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Drive To Phuket – Day 6

Date : 10th September 2010
Time : 11.00am ( Thailand Time ) – 9.30pm ( Malaysia Time)
Destination : Hatyai – Kuala Lumpur
Distance : About 500KM

Morning breakfast at hotel, my lady and grandma continue their shopping at the wet market.

DSCN1117After breakfast, we visit an old lady we met from our previous trip to Koh Samui.  Nice lady who still remember Zheng Hao, Zheng Ni, Zheng Yuan and Zheng Er.  This lady run a family restaurant near the odean shopping mall.

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DSCN1118We checked out at 11am so that we can reach home earlier, lunch at the Chicken rice shop near Sadao.

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Grandma still remember the tasty pineapple that she tried the first day we arrived at Thailand.

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Grandma showing her skill to the stall owner.10092010114 10092010113 After lunch, continue our journey. Go through the custom clearance procedure at both country without any problem.  Reach home about 9.30pm.

Another wonderful trip for the whole family.

I am looking forward the next trip next year… may be Hua Hin..

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Drive To Phuket – Day 5

Date : 9th September 2010
Time : 8.30am – 5.00pm
Destination : Phuket – Krabi – Trang – Hatyai
Distance : About 450KM

Check out at 8.30am and start our journey driving to Hatyai.  Along the Patong beach – Phuket town bypass, there is a huge premium branded outlet where we thought dropping by but unfortunately it was not open for business yet.

Refuel to full tank in Phuket and that should bring you all the way back to Malaysia without refueling again.  From Phuket to Malaysia is about 500KM.

Passing the Sarasin bridge, we are back to Thailand mainland.

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The bridge is undergo expansion where additional dual carriage lane added.SarasinBridge (3)

Right after the bridge at the mainland, there are one roll of stall selling all kinds of sea food products.SarasinBridge (2)

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According to grandma, the quality is good and cheap, of course another few kgs of goods added. SarasinBridge (5)

This is steam crab available from a few stalls.  The small size cost about 10Baht each. SarasinBridge (20) SarasinBridge (19) SarasinBridge (18) SarasinBridge (17)

Finger licking good.  Zheng Hao like it….SarasinBridge (16)

Grandma also like it….. SarasinBridge (15) SarasinBridge (14) SarasinBridge (7)We continue after enjoying the steam crab. Along the way near Phang Nga bay, there are a number of stalls by the road side selling handicraft. Again more shopping…..

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Proceed to Trang via Highway 4 and we take Trang bypass highway to avoid traffic and Trang town.  Lunch at Khao Pubpa at about 2pm.KhaoPubpa5 KhaoPubpa (4)

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Check-in  hotel at Asian Hotel Hatyai about 5pm, the hotel cost less then RM100 and the location is great. You may book the hotel HERE. Walk to the nearby market.  As usual… Ubi Kayu with santan is my favorite. Hatyai (3)

Grandma like the small little pineapple from Chiangmai. Hatyai (2)

Dinner at the popular Duck noddle near regency hotel.

The stall operates from 5.00pm to 4.00am morning.

The location of the stall is a bit off the main street, it is located at a dead end alley.  The land mark is look for Regency hotel, from the hotel entrance looking towards Lee Garden Plaza, there is a small lane on your left hand side ( next to Regency open car park ), the stall is located at the end of the walk way.

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Drive To Krabi – Day 5

Date : 24th September 2009
Time : 10.00am – 4.30pm
Destination : Krabi – Trang – Hatyai
Distance : About 300KM

After breakfast, I had some time to walk around the area nearby Aonang Villa.  Surprisingly I discover a board showing 50% discount for massage from 10am to 2pm.  I guess business must be very slow in this low season period. In fact I had been offered 20% discount on massage previous day at Aonang beach front area.

sKrabi1Zheng Er enjoying breakfast before we head back to Hatyai at 10.00am

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skrabi5We took the same way where we came from few days ago, highway 4.  But this time, we by passed Trang town and head over to Khao Pubpa for lunch.

skrabi6Some poster at the restaurant telling the story about the development around the area long long time ago.

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skrabi8After lunch, continue our journey back to Hatyai via Phattalung.

Along the way, we stopped by some local stall along the highway selling these delicious pineapple, some call it crystal honey pineapple.

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Car 3 finally decided to buy the antique coffee table, luckily it fit nicely to my truck.

We reached Hatyai about 4.30pm, check in to Asian hotel, the cost is below RM100. The location is located in the middle of the city where walking distance to all the hot spot. You may book the hotel HERE.

At night, we had our dinner at this popular duck noodle.  As usual the portion is rather small and you need at least 2 bowls to fill up your stomach.

The stall operates from 5.00pm to 4.00am morning.

The location of the stall is a bit off the main street, it is located at a dead end alley.  The land mark is look for Regency hotel, from the hotel entrance looking towards Lee Garden Plaza, there is a small lane on your left hand side ( next to Regency open car park ), the stall is located at the end of the walk way.

There are 2 stalls selling the same duck noodle, I cannot tell which one is better and original.  Maybe you can try both.

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sLastHatyai2Besides duck noodle, there are a numbers of other choice as well.

sLastHatyai3After dinner, we moved on to the famous street in from of Lee Garden Plaza for some dessert.  To be honest, the price is rather expensive for road side dessert, 50Baht ( about RM5)  for Lin Chee Kang where you can get it at less then RM2 in Malaysia.

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Drive To Krabi – Day 1

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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.

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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.


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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

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Drive around Thailand in 14 Days – Day 14

Date : 30th December 2006
Time : 12.30pm – 10.30pm
Destination : Hatyai – Kuala Lumpur
Distance : About 500KM

After 12 hours drive yesterday, we had a good night sleep, wake up at about 9am, breakfast and bring the kids out to enjoy local tuk tuk, a very popular mode of transport at Hatyai.


Do some last minute shopping at Hatyai before we proceed back to Malaysia.

We reach home about 10.30pm.
It is a very enjoyable trip as we got to see a lot of different places form south to north, west to east Thailand. Most of the places we went are unknown to foreigner, it is not so commercialise at all = money well spend.


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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.

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Koh Samui 2008 – Day 5

Day 5
Date : 2nd Octorber 2008
Time : 8.30am – 7.30pm
Destination : Koh Samui – Hadyai
Distance : About 350KM + 2 hours Ferry Ride

Check out early, breakfast at hotel and proceed to ferry pier to catch the 10am ferry. As I mentioned earlier, it is good to purchase the return ticker if possible so you don’t need to queue up again. In our case, we did not manage to get the return ticket from Donsak but we are so lucky that the Als Resort and Raja Ferry under the same owner, we manage to get our vehicle ticket from hotel.

Arrive at ferry pier about 9pm, proceed to the ticketing office to obtain the boadring voucher by showing the ticket that we bought from hotel. After that, move to another ticketing office opposite for passenger ticket ( I wonder why they don’t have it in 1 office ? ).

We board the ferry on time at 10am. Good bye Koh Samui.








We arrived at Donsak about 12pm and proceed to Nakhon Si Thammarat for lunch. Since everyone missed the A & A restaurant, we head back there for lunch.

After lunch, we proceed to visit the oldest temple with about 1500 years of history call Wat Phra MahaThat.












After that we proceed our journey to Hadyai via Songkhla ( Highway 408/407 ). Our plan was to visit the mermaid statue at Songkhla, but one of the member’s car having a engine over heating problem. Luckily the driver dicovered the increase of temperature and stoping by the road side on time before more damage done to the engine. A quick check discovered that one of the radiator host was broken ( It was replaced with new host before the trip ), a temporary host was used in order to move the car for another 50km until we reach a town where spare host available for replacement.

Total damage, 150Baht for radiator host from Isuzu ( modified to suit Pajero ), 200Baht labour. Paid the bill happily and proceed our journey.

So lesson learn, even new parts could fail you. Bring additional spare parts. The incident delay us for 45 minutes and its too late for us to visit the mermaid. We reached Hadyai at 7.30pm, checked in to hotel and proceed for dinner.

Again, wonderful dinner and good massage.




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Koh Samui 2008 – Day 2

Day 2
Date : 29th September 2008
Time : 8.30am – 9pm
Destination : Hadyai – Koh Samui
Distance : About 350KM + 2 hours Ferry Ride

After a nice breakfast, we proceed to Donsak Ferry Pier via Highway 43 to Phattalung and Highway 41/401 Nakhon Si Thammarat.


Driving at Thailand is very comfortable as the highway is well maintained and the facilities such as Petrol Kiosk, Toilet and convenient store is readily available. Standard Male Toilet along Thailand Highway.
We arrive Nakhom Si Thammarat at about 12.30pm, visited the old ancient wall as well as Tourism Board of Thailand (TAT) office. There are a lot of shops selling silverware behind TAT office which is one of the popular attraction among the locals.
We proceed to have lunch at Nakhon Si Thamarrat, TAT office recommended us a popular Thai restaurant in town, A & A restaurant. The food is very delicious and price very afforbable.


After lunch we refuel and proceed to Donsak Ferry Pier via Highway 401 . We reached Donsak Ferry Pier about 4pm.

As you approch the Ferry Pier, you can see a large car park area divided into 2 section, on the right to Koh PhaNgan and on the left to Koh Samui. You need to queue according to the line. Once you park your car according the the queue, you can proceed to the ticket office to check out the next ferry departure time ( I will advise the passenger to stay in the car first, just in case you are ready to catch the next departure ferry ).



Please take note you are not allow to buy ticket until you are issued with a coupon which indicated the departure time.

The procedure is the driver will need to wait for the coupon by the car at the car park ( others passenger can wait at the ticketing office with a small air conditional cafe and convenient store. ), the coupon will be issue about half an hour before the departure time.

Once you receive the coupon, you may proceed to the ticketing office to purchase the ticket. The price of ticket for vehicle with driver is 420Baht, adult 130Baht, children age 6-12 60Baht. So if you have 4 adults and 1 children age 8 travel in 1 car, you need to purchase 1 ticket for vehicle + driver, 3 tickets for adult and 1 ticket for children ( 420+390+60baht ).

Update June 2013 : Information provide by Mark Chow who travel to Koh Samui via Seatran Ferry

vehicle + driver = 470bht
adult – 150bht
child -75 bht
ferry service each hours from 7am to 8 pm

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

Please do check with the ticketing office if you can buy return ticket so that you don’t need to queue for coupon when your return from Koh Samui. In our case, all the return ticket are sold out.

With the ticket and coupon in hand, you may now drive to the ferry pier where the worker there will direct you to the designated lane before boarding the ferry.




We managed to catch the ferry at 6pm, that means a long 2 hours wait. We are considered lucky as it could take about 4-6 hours queue in a busy day. Please take note the last ferry service is 17.00 and it may be extended subject to ferry availability.

More information about Raja ferry here. There is another ferry service call Seatran where ferry pier is located not far from Raja Ferry.

How big is the ferry ? I understand there are different sizes available. The one that we took carry four 44 seaters bus, four 40 ft container truck and about 30+ various size of vehicle . The ferry travel at 18KM per hour and it took about 2 hours to reach Koh Samui.

The ferry has seating for passenger, so once you park your car, all the passenger may get down from the car and proceed to the passenger area ( similar to Penang ferry)

Air Conditional Room with TV.
Convenient Store.
Sunset on Ferry.
Finally, we reach Koh Samui at 8pm. We drove to Als Resort located at the other side of the island and arrive at 9pm. ( There are some changes on the road at Chaweng beach as compare to the GPS we have, but we managed to sort it out with another GPS with newer map).

As you can see at the photo below, Chaweng beach is the hot spot at Koh Samui with kilometers of sandt beach, commercial and entertainment along the beach. Als Resort is located in the central of Chaweng beach.



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Koh Samui 2008 – Day 1


Day 1
Date : 28th September 2008
Time : 7.00am ( Malaysia Time ) – 4pm ( Thailand Time)
Destination : Kuala Lumpur – Hadyai
Distance : About 500KM

Met up with the rest of the members at Rawang Rest Area about 7am and we proceed to our destination, Hatyai.

Breakfast at Tapah rest area follow by lunch stop at ChangLung, the border town before crossing to Thailand.

We reach Changlung at about 1pm, prepare our boarding pass and car insurance at a restaurant/rest area ( short drive after Changlung town with a huge signboard ” Mini Cafe “.

Just hand over your passport and car registeration card to the counter and they will prepare all the necessary document to enter Thailand. The cost is RM1 per passport and the insurance depending on the car types and duration of stay. A minimum 9 days insurance for a saloon car cost less then RM20.00.

After everything is ready, proceed to Bukit Kayu Hitam check point for custom clearance. Passing through the Malaysia custom is very simple, just drive to the available counter and hand over your passport ( Passenger does not need to get down from car ). Once its done, we proceed to Thailand border where we need to park our car at the parking area and everyone must get down from the car and proceed to the immigration office. Once the passport is stamped, the car owner must proceed to another counter in the middle of the drive through lane to obtain a car entry permit. All you need to do is hand over the passport and the car registration card to the officer and he/she will print out a copy of the car entry permit to you.

You must proceed to the next counter in front of you to hand in the car entry permit to another officer ( The officer will ask you to sign on the car entry permit ), once you hand over the car entry permit to the officer, you can now proceed back to your car and drive through the custom, as you pass the custom, the officer will return the car entry form that you submited early on, please have a quick check to make sure that you collect the correct car entry permit.

All done and Sawadee Khrap, welcome to Thailand.

For your information, Thailand has an hour different time zone with Malaysia. 2pm in Malaysia is 1pm in Thailand. It is adviseable to adjust your watch to local time to avoid confusion.

About 45 minutes later, we reach hotel Mayflower Glande, Hatyai at about 4pm. Check in to the hotel and we proceed to enjoy the food and shopping as well as good massage after a long day drive.

As usual, the food is good and price is very reasonable.





Drive to Koh Samui – Day 2

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