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“A Trip now done”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Malayan Railways

Ranked #1,897 of 1,563 things to do in Malaysia
Treorchy, United Kingdom
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254 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“A Trip now done”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Always wanted to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by train so in late May up at 5am for early taxi from hotel on Clarke Quay to Woodlands Checkpoint(a journey in itself). Then a wait of 2hours which passed quickly talking with the friendly locals who offered guidance and help.
On the train in Prestige Class the best of 4classes of ticket offered(remember to reserve your tickets beforehand), the seats are large and were once comfortable, the views well they were almost all the same, JUNGLE, apart from half a dozen stations. All in all whilst I'm glad I did it won't be doing it again.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Ipoh, Malaysia
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85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Retracing Tiger Yamashita's trail...”
Reviewed 11 September 2012

Took the Malayan Tiger train between Wakaf Bahru and Johore Bahru. Nice old train which was donated by Japan. Ironic, or perhaps with a sense of history behind it, Keretapai Tanah Melayu, the Malaysian Railways authorities, put it on the WW2 invasion route.
Train is 30 years old but still was well appointed. Fare is very cheap at about US$60 per trip first class solo cabin.
They also have 2nd class bunk beds where a party of 4 can sleep in separate compartments by themselves. Wash basins etc were sufficient and clean. Staff very helpful and friendly.

Visited September 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Malayan Tiger - JB to Wakaf Bahru - Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones must be benchmarked here”
Reviewed 21 August 2012

Boarded the Tiger train at Johor. In the land of delays, the train itself started late. Was pleasantly surprised to see that each of the First Class passengers were allotted individual cabins with just 1 berth in it. The attendant later told us that there were 2 trains and the ones we saw on the internet was coming back from Wakaf to JB :). I did feel that the first class cabins were small. KTMB has ensured that the japanese gadgets continues to remain in the coaches but not working..I have traveled in trains in many parts of the world but the trains here are quite noisy & bumpy. The tracks are poorly maintained i guess. We were stuck in Gemas for nearly 6 hours due to an opposite trains bogie derailed. That was the time when almost all the passengers had a deep peaceful sleep i.e. when the train was not moving ! My plan was to take the jungle train the next day but given our train was delayed my journey from Gemas to Wakaf Bahru was in broad daylight..There was a japanese guy in our coach who wanted to take this journey as it costs almost USD 300 in Japan...The gemas station was brand new inaugurated about 2 days ago. Travelled during Ramadan time and hence not a single hawker in sight. The Attendants are quite helpful and understand the needs of passngers. A big french family were about to miss their last boat from Tanah Merah to the perhentian islands because of the train delay. Some scheduled train stops were skipped or stopped for barely few seconds so that they could reach Tanah Merah just in time for the last boat. The cabin is fully furnished. I was wondering how an oversized american or a tall Russian could fit inside this cabin :)

Visited August 2012
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best way to get around”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

This was a frequent means of travel for me when I was in Malaysia and it was safe and pleasurable and you got to see things that you don't normally see when in a taxi.

Great way to get around in Malaysia.

Visited March 2012
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Maldives
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52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fast and perfect!”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

It was fantastic traveling by KLEA Express. It was really fast and perfectly managed. It was even nice to see KL through Monorail. Fantastic experience indeed!!

Visited April 2011
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