Ok, a little while off, but would like to pre plan a little!
I have booked accomodation in Koh Phangan over Christmas for a few nights and have also booked accomodation in Bali for New Year!
I leave Koh Phangan on 28th December and my accomodation is in Kuta, Bali from the 30th December.
So, I have 2 days and 2 nights to get from KP to Kuta in Bali. I would like to avoid flying as I would like to do it cheaper by travelling overland.
Is this possible in the time frame and how?
Thanks for any suggestions!
#1 JamieG has been a member since 5/5/2010. Posts: 17
Have you looked at a map?
You must fly to Indonesia.
Take a bus from Surat Thani (the city nearest Koh Phangan) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From KL you can get a cheap AirAsia flight to Bali (DPS). Book as soon as possible, as fares really shoot up when the holiday season is near.
As Idreamofdurian says, you'll have to fly if you want to get there in 2 days. Even if you had seamless connections and 48 hours of straight travel, you wouldn't make it in 2 days.
If you want to leave earlier, you could take the train from Surat Thani to Singapore, go to the port and catch the ferry to Tanjung Priok. From there another ferry to Surabaya, then a bus to Denpasar. It's a great trip for someone with time on their hands, but not for someone in a rush.
Not only is it slower, it costs almost as much, if not more, than a cheapo flight between Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar. You won't be saving any money, especially if you're in a hurry.
I'd also skip the bus and take the train to KL. It's a long trip and train is much more comfortable. Work out your train/bus/plane ticket(s) before heading to the island.
Yeah, overland/water in 2 days is extremely impossible. Just the ferry from Singapore to Tanjung Priok takes nearly 30 hours and it only goes once or twice per week.
As tilapia said, it's a long ride from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur - maybe 10-12 hours by bus. The train is definitely more comfortable, but it's slower. If you're able to sleep on buses, an overnight bus might be a good option.
With the budget airlines in SE Asia it's often the same price to fly as it is to bus/train.
Another option would be to bus from Surat Thani to Hat Yai or Phuket in Thailand, then fly to Singapore and then to Bali. Check fares with AirAsia, TigerAirways, and JetStar -- all 3 fly these routes.
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