I will be in Malaysia this spring visiting my wife's family. This will be my first trip to Asia. They live near the West coast of the westernmost island, not too far from the Thai border. I have heard that overland travel through Southern Thailand isn't a good idea. Is there real danger? Should we (my wife and I) consider a bus or train or should we travel down to KL and fly?
Well, safety wize I never felt threatened in Southern Thailand. We were there last year and took the train to and from Malaysia without a hitch. Also took buses further south & had no problems. If you feel uncomfortable though, take what feels best for you....
Hi there....I've done thailand-malaysia overland, and back. I didn't encounter any problems and for my 5 months in the area, I haven't heard of any travellers who have encountered any problems on this route... I think the risk is quite minimal. But as martha says, if you are going to worry about it, it may be worth it to fly. It's cheap from KL to BKK (and quicker!!)>
I haven't done the overland trip from Malaysia to Thailand but did it from Malaysia to Singapore.. I feel this is where the problem is. No real danger though! What happened was that trains were canceled that day because of landslides and we were forced to take a bus across. But it turned out that our bus did not have the authorization to cross the border. So he left us off at Johor Bahru and asked us to continue by ourselves. All our efforts of trying to get across in the same bus went in vain and were forced to take the government shuttle across! And it was 11:45 PM. I don't know how frequently this happens though. The trains are considered to be smooth.. Don't know how useful this information was but was just suggesting that you could have got mixed up with Malaysia-Thailand and Malaysia-Singapore...
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 11, 2007, at 3:50 AM by anand85 ]
the bus from Malaysia to Thailand is not that great, the train is slow and old. just take the plane. malaysia air is cheap, so is air asia... take you 1,5-2 hours by plane... just check out their websites... www.malaysiaairlines.com or www.airasia.com