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TRAIN

Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) run express trains daily between Singapore and the major cities on the west coast of Malaysia There is a daily express train between Bangkok and Butterwortn, which connects with Kuala Lumpur. KL-Slngapore Bangkok to Singapore via Malaysia Another railway line runs from Gemas (half way between KL and johor Bahru) to Kota Bahru on the northeast coast. The most luxurious way to journey by train to Malaysia is aboard the Eastern & oriental (E&O) Express. The a/c train of 22 carriage including a salon car, dining car, bar and observation deck and carrying just 132 passengers runs once a week from Singapore to Bangkok and back Luxurious carriages fine wines and food designed for European rather than Asia sensibilities make this not just a mode of transport but an experience the journey takes 43 hours with stop in Kuala Lumpur Butterworth and padang besar. But such luxury is expensive For information call Bangkok T2514862;London T020-79286000 USA T800-5242420;and Singapore T065-2272068

Road
It is to travel and from Malaysia by bus or share taxi from Thailand and Singapore. Direct buses and taxis are much easier than the local alternatives which stop at the Borders. Singapore is six hour by taxi from KL (via johor Bahru) and about seven hours by bus, taxi fares are approximately double bus fares.

There are direct buses and taxi ,to destination inTlhailand from most major towns in northen malaysia and six border crossing points. for those using south highway which is most people-the crossing point is at Bukit Kayu Hitam,which links up with the Thai city of Hat Yai. On the western side of the Peninsula there are also crossings at Wanq Kelian and Padang Besar The Wang Kelian padang crossing (to satun in thailand) is convenient if driving oneself it is quiet and usually pretty rapid. The padang Besar is an easy crossing or-, foot and makes sense if travelling to or from Pulau Langkawi. In perak the crossing is at Pengkalan Hulu, and in Kelantan, on the eastern side. Of the peninsula there are two more crossing points the more important at Pengkalan Kubar, and the second from Kota Bahru To Rantau Panjang/Sungai Golok. The more popular of this is Rantau Panjang crossing;few people cross at Pengkalan Kubar. Local buses and taxi, terminate at the border crossing points, but there are regular connections to towns and cities from each side. It is possible to cross overland from the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah to Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and Brunei. The main crossing point is in the west, Between Khucing in Sarawak and Portianak in Kalimantan and regular buses run between these two towns.

Boat
Most passenger ship and cruise liner run between Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown (Penang), Singapore, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu Feri Malaysia connect these Malaysian ports and Singapore. Deluxe cabins are also available, Schedules change annually; contact tourism malaysia a for bookings.

There are also regular ferry services from Melaka to Dumai in Sumatra and from Georgetown (Penang) to Medan, also in Sumatra . Passenger boat connect langkawi island with Satun in South Thailand. High speed catamaran connect Singapore with Pulau Tioman (off The east coast of Peninsula Malaysia).41/2 hours Small boats also run between Johor state and Singapore Changi points. in east Malaysia there are connections between Tawau and Tarakan Via Nunukan

 

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