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KL-Surat Thani-Koh Samui by rail

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1. Posted by pritianki (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

I will be going for the full moon party on the 14th October. Tried buying tickets online via FireFly (but the pricing was ridicously priced -RM 1300++ for 2 pax) so I have decided to go via rail. Thing is Im not so sure on how and where to catch a train. I will be leaving from Malaysia-KL. Malaysia's KTMB is notorius for departure delays, etc..however Im looking at this option as it is within my budget. Does anyone have any idea on how to get to Koh Samui from kuala lumpur via rail? The transits and baggage allowance per person? I undersand there are trains going to as far a Hat Yai from Butterworth (Penang), and direct to Bangkok, even. Where can I purchase rail tickets? Im looking at KL-Hat Yai-Surat Thani or KL-Butterworth-Surat Thani. Does any one have any idea what are the ticket rates like? How long is the journey to Surat Thani via rail? I have already made bookings for accomodation in and about Koh Samui. Just want to know if there any reliable rail-route I can depend on. Thanks in advance folks!!

2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

economy class tickets Butterworth to KL is 17 ringgit. 30 for the next class.

from the border of Malaysia and Thailand to Butterworth its less than 10 RM.

There were no trains from hat yai to KL Butterworth, when I was in that piece of thai hell. I don't trust any of the people in the station in Hat Yai, so I decided to just go to the border of Malaysia. I was just so sick of Southern Thailand at that time. I got a mini van to the border at a very expensive rate and all those over priced tUKtuk rides, I took for the day.... The driver drop me off miles away from the border, while the rest of the muslim passegers didn't step out of the bus. The immigration people in the border(HAT YAI) were so unprofessional. They were up to something, they were going to scam me... I have a third world passport, but I could always pretend to be the son of a corrupt government official. So I raised my voice and wear a very thick American accent telling to just do their job! That shut them up! I did not over stay so why the F are you asking too many question in the worst English I've ever heard.

Id go to Bangkok and buy a ticket to Samui from Khao San. I really don't like those border towns or bus stations in border towns. I even had to pay too much for the shitiest Thai food I ever had in two months.

BTW, the economy train of Malaysia is very CLEAN! unfortunately its always fully booked.

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

You obviously haven't taken a KTM train before but you seemed to "know" about its delays. For your info, KTM has two different passenger services; KTM Intercity and KTM Komuter. The "notorious delays" you hear about in the news of is the Komuter service which serves Kuala Lumpur, its suburbs and nearby cities.

The one you're planning to use is the Intercity service, an express train. I had used the service many times before, and they were pretty punctual, but minor delays is possible towards the end of the journey and it's not that bad, about 10-20 minutes for a 6-hour-long journey. This is inevitable because more than half of the journey are on single-track and while the train always get the priority of the track (meaning other trains has to stop for it to pass), there will be occasional cases where the other train has not stopped at the passing loop or station to allow the Intercity train to pass uninterrupted. I experienced this a couple of times, and the wait was never long.

You can buy tickets from all KTM stations (not halt), or online at KTM. However, online purchase is not available for the International Express that goes to Bangkok. Refer to State Railway of Thailand for the IE schedule. Based on the accounts of friends who'd previously taken the SRT train, they are notorious for delays, sometimes up to hours.

A faster but more expensive option is to fly with AirAsia to Krabi and then go to Koh Samui from there.

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

There were no trains from hat yai to KL Butterworth, when I was in that piece of thai hell.

KTM trains go all the way to Hat Yai, but the service was temporarily suspended because of the civil unrest in Thailand recently.

The immigration people in the border(HAT YAI) were so unprofessional. They were up to something, they were going to scam me...

Hat Yai is nowhere near the border.

And why do so many people seem to want to scam/rob/kill you in your travels so far?

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

Quoting Swept Away

There were no trains from hat yai to KL Butterworth, when I was in that piece of thai hell.

KTM trains go all the way to Hat Yai, but the service was temporarily suspended because of the civil unrest in Thailand recently.

The immigration people in the border(HAT YAI) were so unprofessional. They were up to something, they were going to scam me...

Hat Yai is nowhere near the border.

And why do so many people seem to want to scam/rob/kill you in your travels so far?

Maybe Padang Besar or Sadao Immigration... They are nice and friendly everytime I enter through these immigrations...

Yea, why people seems to give you so many problems during your travel yea???

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

[quote=Swept Away]
And why do so many people seem to want to scam/rob/kill you in your travels so far?

Kill me? actually it wasn't me, but my nice female friend. I was surprised. LOL.

Civil servants in the third world have their ways of making extra cash.

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

Thank you all. I just made a call to KTMB and their booking counter in Butterworth providing rail services to ST has been close since the political unrest in Thailand. Im not sure if it will start operating next month...their answer was a possible no. Malaysians-FYI, you can purchase tickets to ST from KL, or Butterworth. Trains transits from Padang Besar after verifying your passports, journey starts from 2pm and you will reach ST at about 1am. No, the trains are provided by Thai state, not KTMB so I dont fancy my chances..I will stick to Firefly this time around-better save than sorry

8. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Quoting pritianki

Thank you all. I just made a call to KTMB and their booking counter in Butterworth providing rail services to ST has been close since the political unrest in Thailand. Im not sure if it will start operating next month...their answer was a possible no. Malaysians-FYI, you can purchase tickets to ST from KL, or Butterworth. Trains transits from Padang Besar after verifying your passports, journey starts from 2pm and you will reach ST at about 1am. No, the trains are provided by Thai state, not KTMB so I dont fancy my chances..I will stick to Firefly this time around-better save than sorry

KTMB only operates until Hatyai. Further than that belongs to State Railway of Thailand. Well, another way to go is by Minivan. Hatyai - Surat.