Need a bit of advice from those who've visited any of the Thai islands on the way between these two cities. I have some time to play aroudn with (just a few days really) and Just wanted to know how easy it is to get to either Phuket or Ko Samui en route between KL and Bangkok.
Also, what are people's thoughts on which island to choose?
All the Islands are easy to get to enroute between these cities. However, with ferry crossings and all that stuff they can take time, and if you really onlly have a couple days to spare I wouldn't bother. Instead i would head to Krabi. Though its on the mainland it has all the beaches and beauty of the Islands, and it takes no time to get to. As an added bonus, it tends to be a bit cheaper than the Islands. Head to places like Railey Beach, Ao Nang etc.. And if you find yourself with a bit more time than expected, Koh Phi Phi (arguably the most beautiful Island in Thailand) is easy to reach from Krabi.
Thanks Degolasse. Just the info I was looking for
hey girl! Sounds like your gonna lap up the sun, sea and sand in Thailand very soon. Ive been through that round bout 6 months ago on my way to Oz and its a wonderful part of the world. I came from bangkok down to chumpurn i think its called, on a bus, overnight. Grabbed a 2 hr ferry out to Ko Samui island and spent bout 4 days there, its an awesome place, u'll love it. Then i grabbed the night train from directly across the island on the mainland again (i cant remeber the name of it) down to the thai/malay border and grabbed another few rides. One of them on the back of a motorbike by a kind lad who was interested in knowing where i was going and wanted to help me out. Awh this trip (my RTW) has just been amazing eve.
Anyway got a few local buses through gua masang, to KL for dirt cheap. Oh yeah stayed in Jerantut a night and went up to the National park near there - def worth a visit if you like a safari etc.
Well i betta going - really enjoying life here in South Australia.
If you're in KL, check out AirAsia, the KL (LCCT) - Phuket route. This budget airline offer frequent bargain prices for both domestic and international routes. You can access its website at www.airasia.com. Currently, it offers one way trip at RM39.99 (about USD 11). Great buy! As for Koh Samui, you may want to travel either by bus or by AirAsia to Penang. The KL-Penang route by AirAsia should be between USD 11 to USD 20. Once in Penang, you can board the FireFly another budget airline which is owned by Malaysia Airlines for ticket price as low as RM9 (USD 3). Book the ticket online at www.fireflyz.com.my.You can only fly from Penang if you want to get to Ko Samui in shortest hours of time. Only FireFly offers Penang-Ko Samui route. Another option is to check out with Berjaya Holidays, where they offer holiday packages to Ko Samui, flying from the Subang Airport (the old KL airport prior to KL). However, the costs maybe higher than usual. (due to the fact that it comes together with a holiday packages)
Other options include boarding bus from KL at the Pudu Bus Terminal in KL city to Hatyai. From Hatyai, there are plenty of options, the bus services and shared minivans which can take you to both Phuket and Surat Thani (Ko Samui). Nevertheless, you may lost on your travel time due to the distance. Cost wise, it may not be cheaper than if you chose to fly AirAsia. So, do check out the budget airline website for its sale and compare with overland travel. Remember, you'll save lots of time by travelling on air.
Have great holidays.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 12, 2007, at 12:41 AM by spurs94 ]