The city of Hatyai

Great news for those planning for an adventurous holiday to Thailand.

Other than taking the usual flights to the Thai Kingdom, why not try a rail trip there.

With Thailand dropping its “Thailand Pass” registration scheme and an US$10,000 health insurance requirement for foreign visitors, effective July 1, 2022, train services between Hat Yai and Padang Besar on the Malaysian border will resume on July 15th, 2022.

The journey is expected to be about one hour, and costs 50 Baht.  For those in Penang, you can catch the KTM or ETS trains from Butterworth to Padang Besar.

Along the way, you can catch a glimpse of the countryside and the serene atmosphere while enjoying the cool rail trip.

The departure times for the Thai trains are as below – Train No.947 Hat Yai: 7:30am / Train No.949 Hat Yai: 2:00pm / Train No.948 Padang Besar: 8:55am / Train No.950 Padang Besar: 3:40pm

Thai trains

Holidays makers from Malaysia can now try the new experience of the train ride and explore Hat Yai and beyond with these new train timings.

Meanwhile, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) offers the KL to Padang Besar route leaving from 7.08am / 9.50am/ 10.40am / 6.31pm and 10.50pm daily with rates from RM33 onwards.

KTM also offers business class seats for those who want to travel in style.

Butterworth train station