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Ipoh, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand

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1. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member, 51 posts) 14 Apr '07 04:20

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In march next year I am looking to travel from Ipoh (or somewhere close by) in Malaysia to Bangkok in Thailand. I don't particularly want to fly so could some one let me know about trains and buses etc. Many thanks.

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member, 506 posts) 14 Apr '07 09:08

I don't know about Ipoh but from Penang and Alor Setar there should be buses to Thailand...

3. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member, 61 posts) 14 Apr '07 13:35

Hi. You can get a train that goes from Kuala Lumpur up the centre of Malaysia and stops at Ipoh and travels on to Butterworth and may in fact go to the Thai border. The Orient Express version goes into Thailand from what I have heard. Either way you can get into that country fairly quickly by train or as suggested fly in from Penang which is across the water from Butterworth or coach it. The train trip from Ipoh to Butterworth is absolutely stunning and you cross an extensive lake by going almost through its middle and you journey through the jungles. Something you will always remember and the train is very comfortable. :)

4. Posted by lizp (Full Member, 74 posts) 14 Apr '07 17:38

Buses are much quicker and more frequent than trains. From Ipoh (or any Malaysian town) you can take a bus to Hat Yai, and then get a bus or train to Bangkok.
Ipoh is on the railway line so you could take the train, check out KTM www.

5. Posted by kidd27 (Budding Member, 34 posts) 16 Apr '07 19:12

If you travel from Ipoh, there are numerous transports available to take you to Thailand. The embarkation point to other majot cities/towns in Thailand is of course the infamous Hatyai, in southern Thailand, which is approximately 2 hours distance from Penang, Malaysia. There are abundant of bus services from Ipoh to Hat Yai and journey is definitely speedier than the train. Train service runs from KL to Hatyai which takes nearly 15 hrs journey while bus will take you no more than 6 hours if you travel from Ipoh. From KL, the journey to Hatyai takes about 8 hours. On the price wise, bus is also cheaper alternative. There is also the Butterworth (Penang) to Bangkok train service which comes with a 23 hours journey, with several stops at major towns along the route from Hatyai to Bangkok. Ticket cost about RM100, for one way trip. You can choose from the 1st, 2nd and the economy class coach, all with a/c. To engage this Butterworth-Bangkok train, take the bus from Ipoh to Butterworth.

Back to the bus from Ipoh to Hatyai. At Hatyai, getting from there to attractions such as Phuket, Ko Samui, Satun, Hua Hin, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Bangkok is easy as there are regular bus services that cater to all the abovementioned journeys.

Hope this give you some tips. Happy Travel.

6. Posted by simonwong (Budding Member, 46 posts) 17 Apr '07 08:36

Hey, I come from Ipoh, just wonder why you start your journey from Ipoh. Is it you like to wonder around the city before you depart... Just wonder as not many foreign tourist attract to this city.

Bus and train are available.

wat film you produce??
I like to watch movie, and sometimes would like to write some script, even of thinking to shoot a short film.

wondering if you could give some suggestion

regards,
simon

7. Posted by asey16 (Budding Member, 51 posts) 18 Apr '07 03:35

Quoting simonwong

Hey, I come from Ipoh, just wonder why you start your journey from Ipoh. Is it you like to wonder around the city before you depart... Just wonder as not many foreign tourist attract to this city.

Bus and train are available.

wat film you produce??
I like to watch movie, and sometimes would like to write some script, even of thinking to shoot a short film.

wondering if you could give some suggestion

regards,
simon

Hi Simon, My wife has family that live in Kumpa so Ipoh is the closest big town. We have travelled in Malaysia before and absoutely love it. We will be travelling up to Kumpa on the bus from KL and staying with family for a few days. Really like all the cave tamples around Ipoh.

We mainly produce commercial documentaries and information films for a variety of clients, but we also make short films. We have done a couple of horror films and gangster type films, and working on a spy film at the moment. The biggest thing we are filming this year is our around the world trip.
Shooting films can be really fun. I started out just as an amatuer with friends making silly little films (about ten minutes long) but now have moved into the professional world. My company website is currently under construction but soon will have a few pages about the film making process which you may find interesting. www.randomworldproductions.co.uk
Your best bet is to get together with a few friends that are also into films and get yourself a nice camcorder. it is best to start with a consumer camera rather than anything too expensive or professional as until you have learnt about composition of shots, lighting, white balance, iris control, etc, it probably won't help you. You may also need some software to edit your movie with, again start of simple with something like windows movie maker and when you have got the hang of that move on to something with a bit more scope.
I hope this is of some help to you, let me know if you need any more help.

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 18 Apr '07 08:24

Quoting asey16

Hi Simon, My wife has family that live in Kumpa so Ipoh is the closest big town. We have travelled in Malaysia before and absoutely love it. We will be travelling up to Kumpa on the bus from KL and staying with family for a few days. Really like all the cave tamples around Ipoh.

Alex, so your wife is a Malaysian? :)

By the way, it took me a moment there to figure out that you actually meant Kampar. ;)

9. Posted by Budai (Respected Member, 506 posts) 18 Apr '07 10:32

Quoting Hien

By the way, it took me a moment there to figure out that you actually meant Kampar. ;)

Hien, thanks for solving the mystery, i was wondering as well

10. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 19 Apr '07 09:11

Ipoh,not sure about Ipoh but you can get a mini van from Penang to Hadyai and from Hadyai,take a train or bus to Bkk.