Drive To Krabi – Day 1

1 Krabi Road

Date : 20th September 2009
Time : 7.00am ( Malaysia Time ) – 4pm ( Thailand Time)
Destination : Kuala Lumpur – Hadyai
Distance : About 500KM

Meet with the rest of the members at Rawang rest area 7am. Since some of the team members are late, we decided to have our breakfast at Rawang rest area instead of Tapah rest area.

Depart Rawang rest area about 7.45am and reach ChangLun about 12.30pm.

Refill our car fully before crossing Thailand border, currently petrol in Thailand is selling about 30Baht per litre.

After refill we head to this Mini Café to have our lunch ( the food here is just filling up your stomach since crossing the customer may take hours during peak season )and prepare all the border crossing documentation.

All you need to do is pass your passport to the counter in the café, they will prepare the Thailand immigration white card with all the necessary information. Please make sure you check all the passport before leaving the counter. Please take note that you need the sign the white card as well.

You will also need to purchase Thailand insurance here ( There are a lot of places providing the above service, even just beside Thailand custom, but this place is the most convenient as they have a huge parking space.). It will cost you less than RM20 for 1 week 3rd party insurance coverage in Thailand. Please take note that your Malaysia insurance does not cover any risks while you are in Thailand, please check with your insurance agent on the 1st party coverage while you travel in Thailand.

We left the mini café about 1.30pm and proceed to the Bukit Kayu Hitam check point few KM away.

Traffic is slight heavy and it took us about 30 minutes to cross Malaysia check point and proceed to Thailand check point. As usual, park our car at the car park besides the custom building and proceed to immigration.

Once you stamp your passport, the car owner may proceed to the custom counter to obtain your vehicle import permit. ( They will not entertain you if you had not got your passport stamped) . Hand over the car registration card and your passport at the custom counter ( In the middle lane of the custom building – if you see somebody carrying our Malaysia Pink color car registration document, that’s the custom counter ) and they will print out the vehicle permit, proceed to the next counter just few steps in front of the custom counter, sign the document in front of the office and hand over the document to them.

Once the above procedure completed, you may proceed to drive your car over to the counter where you handed over the vehicle permit moment ago, the officer will hand a copy to you, please have a quick check to make sure it is indeed belongs to you. ( Please keep the copy safely as you need to return it to Thailand custom when you are coming back to Malaysia ).

Sawadee krup, welcome to Thailand.


Please take note that the Thai time is 1 hour behind us, it is recommended to adjust your watch, alarm and handphone ( especially if you use your hand phone as an alarm ) to local time once your cross the border to avoid miss communication.

It took us about 20 minutes to clear Thailand procedure and we proceed to Hatyai.

We reach Hatyai about 4pm and proceed to enjoy the local food, shopping and massage.

sHatyai1Little Princes is very excited about the trip.
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Zheng Yuan and Zheng Ni at Changlung, refilling before we cross the border.sHatyai3This is the mini cafe where you can get all your immigration and insurance documentation done.

We are staying at Regency Hotel, right in front of the hotel is a restaurant selling famous roast piglet.  They are actually preparing it by the road side.
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sHatyai4In front of the famous Lee Graden plaza where the night market located, we found this stall selling a lot of kuih, I strongly recommend the ” Ubi Kayu” with coconut milk. It cost about 20-30Baht per pack.
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As usual, the night market is crowded with Malaysian due to Malaysia public holiday, you just feel like you are in Malaysia.sHatyai7

At night, Car 8 bring us to a seafood restaurant about 15 mins walk from the Hotel. To be honest, I don’t know the name and the location of the restaurant.  Apparently this shop is patron mostly by local Thai, there is another restaurant right opposite this shop serving mostly Malaysian.  I believe this is because the restaurant opposite hanging out banner in mandarin and english where it can attract non Thai speaking visitors.sHatyai13Car 3 cannot decide what to eat.


sHatyai8Crab?sHatyai9Sotong?
sHatyai11Prawn?
sHatyai12Wonderful meal and everybody enjoy the food.  The crabmeat fried rice is the best that I ever had or may be I am hungry after a long drive.sHatyai14

A slow walk to the hotel, we discover a lot of food stall along the road side selling different kind of foods.  We had identify a duck mee which we will try once we back to Hatyai from Krabi.

After dinner, continue shopping at the night market, massage and zzzzzzzzzzz

Drive to Krabi Day 2

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Drive To Krabi Day 6

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15 Responses
  1. Nai says:

    Do your need your car registration card (garan) to purchase the insurance / cross the border?

  2. admin says:

    Yes, you need the registration card.

    Officially you need to produce the original copy, but I have seen some using photocopy as well.

  3. rosi says:

    my group from penang will go there on saturday..is it the custome open during weekend?

  4. admin says:

    Custom is open from 6am to 12pm everyday.

  5. Amit says:

    Hi …We(my lady and our 3 yr old) are from Singapore. Every year we go for driving vacations in different parts of the world. Till now we have done the whole of Malaysia, parts of Australia, NZ, Whole of Bali and partly Vietnam. We wre doing south Thailand in September. We reach Hatyai in the night and given the short vacation of 8 days I have to start driving towards Krabi that night. The question is how safe is it? Till now we have always avoided driving after sundown and this will be the first. How is the hill terrain to drive in the night? Are there enough road light? And the road safe?
    Will appreciate your comments and any useful tips.
    Amit

  6. admin says:

    Hi,

    The road from Hatyai to Phuket divided into 4 section, the all the road without street light except near the town area.

    Section 1 – Hatyai to Phattalung – it is a dual carriage highway
    Section 2 – Phattalung to Trang – Mixed of hilly and normal terrain – single lane
    Section 3 – Trang to Krabi – normal terrain – single lane
    Section 4 – Krabi to Phuket – normal terrain – single lane

    I presume you drive from Singapore, putting up a night in Hatyai is strongly recommended as there are a lot of activities you can do for the whole family after a long day driving. Even you can push all the way to Krabi the same day, you might not have the energy to do anything the next day.

    It is always more dangerous to drive at night due to poor visibility and tiredness.

    If you really want to push for it, I suggest you start your journey midnight from Singapore ( easier to drive at night at Malaysia highway), expect to reach Hatyai about noon. Take a good rest and continue to Krabi, before sun down, you should have cover the hilly area near Trang and Krabi is not far away.

    Hope it helps.

    Have a safe journey and enjoy your trip.

  7. JJ says:

    Hi,

    Normally how many people can stay in the hotel?

    Thanks

  8. admin says:

    Usually the hotel does not limit the number of people staying in a room but the breakfast voucher is only for 2 persons.

    They usually charge about 15Baht for my for 2 kids age 11 and 12, free for kids age 4 and 8.

  9. John says:

    i am going to Krabi this December by own car. But i ain’t sure how is the procedure to buy the car insurance to go in….anyone ….pls advice…

  10. John says:

    and how much does the car insurance cost ?

  11. Weng Fai says:

    Hi there, i am planning for a roadtrip to Cambodia end of this month.

    My question is: If the car registration card is not under my name, but my dad. Will it be any problem going in?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  12. admin says:

    Basically you need an authorisation letter from your father to state that you are allow to drive the car leaving Malaysia.

    It is the Malaysia authority at the border that may check the validity of the car onwership.

  13. Alex says:

    Hi admin,

    The seafood you had in HatYai looks appetizing! Unfortunately, you mentioned you didn’t know the location… but do you have any idea how to walk from Lee Garden to that seafood place? hehe….. really wanted to go and give a try.

    Thanks.

  14. admin says:

    Don’t exactly know the place.

    Its near the pasar malam location, from Lee Garden facing Central shopping mall, on your right hand side is another hotel. Its in the street behind the hotel and walk approximately 200 Meter.. I remember passing by a chinese temple. There are a few restaurant at the same area and frequently by tourist- Malaysian. I suggest you are the shop next the Lee Garden hotel ( those travel agent) they should be able to help.

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