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Train fr Thailand to Malaysia.. Chumphon to Butterworth

  • CRASHT1224

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    4th March, 2010
    Posts: 10

    Hello all,
    Ive made my way down to Ko Tao right now and will be here for a few more days. After this Im heading to Malaysia.
    I know there is a train from Chumphon to Butterworth. It leaves at 21:47 fr Chumphon and arrives the next afternoon.
    My question is : Im a US Citizen, so I dont require a visa to enter Malaysia.. but, how does the train work with immigration?
    Will I have to get off the train at the frontier/border, pass through immigration, then get back on the train?
    Or do they do the immigration process on the train itself?
    Ive been using this: http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm#Singapore
    as a resource but it doesnt specifically mention anything about immigration.

    Thanks in advance. I would be lost in Asia without you guys!

    #1 Posted: 3/5/2010 - 17:31

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  • CRASHT1224

    Joined Travelfish
    4th March, 2010
    Posts: 10

    After a bit more searching on the thai railway site it seems that although the train stops at chumphon and goes on to surath thani --> butterworth, it wont allow me to buy tickets from Chumphon.
    The system only allows tickets to be purchased from Bangkok to Butterworth.

    Am I doing something wrong, or is that the way the trains work?

    #2 Posted: 3/5/2010 - 17:49

  • RotPickup

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 32
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    -You can buy a ticket at Chumphon Station and most probaply at a reliable travelagent at Ko Tao (there they ask for a fee and sometimes you have to pick up the ticket somewhere in Chumphon).
    -The train stops at the border at a special customs/immigration platform.
    Everybody has to leave the train together with his luggage; go through customs; go through immigration and then re-enter the train. Usually done in 5 minutes per person.
    -If you wish you can change money at the platform too.
    -1st Class Carriages only go as far as HatYai.

    #3 Posted: 3/5/2010 - 22:46

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