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Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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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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