Behind of Air Asia QZ 206 Flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur

Just after returning from expedition to Garut-Tasikmalaya-Sumedang, my fatigue after a week traveling in that three districts didn’t make me tired. Didn’t take a break, I prefer to complete my mission for complete South Asia exploration by visiting the remaining three countries.…Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Air Asia ticket which I bought for USD 25,8 since April 7, 2018 was able to keep my mission and my wallet to continue to travel the world. Yes, I had to caught Malindo Air on Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka route in KLIA.

During waiting period of my departure, many questions arise from work colleagues or other friends outside of work.

“Yeeee, why are you traveling to Bangladesh?. It’s not elite”

“Donny, what do you want to see in Bangladesh?”

“You will go home and sick, Donny”

“Wasting time….Better you go to Ancol (a beach in Jakarta) than go to Bangladesh”.

“Donny, Why does have to go to Bangladesh?”

I answered: “Yes, up to me … it’s my money … It’s my steps“.

Ups, I didn’t answer like that….That’s impolite.

Hahaha …. “Yes, guys, my money is only enough to travel there“….Hahaha….That’s my answer to them.

Other people don’t know about my mind about traveling….more crazy, more better….more weird, more amazing…Hahaha.

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As usual…Using DAMRI bus at Kampung Rambutan Terminal. Besides being cheap, it is also close from my home. I prepared USD 2,9 to pay the fare with departure time on 15:00 hours. 1 hour and 15 minutes trip drove me in Terminal 2F, Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Through gate 5, I started entering first X-ray screening. Not so smooth, my backpack which became my only friend was seen flipped by AVSEC (Aviation Security) officer, smeared with wet tissue and then watched closely. No need to worry…. the important thing is no drugs in it….Hahaha. Even if denied entry, it’s calm…. this is still in my city. Just go back to home with DAMRI again….If I denied to boarding.

Hi Ms, can me get window seat, please!“, My seduction to check-in staff at Air Asia counter. God, She is very pretty and kind, always smile …Hahaha, It’s be her duty to smile to everyone. “Hello, It’s your boarding pass“, She said….I got seat 2D, yes I failed….Hahaha.

Let’s stamped a passport! …. Even though it’s an e-passport, but my habit of stamping a passport make me didn’t care about existace of autogate counter.

Immigration Officer: “Where do you go?

Me : Just mention in detail one by one of my destination, so he wasn’t be suspicious, “Penang, Dhaka, Colombo, Maldives, sir. Transit in Mumbai and Singapore“. What kind of trip trip is it? … crazy.

Immigration Officer : “Backpacker?”

Me                           : “Yes sir”

Immigration Officer : He saw my face, checking my new passport and old one. Then….He stamped it, “be careful, sir“.

Me                            : “thank you, sir….surely I will be careful”.

Immigration Officer : “You are great“.

Yuhuuu…..I’m great like he said

Then I prayed at end of corridor before entering gate. After that, I entered second X-ray screening in front gate D5….Yess, very smooth.

While I was sitting reading near charging station, came a couple of Korean. They tried very hard to use it too.

Me      :  “Hi, Sir. That’s broken. I had tried many times and failed”.

He       : “Oh yea….Why put it here if broken” ostensibly kicking charging station while smiling.

Me      : “Do you want go to South Korea?”.

He        : “Oh, Nup….I’m from California and will fly from KL”.

Me     :  “Oh Nice”.

He       : “What are you doing here? “.

Me     :  “My profession, your mean?”.

He       :  “yeaaa”

Me     :  “Sales”.

He       :  “Good money?”

Me      :  “If not good, I willn’t here to fly with you”.

He       :  “yea…yea…yea”, nodding while smiling at me.

Looked like his girlfriend was a travel vlogger. Always speak with her confidence….Great. I thought I could not be like that? It’s better to write than to talk like her.

QZ 206 finally leaned to gate. Yup ….my adventure started immediately. Thirsty made me out from gate to buy mineral water. And a little warning from gate officer to immediately back to gate. Ok, sir, instead of buying it on the plane, it’s expensive.

Airbus A320-200 with a capacity about 186 passengers.

Exactly on 19:17 hours, I started boarding.

Behind korean-american girl.

Turbulence night flights on end of December. Seen middle-aged man next to me was so tense and held tight to the armrest chair throughout flight while me and a young woman who flanked him only wryly smiled while hiding misgivings.

Cabin.

Because my latest knowledge about Ipoh and Penang was so minimal, I decided to explore Travel360 inflight magazine. Hoping to find valuable information about Ipoh and Penang tourism. And …. thanks …. I really got it.

Ipoh in Travel360 inflight magazine.
Basic information about Penang.

QZ 206 was preparing to landing. Could not sleep during the trip because focus in reading inflight magazine to find information. This time, my 5 days transit adventure in Malaysia was foolish. Traveling without enough information.

Getting ready to landing.
What is the baggage for? It maybe a flight safety equipment.

Once arrived at KLIA2, a thoughts which immediately occurred to me were looking for a free water station, dinner, prayer, bought bus ticket to Penang and then sleeping.

You have to go to Transportation Hub on 1st floor to find cheap food. Oh yeah….Bus ticket sales counter is also there.

Come on…Got ready to go to Penang tomorrow.

For several transportation mode from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, you can get the ticket in 12Go Asia or in link: https://12go.asia/?z=

Exploring Penang Sentral

The increasing of direct flights from Jakarta to Penang, making traveler prefer landed at Penang International Airport rather than do travel overland for about 6-8 hours from Malaysia’s capital.

And if you are patient to do overland trip, your memory will be filled with interesting experiences and accompanied by breathtaking views throughout Selangor State and Perak State.

Then ….For you who travel overland using bus then majority of buses will stop at Penang Sentral which is tourist gateway of Penang Island.

Therefore….So you will not confuse and can get detail preview of Penang Central, so I present this article to you.

Yessss … that’s Penang Sentral appearance.

PENANG SENTRAL …. Built in 2018 as main transportation hub owned by Penang State. Penang Sentral strategically replaces Butterworth Bus Terminal role with an exceptional integration system. As you can imagine, this large building integrates bus terminal, train station and ferry port in a location. Third integrated building which I admire in Malaysia after KL Sentral and Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS).

Butterworth Bus Terminal before Penang Sentral is completed.
Source: Travel-Senang-Malaysia.com
Penang Island is seen from Penang Central.

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This is my story of exploring Penang Central.…

At 13:54 hours, I arrived at Penang Sentral … yes, of course, I was dropped off at Drop Bay in 1st floor.

And for presenting this article, I delayed towards ferry terminal which can anchor me in George Town, capital of Penang State.

For 1 hour and 20 minutes, I would explore Penang Sentral.

FLOOR 1

Starting from this hall:

You will be dropped off at Drop Bay Area when you arrive at Penang Sentral.

Generally, 1st floor is used to drop and take passengers.

This is intercity/express bus platform area when I left Penang Sentral.

FLOOR 2

Come on, we’re going up to second floor. What are there?

After you go up escalator, you will see 2nd floor view.

So….What are you looking for?

  1. Bus Ticketing Counter.

Bus ticket sales counter is in front of me after I go up with escalator. I immediately buy a bus ticket to leave Penang with schedule about two days after my arrival in Penang. Existence of KiosK Self Ticketing which stuck to building pillar made me stop before reach sales counter. I am better to finding cheapest bus ticket via that machine, because many buses with varying fares provide routes to Ipoh.

Finally, I held Perak Transit bus ticket sheet after putting USD 5,2 in KiosK Self Ticketing machine….Bus ticket was in hand, my heart was calm.

That’s Penang Sentral Departure Board….Self Ticketing Kiosk is on that pillar. Do you see?

2. Information Centre

The first standard when arriving at a foreign place is visiting information centre to get as much information as possible before exploring it more deeply. So did I, asking about Penang tourism, asking for brochures, finding ways to leave the city in the best way and many other things which I asked to information centre officer.

Very easy to find it….It is in front of bus ticketing counter.

3. Ferry Terminal.

Walking on back side of Bus Ticketing Counter, in several meters you will find a linkway to Ferry Terminal. Located to left side of your steps, you will see clearly a direction sign whinch leading you to Ferry Terminal.

Linkway to Ferry Terminal.

Walk straight for about dozens of steps you will find a Customer Service Center which sells ferry tickets to George Town. The name of ferry terminal is Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim.

It’s cheap….ticket price is only USD 0,3 for a round trip ticket

4. Shopping Counter.

Actually more Shopping Counter are on 3rd floor. I didn’t have time to visit it because it was already late and if I didn’t leave Penang Sentral soon, my exploration in Penang Island would be disrupted.

Shopping counter which I showed was only on 2nd floor.

5. Eatery

Food stalls are located near linkway to Ferry Terminal. These are certainly guaranteed halal and relatively cheap in price.

Iqbal’s Restaurant is my place to eat when I enter and leave Penang
Try the squid….Delicious

6. Butterworth Station.

Another integrated transportation mode in Penang Sentral is train. Train station is called Butterworth Station. The station building is located separately from Penang Sentral main building.

To find this station. Walking straight pass Bus Ticketing Counter on 2nd floor, then you will find an lift at end of floor. Then go down to 1st floor via lift.

Lift is at end of 2nd
floor.

Not too far after exiting lift, on 1st floor then you will find a corridor with KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) sign as a guide to Butterworth Station.

Front corridor appearance.

After a few tens of meters down the hall you will find a white building which is none other than Butterworth Station.

I rushed to hunt for an ETS (Electric Train Service) ticket but it was sold out.

OK…That is my story. I have explained all results of my exploration in Penang Sentral.

So, finally, you want to go to Penang by land or by air?

Bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru

Squirrel which cleverly jumped finally also can fall too“…. Oh, Donny is that squirrel.

Yesss….that night, I was kicked out of Changi International Airport terminal 2…Niceeee….My passport was marked by Aviation Securitty….God.

Since 2014, playing cat and mouse role with Singapore airport police. Now, the cat was caught when sleeping behind a waiting chair in terminal 2 of Changi International Airport … Embarrassing.

4 hours before incident.…

The “gray with orange star” airline with flight number 3K206 landed me in Terminal 1-Changi International Airport on 12:30 hours.

Because Changi Airport MRT station is in Terminal 2 and will operate on 5:30am, I decided to move to Terminal 2.

I finally prayed and then rest in prayer room until 02:00am. But coldness of air conditioner forced me to move to a row of waiting seat in front of passenger lounge. My assumption that airport police had finished patrol in this area was wrong.

Amid my dream, airport security who guarded by two young armed policeman and soldier woke me up. Ahhhh….I was understood….I finally caught after 4 years always avoid them.

Airport security: “Helo Sir, Can me see your passport and ticket?

Me: (while handing in a passport)  “Good night Sir, I’m sorry before. I am waiting for first train to downtown. I just arrived 3 hours ago.

Airport security: “Sorry, How long do you will stay in Singapore?”.

Me: “3 Days 2 Night, Sir”.

Airport security: “This hall is only for transit passengers. You can’t wait the train here. Let me take you to immigration counter”….(Click….Oh, my passport was captured with his camera. It was sent to their boss via whatsapp…. Hmmh, I’ve been tagged at Changi …. If I was caught once again, it will be a serious problem….hahaha.).

Because I came into immigration counter with armed soldier, Indian descent immigration officer became bitchy and angry to me when she stamped my passport ….Oh God, more angry then her face became more sexy like “Kajol” (beautiful Indian artist)….Hihihi.

2 hours can’t sleep….Yes, floor after immigration counter isn’t carpeted. How could I sleep while sitting on hard bench like that?.

In midst of sleepiness (it was because on noon, I worked full time in Bandung. And in afternoon, I directly went to Soekarno Hatta International Airport….cool yes, my home in Jakarta, working in Bandung on noon, and in night I was in Singapore….Hahaha), I decided to eat halal-certified noodles in this restaurant:

Located near exit gate after immigration counter of terminal 2 .
Cheap …. Only USD 3,5.

Waow….Please focus to the theme, Donny!

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Let’s focus on the theme.…

That time, The final destination of my 7th visit to Singapore was Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Why did I go from “Lion Country”?…yes of course, the cost will be cheaper.

After eating noodles in the morning, I hurried to MRT platform in Changi Station. By buying a ticket for USD 1,9 on an automatic machine, I headed for Jurong East Station with 70 minutes travel time.

Why must be Jurong East Station?….Because this is a place where CW3/CW4 bus shelter which will go to Johor Bahru via Tuas Checkpoint which is the land border of Singapore and Malaysia.

I forced myself to hold pee because of toilet smell behind Jurong East Station crowd. Understandably, this station is integrated with bus terminal to various regions in Singapore and even out of Singapore.

After buying a bus ticket at counter, I immediately entered a queue and waited for bus to arrive. And finally, I got a CW3 bus which came 5 minutes later.

CW3 bus ticket costs USD 1,9.
Orderly waiting in line according to the path.

I chose a back seat so I could freely take photos during trip.

Bus’ air conditioner was great.

Bus continued to move towards Tuas Checkpoint via AYE Toll Road. Singapore’s streets smoothness made bus arrived at Tuas Checkpoint in just 30 minutes.

I deliberately chose queue line which guarded by Malay descent female officers for easy immigration checks (because I am Malay descent too). As a result, the immigration process at the border became very smooth.

Queueing at Tuas Checkpoint.

After passing the immigration counter, I immediately headed to the bus waiting area that will take me to the Sultan Abu Bakar Tanjung Kupang CIQ (Customs Immigration Quarantine) which is a Malaysian immigration building.

I didn’t need to find bus which I boarded before because as long as a ticket was still saved, I could continue my journey with another CW bus with similar destination.

Sea view along Second Link Expressway which connects Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The next journey begins. Second Link Expressway condition from Johor Bahru to Tuas Checkpoint was severely jammed during work hours at that time. On other side, the road from Tuas Checkpoint to CIQ Sultan Abu Bakar Tanjung Kupang was fluent.

very fluent in my side vs jammed in other side.

And in 15 minutes, I arrived at CIQ Sultan Abu Bakar Tanjung Kupang. There weren’t serious checking during immigration process and finally I was able to get through it quickly.

After stamping my passport, it means that the continued journey using CW3 bus has finished.

Immigration stamp when entering Malaysia via CIQ Sultan Abu Bakar Tanjung Kupang Immigration offfice and immigration stamp when exit from Malaysia via Sultan Iskandar Immigration Building.

I tried to find a bus with a route from CIQ Sultan Abu Bakar Tanjung Kupang to Legoland. Luckily, there were a lot of Indian descent bus driver asking to me about my destination. After talk with them, I was shown CW7 bus which passes through Legoland on its official route.

Playing lego in Legoland ????….Like me.

I finally arrived in Legoland.

Easy to get a bus ticket from Singapore to Johor Bahru or vice versa. Just try to ordering via travel e-commerce in 12Go or https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

Bus from KLIA2 to Penang

A connecting flight ticket to Dhaka required me to transit in Kuala Lumpur. Oh….Really, I had to set foot in Kuala Lumpur for 12th time.

You are great, Donny….

No, It’s not about how great I am, but about I am who very bored

I had to quickly rack my brain to make this trip became memorable.

Fine….Finally I decided to leave Kuala Lumpur and chose to visit Penang by extending my transit time.

Until 2017, I never visit Penang. Because my travel distance is far from Southeast Asia now. So I forced myself to stop by to Penang before starting South Asia trips.

Then….How to reach Penang from KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2)?

I’ll give you some choices,

Alternative 1. Using ETS (Electric Train Service)

Cost which be spent if you use ETS:

  1. Aerobus from KLIA2 to KL Sentral = USD 3
  2. ETS from KL Sentral station to Butterworth station = USD 21
  3. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 24,3

Alternatif 2. Using Bus

Cost which be spent if you use bus:

  1. Direct bus from KLIA2 to Penang Sentral = USD 14,1
  2. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 14,4

I think you know what kind of transportation which I choose?…..

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On 22:05 hours, Air Asia QZ 206 landed me on KLIA2. The meaning is clear, right….Sleeping again in airport….Hahaha.

After stamping my passport in immigration counter, I immediately headed to Transportation Hub on 1st floor of Gateway @ klia2 mall. And then I sat at NZ Curry House corner to eat “Nasi lemak” (Malaysian originally food) and “teh O” (tea without sugar) for USD 1,7 as my dinner menu….dinner in midnight.

Eating it in my midnight.
I repeated a similar menu in the morning before going to Penang.

And to secure a ticket to Penang. In midnight, I bought a StarMart Express bus ticket with its last destination i.e Penang Sentral for USD 14,1.

In midnight, that counter was very busy…. Beware if tickets sold out!…Just try to buy it on 12Go
The final destination is still listed Butterworth terminal. Before Penang Sentral was completed built, the bus stopped at that terminal.

Yessss….

Eat….Done….

Ticket….Done….

It made me can sleep very well in airport mosque at 3rd floor Departure Hall of KLIA2.

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And my journey to Penang began. That morning on 6am, I boarded into StarMart Express in Door 1-platform A01 according to the ticket.

StarMart Express was arrived in platform.
I sat in seat number 22.

Because it was a long journey, I bought a bottle of mineral water and a light snack for USD 1,2.

Going along North-South Expressway road, Starmart Express went slowly. And 3 hours 45 minutes later, I arrived at Amanjaya Terminal, Ipoh City. Ipoh itself is the capital of Perak State.

The bus dropped and took a number of passengers at Amanjaya Terminal.
Road situation when leaving Ipoh City.

On 11:00, Bus arrived in Taiping road and finally stopped at Kuala Kangsar Terminal. Passengers do toilet break for 10 minutes.

Kuala Kangsar Terminal is located right on Persiaran Bendahara street, Bandar Baru city, Kuala Kangsar District, Perak State.

On 11:55, bus stopped at StarMart Express Taiping office on Jalan Kampung Dew, Simpang area. This is the final destination of StarMart Express Bus from KLIA 2. And to continued a journey to Penang, passengers will be moved to another StarMart Express bus or other bus which in cooperation with StarMart Express.

StarMart Express @ Taiping Headquarter which is located in Laut, Matang dan Selama Districts, Perak State.

And this time, I was transferred to Eagle Bus which in collaboration with StarMart Express.

This “Green” bus is owned by Eagle Coach SDN.BHD company.

No problem for me to be transferred to another bus. The important was arrived in destination. But I didn’t know about other passengers, are they also still comfort or maybe are they annoyed … hahaha.

OK, let’s continue my story….

On 12:30 hours, bus arrived in Kamunting Raya Express Bus Terminal for 10 minutes toilet break again.

This terminal is located in Kamunting City, District of Laut, Matang dan Selama, Perak State.

10 minutes later, bus slowly left Kamunting City and showed beauty view through winding roads which splitting hills.

Perak State which is very beauty.

Soundly sleeping because of lacking sleep on last night at KLIA2. Finally, I didn’t feel that bus started to entering Penang Sentral platform on 13:54 hours.

High curiosity made me didn’t feel tired after got in bus for 7 hours 54 minutes to reach my dream destination….”Penang”

I was dropped off at this platform when I arrived in Penang Sentral.

So guys,….Who doesn’t want to see Old Town of George Town which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site?….I think everyone want to visit it

Come on, visit it !….Just travel like me, I guarantee that it is cheap.

You can also get KLIA2-Penang bus ticket on 12Go travel e-commerce.

Scoot Air TR 457 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (KUL-SIN)

SCOOT AIR….Low Cost Carrier (LCC) from Singapore, which its stocks are owned by Singapore Airlines.

Scoot Air TR457 flight path. Source from https://flightaware.com

Scoot is 22nd airlines which I have ever used. Through flight number TR 457 on regular route Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN), I firstly used Scoot Air service on March 31st, 2018. On that time, I boarded an Airbus A320 aircraft with 168 passengers in capacity.

Even though I ever used Tiger Mandala Airlines on November 26th, 2013 while heading to Bangkok and Tiger Air on January 11st, 2015 when I returned from Vietnam. Now the two airlines have merged into Scoot Air.

Look that ! Tiger Air identity in Scoot Air TR 457 plane.

Ambiguity of terminal where I would depart (whether from KLIA terminal 1 or KLIA terminal 2) made me a little nervous because departure list usually publishes 2 hours before flight. And of course, it takes time to move from KLIA2 to KLIA.

For international flights, I always start towards airport on 4 hours before flight time. So I left Westree Hotel on 05:30 and rushed to Skybus/Aerobus shelter which located in KL Sentral. Because distance from hotel to shelter is only 40 m, I only needed to walk for 3 minutes towards shelter.

Indian descent hotel security sharply watched me in inner door of lobby….Because I stood for a long time in middle of lobby door….I was seriously watching around….So quiet, I had to make sure that there wasn’t suspicious thing along road which I would pass towards KL Sentral.

Yesss….There aren’t any people on road….Fast walking. Like an racewalking athlete, I started to stay away from hotel. I arrived in shelter when bus was ready to leave.

With USD 3.1, I arrived at KLIA2 on 6:30. I immediately headed to information center to ask about terminal where TR457 would take off. On early morning, I disturbed information center officer with some questions because departure board didn’t display yet an information about TR457, so She had to pull keyboard and searching information for me….very kindly officer.

God…..my eyes glared while chewing Nasi Lemak (original food from Malaysia) with fried egg in corner of NZ Curry House….Look like a goat which was ruminating. It was a sign that I wasn’t ready to get early breakfast.

Yes, there wasn’t other choice, it was better to have breakfast in Indian restaurant with cheapest price before heading to 3rd floor for check-in, immigration and departure processes.

Departure Board in Departure Hall
Information Centre in Departure Hall
Departure Hall Area
Check-in counter no Z2-Z3 for Scoot Air TR457.
After passing immigration counter, I headed to waiting room at gate L3.

I entered waiting room on 08:05. In boredom of waiting, Vietnamese came to me and ask something:

Vietnamese: “Hi, Can you explain to me about my cigarette (while showing a pack of cigarettes which have been smoked two stumps). Can I bring it when entering Singapore?

Me : “Do you bring another one  or just this opened pack?. If you just bring it, you can savely entering Singapore.

Vietnamese: “No, I just bring it. So it’s savely. Thanks you.

Me: “You are welcome”.

Waiting room in front of gate L3.
After waiting for 20 minutes, finally boarding process begins.
Where was seat 14D?

Scoot Air is identical with yellow. The charm of young air crews was very fresh when their appeaybrance is clad in yeloow t-shirt and shallow.

Fly over Malacca Strait
The sky is really clear, very comfort to fly without turbulence.

After fllying about 1 hour and 15 minutes, I landed at Changi International Airport Terminal 2. Trying to leave Changi as soon as possible to go to Greendili Backpackers Hostel in Race Course Road and then ready to explore Singapore for 7th time.

Searching MRT map before entering Changi International Airport immigration counter.
Catch the MRT ! towards downtown.

Let’s go to Mustafa Center for lunch before exploring.

Bus from Amanjaya Terminal to Medan Kidd Terminal, Ipoh, Malaysia

Finding information about tourist attractions in Ipoh through internet is very much and easy.

But via googling, I have never found a sure way towards Ipoh downtown from their main land-gate i.e Amanjaya Bus Terminal … that’s the point. That’s why, I feel the need to write this article and hopefully backpackers like me out there can find this article later on Google.

But I know that the hotel where I stay is located about 1 km east from a small bus terminal called Medan Kidd Bus Terminal, then I can walk from iterminal to Abby by the River Hotel for 15 minutes.

Finding a taxi is certainly very easy, just need to whistle a little then taxi will come to you. Because taxi isn’t in my backpacker dictionary, without adequate information, I had to found the city bus until I got it.

Worries was surely in me….worried about scams or worry if I couldn’t arrive on time at the hotel… but the show must go on … this is the thrilled if You do solo-traveling with minimal information .

“Perak Transit” bus which departed from Penang Sentral dropped me off on first floor of the Amanjaya Bus Terminal.

I immediately entered the intercity bus arrival hall. The seat lines which passengers waited for their bus became first view that I saw there.

I deliberately allocated about 30 minutes to explore the whole of Amanjaya Terminal.

Of course, I had to found information about city bus towards Ipoh downtown. Luckily I found the Amanjaya Bus Terminal information center on 1st floor, precisely in terminal lobby.

According to a female officer at this information center, city bus to Medan Kidd Terminal was located on 2nd floor and numbered T30a.

Didn’t want to long waiting because I was worried about being late, I immediately used escalator to get the closest bus departure time.

And finally I found the bus shelter

And this is a bus route from Amanjaya Terminal to several destinations in Ipoh:

Whereas this is schedule of Bus No T30a from Amanjaya Terminal to Medan Kidd Terminal:

My trip to downtown began by getting in MyBas T30a

Paid for USD 0,9 when entering front door, I was greeted with familiar smile by Indian driver.

There is something different about this MyBas service. When I am using buses in Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Rapid KL and Rapid Penang), if you pay more than fare, the change money willn’t be refunded. But when I use MyBas, which is operated by Perak Transit, I pay 5 Malaysian Ringgit (USD 1,3) then driver gives me the change money about 1.5 Malaysian Ringgi (USD 0,4)…. Fair and Good.

Indian songs accompanied my journey that afternoon. The bus briefly stopped to refuel near to Terminal Amanjaya.

During the trip I diligently paid attention to a Chinese female solo-traveler descent who always pay attention to her google maps. Surely he also has lacks information like me.…hehehe.

Here are some views during my trip to downtown:

In 40 minutes, MyBas finally arrived at Medan Kidd Terminal

I didn’t wait long at Medan Kidd terminal because I had to immediately go to Hotel for check in then get around the city.

I noticed again this female solo-traveler who looked confuse at terminal. I took a time to ask where was he going, but She said that She would go to downtown by a taxi. I offered myself to walk together but it seems like She didn’t believe.…haha. A look like me really seems suspicious….wkwkwk. Well the important thing is that I have tried to offer kindness.

I decided to immediately walk along Ipoh’s pedestrian walkway.

Walk down this road to Abby by the River Hotel

I had to stop several times because of light rain pouring down Ipoh at that time. And finally in 30 minutes I arrived at Abby by the River Hotel.

Checked-in, paid, put my backpack in the room … then I explored around downtown until evening. Finally I can cross out one destination in my bucket list.

Tourist Attraction in Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh….Capital City of Perak State is located 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur. The city that have a nicknamed as Bougenville City isn’t as busy as Penang or even Kuala Lumpur, but believes in me that this city will give a different side of exoticism because the location of this city is fortified with beautiful hills.

The time was 16:17. So after checking in and putting my backpack at Abby by the River Hotel, I decided to spend my first day in Ipoh by visiting the downtown.

Abby by the River Hotel where I stayed during visiting Ipoh

Abby by the River Hotel is quite good in providing tourism information with a special spot in the lobby corner which provides many Ipoh tourism leaflets. After 15 minutes of reading the information, I concluded that the selling point in the downtown is an Old Town landmark which is a relic of British colonialism on 19th century.

Didn’t need long time to thinking, I immediately left the hotel to go to downtown. Along Sultan Iskandar street which is the protocol street in Ipoh, immediately the frenzied in my mind was vanished without traces. Don’t compare Ipoh with Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia), because this city is different than metropolis like Jakarta. You will feel as the owner of this city because of its silence.

Kinta River splits beautifully on Sultan Iskandar street

1. Hugh Low Bridge.

This bridge was built to connect Sultan Iskandar street which crosses Kinta River.

Drizzle makes me colder to enjoy Kinta river from this bridge

Stopping for a moment on the bridge, I observed activities of some Ipoh residents who were fishing in several spots of Kinta River

2. Ipoh River Front Park

When I crossed Kinta River, I was immediately found a vast city park. It is famous park which has a name as Ipoh River Front Park.

This vast city park has a pool, a fountain and food stalls inside. Being a comfortable place for refreshing.

250 m walked down along Sultan Iskandar street, then I turned right and continued walking along shopping complex on Bijeh Timah street.

Meeting European tourist spouse and Malaysian tourist family didn’t made me feel alone in this city. My hunger became more and more at the end of this street because of this line of food stalls:

This is one of three street food stalls that I met that afternoon

Didn’t want to lose a lot of time for just eat here, I prefer decided to chew my biscuits which I bought on Penang Sentral that afternoon while continuing to walk down the beauty of Ipoh.

3. Ipoh Mural Art

Then….turned left at the end of Bijeh Timah street, I found some mural paintings like the famous ones in Penang.

You must be observant and patient in looking for these mural because some of their locations are hidden. That afternoon I played hide and seek with Ipoh City to find its beauty.

4. HSBC Bank Building

The sun at the dusk on that time made every scene that I saw was very special. also this HSBC Bank Building. The building that built on 1931 is part of Ipoh Heritage Trail

5. Padang Ipoh

Historically, This field was used as a place for the royal officials of Ipoh to honor the Kingdom of Japan during its time.

Here, I finally found residents of Ipoh who doing their activities. From teenagers who play soccer until small families who bring their children to just play and eat together in this field.

6. Ipoh Tourist Information Centre

Hiddenly located at the end of a dead-end street (Bandar street), I insisted on visiting it to get as much information as possible to explore Ipoh next day.

7. Ipoh Town Hall

This building which built on 1916 was originally main administrative office of Ipoh. But now, it’s been used for space functions such as weddings and general events.

8. Cenotaph War Memorial

Used to commemorate them who were killed and injured in the state war and its use was inaugurated in 1927.

9. Perak State’s Police Headquarters

This is Headquarters of Perak Royal Malaysia Police. I actually didn’t dare to take photo of this building. But, because my camera shooting habbit was over finally I captured this building as fast as possible.

10. Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque

I closed my steps that afternoon by praying maghrib at Perak State’s mosque. The resident friendliness was felt when I pray. Warm smile that accompanied their handshake made me feel like I was in my own country.

Malaysia has indeed became my second home because of its cultural resemblance.

It was time to leave downtown and got close to hotel because the situation is very quiet on that night.

Do you dare to walk alone in silence night of Ipoh ?.…pounding but easy-cool.… try it !

The silence of Ipoh made me a little struggling in finding dinner. Although I finally found a bowl of Curry Noodle for USD 1 at Daud Mat Jasak Noodle Stall where was located on Dato Onn Jaafar street in “Kampung Jawa” area.

After satisfied, I immediately decided to back into hotel to take a warm bath and rest. Get ready to explore Ipoh tomorrow.

This is a room for USD 5/ night where I rest

Bus from Penang to Ipoh, Malaysia

Arriving at Penang Sentral (integrated building of bus terminal, train station and ferry terminal in Penang) after a 7 hours 32 minutes journey from Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA 2) by “Star Mart Express” bus, I rushed towards Butterworth Train Station for buy a Electric Train Service (ETS) ticket to Ipoh for departure on 2 days after my arrival in Penang.

My desire to try ETS train service disappeared because tickets were already sold out.

Fine.…”trip by bus again”, my heart murmured.

Finally I returned to Penang Sentral Level 2 to find a bus ticket. A little worry, because if the bus tickets sold out, my plan to set foot in Ipoh for first time could fail.

If I failed to get a bus ticket to Ipoh then I would apply plan B i.e extended my visit in Penang and then returned to Kuala Lumpur to catch my Malindo Air flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Yes….I got the ticket.

All you need to know that Penang Sentral provides two ways to buy bus tickets from Penang to Ipoh.

First, you can directly buy it at Bus Ticketing Counter on 2nd floor. Here is situation of counter:

Second, if you want more faster, you can buy it at Kiosk Self Ticketing. Located on 2nd floor too, this is it….the Kiosk machine:

I chose “Perak Transit” bus as my transportation towards Ipoh city. Bus fares about USD 5,20 was enough to save my budget in the beginning of my long journey.

In the day after tomorrow, after explored Penang for two days, finally my trip to Ipoh began. One hour before departure time, passengers permitted to entering Penang Sentral bus platform that located in 1st floor. I sat near Gate 3 according to the ticket and waiting for the bus to arrived.

After waiting for 16 minutes, finally “Perak Transit” bus arrived and standby on platform B09

Bus departed on time on 2 pm.

140 km trip to Ipoh needed time about 1 hour 49 minutes. Passing through pretty impressive views.

I repeated this views twice, because my trip from KLIA 2 to Penang on two days earlier also passed through same roads.

The bus took one toilet break on this trip at a place where I couldn’t detect where it was.

On 3:49 am finally the bus arrived at Amanjaya Bus Terminal. This is the intercity bus terminal in Ipoh.

Entering Amanjaya Terminal, I was very impatient to immediately head towards Medan Kidd Bus Terminal that located in downtown. Medan Kidd Bus Terminal is one of many accesses to entering Ipoh.

Ipoh, which I’ve only heard through backpacker stories and articles in internet, finally I was allowed to set foot in this city after travel for eight years as a backpacker.

What excitement did I get during my journey in Ipoh?

Patient and wait for my next article, guys.…

Oh, yes. Here’s another alternative to buying online ticket from Penang to Ipoh, which is in 12go Asia at following link: https://12go.asia/?z=3283832

7 Hours Enjoy Beauty of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was sad If I met European tourists, because they had long leave schedule. When they asked to me about my leave duration…. yes, exactly just 12 days ….. I sad…. hahaha.

But I never give up …. with my little time I will be around the world.

Back to time matter …. Every I had short transit when abroad, I often spent time to short exploration to the city that I had transit.

This article also tells how I spent 7 hours in Kuala Lumpur down town between 10:00 – 17:00

1. Batu Caves.

The journey started from 10:30 am from KL Sentral. Using the combination of KTM 1 free bus and Sentul – Batu Caves commuter train.

KTM KOMUTER

Left: Free bus KTM1 (KL Sentral-Sentul Station)

Right: Commuter train (Sentul Station – Batu Caves Station)
on 12:06 I arrived at Batu Caves. It was second time I visited it. Nothing had changed since 4 years ago, there were only some renovations in some parts of temples.

Batu Caves

Top Left: Hanuman Statue

Top Right: I didn’t know what is the temple name…. it was precisely behind Hanuman statue

Bottom Right: Venkatachalapathi Temple

Lower Left: Murugan Statue

My trip in Batu Caves Gw was closed by lunch time at Dhivya’s Café – an Indian food stall on the front yard of Batu Caves -. I ate fried rice for 4 Ringgit.Dhivya's cafe

2. Petronas Twin Tower

At 14:42 I arrived at KL Sentral, I was using the same lane and mode of transportation when I was heading for Batu Caves. From KL Sentral I moved with LRT Kelana Jaya Line for 2.4 Ringgit and finally I arrived at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). I was out through Ampang Street KLCC Exit Gate. And finally I found Petronas Twin Tower.

The stinging heat of sun required me to took some photos of twin building when clouds were blocking the sun. When clouds have moved avoid the sun then I took shelter under the trees in front yard of twin building. Many tourists saw my oddity…. hahaha

 

Suria KLCC

Top Left: KLCC Exit gate to Ampang Street

Top Right: Ampang Street

Bottom Right: Suria KLCC mall is adjacent to Petronas Twin Tower

Bottom Left: Petronas Twin Tower.

After took some photos of Twin Tower and surrounding landmarks, I immediately moved to Pavillion in Bukit Bintang using GOKL City Bus.

3. Pavillion Bukit Bintang

Using the free GOKL bus, I had opportunity to revisited Pavillion, Bukit Bintang at 16:18. Easter theme made decorations in Pavilion courtyard was very eye-catching.

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Top Left: Fountain in front of Pavillion

Lower Left: Sephora Mall …. Cosmestic and skincare centre at Bukit Bintang

Central: Five star hotel JW Marriot Bukit Bintang

Right: Easter theme in the front of Pavilion

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. 

4. Petaling Street

Going to Petaling Street, Pasar Seni, I used again GOKL free bus. On 16:53 I arrived at Pasar Seni terminal.

I just asked to local people around Pasar Seni to showed Petaling Street directions. A middle-aged nicely man pointed to me the way to got there. By walking towards Petaling Street, My eyes swept Pasar Seni situation that had changed better than 2014. In 7 minutes I reached Petaling Street.

petaling street

Top Left: Pasar Seni MRT Station

Top Right: Petaling Street front gate

Bottom Right: Petaling Street inside

Bottom Left: Street situation in front of Petaling Street gate

Petaling Street didn’t crowded yet because I came there around 5 pm, traders were getting ready with their wares. I just bought keychains here.

And Petaling Street became last destination on this trip. Because I must prepare to flied to Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Budget for 5,6 Ringgit with GOKL City Bus, Malaysia

As a backpacker, I always try to minimize budget in every trip. For transportation budget, I will more walk or use the cheapest mode of transportation,  if possible I use free public transportation.

Like in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I used tram for free or ….. in Kuala Lumpur, there are free buses that I can use to got around to city. it’s name is GOKL City Bus.

Well what I want to tell here is GOKL City Bus, guys….

GOKL City Bus has the following routes:

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Consist of 4 line, there are GO Relax (Red), GO Work (Blue), GO Sightsee (Purple), and GO Shopping (Green)
Source: http://www.spad.gov.my/transport-operators/buses/route-map-gokl-city-bus

GOKL City Bus itself was launched by SPAD (Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat) on August 31, 2012 as a part of Malaysia’s Government Transportation Program to reduced congestion in Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District (CBD) with user targets were private car users, users of public transport and tourists .

The operating hours of GOKL City Bus are 6 am-11pm for working day and 7 am-11pm for weekends and holidays. For working day, this bus will operate during peak hours (7 am-10am and 4 pm-8pm) every 5 minutes. And for  another day,  it will operate every 10 minutes.

I ever tried GOKL City Bus in 2014 when I visited Kuala Lumpur for first time. And the same traveling I did on March 2018.

Petronas Twin Tower – Pavillion Bukit Bintang

After satisfied to took some photos at twin building, I immediately moved to GOKL City Bus shelter in front of Petronas Twin Tower. Yes ….. this bus would take me to Bukit Bintang – a famous shopping center in Kuala Lumpur-.

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Left: GOKL City Bus (GO Shooping / Green Line) was waiting for passengers at Shelter

Top Right: GOKL City Bus interior

Bottom Right: Petrosains shelter, GOKL will wait for passengers near this shelter.

Bus waited about 10 minutes until space was full of passengers. It took 15 minutes until the bus reached Pavillion, Bukit Bintang. I tried to remembered landmarks in Pavilion to decided where I would stopped. I remembered and saw Pavillion parking gate, so I immediately got off  from bus.

Pavillion Bukit Bintang – Pasar Seni

I was only 20 minutes in Pavilion and I wanted to went to Petaling Street at Pasar Seni soon. Actually I would use Monorail combined LRT to Pasar Seni. But when break sitting in front of Pavilion, I saw GOKL bus with a destination board to Pasar Seni. I immediately ran to the bus that was taking some passengers. Exactly, I could got in and bus departed to Pasar Seni.

About 12 minutes, GOKL City Bus arrived at Pasar Seni terminal. Pasar Seni terminal was very different if compared to 2014-the time when I firstly came to Kuala Lumpur-. I saw MRT Pasar Seni station there. As far as in 2014, the MRT station was still under construction.GOKL Pasar Seni

GOKL City Bus at Pasar Seni


Using GOKL City Bus for moved to 2 venues could save budget about 5.6 Ringgit. Actually
It was a little money but it could use for my dinner……hihihi