Weekend trips are a great way to recharge and re-energise after a grueling week. You’ll be surprised at how much just a couple of days spent away from your familiar surroundings can perk you right back up and get you ready to take on the challenges of the days that lie ahead.
Whether you plan on filling your weekend with rest and relaxation or if you’re keen on an adventure-filled getaway, we’ve put together a list of five great places in Malaysia and Singapore that you can easily travel to by bus. The best part about it is that each trip will cost you less than RM100!
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Travel for less than RM100: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Total Fare: RM73.90
Departure Fare: RM42.90
Return fare: RM31
Go on a shopping spree in Orchard Road, enjoy a cup of coffee in the Kampong Glam district, visit the ArtScience museum and swoon over its stunning architecture, there’s plenty to do in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore. If you happen to be a bit of a history buff, the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street is always worth a visit. Be sure to take in the beautiful carvings as you walk around and keep an eye out for the museum’s central display piece – an ornately decorated Peranakan Wedding Bed that once belonged to Mrs Quah Hong Chiam – a Nonya from Penang who gave birth to the first of her 11 children on this very bed. For shopaholics/ night owls, the 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre is a madcap maze of trinkets, groceries, gadgets, clothing and pretty much anything else you can think of under the sun. Or moon, come to think of it.
Travel for Less Than RM100: Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands
Total Fare: RM70
Departure Fare: RM35
Return Fare: RM35
Escape the heat from the city to a cool, lush retreat filled with fresh Highland air, rolling hills of green and quaint colonial style buildings. Stroll through the tea plantations, pick your own strawberries and munch on scones slathered in the freshest clotted cream. A cup (or two!) of tea is an absolute must and for those who love a bit of adventure, plan a hike through the mossy forest for an up-close encounter with Mother Nature herself. Souvenirs? Stock up on fresh produce from the farmers’ markets and jars of amber honey to enjoy over toast or in tea for a taste of the Highlands for when you get back home to the daily grind.
Travel for less than RM100: Kuala Lumpur to Kluang
Total Fare: RM55.10
Departure Fare: RM27.50
Return Fare: RM27.60
The sleepy town of Kluang is still relatively under-the-radar, but amongst food-lovers who are in the know, it is a haven for un-commercialised local delights and is an authentic alternative to the more touristy foodie cities around Malaysia. Stop by Tangkak Beef on Jalan Langsat to slurp down bowls of steaming beef noodles in fragrant, punchy broth, piled high with morsels of beef slices, tripe and beef balls. Next, head over to the Kluang Railway Station – a charming historical building that transports you back to colonial-era Malaysia as you feast on old-school hawker delights prepared the old-fashioned way. The otak-otak and nasi lemak are must-haves and you’d be crazy to forego a cup of coffee whereby the beans are roasted in butter. Be sure to pair this with the charcoal toasted kaya bread. Other things worth trying include the steamed chicken and crispy roast duck at Star Restaurant on Jalan Sultanah and Restoran Ikan Asam Pedas on Jalan Lim Swee Sim.
Travel for less than RM100: Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh
Total Fare: RM57.70
Departure Fare: RM37
Return Fare: 20.70
Ipoh is so much more than just hipster cafes and Funny Mountain taufu fah. As much as we love both, there’s still so many unexplored elements that make Ipoh the perfect destination for a weekend retreat. The Lost World of Tambun is just 15 minutes away from Ipoh and is filled with family-friendly activities such as hot springs, a petting zoo and an amusement park. For the culturally-inclined art lovers, there’s always the Heritage walk around Ipoh Town that’ll take you pass many places of interests such as the Ipoh Railway Station and Birch Memorial park as well as some beautiful murals by Ernest Zacharevic and other local artists. If you love nature, the tranquil Taiping Lake Garden is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely stroll while the Ipoh Cave Temple is always worth exploring for its impressive structure and wall paintings. Food-wise, you can’t go wrong with Ipoh’s slew of local delicacies such Hor Fun, kaya puffs, chee cheong fun and Mak Teh’s Mee Banjir Udang.
Travel for less than RM100: Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kangsar
Total Fare: RM55
Departure Fare: RM30
Return Fare: RM25
A humble town steeped in rich heritage, Kuala Kangsar is a mere three hours from Kuala Lumpur and is a fantastic destination for anyone seeking escape from the chaos of a big city. Filled with historical sites and local crafts, Tradition and local culture run through the veins of this royal town and visitors often come here to reconnect with Malaysia and her roots. Visit the Ubudiah Mosque and the Royal Mausoleum, head over to Kampung Padang Changkat to watch local artisans uphold four generations of keris-making and remember to shop for Labu Sayong – Kuala Kangsar’s most popular handicraft that take the form of intricately-detailed, ceramic pitchers designed to store and keep water cool and fresh. For when your tummy starts to rumble, Kuala Kangsar is perhaps most popular for its laksa and cendol and Pak Ngah’s is quite possibly one of the most popular stalls on the block. Alternatively, Yut Lai kopitiam is a pretty decent place to fill up on Hainanese chicken chop and hand-made paus.
Fares are based on cheapest available fares on website as of 14 October 2016 and are subject to change.
Article above is written by SaleDuck Asia, an affiliate of CatchThatBus.