To the Tin city in a speed train. Apr 08, 2013
Ipoh is the capital city of Perak district north of Kuala Lumpur.It was the second largest city and shot to limelight for its British connections and mineral wealth in tin during the early 19th century till the late 80's.The wealth has not diminished but its prominence has and today it is a peaceful place famous for its cuisine.The town attracts people who like good food and peace.Cosmopolitan in nature the people are very friendly and life is slow far far away from the maddening crowd of fast living.
It is well connected to the other parts of Malaysia by road.It also has a domestic airport not very far from the city but has a wonderful railway station which is a heritage building of the 18th century belonging to the British colonial era right in the middle of town.
This station now has been modernized without offending the superstructure and fast trains commute between Kuala Lumpur Sentral and this town.The trains are efficient, on time, economical and fast.It takes only about 2 hrs and a little more to cover the distance of about 175 Kms.The KTM as it is called or the Electric train service as known it costs only 30 Ringgit one way which is the cheaper than traveling by bus or road.The toilets are clean and promptly serviced.The train is fast and touches 147 Kmph and stops at major towns along the way.The seats are comfortable and the journey smooth.
There is a cafeteria on the train but the scenery along the way is good enough to keep you occupied otherwise.
I loved the journey all the way from Kuala Lumpur and back as good as I loved Ipoh for the Colonial architecture, religious temples,calm,peaceful lifestyle and Gourmet.
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