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Singapore to Taiping by Bus

Taiping is the second largest town in the state of Perak after Ipoh. The city is just 40 minutes away from Penang and Ipoh. It is in close proximity of the very famous Water Theme Park located in the North and known to by the locals as Bukit Merah Lake Town. The city is well known for its frequent rain fall which has earned the city its famous nick name 'The Rain City'. The town is full of beautiful flora and fauna and it did not come as a surprise to me that some of the most major tourist attractions of Taiping are based on nature.

 

 

 

Make sure to visit the attractions like Lake Garden, Tulip Garden and Maxwell Hill. Despite the rainly weather in Taiping it still manages to garner a large number of visitors throughout the year. During my stay here I personally preferred to explore the city by travelling in an intra city bus as it would let me come across different people. On my journey from Singapore to Taiping I had booked an Express Bus and trust me this is one of the best options available since there are no other modes of transport and the bus journey is almost point to point. I booked my bus tickets from this website redbus.sg and also paid for them online. I was able to book my choice of seats since I booked my tickets well in advance.

 

 

 

The bus operator was quite punctual and departed on time from the pick up point. It took me about 10 hours to reach my destination. There are about 4 operators plying on this route, which are Konsortium Express, Star Mart Express, Golden Coach Express and Trans Star Express. I chose to travel by Star Mart Express based on a friends opinion and this was my best decision ever. I boarded the bus from Golden Mile Complex as that is the pick up point for Star Mart Express. Do note that each Bus operator has different pick up points. Konsortium Express picks up its passengers from Boon Lay Shopping Centre, Golden Coach Express and Trans Star Express depart from Golden Mile Complex. My Operator, Star Mart Express plied only 2 times a day, one at 10:30 am and the other at 10:00 pm in the night.

 

 

 

I have always preferred to travel during the night and so i booked my bus tickets for the 10:00 pm journey. The bus was relatively empty during the night and the driver was quite professional. The ticket cost me about SGD40 inclusive of taxes. Konsortium Express has about 2 buses during the day, one at 9:00 pm and the other one at 10:00 pm and tickets cost starting from SGD38 to SGD52 depending upon the class of bus you book. The Golden Coach express which is a luxury Bus Operator operates only in the 10:00 pm slot and tickets cost about SGD50 but the price is difinitely worth it as the coaches are well equipped with all modern amenities. Trans Star Express operates in the 9:00 pnm slot and tickets cost SGD48.

 

 

 

 

 

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Picture Perfect Wildlife spots of Singapore

There are fewer experiences more awe-inducing than watching an animal go about its daily activities in the natural wild. Words do fall short when it comes to describing this phenomenon. But capturing a snapshot of the wild in one’s camera is the next best thing to reliving that experience. Singapore will not disappoint wildlife photography lovers either. 

The wildlife destinations here are a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and lets you step into a world of plush green landscapes and nature spots. It will be hard to believe that with the ever increasing skyline of Singapore, the island still hosts plenty of wildlife. From lizards, crocodiles to colorful birds the wildlife destinations of Singapore are definitely worth a visit!!

 

The easiest way to reach these places is to catch a bus (tickets for which you can takeonline from www.redbus.sg that will take you to the nearest MRT station from where you can board buses that take you to the park.

 

Singapore Zoological Gardens: Its picturesque setting against the Mandai Lake and the title of the best rainforest zoo in the world combines to make this place a haven for wildlife and landscape photographers. Animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures separated from the visitors by dry and wet moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of sight. Dangerous animals that can climb well are housed in landscaped glass-fronted enclosures. The zoo has not expanded beyond the original 28 hectares. 


However, 40 hectares of secondary forest were later developed into the Night Safari. The remaining undeveloped land has been kept as wooded land. This and the waters of Upper Seletar Reservoir contribute to the zoo, giving it a sense of natural, unrestricted space.

 

Singapore Botanic Gardens: For those who love their photos to be generously bathed in colours, this world heritage site is about 158 years old and houses the Burkhill Hall that is laid out in different colour zones. The National Orchid Garden within also provides many opportunities for photographing flora. It is located at walking distance from Singapore’s most famous road; Orchard Road. It has been awarded Asia’s Top park attraction from the year 2013. It is the only park in the world that opens from 5 AM in the morning and remains open till 12 AM at midnight. It is a star attraction not only for the tourists but the locals as well!! It posesses an array of horticulture attractions and has a huge collection of plants that are known to have significance worldwide.

 

Macritchie Reservoir: The wooded and waterside vistas are the perfect backdrop against which one can capture shots of macaques and a large host of birds. It is often frequented by bird watchers, and this place is popular for hiking and kayaking. MacRitchie Reservoir is Singapore's oldest reservoir. The reservoir was completed in 1868 by impounding water from an earth embankment, and was then known as the Impounding Reservoir or Thomson Reservoir.

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Best Commercial Hotels of Malaysia to reach by Bus

Some of the best business hotels in Malaysia are located in the prime business districts, have convenient, and hassle free access to public transportation like buses. These hotels cater specifically to guests traveling on business. The hotels are strategically located just for the time conscious businessperson. The hotels also offer facilities like outdoor swimming pools, 24-hour fitness centres and some of the best restaurants to cater to your taste buds! Coupled with futuristic modern technology, these hotels are completely ready to serve the international business community. Thanks to the location of these hotels, there are plenty of buses plying on this route!

 

 

 

Malaysia has some of the best road networks in the world. The roads reach almost every corner of the city and is the most preferred medium of transport. Unlike the monorail, it offers point-to-point connectivity. The public bus transit system is the most preferred choice here as the bus operators are regular and quite punctual. The bus fares are fixed and there is no problem of overcharging anyway. Peak hour, Lean hour does not make a difference to the fares. The fare is almost 40% lesser compared to cabs. Why pay more when you can travel with ease, convenience and lower fares by bus? You don’t have to carry cash or change either thanks to this website www.redbus.my which lets you book tickets and pay for them online so you just need to get out of your hotel, board a bus and zip through the city. They also have some exciting discounts to offer!

 

 

 

Putrajaya Shangri La

 

Affiliated to the Shangri La group of hotels, the hotels are famous for offering some of the best services to its guests. The hotel has about 43 meeting rooms that cater to all kinds of business needs coupled with state of the art technology and fast free Wi-Fi. In addition, a free shuttle service keeps the guests in sync with the action-taking place at the city centre. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast and free refreshments like tea and coffee throughout the day. You can get on to the Hop on Hop off bus which will drop you off exactly in front of the gate of this hotel ensuring point to point travel without any hassles.

 

 

 

Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur

 

Standing true to its name the hotel is as grand as it sounds! It is the perfect destination to stay at if you are looking forward to traveling convenience and some of the best accommodations. The Grand Millennium Hotel houses around 468 guest rooms and luxurious suites. Situated in the prime area of Bukit Bintang, the hotel is in close proximity to The Pavilion Mall and the Star hill mall. The hotel has a touch of exquisiteness and maintains its tranquillity at the same time! The hotel’s lobby rooms are golden themed and the rooms are quite spacious with basic amenities like Free and fast Wi-Fi, a 42 inch led screen, private bathroom with bathtub, satellite channels and laptop chargers. The hotel has around three restaurants that will cater to your taste buds. The hotel also provides complimentary breakfast services and free laundry services, You can board the GOKL city bus service and get off at the bus stop in front of Pavilion Mall.

 

 

 

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Sibu to Bintulu by Bus

Sibu is a small friendly town located in the state of Sarawak in East Malaysia. It is an inland town, which is strategically located at the convergence of two major rivers, which are the Rajang River and Lgang River. It is about 183 kms from Kuching. There are quite a few major attractions in this city that brought me here in the first place. Being a remote city, I had not expected many tourists but to my surprise, there were tourists from all over the world flocking to this beautiful place. One of the attractions that I found to be quite memorable was the Lbanlong house, which is necessary visit the moment you enter Sibu. This attraction lets you have a one of a kind experience and understanding about the lifestyle, customs and culture of the people of Malaysia.

 

 

 

The best way to get around Sibu is by an intercity bus to explore the several major attractions. My journey to Sibu ended after visiting the huge indoor markets, which was a shopaholic’s heaven. The next destination on my list was Bintulu that is also located in Sarawak in East Malaysia. I headed to this website called redbus to book my bus tickets and the process was quite easy and hassle free. One of the things that I liked the most was that I could book the tickets on the smart phone in the absence of my laptop. Sibu is about 205 kms away from Miri and 250 kms away from Sibu. Bintulu is considered one of the best places if you are looking out to chill out and relax when in Malaysia. There are quite a few beaches in and around Bintulu making it one of the best places to indulge in water sports and some beach games.

 

 

 

There are about 3 operators plying on the route between these two cities which are Bus Asia Biaramas, Bintang Jaya Express and Sungei Merah. Bus Asia Biaramas had seater coaches, Bintang Jaya Express had executive coaches and Sungei Merah had standard coaches. Bus Asia Biaramas had about 5 buses plying throughout the entire day which was the highest among all the other Operators. The first bus departs at about 12:30 am followed by 2:30 am. 6:00 am, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The cost of the ticket was fixed at SGD25 for all 5 buses. One thing that I noticed was that Bus Asia Biaramas seats were all booked so if you are planning to travel with this operator I would recommend you to book your tickets about a week in advance. The duration of the journey was about 4 hours as the Operator offered a 30-minute short break to its passengers. Bintang Jaya Express was the only executive express bus plying on the route between these two cities. The cost of the tickets were about SGD20 and there were about 41 seats in a single bus.

 

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Miri to Bintulu by Bus

Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak and is considered to be the birth place of the petroleum industry of Sarawak and Malaysia. The quite famous GunungMulu National Park which is renowned all over the world which is just 2 hours away from the city is one of the most reverred eco tourism destinations. This beautiful city is also the main tourist gateway for the Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir National Park as well as the Niah Caves. During my stay here, I was amazed at the exotic coral reefs the city has. It serves as a picture perfect place to end your journey in this small oil city of Malaysia. I was convinced that my next destination city would be Bintulu which is just 12 hours away from Miri by road. To my surprise there was only one mode of transportation lying on the route between these two cities which was a Bus. So, based on the recommendation of a friend and several other locals from within the city I headed to this website  redbus . The bus booking process was quite simple and I booked my bus tickets within minutes while sitting in a comfortable couch in the hotel lounge.

There were about three operators plying on the route between these two cities which were Bus Asia Biaramas, Sungei Merah and Bintang Jaya Express. Bintan Jaya Express was one of the options available on this route and since I wanted to cut short the duration of the journey between the two cities I booked my bus tickets with them. Another Express Bus option that I had was Sungei Mera where the duration of the journey was about 4 hours which was about 30 minutes more than Bintang Jaya Express. This was precisely because Sungei Mera offered a 30 minute short break during the course of the journey. The cost of the ticket for Bintang Jaya Express was about SGD20 which I found to be quite reasonable compared to other express bus options available. I immediately booked an executive coach with this operator through the website. Bingtan Jaya had only one bus plying in the entire day which was in the afternoon. This was a major change for me as I always prefer travelling at night. Nevertheless this experience was also quite good.

Sungei Mera had about 4 buses plying throughout the day with ticket prices fixed at SGD27 for all four buses. There were two coaches avaiable with Sungei Mera which was standard and VIP. Bus Asia Biaramas had the highese number of buses plying throughout the day. There were five buses departing at different times letting the passenger choose their time of convenience. The Operator also had several short breaks for refreshments. Owing to this the duration of the journey went upto about 12 hours. The first bus departs at 6:30 am in the morning and the other one at 10:00 am. There are 3 more buses departing at 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm. I would recommend you to book the afternoon bus to cover the maximum duration of your journey during non peak hours. The cost of the tickets were fixed at SGD25 for all 5 buses.

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Top 2 Must Visit Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are famous for being trendy – thanks to their chic and modern interiors. Kuala Lumpur is famous for being bent towards local food than international cuisine. Kuala Lumpur however still makes it to the top over its lists of friendly destinations. There are plenty of Chinese Coffee Shops and Indian Malay eateries capturing the dining scene in Malaysia. In recent times, Kuala Lumpur has developed a trend of setting up more and more cool and inexpensive cafes rather than fine dining restaurants or hawkers shops. These cafes are said to offer a large variety of food items.

Malaysia has one of the best bus transportation systems in the world precisely why the locals themselves leave their cars at home and prefer to travel by bus. The bus operators here are not only punctual about their timings but also provide the best services. The bus transit system ensures that you have point-to-point connectivity to the most important landmarks in Malaysia. Most buses arrive at an interval of 15 minutes and have tracking systems so that you can leave your hotel for the bus stop at the right time! The bus fares in Malaysia are some of the lowest in the world but there is absolutely no compromise on quality of service. You can book your bus tickets from https://www.redbus.my/buses/kuala-lumpur-bus-tickets at discounted rates. It is a completely hassle free procedure and you can pay online too! Book your tickets and zip past the city at unbelievable prices.

Acme Bar and Coffee

Acme Coffee Bar is one of the most awarding cafes of Malaysia. It is set on the ground floor of the magnificent Troika Sky Dining alongside the Jalan Binjai. The interiors of the restaurant have a New York touch to them with clean steel lines, floor to ceiling windows and large cushions. There are several classic western foods on the Menu. However, all of them have an Asian touch to them. I would recommend you to try out the spicy shrimp paste, which cost RM28 and is quite delicious. There are quite a lot seasonal items on the Menu but some of the signature items are always present on the Menu. This keeps the customers coming back for more. The restaurant has also won the best new restaurant of the year 2012.

Nobu Kuala Lumpur

Located in the magnificient Petronas tower, Nobu Luala Lumpur is quite a name when it comes to the world of Sushi, Tempura and Sashimi. The Americal actor Robert De Niro owns this world famous restaurant. He started the empire in the year 1994 in New York and has expanded greatly since then. The restaurant is famous for its glorious dishes that has taken the world by storm. The restaurant has around 29 franchises all over the world. It is open 6PM in the evening to 11PM in the night.

You can board the Hop on Hop off bus of Kuala Lumpur that will take you to the entrance of the Petronas Towers as well as Troika Sky Dining, which makes travel quite convenient. The bus journey will save you a lot of cash aside that will let you splurge your money on these two restaurants.

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A Bus Journey from Katra to Jammu

Jammu, known for its charming old temples, settled into the background of snow-topped mountains include many scopes of spots secured from hills to waterway valleys. There are many commuters willing to visit Jammu from Katra by settling on bus transportation. JKSRTC transports are for the most part favoured because of its dependable administrations. Aside from state-claimed bus transportation there are private bus organizations taking into account the streets from Katra to Jammu.

 

I booked online JKSRTC bus tickets to Jammu on redbus, I had settled on a Deluxe bus that made by travelling go smooth. I was on my vacation; the 41kms distance took around 2.5hours while the outrageous hilly road conditions were responsible for extended travel time.

 

I boarded a bus from Katra bus stand at 11:30am and reached Rail Head bus stop at 2:30pm. The bus had clean interiors and came with comfortable seating arrangements. The atmosphere was crisp icy; I was cold inside the transport. The view outside the window was sublime. The delightful long extends of bending streets and sloping land. The transport goes crosswise over the numerous radiant scene and towns. These were enough to keep you occupied during the journey.
Varied Cuisine choices in Jammu like the dishes that are rich, unique and significant enough to create a food culture around themselves. I have heard many praises about the Kashmiri kebabs, which are famous worldwide and trust me that you just cannot step out of Jammu without trying these. I had simply relished your taste buds with its mouth-watering food.

 

There are numerous choices of lodgings in Jammu suiting every type of pocket. Since I was visiting Jammu for the first time, I booked my hotel rooms ahead of time. After a bus journey, it is essential to take rest in a cosy room. My room had a fire chimney as well! I loved the decency and warmth in my room!

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A Bus Journey from Jabalpur to Bhopal, India

Jabalpur being situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh is quite popular for its marble rock formations on the banks of Narmada River. This place is linked to many cities via roadways. Many people travelling from Jabalpur to Bhopal on regular basis usually opt for buses. There are more than five buses plying on this route.

Bhopal beguiles you in its own way. A pair of lakes splits this beautiful city. Towards the North, you have the old city, a fascinating region of mosques, long alleys, bustling crowds, exotic havelis (huge palaces) and lively bazaars. The Southern part of the two lakes is considered as the new Bhopal. This place mostly frequented by visitors as they love to experience the wide roads, upmarket shopping complexes, plush hotels and restaurants nestled conveniently in the Arera and Shamla Hills, which overlook the lakes and the old city beyond. I took online bus tickets from redbus, as I made plans to travel to Bhopal from Jabalpur. I was geared up for a small vacation! This amazing bus booking portal reduced my hassles and made my bus journey a happy one.

The bus journey of 8 hours was comfortable as the bus gave rest stops and played movies on their TV screens. I was travelling in an AC sleeper bus, this was very relaxing and cool. The bus passed through several scenic places, broad highways, lush greenery and soothing plantation sights. I usually prefer bus travelling just because of these experiences.

Jabalpur is well connected by busways with other cities like Nagpur, Raipur, Indore and many more. Most of my travelling mode is by bus, I usually take buses to any place that is connected from Jabalpur. Since my plans of travelling are always unforeseen, therefore buses serve in a great way. I carry my earphones and my favourite novel along, this keeps away boredom during long journeys. I pack some tasty snacks and carry my sleeping blanket (I am little sceptical about the bedrolls given in the buses)! Everything is sorted when I sleep in a moving bus, seriously the best sleep ever! 

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Top 2 Bars in Langkawi and reach them by Bus

 


There are several bars and clubs in Langkawi, which are situated mostly in the area of Bantai Cenang. These bars have exotic lounges that serve as the best place for ending your busy day. The bars are specifically located at beachfront joints where you can sip a drink while watching over the waters of Andaman Sea. Since Langkawi is completely duty-free a glass of beer will set you back only by RM10. This will give you plenty of cash on hand to spend in some of Langkawi’s most famous bars and clubs. Langkawi’s nightlife has always been changing. The moment the sun sets the entire picture of the town changes.

 

 

 

Malaysia has one of the best bus transportation systems in the world precisely why the locals themselves leave their cars at home and prefer to travel by bus. The bus operators here are not only punctual about their timings but also provide the best services. The bus transit system ensures that you have point-to-point connectivity to the most important landmarks in Malaysia. Most buses arrive at an interval of 15 minutes and have tracking systems so that you can leave your hotel for the bus stop at the right time! The bus fares in Malaysia are some of the lowest in the world but there is absolutely no compromise on quality of service. You can book your bus tickets from redbus at discounted rates. It is a completely hassle free procedure and you can pay online too! Book your tickets and zip past the city at unbelievable prices.

 

 

 

 

 

Rhu Bar

 

 

 

This is one of the most costly bars in Langkawi. Located in an upscale locality, the bar has an Indian theme and is equipped with Indian Mogul Hanging Swings. The bar is located along side one of Asia’s best beaches. You can grab a drink and make yourself comfortable on the huge sofas under the open skies. I highly recommend you to try out the cocktails here. The bar has a lengthy menu of exquisite wines, beers, single malts, champagnes, authentic Japanese snacks and Sushi Rolls. The place is open every day from 3:00 pm to midnight. You can board the Grab shuttle G28 that will drop you off 171 metres away from the Rhu Bar. The Bar is hardly at a one-minute walking distance from here.

 

 

 

Naam OMG Bar

 

 

 

Situated in Pantai Cenang the Naam OMG Bar can be easily recognised from a distance – thanks to its bright and colourful entrance. The interiors of the bar has a cosy ambience with bright yellow umbrellas. It is famous for providing one of the best services in Langkawi. The guests are given cold towels as soon as they enter which is the perfect solution for Langkawi’s hot and dry climate. All of the drinks quite reasonably priced compared to the outside market. A glass of drink will seet you back somewhere around RM6 and RM12. You can board an express bus in Langkawi and get off at Cenang Mall. The bar is just at a 12-minute walking distance from here. The ticket should cost you somewhere around RM4 and RM5 which is far cheaper than the surge pricing applicable to cabs available in this area.

 

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