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Crossing into Mayalsia from Thailand - safe?

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1. Posted by Beggsy (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y

Hi guys, my gf and I are thinking of heading down to Malaysia, probably taking the bus from Hat Yai in Thailand to Kota Bharu on Malaysia's east coast. However, we've heard from various people that the crossing this border by land is dangerous due to bombings and the like. I've no idea what the current safety status of this trip really is though - does anyone have a clear view they could share please? Many thanks in advance.

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

Hi Beggsy,
From Hatyai to Kota Bharu,...actually you are like going through a WAR ZONE....
Can't really predict what is going to happen....
The region in Deep South of Thailand now is really politically unstable....
But you can try... Many travellers still using the area to cross into Malaysia....
I saw few backpackers in Sungai Kolok to cross the border...
this mean the area is 'quite' safe for travellers?
Try to avoid crowded area....Dont be suprise when you see army and their trucks with M-16 around the towns in Deep South....It is a normal situation.....

Maybe you can have a look at this blog :

http://fudgebackpackers.travellerspoint.com/97/

safe trip!!!
Hit me if you need any other info.;)

opospa

3. Posted by UKckt5 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi,

No idea how much it has changed in the last 2 years but I did that journey, although in reverse, Panang to Hat Yai in 2005. There were some problems at the time then and while we were in Malaysia about to set off bombs went off in Thailand so naturally we were a little concerned. However after speaking with locals and travellers decided to take the trip anyway and it was fine. Our bus took as to a small shop so we werent in the main bus station in Hat Yai which was one of the main potential targets.

Of course this information is a little dated since a lot can change in 2 years so your best bet is to check the foreign office information for their recommendations.

4. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi Beggsy!

I don't want to come across as completely ignorant in regard of the political situation in southern Thailand, but chances of being killed in a car crash are definitely bigger than being maimed by a bomb.

Flynn

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Beggsy:)

If u want to go to Malaysia overland, from Thailand, make sure u have the most up to date information available, about the current situation at and near the border, before u start your bus journey.
Personally, I dont think I would take the risk. I would fly.

Mel

6. Posted by Beggsy (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y

Guys, thanks all for your replies. I've looked into this a bit more, and specifically talked to a couple of TAT folk. It seems that crossing the border on the east side is dangerous, with the three most south-easterly Thai states - incl. Yala - v. definitely being warned against - daily killings! However, Songkhla was talked of as being safe. Both the TAT people said this, though whilst one said, yeah, no problem, travel to Malaysia via Songkhla, the other was a little more circumspect. Our revised plan would be get the bus from Songkhla (probably Hat Yai therefore) to Buttersworth, thus avoiding those three states.

Looking on the Foreign Office website though, Songkhla is mentioned as to be avoided. I've got to imagine the locals know more, but I wondered whether anyone had any further thoughts. Thinking we might have to stomach an airfare :(

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Beggsy

Looking on the Foreign Office website though, Songkhla is mentioned as to be avoided. I've got to imagine the locals know more, but I wondered whether anyone had any further thoughts. Thinking we might have to stomach an airfare :(

In my opinion, one never knows what is going to happen next, in a place as troubled as that.
What is safe one day could be where trouble breaks out the next day.
If u are going to travel overland, be very alert, and listen to all warnings before your journey and during it, if u can. If u see anything bad happening near the border, get yourself quickly out of the way. And have your passport ready, to show that u are from a country which has nothing to do with this, in case anybody approaches u. But chances are u wont be so unlucky as to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. U will probably just go to Malaysia and see nothing more than a few soldiers patroling, near the border.;)

Mel

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

Quoting Beggsy

Guys, thanks all for your replies. I've looked into this a bit more, and specifically talked to a couple of TAT folk. It seems that crossing the border on the east side is dangerous, with the three most south-easterly Thai states - incl. Yala - v. definitely being warned against - daily killings! However, Songkhla was talked of as being safe. Both the TAT people said this, though whilst one said, yeah, no problem, travel to Malaysia via Songkhla, the other was a little more circumspect. Our revised plan would be get the bus from Songkhla (probably Hat Yai therefore) to Buttersworth, thus avoiding those three states.

Looking on the Foreign Office website though, Songkhla is mentioned as to be avoided. I've got to imagine the locals know more, but I wondered whether anyone had any further thoughts. Thinking we might have to stomach an airfare :(

Well, if you still want to go to Malaysia overland, i suggest you to use either Padang Besar or Sadao.....much safer than the east check points....
In Hadyai, you will get to see the city which is very different than any other cities in Thailand,...
As what Mel said, if you see anything bad happening at the Thai side, you got to get yourself to cross over to the Malaysian side....and during that time, the border might be very packed with both Thais and Malaysians who are trying to avoid the situation....