i am planning to travel overland from malaysia to thailand. Apperantly south thailand is very unsafe at the moment. I read about bombs on trains and buses and a lot of fighting in this area.
I heard also, that all the unrest is in the eastern part of the border area. Further there is supposed to be a train from malaysia to bangkok, which hasn't been attacked at all and there is safe. can anyone verify this infromation and update me on the situation there.
thanks a lot,
Its quite quiet for the past few weeks. If you are taking train from Malaysia - Thailand, i can bet its safe. You are passing through Padang Besar checkpoint. Checkpoints like Sungai Kolok & Tak Bai are not really safe. And bombings and shooting happen in Provinces like Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. Well, there are several bombings in Hadyai as well but it rarely happens nowadays. You can see army around in these few provinces. By train, you will be passing by Hadyai. So do not worry about it.
This is the latest news...
Ten killed, 27 wounded in Thai south
6th November 2007
NARATHIWAT, Thailand (AFP) — The unrest in Thailand's insurgency-hit Muslim-majority south showed no signs of abating Tuesday, with 10 people killed in a series of attacks and 27 wounded in a market bombing.
The explosion struck a fresh food market in Yala province as it was filling with shoppers on Tuesday evening. A hospital official in Yala town said two of the 27 wounded had to have limbs amputated.
Earlier Tuesday, a suspected separatist was killed in a clash with security forces in Yala, while a Muslim man whom police claimed was a key rebel leader was also shot dead in Narathiwat.
Suspected militants also opened fire on a teacher and headmaster from the same school in Narathiwat province, killing both the Buddhist men, police said.
On Monday, two imams from mosques in Narathiwat province were shot dead by rebels, police said, while in nearby Pattani three Muslim local government officials and an army sergeant were killed by gunmen.
The shootings take the total number of people killed in the last three days across insurgency-hit Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces to 18. They include a 12-year-old boy, shot alongside his father on Sunday.
Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is due to visit the restive region on Wednesday, where violence appears to be escalating.
Yala's deputy governor told AFP that the militants, who are fighting for a separate state in the south, were exploiting a reshuffle and redeployment of troops ordered by new army chief General Anupong Paojinda.
"There is an increase in violent attacks after the end of Ramadan because militants have seized on the opportunity of the troop reshuffle -- new troops are not yet familiar with the area," Krisada Boonrach said.
Anupong last week promised to send more troops to the troubled region bordering Malaysia in an effort to stem the growing unrest.
More than 2,700 people have been killed since the latest unrest broke out in January 2004. The region was an ethnic Malay sultanate until Buddhist Thailand annexed it a century ago, provoking decades of tension.
i went to hat yai by train for a few times, once during the hard time in south of thailand, but hat yai always uneffected area by terrorist or bombing, during the time i was expected there will be a lot of army and police will be around in hatyai, thailand, but i was wrong about it.. it was clear, save and people live harmony... plus i am a lady and travel alone at such area..
opospa was right about the boader at sungai golok and tak bai, it was a dangerous area to step in... train from KUL-HYI always stop at padang besar boader... its save.. dont you worry about it...
i am planning on going to bangkok from KL by train.. i heard it was a fun journey... going to bangkok-cambodia-vietnam-laos-bangkok, perhaps will be doing it in March 2008, alone.