Students planned a trip to KL using the new train service by KTM from Ipoh direct to KL Sentral and back on the same day.
Took the 9am train which is the first train of the day as it is a weekend. Weekdays the earliest runs around 5:30am. The latest train back to Ipoh is at 9:45pm. There was only one coach which is 3rd class priced at RM10.00 one way. Second class cost RM18.00. The difference is the quality of seats and second class has LCD tv whereas third class has none.
Guess which class we are in.
Each coach has seats facing both tail and head of the train. So, if you are lucky, you get to sit facing the direction which the train is moving. If not, you will be sitting with the train moving backwards, which was our case from the Ipoh journey to KL Sentral. The toilet is really small with a hand basin inside. There is a sign which says Do Not Use Toilet While Train is Stationary (in BM). You can see the ground throught the WC. There is no flushing system…everything goes straight to the ground.
You could buy fried mee, nasi lemak and hot coffee from the team of 3 young guys who goes from coach to coach with their wares. Air-cond is full strength so a hot cup of coffee is much welcomed. After 2 hours I got a headache from moving backwards the whole time, so had to go stand at the place where 2 carriages join. You get fresh air and good view but had to control the doors which could swing open and you could get flung out…exactly like in the movies…probably the most exciting part of the trip. After passing around 10 stations, we finally arrived at KL Sentral.
Upon arriving, we took Kommuter (not sure of spelling) train which also belongs to KTM, but services KL city routes only, to get to Mid-Valey Megamall. Had Korean for lunch.
After lunch, we went our separate ways to roam in The Gardens and Mid-Valley. Qarina and I spent the rest of the day in Borders and MPH. Manage to buy a Wedding Cake Decorator’s Bible by Alan Dunn at a real good price of RM34.90. Qarina bought 2 Geronimo Stilton books and an Enid Blyton one.
Finally had some gelati (Italian ice-cream) at this place below. Great food presentation.
The trip back was not too bad. We get to sit facing the right way. Air-cond was not as bad as before. Reached Ipoh at 1:00am, tired out.