Faces of
Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25C and rarely falling below 12C year round. The area is popular for it’s tea plantations and jungle walks.

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Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai

How to go from Kuala Lumpur up north to Thailand by bus or train.

Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai (Thailand)

Hat Yai (also Haadyai) is the first big city in Thailand's south after passing the border from Malaysia. From here travellers can transit to destinations like Krabi, Phuket, Bangkok or to Ko Sumai or Ko Phangan.


distance: ca. 540km
total travel time: about 8 hours
departure in KL from: TBS Bus Terminal

 

 

 

Bus Connections KL - Hat Yai

The buses heading up to the Thai border at Bukit Kayu Hitam are using the North–South Expressway (E1) passing Ipoh, Butterworth / Penang and Alor Setar.

Bus Tickets Online:
Kuala Lumpur - Hat Yai
Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur

 

 


 

Train Connection KL - Hat Yai

There was a popular option to use the overnight sleeper train from KL to Hat Yai but these service unfortunately had been cancelled. Now you would take the train on the modern Electric Train Service (ETS, opened in 2010) to Padang Besar (border town to Thailand) and from there catch another train to Hatyai or in case the transit time too long, you might also also just walk across the border and take a minivan from there.

 

Train Kuala Lumpur - Padang Besar (Malaysian town at the Thai border)

travel time: about 5h 30min
ticket prices: from RM 76
departure from KL (KL Sentral) / arrival Padang Besar:
6.45am / 12.08pm
9.44am / 3.05pm
11.40am / 5.03pm
6.17pm / 0.49am
11.27pm / 5.01am

 

Shuttle Train Padang Besar - Hatyai (Thailand)

travel time: 1h
ticket prices: 70 Thai Baht or RM 10
departure: 9.55am, 3.40pm

Most people use taxis (expensive) or minivans to go to Hatyai from the border instead since the shuttle train is slow and the connection times are inconvenient. Be careful of the touts the stations and try not to get ripped off.

more information:
www.train36.com/train-from-kuala-lumpur-to-hat-yai
www.train36.com/padang-besar-hat-yai-shuttle-train
detailed blog report of the experience of taking the train from Padang Besar to Hatyai:
wildabouttravel.boardingarea.com/2017/02/rail-journey-asia-2-across-malaysiathai-border

 

 

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