The first leg of the trip will be by train to Hat Yai. What's our best option to get from there to Langkawi? I've heard a ferry trip is possible, and would like to know whether the boat trip is a good idea in November? Thank you, Tanya
What you heard is correct: from Hat Yai, it's possible to reach Langkawi by ferry. November is also a good season for travelling on the Andaman Sea. The most common and convenient way is to travel via Satun. Buses and minivans regularly leave Hat Yai for Satun, From there, head to Tammalang Pier, nine kilometres from Satun town. The ferries, operated by Southern Ferry and Satun Inter Ferry, run six times a day from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The trip costs Bt300 per person and takes one hour.
Another option is to take a train that crosses over Malaysian border to Arau station, followed by a taxi to Kuala Perlis then a ferry to Langkawi. Since Perlis is closer to Langkawi, Kuala Perlis offers a faster ferry (45 minutes) and a more frequent service, with ferries leaving about every 30 minutes between 6am and 7pm.
Alternatively, you can catch a bus from Hat Yai to the border at Padang Besar, and from the checkpoint, you can take a bus or taxi to Perlis pier.
Hope that helps.
I am booking a trip to Cambodia for approximately six days and will be flying into Siem Reap. How many days should be spent in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and what else should I see? Yolanda Camp
Assuming this is your first trip to Cambodia, I think you should reserve at least three days for visiting the Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. A three-day pass to the Angkor Archaeological Park costs US$40. There are hundreds of temples to see in the park and you can easily spend one day going by tuk-tuk to Banteay Srei - a small yet exquisite temple and perhaps another seeing Bayon temple and the whole of Angkor Thom. If you happen to be there on Saturday, you will want to go to the free fundraising recital at the Children’s Hospital.
From Siem Reap, I would recommend you travel on to Phnom Penh. Although it is not the most fabulous city, this reconstructed capital still has vestiges of the French colonial era in its historic architecture. There are many things you need to see from Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields Choeung Ek, the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and the Mekong riverfront.
If you really only have six days, that's about it. You may take a boat on Tonle Sap or a bus back to Siem Reap; they are cheap, reliable and comfortable. Hope you have a great trip!