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.