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1. Posted by alexcarr84 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi there,

Me and a friend are doing the above trip in Jan 08. The plan is to spend a few days in Singapore before jumping on a train and heading north. I heard a rumour that it's monsoon season on the east coast of Malaysia so were going to stick to the west instead. We were hoping to continue by train after a couple of weeks and stops in Malaysia (any suggetions on places to stay and things to see?) and head into Thailand, is this easy enough to do by train from the west of Malaysia?

The plan is then to spend some time on the beaches in the south then heading straight north to Chang Mai (fly or train?) before finishing up in Bangkok to fly home. Does this sound sensible enough?

Thanks in advance!
Alex

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Yup, pretty standard backpacker route and all very doable. To get all the stops in you may have to combine your train travel with some buses, but that's not a problem.
In Malaysia I would recomend the Cameron Highlands and Penang.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Yea,the plan sounds great. Its better to avoid the east coast.
If you are heading to Thailand,you have to take train at the KL Sentral. You can catch the train from Butterworth,Penang as well.
If you are stopping in KL,just try to visit,KL Tower,Eye on Malaysia,Batu Caves,KLCC and Bukit Bintang area.LOL.;)
You can also visit Cameron Highland and Penang Island where you can find variety of Chinese,Malay and Indian foods!!!

From South to Chiang Mai,there's no direct train.
You need to change it at Hualampong Station in Bkk.
But if you want to save more on guesthouse and see more land,take train or the VIP bus. Its fun but a little tiring!!
However,if you want faster journey and more relax,you can just fly there with domestic flight.

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

Now that cheap airlines like airasia exist, is this KL to Bangkok train still practical? Is it cheaper than this air travel option?

How is the train ride from KL to Thailand? Is there a stop for Phuket?

Is there a bus option too? KL to Bangkok?

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Quoting Swept Away

Now that cheap airlines like airasia exist, is this KL to Bangkok train still practical? Is it cheaper than this air travel option?

How is the train ride from KL to Thailand? Is there a stop for Phuket?

Is there a bus option too? KL to Bangkok?

From KL,you have to take it in KL Sentral.
There is no stop in Phuket. You will have to stop in Hadyai.
From Hadyai,you have to take bus to Phuket.

There is also a bus option. In front of Pudu Raya in KL. There are lots of buses to Thailand. They sell tickets to hadyai. Well, you can buy ticket to Bangkok as well.

Airasia is cheap and affordable. But you can see more lands and the local lifestyle when you travel by land.;)

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting Swept Away

Now that cheap airlines like airasia exist, is this KL to Bangkok train still practical? Is it cheaper than this air travel option?

If u have enough time at your disposal the train journey from KL to Bangkok enroute Butterworth is really worth it..... especially the journey from Butterworth to Bangkok is memorable as u can see country-side of both Malaysia and Thailand.... just remember to ensure that ur seat is opposite the sun, else the blinding blaze of the sun will make it impossible to see outside....

If ur running short of time Air Asia is the best alternative. Fast, efficient and affordable.

Have a nice trip

Cheers
Arif