165 Redang Plans

Pretty important stuff, huh? Of course, after getting Ryan's e-mail, I wasn't only watching American Idol, or any of the previously mentioned activities. I had already been working on the theoretical aspects of the transportation there, pending more information... One pivotal question I had been asking and hoping someone could answer, is this:

Is there anyone leaving from Singapore?

The question, is contingent on whether we can/want to remain in Singapore (the Novena apartment, of course) during the short period of time between College Day (4 July) and departure for Redang. This plan saves travelling time and money, for the most of us who are not PRs in the apartment. The Singapore - Kuantan route (via the Federal Route 3) is also definitely faster than Singapore - KL - Kuantan.

But this applies for those who will attend College Day. Ultimately, the rest and most probably the East Malaysians will have to start off from Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur - Kuantan route is the most important travel arrangement we have to make, since there is a 100% probability we are going to use it.

Now, if no one departs from Singapore, then, the plan is as follows (assuming everyone is at their homes). The people living in the Klang Valley and in its proximity will not present much difficulty, but the people living outside this area, will have to find their own transport to KL (assuming the obvious fact that we want to get to travel together). Ryan, correct me if I'm wrong, you're now staying in Kuantan permanently, right?

The West Coasters and the East Malaysians (flying into KL) will meet Ryan in Kuantan, and from there will have to make our way into Kuala Terengganu, and then to Redang. Getting back is just the complete reverse, although some of us might want to stay around at Ryan's place a little longer

Finally the time line, and that's where it gets a little more complicated. KL - Kuantan takes about 4 hours, because now it's highway all the way (thank Samy for that), and Kuantan - Kuala Terengganu is another 3 hours, (no highway, sorry). From Kuala Terengganu, there may be yet another short transfer to a town called Merang, the port-of-departure to Redang. All together the total travel time will amount to about 8.5 hours on the KL - Redang route. Now, the million dollar question is, how do we spread the travel time out? I don't have the bus schedules etc. so I'm a little behind in that department. Lastly, do we squeeze all the travelling into the 7th of July, or spread it between the 6th and the 7th? These questions and more will be answered as soon as I get more info, OK?


The East Malaysians: Once this Redang thing is confirmed, and you've gotten your tickets, do note the arrival and departure dates and times... and ah, yes, you definitely have to spend a night somewhere in the Peninsular other than Redang, since I doubt you'll plan to take a flight on the 7th. So here's advance notice, do arrange accommodation.

I assume that you are fine without chartered buses, if you object to that, tell me...

Singapore - Kuantan - K. Terengganu takes about 10 hours, if you're wondering... Ryan, you should be familiar with the bus schedule for this, right? You take this route to go home during the holidays during the McNair days...