Bangkok to Malaysia by Train (Via Padang Besar – Butterworth – Penang)

Train travel from Bangkok Thailand to Penang Malaysia following a route through Padang Besar, on the Malaysian border, and onto Butterworth for a Ferry to Georgetown Penang in Malaysia. Full guide here It starts on Bangkok’s MRT Underground travelling to Hua Lamphong Station and the railway ticketing office. The entire journey takes more than 24 hours and includes a sleeper train for travel through the South of Thailand. Always go for the lower berth on Thai trains. Then there’s border control, VISA free entry to Malaysia and a tranfer to the new electrical train lines in Malaysia (KMT Komuter). Lastly is a short example of the amazing food and nightlife in Georgetown, Penang. It’s the perfect destination for a cheap and easy VISA run.

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