A huge duty free shopping centre houses more than 60 outlets and 12 restaurants. There is also a super market here where you can buy daily essentials at dirt-cheap rates without any taxes. All items like apparel, luggage, bags, liquor, cakes and groceries are specially priced. If you are lucky, you can grab them at discounts as high as 70 percent. Chocolate lovers will see this place as a paradise as it houses local as well as international brands with rates 60 percent lower compared to markets outside. However, the only catch being the products are close to their expiry dates. 

 

 

 

The Zon Shopping Paradise

 

The shopping is a duty free shopping outlet that is located on the southern end of Panpai Cenang. The shopping centre is popular amongst its tourists for its extensive range of beers, whiskies, spirits and wines. You can get bottles for as low as RM50 that is almost 50 percent lesser compared to the markets outside. It also houses chocolate brands with prices upto 40 percent lower. The regular fast food brands like McDonalds and StarBucks have their outlets here so you can grab a quick meal and head to your next shopping destination. If you shop for more thatn Rm200 you can get cashbacks of upto Rm70. 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bus ride to the best rated hotels in Langkawi, Malaysia

Catering to all budget levels and preference, this establishment range from luxury beach resorts for the affluent to modest motels for budget-conscious travelers. The best-ranked Langkawi hotels are also located within the island’s prominent beach towns, where you are not too far away from duty-free stores and shopping malls, lively nightlife spots, and ample eateries. For a great stay experience in Langkawi, read on to find a hotel that best suits your style and budget. 

 

Traveling in Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from redbus.my.

 

 

The Smith House


A great choice for a stay in Kampung Padang Masirat, The Smith House is just 1 mi (1.5 km) from the airport.The restaurant is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, and after having fun at the outdoor pool, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.There's also a children's pool, and rooms offer LED TVs and slippers.

 

The St. Regis Langkawi


The St.Regis Langkawi offers a private beach and gives you access to onsite scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in mani/pedis at the spa. LO’rangerie Signature, one of 3 restaurants, serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.2 bars/lounges and a fitness center are other highlights, and rooms at this luxurious resort offer up nice touches like iPod docks and MP3 docks. Its beach side location is what attracts several locals as well as tourists to the hotel. Featuring several lounge and rest areas, you have the option to choose from a romantic evening at the cabana or enjoy some family time at the drawing room lounge. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with 42 inch led screens. The best part is that the hotel has its own currency exchange service for international travelers within the hotel itself. The property has been rated for offering some of the best views of the city.

 

 

 

The Andaman


 

The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi, is cozy tucked away between a 10 million year old rainforest, the tranquil Datai Bay, and an 8,000-year-old fringing coral reef on the island of Langkawi. This resort represents sophisticated and five star extravagance from the get-go. While the islands many luxury hotels do not come cheap, their surroundings, onsite facilities, rooms and service make them superbly worthwhile, and The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort Langkawi tops this list. Its 178 rooms are a study in cool elegance - think Malay-inspired architecture, furnishings and fixtures, private balconies offering views of the ocean or jungle, a bathroom with a large tub and glass-enclosed rainforest shower. Guests have the option to unwind after a long day with a drink at the onsite bar or at the terrace enjoying the views of the plush green beautiful landscapes.

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