I’m thinking of going on a Southeast Asia adventure. I want to fly into Singapore and take the train to Bangkok covering a span of two weeks. I have a few questions:
1 Is the (long) ride very scenic?
2 I’m on a budget. Is there some sort of affordable eurorail-style pass that you can get that would work in Singapore-Malaysia-Thailand?
3 Are the trains safe?
A Lol the first guy obviously know nothing about it. What an ***.
Okay recently, I travelled from Singapore to Phuket ( Do not worry, the train route is the same ). I bought a train ticket from Johor Malaysia, as the price ticket is 50% cheaper due to the currency differences.
1. Starting from Singapore…….Take a train to Woodland or Kranji, and board a public bus to the custom. From there, get into Malaysia. Johor ( Malaysia ) train station is pretty near the custom area, walking is a no problem. Well getting a train ticket from Johor is way cheaper than getting in Singapore itself. You have to buy a ticket to KL. It takes 7 hours to reach there. Scenery is not that good though.
2. Once you reach KL, buy a train ticket to Butterworth and a ticket from Butterworth to Sulat tani ( Thailand ). It should be a sleeper train, pretty good bunk. When you wake up, you probably reach Butterworth. Butterworth has nothing, but you can take a ferry to Penang for food and sightseeing. Why? because you have quite sometime before your next ride. So go Penang for some fun. It’s pretty retro there. Once you think it’s time to head back to Butterworth, get the ferry back. ( The ferry is just a simple transportation over there for just a tiny sum )
3. Board the train and way you go ( This will be the train to bkk …long ride). Now the scenery here is pretty good. Countrysides and so on. After hours you reach the train custom inbetween thailand and malaysia. Once you done that, you have to board back the exact train. This time they will offer dinner, and after that they will make your bunk. Sleep you go. For you it’s all the way to Hua Lam Pong station. So do not worry about missing your stop.
Hope that helps…cheers!
I would also refer you to website Seat61.com:
Train times, fares, photos and practical information for train travel between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Bangkok. Also for “Jungle line” trains from Kuala Lumpur & Singapore to Wakaf Bahru & the Perhentian Islands, also for ferry connections to Langkawi Island.
Also, take a good look at WikiHow‘s How to Travel from Singapore to Bangkok by Train. Also note the sections on Tips and Warnings.
Yet another authority description of the trip is eHow‘s How to Travel from singapore to bangkok and back by Train. They also have a Tips & Warnings section.
Heck, I suggest you also check out Squidoo‘s Singapore to Bangkok on a Train. It is more of a review of an actual trip, and includes a number of videos. Don’t get misled by the various advertisements — the whole piece is quite long, so keep scrolling until the bottom of the account (Conclusion and Tips).
If you can afford it, the famed Eastern and Oriental Express has a Singapore-Bangkok tour.
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[KTM] 24126 SANG SURA and Eastern & Oriental Express EO32/952
Published on Aug 14, 2010 by SingTransport
[Singapore – Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth]
14 August 2010, 1152h, Bukit Timah Railway Station, Singapore. This is the scene of northbound Eastern & Oriental Express passing through Bukit Timah while crossing with the delayed Senandung Timuran ET27 from Tumpat.
This train has just been renumbered to EO32 for the section between Singapore and Padang Besar, with its previous number (EO22) being reassigned to the Sentral Kuala Lumpur – Butterworth night express train Senandung Mutiara (SM22) effective on 1 August 2010. In addition, this is the last Saturday departure of E&OE from Singapore for 2010, except for the irregular Singapore – Kulai dinner trains.
The locomotive of this train will be used through to Padang Besar, while the drivers will change at Kuala Lumpur.
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