February 26th, 2010 – by: almond72
Approaching speed of light effect ?
Remember the Theory of Relativity ?
Yeah, they sometimes drive like that
For those going to the smaller towns, this is the best means of
transport - you can't complain really. The bus operators and drivers
will shuffle passengers between buses to get you to your destination.
Whatever bus company you started with is almost irrelevant, just hang on
to a ticket (they will exchange it as you change buses). They can make
exchanges at the highway rest stops, off highway eating places, the toll
plaza, along the highway in the middle of nowhere, the bus stations
along the way. In the words of the H2G2 --- Don't Panic --- If in doubt,
ask a local. The regular travelers are easy to spot, they fall asleep
almost immediately and won't wake up unless the bus is about to stop
somewhere (or crash)
Choosing a bus itself can be confusing. The
love of superlatives makes a newcomer easy prey. A VIP bus is quite
close to crap. A SVIP bus is normal. A SSVIP/Luxury bus is one with
individual TVs & such with meals on board. (plus a working toilet), A
Normal bus is something used to ferry factory workers cheaply but
illegally used for intercity trips (and will get pulled over by the
cops). At places like Kuala Lumpur & Johor, the touts will descend
on you like flies to a week old carcass. You will be bombarded will
offers of transport to any destination in the country - it doesn't
matter if they switch you between 5 or more buses along the way to your
destination. So, head for the bus counters to buy your tickets. But the
sheer number of counters will also be mind boggling. Who the heck should
you buy your tickets from anyway ?
Out of the 60 to 80
counters, you will find these chaps who are the main operators and
provide pretty good buses (almost all the time) -note the word 'almost'.
Konsortium, Aeroline, KKKL, Grassland, Plusliner, there are
some other luxury bus providers but I can't recall them offhand. (Lower
traffic routes not available)