Category Archives: Thailand

I had to put up with a 13-hour bumpy train ride on KTM’s Senandung Langkawi from Malaysia to Thailand. It was almost impossible to sleep.

AirAsia’s Kuala Lumpur-Surat Thani (KUL-URT) Flights Resumed

Airasia’s Kuala Lumpur-Surat Thani (KUL-URT) Flights Resumed

For those who would like to fly in from Kuala Lumpur to any of the Southern Thai provinces that sits between Hatyai and Hua Hin,  here’s some great news- you no longer have to take connecting flights.

AirAsia has brought back its flight service between Kuala Lumpur and Surat Thani, which was suspended at the end of February 2018. Surat Thani serves as a gateway to interesting holiday spots such as Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Ranong and Chumphon.

15 Intriguing Things to Do in Chumphon, Thailand
Thung Maha of Chumphon, Thailand.

A check on its website shows that there are as four flights weekly between Kuala Lumpur and Surat Thani, which are on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesday, and Friday. For some reason the fares from Surat Thani to Kuala Lumpur are slightly more pricey.

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Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao Immigration Now in 24-Hour Operations

With effect from June 18 midnight, the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam and Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Sadao have extended their operations to 24 hours.

Driving into Thailand - Bukit Kayu Hitam Border Crossing: Document Checklist and Procedure
Checkpoints at the new Bukit Kayu Hitam Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) Complex. Image credit to placesandfoods.com.

However, the 24-hour operations are for a three-month trial period and involves only cargo, as well as trucks and heavy vehicles carrying goods. For more information, read here.

We have yet to see if the operations will last in the long run, or whether or not Malaysian tourists who drive into Thailand will be able to benefit from the 24-hour operations.

Driving into Thailand - Bukit Kayu Hitam Border Crossing: Document Checklist and Procedure

Currently, tourists will be able to drive into Thailand via the Bukit Kayu Hitam-Sadao border between 6am and 12am Malaysian time (18 hours daily).

For those of you who plan to drive into Thailand, here is the document checklist and procedure.