After travelling for close to 5 hours on the train, we finally arrived at our destination – The little town of Segamat. Segamat, famous for its delicious durians, is also known as the land of king of durians. It was a pity that we were there at the wrong season and thus, missed the chance to try the durians that are known for its legacy. A quaint and charming little town, Segamat exudes an old world charm of yesteryear with its pre-war shop houses and colonial architecture. Great for picture-taking opportunities!
The town itself is relatively small and it didn’t take us more than an hour to cover the main parts of it. As such, the boy and I decided to soak in the chillax atmosphere by chilling, accompanied by a cup of mocha & hot chocolate, at the Hang Out Coffee Hub which is apparently very popular amongst the younger crowd. Think of it as the equivalent of Starbucks and honestly, I think they serve great coffee! The lack of developments, alongside with the slow pace of life, makes the little town a popular choice as a retirement estate for the older folks. As we took a lovely stroll around town, it wasn’t uncommon to spot the residents hanging out at an old school kopitiam or store, sipping their coffee and chatting with their friends as they watched the days go by. It is probably this sense of closeness within the community (where everyone knows everyone) that makes them so fond of calling Segamat their home.
A day trip to Segamat is ideal as it provided us with the much needed respite from the hectic lifestyle that we are so used to back in Singapore. Having said that, anything longer than a couple of hours at this sleepy town might be a little too boring for city folks like us. At only $42 for a return trip via train, I think a day trip to a laidback town in Malaysia is a little luxury that we all need once in awhile. 🙂