Train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2011 8:21 AM Last Post By: FaizanKamran
May 25, 2010 3:22 PM
I do enjoy train travel but have only done it in France, China, Egypt, and am thus not very experienced with it, and only the China train was particularly memorable as being "special" (like the open-hole-over-moving-ground toilets). The Trans-Siberian is still far, far, far in my future. So I guess I'd like to know what makes this particular train ride memorable to those who have done it. What are the most scenic segments that should be done during daytime when possible? And is the ride still worthwhile if I actually just ride all the way through without stopping? Are a few minutes given at each station if you just want to stretch your legs?
I might stop in Penang or Ipoh but I'm not sure as I haven't looked anything up yet. Side question: IF I decide I want to go to Ipoh, I can't take the train for that segment--not sure it's possible to land at LCCT at 8:45PM and make a 10:30PM Sentral departure. Bus from LCCT arrives Ipoh at 3AM (similar to train arrival). Er...safe? Chinese girl traveling alone. Lots of taxis at station, budget hotels that will accept late-night arrivals?
And it seems like taking the bus from Ipoh to Penang saves a good deal of time...would I be missing out on a particularly good train segment (Ipoh - Butterworth) if I did so?
May 25, 2010 7:44 PM
1The scenery is OK, the food can be good, the seats are huge and comfortable (get a lower berth), it's an interesting experience, but a fair amount of trip takes place during the night. I only stopped at the border to stretch my legs. I've done it five times, before Air Asia. I'd say if you have plenty of time and want to experience a long train trip, then go for it. If not, take an Air Asia flight.
As for safety in Ipoh, this is Malaysia we are talking about, so of course it's perfectly safe. Call ahead to book a room and advise your arrival time (the Station Hotel is very atmospheric).
May 25, 2010 10:28 PM
May 25, 2010 11:21 PM
3See also this very recent thread:
Rail from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
May 25, 2010 11:46 PM
4Thanks for the link, Laszlo...for some reason when I searched I was getting much older posts, and not that very specific info you provided about the section Butterworth - Thai border, which is the leg I could do if I can fit it in. But of course, in the hours since I posted this query, I've looked more into Ipoh and surroundings and am leaning towards time on the ground rather than on the train...
May 26, 2010 1:07 AM
May 26, 2010 1:40 PM
6It's safe for a girl to travel alone as long as you use common sense e.g avoid arriving very late a night. There're plenty of nice accommodation in Ipoh that you can choose from. Agree with Julie_L on the Station Hotel at Ipoh Station. If you have the time, you must pay this little town called Taiping a visit - it's 60 km north of Ipoh on the way to Penang. There're regular buses from Ipoh to Taiping (about 1 hour journey) and from Taiping, there are also regular buses from Taiping to Butterworth and Penang (there're also trains between Ipoh and Taiping but not very frequent). You will see beautiful paddy-fields / landscapes from Butterworth to the north by train...
May 26, 2010 7:54 PM
7Ipoh is a major bus transport junction. It's also a good place (and not very touristy) to visit, with an old shophouse area (almost as good as Penang's), lots of different types of caves/cave temples nearby, and as the above says you can visit Taiping and other places in the area on a day trip.
May 27, 2010 3:58 AM
8The KL-Bangkok train is actually 2 segments, KL-Butterworth and Butterworth-BKK. (At Hatyai, the first major town in Thailand, the carriage will be hooked onto another locomotive.)
So if time is short, a better alternative is taking the bus on the KL-Butterworth segment, and spent a night in Penang.
Also concur with syarq on arriving late at night/early morning for safety reason. Might be better to check into LCCT Tunehotel, or hotel in KL than trying to catch a bus/train if you're new and not too sure of catching it.
May 27, 2010 11:46 AM
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Oct 21, 2011 9:53 AM
I was going on a trip to thailand and i will be staying for about 3 days or maximum 4 days in bangkok.
I was hoping to visit KL in that period also.
Can you guys please guide me the route from bangkok to KL on train so i can put a visit on KL and do a bit shopping in Bangkok also.
I want to go directly to KL with no stop
Please tell me the fair and time it will comsume due to very shortage of time
Oct 21, 2011 7:15 PM
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