Johor Bahru to Singapore ~ Bus / Singapore to Johor Bahru ~ MRT / Johor Bahru to Melaka ~Bus / Melaka back to Johor ~ Bus / Johor back to Penang ~ Plane and eventually back to Langkawi the same way we came.
We arrived safely in Butterworth took the ferry across to Georgetown and went on from there with the bus to Penang airport. We had booked our flights well in advance with Air Asia, when they had an offer on so it was cheap to go by plane to Johor. Once we got from the airport to the bus station in Johor Bahru we knew, our hotel was only about 600m away but there was a problem, called a 6 lane motorway. No way could we get across by foot and when we asked a girl at the bus station how we could get to our hotel she warned us not to walk, it would be too dangerous, too many bags get snatched, especially from tourists. Ok, so we looked out for a taxi, but how come there is never one around when you need one. Eventually a guy offered to take us for 15RM and we were glad for the lift. (We later found out this trip by taxi would cost no more but 6RM) oh well, you win some and you lose some and we were just glad to be in our hotel, the Golden Court. We were pleased with the place, nice rooms friendly staff and a complimentary breakfast (Malay style)
|Entrance hall to the border|
We made our way with the MRT to Geylang where our hotel the Orchid81 is situated and even though we knew it was in the red light district in Singapore, we did not expect prostitutes right outside of the hotel, together with their pimp who kept driving around on a little moped collecting the money from the girls. When we sat outside one evening having a cigarette, all of a sudden all the girls around the hotel (about 8 of them) started running and disappeared within seconds, but no wonder, a police car came around the corner. Once they had gone, all the girls came back and took their positions as before, but the pimps were busy on their phones ringing others up, we guessed to warn the of police presence. It was better than TV :) We would not recommend this place to anyone though. The rooms are small, the manager unfriendly, but at least it was cheap and easy to find.
In Singapore we went to see the famous Marina Sands Bay Hotel an absolute must when you are there. The architecture is well amazing and when you go to the top and see the skyline and pool (free tours available, check when you pay the entry fee) you are quite breathless.
|Marina Sands Bay Casino, Hotel Theatres etc..|
|The pool at the top|
|Girls posing at the top|
|In the gardens behind the hotel|
|Light show in the gardens|
|Night view of Gardens and big wheel (Singapore Flyer)|
on which is also worth seeing. Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but if you look around and go for local food (especially in China Town) it can be cheap and the quality is good too. We walked all day and it was hot, so we decided to go in to a small exhibition building next to the hotel, just to enjoy a little bit of aircon, when Fiona pointed two chairs out with some strange box in front of them. We walked over and a guy came up, asked if we had walked a lot and when we said yes, he said they were feet massaging chairs and it was for free. Hey, free, that`s my thing...we sat in them and really loved it. Feet refreshed and a little cooler we carried on all day just being amazed by this city.
|Getting massaged for free|
|Would you have guessed? It is The Chinese year of the snake|
|Beach on Sentosa Island|
|Free fall simulator on Sentosa|
|Red lanterns in China town Melaka|
|By the river|
It was soon time to take the bus again back to Johor and on by plane to Penang where we stayed again with Christopher from Penang Budget Hotels. After 2 nights in Penang we went back to our little house in Langkawi. This trip involved a lot of travelling and walking, but we met nice people and it was all worth it. There are many more pictures, you can see them all here.