Did you like it? What were the advantages and disadvantages of choosing it, instead of the express or night trains? Would you go on it again? What did you see from the train window? If you have photos, would you post them here.
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Good post Mel, was thinking of taking this train so would be good to get some advice/opinions from people who have done it! Reply to this
Apparently, it goes pertty early in the morning. That is the only thing at the moment, I read about it and dont like. It seems to me like an ideal way to see the jungle, because I wouldnt fancy trekking through it. :)
When will you be doing it, Phil and Vicki? Probably before me. I am going to be there next August and September.
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I agree, would definately rather see the majority of it by train with just a little bit of trekking!
We are heading to Malaysia this March, would be looking to get on this particular train in April after spending a month relaxing on Perhentian Kecil [:)]
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I want to go to Perhentian Kecil too. Looks like I will be on a lot of the same path as you are going on. :) Reply to this
Will let you know what its like! Will try and write some good blogs so you can get a feel for the different places [:)] Reply to this
Your blogs will be like a preview for my trip. That is one of the best things about blogs. :) Reply to this
We used this train a couple years ago. The journey takes about 8 hours, starts very very early from Kota Bahru and is amazingly cheap, 15 Ringgit (about $5!). As for the trip itself there were times when the views were astonishing but many others when they weren't. The combination of mist over the rainforest and very dirty windows didn't help.
I guess the main reason travelers use this train, as we did, is to get close to Taman Nagara national Park. If, as your posts suggest, you have a desire to see the jungle then a trip to Taman Nagara would be so much more an immersive experience than viewing from the train. Although quite a touristy way to get into the jungle it is relatively easy to access and pretty easy, once at park headquarters, to go deeper into the jungle on your own. Equally, if only a sanitised but still enjoyable, brief foray into the jungle is all you want, then there are plenty of short walks, guided walks, boat trips and night safaris, plus the canopy walkway to enjoy, all a short distance from your accomodation, and all much much much more impressive than any view from the train!!
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Thanks for the information Scott :)
I am still taking the jungle train anyway, because it is also a way to get from A to B. Reply to this
Mell, I took the train last year from (near) Taman Negara down south, eventually (after connecting by bus and then boat) reaching Pulau Tioman (stunning!). It is a great journey and well worth the trip - and I am not only saying that because I used to work for the German railway for a few years :-) Reply to this
Thanks Ben :)
Yes, of course you would not feel a need to stand up for all the trains in the world, just because you worked for a train company in Germany. ;) Reply to this
I forgot to ask if you have a blog about it, Ben. If so, would you mind posting a link to it here. :) Reply to this