I had always believed that whenever you visit a place, once must experience the local public transport. It gets you connected with the people and also lets you feel the pulse of the place, its culture and growth. But, it is also true that whenever you get to have such experiences, there is no way that you can escape from having the comparisons on the back of your mind.
However contrary you might try to do, you will always be reminded of the experience back home of the same public services. You will even remember it when you are back and using the same services in routine at your home town, trying to recall that how better or worse it was abroad. Although it is not always fair because the traffic, the volume of passengers, frequencies, populations mix—they all make a lot of difference to public services.
Same happened, when we were in Indonesia. During our two island, four city whirlwind tour, we travelled from Bandung to Yogyakarta on a train. Both cities are in Java island and almost 400 kms apart. It takes almost seven and half hours in the fastest train to travel between two cities. Indeed a fair amount of time to see the landscape and enjoy the service. The journey was also selected as it is indeed one of the most scenic journeys in Indonesia.
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Our first encounter with the train services in Indonesia was at Bandung station and it was very impressive for the start. Had travelled on suburban trains in Japan, Europe, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore etc but it was first experience on a long distance train.
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What I loved the most was that the whole experience was very tourist friendly. It was clearly meant to create an image among the visiting tourists. It wasn’t chaotic as the railway stations usually are. Clean, organised campus and friendly staff were the hallmark of the service.
You can also watch a video of Bandung Railway station on my YouTube channel by clicking on the thumbnail below-
Have you ever travelled in train inside Indonesia? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments section below.
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