Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Train to Malaysia

(This post is a follow up from our trip around the world. I will be writing a recap for each place we visited during our 4 month trip. Prior to Malaysia we also visited India, Nepal, and Thailand).

The train from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur is a seriously long journey. Thankfully we had a sleeper train and packed plenty of food, although I don't know that I'd do that route again.

Our romantic notions of watching the country side pass by as a more scenic way to travel quickly ended. The first train wasn't so bad, but the luxury cars that we pre-booked for the other two journeys turned out to be not so luxurious - as in one didn't even have a functioning toilet! We are definitely spoiled by our fantastic transport system here in Germany.

Thankfully there was a stop in the middle. Going through Malaysian customs was painless compared to what we went through in Kathmandu.

We had to change trains in Penang / Butterworth, Malaysia, so we opted to store our bags for the day and take the ferry to Georgetown on Penang island.

The ferry ride to the city was nice - it looked rather impressive with a hill backdrop and many skyscrapers. We didn’t realize until we arrived that it’s a UNESCO world heritage site… and we passed many of their big landmarks along the way as we searched for a warm meal.

The 'Little India' area of the island is cute with good, yet inexpensive food. We both ordered a main dish, nan, water, and dessert for Stefan all for the low price of $5. That’s something we could get used to!

It was a brief introduction to Malaysia, which was very different from what we experienced in Kuala Lumpur.

1 comment:

JoernandAllison said...

Reading your posts backwards, and remembering what you wrote earlier is really interesting. It sounds like your introduction to Malaysia was certainly different than your experience in Kuala Lumpur! The train was an experience in itself.