Oh no not another train ride
Singapore Travel Blog› entry 20 of 22 › view all entries
November 3rd, 2008 – by: bcbusdriver
The station in Singapore has an odd story. I had some of it explained to me by the Chinese taxi driver we got from the hotel. Basically the station is Malay territory that is completely surrounded by Singapore.
What all the means is it makes a mess of normal immigration procedures. Once they call for boarding you join a normal line for immigration but this is where it gets weird. You line up to enter Malaysia before you leave Singapore. You get the normal stamp in passport and you jump onto the train. You then ride through Singapore until you reach the international border at Johor. You then jump off the train and join a line up to leave Singapore. So really you enter Malaysia before you leave Singapore so it is kind of odd. Once you are back on the train again, the police from Malaysia come onto the train to double check you went through immigration back at the train station.
I do not remember anything from the second train trip so it must have been much better. I do remember stumbling into the KL train station and being surprised. It really is a very modern building and looks much more like the new airport in KL then their crazy chaotic bus depot. Even better is to take a taxi from the station you must get a voucher from the taxi stand official that shows the exact price to your destination. This was the first and last time we did not have to negotiate a taxi fare with a KL taxi driver.
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