Saturday, 11 June 2016

Itinerary : Melbourne - Tasmania Road Trip


Assalamualaikum, Salam Ramadhan.

Harap belum terlambat untuk saya ucapkan selamat menjalani ibadah puasa kepada semua pembaca sekalian. Semoga kita semua beroleh keberkatan. Hari ni saya nak kongsikan itinerary trip terbaru saya pada Mei 2016. Setelah enam bulan berhibernasi akhirnya dapat jugak travel balik. Syukur.

Trip ni kira last minute jugak la. Dah meroyan sangat masa study week. Tetiba Kenyalang Celup kluar promo return ticket KL-Melbourne  RM710. Hmmmm. Dah lama sangat teringin nak road trip ke Tasmania. Masa tu tengah mood nak travel solo. Tapi bila buat research, susah pulak nak solo travel kat sana. Public transport kurang. Cara terbaik untuk menikmati keindahan panorama Tasmania adalah dengan drive kereta.

Terus roger geng travel. Fuad ngam2 tengah free masa tu. Nak habiskan cuti sebelum masuk Master programme. Yang lain2 pulak exam jugak masa tu so tak dapat join. Saya ke Melbourne sorang dulu. 2 hari kemudian baru Fuad join. So ni dia itinerary penuh kami selama hampir 2 minggu kat bumi Australia. Harap ia membantu korang untuk plan trip ke sana.

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16/05/2016 (Mon):

2230:  Depart from KLIA2 (Air Asia D7 214)


17/05/2016 (Tue):

0820:  Arrive at Melbourne Airport
0900:  To city centre; 3 options:
- Skybus (AUD 18); 20 min journey; Skybus Coach Terminal is 290m from hotel
- Shuttle bus/Green bus (AUD 14)
- Public Transport Victoria/regular bus (AUD 4 or AUD 6 plus Myki card); 70-90 min

1000:  Leave bag at hotel’s reception counter and explore Melbourne CBD within Free Tram Zone
- Flinders Street Station
- Federation Square
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Hosier & Rutledge Lane (street art)
- Parliament House
- Victoria State Library
- Queen Victoria Market
- Etihad stadium

1630:  Check in hotel (Melbourne Connection – Mixed Dormitory – MYR 120.09)
- At the junction between King St. and Little Bourke St.


18/05/2016 (Wed):

Continue yesterday’s itinerary

 Flinders Street Railway Station

Rutledge Lane Street Art


19/05/2016 (Thu):

1030:  Check out and take bus to airport
1130:  Meet up with Fuad, check in flight
1430:  Depart to Hobart (Jetstar JQ711)
1545:  Arrive at Hobart Airport
-          Pick up car (Budget Rent a Car: Nissan Micra or similar Compact)
-          To Eaglehawk Neck (61.9km from airport)
1800:     Arrive at and check in Lufra Hotel and Apartments (Twin room – MYR 265.68)
-          Dinner

20/05/2016 (Fri):

0720:  Watch sunrise and breakfast. Attractions:
- Tessellated Pavement, Tasman's Arch, Blowhole & Devil's Kitchen.


Tessellated Pavement #1

Tessellated Pavement #2


0800:  Off to Kettering Ferry Terminal (108km/1h30m)
0930:  Arrive at to Kettering Ferry Terminal
1000:  Ferry to Bruny Islands (MV Bowen -  AUD33 return – 20 min journey)
-          North and South Bruny, The Neck Lookout, The Great Bay, The Cape Bruny lighthouse


 The Neck Lookout

 The Cape Bruny Lighthouse

North Bruny


1600:  Ferry back to Kettering Ferry Terminal
1630:  Off to Discovery Holiday parks – Mornington Hobart (40km)
1700:  Check in Discovery Holiday parks (Economy Cabin – 4 Berth – MYR 348.90)
-          Dinner


21/05/2016 (Sat):

0640:  Drive to Mount Wellington Lookout (28 km); Pinnacle Road is the only vehicle route

 Sunrise on the way to Mount Wellington

0722:  Summit of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington




0745:  Off to Mount Field National park (63km – 90 min)
-          Buy the National Park Pass at visitor centre
-          Attractions include Russell Falls, Lady Barron Falls, Horseshoe Fall

Russell Falls


1500:  Back to hotel and rest
1900:  Hobart Waterfront night view


22/05/2016 (Sun):

0800:  Check out hotel, off to Swansea (128 km) & Freycinet National Park (33 km from Swansea)
-          Wineglass Bay Lookout (1h hike)
-          Honeymoon Bay


 Wineglass Bay Lookout

Wineglass Bay


1600:  Off to Bicheno (14 km from & Freycinet National Park)
1630:  Check in Wintersun Gardens Motel, Bicheno (Twin room – MYR 281.14)


23/05/2016 (Mon):

0730:  Check out hotel, off to St. Helen (74 km) & Bay of Fires (21 km from St. Helen)


 St. Helen Town

 Bay Of Fires #1

Bay Of Fires #2


1500:  Off to Batman Fawkner Inn, Launceston (186 km – 2h30m)
1730:  Check in to Batman Fawkner Inn (Twin Room – MYR 197.11)


24/05/2016 (Tue):

0800:  Explore Launceston
-          Cataract Gorge
-          Tamar Island
-          Launceston City Park

Launceston City Park : Autumn Foliage

Cataract Gorge Chair Lift

Brunch: Smoked Salmon with Egg Benedict & Hollandaise Sauce, Scones and Coffees.


1500:  Check out, off to Davenport (98 km)
1630:  Check in The Argosy Hotel/Argosy Motor Inn (Standard Double Room – MYR 266.03)


Spellbinding Sunset at Davenport Ferry Terminal 


25/05/2016 (Wed):

0730:  Check out Hotel, off to cradle Mountain National Park (90 km)
0900:  Explore Cradle Mountain NP





1500:  Off to Launceston (150 km)
1730:  Check in Batman Fawkner Inn (Twin Room – MYR 197.11)


26/05/2016 (Thu):

0830:  Check out hotel, off to Hobart Airport (15 km)
0900:  Return rental car, check in flight
1200:  Depart to Melbourne (JQ734)
1305:  Arrive at Melbourne Airport
-          Pick up car (Apex Car Rental – Hyundai i20)
-          Off to Apollo Bay (207 km via M1)

 Split Point Lighthouse,  Aireys Inlet

Amazing reflection.

1700:  Check in Iluka Motel & Restaurant (Standard Room - MYR 492)


27/05/2016 (Fri):

0730:  Catch the sunrise by the beach& breakfast
0830:  Great Ocean Road
-          Cape Otway (31 km); Southernmost point of GOR, mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse
-          Glenaire Beach (22 km from Cape Otway)
-          Gibson steps & 12 Apostles (85 km from Iluka Motel)
-          Loch Ard Gorge (4 km from 12 Apostles)
-          London bridge (15 km from Loch Ard Gorge)

 Gibson Steps

12 Apostles


28/05/2016 (Sat):

0730:  Drive to Marriner’s Lookout (5km) to get an aerial view of Apollo Bay



0830:  Check out, off to Melbourne CBD (197km – 3h)
1130:  Travel around Melbourne CBD
1930:  To Melbourne Airport (23km) & rental car return
2030:  Check in Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport (Standard Room – MYR 357.30)

 Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes: Tak termasuk dalam itinerary tapi sempat jejak kaki.


29/05/2016 (Sun):

0935:  Depart from Melbourne Airport (Air Asia D7 215)
1555:  Arrive at KLIA2

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Selamat berbuka! Assalamualaikum.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Itinerary : Europe


Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera!


Dah empat bulan tak berusik blog ni. Alhamdulillah dah boleh start menulis balik since exam dah habis. Rasa awkward sikit nak mula mengarang cerita balik. Dalam masa beberapa bulan berhibernasi ni, ramai yang email minta itinerary trip ke Europe. Walaupun dah check satu persatu, takut jugak ade yang terlepas pandang. Maaf la ye kalau email anda tak berbalas. Dan maaf jugak sebab selalu lambat reply. Terpaksa dahulukan study dan kerja, huhu.

So ni dia itinerary penuh sepanjang di Eropah. Harap itinerary ni dapat membantu perancangan percutian korang.


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18 April (Saturday)

0300 : Depart from KLIA

0530 : Arrive in Hamad International Airport (Doha)

0745 : Depart from Hamad International Airport (Doha)

1315 : Arrive in London Heathrow Airport

- Immigration & security check, luggage claim

- Move to Belvedere Hotel :-

   o Take Heathrow Connect towards London Paddington (Heathrow Terminal 1-3)

   o 4 stops, 23 min, get off at London Paddington station

   o Walk to Belvedere Hotel


1500 : To National History Museum :-

- Walk to Paddington st.

- Take Tube, circle line (yellow) towards Hammersmith

- Get Off at South Kensington St. (5 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to National History Museum (300 meter from st.)


1700 : to Trafalgar square :

- Take Tube at South Kensington st. , Piccadilly line (blue) towards Oakwood

- Get off at Leicester Square (5 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to Trafalgar Square (300 meters from Leicester square, passing through National Potrait gallery and National gallery)

Attractions:-

- Nelson’s column & the stone lions

- Go around the city by double-decker London Bus

- Marble Arch of London (white Carrara marble monument) ; intersections where Oxford St meets Park Lane

- Night life & view around Trafalgar Square


Shopping district :> West End region includes Oxford Street and Regent street

- Oxford street is 1.6 km from Trafalgar Square – walk or city bus

- Oxford Circus : Intersection of Oxford street and Regent street (Like Shibuya crossing)

- Major Shops : H&M, Topshop, Topman, Nike

- Primark is located at Oxford Street East, opening time:-

   o Saturday (0800-2100)

   o Sunday (1200-1800)


2100 : Back to hotel & rest , from Oxford Street: 2 options :-

- Bus : Bus no 23 at Oxford Circus station Harewood Pl (stop OQ), towards Great Western Road, get off at St. Mary Hosp (stop G), 6 stops, 12 min

- Tube : Oxford station, Bakerloo line (brown) towards Kenton, get off at Paddington st (5 stops, 8 min)

*Bayswater – Banyak Arabic restaurant, tempat Malaysian berkumpul lepak2 (600 meter from Belvedere hotel)



19 April (Sunday)

0730 : Walk to Malaysia Hall Canteen at Queensborough for Malaysian style breakfast (1km)

0800 : Walk to Hyde park (1.6km)

0915 : To Stamford Bridge :-

- Walk to Knightsbridge st.

- Take Tube towards Heathrow Terminal 4 (Piccadily line – blue colour)

- Get off at Earl’s Court (3 stops, 6 mins)

- Change to District line – green colour, towards Wimbledon

- Get off at Fulham Broadway st.

- Walk to Stamford Bridge (Chelsea stadium)

1000 : Stamford Bridge tour

1100 : To Buckingham Palace :-

- Walk to Fulham Broadway st.

- Take Tube, District line (green) towards Upminster

- Get off at St. James’s Park (7 stops, 15 min)

- Walk to Buckingham Palace (800 meter) :> changing guard ceremony


1230 : Walk to National Gallery (1.4 km from Buckingham Palace)

1430 : To London Tower / Tower bridge :-

- Walk to Embankment st. (400 meters from National Gallery)

- Take tube, District line (green) towards Upminster

- Get off at Tower Hill (6 stops,11 min)

- Walk to Tower Bridge (300 meter)

- Walk to Tower of London (600 meter from Tower Bridge)


1630 : To Palace of Westminster (House of Parliament, the Big Ben, St. James park)

- Walk to Tower Hill station

- Take tube, District line (green) towards Ealing broadway

- Get off at Westminster st. (7 stops, 11 min)


1800 : Thames River Cruise

- Walk to Westminster to take cruise (30 mins- 3 hours ride)


2230 : Back to Belvedere hotel

- Take Tube at Westminster st., Circle line (yellow) towards Edgware Road

- Get off at Paddington st. (9 stops, 20 mins)

- Walks to Belvedere Hotel



20 April (Monday)

0700 : Breakfast

0730 : To Warner Bros Studio

- Walk to Paddington st.

- Take Tube, Bakerloo line (brown) towards Stonebridge Park

- Get off at Harlesden st. (7 stops, 16 min)

- Then take Overground train towards Watford Junction Dc

- Get off at Watford Junction st. (12 stops, 36 min)


0920 : Take HP Shuttle Bus at Watford Junction, bus fare GBR2/return, 10 mins journey

1000 : Harry Potter World (Warner Bros Studio)

1400 : To King’s Cross st. (Platform 9 ¾, St. Pancrass st., British Library)

- Take HP shuttle bus to Watford Junction st.

- Take Overground towards London Euston

- Get off at London Euston (18 stops, 52min)

- Change to Tube, from Euston station, take Victoria line (light blue) towards Walthamstow Central

- Get off at King’s Cross st. (1 stop, 1 min)

- Can walk to King’s Cross from Euston station (800 meter)


1700 : to Belvedere hotel

- Take Tube at King’s Cross st. (Circle line – yellow) towards South kensington

- Get off at Paddington st. (5 stops, 10 min)

- Walk to Belvedere hotel


1830 : to Apollo Victoria Theater

- Take London underground at Paddington st. (Circle line towards Hammersmith)

- Get off at Victoria Station (7 stops, 14 min)

- Walk to Apollo Victoria Theatre


1930-2230 : Wicked Show

2230 : Back to Belvedere Hotel

- Take Tube at Victoria st., Circle line towards Edgware Road st.

- Get off Paddington st.



21 April (Tuesday)

0730 : check out hotel, take train to London St. Pancras International

- Take Tube at Paddington st., Circle line towards Edgware Road st. (yellow line)

- Stop at King’s Cross St. Pancras (5 stops, 12 min)


0804 : Take Eurostar train (London-Brussels)

1105 : Arrive in Brussels-Midi

1252 : Depart to Amsterdam

1442 : Arrive in Amsterdam Central Station.

- Take Tram to ITC Hotel outside the Amsterdam Centraal

- Amsterdam, CS Tram Oostzijde (line 4 ) towards Station RAI

- Get off at Prinsengracht (utrechtsestraat) : 6 stops, 10 min

- Walk to ITC hotel (300 meters), check in hotel



1545 : Amsterdam city Splendour

- Walk to Rijksmuseum : 1 km from Hotel

   o Opening hours 0900-1700

   o Entrance fee Euro 17.50, ticket counter closes at 1630

   o Take Tram if shortage of time:

      § Walks to Amsterdam, Frederiksplein st (400 meters)

      § Take tram line 7 towards Slotermeer

      § Get off at Amsterdam, Spiegelgracht st (2 stops, 2 meter)

      § Walks to Rijksmuseum (350 meters)


- I am Amsterdam (at the back of Rijksmuseum)

- Canal ring (Grachtengordel) : UNESCO World heritage site, 17th century district surrounding the Old Centre (cat cabinet, museum Het Grachtenhuis)

- Walk around the City centre (90 islands linked by 400 bridges, walkable or riding bicycles)

- Boat ride Amsterdam Canal (optional)

*most probably tak sempat cover semua on this day so sambung the next day hokeh !



22 April (Wednesday)

0830 : to Amsterdam Centraal to catch bus to Zaanse Schans

- Walk to Prinsengracht Tram st.

- Take tram line 4 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Amsterdam Centraal (5 stops, 13 min)


0900 : Take bus 391 to Zaanse Schans (40 minutes, 5 euro return ticket)

- Windmills village, cheese factory, clog-making factory, museums


1400 : Take the same bus 391 back to Amsterdam Centraal

1500 : Take Tram to Hard Rock Café Amsterdam

- CS Tram Westzidje, line 1 towards Osdorp De Aker

- Get off at Leidseplein st. (7 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to HRC (250 meters)


1600: Take Tram to Royal Palace of Amsterdam

- Walk to Leidseplein st.

- Take tram line 1 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Dam/Palesstraat st. (5 stops, 4 min)

- Walk to Palace (110 m)


1645 : To Vondelpark

- Walk to Dam/Raadhuisstraat st.

- Take tram line 1 towards Osdorp De Aker

- Get off at Overtoomsesluis (9 stops, 11 min)

- Walk to Vondelpark (450 min)


*Shopping in Amsterdam : De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Little Secrets) is the top shopping spot due to picturesque location along the canals

*Halal foods : a lot of Indonesian, Arabic and Turkish food around city centre



23 April (Thursday)

0730 : To Keukenhof garden

- Walk to Prinsengracht Tram st.

- Take tram line 4 towards Centraal st.

- Get off at Amsterdam Centraal (5 stops, 13 min)

- Take Intercity Train towards Vlissingen

- Get off at Schiphol st (3 stops, 17 min)

- Walk to Schiphol, Boulevard and get on bus 858 towards Keukenhof (33 mins)


*** combi-tickets bus+Keukenhof entrance = euro 28.50 can be bought at Schiphol st.


1400 : Take bus back to Schiphol st., then to ITC hotel (reverse route)

- Check out hotel, then back to Amsterdam Centraal to catch train to Cologne


1835 : Amsterdam CS. to Koeln HBF (Cologne CS) – 2h37min

2112 : Arrive in Koeln HBF

2228 : Depart to Prague – 10h57m



24 April (Friday)

0925 : Arrive in Phara Hlavni Nadr (Prague Main Railway St.)

- Left luggage office on the first floor

- Money exchange to get Koruna (CZK)/Czech Crown

   o Best rate are found around the Hlavni Nadrazi. Exit the station,left across the park, to street “politickych veznu” ; 5 offices mostly arab-owned offer very good rates even for smaller amounts


- Off to New Town by Tram

   o Take tram at Hlavni nadrazi (railway st.), line 9 towards Sidliste Repy

   o Get off at Vaclavske namesti (Wenceslas square)


- New Town attractions :

   o Wenceslas square – rectangular commercial square with stalls, shops, restaurant

   o Prague Dancing House (Fred and Ginger Building) – on the corner of Rasinovo Nabrezi and Resslova street alongside Vltava River (French Restaurant on the roof to get magnificent view of Prague city)

   o National Museum

   o Henry Tower

   o Jubilee synagogue (Jerusalem synagogue)

   o Prague State Opera


- Old town (Prague historic centre) : 5 mins walk from Wenceslas square :-

   o Old Town Hall Tower

   o Astronomical clock

   o Storch’s Building / House

   o Estate Theatre – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed here

   o Jan Hus monument

   o Historical churches – St. James etc.

*** Charles Bridge connects Old Town and Lesser Town, crossing the panoramic Vltava River


- Lesser Town attractions:-

   o Prague Castle – biggest ancient castle in the world (entrance tix 350 CZK)

   o Lesser Town Square

   o The Lennon Wall (John Lennon Wall)

*** Shopping sourvenirs in Old Town streets or on the Charles bridge


2030 : Get back to Prague Main Railway St

2350 : Depart to Vienna by sleeper train



25 April (Saturday)

0000 : Arrive in Breclav railway st.

0445 : Depart to Vienna

0615 : Arrive in Wien Hbf (Vienna CS)

- Keep luggage at Left luggage office

- Off to Vienna Ringstrasse

   o option 1 : Take train S2 line toward Laa/Thaya, get off at Wien Mitte-Landstrabe

   o option 2 : Take train S1 line towards Ganserndorf, get off at Wien Mitte-Landstrabe

   o both line 3 stops, then walk to Vienna Ringstrasse

- Ringstrasse (Ring Road) : a grand boulevard constructed along the old city walls (some say it is the most beautiful boulevard in the world). In 2015, the Ringstrasse is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Many of the buildings that line the Ringstrabe date back to the time before 1870 :-

   o Vienna state opera

   o Palace of Justice

   o Parliament Building

   o Rathaus (Town Hall)

   o Kunsthitorisches Museum (Museumof Art History)

   o Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of National History)

   o Hofburg Palace (Imperial Palace)

   o Museumsquartier (Art complex, less than 1 km from Hofburg)

   o Stephansplatz (public square) : St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Stephansdom, tallest church

   o Parks : Stadpark, Volksgarten, Rathauspark

   o Monuments & statues : Schiller, Goethe, Empress Maria Theresia, Prince Eugene of Savoy

*again, impossible untuk cover semua yang tertera di atas, so sambung lagi esok hari pon sempat lagi.


1430 : Move to A&T Holiday Hostel Vienna

- Take bus 368 towards Himb.Wien Friedhof

- Get off at Wien Reumannplatz (Herndlgasse) : 1 stop, 8 min

- Walk to A&T Holiday Hostel (600 meters) & check in hotel


1515 : Belvedere Palace & Museum

- Walk to Wien Hbf (or take local bus)

- Take train line S1 towards Wien Floridsdorf

- Get off at Wien Quartier Belvedere (1 stop, 1 min)

- Walk to Belvedere Palace & Museum (500 meters)

*** or walk to Belvedere palace (3km from hotel)



26 April (Sunday)

0800 : Breakfast, check out hotel, then walk to Wien hbf, Keep luggage in train station.

0900 : to Schonbrunn Palace

- Take Tram line 58, get off at Scholb Schonbrunn (9 min)

- Walk to Schonbrunn Palace

The rest of the day kita cover yang tak sempat cover semalam.


*do : Vienna Coffee:-

- Vienna’s Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) are world famous for their grandness and the lively coffee house culture.

- Skipping the Kaffeehauskultur is missing out a big part of Viennese culture.


2000 : get back to Wien Hbf

2136 : Depart from Wien Hbf (Vienna CS) to Venice



27 April (Monday)

0824 : arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia

- Leave luggage at Left luggage Office (1st floor, near platform 1)


Venice half day exploration by walking - Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city (no vehicle or public transport on the road). The whole city can be explored by foot or water transport.

Exploring canals:-

- Gondola ride (might be as expensive as euro 80) : Gondoliere may decrease price upon bargain but they may also cut the most interesting part of ride for ‘cutting down’ the price.

- Vaporetti (water buses): euro 7

   o zig-zagging the Grand canal, impressive views but crowded with passenger

- Traghetto (ferry) ; Larger gondola without bow decoration, brocaded chairs or luxury trimmings

   o Can be as cheap as euro 0.5

   o Naik ni pun jadi la nak merasa kan. Murah giler kot berbanding gondola. Tak pun jalan kaki jela rentas jambatan.


Other attractions:-

- Piazza San Marco (public square)

- Rialto Bridge (main & most popular bridge in Venice)

- Saint Mark’s Basilica

- Doge’s Palace

- Bell Tower of St. Mark

- Murano (one of the island in Venice)


1750 : Depart to Milan

2025 : Arrive in Milano Centrale (Milan CS).

- Off to New Generation Hostel Urban by Metro

- Centrale Fs st., line 2 towards Gessate

- Get off at Piola st. (3 stops, 4 min)

- Walk to New Generation Hostel Urban

- Check in hotel



28 April (Tuesday)

0730 : Breakfast and check out hotel, off to Milano central station

- Walk to Piola Metro st.

- Take line 2 towards Abbiategrasso

- Get off at Centrale Fs (3 stops, 4 min)


0825 : Depart to Swiss

1143 : Arrive in Arth-Goldau Railway st. (claim Swiss Pass here)

1221 : Train to Lucern

1254 : Arrive in Lucern Railway station (Bahnhof) then off to Bellpark Hostel:-

- Take bus no 1 towards Obernau, Dorf

- Get off at Kriens, Hofmatt-Bellpark st. (10 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to Bellpark Hostel (110 meter)

- Check in hotel


*Lucern is a small town which can be explored by foot (in fact it is best explored by foot). Most of the attractions are within 20 minutes or so walk (with exception of the Lido beach and the Swiss Transport Museum). We’ll hop on city bus once knees beg for mercy. Attractions:-

- The Chapel Bridge : oldest woodbridge of Europe

- The Glacier Garden

- Musegg Wall (the old city wall)

- Lucern Art Museum

- The Lion Monument

- Get lost in the Old Town of Lucern :> pedestrianized town

- Shopping : souvenir shops can be found in the Old Town



29 April (Wednesday)

0730 : Breakfast, check out hotel

- Walk to Kriens, Hofmatt-Bellpark bus station, take bus no 1 towards Luzern, Maihof

- Get off at Bahnhof railway st. (10 stop, 10 min)


0805 : Scenic train to Interlaken

0955 : Arrive in Interlaken Ost. Train station, off to Falken Hotel (1.6 km):-

- Take BUS towards Spiez, bahnhof

- Get off at Jungfraustrasse st. (3 stop, 3 min)

- Walk to Hotel Falken AG

- Or take bus no 102 towards Interlaken west (4 stop, 4 mins, the hotel is 500 meter from station)

- Or intercity bus towards Bern, get off at Interlaken West (1 stop)

- Or jalan kaki je

*next train is at 0905, arrives in Interlaken at 1055.


1100 : To Bern :-

- Walk to Interlaken OST st. (or take bus or train from Interlaken West)

- Take train to Bern

- Next train is at 1129, arrive at 1223


1152 : Arrive in Bern, explore the Old City of Bern (Capital city of Switzerland, UNESCO World heritage Site):-

- Bern Historical Museum

- Guisan Square

- Marktgasse street : shopping

- Eistein House (closets to train st )


*Most of the attractions are within 3km radius from train st, Einstein house being the closet (800 meter). Tram is always an option if we get tired or want to rush.

** Most probably we”ll be spending the whole evening in Bern. But if we manage to get back to Interlaken before the sun sets, we can continue exploring Interlaken as the following:-


Explore the small town of Interlaken (by foot or bike) :-

- Harder Kulm (Interlaken’s local mountain with Castle like restaurant and platform) : has to take funicular train, return tix CHF 7.5 with Swiss Pass (50% discount) : bird’s eye view of Interlaken city

- The Hoheweg : street between Interlaken ost and Interlaken west :> souvenir shops, Japanese garden

- Hohematte park : beautiful park with great view of Jungfrau

- Unterseen : small town where the hotel located

- Lake cruise : Interlaken is located between 2 lakes; Brienzersee and Thunersee

- Shopping : Interlaken is the best place to buy Swiss Army Knives, watches, chocolate

** I personally think we won’t make it today, so cover esok je la ok.



30 April (Thursday)

0730 Breakfast

0830 Off to Kleine Scheidegg via lauterbrunnen and Wengen

- Train from Interlaken Ost

- Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen (narrow-gauge train, travel free for swiss pass holder):

   o Staubbach Falls

   o Trummelbach glacier waterfalls

- Lauterbrunnen – Wengen

   o Wengen is an upscale resort for skiing during winter and hiking & bicycling during summer

   o Car-free village, so walk !

- Wengen – Kleine Scheidegg

   o Where scenic train to Jungfrau begins


1400 : Explore the small town of Interlaken (by foot or bike) :-

- Harder Kulm (Interlaken’s local mountain with Castle like restaurant and platform) : has to take funicular train, return tix CHF 7.5 with Swiss Pass (50% discount) : bird’s eye view of Interlaken city

- The Hoheweg : street between Interlaken ost and Interlaken west :> souvenir shops, Japanese garden

- Hohematte park : beautiful park with great view of Jungfrau

- Unterseen : small town where the hotel located

- Lake cruise : Interlaken is located between 2 lakes; Brienzersee and Thunersee

- Shopping : Interlaken is the best place to buy Swiss Army Knives, watches, chocolate



1 May (Friday)

0805 : Depart to Basel

0959 : Arrive in basel : Get out for a while from st. to explore Basel :-

- Old Town, Rathaus (city hall), Munster (all within 1.5 km)


1234 : Basel SBB railway station to Paris (3h3min)

1537 : Arrive in Paris-Gare de Lyon station, off to Hotel Jarry Confort :-

- Walk to Quai de la Rapee

- Take Metro line 5 towards Bobigny – Pablo Picasso

- Get off at Gare de I’Est (7 stops, 10 min)

- Walk to Hotel Jarry (350 m)

*** Metro fare is euro 1.70 single journey of any length



1615 : Off to Champs-Elysees

- Walk to Strasbourg – Saint-Denis station

- Take Metro line 9 towards Pont De Sevres

- Get off at Franklin de Roosevelt (9 stops, 11 min)

- Walk to Champs-Elysees (160m)

***Macaroon : 75 Avenue de Champs-Elysees : WAJIBULGHANNAH !


All the major attarctions are nearby:-

- Arch de Triompe

- Place de la Concorde (largest public square in France)

- Place Charles de Gaulle

- Petit Palais museum

- Grand Palais museum

- Musee d’Orsay

- La Madeleine church

*tak sempat hari ni sambung cover esok pulak k.


2130 : Back to hotel and rest


2 May (Saturday)

0730 : breakfast

0815 : Off to The Louvre:-

- Walk to Gare de I’Est Metro station

- Take Metro line 7 towards Villejuif / Mairie d’lvry

- Get off at Palais Royal – Musee de Louvre (7 stops, 9 min)

- Walk to the Louvre (300m)

*** Tuileries Garden is located in between The Louvre and Plae de la Concorde


1200 : Notre Dame Cathedral

1400 : Grande Mosquee de paris

- Walk to Palais Roral – Musee de Louvre

- Take Metro Line 7 towards Villejuif / Mairie d’lvry

- Get off at Jussieu (5 stops, 8 min)

- Walk to the mosque (500m)

1150: La Valle Village:-

- Take RER train at Charles de Gaulle Etoile station (near Arc de Triomph), line A towards Marne la Valle

- Get off at Val d'Europe st.

- Exit on right, walk towards huge shopping mall facing the station, walk through the shopping mall to reach La valle outlet which is situated behind the shopping mall

- Opening hour : Saturday (1000-2000)

*shopping sampai lebam. Katanya dekat the Louvre tu sourvenir murah orang negro jual.


3 May (Sunday)

1030 : Depart from Paris

1755 : Arrive in Doha

2005 : Depart from Doha

0825 : Arrive in KLIA

Sekian !

Assalamualaikum.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Ceylon : A Land Like No Other - Day 5 (February 3, 2015)



Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera !


Genap setahun pengembaraan kami ke bumi Ceylon Sri Lanka. And this is the final entry untuk trip singkat 5 hari 4 malam di sana. Galle terletak di bahagian Selatan Sri Lanka menghadap Lautan Hindi. Awal pagi kami bangun, niat asalnya nak layan sunrise tepi laut, di Galle Fort. Malangnya pagi tu cloudy, tak nampak lagi batang hidung si matahari.

Walaubagaimanapun, kami tetap layan suasana pagi tepi pantai yang nyaman dan mendamaikan. Galle Fort dibina oleh Portugese sekitar tahun 1588. Ia kemudiannya diperbesarkan lagi oleh pihak Belanda yang menawan Galle sekitar tahun 1649. Galle Fort mengalami sedikit kerosakan semasa kejadian tsunami pada tahun 2004. Ia telah pun diwartakan sebagai salah satu dari tapak warisan dunia oleh UNESCO.

Tak lama lepas tu hujan renyai pulak. Kesuraman pagi berpanjangan. Kami terserempak sorang pakcik berjubah yang tersangat ramah mesra. Pernah bertabligh di Sri Petaling dulu so excited sangat die jumpa orang Malaysia kat kampung halaman dia. Lepas bawak kami pegi satu kedai beli breakfast, dia ajak singgah ke rumah untuk makan sekali. Siap belanja lagi breakfast kami. Tapi kami pulak rushing nak balik hotel dan pack barang. So tak sempat gi rumah pakcik tu.















Tu dia pakcik peramah tu. Makasih pakcik melayan kami budak2 kurang matang ni. Kami doakan yang terbaik untuk pakcik di dunia dan akhirat. Pukul 9.30 pagi, kami berangkat pulang ke Colombo. Kali ni pandai pulak si Tusyar ni ikut highway, sebab kami cakap takut lambat sampai airport.

Sebelum tu kami singgah dulu ka satu rumah kayu yang merupakan muzium yang didedikasikan untuk memperingati mangsa2 musibah tsunami pada tahun 2004. Untuk bacaan lanjut klik SINI >> TSUNAMI.









Kai tiba di airport pada pukul 1.15 tengah hari, just in time untuk check  in. Maka tamatlah penegmbaraan di bumi Sri Lanka. DIharapkan anda  semua terhibur dengan perkongsian ini walaupun di perakhirannya macam tak berapa banyak aktiviti.

Makanya, dinasihatkan kalau nak travel Sri Lanka ni, sama ada panjangkan tempoh disana sebab negara nih sebenarnya sangatlah besar dan banyak sangat tenpat menarik, atau kalau macam kami x ckup masa, maksimumkan tempoh travel singkat tu dekat beberapa destinasi sahaja. Jangan ikut kekdah kami ye.

Sehingga berjumpa lagi.Till then, Assalamualaikum !


Ceylon : A Land Like No Other - Day 4 (February 2, 2015)



Assalamualaikum & Salam Sejahtera.


Menyambung kembali coretan tertunda di bumi Ceylon. Hari keempat merupakan highlight (kononnya) untuk trip kali ni iaitu pedakian puncak Adam's Peak. Adam's peak berketinggian 2243 meter dari paras laut, terletak di Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Terdapat batu sebesar 1.8 meter diatas puncang gunung ini, dipercayai merupakan bekas tapak kaki Buddha. Bagi penganut agama Hindu, mereka percaya ia merupakan kesan tapak kaki dewa Siva manakala bagi penganut agama Kristian, mereka percaya ia merupakan kesan tapak kaki Nabi Adam ketika diturunkan ke bumi.

Saya tak mau komen lebih pasal kepercayaan sebahagian masyarakat Islam mengenai hal yang sama sebab bukan bidang saya, tapi itulah asal kepada nama Adam's Peak. Ia dikenali sebagai 'Sri Pada' dalam masyarakat tempatan Sinhalese yang bermaksud 'tapak kaki buddha'.

Misi kami kali ni nak tawan puncak gunung ni sebelum matahari terbit untuk menyaksikan keindahan sunrise dari ketinggian 2000 meter. Sadly, timing trip ni kurang tepat. Cuti umum yang agak panjang sempena sambutan Poya dan hari kemerdekaan pada 3 & 4 Februari (selasa & rabu). Jadi kerajaan kasik cuti jugak hari isnin 2 februari tuh. So 5 hari cuti termasuk weekend. Makanya, berpusu-pusulah rakyat jelata semua ke puncak Adam's Peak untuk beribadah, berjemaah.

Basically ada 6 trek kesemuanya untuk ke puncak tapi yang paling popular adalah melalui Hatton. Trek dari hatton merupakan tangga batu melebihi 5200 anak tangga, disinari lampu sepanjang perjalanan dan terdapat beberapa rest stop in between. Ia merupakan trek yang paling curam, tapi 5km lebih pendek dari trek2 lain yang kebanyakannya trek hutan tidak berbatu dan kurang selamat.

Anyway, pukul 12.30 tengah malam, semua dah berkumpul di lobi hotel dan mula bergerak ke kaki gunung untuk memulakan pendakian. Banyak kedai-kedai disepanjang jalan yang menjual makanan dan pelbagai alat mendaki. Dan seperti yang dijangka, memang sesak sungguh trek pendakian dengan umat manusia. Dari baby kecil sampai datuk nenek, gigih sungguh masing2 mendaki. Kadang2 tu kesian tengok anak2 kecil dan orang2 tua ni. Yang berkaki ayam pun ada, punyalah devoted.

Layan gambar sepanjang pendakian jom !












Setelah beberapa kali berhenti tarik nafas, lebih kurang pukul 5 pagi, saya dan Shafik sampai ke puncak gunung. Yang lain masih dibelakang. Beberapa ratus anak tangga sebelum sampai ke puncak, traffic jam teruk. Lansung tak bergerak. Rupanya yang kat atas puncak orang tengah beratur nak masuk dalam kuil nak sembah batu footprint tu. Kami skip kuil tu, bypass dari belakang dan terus secure tempat untuk berehat sementara tunggu sunrise.

Terserempak dengan Tushar masa tengah daki tadi, tengah semput tarik nafas, hihi.

Malangnya, langit sangat berkabus pagi tu. Sang mentari malu2 kucing nak keluar sebab ramai sangat kot dok tunggu kemunculan dia. So no sunrise. Layan kepulan kabus wasap je, sob2x.

Tak lama kemudian yang lain sampai puncak. Lepas bergambar sempena meraikan kejayaan menawan puncak Adam's Peak, kami beransur-ansur turun. Semangat hokeyh dengan bendera Sri Lanka bagai.























Cantik jugak pemandangan di kiri kanan trek rupanya, dihiasi hutan tropika dan ladang teh yang menghijau. Tapi sebab dah tak tahan nak kencing, saya terpaksa berlari menuruni 5200 anak tangga tu. Memang ada beberapa toilet disepanjang perjalanan tu,tapi ngeri.

Walaupun Sri Lanka generally negara yang sangat bersih dan sivik, tapi sebab dah ramai sangat yang guna toilet2 tu, kehancingannya menjerut leher. Terpaksa tahan sampai jumpa bilik hotel kekdahnya. Akibatnya otot peha dan kaki menanggung kesakitan selama beberapa hari.

Breakfast, mandi dan berkemas untuk check out. Tepat pukul 12 tengahhari, kami memulakan perjalanan ke destinasi terakhir iaitu Galle di selatan Sri Lanka. Ada 3 pilihan highway untuk ke Galle dari Hatton ni, jarak secara purata dalam 210-230 km (lebih kurang 4 jam setengah perjalanan).

Mamat Tusyar ni decided ikut jalan pantai, supaya tak payah bayar toll. Of course la lebih jauh jarak perjalanan. Lebih 6 jam kot mereput dalam van. termasuk berhenti makan, berak kencing dan isi minyak. Hangin satu badan dengan mamat nih.

Macam yang saya cakap dalam entri pertama dulu, trip Sri Lanka ni yang paling dahsyat setakat ni sebab cover jarak perjalanan yang sangat jauh dalam masa yang sangat singkat. Mana la kami tau si Tusyar ni si pembelit. Masa buat research semua route google maps kasik highway, so possible la jugak itinerary kami. Bila dah terbuang masa dalam perjalanan sebab ikut jalan bukan highway, kacau jugak itinerary.






Lepas check in, kami keluar makan dan celebrate birthday Fairuza (yang ke-20???). Senang je nak cari halal food kat Galle ni. Ada masjid besar kat sini. So kami tanya orang kat masjid tu restoren halal.

That's all for now. Nothing much sebab selain terapai misi pendakian Adam's Peak, takde ape2 aktiviti untuk hari ke-4 di Sri Lanka. Bukan rezeki kami nak tengok sunrise kat puncak gunung tadi. Malam pun tak sempat nak buat apa. Esok la ye kita jelajah bandar ni mana yang sempat, okaeh ?!

Jumpa lagi dalam entri berikutnya. Till then, Assalamualaikum !