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1. Posted by redrosesNJ (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 27 Nov '08 10:19

I will be leaving Dec. 4 to arrive Dec. 6 in KL via Cathay. On Dec. 15 I go from KL to Bangkok. As of today, the airports are closed and I have confirmed airline reservations.

Can some tell me how I can get from KL to BKK and return via bus or train. Which one is easier since I travel alone. In KL I'm a short walking distance from Pudraya bus depot.

Please help me.

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 27 Nov '08 19:00

There's train service from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok.

  • Kuala Lumpur - Butterworth (Express Langkawi) operated by the Malayan Railways (KTM)
  • Butterworth - Bangkok (International Express - Train No.36) operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT)

Trains will be slower than bus, but in my opinion, they're safer. But this is not to say that bus is not safe.

While you can book a ticket online from KTM for the first leg, SRT does not have such online facility. However, KTM may book the SRT ticket on your behalf. You can also go to their ticketing office to get an IE/36 ticket. You can also send KTM an email requesting them to reserve you a seat on the IE/36. You'll have to collect (and pay for) the ticket from their ticketing office a few days prior to departure, failing which they'll release your reservation. The fares for IE Train No.36 2nd class sleeper are MYR103.90 (upper berth) and MYR111.90 (lower berth).

3. Posted by Shanna (Budding Member, 11 posts) 29 Nov '08 12:04

Hi redrosesNJ
I have a similar situation to you. I'm hoping this whole situation will have cleared up by the time I go to Bangkok from KL on the 10 th Dec, I have a flight booked through AirAsia. I have travelled this route by train in the past and it is very slow. This time I need to get to Bangkok as soon as I can, so if necessary I will use a coach to get to Bangkok. I have heard that there are coaches that go this route but unfortunately I have no information on them. If anyone out there has any information on the coaches I for one would be extremely greatful. In KL I'm staying at a hotel in Imbi which I believe is just 10 minutes from Pudraya bus depot.
redrosesNJ I'm sorry for hijacking your post, It's pointless starting a new post on the same subject
hope you get sorted
Shanna

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 2 Dec '08 00:24

It is faster to travel by bus. Buy bus ticket to Hatyai opposite Puduraya (beside KFC). From Hatyai, you can either catch a VIP bus or Express Train to Bkk. For more informations, you can send me PM.

5. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member, 101 posts) 2 Dec '08 23:29

It maybe rather faster to travel up from KL to Bkk via Penang by bus but the trains are far more comfortable.

From Penang to Hat Yai you'll be squshed in a passenger van for 3 odd hours, then from Hat Yai to Bkk you'll just have to sit there for 13-14 hours. The train from Penang to Bkk is direct (unlike the buses). You can get a sleeper, then there's a restaurant where you can have meal, drink a coupla beers, meet new people and even play cards. And for those who smoke there's an area too.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1261 posts) 3 Dec '08 06:47

Quoting frank_bkk

It maybe rather faster to travel up from KL to Bkk via Penang by bus but the trains are far more comfortable.

From Penang to Hat Yai you'll be squshed in a passenger van for 3 odd hours, then from Hat Yai to Bkk you'll just have to sit there for 13-14 hours. The train from Penang to Bkk is direct (unlike the buses). You can get a sleeper, then there's a restaurant where you can have meal, drink a coupla beers, meet new people and even play cards. And for those who smoke there's an area too.

I have done the Penang-Bangkok run both ways and the train was more comfortable. On the Thai train they served some free coffee and a pastry and later a small chicken and rice dinner - was okay. Kind of cramped but better than a bus but cold! Some tracks may be flooded, passed through some minor flooding around the tracks in Thailand.

I was stuck in Bangkok, I had a flight due to leave on Thursday the first day of the blockade. My airline approved flying out of Singapore and booked me confirmed seats (no cost to me, they were glad to whittle down some of the passengers.) Decided to take the train to Hat Yai and from there made it to Butterworth, from there to Singapore via Kalua Lumpur. Buses and sleeper berths on trains were fully booked heading out of Thailand.

Trains and buses will probably have more seats available heading TO Bangkok than heading OUT of Bangkok. I looked for a bus from Hat Yai to Penang/Butterworth but they were mostly full and went with shared taxi to the border and regular taxi from there to Butterworth. Booking a train or bus and staying with it through the immigration procedures at the borders is a lot simpler and cheaper than using taxis - but none available leaving Thailand on the day I need transportation.

All and all it was an interesting little trip. I am glad I acted when I did otherwise I would have missed an important meeting on Tuesday in the US. Heading into Thailand should be much more simpler. Trains in Malaysia were also cold, no free food but there was a dining car and you could get chicken and rice real cheap plus water, coffee and other snacks.

Good luck.