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1. Posted by tomj2 (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi. i am heading from thailand to malaysia overland at some point during the next 6 to 10 days. can anyone give me some advice on where the best place to leave thailand is with a view to entering malaysia. i am in krabi at the moment. thanks

2. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tom,

We were in the same pridicament as you last year.
Ended up taking a minibus from Krabi to Hat Yai, staying there for 1 night and catching the early morning train (about 6am) from Hat Yai to Butterworth (then onto Penang by ferry). I think the train journey took about six hours altogether. You have to get out at the Malaysian Border, go through customs to get your passport stamped and then back on the train.
Hope this helps.


3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Try talking to hotels and travel agents in Krabi. I'm sure there are some tourist buses that will take you all the way to wherever you want to go in Malaysia, and they can be booked cheaply at these places. If you are heading to Penang then there are probably buses that will take you across the border and arrange everything for you. I've taken these buses from Koh Phangnan to Penang, Krabi to Kota Baru, and in reverse from the Cameron Highlands to Krabi, and Penang to Krabi. Every time I've booked at a travel agent and everytime its worked out fine.
The buses to Kota Baru (for the Perhentians) will probably drop you off at the border since Kota Baru isn't too far on the other side. There is also something to watch out for - some of the tourist buses will try to tell you that you need Malaysian money to cross the border. Before you arrive at the border, when you have no more options, they will offer to exchange money for you. This is a lie designed to rid you of your money since they give an absolutly horrible rate on the exchange, and there is no need for Malaysian money to cross the border. Just tell them you are smarter than that and that you'll exchange your money on the other side with a reliable changer. This has only happened to me on one of the crossings, so not every company will do that to you.

4. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to Kota Bahru/ Kuala Bescut (for Perhentian Islands) from Krabi, make sure you leave very early in the morning, otherwise you might get to the border & find it closed! We had to stay in Sungai Kolok, as our bus was hanging around in Hat Yai for other passengers so we arrived too late. Sungai Kolok looks a bit threatning when you arrive late at night, but it's not that bad.

When you cross the border into Malaysia (Rantau Panjang) there is an ATM nearby, therefore you will not need any Malaysian currency before you get into Malaysia. A taxi driver will stop at the ATM for you. Taxis are great value! We paid RM60 to be driven to Kuala Bescut, it took around an hour.

p.s Perhentian Islands are highly recommended imo!

5. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I understand a 40 seater speed boat service was launched between Krabi & Langkawi just this month. It departs Lanta in the afternoon and takes 3 hrs to get to Langkawi (Kuah jetty). You could check it up. Saves a lot of hassle.I have done the Langkawi-Satun-Trang previously.I believe the new route is adding the Trang-Lanta sector.


6. Posted by Louissa (Budding Member 59 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Danalasta, do you have more information about that new route ? The normal way qould be from krabi to satun and take the ferry to Langkawi and then to Penang or go overland or take the train from Hat Yai, that new route sounds very interesting.