Leo Laksi’s Bangkok And Back

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Bangkok Airport closed, Singapore to Bangkok by car, part two

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Part 2

Part 2

As we drove up the road between KL and Hat Yai, we became accustomed to stopping at the highway roadside rest areas with their foodstalls, restrooms and shops.  Some of the rest areas had themes, like the one pictured here.  Mostly fruits and vegetables with a small food area and drink vendors.

Time to rehydrate

Time to rehydrate

This was the last stop before the border and we spent some time here resting.  It had been 9 hours since we left Singapore we were just a little tired.  This was a nice stop, what with fresh fruit and very friendly people.

Relaxed and friendly

Relaxed and friendly

After this stop, we began our last two hour run to the border.  The traffic became a little heavy on the highway near the exit for Georgetown, but after about ten km, this disappeared and it was an easy run to the border.

A few kilometers from the border, we stopped at a taxi service that would take us across the border and then drive us the rest of the way into Hat Yai.  The first taxi was Malaysia-plated while the second was Thai.  This leg went very efficient with no problems whatsoever.  And the cost was 80 Malaysian ringit from the taxi stand, through the Padang Besar checkpoint  to the hotel in Hat Yai, a distance of 80 or 90 km.

Taxi to border

Taxi to border

We waited at this taxi stand for about 30 minutes while they arranged for our trip to Hat Yai.  Although we were a little tired, we were feeling pretty good as we were getting close to the end of the journey for the day.

Time for tea while we wait to cross the border

Time for tea while we wait to cross the border

After our cup of tea we began our push to the border.  We departed Malaysia while sitting in the taxi.  Once past Malaysian Immigration, we were met by a Thai-plated car that took us to Thai Immigration where we walked across the border.  The car waited for us on the other side.  The immigration process on both sides of the border took about 15 minutes or so even though there was a line of cars and people being processed.  Very very efficient.

We finally began our last leg to Hat Yai and this 45 minute trip came off without any problems.  We finally arrived at our hotel about 13 hours after we left Singapore.  A long day indeed but we were happy to be halfway home.  Good night.  Part 3 to follow tomorrow.

 

Home for the night

Home for the night

 

Time for a late night bite

Time for a late night bite

Night cap at the hotel

Night cap at the hotel

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Written by leolaksi

November 30, 2008 at 6:53 am

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  1. Too bad you had to drag your suitcase all this way. But really interesting pics. Did you share the driving, or let Bluesman do all the wheel work.

    grayman

    November 30, 2008 at 9:11 am

  2. Bluesman did all the driving from Singapore to KL. We then used my KL driver to the border.

    leolaksi

    November 30, 2008 at 9:42 am

  3. From the pic “Time for a late night bite”, what did you have? Based on the chinese wordings of the restaurant, you can have seafood, shark fin and bird nest.

    DoReMe

    November 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

  4. in thai, pad see yuu gai. stir fried large noodles with broccoli and chicken with soy sauce. a little bit of chili and vinagar. yummy

    leolaksi

    November 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm


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