Just before this review sounds like sour grapes I'd like to emphasize that the service on board, the staff, the food & drinks (you need to pay for drinks) and the effort made by this company was all really good. I think you need to be a true train enthusiast to enjoy this trip as you really are sitting in a vintage carriage (read no air-conditioning only ceiling fans!) filled with smoke from the steam engine. You pass by what looks to be the back of suburbs and light industry. Don't be fooled into thinking you're going for a train ride in the country side as you do go pass a significant amount of built up area. The stops are OK and they do give you a feel for local culture but you need to want to be interested in that for yourself. The first stop allows you to walk to a Buddhist temple. There are no talks, tours or shows to entertain you at the stops. It is up to you to walk around which you're forced to do at the last stop Papar. Also, the train carriages are small with not much leg room at the seats and tables. If you are a tall or large person you may find the trip trying especially when using the toilet which is in a small space. We went with young children who didn't cope too well with the heat and walking around the towns but enjoyed the train sound and watching smoke puff out of from the engine carriage.
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