Our plan was 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, KL – Singapore.
We booked tickets online, but unfortunately, all that was left were upright seats this time (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.
The train then went over a bridge shared by cars & arrived in Singapore at Woodlands Station. Woodlands was a bit of a surprise. It is very basic; well out of the city centre; has no facilities (we were eager for breakfast) & you have to catch a bus to the nearest MRT station.
Singapore is not a cheap city! We found a basic place to stay (but the most expensive in all our travels to date, at £37 per night blasting our £25 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 a cleaner & greener environment.
what to do
We loved the following:
The hectic pace of travel over the last 25 days has been quite tiring. Therefore our next stop is some relaxing in Bali…