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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Putra Bus Terminal (Hentian Putra)

address: 45 Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur - near PWTC - Tel: 03 4042 9530
waiting-area-Putra-Bus-Terminal-Kuala-Lumpur2.jpg, Former Bus Terminal located just north of the city centre (near PWTC) serving destination to the east coast. Putra Bus Terminal ceased operations on Dec 1, 2014.
waiting area at the Terminal
Former Bus Terminal located just north of the city centre (near PWTC) serving destination to the east coast. Putra Bus Terminal ceased operations on Dec 1, 2014.

Putra Bus Terminal is closed!!!

As of December 2014, the terminal was shut down and most of it's operations was moved to the new TBS Terminal in the south of KL. Some east-bound buses also leave from the smaller Pekeliling Bus Station in Chow Kit.

The old and rather run-down Putra terminal was closed down due various issues such as traffic congestions in the vicinity of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and the activities of touts.

 

Bus Terminal served destinations to the east coast like Kota Bahru, Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Besut (jetty to Perhentian Islands).

After the TBS bus terminal starting operating in 2012 (serving south-bound destinations) and the renovated Puduraya bus terminal (serving north-bound destinations), Hentian Putra was third main bus terminal. Putra Bus Terminal served destination to the east coast like Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bahru and Kuala Besut / Jerteh (ferry to Perhentian Islands). The terminal could be reached by an elevated pedestrian bridge from the nearby PWTC LRT station. The LRT (Ampang Line) was  the most convinient way to get to the bus terminal from the city centre (5min walk). Another option is the take KTM commuter train which stops opposite of the bus terminal.

How to get to Putra Bus Terminal
The bus terminal was located just north of the city center close to PWTC, The Mall and the Chow Kit area.
The closest LRT station is "PWTC" on the Ampang Line. It is located about 500m walk from Putra Bus Terminal, a pedestrian bridge and covered walkway connects both stations. The "Putra" Komuter station is also only 500m away.
 

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Putra Bus Terminal
view of the bus terminal from the pedestrian bridge (on the right the UMNO headquarter tower which is a giant video screen)


pedestrian bridge, Putra Bus Terminal
pedestrian bridge connection Putra Bus Terminal with "PWTC" LRT station and PWTC convention centre (left) and The Mall (right)


ticket counters, Putra Bus Terminal
ticket counters (Ekspres Tasik Kenyir, Darul Naim Ekspres, Konsortium Bas Expres Semenanjung)


ticket counters, Putra Bus Terminal
ticket counters (Sani Express, Cepat Ekspres, Ekspres Perdana, Utama Ekspres)



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