I think PLUS did a good job at upgrading their lay-bys and rest areas. The landscape here in Bkt Gantang is actually quite beautiful....sort of mini park where one can relax after a long journey and once freshen up ready to head to next destination...
According to my niece, my bro-in-law loves to stop at this lay-by everytime they passed by because he likes to buy fresh fruits sold from various stalls here. I saw ciku, mangos, jambu air, durian menggala, guava, papaya, salak amongst other fruits sold here.
As for food? Well they only have 2 food stalls and 2 drink stalls. We bought mihun sup & 2 nasi campur (total RM11) from a stall called Mak Lang D'village :-). My youngest niece bought fried kueytiaw and fried egg from Aneka Rasa stall (RM1.60). I had the mihun sup and my 2 nieces had nasi campur. My mihun sup tasted not bad at all, Mak Lang was pretty generous with fishballs, chicken etc in the soup. My 2 nieces polished off their plates too (probably they were hungry). Wasn't quite sure where did my sis n hubby bought their lunch as we had to sit at separate tables as the place was quite pack during our visit - school holiday.
We bought our drinks from Ina's cafe - 5 drinks at RM4.50 but my niece said the cashier had an attitude problem! Customers were queing up to pay & order drinks and she just couldn't be bothered - just ignored the customers and chit chatted with her friend (a worker from the same stall). Maybe if I were to stop here again next time I'll try the next stall Anjung Selera R'tiez.
I think the facilities offered here are quite good (surau, toilet, petrol station, wakaf, fruit stalls n eateries) though cleanliness wise the hawkers and PLUS staff should work harder at it - quite a lot of flies and the floors were quite dirty.
What others say about this place:
Aug 2008 - Dengan bayaran hanya RM6.90 seorang, orang ramai boleh menikmati seberapa banyak durian dan buah-buahan tempatan sempena Pesta 'Jom Makan Durian' di Hentian Sebelah Bukit Gantang (arah selatan) Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan anjuran Plus Expressways Bhd, esok.
this guy said nasi lemak here is not bad http://rostam.blog.sinar.fm/54636
more nasi lemak fans:
this guy said one need to seek permission before snapping pictures here (hmmm from whom?) http://silmis.fotopages.com/?entry=1071618
this guy saw a taxi driver relieved himself behind bushes here! http://rotikacangmerah.blogspot.com/2008/10/jam-jam-everywhere-jam.html
and this one said nice to snooze here http://dicqnie.blogspot.com/2008/01/journey-to-penang.html
and this guys kept on snapping bus pictures! http://www.forumforfree.com/viewtopic.php?p=7394&sid=6b1d6eba8a78322ff2578476e69527ce&mforum=malaysianbus
this one just loves to buy fruits http://alifaforever.blogspot.com/
can view pictures here http://www.wayn.com/waynphotos.html?wci=photo&photo_key=19217405