Tuesday, 25 March 2014

North Bound Train Trip

I registered for "Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah" which will be held on May 11th, despite knowing that Hubby isn't keen in driving all the way to Kuala Kangsar just so I can run 15K. 

Though come to think of it, I dunno why he's perfectly fine to travel to Taiping so that we can run up (or rather, I walk up) Bukit Larut in the King of Bukit Larut event on Apr 20th. Hohoho

Anyways, it got me trying to find a way to maybe, just maybe make Hubby reconsider it, by looking up on rail travel from KL to Kuala Kangsar.

Otherwise, I'll just DNS (did not start) the run but collect the event t-shirt anyway. Good thing the event t-shirt can be collected in KL!

Anyway, am toying with the idea of taking a ride on the Senandung Langkawi; which is a night train bound to Hat Yai from KL Sentral. We could take the 9:30pm and arrive at 2:30am and I go run a few hours later? Hahaha would be crazy fun! 

We've never travel anywhere to run a few hours after arriving but we've done a whole lot of travelling after arriving in the wee hours to a station and stayed-up until it's time to check-in to our hotel.

So far, experience on rail travel in Malaysia have been quite negligible.

But we've done night train ride before during our vacation. And we love it!

Time for some reminiscing!


 
 
On the Akebono whizzing in Akita


Whizzing along from Okayama to Tokyo

There were trips travelling from Osaka to Kanazawa but the train didn't have sleeper booth. However, it has a ladies-only coach and  I was provided with a blanket for the ride. Nice. ^^

All these rides were done using JR Pass which we bought in Malaysia, before flying off to Japan. A number of sleeper train has surcharge that JR Pass holders need to pay but there weren't any surcharges with the ones we took. 

Just have to do some research if you want to take one and don't want to spend extra!

41 comments:

  1. Best to do research, if not will end up overspend...

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  2. Kuala Kangsar on 11th May and Taiping on 20th April.. wow, that's fun!! i have not been to these two places before.. hmmm, and a red-eye train trip to the north seems to be interesting too..

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    1. I've never done a red eye trip anywhere in Malaysia on train or flight. Buses biasa dy during school time ;-)

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  3. Interesting, this must be wonderful experience for you guys!!! =]

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  4. i've taken the KTM night train to Penang and Singapore before.. and when i looked at your photo, i thought i've never seen any KTM in such a nice condition!! hahaha, and ala, those were trains the Glam Family took in Japan pulak~~ :D

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    1. So how was your train trip?

      Share lah your experience :-)

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    2. errr, just tidur only lah.. haha!! not too bad lah, though i may not sleep well because i always cannot sleep well out of my own bed, and the space could smell a little stink and old.. anyway, maybe they have better new trains now??

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  5. Raimie was still so little boy back then!! hmmm, looking at those photos, they suggested that you have not been to Japan for a many-long years!! time to plan for another visit soon?? hehehe~~ :p

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    1. One was in 2010 and another was in 2011.

      Only one night train ride a year in Japan :-D

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    2. yay!! and then another one is in 2014!!! :p

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  6. Not surprising leh you register for the run. It's a passion. Irrational to some but perfectly to the one doing it. Great family time rather that wasting in the mall

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    1. I look at it as a chance (or excuse) to visit places in Malaysia I probably won't visit otherwise ;-)

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  7. Was speed reading. Terkejut thought malaysia train like yhat. Maybe someday we'll catch up

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  8. Ahem....time to think of going back Japan for a visit? :) sure Raimie love to see it again

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    1. Ahem...

      The hint is out in the other blog dy ;-)

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  9. it will be a good experience..good to try.

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  10. I am very impressed to see the neat and clean trains of Japan. It is such a contrast with the snail train I took in Sichuan - Horrors! Only the high speed trains in China look good like the above photos.

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    1. Horror experience makes good blog post Anay. lol

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  11. It is definitely a wise choice to take the train so that can relax and not feel so tired driving. You have got such a supportive hubby, yeah!

    I am looking forward to my long train rides around Kyushu island.

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    1. Enjoy your trip. We had fun travelling around Kyushu ourselves. Plenty of photos of our train rides in the other blog too ^^

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  12. Trains!
    Happiness.
    That is all. :)

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  13. I remember train rides in Malaysia when I was a kid. The most recent one in Malaysia would be at least 7-8 years ago to Bangkok from Butterworth. It was an overnight train and I recalled there were some passengers brought their pyjamas and changed into them before sleep. Saw them when they walked passed to the and for the washroom ...

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    1. Envy you.

      Saw those passengers changing into comfy pjs in japan too. Quite interesting too see ;-)

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  14. The train looks quite nice inside~
    Hope to experience it myself, one day, hehe!

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    1. Hope you do. If not here, maybe in Europe? :-)

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  15. Now a days many people travels with train. Looks convenient for them. Must always buy ticket ahead... very fast sold out.

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    1. For me, the lure is saving the cost of a night in a hotel & you get to arrive somewhere the next morning :-)

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  16. My bro and I had the best night train experienced when we were young. Ya our first time. Sleep also shaking, brushing my teeth also shaking and eating my fried rice also shaking. Sweet memories that time. Dad
    resigned from his work. He still wanted to bring us for a holiday in KL. Cos he knew after this he can't afford to bring us for holiday as frequent as before. We use to go KL and Genting during school holidays.

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    1. I'm planning a trip by train with my kids and my parents along to KL actly. Thanks ya this post reminds me that.

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    2. How about trains in Japan? :-)

      I used to travel extensively during my school holidays with my late grandparents. Cover most of Malaysia. It was sure nice.

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    3. Yup a train trip to kl would be nice and a great adventure for the kids. I actually did that a few times when my son was smaller just to let him experience the ride. ^^

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    4. Nah my parents dun like to travel that far...home sick lar them. Go KL visit my brother lor...

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  17. After riding the wonderful trains in Japan, won't it be a bit disappointing riding in Malaysian trains?

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    1. Would it?

      Different place, different adventures ;-)

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  18. I have never travelled in an overnight train before. Hopefully I can try it one fine day! :)

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  19. i first took night train back in 2004 when travelling to Singapore...The bed is quite comfy but i dun get to sleep coz of the noisy train and shaky condition (coz of the train moving). After then, i decided to buy the normal seats for night journey coz most of the time i can't sleep due to the noise.

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