If you asked me 4 years ago if I ever saw myself backpacking, I would’ve told you – “what the hell are you talking about?” But today, there’s really nothing else that I see for me at the moment. This is how I felt after backpacking Kota Kinabalu. For real this time. I’ve traveled alone with a backpack. Yes, but the way I did things in KK was way different than what I did in Kuala Lumpur. In Kuala Lumpur, the place is so huge and I had only less than 20 hours, I could hardly catch my breath to think and appreciate the culture. But in KK, in desperate need of rest and relaxation, I found my haven.
Going to Pulau Tioman can be easy – if you know your way around. However, as a newbie in international travel, I was able to find my way around. Even if I was with my sister and her friends, I kind of felt responsible for them; after all, it was my idea to go to the island anyway. So despite having researched the plan over and over again, I still wasn’t sure how I’d be able to get to Pulau Tioman. Fortunately, a few days before, I was already able to locate the Ban San Terminal. My first plan had been to take the bus from Ban San Terminal to Larkin Bus Station in Johor Bahru and then take the bus from JB to Mersing (the jump off point going to Pulau Tioman and Pulau Besar). However, due to the changes in my sister’s schedule, I had to settle for the train going to Kranji Station and then the 170 bus from there going to Larkin Station. My first plan had been to leave at around 5pm in Singapore, travel to Mersing and then stay overnight there. But because one of my sister’s friends had duty until morning, we opted to stay in Singapore and leave at 8am, when my sister’s friend had arrived from work. In order to get
I had many plans for my post-graduation trip this year. And when I had been bombed with loads of work, I didn’t have all the time to research each destination (which was a lot) that I wanted to go to. From the 6 countries I had initially planned, I had to cut down my trip to only 3 countries instead, partly because I couldn’t take two weeks off from work and another part due to the fact that I just received my salary for the month and learned that my supposed salary would be cut due to the fact that I now have taxes and benefits to pay. Now that I don’t have the supposed amount of salary I had expected, I had to slim my costs and the places I was bound to go to. One of the places I had chosen was Pulau Tioman, which was only in placement of the Kuala Lumpur trip I was supposed to take with my sister. Instead of Kuala Lumpur, which was the initial plan, after seeing Chichi Bacolod’s pictures of Pulau Tioman, I decided to make this my side trip going to Kuala Lumpur. My whole post-graduation trip had not begun that well. So my initial plans for Pulau Tioman changed when my sister decided she wanted to spend some time
Sometimes, when people find out that you are going to various places, they say that you are rich. However, when you do some research and find the best ways to enjoy the place, you may just be able to find a way to get yourself to that specific place without having to burn your pockets. For example, seeing the pictures of Pulau Tioman may make you think that you need a lot of money to come to this place. But for those who just want a weekend off, without costing you your whole salary, here’s how much you can spend on your Pulau Tioman trip: This budget is for 4 people because there were 4 of us. Jump off point is from Singapore because ideally this is for those who are coming from Singapore. For those who will be going to Kuala Lumpur, their budget would be similar to mine. *This is what I SPENT based on my situation. Currency is in Malaysian Ringgits, based on a very low exchange of RM 2.35 at Mersing **By the way, we splurged on food, so that amount is already quite high ***I also splurged on food – even when I was alone on the second day. Itinerary Cost for 4 Pax Cost per Pax* Transportation JB Larkin – Mersing RM46 RM11.50 Mersing