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After being away to study then work in Peninsular Malaysia for a decade, I have found myself starting to appreciate those little things we have in Sarawak.

Discontinued: Senandung Langkawi (Train No. 20) from KL to Hatyai

Discontinued: Senandung Langkawi (Train No. 20) from KL to Hatyai

From 19 May 2016, Malaysian Railways (KTM Berhad) no longer offered the daily overnight Senandung Langkawi (Train No. 20) service from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai.

Senanjung Langkawi used to depart from KL Sentral at 21:20 (Malaysian time) and would arrive at the final destination of Hatyai, Thailand at 10:30 (Thai time) the very next day.

So after the cancellation of Senandung Langkawi (Train no. 20), how does one now travel from KL to Hatyai?

There are two ways:

  1. There are direct buses from KL to Hatyai daily. Check out easybook.om and busonlineticket.com.
  2. Take an EST train from KL Sentral to Padang Besar in Perlis, then change train to Hatyai.

KL to Padang Besar EST Train Schedule

EG9020: KL Sentral 07:05 – Padang Besar 12:35
EP9006*: KL Sentral 08:00 – Padang Besar 13:15
EG9512: KL Sentral 09:44 – Padang Besar 15:10
EP9008: KL Sentral 10:42 – Padang Besar 15:58
EG9204: KL Sentral 13:15 – Padang Besar 18:45
EG9514: KL Sentral 17:17 – Padang Besar 22:50
EG9520: KL Sentral 23:27 – Padang Besar 05:00

* operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

ETS Gold Fares from KL to Padang Besar:

RM76 for adults; RM42 for children

ETS Platinum Services Fares from KL to Padang Besar:

RM102 for adults; RM55 for children

Padang Besar to Hat Yai Train Schedule

Padang Besar 09:55 (Malaysian Time) – Hatyai 09:50 (Thai time)
Padang Besar 15:40 (Malaysian Time) – Hatyai 15:35 (Thai time)

Train ticket is priced at 70 Baht and can be bought at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) counter situated at the KTM station in Padang Besar, Perlis.

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

Feature image credit to https://www.flickr.com/photos/wazari/18069369144.

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