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We have come a long way since the first aeroplane was invented, and today, scooting off to a random destination is relatively easy if you have the funds. But if you are in dire need of a holiday, one that allows you to fall in love with changing backdrops and a slow-paced itinerary, hop on a train adventure this year!

Whether you’re a first-time train hopper or a seasoned choo-choo enthusiast, check out our list of five destinations you can visit via old school trains, from the nearest to the further. And if you’re feeling brave and a little adventurous, how about taking a train adventure to each location, one after another?

Train to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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If you’ve never been on a train (the MRT doesn’t count), this may be the best way for you to experiment with something easy, instead of an itinerary too complex and arduous. Think of it as baby steps.

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Image Credit: @sevenadr / Instagram

From Singapore, you can buy a train ticket to Kuala Lumpur at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint for around $10 (second class seat), $12.50 (2nd class sleeper), or $40 (1st class deluxe sleeper) depending on how luxurious you want your seven-hour journey to be. You can purchase tickets at the counter or

You can purchase tickets at the counter or online.


Petronas Towers
Address: Wilayah Persekwutuan, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 9 PM daily

Batu Caves
Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 46150, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3-5635 8000
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily

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Train to Butterworth @ Penang, Malaysia

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From Kuala Lumpur, you can buy a train ticket to Butterworth in Malaysia, an idyllic town in Penang. There are two train journeys you can choose, which would take around 6.5 hours to 9 hours respectively. The fare should range from $11 to $28.

You might also wonder: there are so many places to take a train to from Kuala Lumpur, why Butterworth? Well, think of Butterworth as a layover destination, one where you can take a breather and chill out before heading on the next train to… Bangkok!

You can purchase tickets at the counter or online.


Penang Bird Park
Address: Taman Burung Seberang Jaya, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, 13700, Perai, Pulau Pinang, 13700, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-399 1899
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 7 PM daily

Taman Selat Rope Walk
Address: Jalan Selat, Taman Selat, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Tow Boo Kong Temple Butterworth
Address: 894 & 896, MK14, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Tel: +60 4-331 8717

Train to Bangkok, Thailand

That’s right! Did you know that you could visit Bangkok from Singapore by train?

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From Butterworth, you can take a train ride of almost 20 hours to Bangkok’s Hualumphong Station for around $40 (adult ticket). Out of the three train rides mentioned for this train adventure, this is probably the one you would write home most about.

One of my favourite things about this particular train adventure is how whenever the train pulls up into the station, you’ll be greeted by men and women on the platform hawking hot food and drinks from porridge to a packet of nuts, and if you wanted something, you’d just pay for it over your train window.

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Image Credit: @kanya_kaew / Instagram

Bangkok, of course, is almost every Singaporean’s favourite Asian city for nightlife, cheap food and shopping. Don’t forget to stop by weekend markets by Chatuchak and visit the local attractions, from the Grand Palace to the various art and history museums.

For this trip, you will have to buy your tickets in person or through a travel agent. That is because the train is operated by the State Railways of Thailand, and will not be available for reservations on the official KTM website.


Chatuchak Weekend Market
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Grand Palace
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 623 5500
Operating Hours: 8.30 AM – 3.30 PM daily

Dusit Zoo
Address: IBT No.71,Rama 5 Road,Dusit 10300, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 281 2000
Operating Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM daily

Train to Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Located in the North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is great for nature lovers and those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle that is city life. You can visit Chiang Mai via a train from Bangkok; head over to Hua Lumphong Station and get yourself an overnight train ticket to Chiang Mai for around $9 to $40 — prices vary according to the level of comfort you’re willing to part with.

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Image Credit: @nightsquash / Instagram

You can also get a sizable Thai dinner on the train itself in another cabin, which will make you feel like you’re in a Wes Anderson movie. Do take note that Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains are seriously popular among locals and tourists, so try to get your tickets well in advance.

Tickets will only be available in person at the counter or through a travel agent.


Doi Suthep
Address: Doi Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Chiang Mai Night Safari
Address: 33 Moo 12, Hang Dong District, 50230, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 53-999-000
Operating Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM daily

Chiang Mai National Museum
Tel: +66 53 221 308
Operating Hours: 9 AM – 4 PM, Wednesday to Sunday

Train to Hua Hin, Thailand

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Only four hours from Bangkok by train, Hua Hin has always been a popular choice for Thais when it comes to quiet family vacations, which means you’ll probably not have to hassle yourself with booze-spilling tourists with bad beach etiquette.

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Say hello to some good ol’ R&R with the Sun and your buns with this short train ride that won’t cost you much either. Like how you would go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, head over to Hua Lumphong Station to take a train to Hua Hin, passing by the smaller and EVEN quieter Cha Am. Tickets can cost anywhere upwards of $1.50 or so, going up to $15.

Tickets will only be available in person at the counter or through a travel agent.


Hua Hin Night Market
Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Thailand
Operating Hours: 6 PM – 11 PM daily

Black Mountain Water Park
Address: 1, Khao Hin Lek Fai 2, หินเหล็กไฟ, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand
Tel: +66 32 618 444
Operating Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily

Phraya Nakhon Cave
Address: Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Tel: +66 89 782 6002

Don’t stop there! There are many destinations from Hanoi to Moscow to London you can visit by train if you have the time and money, although they will all require you to switch to a bus journey at some point. Like American author Marianne Wiggins said, “…what thrills me about trains is not their size or their equipment but the fact that they are moving, that they embody a connection between unseen places.” Start planning for a train adventure today!

(header credit by @nitisa1989, words by author)

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