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1. Posted by Nawshika (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi,

Has anyone out there travelled from Thailand to Kuala Lumpa or Singapore by train? it sounds fantastic but would like to find out if anyone really recommends it or if anyone found the journey pretty unpleasent - your responses please......Nx

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

you have to book well in advance - if no direct train (or too expensive) you can travel to Hat Yai, take a road transport to Padang Besar, cross the border on foot and get the train to KL.

I travelled from Penang in Malaysia to Bkk - the train de-railed just after Hat Yai and we had to change to another one.

On long distances trains are more convenient than buses

3. Posted by hasip (Full Member 24 posts) 11y

not pleasant from bangkok till the malay boarder because the landscape you cross in thailand is really not that beautifull as you might hope :(
my advise : better book a cheap flight from bkk to had-yai and take the train from there till singapore .

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I agree with them...but Singapore is even worse..besides it's a place for shopping and night life...nothing there...natural heritage - no! historic heritage - a few only! If possible, try some places in Ipoh, Perak and enjoy some local-made food or desserts is even better. There, you can take bus or taxi to some caves (but most of them are not really that natural)

Good luck!

Lee
Malaysian Helper

5. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

I agree with them...but Singapore is even worse..besides it's a place for shopping and night life...nothing there...natural heritage - no! historic heritage - a few only!

Hi Lee,
Gald to know that you know my country this well. Just curious about one thing though - What, in your opinion, constitute as natural/historic heritage in the Singapore context? Would u also care to share with everyone the Malay heritage in Singapore?

6. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Jared,
Your text sounds hard (so do my previous text): that's true, jared. Your country is a place with 'full' development - it's a well-planned city but the system is too rigid! Like the one of the high executive when she came to Malaysia from "New York Times", she said: singapore media is good at discussing overseas issue but when it comes to local one (political), they will be very 'cautious' and 'different'...get what i mean? Because my friends in media (many journalists from indo , thai, malaysia, even china and taiwan think actually ur media could do even better because your country has a very good source of knowledgeable expertise ( e.g. singapore researchers had recently found the remedy for SARS which i think my country couldn't do better in terms of research)...
but anyway, coming back to Malay heritage - have you seen the movie by Yasmin Ahmad - Sepet? Go and watch them because it shows the true dilemma of malaysian society and you will get a lot of issues that we (Malaysian) seldom discuss publicly. But where's the Singapore? Liang PO PO's films are great...i admit that...i bought all the ori VCD of his...but do you find the film reflected the poor malay heritage in your country compared to Indo and malaysia and other parts of the world? ( remeber what he described singaporean in the movie "Child is not stupid? He wants to tell the singaporean of some truths!my dear.) But jared, this isn't you and the rest of your citizen should get blame because this is wat the politician's approach - like wanting the whole singaporean to speak english and they did it very well and now it changes to Mandarin because of the popularity of CHxxx. I worked with a company before in Early-Childhood line as I teach, did research and debate my idea because our parent company is totally run by singaporean - all your NTUC childcare centre are using their books. Why? Their huge range consultant are from government people and you can study their books and understand the backbone of your country's concept and idealogy- you'll find the approach is excellent but the Malay books - I was sad to see that ..many many things happen, Jared (and I am so regret of letting you know this) while i was working there...things could be not seen from its SURFACE - one thing for sure is our country ( malaysia and singapore)are basically new in civilization ( compared to China, India, Mexico and etc)but we are FAST and too fast in urbanization. That's my conclusion: we have a lot to learn.

I am not against your country and i do proud of what most singaporeans have done to tsunami victim (well done!): it's just your country is 'so' urbanised' and dealing with your question: you should study and do research deeply in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei Darul Salam, Indonesia and even the biggest Muslim community in China and some in Arabia - you'll understand what does it mean by "Malay heritage." Likewise, people go to admire such beautiful wat in Thailand but they nvr the secrets behind those wats! Many typical tourists would think those wats are built according to their Siamese style but the fact is : NOT Really! ( you can refer this to those who doing research in art, archaelogy and culture people - they will tell you more!)

My hands are fatigue!

Anything (if) you wanna know about SE asia education structure, you can refer to me...as i know a lot of gov things - things which happen behind the public and the media...

Sorry if I say something which uneasies you, what I do it for you, jared.Trust me, I am sincere.

Cheer,
Lee

7. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

If you are going to fly straight from BKK to Singapore, check out Air Asia or Tiger airways - I got a return ticket for less than 100 Singapore dollars (you can also buy a one way). For BKK to KL, your only option is Air Asia.

With the cheap seats right now, it almost doesn't make sense to sit on a bus or train for 24 + hrs. It's barely even a price difference either!

8. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Like the one of the high executive when she came to Malaysia from "New York Times", she said: singapore media is good at discussing overseas issue but when it comes to local one (political), they will be very 'cautious' and 'different'...get what i mean?

Without knowing this high executive personally, i shall say that its all too easy to comment on things from a local perspective without an intricate knowledge of the subject in question.

But where's the Singapore? Liang PO PO's films are great...i admit that...i bought all the ori VCD of his...but do you find the film reflected the poor malay heritage in your country compared to Indo and malaysia and other parts of the world?

The movie wasn't a government initiation. Jack Neo, the director, is famous for his local movies that chronicle the everyday life of working class Singaporeans, usually portraying their difficulties to insinuate some of the government's policies. I haven't seen that movie, so u should know better.
Separately, although not overwhemingly,we are still a nation with a Chinese majority. In this context, it's inevitable that there be a cultural dominance.

Perhaps it's me but i dont seem to have my questions answered. (sigh..i have a Peranakan fixation u know?)Anyway i've started reading some of your earlier posts, and now have a better appreciation of why u consider Singapore a place with little or no heritage sites. Fair point. Those looking for a "Whoa!Look at that!Did the heavens create them?I'm gonna be buried here.." yadda yadda are surely gonna be very disappointed.

Ok, in light of the recent debate over straying off-topic,im feeling very guilty now towards the thread-starter..But i hope the info given is sufficient, if not, let us know again, i'll dig out the info for u.