Okay, so I’m not the most well versed when it comes to public transport. I’m not a big fan of squishing into small places with lots of people, wondering who or what was emanating that odd smell while worrying if my ass is in someone’s way. So you can imagine my (slight) hesitation when Tammy (my boss) was like, “guys, let’s take the train to Ipoh together for team bonding! It’ll be fun and comfortable!”. Mamasan Tammy had a brilliant team bonding weekend planned for me and my Althean colleagues that included having some good eats and spending a day in The Lost World Of Tambun for some fun activities. #GlamSquadOnVacay
Being the deal queen that she is, Tammy managed to score a fantastic deal at the MATTA Fair that worked out to be about RM100 per pax, including the stay and the Tambun tickets. There were 10 of us going (Tammy + Baby G, Anis + Bo, Eros + Janelle, Mira + Wiwit, and Me + Bae a.k.a. Alex) and we couldn’t possibly all cram into a car, so the taking a train was actually the perfect option. 🙂
We discovered busonlineticket.com and decided to take the ETS train from KL to Ipoh. 🙂 The site was really easy to navigate through, and considering the fact that I’m absolutely public transport-challenged, this site made it easy peasy to ensure everything was done to the tee. The website is really user-friendly, and is a one-stop shop for a lot of public transportation methods in Malaysia. They offer online booking services for trains, buses, ferries, airport transfers, as well as tours and hotel bookings.
How to navigate through the site – Idiot-proof guide:
1. Register an account on the site
2. Search for the ride you’re looking for by filling in details
3. Pick a suitable ride
4. Check out and pay
5. Print out your ticket from your confirmation email.
Super simple right? The ETS train comes in 3 classes that differ in journey time and number of stops:
Silver: 14 stops. ETA – 2 hours and 30 minutes
Gold: 10 stops. ETA – 2 hours and 20 minutes
Platinum: 1 stop. ETA – 2 hours. (comes with easy breezy snacks)
We got the Platinum tickets and, my goodness, it was comfortable! I didn’t really have super duper high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised at the clean, spacious seats and great AC, with a super comfortable atmosphere. They even had tables that popped down (think like the ones on airplanes) and you could put whatever you need to on top. If you were feeling peckish, they had a food counter where you could purchase refreshments too. Plus, the train ride was very smooth and not bumpy at all.
Our trip in Ipoh was an absolute blast! It was so much fun to spend time with everyone, and it was great that we brought our +1s along for the ride. Here’s a vlog made by Eros a.k.a. FishMeatDie on how our trip went.
Hope you guys are having an amazing day, and thanks for reading!