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Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

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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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