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KL TO BANGKOK TRAIN: How great is it?

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1110 posts) 16 Jul '07 10:30

hello again,

My Thai friends took the bus from KL to Bangkok. IM NOT SURE, but they said bus station.
WHY NOT THE TRAIN???

Aside from Bangkok, whats the next best city that I can get off too, if I want to get cheap accomdations, those 200 baht or less per night. If Im taking the train. Is there somplace cultural and historic that is as tourist friendly as Bangkok.

Lastly, how much is the ticket from KL to Bangkok and Phuket?

thanks

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 16 Jul '07 21:06

There are buses from KL - BKK.
But train from KL - BKK, i dont think so.
You need to go to Butterworth for that. Butterworth - Bkk.
If you take train from KL, you either need to change in Butterworth or Hadyai.
From Hadyai,you can choose few schedules. From the super express to super slow trains.

Beside Bkk, maybe you can stop at Hadyai. Tourist friendly city in Southern Thailand. People do speak Chinese dialects there. Accomodations can be cheap but things like shirts or souvenirs might be more expensive than Bkk.

I've got no idea about Ticket from KL to BKK. But ticket from KL - Hadyai is around RM52. I took bus from Hadyai to Bkk and its about RM65 (VIP) and it includes meal.;)

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 17 Jul '07 05:46

Hello Swept Away:)

In Thailand, the first class air conditioned buses are as cheap as the third class train tickets, so you might as well take the bus. Also, it is less likely that the busses will be all booked up, like the trains often are.
Although, if u dont mind paying the extra money for an over night first class train ticket, that is the best way to travel long distances in Thailand.

U could go to Kanchanaburi. It is just a 3 or 4 hour bus ride from Bangkok. It is small, but cultural and tourist friendly. U could stay at the Jolly Frog backpackers guesthouse, for 70 Bahts per night or at the Blue Star Guesthouse for 150 Bahts per night.

A bus from Bangkok to Phuket town or visa versa costs around 500 Bahts.

Mel

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1110 posts) 20 Jul '07 12:37

70 baht a night at Kachanaburi, wow thats amazing.

Thanks

5. Posted by noka (Budding Member, 24 posts) 20 Jul '07 20:57

This site gives you the 'how to' on traveling by train from KL to bangkok, www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm#How%20to%20book