Traveling through Time, Traveling by Train
Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
43Trip End Mar 09, 2013
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An early lunch of chicken and rice balls -- mentioned in tourist literature as Melaka's specialty but basically was just chicken cut into pieces and rice formed into balls the size of a large marble
Relaxing train ride. First class compartment is air-conditioned, comfortable seats with lots of leg room, I have a single seat so my space is all my own. Train is fairly old with big windows. Toilet leaves much to be desired and black smoke billows out of the engine every time it starts off but everything else is just fine. Taxi ride (U.S. $22) cost almost as much as my eight-hour train ride (U.S. $29) from Tampin to Penang. It's a pretty long train so I guess they make their money on number of passengers, not the price per person.
Train ride was much more interesting than the bus ride to Melaka. Palm, rubber, coconut tree fields, houses, temples and mosques, cities and green wooded areas, hills/small mountains in the distance. I even saw Kuala Lumpur's Petronus Towers in the skyline as we passed through. Sunset was gorgeous with pink skies sinking behind the highlands. Unfortunately the train got further behind schedule so we arrived in Butterworth after midnight, almost 4hours late. The ferry to Georgetown stops at midnight, the two taxis wanted way too much money to drive over the bridge and into town. Finally got one for 70 ringgets (US $ 24) by sharing with 3 other people which worked out OK as they helped the taxi driver find the hotel. Made it to the Yeng Keng Guesthouse by 1:00 a.m.