A relaxing day
As if is our last day in Singapore we just spent the day relaxing and getting organised for Malaysia. First we went to the Khalsa Dharmak Sabha Gurdwara, another Gurdwara really close to our hostel! There was recitation of Sukhmani Sahib ongoing. After a short while, we headed over to
Whole Earth Vegetarian
76 Peck Seah St
(Tg Pagar MRT Exit A)
T: + 65 6323 3308
for lunch. We arrived just after 14:30. Unfortunately the restaurant shuts for lunch at 15:00 and takes last orders at 14:30. The restaurant was completely dead.
Our plan was to have lunch at Whole Earth Vegetarian and then head to the Gurdwara:
Gurdwara Sahib Silat Road
8 Jalan Bukit Merah
Tel: + 65 6222 2208
Fax: + 65 6225 1994
E: [email protected]
As it was raining very heavily we took a taxi to the Gurdwara.
In the early days of Singapore, there were only two Gurdwaras in Singapore. Members of the Sikh Contingent of the Straits Settlements Police Force had their Gurdwara on Pearls Hill. The Civilian Sikhs had their Gurdwara in Queen Street.
It is only after the tombstone, found in the ground of General Hospital, was brought to Silat Road Gurdwara, on 12th October, 1966 that this Gurdwara became very popular with the Sikhs. The Samadh (tombstone) is believed to be that of the Sikh Saint-Solder, Bhai_Maharaj_Singh, the hero of the Sikh resistance to the British occupation of Punjab. The attraction of Silat Road Gurdwara is the Shrine of Bhai Maharaj Singh containing his Samadh.
We had Guru Ka Langar at the Gurdwara. When I asked if they were serving Guru Ka Langar they asked me where I was from. I said England, they said “ok we will serve you. Usually we only serve between 11:30 to 2pm and then after 6pm.” I always thought it was served all day long. Whilst we were eating the Guru Ka Langar, a lady asked if she could have Guru Ka Langar, they said they would start serving at 6pm (it was around 3pm). Though we really appreciated the Guru ka Langar, his made us feel awkward, everybody is equal and everyone should be served equally, that is usually how things are done. Thankfully a little later they started serving biscuits in the Guru Ka Langar, with tea, so we didn’t feel as uncomfortable.
Afterwards we got a taxi back to the hostel as it was still raining heavily. It has rained every day we have been in Singapore! Sangeet went to the Gurdwara for the evening whilst I looked into options for transport to go to Malaysia tomorrow. We have the following options
1) Taxi – very expensive
2) Train – would miss the smaller towns
3) Fly – would not see a thing on the way
4) Coach – would see a lot of small towns, reasonably priced
5) Walk – we do not have that much time!
We decided on taking the coach. There are various operators, the prices range SGD$28 to SGD$124 depending on the level of luxury.
There are many express bus services from Singapore to KL. Some of the famous express bus operators like Starmart Air Asia Liner, Aeroline and First Coach offer almost hourly trip between Singapore and KL.
Most of the bus operators will depart at Golden Mile Complex. But they are some operators which depart at other location like Key Point (Golden Coach) Harbour Front (Aeroline), Novena (First Coach), Boon Lay Shopping Centre (Grassland, Konsortium and others) and many more. For the arrival location in KL, most coach will call off at Puduraya, the largest express bus terminal in Malaysia. Some coach will call off at other location like Berjaya Times Square (Starmart Air Asia Liner Express), Bangsar, 1 Utama Shopping Centre or Pasar Rakyat. Do note that some bus operator will offer non stop express bus service to KL and others will stop at Yong Peng for a short 20 to 30 minutes break. Please check with respective bus operator before book the ticket.
The table below list down the trip duration for some of the most popular
bus route in Malaysia/Singapore.
Please note that journey duration listed below is just an estimation only.
The actual travel time may varies depending on the traffic condition.
Singapore to Malacca 4 hrs
Singapore to Seremban 5 hrs
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 6 hrs
Singapore to Genting Highlands 7 hrs
Singapore to Shah Alam 7 hrs
Singapore to Klang 7 hrs
Singapore to KLIA/ LCCT 8 hrs
Singapore to Perak 8.5 hrs
Singapore to Butterworth 9 hrs
Singapore to Penang 10 hrs
Singapore to Hatyai 12 hrs
Genting Highlands toSingapore 7 hrs
Johor Bahru to Genting Highlands 6 hrs
Johor Bahru to Alor Setah 10 hrs
Johor Bahru to Kuala Lumpur 4.5 hrs
Johor Bahru to Seremban 4 hrs
Johor Bahru to Penang 9 hrs
Johor Bahru to Perak 8 hrs
Johor Bahru to Perlis 11 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to CameronHighlands 3 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru 5:5 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Kedah 7 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Seremban 1.5 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Penang 5 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Perak 3 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Perlis 8 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5.5 hrs
Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai 9 hrs
Malacca to Johor Bahru 3 hrs
Malacca to Singapore 4 hrs
Seremban to Johor 4 hrs
Seremban to Kedah 9 hrs
Seremban to Kuala Lumpur 2 hrs
Seremban to Malacca 1 hrs
Seremban to Penang 8 hrs
Seremban to Perak 10 hrs
Seremban to Perlis 11 hrs
Seremban to Singapore 5 hrs
Penang to Johor 10 hrs
Penang to Kedah 1 hrs
Penang to Kuala Lumpur 5 hrs
Penang to Malacca 6.5 hrs
Penang to Seremban 7 hrs
Penang to Perak 2 hrs
Penang to Perlis 2 hrs
Penang to Klang/ Shah Alam 6 hrs
Penang to Singapore 11 hrs
Penang to Hatyai 3 hrs
Perak to Johor Bahru 8 hrs
Perak to Kedah 3 hrs
Perak to Kuala Lumpur 3 hrs
Perak to Malacca 4 hrs
Perak to Seremban 4 hrs
Perak to Penang 2 hrs
Perak to Singapore 9 hrs
Shah Alam to Singapore 6.5 hrs
Shah Alam to Butterworth 4.5 hrs
Shah Alam to Johor Bahru 5.5 hrs
Shah Alam to Penang 6 hrs
Klang to Singapore 6.5 hrs
Klang to Butterworth 4.5 hrs
Klang to Johor Bahru 5.5 hrs
Klang to Penang 6 hrs
LCCT/KLIA to Ipoh 4.5 hrs
I used the website www.busonlineticket.com which lists most of the operators, the times and ticket costs. We ended up using StarMart Express Air Asia Liner Pte Ltd the cost per ticket was SGD$30.
For accommodation I asked Maggie at American Express to look into it. She gave us two hotels from the Fine Hotels and Resorts package (Amex have negotiated with these hotels so that we get benefits like:
– Upgrade on arrival if available
– 4pm check out
– Breakfast included
– A complimentary afternoon tea for 2.
The benefits vary from hotel to hotel).
We asked Maggie to book:
THE RITZ CARLTON
KU168 Jalan Imbi