The air was humid and the crowd inside Puduraya, Kuala Lumpur’s biggest central bus terminal, was almost chaotic. I just came from more than a 6 hour ride from Ipoh in Perak and was tired. The next best thing I wanted was just to lay down on a bed in an airconditioned room and don’t want to walk and still look for a hotel.
A taxi driver came to my rescue and offered to take me to one for RM70. I was too exhausted to mentally compute and was thinking that it was a normal rate and just obliged. Only to find out then that I was just taken for a ride around the city and the hotel was just near Puduraya. I was scammed.
But that was 12 years ago when I had my first trans country trip from Bangkok to Singapore and I was still a novice traveler.
Fastforward, 23 Oct 2012 and the then Puduraya Terminal has now been transformed into a modern bus facility. It has undergone a major renovation in 2006 and renamed to Pudu Sentral in 2011. Airconditioned, free wifi, centralized counters and has a systematic flow of passengers from entering to booking a ticket down to going to the platforms and taking the bus.
While I have become a much wiser traveler now, I was impressed very much with how the then Puduraya Terminal has been transformed into Pudu Sentral.
This is a short photo essay.