H i r e a d e r s ! I have another backpacking story to tell about. This is not only about the marvelous places I went to two weeks ago, but also the very long ups and downs stories behind it. Thailand! This is one of my tons bucket list before I came to Malaysia and this is my fifth country from the 10 countries of ASEAN. It took more than 15 hours to go to Krabi, Thailand from Malaysia by bus. Krabi is being one of the most popular tourism places in Thailand. The rests are Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Rai, and Phuket. Oh ya! Phuket is only around one and a half hour by car from Krabi. And you can cross the sea to visit Phi-Phi Islands also from Krabi.
My post for today has 3 main things to share for my blog readers :
- My Itinerary & Total Expenses for the Thailand’s Backpacking Trip
- Escaping from Tourist Scammers in Hat Yai
- Crossing Thailand-Malaysia’s Country Border Using a Motorcycle. WOW! Like an action movie isn’t it?
Let the story begin! Our bus from KL to Hatyai was delayed for more than 2 hours. The most annoying thing is that the bus terminal staff didn’t tell us that the bus is already coming and we need to move to another gate. They just told me when I was asking for more than 5 times. Annoying me, right? Yes I know that I’m quite annoying since I was keep repeating the same questions for several times HAHAHA. But if I wasn’t keep asking to her, we might left by the bus. Be careful and keep asking if it’s already exceeding your departure time!
We need around 9 hours from Kuala Lumpur to reach the country border of Malaysia and Thailand. After we came to the country border, we need to go down from the bus. The immigration processes should be done in 3 steps, first step is filling the white card immigration arrival form (don’t loose it, because u will need this when u go back to your country), second step is the immigration process in Malaysia border, and the third is the immigration process in Thailand border. Because it was a long-weekend, so the queue was quite long. We spent a total of 2 hours to finish the immigration processes.
Tips : Be careful about the lines, there are 2 types of line : for Malaysian and for International. But the thing is that they didn’t put a guide board in every lines. So if you’re standing at the wrong line, you need to take line and start to queuing again from the beginning. Ask people first does your line is already correct or not.
From Malaysia-Thailand country border, we need 1 more hour to arrive at Hatyai. The bus dropped us in front of Alisan Golden Coach Bus Agent. This is where the scam story begin!
The hardest part of traveling to Thailand by bus is that we cannot book the tickets online before our departure. We can only buy the tickets after we are arrived in Thailand (both the Hatyai-KL ticket and the round-trip tickets for going to Krabi).
After we arrived in Hat Yai, the scammers are approaching us in an impolite way. They always keep talking to us and taking our luggages without our permission to their tuk-tuk. It’s a very unappropriate manner, right?
Actually we wanted to go to the bus station to buy the Krabi’s ticket. They said that they would bring us to the bus terminal. But you know what! They dropped us in a very near place that was a “scam travel agent”. We got very angry to them because they didn’t drop us into the bus station. But they said that it was also a bus station, and the main bus station didn’t sell the mini-van / bus tickets to Krabi. WHAAAT. I already know and did some research about it and of course, I didn’t believe in them.
We didn’t know where is the place that they dropped us. My friends were already inside that scam travel agent and the agent gave us a very expensive rate. At that point I didn’t want to pay lah, my friends also did. My friends were doing debate with the travel agent, but I decided to go outside alone to find a honest person to talk to. I went to a pharmacy store near that travel agent, and asked where’s the real bus station. But unfortunately she didn’t understand what I said because she cannot speak English at all. Then I didn’t give up. I tried to find another person, and yeah I found. I talked to a woman that were selling foods and also sim card. I asked the same question to her, and she said that the real bus station is 3 kilometres from that place! So after that I know that the scam tuk-tuk driver was lying.
After that I went to my friends again and told them to go to the real bus station. We tried to use a grab-car but it didn’t work. My friend asked the scamming tuk-tuk driver that brought us to that place if he wanted to dropped us in the bus station. But he didn’t want omg (I know that in his mind, he wants to get the high commission from the travel agent if we buy the tickets there). We left that place and find another tuk-tuk driver that want to dropped us to the bus station.
In our way leaving that place, we met 3 Malaysian traveller that told us “You’re so lucky that didn’t take that travel agent. We got scammed and paid a lot amount of money to them”. Then I asked how much they paid. They paid 5.000 THB for 3 persons. OMG, SO EXPENSIVE! Although my total spending for my Thailand backpacking trip didn’t reach that amount. The real price of the mini-van ticket from Hatyai to Krabi should only around 250 THB per person. They scamming travel agent was so rude. Thank God we didn’t take that agent.
Then every things were going well until we arrived in Krabi safely. At that night, we visited Krabi Night Market. The Night Market is selling a lot kind of foods in cheap prices (but most of them are non-halal food). I bought a pure Mango Juice and also a stick of pork. The taste was soooo good. We were there until around 10 pm. But suddenly, I got shock enough that someone was died at that time in the market. I don’t know who is he/she, but what I respect from Thailand people is that when someone is died, all of the people there were stopped from their activities and sing a song to respect that person. It’s quite scary and devoted at the same time. And I felt guilty enough because at that time I didn’t realize it and didn’t stop my step. I still getting busy taking pictures of my look-so-delicious Mango Juice, but then I stopped.
On the next day, we went to the beach and temple. We visited Railay Beach (must using a long-tail boat to get there) and also Wat Kaew Korawaram (the white temple). The beach was very niceee. Railay Beach consists of 2 main beaches which are Railay West and Railay East. But you can go to both of the beaches by walking.
I could say that it’s as good as Lombok Island’s Beaches in Indonesia. But every beaches has its own characteristics. Lombok is greater at the colour-gradation of the water, and Krabi’s Beach has a unique clean green colour (maybe because they have different kinds of algae).
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a pretty Buddhist temple that is located not far from Krabi Town. It looks like the temples in Chiang Rai, north Thailand.
Here’s my itinerary for my Krabi’s Backpacking Trip to Thailand :
FRIDAY (Day 1)
- 23.30 : Depart from Kuala Lumpur Bus Terminal
SATURDAY (Day 2)
- 09.00 : Arrived at Malaysia – Thailand’s Country Border
- 09.00 – 11.00 : Immigration Processes
- 11.00 – 12.00 : Arrived at Hatyai, Thailand
- 13.05 – 18.00 : On the way from Hatyai to Krabi
- 18.00 – 19.30 : Arrived at Krabi’s Hotel, check-in, take a bath
- 19.30 – 22.00 : Going to Krabi’s Night Market
SUNDAY (Day 3)
- 09.00 – 10.00 : On the way from Hotel to Ao-Nammao Pier
- 10.00 – 11.00 : Cross the sea using Long-Tail Boat
- 11.00 – 14.00 : Sightseeing at Railay Beach
- 14.00 – 15.00 : Going back to the port
- 15.00 – 15.30 : On the way from the port to Wat Kaew Korawaram
- 15.30 – 16.30 : Sightseeing at Wat Kaew Korawaram
- 16.30 – 17.00 : Going back to the hotel, taking out things, and go to Krabi Bus Terminal
- 17.00 – 22.00 : On the way from Krabi to Hatyai
- 22.00 : Hotel check in
MONDAY (Day 4)
- 08.30 – 10.00 : Breakfast, going to the Minimarket to buy Thailand’s snacks
- 10.00 – 11.00 : Check out hotel & on the way to the Bus Agent
- 11.00 – 12.30 : On the way from Hatyai to the country border
- 12.30 – 13.30 : Immigration processes
- 13.30 – 24.00 : On the way to Kuala Lumpur
TUESDAY (Day 5)
- 01.00 : Arrived at our apartment in Selangor, Malaysia
If you guys read my itinerary carefully, do you guys wondering on why the departure immigration processes took longer time than the return one? I will tell you the answer!
The departure immigration processes, we did it in a normal way. Yeaaa just queuing like the other normal people. But at the return journey, the bus driver suddenly told us that he couldn’t wait us for that long (maybe it could reach 3 hours since the queue was longer). So he asked us to bring our luggage down from the bus and take a motorcycle. He said that he would wait for us at Malaysia border. He also said that we must give RM 5 for the motorcycle rent and RM 10 for the visa counter. At first we didn’t understand what he said, but we just following what he said since every passengers of the bus did that. We took a motorcycle to escaping that long queue, and I felt that I was being an actress of an action movie! HAHAHA
But things aren’t always go well. My motorcycle driver thought that I’m a Malaysian, so he dropped me into a Malaysian visa counter line. It was 1 minute drive from the International visa counter line (it located at different place). But then I realized that the other people’s passport are red (Malaysia) and mine is green (Indonesia). So I knew that something it was something wrong. I got so stressed there since my luggage was with the motorcycle driver and he already left me. The stressing thing happened because I didn’t remember the face of my motorcycle driver and there was being a lot of motorcycle driver there. (YES, I KNOW THAT I’M NOT GOOD AT REMEMBERING PEOPLE FACES AND NAMES :’)). I’m afraid if the bus driver was left me…
All of my friends with their motorcycle drivers were already leaving me and I lost my luggage omg. I kept trying to ask people whether they saw a motorcycle driver with a luggage in front of the motorcycle but all of them didn’t know. I was praying and asking help from God to help me because I didn’t know what to do or at least I also didn’t know where the Indonesian/International line was. LUCKILY the motorcycle driver remembered me and asked me to move to another counter (for International) and I met my friend there. Thank God :’)
We were taking the priority line since we put RM 10 inside our passport and the staff of the immigration was guided us to that line. Such an illegal way! But I enjoyed it HAHA.
So, after you guys enjoy listening on my very looong story, I would like to share also about my expenses when I was doing my Backpacking Trip to Thailand :
- Bus Ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai RM 55 = 440 THB
- Grab Car to Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS Station) (RM 32 / 4 person) = RM 8 = 64 THB
- Tuk-tuk in Hatyai 25 THB
- Tuk-tuk in Hatyai to Bus Terminal 25 THB
- Mini Van Ticket from Hatyai to Krabi 250 THB
- Simcard (200 THB / 2 person) = 100 THB
- Forum House Hotel 1 night @Krabi (1.000 THB / 4 person) = 250 THB
- Krabi Mini Van & Long-Tail Boat Rent 300 THB
- Mini Van Rent from Hotel to Night Market round trip 60 THB
- Mini Van Rent from Krabi Hotel to Bus Terminal round trip 87.5 THB
- Mini Van Ticket from Krabi to Hatyai + fees for going to the hotel directly 250 THB
- Kritsada Nakhon Mansion Hotel in Krabi (990THB / 4 person) = 247.5 THB
- Tuk-tuk from Hotel in Hatyai to Bus Terminal (Alisan Golden Coach) (160THB / 4 person) = 40 THB
- Bus Ticket from Hatyai to Kuala Lumpur 750 THB
- Motorcycle Rent in Thailand-Malaysia Country Border 50 THB
- Visa Fees for the staff (salam tempel for priority line) 75 THB
- Grab Car from BTS Terminal in KL to my apartment (RM 32 / 4) = RM 8 = 64 THB
GRAND TOTAL = 3.078 THB = RM 384, 93 = USD 83.73 = Rp 1.182.600
Including: Bus Ticket, Transportation in Malaysia and Thailand, Sim Card, Boat Rent, and Accomodation; Excluding: Food, Souvenirs (since every people money spending on food and souvenirs may be different to each other).
I think that’s all about my backpacking trip story to Thailand. If you have the same experiences with me or wondering about something, you can share it with me in the comment box.
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