5 Helpful Tips to Know While Arrinving in Bangkok

1. Bring a photocopy of your passport details page

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You might be asked to produce some form of ID for certain clubs or bars in Bangkok. This rule has been heavily enforced lately, and you could be fined if you fail to show the authority your ID when they ask for it.

So if you’re planning to enjoy the nightlife, it’s advisable to bring your passport or at least a photocopy of it.

2. Make sure you fill up your arrival and departure cards correctly and skip the queue by using the ASEAN immigration counters

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Make sure that you fill in the correct information on your cards. There’s also a special lane for tourists holding passports from ASEAN countries, and the queue is usually shorter than the other counters.

3. Take the Airport Rail Link or airport buses for the cheapest trip to the city, from as low as THB15 (about RM1.87) per person

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The cheapest and most convenient way to get to Bangkok city is through the Airport Rail Link, which will cost you only a maximum of THB45 (about RM5.60). Phaya Thai is the train’s last stop, which is located in the city’s central area. Alternatively, you can also take the Bor Khor Sor buses if your hotel is located in the Ekkamai, Sukhumvit, or Chatuchak areas.

 

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Image via Thaizer

 

Don Mueang Airport
There are four buses that go into Bangkok city centre which only cost THB30 (about RM4) or THB50 (about RM7), depending on the route. Here’s the list of destinations:

– Bus A1 stops at the Mo Chit BTS station, THB30.
– Bus A2 stops at Victory Monument, THB30.
– Bus A3 stops at Lumpini Park, THB50.
– Bus A4 stops at Khao San Road, THB50.

 

4. Use Grab if you need to go somewhere without a train station

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Image via Grab

 

Some taxi drivers don’t charge by the meter, especially during peak hours. Grab is the best and safest option, since it offers services like the usual GrabTaxi, GrabCar, and even GrabBike.

 

5. Get a Rabbit card or One Day Pass

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Rabbit Card

The easiest way to travel around Bangkok is by train, so it’s highly recommended that you get one of these. The Rabbit card is like our Touch ‘n Go – it’s a smart card that allows for cashless transaction on the BTS trains, BRT buses, McDonald’s, and a few other restaurants. The ticket machines at the train stations only accept coins and the queue to get tickets can get quite long during peak hours, so having this card really helps.

You’ll need to pay THB100 (about RM13for the card, which comes with a five-year validity period. There are two ways you can store value into your Rabbit card:

1. Top up your card like how you do for your Touch ‘n Go back at home. Note that the minimum top up value is THB100.
2. Purchase a 30-day trip plan, starting from THB465 (about RM57.86) for 15 trips. This plan only applies for trips taken on BTS trains, and is valid for trips taken within 30 days from the day you first use your Rabbit card. You can check out their other 30-day plans here.

One Day Pass

If you plan to use a lot of train services in a day, u can consider to purchase One Day Pass that will cost you 140Baht. You can purchase this card at all BTS station. Please note that this One Day Pass only valid at BTS train services.

 

So travel safe & have fun while you are in Bangkok.

Review for Warm Window Silom

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First of all, i must say this is one of the best hostel you can find in Silom. Ive been to many hostel & hotel in Bangkok, Warm Window Silom exceed my expectations.

Let me share with you some backgrounds of this hostel. In the past, Silom is the center of trading amongst Thai and European merchants through Chaophraya river. Thais became closer friends with foreigners, while the building architectures on this road have been a blend of Thai and Colonial style harmoniously since then.

Although Silom Road became the financial centre of the capital, but yet still being the headquarter of expats and foreign tourists; full of historical attractions, street food, café, and shops; with multi-transportations to downtown and other parts of Bangkok.

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Warm Window Silom Hostel located on Pan Road which is one of the most peaceful residence area in Silom. It is only 7mins away from Surasak BTS Station, 1min away to the Bus stop on main Silom street and 10mins away from the pier! Isn’t it cool?

On  top of all the excitement, Warm Window Silom also offer ‘wider bed’ with personal locker and capturing design. They also provide various choice of accommodation such as ‘Budget capsule bed’, ‘Queen size bed dormitory’, ‘Private room with Bathroom’ and ‘Private group size room’. So don’t worry, if you like travelling alone or travel as a group of friends even couple and families. You will easily fit in here.

So if you are in Bangkok, please do check out this wonderful space.

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4 Reasons Not to Skip Malaysia During Your Southeast Asia Trip

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Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s forgotten paradises. Located in between Indonesia and Thailand, Malaysia has the same wild jungles and painfully pretty beaches. As much you enjoy the beaches, you don’t just visit Malaysia to lie on a beach. You will be blown away with the incredible culture experience. Made up of residents of Malay, Chinese & Indian, your visit to Malaysia is like visiting three places at a time.

Let’s see how to spend your money and time wisely.

If your only experience of a Southeast Asian city consists of walking down Khao San Road or Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, wedged between 40,000 sweaty tourists buying hemp caftans and tie-dyed beach dresses, then you haven’t experienced a Southeast Asian city properly. Kuala Lumpur is one of the most advanced cities in Asia, with amazing skyscrapers. From the twin tower of KLCC and KL Tower to name a few.

Visit to the Islands – Snorkeling or Diving

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Despites of what can you get in Bali or Phuket, there’s more option for you to chooese in Malaysia. Sipadan, Perhentian, Tioman and more. It has pretty much everything you could ask for: lush jungle & Blue Crush–like beaches. One of the best parts about a tropical vacation is exploring the tropical marine life. Malaysia has some of the best snorkeling and diving locations in the world and Tenggol Island is one of them. Located off the east coast, Tenggol and the surrounding islands are arguably some of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. Getting there requires a 1.5 hour boat ride from the mainland, where tropical fish and teeny-tiny (incredibly harmless) reef sharks await.

Eat Your Way Through Penang

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Everyone in Malaysia will tell you to go to Penang for the food. To satisfy them—as well as eat your way through Malaysian cuisine, Penang should be on the top of your list. This is your chance to experience Malaysian hawker food at its best, Roti canai, assam laksa, satay, nasi lemak. If you’ve no idea what any of those words mean, google them..lol Throw caution to the wind and allow yourself to get lost in the wonderful world of Malaysian street food. Just make sure you save room for dessert.

 

Get Lost in the Jungle
Okay, don’t really get lost in the jungle, but you should go exploring the jungle. The island of Borneo (which is split between Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia) has one of the oldest rain forests on the planet, home to incredible species like the Bornean orang utan (which is endangered) and the adorable orange proboscis monkey. If you like to split your time between a bit of jungle trekking and away from hustle bustle of the city, make Gaya Island Resort) your base. You can explore the lush wilderness all day and sleep in an opulent suite located in a tropical mangrove, all night.

Hope this will help you to ease your visit to Malaysia.

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7 Best Museum in Penang

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Penang is the best place for you to travel around with family, friends or even as a solo travellers.  Penang Museum is one of the many attractions that must be in your list. You maybe overwhelmed by the number of museums in Penang. Let me help you in the direction of Georgetown’s finest museums, galleries and what they have to offer.

Let’s check out the best things to do when you visit.

1. Wonderfood Museum, Penang

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Wonderfood Museum is a great place to learn about Penang Food. There are penty displays of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines and scenes depicting everyday life of Malaysian related to food. The displays look very realistic. There are also many places for you to take cute and funny photos, and the staffs are willing to help you.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM25 (MyKad holders RM15)
Children: RM15 (MyKid holders RM10)

Visiting Hours:
Mondays – Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00am to 6:00pm

2. Ghost Museum, Penang

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Ghost Museum displayed variety of ghost from all ethnics. From Malay, Chinese, Egypt, Pirate, Western Vampire and Japan. You will understand the history and lesson of all these ghost after the visit here. In addition to this, you can try on some of the costumes available and take cool pictures with the props as well.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM36 (MyKad holders RM18)
Children: RM16 (MyKid holders RM8)
Student: RM 16 (MyKad holders RM10)
Senior Citizens: RM 16 (MyKad holders RM 8)

Visiting Hours:
Mondays – Fridays: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Address: 57, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

3. Upside Down Museum

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Upside Down Museum is an interactive museum located at Kimberly Street in Penang. The place is well organised. All visitors gets to experience each room and have their photos taken without hordes of other people in the same room. There are friendly and helpful staff in every room who take the photos for you using your own device. Having the staff to take capture the moment is a plus point as they tell you how to pose with the various furniture/fittings to get the best out of the shots plus it helps keeps everyone moving along from room to room so there are no holdups. A great fun place for all ages.

Entrance Fee
Adults: RM27 (MyKad holders RM16)
Children (aged 5-12): RM16 (MyKid holders RM8)
Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM11
Non-Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM16

4. 3D Trick Art Museum

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They have an array of 3D art, while you take a look at it, it just a normal art paint on the wall, once shoot it with your camera, you’ll find the magic. Not just that, the friendly staff will assist you for taking the picture and guide you to get best pose to make your photo lively.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM25 (MyKad holders RM15)
Children: RM15 (MyKid holders RM10)
Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM10
Non-Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM15
Senior Citizens: RM 15 (MyKad holders RM10)

5. Penang Peranakan Museum

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The heritage mansion offers a glimpse of the Baba Nyonya opulent lifestyle and their various customs and traditions. The architecture was unparalleled and the antique collection was amazing. Do get a guide as they will explain to you in details the history  about the History of The Unique Penang Peranakan.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM20
Children: RM10 (Free for children below 6)

6. Camera Museum

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The Camera Museum has a wide assortment of cameras from models of the early cameras to more recent ones that teaches you interesting things. If you’re interested in photography it is sure to be a worthwhile place to visit.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM20
Children: RM10
Seniors Citizens: RM10

Visiting Hours: Mondays – Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:30am – 6:30pm

Address: 49, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang

7. Penang War Museum

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Penang War Museum was a fort built by British in 1930s. Located in Batu Maung, this Penang museum was opened to public in 2002 and was the largest war museum in South East Asia.

This museum was restored as a memorial back from its dark days. In this museum, there are plenty of war artifacts. Besides weapons like cannons, you can also go to underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers which are located nine metres underground.

Some of these tunnels lead all the way to the sea as they once served as access routes to submarines. Navigating through these passageways sometimes forces one to walk or even crawl through very narrow, confined spaces. If you are really interest in history, you should visit this place and learn about what happened in the other side of WORLD WAR II.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: RM30 (MyKad holders RM15)
Children 5-12 years old: RM15 (MyKid holders RM7.50)

Visiting Hours:
Mondays – Fridays: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Address: Lot 1350, Mukim 12, Daerah Barat Daya, Batu Maung, 11960 Penang.

This is just my personal opinion for some of the list of museum that you can try to check out while you in Penang. 552

8 Must Visit Place in Penang

Penang. The pearl of the orient. Penang is divded in two parts. The Island and the mainland. In this posting, i will share what the island can offer you. From beaches, sparkling waters, and a laid back island feel coupled with a big city experience. Penang is also known for its food and anyone who loves to eat will truly find a culinary paradise here, much of which is down to the mix of influences in the city.

Penang enjoys a large Chinese, Malay & Indian community. So it is not a surprised for you to find a fantastic and diverse food scene that includes fiery curries, toothsome noodles, and a plethora of street food delights. All of this is encircled by gorgeous architecture and the traditional center.

Penang’s capital, Georgetown, has been accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This means that you can explore pretty ancient buildings as well as museums, forts, gardens and temples. Visitors to Penang will certainly not be short of places to visit and sights to check out on a trip here.

Let’s check out the best place to visit in Penang:

1. Fort Cornwallis

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If you are in Penang for the first time, this is a must place to visit. Fort Cornwallis is one of the most famous sights in Penang and dates from the 18th century. It was built by the British East India Company under the direction of Sir Francis Light who was the founder of Penang and was designed to defend the city in case of an attack from the water.

The fort is still in good condition and from time to time you can see the maintenance work is progress.

2. Kek Lok Si Temple

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Kek Lok Si Temple is famed for being one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia and as such you should make sure not to miss it if you are travelling to Penang.

Many Buddhist devotees consider this to be an important pilgrimage site and you can spot the beautiful towering Kek Lok Si Pagoda as well as the statue of Guanyin.

The statue is constructed in the shape of the Goddess of Mercy and stands at a height of 36.5 meters and the entire temple complex is built in a range of styles. As such make sure to look out for the Chinese base, Thai style mid-section, and the Burmese inspired top level.

3. Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque

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It is situated on the corner of Buckingham Street (Lebuh Buckingham) and Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling). This is the first mosque in Penang and built in the 19th century by the Indian Muslim traders in Georgetonw. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is also the largest in town. The complex is surrounded by low walls and topped with Moghul-style copper domes.

“Keling” is a Malay term for people of Indian origin, nowadays considered offensive but not so considered at the time when the mosque was built. The “Kapitan ” was a representative of the Indian community, like the “Kapitan Cina” for the Chinese community.

4. Explore Little India

 

Little India represents a small section of Penang but it is certainly not to be dismissed because of its size.

As you walk around Little India look out for shops selling gorgeous colorful saris as well as perfume emporiums and incense shops. Other venues blast Bollywood music onto the streets and this is also one of the best places in Penang to sample some street food.

These include deep fried pastries such as samosas and this is also a great place to find one of the most famous drinks in Malaysia which is Teh Tarik or a kind of tea made with condensed milk and poured from one cup to another in order to create a thick foam head.

5. Take a Tram Ride to Bukit Bendera

Penang Hill is without a doubt one of the top attractions in Penang and towers to a height of 812 meters above sea level. The hill offers some much needed respite from the fierce heat of the city and getting there is part of the fun.

Penang Hill is serviced by the Penang Hill Railway which is one of the oldest funicular systems in the world and once you get to the top you can take in the amazing views across to Langkawi and Kedah.

There are also a range of nature trails here if you like hiking and you can also trek to the hill from the neighboring Botanical Gardens if you fancy a workout. 🙂

6. Butterfly Farm

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Anyone who likes flora and fauna should check out the Butterfly Farm in Batu Ferringhi. Its worth travelling to this Butterfly Farm. Here you will find an amazing 4,000 butterflies and 120 different species, all of which flutter around in a large and colorful garden.

Some of the species here include rare finds such as Yellow Bird Wing butterflies and Indian Leaf butterflies and the farm also works as a conservation center which is focused on breeding and caring for the habitats of these endangered species.

7. Trishaw Ride

One of the best ways to see Penang in an afternoon is to use one of its traditional modes of transport in the form of a colorful trishaw. The trishaws are either operated by a small motor or by pedal power. It is also usually covered in interesting design features such as fairy lights or flowers.

Riding in a trishaw also gives you to opportunity to check out some of the less visited parts of Georgetown and most drivers also act as guides and will fill you in on all the history of the areas you visit. But please be reminded that you are advice to ask for the price before you start your trip to avoid issues or argument on the pricing upon completion your ride.

8. Visit Khoo Kongsi

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Khoo Kongsi is another one of Penang’s most iconic attractions and used to be a clan-house in the days of old. Nowadays the home has been turned into a museum and you will find gorgeous architecture here as well as elegant stone carvings that have a heavy Chinese influence.

The home was built in the 19th century and has a number of breathtaking signature features such as a large temple altar that is decorated with gold leaf and inlaid with ancestral tablets.

You can take a tour of the house and if you happen to be in town at the right time you may even be able to watch a Chinese Opera show here as several performances take place throughout the year.

Is that ALL?

Obviously no. There are plenty other interesting place to explore & visit. Ill share with you in the next posting.

 

Malaysia Mendapat Tempat ke 3 Jumlah Pelancong Paling Ramai di Dunia….

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Buat warga KL sekalian, berdasarkan laporan tahunan dari World Travel Monitor, Malaysia dilihat tersenarai di tempat ke-3 sebagai tempat paling dilawati ppelancong. Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysia merupakan bandar dan negara paling banyak menjadi pilihan pelancong di Asia.

World Travel Monitor ini diterbitkan oleh perunding pelancongan di seluruh dunia IPK International. Ia ditugaskan untuk memantau jumlah perjalanan keluar & masuk setiap perjalanan di semua pasaran dunia.

Negara Jepun menjadi negara pertama paling banyak ditempah di Asia, diikuti Thailand tempat kedua dan Malaysia di tempat ketiga.

Apa yang sangat dibanggakan ialah bila Malaysia berjaya mengetepikan negara-negara lain seperti Hong Kong, Osaka, Taipei, Seoul, Singapura dan Bali.

Tahniah Malaysia.

Rakyat Malaysia Yang Ingin Memasuki Negara Eropah Wajib Memohon ETIAS Visa

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Mulai 2021, rakyat Malaysia yang bercadang untuk ke Europe kenalah memohon ETIAS visa. ETIAS ni ialah European Travel Information and Authorization Systemyang bertujuan untuk memperbaiki semakan, mengawal sempadan serta melindungi warga Europe & pelawa/pelancong ke rantau itu.

Sehingga  2021, rakyat Malaysia yang bercadang bercuti di Eropah masih boleh berbuat demikian tanpa perlu memohon VISA untuk perjalanan kurang dari 90 hari. Selepas 2021, semuanya akan berubah bermakna korang perlulah memohon & membuat persediaan awal sebelum ke sana. Permohonan boleh dibuat secara dalam talian.

TIGA syarat kelayakan untuk Rakyat Malaysia membuat permohonan ialah:

  • Mempunyai pasport yang sah dan sekurang2nya 3 bulan dari tamat tempoh(upon arival)
  • Mempunyai email untuk menerima ETIAS visa
  • Memiliki kredit atau debit kad untuk membuat pembayaran ETIAS

Rakyat Malaysia juga dinasihatkan untuk sentiasa membawa pengenalan diri/passport kemana sahaja sepanjang perjalanan.

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Proses Permohonan ETIAS untuk Rakyat Malaysia

Korang perlu lengkapkan :

  1. Butiran peribadi anda seperti nama, jantina, tarikh dan tempat kelahiran
  2. Alamat rumah
  3. Maklumat hubungan
  4. Kewarganegaraan
  5. Maklumat dokumen perjalanan

Bayaran juga perlu diselesaikan untuk melengkapkan proses permohonan ETIAS ni. Korang boleh guna kredit atau debit kad. Kos yang dikenakan ialah sebanyak 10 Euro.

Memasuki Zon Schengen dengan ETIAS untuk Rakyat Malaysia

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Dengan ETIAS Visa ni, rakyat Malaysia dibenarkan keluar dan masuk tanpa halangan diantara negara-negara di dalam Zon Schengen. Apa itu Zon Schengen? Zon Schengen ni ialah negara-negara di bawah EU yang membolehkan anda keluar masuk tanpa passport. Boleh klik link ini untuk maklumat mengenai Zon Schengen ni.

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ETIAS Visa ni sah digunakan untuk 3 tahun atau sehingga tamat tempoh passport pemilik ETIAS Visa terabit. Bagi pasport yang tamat tempoh, korang perlulah membuat permohonan yang baru mengunakan pasport baru.

Jadi jika korang berhasrat nak ke Europe tanpa memeningkan kepala untuk memohon Visa, silalah buat perancangan secepat mungkin.

Langkah Perlu di Ambil Bila Berlaku Kemalangan di Thailand

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Untuk panduan pada korang yang nak travel ke Thailand menggunakan jalan darat seperti memandu atau berkonvoi, berikut Hafiz kongsikan sedikit panduan apa yang perlu lakukan sekiranya berlaku kemalangan.

1.Hubungi pihak polis & ambulans jika perlu(biasanya orang disekeliling akan membantu)

2.Hubungi Konsulat Malaysia di Songkhla atau Kedutaan Malaysia di Thailand untuk bantuan dokumentasi & nasihat undang-undang.

3.Hubungi Polis Pelancongan Thailand(1155) dan Tourist Assistance Centre (+6697-2483637) untuk bantuan jurubahasa & nasihat undang-undang.

4.Buat laporan polis dan jika perlu bantuan jurubahasa, minta Konsulat atau Kedutaan Malaysia membantu.

5. Jika mangsa atau anda perlu dihantar ke hospital, serahkan laporan polis atau polisi insurans di kaunter hospital untuk tindakan selanjutnya.

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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.