Story here. A good read, but it should have had more photos.
Bangkok has quite a good train station. Hualamphong Train Station. Built in an Italian Renaissance style. Train travel in Thailand is quite nice, but the rail network is somewhat limited, and it’s slower than the bus. But it’s always a good feeling pulling out of or into that station on the train.
One of my favorites is the old Moorish- style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. You can see another photo on this page. The place is huge! I think it’s used only as a commuter station now, but I remember in October 1999 the wife and I stayed in an old hotel ensconced in this place. There was a youth hostel and an old hotel, and we stayed in the hotel. The wife had flown down to Kuala Lumpur to attend a conference and stayed in a different hotel, and I followed along a few days later at the end, and we checked into that old hotel. It was quite neat. I remember an old bar, too, with cheap Guinness on tap, and I sipped pints at the bar while watching a group of Indians engaged in a darts tournament. They seemed to be two company teams, but all Indians, not a Malay or Chinese among them. I felt part of the Raj, sipping Guinness in this funky old bar and watching these Indians playing darts. But I guess the British in the Raj would not have been watching Indians play darts in their bars, dunno.
The hotel was “elegantly shabby.” We awoke one morning to a thick sheet of ice covering part of one wall, because the air-conditioner had leaked in the night and then froze from the air blowing out. It looked like a glacier. The TV set blew up another night. with a small bang and a puff of smoke. They didn’t have another set to replace it. I had watched my one and only episode of “Friends” on that set. At the end of our stay, we took the train to Singapore, and that was quite handy. We practically just rolled out of bed onto the train. I’ve heard they’ve refurbished the hotel since then.