Kuala Selangor is a place not so far from Kuala Lumpur that I have never heard about. In fact, I know no one that has traveled there either. Therefore, it seems like a cool place to explore as there are many interesting things to see and do so I decided to go from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor by bus.
From Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor
I flew from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur and a few hours later I was hopping on the bus towards Kuala Selangor. From the airport, I went by bus to Kuala Lumpur and then by metro to Pasar Seni. After that, I walked to the Kota Raya bus terminal where the bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor departs. There are many buses here and different pick-up points so you better confirm with someone where is the exact place where you should wait for the bus to Kuala Selangor. I was supposed to hop on the bus at 2.30 pm but it only arrived 20 minutes later. The bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor is the number 100, costs 7.30 ringgit (about 1,60€), and takes a little longer than 2 hours to get to its destination. Buses are pretty good in Kuala Lumpur but this one isn’t the case.
The bus is very old and is full. Full of people looking at me, as if an alien I were. Riding a local bus around here is very different from Vietnam. The bus actually stops to let people out and waits for them to leave safely. However, in Vietnam, I often have to get off the bus while it is still moving… often it doesn’t stop completely, it just slows down so people can jump out. On the returning trip, many of the seats were wet. There was water dripping from the ceiling. I had to move seats 3 times… Another strange situation was that the men who were already standing because the bus was full, did not sit next to a woman with a free seat by her side. Only after noticing that, I realized that the man who was sitting next to me asked for permission first. At first, I thought he was just being gentle, but now I don’t think it was the case. Having this perspective now, I think that the lady did not want a man beside her, that’s why the seat was empty besides the bus being full … Malaysia is a Muslim country, I don’t know if that is why this happened … If so, it is silly! After all, we are all human beings trying to move from one place to the other…
The journey is pretty chilled and easy to do. Once in Kuala Selangor, I ordered a Grab car (pity there are no Grab motorbikes here) to go to the hotel where I will stay for 2 nights.
From Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur
I went go back to Kuala Lumpur on the same bus on a Sunday morning. I checked if there were buses running because it was a weekend and there was. There is a bus supposed to leave at 8 am and that’s the one I need to catch. But there was one problem that I didn’t think about: going from the hotel to the bus station that was 30 minutes walk away.
Unfortunately, sometimes such places like Kuala Selangor where there are no foreign tourists are a problem because they lack the provision of services. Unlike Vietnam, which at 7 am already vibrates with thousands of motorcycles back and forth, at 7 am in Kuala Selangor nothing is happening!! I mean literally nothing! I don’t know if the fact that it is Sunday had an influence. There are no Grab cars nearby nor even taxis. Can you believe that? And now??? How do I go to the bus station ??? After too many minutes waiting for a Grab car to accept my request in the application, I decided to ask for help at the reception, but it is not even possible to call a taxi to pick me up!!! I start to stress a lot because I have to catch this bus since I have a flight that I don’t want to miss. The guy at the reception told me to go outside to the bus station very near because there are usually taxis there. But there wasn’t! Nothing!! Not one living soul to ask about the taxis. I decided to go back to the Hotel and to the only person I saw awake that morning.
I was begging him to help me because I have no idea what to do. I can’t walk to the bus station as I’m short on time. I need a ride there so I asked in despair if he could drive me there. I would be able to pay a good price for it but he was the only person at the hotel so he couldn’t leave!!
Luckily, the universe helped me at this time. Another guest appeared at the reception. A gentleman from Malaysia who, upon hearing the situation and after asking me if there was anyone who could take me to the station, offered to do so. I can’t even describe how happy I was to hear that. Of course, I accepted his help.
He apologized for his old car and I think “WTF” !! I wouldn’t even mind going on a donkey at that time, as long as I am at the bus station at 8 am I’m fine. It’s weird that he was so ashamed of his car. Is it because I’m a foreigner and they think all foreigners are rich? Because my old car back in Portugal was actually older than his…
He drove me to the bus station and I tried to pay him in appreciation of his gesture but he didn’t accept. I thanked him very much countless times because without him I would not have arrived in time. I think he didn’t realize he saved my day. After all, all this rush wasn’t that necessary because the bus from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur departed 25 minutes later. But that was ok cause I still had time to reach the airport in time having in mind that it will take about 2 hours to get to Kuala Lumpur.
What I wasn’t expecting was how chaotic the traffic is in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday mornings. Instead of 2 hours, the bus took 3 hours to get from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Lumpur. Going by bus to the airport was now out of question. I was really short on time so I also checked the Grab app as the last option to not miss my flight. I needed to check if I still had enough ringgits.
Being trapped in that bus was so stressful. We weren’t moving at all and I could do nothing about it. I even thought of leaving the bus earlier and call a Grab, but in such chaotic traffic, the car would take ages to reach me.
Luckily, Kuala Lumpur has a fast option to go from the city center to the airport, the express train. The ticket is kinda expensive but in 30 minutes I am at the airport. I missed one train because I needed to exchange money and the next one was the very last option I still had to get to this airport on time. This was a very stressful morning and it ended out to be unnecessary all the stress. Once I reach the airport, I see that my flight is 2 hours delayed so all the rush, and stress, and trouble ended with me waiting a long time for the airplane to depart.