Thanks guava_girl! I think I'll do the train from Surat Thani.
#3 nokiadude has been a member since 13/2/2012. Posts: 5
One more question - will I have to switch trains at the border when heading to Butterworth? I imagine there is some kind of immigration check. Or does the train wait for its passengers to clear thru immigration?
#4 nokiadude has been a member since 13/2/2012. Posts: 5
both-NO change (switch is to put the radio on), but both trains stop 1 hr at border and the staff sends you off and pass immigration-first out Th and then in MY. Just follow crowd or listen to the staff. you also have to take all luggage with you-sniffer dogs check the trains while it is standing. They change the loco from TH to MY. In the coffeeshop they do decent rates for changing cash THB to cash MYR.
You asked for train and that is not the cheapest-the bus is. Your best bet is to aim for the KTMB overnight train HYai-KUL (arr 5.30 or so there), dep. HYai about 15.30, for most too early to reach from PangAn in 1 day. check seat61.com for details. Overnight buses from Hyai to KL are a plenty-just walk into any of the dozens of agents, and lve much later. These buses bypass BTW-they stay on the jalan tol.
the other train is the overnight Thai train BKk-stop Surat after 0.00-via Hyai-2 cars on to BTW-to arr. 13.00 or so. Then take any bus just beside to reach KUL fast-next train is only overnight.
#5 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472