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1. Posted by cheggers22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi

Me and a friend set off for Bangkok from London on the 5th Feb 2009 and fly out of Singpore on the 26th to continue our travels. Therefore we will have around 3 weeks in this part of the world and want to make the most of our time here.

Neither of us have ever experienced this part of the world or this culture before and I am keen to hear some people's thoughts on the route to take down (which mode of transport/safest/easiest route?)

Places to stop off and enjoy (whilst staying in hostels etc) and overall must see destinations along this well travelled route.

Cheers

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 7y

Quoting cheggers22

Hi

Me and a friend set off for Bangkok from London on the 5th Feb 2009 and fly out of Singpore on the 26th to continue our travels. Therefore we will have around 3 weeks in this part of the world and want to make the most of our time here.

Neither of us have ever experienced this part of the world or this culture before and I am keen to hear some people's thoughts on the route to take down (which mode of transport/safest/easiest route?)

Places to stop off and enjoy (whilst staying in hostels etc) and overall must see destinations along this well travelled route.

Cheers

I had to leave Bangkok and go to Singapore when Suvarnabhumi Airport was closed last month. I used the train to get to Hat Yai and then made it over to Penang/Butterworth where I picked up the train again for the ride through Kalua Lumpur and on to Singapore to fly home.

You can book a train ride clear through to Singapore or at least to Penang/Butterworth. The sleeper car is most comfortable. When I went this time it was too late to get a sleeper so I had to go with the regular seating. Trains in Asia can be pretty cold with the A/C on, have a long sleeve shirt available. I would have booked to Butterworth direct from Bangkok but from Hat Yai on was fully booked so I had to find ground transportation to Penang area. (Penang and Butterworth are close together, Penang is the better place to stay at and go out pub crawling but Butterworth is where the train station is at.)

You can also book a bus/van ride to Singapore or at least to Penang. You can do it through a travel agency in Bangkok pretty easy. This is a long ride, the bus (sometimes a van is used part of the ride) does stop pretty often for pee breaks and even sometimes provide free snacks. Bus is cheaper than a train and even a little faster. Some bus bookings from dodgy travel agencies in the Khao San Road area have had problems with stolen items from checked bags and even breakdowns. When I used this method many years ago I went with a travel agency not in the KSR area and had no problems. At that time the ride was about 50-50 van/bus.

Google up "transportation from Bangkok to Singapore" and you will get several hits, sample hits below:

http://api.oscar.aol.com/expressions/get?type=buddyIcon&f=native&t=dublindare&k=ja1Qo8eL1l9srDGy&defaultId=00050201e06e3f

http://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=How+to+get+from+Bangkok+to+Singapore&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

You can also fly of course! There are some discount airlines available. I always used ground transportation except for one ride from Penang to Bangkok (a long time ago!)

When you travel always keep your valuables with you on your person or within sight. Don't put valuables, especially passports, money, travelers checks, meds, jewelry, small electronic items in the check in bag! Some cases of bags being rifled during transit even. Same for planes, taxi cabs - even the ride from your home airport! Nothing screws up a holiday like a missing passport or missing money! There are lots of internet shops available in Thailand you won't need a laptop there. If you intend to stay in cheap places there is less security. I haven't seen too many safety boxes that will hold a laptop. Besides, if you drop it or it becomes "lost" somehow you will wish you left it at home!

You can use a flash drive with Firefox or Opera on it and make it identical to your home browser favorites. You can save need to know information in email form. Info such as flight itineraries, travelers check numbers, emergency contact information. Some people code their credit card/debit card numbers and point of contacts too! For personal info storage in email form DO NOT use an email that everyone else knows your password! You can open up a free email account from Yahoo if you want. Keep in touch with your family and friends and tell them where you are going and if you meet anyone on the way to travel with let them know the person's name - for your safety!

Read up on this part of the world and plan your move accordingly to save time and money. Debit cards also work in ATMs in Thailand. If you use credit cards or debit cards expect fees to be attached. Tell your bank that you will be out of the country or any withdrawals may be suspected as being fraudulent. Don't bring a lot of valuables with you, keep it simple!

If you ever ask for hotel recommendations mention how much you want to spend per night to narrow down the choices. Don't say cheap or middle priced - use a baht amount. You can get some hints on what to do in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore by using Google, ex. "what to see and do in Thailand?" Lots of info comes back.

Good luck.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

You have enough time to hit some of the cultural sites and also visit some of the best beaches down south. I would take a few day trips out of BKK, say Autthaya, Kanchanaburi . Then you could fly, overnight bus or train up to Chiang Mai. This is your chance to ride an elephant and get out in the bush to visit the hilltribes. This still gives you 2 weeks of beach time.

I would fly or overnight bus: BKK to Krabi. There are plenty of nice beach choices close to Krabi. Railay Beach is a great location, even if you don't stay there. You can day-trip it from Krabi town.Koh Jum & Koh Lanta are just a ferry ride away if you want to relax on a great beach for a few days.Koh Phi Phi is not far either, more expensive, but beautiful. The Krabi area of Thailand is beautiful and still not too expensive IMO.

From Krabi you can take a bus or van to Hat Yai. From there you can take a bus or train down to Singapore. Send me a PM if you have questions.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 23, 2008, at 5:47 PM by vegasmike6 ]

4. Posted by cheggers22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi there,

Sorry for the late reply. Many thanks karazyal for tips/advice and also to vegasmike6 for help on destinations and beaches to hit!This will be very useful for us. We are just going in a bit un-organised with the whole thing - kind of on purpose as we don't want to have the whole thing planned out to the day!

But we do want to visit the 'must - see' areas etc so this is usefull. Not long till we leave now for this, the first part of our RTW trip and can't wait! - we have just booked three nights accomodation in Bangkok for when we arrive and get our bearings etc

We will then travel south and go down the coast visitng beaches and other places. - before finally arriving in Singapore where we will catch our flight onto OZ. Many thanks again for the replies. VegasMike - I may contact you whilst we are in BKK for more info on these places.

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