Recently I went to Kuala Lumpur ( KL ) by coach/bus from Singapore. I decided to take the express bus instead of a flight because I prefer a more relax way of traveling on the road rather than on air. There are many tour/bus companies to choose from and I decided on a coach service from Luxury Tour; whose office is in Concorde hotel in Singapore. As their office is in the heart of Orchard road, near the Somerset MRT, it was convenient for me to use their service. Prices of coach service to KL seems to vary according to the seasonal demand for their service. For example, it will cost more to travel during the peak season such as school holidays and Chinese New Year.
On the date of departure, I arrived at Concorde hotel and went to the Luxury Tour office and check in. I was given a bottle of mineral water and then proceed to the back of the Concorde hotel for boarding. I saw quite a number of coach already parked along the road and it was about 7.45 am. The coach look huge and it was a double deck bus. The driver was friendly and helped those who need to put their luggage away in the coach. The seat was allocated to every passenger and I went up the stairs and then looked for my seat. The seat was big and comfortable though there are signs of wear and tear. In front of my seat was a small LCD TV which was later turned on after clearance at the Johor Bahru immigration. The coach left Concorde hotel at 8 a.m. sharp and the first destination was the Singapore immigration at the 2nd Link.
After the clearance of immigration, the coach proceed its journey smoothly into Johor Bahru and hit the highway. There are a number of toll stations along the way but the ride was smooth and comfortable. A male staff proceed quickly to give us our lunch boxes. The lunch box was quite good and sadly there is no coffee or tea being served. Soon after, we reached Yong Peng stopover and was given time off to go to the washroom and buy food at this food court cum supermarket. The place was crowded with passengers like us, using this place to rest and relax. There are plenty of food stalls in this air-conditioned food court. Also the supermarket had many local food stuffs like traditional candies and biscuits that are popular in Malaysia.
Throughout the journey the coach was traveling mainly on the highway road and therefore I hardly see any interesting sight – there are no temples, schools or shopping mall, etc. From the window of my seat, I saw mainly long stretch of palm oil plantation and rubber plantation, hills and terrains. For those who are bored there is the TV / movie that you could watched on the mini TV in front of you. I notice that many people in the coach prefer to sleep rather than watching TV. Then the coach make another stopover, this time only for 10 minutes for us to go to the washroom. In about 5 hours, we reached KL and the coach would alight passengers at a few designated hotels. When the coach reached Dorsett Regency hotel KL, I alighted from the bus and that was the end of my journey on the coach.
I enjoy the trip to Kuala Lumpur by coach/bus as it was comfortable and relaxing. In fact on my return trip to Singapore, I took the coach again instead of flying. A advantage of coach is that there is no restriction on the weight of baggage that you are carrying unlike flying. But this is not important to me as I always travel light. But I saw many passengers with big and heavy luggage and appropriately the coach is the right transportation for them. I would choose to travel by coach again when I go to KL, but this time I will choose another coach service company and try out their service. In this way, I would be able to know and choose the coach company which offer the best value and comfort.