We’re safely back from a trip in Asia. Here is our experience.
Arriving at Butterworth by bus you’ll end your journey at Penang Sentral. Penang Sentral is a hub from which you can catch the train, bus or ferry.
From Penang Sentral there is a train service north to Padang Besar on the Thai border. You can cross the border to Thailand at the station. From there you can transfer to trains travelling north through Thailand. Or you can cross the border at the road crossing and catch buses to other parts of Thailand.
Alternatively, arriving at Butterworth by bus, you can catch other buses to various parts of Malaysia from Penang Sentral. Finally, there is a ferry service four times an hour, across to Penang Island, a 15 minute journey.
Bangkok to Hua Hin by train is around a four hour trip. But this depends on which train service you take, and whether the train is delayed. You can go by bus, or by taxi in a little less time. For more details on trains see, as always, The Man in Seat 61. This blog is more about the actual experience. For a longer trip I just took, see The Train from Malaysia to Chiang Mai.
The train from Malaysia to Chiang Mai is interesting and fun if you like trains. And a useful and safer way to travel if you want to make stops along the way. And you’ll see some of the countryside, and have the experience. But if you don’t want that, fly – if you’re flexible you can find cheap flights.
So you could make one or more stops or travel all the way to Bangkok in one go, and then take another train on to Chiang Mai. The latter is what I will describe here as in the past I have visited the below-mentioned.
Previously you could catch the train from Singapore to Bangkok on the one train. More recently it was Butterworth, Penang to Bangkok, but Malaysia has electrified the lines, while Thailand hasn’t. So now one must change trains at the border of Thailand.
So the the train from KL and Penang to Chiang Mai is actually three trains. Train one to the border, train two to Bangkok and train three to Chiang Mai. For more photos and videos related to this trip, please see Part 2.
A digital nomad. Someone who earns a living on their laptop often working remotely, and often abroad. So they are working in coffee shops, hotel rooms, public libraries, co-working spaces, or recreational vehicles. It’s a lifestyle that offers freedom from many of the downsides of traditional working. Downsides such as office hours, office politics, a boss, a dress code, and commuting. And the downsides of living in just one country. Control and surveillance-obsessed governments and the accompanying bureaucracy. Not to mention confiscatory taxes. If you don’t like particulate restrictions, you avoid countries that impose such restrictions. Instead there are many of the fascinations of travelling. And being easily able to vote with your feet when tired of one’s current location, for whatever reason.
The most popular blogs I have written over the past six years are travel blogs in Malaysia. About Penang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, and travel by plane, train bus and car.
The blogs are ordered in the number of views, from the highest down. The top 14. These statistics are from my original Tropicalexpat blog. I have also updated and published some on my new Tropicalexpat site:
So again – travel blogs in Malaysia. The past 12 months is similar to the longer term trend. But recently there is also more interest in Pangkor Island and the Perhentian Islands.