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1. Posted by lah1308 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

My girlfriend & I are going to be in Asia for about 25 days in December, it looks like we are going to be getting direct return flights to Hong Kong as they are the best deal and then get a connecting flight down to Singapore. Our plan is then to spend a few days there and then get a train up to Kuala Lumpur stopping over there for a bit before heading up to Penang, possibly stopping in some places on the way to, from Penang we plan to head to Langkawi (there is a ferry right?) which is supposed to be amazing. After Langkawi we want to head to Thailand, mainly the west side, so Phi Phi/Krabi etc.

What is the best way to get to Thailand from Langkawi ? Are there ferries?

After the Thai islands we will head to Bangkok where we are probably not going to spend anytime before heading back up to Hong Kong for a couple days of shopping.

Does that sound like a fairly reasonable path to take through Asia, I am worried we are doing to much for 25 days? But will definately be back to do the countries we have missed (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos etc etc)

Do you have any suggestions of how long is long enough to spend in each city / country ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Yes, there's a ferry to langkawi. but u need to head off to Kedah because langkawi is located in Kedah state.

As for travelling to thailand from langkawi.
You can take the train ( i think it's the only choice unless langkawi has a private plane to fly over to thailand).
Train is the most commonly transportation between North of Malaysia(kedah) to Thailand.
I takes about Overnight to reach there .
U can check through the train's website.

I'm not sure whether 25 days is enough.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

I think there's a ferry to langkawi but i am not sure about that. You can ask the locals about that.
If there's ferry, its much better.
For trains,you need to get to selected stations because the express train dont stop at some station.
And its to hadyai. From Hadyai, you need to take minivan or bus to Krabi or Phi Phi Island.

But i suggest Ko Phangan.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

I think 25 days would be ok as long as you are flying from Bangkok to HK at the end of your trip. another option in malaysia would be to consider the perhentian islands rather than penang/langkawi as they are less touristy and the perhentians are beautiful. you could still get from there to south west thailand easily enough. also if you have time you could go to taman negara national park in malaysia as its stunning and a great experience as you are right in the heart of the jungle. so your itinerary could be something like this:

singapore - 3 days
KL - 2 days
Taman Negara - 2-3 days
langkawi/ perhentians - 5 days
thai islands - 1 week
Bangkok - 3 days (worth a stop here)
HK - 5 days.
allowing for a few days travelling time in between the places.
in malaysia, the cameron highlands and melaka are worth seeing if you could squeeze them in.
hope this helps - send me a message if you would like some more info :)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 9y

You might find this thread useful too:

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 28, 2007, at 9:48 AM by bex76 ]

6. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 9y

Yes, there is a ferry from Penang to Langkawi, I think from memory they run two or three times a day, the cost is around MYR60. Once you are in Langkawi you can then book transport right the way through to Thailand (at least in Cenang you could) at many travel agents. We did this journey in reverse. There is a ferry that goes from Langkawi port to Satun in Southern Thailand, from there transport by mini-bus will be provided to Krabi, Phuket or Phi Phi (usually includes the ferry ticket from Krabi too). Bear in mind this is a long journey and it took us around 8 hours to get from Krabi to Langkawi. This transport in Krabi cost us 750 baht, I really can't remember how much it was in Cenang for that journey, maybe MYR70-80?

Note that when arriving into Langkawi port there is only the option of a taxi to get you to the beach resorts which is MYR20...we wandered around for ages looking for a bus only to find there isn't one. We spent almost 3 weeks seeing Langkawi, Penang and KL...the journey over to the east coast would have taken 10 hours or more on a bus and we will go back another time to do that.

Malaysia though is fantastic, lots of culture and old British colonial buildings and some of the BEST food we've had. We fell in love with Malaysia and definitely want to go back very soon...Langkawi's beaches beat any of those we have been to in Thailand (and we've been to lots). Langkawi is also a duty free island so alcohol and more importantly chocolate is very very cheap!

Enjoy your time away!


7. Posted by waterlily (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

I personally think that the best way to get to KL from Singapore is by coach, it's fast & cheap. There are several bus companies operating frequent services for this route, check out this website: for info on pricing, operating hours etc.

Hope this helps.


8. Posted by lah1308 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y


Thanks guys for all the useful info, i will definately be using it to plan our trip. I do quite like the sounds of the perenthian islands but they are on the east coast and don't want to spend to much time travelling, and from what i have heard Langkawi is a definate!

My girlfriend was in Thailand last year and she said on the West coast her favorite was phi phi and we have heard good things about krabi so wanna give that a try. Again, i think we will stick to the west coast so we spend less time travelling and more time lazing on the beaches.

Going to draw up our plan of action this weekend and will post it up to check what you experts out there think.

Got any other tips or tricks or some nice hidden islands not full of tourists?

Thanks again!!!!

9. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member 45 posts) 9y

Quoting waterlily

I personally think that the best way to get to KL from Singapore is by coach, it's fast & cheap. There are several bus companies operating frequent services for this route, check out this website: for info on pricing, operating hours etc.

Hope this helps.


I second Lily's suggestion. From Singapore to KL, the coach ride is about 6 hours with a lunch or dinner break, and about two toilet breaks in between. There's at least four competing agencies literally side by side at Golden Mile Complex, which is also the place where the bus leaves. Shop around for the best value, though from personal experience there seems little difference between the cheapest "standard" coach and the more expensive "super VIP executive" ones. Nearest train station would be Lavender station (exit on the side of Immigration & Checkpoints Authority [ICA] building), though you'll need to navigate through a maze-like cluster of flats before arriving at Golden Mile Complex.

Alternatively you might want to try Aero Line. It departs from HarbourFront (nearest station by that same name) and has a web site ( where you can do your booking. Disclaimer: I haven't used them before but their coaches look comfy. They cost a little more than the ones at Golden Mile.