14 August 2011

Public Transport System Comparison in between Penang, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

I have been going to three cities in a row in a week. What I found from the three cities are those are cities that attract many foreign travelers to come and visit them. Penang is well known for its food and heritage, Bangkok is the hub for foreigners to go to south east countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam where Kuala Lumpur is the main airplane terminal hub for AirAsia, the largest Asia Low Cost Carrier company.

Penang, a place that I love so much for its food and heritage, is now under opposition party control, as I can see the improvement in public transport system. I just spent about 2.70 MYR to reach KOMTAR in George Town from Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas. I also only spent about 1.40 MYR to reach Gurney Drive, a famous hawker center as well as the shopping area (Gurney Plaza & G-Hotel are also at that area). However, without a train system, I cannot really know the exact time that I would need to spend from one point to another.

Bangkok has a very good transportation system. I just spent about 45 Baht from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phraya Thai BTS station and took the BTS to my hostel stationed at Sala Daeng within 1.25 hour. I can easily connect to other attractions such as National Stadium, MBK Shoping Center, Art Center, Musuem, Siam Paragon Mall and other places via the public transport system such as Bus, BTS, MRT, Boat, Taxi, and 'Dut Dut' car.
I love Bangkok for its Thai Massage, Temples, Grand Palace, as well as the food there as it is considerable cheaper compared to KL. From Bangkok, you can also easily connect to other attractions such as Chiang Mai, Pataya, and Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Easily I was thinking of taking a train from Penang to Bangkok, but I gave up eventually due to the long hour journey (about 1 day) there. However, with low cost carrier services, now we are able to fly to any south east countries without any hassle.

Kuala Lumpur is now getting better for its public transport system as we will see the MRT system in place in year 2016. We will be much easier to travel around the 'Greater Kuala Lumpur' area in the next few years. From Kuala Lumpur, you can go to other states in West Malaysia easily. I hope that there will be a bullet train services in between KL and Singapore, so that we can travel in between these 2 cities in easier mode.


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