I am currently in Thailand (Ko-phagnan)and plan on making my way to see phuket and eventually get into Malaysia.. I would like to go about this in the least expensive way.. (i'm guessing by boat or bus).. Would anyone recommend the best way of leaving southern Thailand and entering into Malaysia? I know that their are companys that will take you right into Malaysia and into border controll (for visa runs), but i'm not sure if there are many connections to get to the rest of Malaysia from these border controlls..
Also any recomendations as to where to head to or nice things to see while in Malaysia would be great!
Thanks for the help
Phuket to Hat Yai by bus & then catch a train from Hat Yai that goes all the way down Malaysia & ends in Singapore.
I have heard also of a speedboat that goes from Krabi to Langkawi, there is a ferry that then links Langkawi to the Maylasian mainland.
You can try with malaysian low cost airline www.airasia.com to get cheapest airfare from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur(KL). I've just taken a flight last 2 weeks from KL to Phuket only cost RM29.90++ without the airport tax and the admin charge.Or u can take a speedboat from Krabi to Langkawi. Now is the raining season for malaysia, rains every afernoon, so pre plan ur destination in advance.
We got the bus to Hat Yai and then the train to Butterworth (Penang). It does take quite a long time but you have loads of room so you can sleep (I think it was around 6-7 hours).
As for where to go in Malaysia, it all depends on what your into. I'd definately recommend spending 2-3 days in KL. Georgetown in Penang is really interesting, lots of museums, great architecture and fascinating history. The Cameron Highlands are stunning, I would recommend a few days up there. And finally The Perhentian Islands, they are by far the most beautiful islands I have ever been to. Really chilled out, amazing beaches and great snorkelling and diving (watch out for the massive lizards that live on the island - completeley harmless but rather huge )!
Have a great trip
To make the best of your travel > Phuket by bus to Krabi 4hrs journey stay a few nights then to Satun by bus 3.5hrs to Tamalang Ferry Terminal to get ferry to Langkawi Island at Myr27 and stay a few days then continue by ferry to Penang 2.5hrs journey at Myr45. From Penang you may take the bus to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
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If you are on Koh Phangan you can go to either Chumphon or Surat Thani and take the night sleeper express to penang ( Butterworth Station ), although you change trains at the border you are ticketed all the way through. Agents on Koh Phangan should be able to arrange train ticket for you, or go down by bus to Hat Yai though easier just to get the train from Chumphon or Surat Thani.
There are ferry boats from satun to langkawi, never heard of anything from Krabi though. But if you are on Koh Phangan at the moment then the nigh train seems the best option.
There are direct bus from Hatyai to Penang and Kuala Lumpur. From Hatyai to Malaysian Border ( Bukit Kayu Hitm ) is less than 70 km. From Bukit Kayu Hitam to Penang is less than 3 hours. From Bukit Kayu Hitam to Kuala Lumpur is less than 7 hours.