Tag Archives: Malaysia

Crossing the border.. Run! Squeeze! Be Alert!

This is just sharing about the ‘not so good’ experience in crossing the border from Singapore to Malaysia via Causeway during peak hours @last minute ….so never do this in future if unnecessary.

It’s was Friday,22 July, I was trying my best to reach Kranji MRT as soon as possible right after my last meeting which ended at 5.30pm.

By the time I reached Kranji MRT it was already near 6pm, the bus stops for both side of the roads were already very crowded..

As the clock clicked, more influx of people rushing to the bus stop.. worst of all the buses took ages to arrived.

When the bus arrived, many dashed to the bus, fighting their way up to board the bus, using all their might to squeeze into the already crowded bus. (Sound familiar for those who had travelled in India?) Only those that dare to bulldoze managed to get into the bus.  Obviously, it is not easy to get into the bus  ..gentleman act? don’t dream about it.  There is no queue, no sequence of who come first or later but just do whatever you can to get into the bus..totally disorder and chaotic.

Notice the above picture, the people already standing on the road instead within the bus stop despite one full load of bus in front which was about to set off..

Want to know how people board the bus? Watch the later part of this video(it was something like that), in fact in the earlier section of this video the ladies board the bus first and most guys board later. However, in the Kranji case it was the guys fighting the way up first.

Notice the jam on the road opposite the Kranji MRT? One will have to wait for long time for the next bus to arrived as the road was so congested.

Notice the jam on the road opposite the Kranji MRT?  One will have to wait for long time for the next bus to arrived as the road was so congested.

If you think why not wait for the next bus why the hassle? While waiting you will notice it was getting crowded every minutes as seem like most people come straight to this bus stop opposite Kranji MRT after work. Finally the bus came but it was already overloaded thus it did not stop but just bypass.

Conclusion then was ..better think of alternative, so I went back to the Kranji MRT and took the MRT train to Woodland MRT thinking that I should be able to access to KTM Railway easily..(I intend to change the original plan from taking coach@Larkin to take the overnight KTM railway train instead which suppose to take longer hours) thinking that it may not be so crowded. When I reached Woodland MRT while asking for direction to KTM railway train station, I was advised to take Bus 851 from the nearby Woodland Interchange to reach  KTM railway train station, again the bus was very packed but this time there was order and queue. Later was told railway ticket sold out and was advised not to waste that trip but was guided to take Bus 951 from Woodland Interchange to the Singapore Causeway Custom instead. Here though the crowd was no better than Kranji but at least all queue for the buses, just wait for your turn. It took an hour to reach from the original 15mins.

Once the bus stopped at the Singapore Causeway Custom you will noticed that most pace up or even run to clear the custom as fast as possible. After the immigration clearance..Wow! Shockingly the whole place was pack like sardine!!

It seemed like there was a commotion in front on getting their way to board the bus.

There was no more space till the queue extend to the stairs..

People start dashing to the road for the buses

People strive to board the bus

Everyone is squeezing their way.. one need to be alert and hold on to one's bag or valuables

It is not a smooth journey at all.

Later then I realised that it’s not an appropriate time to travel to Malaysia at all for there are added crowd whom travel to KL for the holiday as well as Soccer game..and this add on to the heavy traffic on the Fri peak hours..

Only realised why it was such a terrible crowd .. when I saw the below headline in the news..

“28 July 2011 Singapore Vs Malaysia Soccer World Cup Qualifier! The exciting 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying second-leg match between Malaysia and Singapore. Soccer World Cup, this clash was played on Thursday 28th July 2011 which held at Bukit Jalil Stadium KL. …”

Lesson learnt, always plan ahead to book flight or express coach that travels direct from Singapore to Malaysia for a hassle free journey.

Click here for Promotions or Offers  in Singapore

Woodlands Train Checkpoint (KTM Railway)

I find these useful for those who wish to travel via train to and fro between Singapore and Malaysia. Hope it helps you. ; )

 BUS STOP LOCATION  SERVICES  MRT STATION  BUS STOP CODE
 WOODLANDS CHECKPT  160  170  170#  950  46101
 WOODLANDS CHECKPT  160  170  170#  950  46109
Woodlands Checkpoint (24 Hours)
21 Woodlands Crossing, S(738203)

The new location of KTM Railway of Singapore     Click for the Map      Nearest MRT Station    Guide to Get to and Around

 

Click here for Promotions and Offers in Singapore

 

Points to note for travel to Malaysia from Singapore via coach or bus

Important to note if one wish to travel to Malaysia from Singapore via coach or bus

Never travel during peak period or hours

1) For weekdays Mon-Thur from 5pm onwards

2) Try to avoid Fri especially from 4pm onwards

3) Eve of public holiday (or near End of public holiday avoid travel from Malaysia to Singapore)

It will be heavy jam. Especially crowded and chaotic at the customs of both Singapore and Malaysia ie woodland causeway route.

If one chose to take public transport such as buses or coaches to cross the boarder, one will need to first alight at Singapore custom, queue for Singapore passport check and stamp chop, queue for next bus (to speed up the process just board any public buses that you can access) or get back to your original coaches. Which ever it is you will need to squeeze your way out in the crowd.

However, if you don’t mind to spend time stuck in the jam, long queue and wish to experience the chaotic part of  life of most who needs to cross the boarder everyday especially for Malaysians who work in Singapore and travel back home in Malaysia ..by all means do it. Just beware that human gets agitated, frustrated  easily in that kind of environment. And you may see quarrels or fight at times when they pushes and fighting their way to get up in the bus.. The order and proper queueing system may not be there at times..And of course you will need to be extra careful and alert for your safety as well as your valuables.

Personally, I will try to avoid taking public buses or the border crossing coach during these peak period. The better approach is to book an express coach or flight much in advance to secure a seat and travel in better comfort.

Sharing

 

Click here for Promotions and Offers in Singapore

 

My first time sign up in DEAL (just to share the experience)

I was always very skeptical about DEAL or the similar..

Well, without trying I won’t really know how it will be like ..

 I sign up DEAL as it was in my mailbox and have got sharing from friends that it is not a hoax nor scam. Just coincidentally  I was planning to have family outing for a good meal,

My first time purchase via DEAL when I saw this promotion from Shiu Yakiniku which sound unique and seems nice. So purchased @SGD23.30NETT per pax from the original SGD46.60 as stated in the DEAL which gave me a feel that I got a good bargain! 

My next immediate move was to quickly make reservation before I forget about this whole thing which I may, due to my forgetful nature..

And when we were there at the entrance of Shiu Yakiniku, we realised that they are marketing and display a banner with the promotional price of SGD24.90++ for  walk in guests. The first impression was not that good. Reason being I thought the it was suppose to be SGD46.60  for those who didn’t purchase via DEAL.

Hmm.. may be it’s different menu for that promotion price tag as compared to ours. Moreover, I have never patron this restaurant before I can’t really know what is the menu list with that promotion offer to walk in guests..

May be those who did experience as a walk in guest, do share with us the menu and experience with us here ; )

One thing I am convince is base on market rate for the price tag we paid for it’s fairly worth of the menu we were given if we are a great eater by volume. Which I think it is fair deal.

Refer to the visit then.

My second time purchase via DEAL

My second attempt purchase via DEAL is when I come across this good deal for travelling to KL from Singapore by Luxury Coach, provided by Luxury Tours & Travel.

I found this worth as I have ever taken this coach before last year and find it not bad and it cost me about SGD30+ and then I saw this offering SGD17 from DEAL !! Sound a good deal to me ! So I purchased few such tickets for my family, planning to travel to KL in Aug. The only unfavorable condition are one can only travel from Saturdays to Thursdays .. which I usually prefer Friday. And the departure time from Singapore only available for us to chose between 3.30pm or 7pm which means we can only arrived KL earliest by 10pm if we depart at 3.30pm.

Have yet to activate this, thus will share with you after my experience in Aug 2011 when I board the coach then ;  )

(Sharing about boarding the coach)

And I have yet to progress to purchase those long distance Oversea Travel , as the price tag for that is bigger..that means the risk will be higher too. Just concern that what will happen if I couldn’t get the date range we want to travel and it is just too rush to plan as DEAL always required one to confirm asap as the promotion window time frame is short. What happen if the expiry date is due?

However, for those who did have extensive experience of DEAL, you are welcome to share your experience : )

 

Click here for Promotions and Offers in Singapore

 

TERMINAL BERSEPADU SELATAN (TBS) Bus Terminal for Coach in KL, Kuala Lumpur ,Malaysia

Inside TBS

TERMINAL BERSEPADU SELATAN (TBS)

Newly opened (January 2011) Bus terminal for south-bound buses (Melaka, Singapore etc.) in Bandar Tasik Selatan in southern Kuala Lumpur. The high-end and revolutionary 570-million Ringgit bus terminal suppose to looks and operates more like an airport with a centralized ticketing system. The TBS bus terminal is located about 20min south of the KL city centre. It is however conveniently linked to ERL (KLIA Transit express train, connecting KL Sentral and the airport), KTM Komuter train and LRT. There are also intercity buses, taxis and city buses. The terminal has 55 platform bays and 110 holding bays and 1,800 seats in the terminal. Passenger will be able to buy tickets for any bus company at the ticket counter and receive a boarding pass with their name. Information of bus departure times and gates are displayed at various screens throughout the terminal. It is also planned that travellers can book their tickets online through the TBS website.

The different Coach Ticketing Counter

More counters..

Waiting area for the Coach Arrival

"Departure Gate"

How to get to BTS/TBS:

  • LRT: take Ampang line towards Sri Petaling, get off at Bandar Tasik Selation
  • KTM: take Seremban line, get off at Bandar Tasik Selation
  • ERL: take KLIA transit, get off at Bandar Tasik Selation from the train station there is a bridge that directly connects to the bus terminal

Breakfast in JB, Malaysia over weekend

The small corner

Arrived here around 8am to have breakfast. It is such a crowd..

Traditional Malay Laksi Lemak @MY1 with egg, chilli and very little Ikan Billis

Traditional Half Boiled Kampong Egg with mix of pepper and light soy sauce. Pipping hot!!

A simple breakfast of such with a cup of coffee cost total of MY3.

Opposite this shop is their traditional  bread shop where they bring over the freshly baked white slice of bread for toast .. what nice fragrance!!

This place is very near to Johor, Malaysia custom from the Woodland, Singapore side. Need to walk about 25mins to reach here where they formerly wanted to convert this place to tourist spot like the Malacca lane but somehow it was not successful. However, within there are few very traditional shop houses earning their income from the office workers here. For there are many major banks and companies in this nearby vicinity.

Rating: 7/10

Travel from Singapore to Malaysia and within Singapore/Malaysia

Click for Promotions and Important Points to Note

Singapore Buses to Johor (vice versa) 

SBS Bus 170 Route:  Queen Street Bus Station (Singapore) or the bus-stop along Rochor Canal Road (just after Sim Lim Square,Singapore)  via Kranji MRT(Singapore)  to Larkin Terminal, Johor, Malaysia

SBS Bus 160 Route:  Jurong East Interchange (Singapore)  via Kranji MRT(Singapore)  to Kotaraya and @old JB train station, Johor, Malaysia

SMRT Bus 950 Route:  Woodlands MRT via Marsiling MRT(Singapore) to Kotaraya and @old JB train station, Johor, Malaysia

SMRT Bus 950 Route:  Woodlands MRT via Marsiling MRT(Singapore) to Kotaraya and @old JB train station, Johor, Malaysia

*For more details on the schedules and changes, pls refer to http://www.transitlink.com.sg/

Getting Around Within Singapore 

Guided Direction     Singapore Street Directory

Train Taxi Bus by SMRT     Some more Public Transport

Singapore Transport Guide via mobile handphone

Promotion hope that can be of useful

Locate for places to eat

List of Singapore Markets and Hawker Centres

Causeway Bus Services Travelling between Johor to Singapore (vice versa) 

CW1 Larkin Bus Terminal (Johor)<–> Kotaraya  (Johor)<–> Kranji MRT  Station  (Singapore)

Route: Larkin Bus Terminal (Malaysia),Kotaraya II Bus Terminal (Malaysia),Johor Bahru Custom (Malaysia),Woodlands Custom (Singapore),Kranji MRT Station (Singapore)

CW2 Larkin Bus Terminal  (Johor)<–> Queen Street(Singapore)

Route: Larkin Bus Terminal (Malaysia),Johor Bahru Custom (Malaysia),Woodlands Custom (Singapore),Queen Street (Singapore)

CW3 Perling Mall  (Johor)– Bukit Indah (Johor) — Jurong East Bus & MRT Interchange (Singapore)

Route:  Taman Bukit Indah (Malaysia), Gelang Patah (Malaysia), Sultan Abu Bakar Custom (Malaysia), Jurong East (Singapore)

CW3S Sutera Mall (Johor) <–> Jurong East(Singapore)

Route: Sutera Mall (Malaysia), Taman Bukit Indah (Malaysia), Sultan Abu Bakar Custom (Malaysia), Jurong East (Singapore)

CW4 Pontian – Gelang Patah – Jurong East

Route: Pontian (Malaysia), Gelang Patah (Malaysia), Sultan Abu Bakar Custom (Malaysia), Jurong East (Singapore)

CW4S Sutera Mall <–> Gelang Patah <–> Jurong East

Route: Sutera Mall (Malaysia), Gelang Patah (Malaysia), Sultan Abu Bakar Custom (Malaysia), Jurong East (Singapore)

CW5 Johor Bahru Customs <–> Newton Circus

Route: Johor Bahru Custom (Malaysia), Woodlands Custom (Singapore), Newton Circus (Singapore)

Pls note that the bus will stop at the Singapore checkpoint and follow by the Malaysian checkpoint (vice versa). The bus will not wait for you whilst you clear the respective immigration, so take all your belongings with you. Keep your bus ticket and hop on the next bus (of the same company and at the last immigration clearance/checkpoint of the two, check the bus number and to confirm ask the driver if it is the destination you are going for) which comes along. You don’t have to pay again.

*For more details on the schedules and changes, pls refer to  http://www.causewaylink.com.my/singapore-bus

*For buses within Johor, Malaysia, pls refer to http://www.causewaylink.com.my/route-services

*For express buses from Singapore/Johor, Malaysia to other area/states of Malaysia, pls refer to below


http://www.causewaylink.com.my/iskandar-malaysia-bus

Senai Airport http://www.senaiairport.com/, in Johor State.

Getting to Singapore from Senai Airport:
1) Board the White bus to City Lounge (Kotaraya Bus Terminal).
2) From City Lounge, board CW1 to Johor Bahru Custom.
3) At Johor Bahru Custom, you can board either one of the following bus to Singapore:
a) CW1 will take you to Kranji MRT Station eventually.
b) CW2 will take you to Queen Street eventually.
**Travelling time takes about 40 – 60 minutes
Via Express Coach

Below are the list of link for Online booking of Coach to and within Malaysia

http://www.singaporemalaysiabus.com/first_coach.html

http://www.causewaylink.com.my/booking.php

http://www.fivestarsonline.com/coach_booking/coach_listing.php

http://www.easibook.com/

For more details about travel in Johor, pls refer to http://wikitravel.org/en/Johor_Bahru#b

Beware when you reach Lakin Bus Terminal there are also many buses from there to other part of Malaysia. Personally I have got tricked to purchase much more expensive ticket to KL stating that I need not have to wait and there is coach set off immediately, however, I ended up waited in the coach for an hour and worst of all it had few stops over and reach KL much later than I expected. So do remember to ask at least a few counters for the price, time of the coach departure for comparison first before you rush into purchase of the ticket  if you want to take bus from Larkin.

Via Air (Budget Airlines)

http://www.jetstar.com/sg/en/home

http://www.airasia.com/sg/en/home.html

http://www.tigerairways.com/

Personally I take more of Jetstar or AirAsia to Malaysia as after much comparison so far the total charges included all tax, services, admin & miscellaneous charges respectively these 2 are the more cost effective. For you to compare and share too ; )

Via Railway Train  (How to get there?)

Singapore Train to Malaysia has relocated .  Actual location and getting there

More information about Singapore and Malaysia train station

Online Railway Train Ticket  (For you to explore. Personally have not use this site to book any ticket before.)

KTM Railway Route  You can still refer to this reference as a rough guide just that the Railway Route from Singapore has changed to Woodland instead of Keppel Road.

Other information that may be of useful 

Singapore Road Traffic & Checkpoints

Travel

Disclaimer: This is only gather and consolidate all relevant source of information to facilitate all to get info at ease and for my own references as well. I don’t get to earn any from these provider at all.

Pls also share your experiences and know about getting around here too for me to learn as well. Thanks!

 

Click here for Promotions and Offers in Singapore