Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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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.

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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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