Faces of
Malaysia
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

Singapore, Malaysia

Bus System

singapore-bus-double-decker-sbs-transit.jpg, The second leg of Singapore's efficient public transport system, after the MRT, are the more than 300 bus lines.
SBS Transit double decker bus
photo: Wikipedia user B772ER
The second leg of Singapore's efficient public transport system, after the MRT, are the more than 300 bus lines.

While the buses are obvioulsly slower than the MRT,  they have the advantage to be cheaper and to offer views of the city in contrast to the mostly underground MRT lines. Just like the the MRT lines, the buses are operated by SBS Transist or SMRT. Most bus lines stop operating at midnight (check the night buses on weekends below).

Planing your journey, Fares & Ticketing
The Public Transport website of Singapore has a  fare calculator for MRT/LRT and Buses. Another great sources for planning your public transport (MRT, LRT, Bus and Taxis) within Singapore is gothere.sg

You pay with coins directly inside the buses. It is more convinient however to get to use the EZ-link card or NETS Flashpay card (for residents) or for travellers the Singapore Tourist Pass. These value cards can be uses for both MRT and Buses. When you enter the bus you tap your card to "check in" and tap again when you get off. The Singapore Tourist Pass costs S$10 per day for unlimited train and bus rides (2-Day-Pass: $16, 3-Day-Pass: $20). There is an aditional S$10 dollar deposit on the card which can be redeemed within 5 days of expiration.
The Tourist Pass can be bought at the ticket offices of theses stations: Changi Airport, Orchard, Chinatown, City Hall, Raffles Places, Ang Mo Kio, HarbourFront, Bugis.

Links:

Bus transport in Singapore (Wikipedia)
List of bus routes in Singapore (Wikipedia)


NightRider (SMRT) / Night Owl (SBS Transit) Buses
These night buses runs Fridays, Saturdays & eve of Public Holidays from midnight to 2am from the city center (Marina Center and nightlife districts at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Mohamed Sultan and Orchard).  The buses run every 20-30 minutes, the fare is S$4.50.
Click on the links below for more information and route maps:
NightRider (operates from 11.30pm - 4.30am)
NightOwl (operatores from midnight - 2am)

 



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