Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25C and rarely falling below 12C year round. The area is popular for it’s tea plantations and jungle walks.

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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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Jungle Train, head car at the train station
Jungle Train
head car at the train station
Food & Drinks
Keropok

snack | Malay
snack based on fish, squid or prawn, can be prepared as crackers (Keropok Keping) or sausage (Keropok Lekor)
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Rendang

side dish | Indonesian, Malay
Minangkabau specialty with beef cooked with coconut and spices for hours
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