Roadhop – Bus & Train Travel in MalaysiaFebruary 28, 2011
Bus Train Travel in Malaysia
We love to travel. Last year, we picked our next exotic travel experience – a grand tour to Terengganu. The first thing we had to do was to find out how to get there. That should be simple enough. Our parents would have picked up the phone book, and called many different tour agencies. But we are young and savvy, so we know that everything can be found on the internet.
We did a google search and found that we can leave from a few different places, with exciting names like “Bukit Jalil” and “Hentian Putra”. Now, we are Malaysians and it pains us to admit this, but we actually had no idea where these places were. So we had to check them out too. Of course, things don’t end here. We have to find out things like departure timings, fares. We heard horror stories about people being dropped off in the middle of the highway, so the companies have to be reliable. Being kiasu, we wanted to know all our alternatives, so we compared a few online travel agents, travel forums, and some individual company websites.
This was unfortunately starting to feel rather like homework.
Travelling Is Not Easy
This was made worse by our grand idea that it might be fun to go by train. So we decided to make a list of the train timings too. Then we found that there is no train stations on the East Coast, and abandoned the idea. Finally, an hour later, we were satisfied that we found the best option and called to book the ticket. We felt very pleased with ourselves until we went down to the bus station. There, we found that we didn’t actually get the best price after all. Being old, established companies, many coach operators still operate off the counters of the bus stations, with additional bus routes that the net savvy us overlooked. There are also many touts within each terminal giving us a lot of interesting advice.
It may have occurred to you by now that Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu is just an example. We are enthusiastic backpackers, and I have just described a problem that we have faced over and over again and many countries that we have been to. Alternatives are present for air travel. Yet what is overlooked is the large number of people who travel by land and sea transport.
Roadhop Is The Solution
Hence, our team realized that it doesn’t have to be so complicated, so we came up with roadhop.com. Roadhop provides comparisons of bus, train departure schedules and fares for long-distance travel in Singapore and Malaysia. We aim to help travelers find the best prices for the best rides. We believe our services will be greatly useful for any travelers to Malaysia. Do email us at [email protected] to tell us what you think!
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