Faces of
Malaysia
Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Long-distance Buses

With only 2 (slow) train lines in the country, intercity travel in Malaysia is almost entirely relies on buses. Roads in Malaysia are good and so are most of the buses so that makes bus travel a good and comfortable option to get to your next destination.

bus malaysia

 

Types of buses
There are economy buses with 4 seats per row (2 x 2), some of the new buses now are the double-decker types. The other type are the "VIP" buses with 3 seats per row (2 x 1) and a bit more leg space. VIP buses cost a few ringgit more than economy buses but are worth it on long journeys. Some companies like Aeroline also offer Super VIP buses with airplane like services like in-seat monitors, meals and drinks.

VIP bus
inside a VIP bus


Air-Conditioning
Be aware that the air-con is usually very cold in the buses (especially on a night-bus or during rain), so it is recommended to wear long paints and sleeves as well as proper shoes or socks to be comfortable on longer journeys.


Online Booking
Most of the bus companies offer online booking of their bus tickets now which is a convinient way to get the tickets and select the seats. Find links to online booking of some of the most common bus connections here our use the search box below for more options.

Singapore - Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
Singapore - Melaka Melaka - Singapore
Kuala Lumpur - Melaka Melaka - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Penang Penang - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Hatyai (Thailand) Hatyai (Thailand) - Kuala Lumpur
Penang - Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands - Penang
Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara Taman Negara - Kuala Lumpur

 

VIP bus
a VIP bus with a slightly different colour concept


view from bus
typical view from bus (route KL - Singapore)


palm oil estate
palm oil estates are also a very common sight as you travel across Malaysia

 




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