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Monday, January 10, 2011

Budget trip to Singapore: Day 1 part 1

As promised here is the next entry of my recent Singapore trip. It was a short one, mere like a weekend escapade. I went there with Mariam (my 'ol uni friend), Hanim ( Mariam's housemate) and Aizat ( Mariam colleague) 

7 Jan 2011, Friday:
We met up in Subang. The plan was to begin travel at 8am but due to massive bad traffic at KESAS, we started late at 9.30am. Our F1 driver for this trip is Mariam's colleague, Aizat. We managed to arrive safely in JB after 3 hours journey. Way to go Aizat!! 

We found our hotel for 3days stay in Danga Bay area. It's Tune Hotel. Good choice for budget traveller like us. The rate is so affordable yet it still provide adequate comfort level. Twin bed room rate only cost you RM66/day 3days. Of course like its LCC airlines, there is other add on cost; they are air-cond, breakfast set, toiletries+towel, hair dryer, in room wifi, safe box & tv to choose from. You may not need all the add ons, to me hair dryer & toiletries are just enough. Don't worry about air-cond or tv because there is a ceiling fan & you won't stay long in the room. 

The downside of Tune hotel are the add ons, small spaces and late check in time at 2pm & early check out time at 10am.
Thumb ups : comfort bed, clean, lift service, 24 hours security & heated power shower :)

our hotel booking
nice deco ( minus the cracker advertisement) 
the add on toiletries & rental towel. the box that looks like passport contained a small bottle of shokubutsu shower cream.

Scroll down for some better pictures from the website Tune

If you notice in our hotel booking, we also book return ticket for coach ride to Singapore. There is 2 destinations/pickup points can be choose from; Marina Bay & Resort World Sentosa Island(RWS). Marina Bay if you want to go to Merlion Park ( the lion statue) or RWS if you want to go to Universal Studio. It cost you RM23 if book from internet, normal price is RM25. Departing from Tune Hotel is at 7.30AM, 10.30AM & 2.00PM. The one we booked on the net is for the 2nd day, Saturday.

It is always advisable for you to book the coach ride far in advance to avoid tickets sold out. Do always check your ticket to avoid confusion on travel time because the bus won't wait long for late turn up. Well that's what happened to us on the 1st day. It was miscommunication issue. Since we arrived JB quite early, 12.30noon, we decided to go into Singapore in the afternoon. We planned to buy tix to Marina Bay which leaving at 2.30pm but it was sold out. Only Resort World Sentosa destination available for afternoon schedule. And so we bought it. Am sure that counter boy did told us the bus will leave at 2.00pm sharp but we kept thinking it would leave at 2.30pm without even study the ticket. We still can use the ticket for returning from Singapore. Lesson learned, always study your ticket :)

After been left by the coach bus & cursing the ticket boy, we asked Tune Hotel receptionist for alternative way to get into Singapore. So we called a taxi to drive us to JB cental. It cost us RM15.50 :( We have to go through Malaysia immigration counter first and then we can take a bus to Singapore. It was a long walking distance to the immigration area. After the scanning process we went downstairs to take a public bus to Queen Street which cost only RM2. Oh ya we planned to go to Arab Street first which is just a walking distance from Queen Street and it's famous with rows of fabric shops.

Okay that's a long post for hotel & transport. I will continue on our 1st day experience in Singapore in the next entry :)


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