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single track train to Jerantut

12 hours of jungle scenery

sunny 30 °C
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Monday 28th January
Up early, bus to Wakaf Baru, and train at 9am. Plenty of room in 3rd class with friendly passengers. Twelve hour journey along single track railway through highland jungle, beautiful little immaculate stations along the way and a man holding up a green flag at each. Several areas of lumbering activity, long train loads of huge hardwood logs.
Arrive Jerantut after dark and Damien does sterling work finding the cheapest beds in town while Claude and I wait with the bags. I change some sterling with local of Indian descent who wants to buy some english money. Sell one pound note and a king George 2/- piece. he is so pleased we have a free satay. Also eat good chicken curry for 2M$. On the way to hotel go up the wrong flight of stairs and interrupt a large mah-jong session. Several tables of players and everyone stops and looks at us, and 20 inscrutable chinese faces crack into smiles.
One room three beds 10M$

Posted by 1985 trip 07:18 Archived in Malaysia

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