Archive for the 'Transport' Category

Mar 24 2012

Changes to AirAsia and Malaysia Air flights out of Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Transport

When Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes bought the heavily indebted carrier AirAsia in 2001 for the nominal sum of one ringgit, few could have predicted that by now it would be vying to be the world’s largest no-frills carrier. One side-effect of the airline’s rapid expansion has been Kuala Lumpur becoming one of the most important … read the full post

Dec 20 2011

All change: Kuala Lumpur’s new public transport ticketing system

Published by under Transport

For a city of Kuala Lumpur’s wealth and ambition, its public transport system was until recently an embarrassing mess (making it easier, sometimes, to just walk). It was not so much that it was badly planned, as to be completely lacking in any strategic overview at all. Every mode of transport, even the two lines of the … read the full post

Jul 05 2011

End of era in Kuala Lumpur to Singapore travel: Tanjong Pagar closes

June 30, 2011 marked a sad day for rail travel in Southeast Asia, with the last Malaysian train rolling into Singapore’s historic Tanjong Pagar station. Such is the charm of the art deco station that starting or finishing a journey there was one of the main reasons for travelling by rail. Neither Singapore nor Malaysia … read the full post

Jun 23 2011

Kuala Lumpur’s “hop-on hop-off” tour bus

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It sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it, a comfortable double-decker bus that links the major sights of a city, which you can get off and on, as you wish? An a la carte tour, if you will. And what better city to operate such a service in than Kuala Lumpur, with its inadequate public … read the full post

May 27 2011

Kuala Lumpur’s revamped Puduraya bus terminal

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You know how it often is with buses, you wait ages for one to arrive, and then two or three come along at the same time. Well, the same seems to be true with bus stations in Kuala Lumpur. After decades of neglect, Malaysia’s first integrated transport terminal, TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan), became fully operational … read the full post

May 10 2011

How to hire and drive a car in Kuala Lumpur – and survive

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My first piece of advice to anyone thinking of hiring a car to use in Kuala Lumpur would be: don’t do it! KL drivers may not be the worst in the world, but they come fairly close. Add in erratic signage, ever-worsening traffic jams, and a frightening disregard for road safety, and you can appreciate … read the full post

May 06 2011

KL’s newest bus terminal: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan

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Malaysian intercity bus travel is a curious thing indeed. The journey itself is for the most part efficient, pleasant and good value for money. By contrast, the vast majority of bus terminals are hot, noisy, confusing, tout-filled nightmares. If the buses themselves do a good job of representing Malaysia’s first world aspirations, the places where … read the full post

Apr 12 2011

How to avoid taxi rip-offs in KL

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Guidelines for KL taxis

As recently as two years ago, the most frequent complaint by visitors to KL was about the city’s taxi drivers. The biggest single problem was the refusal of drivers to use their meter, insisting instead on outrageous fixed fares. In the end, the situation became so bad the government had to act. It adopted a … read the full post