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Padang Besar (Thai Border)
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the Station


Padang Besar is a border market, a shopper's haunt for Malaysians seeking good bargains. It is a great place for shoppers who want to sample the best of both countries. Items at bargain prices are found here. They include leather goods, household items, clothing and more. There is even a duty-free shop here.


There is a daily express train of the Kereta Api Tanah Melayu (KTM) between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, which actually comes from Singapore. Somewhere between 16.00 and 17.00 hours the train departs from KLSentral in Kuala Lumpur.
You can choose first or second class sleeper accommodation, or third class (seat only). The trains are quite comfortable and are a good way to travel if you are on a budget.

The train comes to a halt at PADANG BESAR, where a very long platform connects the Malaysian service with its Thai counterpart.
You don't change trains here, although you must get off and go through customs at the station. Then you'll have to re-board the train.
The railway station is manned by Malaysian immigration officials on the Malaysian side of the border. Here you have to hand over your immigration card, which you filled in upon arrival in Malaysia.
Padang Besar is the place where all the passenger MUST disembark for immigration process before crossing the border and then going back to the same train again at Padang Besar.
The border crossing is open from 6am to 10pm.
 

a cup of coffee

You can also do the journey by bus. Buses from Kuala Lumpur are leaving from the Pudu Sentral Bus Station (counter 21, 22 and 23). These buses are going daily. Times of departure are: 9.30am, 10.30 am, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. The fare is about RM40.- Please contact the operators for most updated information. You'll arrive at Jalan Masjid in Padang Besar.
There are also buses going from other cities to the Thai Border, like from Penang. on Penang they will leave from Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.
Once you've passed through immigration at the border In Padang Besar, there are regular bus connections from the border with Hat Yai, 60km away southern Thailand's transport hub.

Padang Besar
Padang Besar

   


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