Can anyone help in finding an easy way to cross from Malaysia into thailand. My mate and I are in Penang at the moment, and want to head to Phuket (all in one go) What is the best way of getting there? We're heard horror stories of buses leaving people at the border etc. Over night train seems a good option but how easy is it to get a bus from the closest train station over to Phuket?
Any info would be appreciated
Your best bet is just to jump a bus upto and cross the Thai border and get to Hat Yai bus station and jump a AC bus to Phuket.
If you got the time just jump the bus 0800 and jump off somewhere interesting before 1200, max 4hrs on the bus as their is lots of interesting places between Panang and Phuket including the border crossing.
al de bes
all travel agencies in Penang have a mini-bus service to Phuket (with a short stopover in Hat Yai and Krabi). It leaves early morning about 6am.
it was a horror story for me when I had to leave the train in Padang Besar and pay locals 2000 Bt to get me to the next border crossing at Sadao where the Thai emmigration could issue me an entry visa.