Malaysia to Bangkok
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 28, 2012 12:21 AM Last Post By: merrills
Aug 24, 2012 3:42 AM
How do people find prices through STA travel? Is the web cheaper?
Aug 24, 2012 6:13 AM
Aug 24, 2012 7:38 AM
Aug 24, 2012 7:51 AM
Aug 24, 2012 2:19 PM
4You need to know that the southern Thai provinces bordering Malaysia have insurgent activity. Some government's travel sites (eg Australia's) are suggesting not to travel overland between Thailand and Malaysia. You should check your own nationality's website for further details.
It seems OK to travel by boat through the area, but it will be monsoon season and the boats will not be operating.
So I would suggest you fly from Phuket into Malaysia.
Aug 24, 2012 2:51 PM
5If you have a sense of adventure then you can get a bus from Phuket bus station to Satun then song thaew to Tammalang pier and get a ferry to Langkawi and a flight to KL on Air Asia.. Langkawi is not all that great. Nothing special at all. Full of yachties and Malaysians thinking the place is wonderful. It is not unspoilt at all and when I stayed there the beach was full of dead fish and that was the top tourist beach!!
Penang is an amazing food capital and has some nice resorts on the beach at Batu Ferringhi. Beaches are crappy though. Polluted and lots of Middle Eastern tourists on jetskis. Some in full regalia!!! Overall Thailand has the better beaches. Good luck!
Aug 24, 2012 3:43 PM
6To get to Phuket by train, you can only go part way then finish by bus. Surat TRhani is a popular jumping off point to go from train to bus. You should be able to buy a combo ticket at the railway station in Bangkok that will cover both train and bus.
As for problems on the border, its actually the east coast and then again, not right on the border. Hundreds cross that border daily without coming to their demised. No need for a knee jerk reaction because of that and fly.
Aug 24, 2012 4:12 PM
Aug 24, 2012 8:15 PM
8I'm certain we took the ferry in June, that's why I recommended it. It was a great ride so best to check with Ferry operators. It really is a delightful way to travel. The ferry ride from Langkawi to Penang is a lot longer trip. That's why I said "fly". Air Asia flies from Langkawi to Penang also. The link below may have up to date info. Good luck!
Aug 25, 2012 3:22 AM
9Penang is a wonderful island - seriously, you really shouldn't miss it if in the area.
Batu Ferringhi is the touristy beach area for Penang, though there are much better smaller and quiet beaches on the south west corner of the island.
Personall, I have never stayed in accommodation on BF, much preferring basing myself in Georgetown and catching a local bus to the beach if I needed any beach time, or renting one of Sams Bookshop scooters for the day.
Georgetown is an amazing place - history;culture;architecture;great eating places... head for the bottom end of Chulia Street for the local night stalls and eat with the locals who are always more than helpful helping me decide what I want to eat! Lots to do throughout the day. Meet some locals and you'll immediately be immersed in local life in Georgetown.
Please..do not ignore Penang when you're in the area - an amazing place to visit which is why I've visited on at least 4 occasions over the past 18 months.
Aug 28, 2012 12:21 AM
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