Our plan: to take the train from Laos, through Thailand, Malaysia & finally into Singapore. This week we make Singapore.
Back on the Train
After detouring around Malaysia by bus & boat, it was good to get back to our train journey for the final leg, Kuala Lumpur (KL) – Singapore.
We booked tickets online, but unfortunately, all that was left were upright seats (instead of beds on the overnight journey). Never mind this was our chance to experience yet another type of carriage 🙂
KL station is impressive, attached to a massive shopping mall & with its own food hall. Plenty to do whilst waiting for our train.
I think it is suffice to say that it was our coldest experience yet; bloody uncomfortable & noisy. My recommendation after experiencing all classes & seats for overnight train travel in Asia: 2nd Class, aircon, lower bunk.
Arriving in Singapore
The train then went over a bridge shared by cars & arrived in Singapore at Woodlands Station.
Singapore is not a cheap city! We found a very basic place to stay (but the most expensive in all our travels to date, at £37 per night blasting our £25 per night budget). It was well out of the city (very few Westerners around) & 10 mins from a MRT station. However, pluses were: eating locally was cheap (more Indian curry & chapatis) & it was only 25p on the red double decker buses into the city.
KL or Singapore?
We’d read the reviews of Kuala Lumpur verses Singapore and in our opinion, they’re wrong! Singapore is a much more interesting city & the people friendlier; the food is similar, but it appears to be a cleaner & greener environment.
What to do
We loved the following:
Gardens by the Bay
Fort Canning Park
Not as large, colourful or filled with such amazing aromas as Little India in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, but certainly worth the visit.
The hectic pace of travel over the last 25 days has been quite tiring. Therefore our next stop is the relaxing Bali…