Good thing I love buses
Kuala Lumpur Travel Blog› entry 13 of 22 › view all entries
October 26th, 2008 – by: bcbusdriver
The bus station in KL is like no other I have ever been in. I work in a bus station and my office is nothing like the depot in KL. First I have never seen so many buses in one location. I thought the Bangkok's eastern station was busy but this depot was crazy busy.
The problem was there was very little English on the signs and there seemed to be many companies going operating similar schedules and routes. Not really knowing what I was doing I got into a line under a sign that seemed to say Georgetown, Penang which I was guessing would be our destination.
Tickets now bought we had over 1 hour before our bus left. I was so hot the first thing was to buy lots of water and some snacks. The station is full of places to buy different foods and drinks. It is kind of funny but I found the market inside of the station was more interesting then the street markets we had seen earlier in KL, it just felt more real.
Now I had time to explore the station. I would guess for most people waiting for a bus at a crowded station would not be a pleasant experience. I can not say I was relaxed but I got so many good photos of buses so I was happy. The most location was on a overhead walkway where I could stand and take photos of the dozens of buses entering the station. An unusual feature of this station is the fact you wait for the buses on the second floor but you need to walk down some stairs to reach the bus when it is time to board. There must by well over 30 platforms for arriving buses under the station. The bad part is the drivers in Malaysia have not heard about not idling their engines and with around 60 buses all running their engines the air under the station is very gross.
Soon it was time to board the bus. Unlike in Canada or Thailand you are given assigned seats and we got seated near the back of the bus. The ride was only going to be around 4 hours and was quite nice as we passed through the Malaysia countryside. The area was quite pretty with many jungle covered rolling hills and we drove at a good rate along a modern expressway. The only trouble was with air con vents located above all the seats. Many of the vents were leaking water onto the heads of the passengers. I guess this is common as the passengers are very good at using the bus's curtains to make homemade vent covers so the water would flow towards the window.
Soon enough we were at the Georgetown bus station which is many times more calm then KL's.
As soon as we walked downstairs I could see a line of taxis waiting so off we went. As soon as we headed to towards the taxis we were met with competing yells. The men by the taxi shouted, "Come, come, where you go?" and some guy on the other end of the parking lot, with a very powerful megaphone, kept yelling "No sir not that way.
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