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1. Posted by anindian (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

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Hello everybody,

I am planning to visit Malaysia and Thailand with my family.

I guess I can travel between Thailand and Malaysia by Train/ Bus.

Can somebody guide me as to which is best and econimical way?

Which connection should I take ( I mean bangkok or Phuket / Kll or Penang)?

Any websites of help for above?

I tried both Malaysia Railways and Thai Railways website but could not reach anywhere!!!!

Any suggestions will be wecome.

Thanks in advance!



2. Posted by nin_hydrin (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Although, I'm Thai, I'm not sure about the situation of 3 deep south provinces now.

Anyway, I heard that there are a kind of bus van in Hat-yai (or may be Had-Yai) in Song-kra province go to Malaysia, using saved way.

Hope you find the best way :)

3. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 8y

I took the bus from Singapore all the way to Surat Thani a few years ago and it was fine. Most of the bus stations in Malaysia will have several different companies competing for the same location make the bus tickets very cheap and high quality. The key things to remember are 1 the buses in Malaysia are super air conditioned making them REALLY cold so bring a warm layer, 2 never buy tickets from someone outside the bus station in Malaysia, they are almost always a scam walk into the bus station and buy it there will always be someone that speaks english. 3 Buses in Malaysia don't stop frequently so make sure everyone has food and has gone to the bathroom before getting on the bus.

4. Posted by anindian (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hi Lavafalls/ nin_hyrdin,

Thanks for the information.

Kind regards,


5. Posted by ryanpham (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

You can try visiting this website for information on traveling via train to thailand.

They have links where you can pre order the tickets as well.

But I think its best to read up on the situation down south of thailand before going, just in case.

6. Posted by rob_harvs (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

try this site!! I found it very useful for this exact problem...except in reverse.

7. Posted by Cpt_Smooth (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

I took the overnight train from Bangkok to Sungai Kolok at the border. We had the first class sleeper which certainly wasn't the most economical way, but it was very comfortable. The 2nd class sleepers also looked comfortable - they're dormitory style rather than your own room which would be fine unless you're a light sleeper.

Unfortunately for me the train broke down in the morning a couple hours before we arrived so we were transferred to smaller local trains. This was a month ago and the situation with these local trains was there were a few Thai armed soldiers on each of the carriages checking some bags, standing around and talking to people. The stations also had armed guards, lots of security cameras and barbed wire everywhere. It felt uncomfortable to me but no one really seemed too concerned or alarmed. I'd just check the situation closer to your travel time. If it's tense you can always use Air Asia.

As for buses from Bangkok to Malaysia, if you're going this way be a little bit careful, as I've heard some of the travel agents in Bangkok will tell you anything (blatant lies) to get you on their bus - You may be expecting a 12 hour direct bus ride but may find out once you've paid and boarded that it's 22 hours with bus changes and even taxis you're expected to pay for.

As for connection you should take, if you want to see Penang and are going by train, then head to Butterworth. If you want to see the Perhentian Islands, head to Sungai Kolok. will tell you how to use the Thai rail website also.

8. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

As the above poster mentioned,
It's IMHO the best site concerning Train travel on the net.
It will answer you questions .
Happy trails,
PS the problems in southern Thailand will not affect you.

9. Posted by Saaa (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Quoting nin_hydrin

Although, I'm Thai, I'm not sure about the situation of 3 deep south provinces now.

Anyway, I heard that there are a kind of bus van in Hat-yai (or may be Had-Yai) in Song-kra province go to Malaysia, using saved way.

Hope you find the best way :)


i was this year in march in thailand.
also think that going to malaysia by mini van is the best idea and also it's really cheap.
in hat yai you have to go the bus station, where all the mini vans and buses are.
we took a mini van to the border to malaysia (padang besar), my friend had just to cross the border, that he get another visa. but maybe also normal buses go to malaysia.
you have to check that at the bus station in hat yai, they can give you all the information there, because if you watch on a internet site, everywhere it's written something different. i also tried to arragange all before my trip and noted a lot of stuff. but in the end everything was all different. :-)
so just be spontaneously !:-)



10. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

I would check out the situation in Southern Thailand before you go. I travelled in a mini bus from one of the islands to Hat Yai and then down to Penang last year. Turned out that the situation in southern Thailand was pretty bad at that point and when I arrived in Penang everybody was fairly chocked that I'd made the trip overland as there had been attacks on a couple of mini busses in Hat Yai only a couple of weeks before I stayed there. No foreigners hat been hurt, but it was still not considered safe to travel. The medias don't write much about the affairs in Southern Thailand, so as.. according to the locals, the tourists wont get scared away. I don't know what the situation is like now, and you'd probably be fine no matter what, but maybe read up on it.
Safe travels!