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.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Penang_Hop_On_Hop_Off_Bus.jpg, The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route)  Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.
The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

ticket prices:

Adults:
24 Hours Ticket:  RM45 (Malaysian: RM19)
48 Hours Ticket: RM79 (Malaysian: RM32)

Child (5-12 years), Students, Disabled:
24 Hours Ticket:  RM19 (Malaysian: RM12)
48 Hours Ticket: RM32 (Malaysian: RM20)
children below 5 years old free of charge

Hotline: 1-800-88-5546

  • tickets can be purchased on the bus
  • 22 stops on 2 routes
  • intervall between buses: 20 - 30min
  • operating hours: 9am - 8pm

City Route

01 - Gurney Drive (Interchange to Beach Route)
02 - Botanical Garden
03 - Penang Hill
04 - Kek Lok Si
05 - Times Square
06 - Komtar
07 - Chowrasta
08 - Unesco Heritage
09 - Clan Jetties
10 - Cruise
11 - St. George
12 - Blue Mansion
13 - Kelawei

Beach Route

14 - Straits Quay
15 - Flamingo
16 - Miami Beach
17 - Holiday Inn
18 - Hard Rock
19 - Tropical Spice
20 - National Park
21 - Entopia
22 - Taman Rimba

 

Links:

official website
facebook page


Penang Hop-on Hop-off Route and Bus Stop map
Maps of routes and bus stops (click to enlarge)

 


Bus Stop 01 (Gurney Drive), Interchange for City and Beach Route image: Google Street View

 

City Route Bus
City Route bus

map and location of Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus



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