Trains are the way to go?

Although air travel gets you there quickly and planes can fly over water whereas trains can’t do that, we prefer to travel by train whenever possible. We travelled all through China by train and they were fantastic. Smooth comfortable and reliable. However when we travelled into Vietnam from China the trains changed, watch our short video on this post about the trip. And so did our opinion of trains. Well Vietnamese trains anyway!!

We were going to “Train” from Hue to Saigon but after our previous experience of Vietnamese trains we decided to fly.


Whilst in Kuala Lumpur we travelled around the city mainly by train (couldn’t figure out the buses) Here are a couple we rode on every day.

The LRT and KL Monorail …. Click here

Willie “drives” the LRT in Kuala Lumpur …. Click here

 

 


We traveled the length and breadth of China (an enormous country) by trains, some referred to as “Bullet trains” which travel at over 300 km per hour. Whilst on one ‘fast’ train Willie was eating his lunch at 300klm. When I looked up from the meal and out of the window the train had stopped at a station……. smooth!!!

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China-train-shanghai-bar

 

 

 

 

Maglev

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAGLEV: Magnetic levitation transport, or maglev, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles via electromagnetic force. This method can be faster than wheeled mass transit systems, potentially reaching velocities comparable to turboprop and jet aircraft (500 to 580 km/h). Click here for Wombats story

 

Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is also by train as is Bangkok to Khai Nong (entry to Cambodia) and Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Vietnam is all (more or less) train travel.

Sleeper train 1 Sleeper train

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Quality seating

We have previously done Bangkok to Butterworth
(Malaysia) by overnight sleeper (sleep not being the prominent word) and Bangkok to Chiang Mai and back one by day and one by night.

 

Market on track

Market on track side Bangkok

The train from Bangkok to Nam Tok which crosses the famous “Bridge on the river Kwai” (very slowly so you can hang out of the doors and take photographs) and precariously progresses along the river side cliffs on an infamous line built as part of the Burma Railroad in the Second World War  and terminates at Nam Tok.

Train to River Kwai in Bangkok

Train to River Kwai in Bangkok

 

Bridge over River Kwai

Bridge over River Kwai

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Wampo Viaduct

 

 

 

 

 

So on this page and maybe sub pages we will attempt to log our “Train Experiences”

Whilst waiting for our own personal updates I will put some links and pictures / details of some of these trips.

Train advice from the Man in Seat 61...Train travel from
“The Man in Seat 61”

Train travel in Singapore & Malaysia

Train travel in Vietnam

Train travel in Thailand

Train travel in China