Arrived On Time but Train Delayed

I was lucky enough to be able to reach JB train station just on time – 11.20pm, helped by fast clearance at Singapore and Malaysia checkpoints and just-in-time bus arrival (if not I will have to run across the 1 km causeway). Everybody else i.e. Chung Khoon, Wei Heng, Jennifer and her husband have been waiting at the KTM station. As expected after rushing, I was sweating all the way.

Anyway the rushing was meaningless, as the train was delayed. It seemed like the train was stuck at Woodlands train checkpoint, even though at the time I reached the Singapore checkpoint for bus passengers, the train has arrived and the train passengers have alighted for custom clearance.
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Go Rushing to JB KTMB Train Station

I packed the bag quite late, and continued packing also today after work before departing to Johor Bahru to board the train to KL. As usual, although I have prepared to travel light, but I still worried about missing a few items. So I went out quite late, due to wrong estimation of time needed and availability of transports.

I initially plan to hop onto Singapore Johore Express at Queen Street to cross to Malaysia side of border. As I left home at around 9pm, I felt that its service might have stopped as it’s late now. I should have took MRT to Kranji and transfer to cross border bus, although it takes about an hour just to reach Kranji MRT station itself. But instead, I took SMRT bus 985 where I alighted at Upper Bukit Timah Road opposite Bukit Timah Plaza. From here I have to transfer to another bus 961 to get to Kranji where I can transfer to another border bounding bus or bus 170 to get to Woodlands custom.
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Last Minute Packing

I did last minute shopping before my trip to Vietnam. And this time, I did as what I did before going to Hong Kong, packed the bag at last minute and packed light. This time, it’s going to be even lighter than what I brought to Hong Kong. Other than usual travel necessities such as digital camera, clothes, personal care items, emergency medicine, passport and some food, there is practically nothing else. And the clothes is much less than usual too. I expect to buy most of them in Cambodia, as many people are saying a t-shirt is selling for USD 1 there.
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Accommodation Reservation Scare

I emailed Golden Temple Villa yesterday for room enquiry. However, I didn’t receive any reply from them by the night. So I called up the hotel to book the accommodation. It’s the owner of the guesthouse Mr Lee that picked up my call. Due to the expensive IDD call rate to Cambodia, I am using cheap VoIP IDD call by ZONE1511 to make the phone call to Cambodia. The call quality was fair, and he was in a very noisy place (or may be it’s due to bad call quality?) Whatsoever, I believed I managed to tell him that we need rooms for 11 persons, although he was having a hard time to copy down my name, and ended up telling me that he will write on the card “11 persons” together to whatever the name of mine he managed to get.
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Booking of Accommodation in Siem Reap

With much of my concentration on updating my technology blog, and couple with increase workload in my job, there is not much time left for me to plan for the trip to Cambodia, including looking for hotel and accomodation in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh of Cambodia, two cities where we would stay overnight. With 2 more day to departure date (I should have done better, I booked my Hong Kong’s hotel 5 days before departure, so this is another record), I guess it’s time now to book a guesthouse or hotel, especially since our group is not a small group of few people, and some guesthouses and hotels may not have enough rooms for so many of us. It’s especially troublesome and scary if all of us dragging the luggage and search for cheap sleep hotel from hotel.

I have decided that as we will go to Phnom Penh last, so the accomodation there will only be decided when we reach Cambodia. So my search now is mainly focused on Siem Reap, where we will be staying our first few nights in Cambodia. However, my search for accomodation for Siem Reap is made easy of several website such as Tales of Asia, which has a very detailed information on Siem Reap accomodation and guide for overland travel between Bangkok, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. The owner of Tales of Asia has now open its own guesthouse in Siem Reap named Two Dragons Guesthouse & Restaurant.
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Final Tally

Finally confirmed total number of people that will be going to Cambodia, and that’s 11, 1 less than the total number of Air Asia air tickets booked. The only one that misses the trip is Ciline who is unable to take leave due to changing to new job. This have already exceeded my expectation that initially only expect 8 people to go. Anyway, this is already the largest group I ever join since the trip to Taman Negara Malaysia where the group consisted of 24 persons about 6 years ago.
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Odd Seat

Chung Khoon decided to join us to Cambodia despite Ciline couldn’t join us. So I helped him to buy a ADNS Superior Night class ticket with sleeper berth. The ADNS class sleeper ticket fare costs RM 37 for upper berth and RM 42 for lower berth, and it the cheapest sleeper available from KTM for the ride between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
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Who is the Rich Fellows?

We I booked the AirAsia tickets to Cambodia, I have wondered if how many of the persons committed will not be able to make the trip to waste and donate the money to Air Asia. At the time, I believe it there should be some people who won’t be able to go together to Cambodia.

Now Chung Khoon and Ciline have said they have to waste the free tickets from AirAsia (free tickets still need airport tax and other charges, which I believe, if not used, will go to Air Asia pocket), due to Ciline just found a new job in Singapore and was unable to apply for any leave.
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Finally Buy the Train Tickets to Kuala Lumpur Sentral

As our flight to Siem Reap is at 10 am on 9th August (Wednesday), so a few of us from Singapore have to go to Kuala Lumpur the night before, or take the expensive flight from Singapore to KL on Wednesday morning, as there is not suitably timed flight from Johor Bahru (JB airport is just an hour from Singapore) to KLIA airport.

I have thought of buying the train tickets from Johor Bahru (Tips: Depart from Singapore will need to pay in Singapore Dollars at the same price tag, which converted as more than double expensive at current exchange rate. And beside, JB KTM train station is conveniently located just right outside from Malaysia custom building) a few months back. Bus is the last option as we will arrive in KL at the wee hour. After dragging for more than a month and persistent reminders, I finally bought the train tickets for Jennifer’s couple, Wei Heng and me today, while I was in Johor Bahru. We bought the cheapest class with seat only at RM 20 per person. It’s the best value way to travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur if you can sleep with the aircraft economy class-like seat, which is not so reclinable.
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