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This is book number 1 in the South East Asian Railway Journeys series.
This book describes the first of a series of long distance journeys through South East Asia. It covers the trip from Bangkok, through the southern 'elephant trunk' of Thailand via Penang and Kuala Lumpur, to Singapore (and the former station of Tanjong Pagar, that closed in 2011).
The purpose of the journey was to look at railway travel as a more leisurely means of tourism. More people who travel want to experience a genuine insight into foreign cultures or to see how local people live their lives. Railway travel provides a good way of doing this. There is also a greater desire to see environmental and social responsibility needs being met in the places that tourists stay in or visit. Added to this is the pursuit of 'slow tourism' where, instead of rushing from one place to another, people want to travel in a more leisurely manner. Railway travel has the potential to accommodate these requirements.
The travelogue style is intended to be anecdotal and illustrative (with photos) and to give the reader an idea of the sort of experiences (good and bad) that one could expect in undertaking te trip.