Our version of the “bullet train” – known as the Electric Train Service (ETS) Express Route – now connects major cities of Ipoh (Northern Malaysia) and Seremban (Southern Malaysia) via Kuala Lumpur in 3 hours.
The speed of the ETS train is up to 140 km/h although it is designed to travel up to 160 km/h. It takes approximately 2 hours to travel from Ipoh to KL Sentral and 1 hour from KL Sentral to Seremban.
In between Ipoh and Seremban, the train drops by Batu Gajah, Kampar, Tapah Road, Sungkai, Slim River, Behrang, Tanjung Malim, Rawang, Kuala Lumpur, KL Sentral, Bandar Tasek Selatan, and Nilai.
ETS train schedules are as follows:
ETS train fares are as follows:
It’s RM38 from Ipoh to Seremban and RM30 from Ipoh to Kuala Lumpur/KL Sentral, or the other way round. Children under 12, the handicapped, and senior citizens would enjoy a 40% discount, whereas students get a 20% discount.
Update: All schedules and fares were as of December 2010. Visit KTMB website for any updated info.
In this entry I’m going to introduce five less-known locations in Cameron Highlands, Perak because I swear these are very awesome places you may not have visited although you may have been to Cameron.
I didn’t discover these places by myself. Before I left Kampar to pursue my postgraduate studies, God (whichever God it is) decided that I had to know Magen and his girlfriend Sushee, and it was these amazing souls who introduced me to those places.
Magen and Sushee are among the most explorative and random people I have known. One moment they would tell you they’re bringing you for a dinner in Ipoh, and the next moment everyone ends up in Cameron Highlands. Crazy or not?
1. Bharat Tea Plantation, Cameron Valley
Go there during sunset and you can take amazing photos like the above. Bharat Tea Plantation is relatively smaller than Boh Tea Plantation but it is worth a quick visit.
2. Sg. Palas Tea Plantation
There are two Boh Tea Plantations in Cameron Highlands – the Sg. Palas one being the most significant of the two. Magen took the photo of me above riding on a swing at the foothill of the Sg. Palas Plantation.
At the foothill sits an Indian village, where villagers rear chicken and other live stocks and let them run free around the compound of their houses.
I remember noticing a small school within the village where children were playing football away at the field beside the school. The Indian village to me is different from other villages in the sense that:
it is unusually clean and organised
weather there is extremely chilling and refreshing
I really don’t mind staying there for a half a year loh! Maybe I can be a tea-leave plucker there haha.
3. Gunung Brinchang Peak
Gunung Brinchang is the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands, sitting some 6,666 feat above the sea level near the Perak-Pahang border.
At the peak of the mountain is a tower overlooking parts of Cameron Highlands and Ipoh. We tried climbing up the tower but with each step we climbed, we got slower and slower and more nervous because the staircase was just so steep and the tower felt especially high on the already high peak of Cameron Highlands (no pun intended).
The road leading up to the summit of Gunung Brinchang is the highest one in the whole of Peninsular Malaysia according to Wikipedia. Totally can’t believe that we had actually travelled the highest road in Peninsular.
Being such siao kinnas we were, we actually stopped along our way down (road was freaking steep) to snap photos.
The scenery round there was exceptionally breathtaking especially when it was covered in mist – hence the great viduals. *saying this in a super buey paiseh manner*
Never in my life had I seen a scene so beautiful and surreal before. It was totally like what you would see on TV!
4. Pos Slim Stop
Situated mid-way to Cameron Highlands, the Pos Slim stop overlooks a small part of Ipoh, which is beautifully lit up in neon lights at night. A very windy and romantic place to enjoy the night, panoramic scene of Ipoh.
Practically every time we went up to Cameron (four times in one and a half months in our craziest record!), Magen would stop by Pos Slim to feel the gushes of strong wind brush again him.
5. Farlie Tea Plantation
This is the other Boh Tea Plantation in Cameron near the Tapah exit. It is the less popular Boh Tea Plantation and rather different from the Sg. Palas one.
There is an old hut on the hill top. It looks kinda creepy but can be a great location for photoshooting. All photos below (the very syiok-sendiri type) were taken at the Farlie Tea Plantation.
I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, mrdefinite.net also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.