Sunday, October 07, 2018

Itinerary for 4 day trip to KL, Ipoh, Penang

Dear Mr Tan
Just liked your FB. Would you mind sharing your 4-day KL/Ipoh/Penang on your FB? Your mode of transport especially. More people will benefit from it. It looks like a lot of fun. Would love to replicate it.
Many thanks!

Here is the itinerary.

Day 1.
We took MRT to Kranji and changed to SBS 170 to pass the Singapore and Johore checkpoints and continued on Bus 170 to Larkin Sentral.

We took a bus from Larkin to TBS (integrated terminal), KL. From there, we took a taxi to a hotel in Bukit Bintang.

Day 2
We took Grab to KL Sentral and took the KTM train to Ipoh. On arrival, we took Grab to the hotel.

Day 3
We took Grab to Amanjaya bus terminal and took an express bus to Sungei Nibong, Penang. We took Grab to a hotel in Georgetown.

Day 4
We stayed in Georgetown for another day.

Day 5
We took Grab to the airport and Scoot flight back to Singapore.

Hotel bookings
We book the Goldbrick Hotel in Bukit Bintang, the Station 18 Hotel in Ipoh and the Mingood Hotel in Georgetown.

The booking were made by The hotel staff advised us to book with in the future, as their charges are lower.

The Goldbrick hotel room is rather small, but the location is convenient.

The Station 18 hotel was 3.5 km outside of the town center. There are many hotels in the town center which are more convenient. When booking, look for the distance from the town center.

Mingood Hotel is well located, but is old. It is comfortable and the staff are nice.

We wanted to take the KTM train but found that there were only a limited number of services each day. It was difficult to fit into the schedule.

Express Bus
It is easy to take the express bus because it is available every hour and sometimes, every half hour.

Grab is very easy to use. We have to wait 2 mins for the driver to arrive. The fares are low. The drivers are friendly and helpful.

Food and shopping
We rely on Google and on the locals to recommend the good eating places. It was quite easy.

Avoid Checkpoint Jam

It took two hours to get from Kranji to Larkin Sentral, due to long queues at the checkpoint. A better way is to use KTM from Woodlands to JB checkpoint. It takes 10 mins, but adds $5 to the trip. After CIQ, take SBS 170 to Larkin.

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