How to Get Around in Singapore

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If this is your first time in Singapore, let me share with you some useful tips to ease your experience. With a wide network of stations located across the city, MRT seems to be an absolutely perfect solution for traveling in Singapore. However, there are still other vehicles in the city that you can use in other cases such as taxis/grab, buses, or rental cars, motorcycles or even walk. With the range of only 50 cents to less than S$10, you can easily travel around the city.

The question here is how to get around Singapore? Let’s explore 3 means of transportation in Singapore for you when traveling in this beautiful and bustling city.

Bus

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Let me start with the bus because this is one of the cheapest option and it is easy to find a place on the bus from all corners of streets in the city. A bus trip just costs from 60 cents to 1 – 2 SGD, depending on how far the distance is. If you are about to travel by bus in Singapore, you can buy a copy of the TransitLink Guide (approximately SGD 1.5 per copy) at most bookstores. Similar to the MRT, you can buy tickets on each departure, or use the EZ-link card and recharge in order to use gradually. You can travel by bus and also walk to visit places nearby. Or you can buy the Singapore Tourist Pass.

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Another option is you can try the hop-on-hop-off bus service. This is the perfect option if you want to take a stroll around the city. This service allows visitors to “jump” down at any their favorite sights, enjoy the beauty of sights leisurely (no time limit), then catch another Hop-on-hop-off one to go to next places.

Taxi

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Singapore has thousands air-conditioned taxis which present on the streets of Singapore both day and night. Most taxis have a meter. The first 1.5 kilometers cost 2.4 SGD and then plus 10 cents for every 240 meters. However, during peak hours (07:30 – 09:30 and 17:30 – 19:00) at the downtown area, or directly from the airport to the hotel, you will charge an additional fee (normally about SGD 2, but may be more expensive depending on the specific situation). If you travel by taxi at night, the cost will add about 50% more. You can also opt for Grab. Both offer equal quality of service.

Trishaws

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Trishaws or tricycles with back cages were once a means of transportation in the past in Singapore. However, from time to time, it is very difficult to find this vehicle at lion island. If you are looking for some nostalgic experience, you can visit Chinatown and Little India. Most trolleys drivers will wait for visitors along Waterloo Street and each 45-minute-trip will cost about SGD 25 to SGD 45.

With these vehicles, I hope you have some ideas for your journey, which makes your trip more convenient and fun. However, to save the cost of travel, the best advice is to combine MRT and bus because these public transports are fixed and always cheaper than a taxi or get the Singapore Tourist Pass if you plan to use the public transport a lot.

How to Spend a Day in Penang – 1 day Itinerary in Penang

Penang. Also known by the locals as Pearl of the Orient. Penang is the most popular tourist destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, and if you go there, it’s easy to see why. It is so beautiful, unique & rich of historical value. If you are short on time, I’ve put together an itinerary for you to make sure you don’t miss any of the best stuff if you’re just spending one day in Penang! In this posting i will be sharing with you a guide assuming  you are arriving from Kuala Lumpur by the train/ETS.

Upon arriving at Penang Sentral, take the Ferry to the island and lets start the fun part.

Visit the Penang Clan Jetties

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This is the closest attraction near Penang ferry terminal. Take a walk to this one of the most popoular spot to visit. George Town feels like a place where time stands still. The early Chinese settlements in Penang can be witnessed here, one of the last remnants of Chinese influence on Penang.  One thing i can assure you about this location is it insta-worthy photo stops and a leisure walk on the dockside.

Explore the street murals

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Head to Lebuh Armenian, Love Lane and Lebuh Muntri heritage streets in the morning where you can explore some fascinating Penang tourist attractions.The city is compact enough to be explored on a walking tour or on a bike ride.

A walk through these streets lets you discover amazing murals and paintings by the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. His art and murals captivate everyone attention making these lanes a flourishing photo-stop for visitors. Some of his much-talked street murals are the ‘Little Girl in Blue’, ‘Little Children on a Bicycle’ and ‘Reaching Up’. You can even explore these street arts on a trishaw ride which costs about RM40 for a 30-minute tour of these winding colourful alleys.

Masjid Kapitan Keling

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Kapitan Keling Mosque is a Penang landmark. Built in 1801 by Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers (East India Company troops) located at Lebuh Buckingham and Lebuh Pitt. It is the largest mosque in Georgetown and looks sublime at sunset. It was named after the ‘kapitan’ of the Keling (a leader of the South Indian community similar to the leader of the Chinese community), Cauder Mydin Merican. The whitewashed mosque is topped with large golden-yellow Mughal-style domes, crescents and stars and features a single, typical Indian-Islamic minaret from which the sound of the azan (call to prayer) can be heard.

The Treasures of Khoo Kongsi

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The next destination is Khoo Kongsi, has kept its ancestral vibes well preserved. Located on Jalan Acheh, at Lebuh Pitt, Khoo Kongsi reflects the olden Hokkien clan culture through its structure and designs. Its architecture infuses genuine Chinese accents with ornate stone carvings, ceramic structures, murals and paper lanterns.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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photo credit : yoponi.com

Located at Leigh Street, this indigo blue mansion that reflects the traditional Hakka – Teochew style architecture. What is fascinating about this mansion is that it takes you into the era of Chinese traditions which is depicted throughout the mansion’s architecture. This traditional-style Chinese courtyard house has 38 rooms, granite-paved courtyards, and 220 timber-frame windows. Converted into a heritage hotel, the structure has undergone a major restoration. You can even opt to spend your overnight stay here and find yourself amid the best Penang tourist attractions.

Fort Cornwallis

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Set next to Penang clock tower, Fort Cornwallis is one of the oldest structures in Penang and the largest fortress in Malaysia. The fort is structurally built in a star shape as a measure to get better defense from enemies. Inside the fort is a bronze statue of Captain Francis Light, a harbour light tower, Penang’s first chapel and several bronze cannons, barrack areas and an enclosed park

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I hope this will help you to have some ideas what to do in Penang within 24 hours.

 

Penang Sentral – Hub Pengangkutan Awam Utara

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Sebagai anak jati Pulau Pinang, Penang Sentral ini merupakan sesuatu yang telah lama ditunggu. Penang Sentral ini terletak di Butterworth atau dahulunya dipanggil Jetty Butterworth.

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Sedikit latar belakang disebalik penantian warga Pulau Piang yang begitu panjang sehingga siapnya Penang Sentral ini.  Kompleks Suruhanjaya Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang (SPPP) atau lebih dikenali sebagai Jetty Butterworth telah terbakar tada 20 Mei 2001. Kompleks tersebut yang menempatkan terminal bas di tingkat bawahnya terletak berhampiran dengan pangkalan feri (yang sebahagiannya pernah runtuh pada 1988). Kebakaran itu berlaku di tingkat dua bangunan tersebut yang menempatkan pasaraya terkenal Parkson. Kebakaran besar itu hanya dapat dipadam sepenuhnya dalam tempoh lebih kurang 12 jam kemudian. Kemusnahan teruk itu menyebabkan ia tak dapat digunakan seperti biasa dan akhirnya telah dirobohkan sepenuhnya tidak lama kemudian.

Hari ni semua itu cuma sejarah. Dengan pembukaan Penang Sentral ni seperti membuka satu lembaran baru buat warga Pulau Pinang.

Hafiz berkesempatan untuk menggunakan kemudahan yang ada di Penang Sentral ni beberapa minggu selepas dibuka, ternyata ia sebuah penantian yang berbaloi.

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Antara kawasan utama di dalam Penang Sentral ni
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Kaunter tiket bas yang sistematik. Dah tak da ulat2 macam sebelum ni…
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Kawasan menunggu bas ni di bahagi kepada dua. Bas tempatan & antara bandar
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Kalau korang nak ke bahagian Pulau, bolehlah terus ke terinal ferry yang terletak di aras yang sama dengan kaunter tiket bas

Lepas ni kalau korang nak ke Pulau Pinang naik ETS, pastinya perjalanan anda akan jauh lebih mudah dari sebelum ini.