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.

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 .

Singapore, Malaysia

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


 

 



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