Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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.

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MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

MRT-Singapore.jpg, The modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore. It consists of 4 lines with 3 more lines in the making or planning.
The modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore. It consists of 4 lines with 3 more lines in the making or planning.

Lines:

North South Line (NS)
opened in 1987, 26 stations, 45km (Jurong East - Marina Bay)
operator: SMRT

East West Line (EW)
opened in 1987, 35 stations,57km (Changi Airport - Tanah Merah)
operator: SMRT

Nort East Line (NE)
opened in 2003, 16 stations, 20km (Harbour Front - Punggol)
operator: SBS Transit

Circle Line (CC)
opened in 2009, 30 stations, 36km
operator: SMRT

opening in 2013:
stage 1 of Downtown Line
operator: SBS Transit

Operating Hours
from 5.30am until midnight - 1am (depending on the station)

Planing your journey, Fares & Ticketing
You can check  the train fare calculator on the SMRT website to get prices (click on the the stations on the map to make a selection of your journey).
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
Tickets can be bought at  ticketing machins at the station and from ticket offices.

For people living in Singapore are staying longer, the EZ-link card or NETS Flashpay card is handy as it stores value on it can be used for MRT and buses with 15% discount. The cards costs S$15 with a S$7 value preloaded on it (top-ups will be in increments of S$10 after that).
EZ-Link also offers a Singapore Tourist Pass for a price of 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 redeem 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.
 

MRT & LRT System Map, Singapore
(click on map to the PDF Version)
green line: East West Line
red line: Nort South Line
purple line: North East Line
orange line: Circle Line


 

 

map and location of MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)



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