Sunday morning and we are trying to find breakfast before our 10am train to KL. We catch an Uber to JB Sentral hoping to have enough time to find a place to sit down and grab a bite to eat. Unfortunately it’s pretty chaotic. We briefly sit at a place, have a rice dish, and soon make a dash for the train.
The boys have anticipated this moment. They still love the train journeys and I thrive seeing their little faces light up at the sight of them. I know this will not last forever, so I have to enjoy every moment.
The train journey from JB to KL requires a changeover at a station called Gemas. We arrive into Gemas at 2.30pm and catch the next train at 3pm from Gemas, arriving at Kuala Lumpur station at 5.15pm.
About to board the train at Johor Bahru
The train at Gemas to KL
We finally arrive to Kuala Lumpur and the boys check out the front of the train.
Kuala Lumpur station
Walking to get a taxi to our unit
We go out for dinner that evening to a place called Havana bar and grill.
A before family photo
And after shot. The boys put themselves to sleep 😂
The journey into Singapore was fairly smooth sailing. The boys entertained themselves a lot better with the in-flight entertainment.
We arrived at Singapore and caught a taxi to Queen st for approx $20Sin. From Queen st we had to negotiate another special vehicle to cross the border over to Johor Bahru (JB). There are government cabs one can catch, which will charge you approx $12Sin per person or $48Sin for a whole car.
We would’ve gone with this option except there was no movement of a very long queue, and people were getting anxious. It was 6pm and we didn’t want to take that risk by waiting heavens knows how long!
We finally negotiated a price of $50Sing for the four of us. Once the driver had a complete car of 7 passengers, we were off.
I did not expect the journey that followed – peak hour at its worst! It was literally bumper to bumper most of the way crossing the border. I was feeling restless, and although we were all tired, the boys did magnificently.
We were nearing the end of our trip and trying to decide how to go about visiting the Mekong. We shared with our friends Jade and Michael our interest in going to the Mekong but that we were really not interested in being part of a tour. After going on a couple of them already, we just wanted to do our own thing and have the flexibility with the boys.
They told us that they had taken a bus from Ho Chi Minh down to My Tho and arranged their own tour of the Mekong once down there. This sounded like something that we wanted to do. So we caught a bus from Ho Chi Minh. As we waited we thought we’d get Mr 4’s haircut fixed. It was quite funny how people were doting over the boys and taking pictures with them like celebrities.