Koh Samui 2008 – Day 6

Day 6
Date : 3rd October 2008
Time : 2pm ( Thailand Time )- 1.30am following day ( Malaysia Time )
Destination : Hadyai – Kuala Lumpur
Distance : About 500KM

No Morning call, enjoy breakfast at hotel and proceed to last minute shopping and massage.

Left for lunch at Sadao about 2pm.

Due to heavy traffic, both Thailand and Malaysia custom was very busy and it took us 2 hours to cross the border.

The procedure of crossing the border is quite similar where all the passenger must get down from the car to get the passport stamp. The drive must drive the car passing through the customer, hand over the car entry permit ( you need to get down from the car to sign the form and a log book – just park in front of the custom office at the end of the drive through lane ).

After you hand over the car entry permit, you may park your car at the parking space and return to the immigration office to get your passpost stamp. Once everything done, your may drive your car out of the parking and directly to Malaysia custom.

Duty free shop is on your right hand side and the price is 1 of the cheapest I encounter.

Passing through Malaysia custom is a breeze. Passenger do not need to get down from the car, just drive to one of the immigration lane, get the passport stamped, pay the toll ( ya, after no toll for 5 days ) and proceed to custom check, just answer the question by the custom officer and welcome back to Malaysia.

We reach Changlung about 7pm Malaysia time, dinner and proceed back to Kuala Lumpur.

It is a wonderful holiday and next year plan is in the process.

So, is it expensive to travel by car to Thailand ? A member”s Toyota Avanza used about RM300 fuel to cover about 1800 KM in 6 days, Toyota Innova about RM400, Toyota Hilux about RM400, Pajero 2.4 Auto RM700.

The price of petrol is about RM0.50 more expensive than in Malaysia but travelling in the speed of 90 – 110km/h proved to be very economical.

Drive to Koh Samui – Day 1

Drive to Koh Samui – Day 2

Drive to Koh Samui – Day 3

Drive to Koh Samui – Day 4

Drive to Koh Samui – Day 5

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15 Responses
  1. vivian says:

    hi,

    I read through your koh samui travel, it is a wonderful trip. I plan to have the similar trip in this year . Can you provide me more infos on the A & A restaurant ( what is your favorite food over there ?)

    Donsak Ferry Pier ( Do you have the time table of the ferry departure time )

  2. admin says:

    Hi Vivian,

    I do not have the exact time table, but the trip is like frequently like every hour. try not to travel on Monday as there are a lot of cars or lorry crossing to Koh Samui from Mainland.

  3. vivian says:

    hi,

    can send me the gps coordinate of the A & A restaurant . Thanks : )

  4. Anis says:

    hi.. what time is the last ferry to samui? i ‘m travelling 11 am from Kedah and most probably i will arrive at jetty quite late, just affraid i can not catch the ferry to samui on the same day

  5. admin says:

    Hi Anis,

    I suggest you leave earlier so that you don’t need to rush to catch the ferry.

    According to Google search, the last ferry is 19.00 http://www.welcome-kohsamui.com/RAJAFERRYTIMETABLE.html

  6. Mark Chow says:

    Hi Admin,

    Thank you for info and guides, I just completed koh samui tour in 7D/6N where 4N at Chaweng Noi and 2N at Hatyai. I had covered 1800km and spent ~ rm 2000 included petrol, tol (malaysia) and hotel for 3 adults, 1 child and 1 infant. Wonderful island and relaxing compared phuket where it is more commercial compared with samui.

    my next trip for next year are hatyai – hua hin – bangkok

    rgds

    mark chow

  7. admin says:

    Well done mark…

    Any changes on the ferry to Koh Samui ?

    It has been years since my last visit.

  8. Mark Chow says:

    I took seatran instead of raja ferry
    ticket price
    vehicle + driver = 470bht
    adult – 150bht
    child -75 bht
    ferry service each hours from 7am to 8 pm

    seatran ferry bigger and have thai massage on the deck
    comming back time seatran ferry can carry up 40- 50 vehicles

    can we enter thailand via wang kelian and come out from danok by returning the custom form? coz i thingking to go ko lipe via saturn
    rgds

    mark chow

  9. admin says:

    Thanks for the Seatran Ferry information, I had updated the blog to share the latest information.

    If you have more to share, I am more then happy to link or to post it in order to share with others

    Yes you can. I had confirm with the Thailand border officer and I had entry via Padang Besar and exit via Bukit Kayu Hitam.

  10. Mark Chow says:

    Admin,
    I found something to bear in mind is that the coastline south of the ring-road is where you’ll still find utterly untouched beaches with not a cafe or jet-ski to been seen. It is Laem Sor Pagoda – or know as Wat Laem Sor .

    Direction: it’s on just about the furthest and most- southern tip of the island, close to Bang Koa Village. Follow Route 4170 just past the village and turn into smaller road leading to the beach where the pagoda is. The nearest major landmarks are ShaSa Resort and Centara Villas – get on that road and it won’t be long before you’ll find the gold in the South.

    mark chow

  11. admin says:

    Any photo to share the beauty not ?

  12. Mark chow says:

    Today, Malaysia tour driver who used to drive to Thailand updated me that next year Thai government banned Malaysian drive further than songkhla where we need to rent Thai car we want to go further. So, it bad new for me coz I haven’t covered hua hin , Bangkok and chaiang Mai.
    Rods

    Mark chow

  13. admin says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for the information.

    I believe it is only for tour buses or taxi.. not for passenger car.

    Anybody has further information ? I will do a quick check with Thailand Tourism office in Malaysia…will update soon..

    Update 16/10/2013
    Just confirm with Thailand Tourism Malaysia. They have checked with their counterpart and no such rule implemented at the moment.

  14. mark chow says:

    Kent,

    What’s a release to me… then, good i can plan out for next year trip after i completed koh samui in may 2013.

    thinking to cover hua hin and bangkok by next year.

    regards

    mark chow

  15. Chow YK says:

    I drove to Nakhon Si Thammarat / Surat Thani / Phuket 2 weeks back using Malaysia registered car (private). The immigration officer gave me 30 day period when I mention the places. So I think there is no problem. Also I prefer Padang Besar crossing as there is very much less traffic. Not stressful like Kayu Hitam. Enjoy the scenic views worth the 30 min longer journey.