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1. Posted by mopey1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi all

Me and boyfriend are off travelling for a year in sep 2009. For part of our trip we are planning travelling by train from singapore into thialand and from there down the Mekong River into Loas. We then want to go to Cambodia and then work our way from south to north Vietnam.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to see this area by land and also any links or the names of companies who do so.

Many thanks xxx

2. Posted by 2004ts (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

Quoting mopey1

Hi all

Me and boyfriend are off travelling for a year in sep 2009. For part of our trip we are planning travelling by train from singapore into thialand and from there down the Mekong River into Loas. We then want to go to Cambodia and then work our way from south to north Vietnam.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to see this area by land and also any links or the names of companies who do so.

Many thanks xxx

i would suggest the following in malaysia:

-malacca (or melaka) - historical town .. portugis colonial places
- kuala lumpur - capital city
- penang island - populated island with rich cultural heritage
- langkawi island - gorgeous beaches

3. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

Once reaching Bangkok, would recommending heading north through Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, crossing the border into Laos at Chang Khong / Huay Xai then continuing down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, from where you can head south through Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Khammouane Champasak before crossing overland into Cambodia from southern tip of Laos. Two sites may be of use www.thailandhotel-link.com and www.laos-hotel-link.com

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

From Singapore to Thailand I suggest you to travel by Express bus. Its faster and comfortable. Aeroline Bus Maybe you can have a look at this bus company. And from Kuala Lumpur, you can buy the express bus ticket opposit the Pudu Raya (main bus station). Take Konsortium Bas Ekspress. They are on time and comfortable. The bus will take you into Hatyai stopping right in front of Lee Garden. From there you can take train or bus to Bangkok. If you need to go by bus, tell the tuk tuk driver that you need to go to บ.ข.ส (Bor Kor Sor) the bus station. Its better you write it down and give it to the tuk tuk driver. Bus is faster than train alot. Bus will stop you at Sai Tai Mai in Bangkok where you might need to take Taxi into the city. Get into Bor Kor Sor to buy the ticket. Normally the tuk tuk driver will stop you opposit the Bor Kor Sor and there will be a lot of agencies. The people of the agencies will start to call you into their premises. They are selling the express bus tickets as well but not belongs to the government and might be dangerous and totally not comfortable (Something like the Khao San Road Buses). Just say No and cross the road into Bor Kor Sor. There are a lot of buses companies in Bor Kor Sor where the sellers are wearing the uniform. I suggest you to take Piya Tour (0 7442 8972) or Thai Doen Rot (0 7442 9525). If you need to go by train, you can take tuk tuk or just walk there. Its around 10 minutes walking by foot. Ask around for the direction because the tuk tuk will charge you more than what you suppose to pay i guess. There are several trains to Bangkok depends on what time and what kind of train you would like to go on. Here's the web of the State Railway Of Thailand From Bangkok you can take eaither bus or train into Laos. I am not sure if you want to enter Cambodia or Laos first. Well, there is train into Laos now from Thailand. From Hualamphong station, take train to Nongkhai and into Vientiane of you are visiting North of Laos first. If you are visiting Southern Laos, you can take bus to Chong Mek in Ubon Ratchathani province from Mochit bus station. Not sure if there is a straight bus to Chong Mek but if there's not, take bus to Bor Kor Sor Ubon Ratchathani first and from there take another bus straight into Pakse. Well, if to Cambodia by land, take bus from Mochit to Aranyaprathet and from there, take a motor taxi which to the border and enter Poipet, Cambodia. Well, there are a lot of scams over the Cambodian side... You might not want to pay extra for the visa upon arrival. I suggest you to get Cambodian Visa at the embassy in your country. You can also get to Aran by train which is cheaper and slower but can enjoy the countryside scenery. Good Luck. ;)

5. Posted by mopey1 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks to everyone for your advice

6. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Due to the ongoing separatist violence in southern Thailand, I would advise against crossing the Malaysian/Thai border by road or rail. Two border policemen were killed recently and the train service was out of action for 13 days after gunmen attacked a train. See: Two police killed the south

Also, 15 people were injured in a bomb blast in Narathiwat in the south of the country last Saturday.

The southern Thailand insurgency has been ongoing for five years now and shows no sign of abating.

Your best bet would be to book a flight from Singapore Changi to Bangkok, or possibly to either Krabi or Phuket and then plan your Thailand trip from there. You can also fly from Senai International Airport which is located 28km from Johor Bharu. That's the city on the other side of the causeway separating Singapore from Malaysia.

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