No More Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36; Now Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46

Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46; Butterworth-Bangkok International Express 36

It is a little sad, actually, to find out, upon trying to book a ticket of the International Express Train 36, which I regularly took from Butterworth to Bangkok, that Malaysian Railways (KTM Berhad) no longer offered this service.

As of 2 December 2016, Train 36 will be replaced by Train 46, which departs from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok daily at 18:00 (6pm) Malaysian Time.

Train 46 will reach Bangkok at approximately 10:10 (10.10am) Thai Time the very next day.

Tickets of Train 46 from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok will now be handled by and sold at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) counter inside the Padang Besar KTM Train Station, where Malaysian and Thai immigration checkpoints are also located. Besides the SRT counter, one can also book tickets online at Thairailwayticket.com, which is owned by SRT.

Train 46 Padang Besar-Bangkok State Railway of Thailand SRT
Book Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46 ticket online.

Unlike previously, KTM now has nothing to do with the sales of Train 46 tickets, as the train from Padang Besar (Malaysia) to Bangkok is operated entirely by SRT.

One will now need to travel to the Padang Besar KTM Station situated in the northern part of Perlis, Malaysia to be able to board Train 46 to Bangkok. One can get down at major stations across various provinces in Southern Thailand, e.g., Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin, Ratchaburi, etc., , before the final destination of Hua Lamphong in Bangkok.


Details of Padang Besar-Bangkok Train 46

Departs from: Padang Besar, Malaysia (18:00 Malaysian Time)
Arrives at: Hua Lamphong, Bangkok (10:10 Thai Time next day)

Adult fare:
Lower Berth: 960 THB
Upper Berth: 870 THB

Child fare:
Lower Berth: 780 THB
Upper Berth: 690 THB


Image credit to railtravelstation.com.
Image credit to railtravelstation.com.

SRT also operates a daily train from Bangkok to Padang Besar (Malaysia), known as Train 45.

Tickets can be purchased over the counter at any railway station in Thailand, or via SRT’s Thairailwayticket.com.

Details of Bangkok-Padang Besar Train 45

Departs from: Hua Lamphong, Bangkok (15:10 Thai Time)
Arrives at: Padang Besar, Malaysia (08:53 Malaysian Time next day)

Adult fare:
Lower Berth: 960 THB
Upper Berth: 870 THB

Child fare:
Lower Berth: 780 THB
Upper Berth: 690 THB

Last 36 Days: On “Why Is He Even Teaching Rural Kids in Thailand?”


While many friends have been very supportive of whatever that I’m doing, there is bound to be a few friends or even relatives who would go like, “Why is he teaching rural kids in Thailand when he could have continued lecturing in a Malaysian university? What is he even thinking?” I’m usually lazy to even address such questions, but now I will. First fo all, everyone has different needs and aspirations. Travelling, learning and understanding different cultures, as well as gaining new experiences are among my NEEDS as an individual, as someone who is keen to tap into the area of cultural studies for my PhD. As much as I think money is important, unfortunately we can’t have money and everything else all at the same time. When you’re after money, you probably won’t have time to pursue other things; similarly, when you have all the time in the world to follow your passion, to explore places, to experience life in another country, you probably have no time to make money. Unless you’re born rich, like Paris Hilton. Which, of course, you’re not, so you need to stop putting the “$” symbol into every equation you stumble upon and judging me as if teaching the rural kids in Thailand for two years will make me reductive, just because what I’m doing does not fit into your typical social norm. Secondly, during these two years in Thailand, I’ve saved enough money and also paid my own bills – even my housing loan in Malaysia. I’ve supported myself by not only working as a teacher, but also selling food. So when I leave Thailand next month, I won’t be leaving empty-handed. I will be leaving Thailand with skills that I didn’t have a chance to pick up when I was working as a lecturer in Malaysia. I won’t be leaving poor because I’m richer in knowledge and skills now compared to when I just arrived here some two years ago. Thirdly, I know when enough is enough. I know when to stop and move on. After spending two wonderful years in Thailand, I know it’s time to go back to pursue my PhD and teach in the higher education arena as I prepare to marry my fiancée. Having said that, these two years in Thailand are a blessing to me; they’re like a dream I don’t want to wake up from. This entry is written in the form of an “aside.” To follow my asides, click here.

I’m KEN, a passionate traveller from the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With a focus on all things Thailand, mrdefinite.net also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.