|Two sore bums and 14hrs on a train later we can now say that we've been on a railway that goes straight through the jungle!
The scenery was great - loads of green trees, but not much wildlife in sight. Other attractions to distract us on the train included a cockroach infestation!! The train was a mailtrain with carriages attached. There was only one class of ticket available - 3rd, but if you were lucky you could get a soft seat to sit on rather than a hard bench. The choice between hard and soft seat was more difficult than it seemed - the soft seats were pretty comfortable, but were also where the cockroaches had generally setup home, so you had to be armed with a big book or shoe while sitting in them, so every now & then the hard seats provided some respite from them!!
We arrived at Gemas at just before 8pm (after a 6am start) Our hopes of local commerce kicking in and getting us to Melaka that evening back-fired when prices of taxis were multiplied by 10 as soon as they saw 2 western backpackers!! In the end we got a room at a local motel, and headed straight to a bar to get a well earned bottle of Tiger after the day's journey!