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1. Posted by sharpe2267 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hello , i am arriving in bangkok 8th dec 2009 travelling to koh phangan for the 19th to jan 3rd , then travelling through malaysia ( jungle train ?? ) , then on down to singapore where i will be flying to darwin on the 24th jan. If anyone has any good experiences etc or ideas of how to fill my time it would be greatly appreciated , or join me anywhere on route cheers Trev

2. Posted by Nng (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Hello Trev

I've not done the jungle route before, though I'm looking forward to doing so soon. However, I've done the other train route about 4 times, and if you do take it, I would really recommend stopping at both Butterworth and Penang just to sample their food. Fantastic, if you can get the locals to give you directions to food places.

I'm a foodie, and wherever I travel, I always must sample their local delights. Salted chicken, beansprout chicken, Ipoh Hor Fun (flat flour noodles), Assam Laksa (penang style), Buttlefish Kang Kong Rojak......Just to name a few. All lovely dishes.

In Singapore, there's no end to great food. DEpending on budget, there's our famous Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Fish Head Curry, Char Kway Tiao, Roti John, and lots more. Really I cant list them all down because they are far too many. They can be easily found, other than the more expensive ones.

In Singapore you can find plenty of things to do. Really a lot. A couple of weeks would not be enough to see it all. I've friends who keep coming back to the same place even though they've been to the same places because it's so fun. Places of interest can easily be obtained from our airport - we're espcially well publicised at the airport. Getting there's a breeze. Just hope onto our train, known by EVERYONE, literally everyone in Singapore as the MRT. It'll cost a couple of bucks to get to the airport in double quick time. Of course it very much depends where you start off.

Cheers, hope you'll find Singapore a great place to keep coming back to
Nng

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 7y

Quoting sharpe2267

Hello , i am arriving in bangkok 8th dec 2009 travelling to koh phangan for the 19th to jan 3rd , then travelling through malaysia ( jungle train ?? ) , then on down to singapore where i will be flying to darwin on the 24th jan. If anyone has any good experiences etc or ideas of how to fill my time it would be greatly appreciated , or join me anywhere on route cheers Trev

A little over a year ago I took a train from Bangkok to Hat Yai and a train from Butterworth (Penang) to KL and from there to Singapore. It was a long train ride but not too bad. If you take a train have a light jacket or long sleeve shirt because the A/C can be a little cold. If you can get a sleeper car for the overnight portions that would make the ride a little more comfortable.

Good luck.

4. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 7y

The Jungle train operates along the eastern side of the peninsula. So if you are coming down from BKK, you have to get off at Hatyai, then hop onto the train the heads to Sg Golok. You have to cross the river to the Malaysian side, and book yourself into the Jungle train at Wakaf Baru, near Kota baru, the capital of Kelantan state.You can only buy ticket on the day of travel. It is a basic train with just fans ( except one coach on a/c) to keep you cool as it chugs through villages, rice fields, rainforest, etc. Major stops are at Jerantut ( gateway to Taman Negara), Kuala Lipis, the old capital of Pahang state. It also stops in Gemas where the train line intersects with the line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Here you can switch train and take the one that heads to Singapore. In all the major sops, there are cheap hotels where you can stopover if you fancy experiencing Malaysian lifestyle in smaller towns! Remember, the train ride is slow It leaves Wakaf Baru about 6.30am, and I think the fare up to Jerantut is RM12 and it may take 8-11 hours.. So an iPod may be useful!;)

Have fun.

dana

5. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 7y

Jungle Train is worth trying. From Surat, you might need to take either, bus, train or minivan to Hatyai. I suggest you to take minivan as it is slightly faster but you might need some space if you have long legs. From Hatyai, there are buses, taxi (minivan) and train to Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat Province. Sungai Kolok is the border town where after you get your passport stamped, you just walk over to the Malaysian side of Rantau Panjang. From Rantau Panjang, you can take taxi or bus to the nearer train station, Pasir Mas where you can buy the Jungle Train ticket. For the taxi in Malaysian side, the fare is negotiable. As for the Thai minivans, the fares are fixed.

Well, if you dont do the Jungle Train route, you can buy train ticket from Hatyai straight into Kuala Lumpur. From Kuala Lumpur, there is a coach called Aerobus which operates KL-Singapore route. Very comfortable and reliable. But a little bit more expensive than the others. Good Luck!!;)

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Nov-2009, at 12:38 by opospa ]

6. Posted by slugtrek (Full Member 12 posts) 7y

I was just about to post a question about the jungle train, so I hope you don't mind if I just jump in here too. I'll be in Malaysia at the beginning of February.

Anybody know how to access it from Kuala Lumpur? I'm thinking there must be a bus to somewhere like Gua Musang. I know that's not the start of the line, but it seems like a decently accessible point. Is that a convenient entrance point? Would a bus work? What company? Transnasional? What bus station? For someone who doesn't speak the local language, would I have much trouble figuring all of this out once I get there or should I plan that in advance. The bus system there is already confusing me a lot.

There are also night trains from KL to Gua Musang, but that would be more than 24 hours on a train and I'm not sure that's a wise idea. It doesn't seem like there is a direct route between the two cities, but there is a night train listed on the schedule. I assume it goes through Gemas? I'm wondering if we'd have to wake up in the middle of the night to change trains or if it just pulls in and then goes north or what. Switching trains would defeat the purpose of a night train (sleeping whilst traveling) so if that's a case I'll just take my chances with a bus.

I was going to go from Bangkok to the jungle train using a train, but there isn't much in southern Thailand we want to see. So we are going to just explore northern Thailand for a while then we are taking a plane from Bangkok to KL.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Nov-2009, at 15:06 by slugtrek ]

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 7y

Quoting slugtrek

Anybody know how to access it from Kuala Lumpur? I'm thinking there must be a bus to somewhere like Gua Musang. I know that's not the start of the line, but it seems like a decently accessible point. Is that a convenient entrance point? Would a bus work? What company? Transnasional? What bus station? For someone who doesn't speak the local language, would I have much trouble figuring all of this out once I get there or should I plan that in advance. The bus system there is already confusing me a lot.

You can access to Gua Musang by few bus companies like Sani Ekspress, Ekspres Sutera and Utama Ekspres. All buses to the state of Kelantan will be at the Hentian Putra Station KL, near the PWTC. All buses are doing KL-Kota Bharu route but they will stop you at Gua Musang. You can buy the overnight bus and arrive at Gua Musang early in the morning.

Quoting slugtrek

There are also night trains from KL to Gua Musang, but that would be more than 24 hours on a train and I'm not sure that's a wise idea. It doesn't seem like there is a direct route between the two cities, but there is a night train listed on the schedule. I assume it goes through Gemas? I'm wondering if we'd have to wake up in the middle of the night to change trains or if it just pulls in and then goes north or what. Switching trains would defeat the purpose of a night train (sleeping whilst traveling) so if that's a case I'll just take my chances with a bus.

For KL-Gua Musang, Wau Ekspress is operating from KL Sentral at 8:30pm and arrives at Gua Musang at 6:30am. But mostly the train will not arrive on time. There might be delays in arrival time. All trains from KL and Singapore will have to pass by Gemas. Once the train reaches Gemas, they will change direction either to Singapore or up to the east coast. Here, you can get down to buy some food or drinks or just stay and sleep on the train. Just look after your belongings if you get down to buy food or while you are sleeping. My aunt travelling from Singapore lost her handbag while she was sleeping when the train stopped at the Mentakab Station. You need not to change train throughout the journey. As for the morning jungle trains, there is 1 train from Gua Musang to Tumpat at 7am where the train will be full with students from the rural areas and locals bringing goods to the market by train. The other train is at 12pm.;)

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Nov-2009, at 02:05 by opospa ]

8. Posted by slugtrek (Full Member 12 posts) 7y

Awesome. Thank you. :)

Edit: How long is the bus ride?

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Nov-2009, at 20:44 by slugtrek ]

9. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 7y

Quoting slugtrek

Awesome. Thank you. :)

Edit: How long is the bus ride?

Might takes you around 4-5 hours;)