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The famous night train finally arrived at Songai Kolokat the border. With a lot of delay, for an obscure story of a loco breakdown. It's the guy in charge of my car who informed me, as I was getting a bit impatient this morning, around 10:30 am, supposed time of arrival, in front of the endless string of stations, none of which was Songai Kolok.
"Songai Kolok? No! Two hours delay... Problem with locomotive. » Malaysia, the country where you never arrive...
Around 8 am, on the platform of the station of Hat Yai, the big city of the South of Thailand. There are still more than four hours of journey, until Songai Kolok, the border town with Malaysia...
Charitably, I went to warn the little Norwegian couple in the next car. I had made friends with them the day before, on the platform, while waiting for the train. They too are going to the islands Perhentian.
Long, long trip, then. In the early morning, everyone emerged from behind the little blue curtains that hide the bunks. I then discovered the faces of the people I had slept with. They looked a bit cooler than me... I was hot, despite the fan. Not much conversation, then (hard, the language barrier), but exchanges of big smiles that compensate.
My neighbors, two young women, have immediately bought sticky rice and chicken for breakfast from the street vendors who get on and off at each stop. They kindly offer me some, but no thanks, no way... In the rising heat, with the air badly stirred by the fan, I don't feel very hungry. I settle for an infamous Nescafé instead.
A few hours later, when I learned that we would not be at Songai Kolok before noon and a half, I really regretted not to have done like them. All the more so since, of course, there wasn't a single street vendor left in the vicinity.
The countryside passes by. Railway station follows railway station. And I simmer in my juice, I dream of a shower. It will not be for immediately!