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1. Posted by Loz89 (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

I want to travel down through Thailand to Singapore and Malaysia. Im planning on two months.

Would this be long enough?
And how much money would be advisable?
Any places or trips advisable?

Thankyou x

2. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 7y

Hi, yea. There are certain southern provinces in Thailand that are in civil turmoil. I.E. you should not travel that way, unless you have to. I, myself wanted to travel by from Bangkok to Surathani and then Suratthani to Hat Yai .. change trains .. then Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur. It is highly highly advised that you should not travel this route. I am making my way to Ko Phangan and Ko Tao.. then back to Ko Samui, and either flying or taking the train back to Bangkok, then flying to KL. This is more expensive.. and more lengthy, but I think there is no price for safety. You can travel safely throughout Malaysia and Singapore by bus or train ... or plane. Just note, there is nothing stopping you from traveling into Malaysia by train, but there have been bombing attacks around major tourist spots in the past few years.

On a better note ... you can do all of Singpore in 3 days i hear.. I am a beach person and suggest Ko Samui, Ko Lanta, Kirabi, and Phuket areas in Thailand!

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 7y

2 months should be ample. Most of the things to see are in Thailand. Best weather November to April. AirAsia does cheap flights (get it right first time as they do not do cancellations and changing dates is expensive.) There is some trouble in Thailand near the border with Malaysia so do not visit the area. LL did not mention Penang which is quite nice.

Thailand is cheap, Malaysia fairly cheap, and Singapore expensive.

4. Posted by patdoody (Budding Member 45 posts) 7y

Hi,
Just a word on the train from BKK to KL,i took that train a month ago,absolutely no problems,plenty of westerners on it,obviously can't vouch for the future but it's a great way to meet all kinds of people,and worth it alone to see the notice about hippies at the Thai border post

5. Posted by Loz89 (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Thankyou, great advice! Probably not advisable that I do it on my own then either. Shall think about a safe route in detail as I havn't researched it all indepth as yet. x

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 7y

Quoting LaurenLolz

Hi, yea. There are certain southern provinces in Thailand that are in civil turmoil. I.E. you should not travel that way, unless you have to. I, myself wanted to travel by from Bangkok to Surathani and then Suratthani to Hat Yai .. change trains .. then Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur. It is highly highly advised that you should not travel this route. I am making my way to Ko Phangan and Ko Tao.. then back to Ko Samui, and either flying or taking the train back to Bangkok, then flying to KL. This is more expensive.. and more lengthy, but I think there is no price for safety. You can travel safely throughout Malaysia and Singapore by bus or train ... or plane. Just note, there is nothing stopping you from traveling into Malaysia by train, but there have been bombing attacks around major tourist spots in the past few years.

On a better note ... you can do all of Singpore in 3 days i hear.. I am a beach person and suggest Ko Samui, Ko Lanta, Kirabi, and Phuket areas in Thailand!

I have used the Bangkok to Hat Yai train without any problems. Hundreds of people take those trains every day. Will something happen - who knows?? You are more likely to get hit by an out of control bus in your own country than be a victim of a terrorist attack.

I used the Malaysian train service to take me from Penang (Butterworth) through KL and on to Singapore. Nice ride, a little cold at times, food was simple but cheap. So, have a nice time on your trip.

7. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 7y

I have used the Bangkok to Hat Yai train without any problems. Hundreds of people take those trains every day. Will something happen - who knows?? You are more likely to get hit by an out of control bus in your own country than be a victim of a terrorist attack.

I used the Malaysian train service to take me from Penang (Butterworth) through KL and on to Singapore. Nice ride, a little cold at times, food was simple but cheap. So, have a nice time on your trip.

Pattani has never quite adjusted to being a part of the Kingdom of Thailand. Pattani was the centre of an independent principality that included Yala and Narathiwat. Today Pattani is a predominantly Muslim town that has traditionally had more in common with its Malaysian neighbours in the south than the central government in Bangkok. During these times Pattani’s allegiances shifted several times and rebellions were not uncommon. This fierce independence continues and is a driving force behind some of the problems that are currently plaguing Thailand’s southern region. If it wasn't for the ongoing violence, Pattani could be one of the better beach destinations in southern Thailand. Unfortunately exploring much of the area independently is not a safe option at this time. To date, tourists have not been targeted but the haphazard nature of the insurgency makes it difficult to predict which way the situation will turn.

Most travellers only visit Hat Yai while in transit to Malaysia, but since terrorists started targeting it for bombings within the last few years it's seeing fewer and fewer folks passing through; many people are choosing to fly straight on to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore rather than do the traditional overland route through Thailand’s Deep South. Violence comes in spurts, however, so it might very well be quiet again by the time you read this. If you do visit, just be vigilant about your surroundings and stay away from large demonstrations or crowded spaces, which are more likely to be targets

Just have a plan.

8. Posted by abang (Budding Member 25 posts) 7y

hello all,
i'll be in Samui and Phangan on 7 until 10. then continue to Phuket...
overland yeah!