I was hoping that someone could give some advice on the best way to get from Bangkok to Singapore overland. Also, any advice on where to visit in Thailand, trying to avoid areas that where BADLY hit by the tsunami. (I have 3 weeks for the trip)
definitely, you can get to singapore overland by bus... train is twice longer... still its gonna be a long ride. you should depart from hatyai, southern thailand....
it will pass by Malaysia and all the way to singapore......
Im doing a similar trip July and August so give me a shout if your around about the same time!you never know our paths may cross!
start off with Bkk, Ayuthaya - and move slowly south, stopping for a day or two at each place
If i want to get across to Ko Samui and Ko Tao Islands, where is best to depart from via ferry. How do you get around these Isalnds once you are there also.
Just saw your other post also - how long and how to travel in Thailand depends on many things. For Samuii, Tao and Phagnan islands: Chumphon is where you will go from BKK and then get a ferry to the islands. you can get to Chumphon from day bus, night bus or night train. Night train is most comfortable if you get a sleeper - at least 2nd class though.
I am assuming you are not going north to Chiang Mai since you said your general direction is towards Singapore. Personally, I don't think 2 weeks is very much in Thailand, even if you are only going to do BKK, one of the islands in the gulf and maybe Krabi or thereabouts. You should also check out Kanchanaburi - Northwest of BKK - for a day or two.
Why don't you look at the cheap seat sales on Air Asia? You can fly from Hat Yai to KL or something like that to cut down on travelling time... KL is 5 hrs from Singapore by bus.
Also something to keep in mind: once you get to the islands, the last thing you're going to want to do is leave... 1 week isn't very much beach time.
hey, sounds like you have a good time ahead of you. I just wanted to say, unless you are in Khao Lak, just north of Phuket, you wouldnt even know the tsunami hit. Things are pretty much back to normal. Have a good one!