Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Melaka, Malaysia

Melaka Sentral

address: Melaka Sentral, Terminal Pasar Bazaar, Jalan Sentral, 75400 Malacca Town, Melaka, Malaysia - Info Hotline: 06-2881340
Melaka-Sentral-bus-terminal-pasar-bazaar-main-building-panoramio.jpg, Main bus terminal for long distance buses in Melaka located 4km north of the city centre.
main entrance of the bus station
photo by Panoramio user gmbgreg
Main bus terminal for long distance buses in Melaka located 4km north of the city centre.

How to get to and away from Melaka Sentral
The bus terminal is about 4km north of the city centre so you will a taxi or a bus.

Taxi
A taxi costs between RM10 - RM15 (unfortunately, as it is common in Malaysia, Taxi driver refuse to use the meter).

Local Bus No. 17
Melaka Sentral to historic city centre, Mahkota Parade, Melaka Raya, Portugese Settlement
Other than bus #17, you can take any bus this going to Mahkota Parade from the domestic terminal of Melaka Sentral (just beside intercity terminal).

Panorama Melaka Bus
The Panorama Melaka ubs is a Hop-on Hop-off bus that runs on 2 lines (blue and red) to places of interest in Melaka. The blue line stops at Melaka Sentral. The ticket is RM2.
Note that the ticket for single-decker bus of the blue line is only valid for the blue line, while the ticket for double-decker bus of th red line (RM2) can be used for both lines.
Route Map


Long-distance buses
Melaka (Malacca) - Kuala Lumpur
travel time: 2 hours
price: starting at RM13

Melaka (Malacca) - Singapore
travel time: 4 hours
price: starting at RM40


Just next to the bus terminal is Baazar Melaka Sentral (on the satellite map the orange building on the right), a big indoor wet market and shopping complex which is worth a visit while you are there. It is open 24h every day.
 

Links:

Detailed Information on AmazingMelaka.com


buy bus tickets online:


buses outside the station
Transnasional bus arriving from Kuala Lumpur


shopping gallery
the shopping and dining gallery inside the bus terminal

 



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