Bali to Bangkok by land??

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1. Posted by Guigah (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone, i´m planning to go to bali, spend some days (btw may/july 05), and head towards bangkok, through singapore and malaysia, by land, to know all this places... So I need some tips you know... wich´s tha best way, how much time should i spend, where to go... everything u could help me.
Maybe i could discard bali, and go just to northern indonesia, if its easier. i don´t know.

I´m very flexible, so i accept all kinds of sugestion. And i don´t mind if i´ll have to walk a lot, sleep on tents and stuff... in fact, i would like to do this along tha trip (some times), i like this kind of stuff.

I´ll go by myself, if anyone wants to join me, that´s nice.

Thank u guys, see ya around.

2. Posted by travelem (Full Member 117 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Do you mean by sea too?

3. Posted by Guigah (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

No... by sea just when i don´t have another options... like from bali to java, from java to sumatra, and then to singapore(?)... but the purpose is by land to all this places. By sea is just when there´s no other option, just to cruise.


4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to start from Indonesia, you will have to cross the sea no matter what, because Indonesia are all islands!

Anyway, this is my suggestion. Once you are done in Java, Indonesia, fly from Jakarta to Johor Bahru, Malaysia on AirAsia at very low price ( ). You can then take the shuttle bus from the airport to Singapore. After holidaying in Singapore, go back to Johor Bahru by bus. Then take a train ride on Malayan Railway ( ) to Kuala Lumpur. Actually you can ride on the train at Singapore. Buying a ticket from Singapore will be the "same amount" as in buying in Malaysia, but in Singapore dollars! (1 Singapore Dollar = 2.20 Malaysian Ringgit) So that translates to twice the price you have to pay in Malaysia if you buy the ticket from Singapore.

From KL, you can either:

1. continue your journey on the train or by bus if you're going up north to Penang; or
2. take a flight on AirAsia to the east coast to the Perhentian Islands for great beaches and diving locations; or
3. take a flight on AirAsia to the Malaysian Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak for eco-tourism; or
4. take a flight on AirAsia to Bangkok, Thailand, if you don't have enough time to spend on so many places.

There you have it, a "rough idea" on how you can travel from Indonesia to Thailand through Singapore and Malaysia. Let me know if you need further information on Malaysia.


5. Posted by Guigah (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

thanx! Well, i know idonesio are all islands, this is why i told i will, travel by sea just when i need, when have no other option to cross to some another area... but anyway... thank u very much.

Abt malaysia info, yes, i need all info i can get


6. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

While it was years ago my wife and it did the same trip from Bali overland (and sea) to Thailand...
Bali - don't miss Ubud and also the north coast, Kuta beach was not our favorite place on Bali.
Go east to Lombok for a completely different style, easy ferry ride, walk on, walk off.
Then back to Bali, bus to western port and again ferry to Java. Really liked the area around Yogjakarkta worth some time to explore.
Don't know if it's still available but we took a boat trip along the south coast of Java from south of Yogya - don't have my trip journals for the place names but it was a great trip and cheap (at that time)...
The only reason we stayed in Jakarta for 10 days was my wife got very ill otherwise we would have been through there very quickly... We took the ferry from Jakarta to Padang on Sumatra - wasn't expensive either - we took a cabin but you could sleep on the deck for even less...
I would recommend Sumatra - so different from the other islands - if you can visit the Orangutan sanctuary north of Medan do it...
We then took the ferry from Medan to Penang... Don't know if it's still running but was a lot cheaper than flying.
Getting around in Indonesia is by mini-bus - 20+ people in a 15 passenger van along with pigs, goats, chickens, bags of rice etc - lots of fun and dirt cheap. Larger buses are available for the longer routes - e.g. from Bali to Java we did it on an a/c bus including the ferry to Surabaya.
I think we only had 60 day visa so we did all that in 2 months.

Travel in Malaysia/Singapore and up into Thailand is very easy - back then we actually hitchkiked in Malaysia - probably wouldn't recommend that now. There are buses everywhere and the train is a great way to travel as well. Spent another 6 weeks travelling in Malaysia before heading to Thailand were we ended up staying for 2-1/2 years...

I am sure it's still as easy and as cheap to get around so have a great time.


7. Posted by Guigah (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Woowww!! thank u very very much!!

Really good help!!

see ya around

8. Posted by Guigah (Budding Member 14 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

anyone else?

9. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


It depends on what you want to do in Malaysia. The west side of Peninsula Malaysia are more developed and the biggers towns and cities are situated on this side. The east coast has more islands and the oldest rainforest is situated there as well. Let me know what you want to do and how long you have, I will try to give you as much info as possible. Word of advise - forget airplanes. The best way to get to know a country is to travel by land.