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Malayaia to Thailand by bus or train.

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1. Posted by bwonder25 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hi all,
We're trying to get to thailand from malaysia via khota bharu.
Can anyone advise how safe it is to do from the east coast and border vrossing etc....

also where would be a good stop off point in the very southern thailand before going north?
Any info regarding monsoon too

Cheers and

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

I did a KL to Hat Yai by bus and then Hat Yai to Bangkok by train.

But I would do Bangkok to Penang by bus through an agency for 1,000 baht.

Stoping in the south, I wish I did Krabi.
some people go Hatyai then Chuporn then to the islands in the gulf of thailand.

3. Posted by eTRAVEL (Full Member 11 posts) 8y

When I visited Thailand in April 2004, I used my Northwest mileage, unfortunately, I could not get a direct flight to Thailand, Singapore via Japan instead. From Singapore, I took the train to Malaysia. I waited for 6 hours for my next connecting train from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai. Then from Hat Yai, I waited few hours for my final destination: Bkk. It was a long journey but it was worth taking it. My friend suggested to take the train instead of bus due to safety reason. Accidents sometimes happen along the road for reckless bus drivers.

Anyway, I took the opportunity to visit the Twin Towers: Petronas during my 6 hours in Kuala Lumpur, and then roamed around Hat Yai and bought some "gold" stuff which is much cheaper than buying it in Bkk.

It was my longest journey but I felt safe and comfortable, since I could lay down in a bed! Being inside the train, you can also the beautiful countryside of Malaysia and Thailand.

Good luck!

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 8y

Not sure whereabouts in Malayisa you are now, but if you are in KL I would recommend getting the jungle train to Kota Bahru and from there getting crossing into Thailand. It takes a day and I really enjoyed travelling right through the jungle.

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

From KL, take the overnight train to the East Coast. Stop at the Pasir Mas Station and there will be a lot of taxis and private cars waiting to offer to bring you to the border. Negotiate the price first and they will bring you to Rantau Panjang town. Stamp your passport there and walk over the bridge to the Thai side(Sungai Kolok). From there, are buses to mainly Hatyai and Bangkok. I am not sure if the thai train for southern part is still not operating due to anti government protest in Bangkok. Enjoy your trip.


6. Posted by daraserene (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

get a train from Khot bharu or take a van which will cost you about 1000 until hat yai then bus to bkk.. :)

travelling is fun... explore!!

7. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting daraserene

get a train from Khot bharu or take a van which will cost you about 1000 until hat yai then bus to bkk.. :)

Although there a railway track linking Kota Bharu and Southern Thailand, there's no cross-border passenger train service from Kota Bharu into Thailand. You have to cross the border (see opospa's post above) and the Sungai Kolok train station is about 1km away from the immigration checkpoint.

8. Posted by devinair (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I think the best bet is the train as you will be able to enjoy the sights, but you may get good deals if you visit Air Asia website to get deals on flights and accomodation. My husband and I flew to Phuket, Thailand from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket, plus 3 nights stay in nice resort with breakfast included for Malaysian $950 in 2005. I am not sure what the price entails, but I think it is worth looking into.

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