This KTM train ride in Dabong, Kelantan is a surprise hit among locals


A filepic from 2016 showing school students waiting for the train to depart from the Dabong station. KTMB has been running a shuttle service on the East Coast Line from Tumpat to Dabong since late 2015. — Filepic

A KTM train ride in Kelantan, dubbed “Train To Dabong”, from Tumpat to Dabong has surprisingly become a hit among local folks.

According to the Kelantan Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) director, Mohd Aidil Afizie Daud, the latest tourism product is also nicknamed “Jungle Train” because it passes through rural areas full of tall trees much like a tropical rainforest.

He said the railway tourism product from Wakaf Bharu, Tumpat to Dabong in Kuala Krai, is over 140km and takes almost three hours. It is one of the 10 iconic tourism products in Kelantan under its Homestay And Train programme.

“Dabong Railway Station is a transit station for Homestay Jelawang near Gunung Stong. The experience of taking the train in Kelantan is very different because regular trains around the world usually pass through concrete buildings like the west coast route, ” he said.

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Taking the train along the Kelantan route can be an interesting experience for tourists especially in the way local passengers, vendors, school students as well as KTMB officers go about their business, he said.

The architecture and design of each station is also interesting, unique, and “Insta-worthy”. He added, starting from Tumpat, the number of people boarding the train would increase when the train stops at several stations including Wakaf Bharu, Pasir Mas, Temangan, Bukit Abu, Kuala Krai and several other small stations to pick up passengers to the last station, Dabong.

Passenger Saiful Azlan Yusof, 40, said he was eager to take his son and wife on the train ride after it went viral on social media.

“The last time I took a train was 30 years ago when I followed my father who worked at a clinic in Dabong. At that time, there was a lot of excitement at the train station where many food hawkers and passengers used the train service as public transport. I hope to re-live those moments, ” he said.SOP compliance is vital

Meanwhile, in a separate event, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri reminded all tour operators to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to prevent the next wave of the pandemic in the country.

“Industry players need to play an important role by ensuring that all tourists record their attendance and body temperature as well as use hand sanitisers before visiting places of interest, ” she told reporters after visiting the Lenggong Valley Archaeological World Heritage Site in Perak recently.

Nancy said although the current spread of Covid-19 in almost all states was worrying, strict SOP compliance would ensure people remained confident of visiting tourist spots in the country.

She added the Lenggong Valley world heritage site recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) could attract many tourists, and in turn, support the local tourism industry.

“We will develop certain parts of this area to be more modern to attract more visitors in an effort to increase our domestic tourism products, besides working together with the Perak state government, ” she said.

Among the attractions at Lenggong Valley is the Archaeological Gallery which houses the Perak Man – the oldest human skeleton discovered in Malaysia in 1991, which is also the most complete one from the Paleolithic era. – Bernama

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