Getting to Malaysia: Sungai Kolok to Rantau Panjang
Getting to the Border The Thai border (open 5am to 9pm) is about 1.5km from the centre of Sungai Kolok. Motorbike taxis charge around 30B.
At the Border This is a hassle-free border crossing. After completing formalities, walk across the Harmony Bridge to the Malaysian border post.
Moving On Shared taxis and buses to Kota Bharu, the capital of Malaysia’s Kelantan State, can be caught 200m beyond the Malaysian border post. Shared taxis cost RM$10 per person (90B) or RM$50 (450B) to charter the whole car yourself. The ride takes around 40 minutes. Buses make the hour-long journey for RM$5.10 (45B).
It’s possible to continue south by the so-called ‘jungle train’, but the closest station is at Pasir Mas, located along taxi/bus routes to Kota Bharu.
Tak Bai, also in Narathiwat Province, and Betong, further south in Yala, are also legal crossing points for foreigners, but Sungai Kolok is by far the most convenient place to cross the border.