Faces of
Malaysia
Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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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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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