I have no idea what on earth possessed us to do the long route to Bangkok. In total, we spent about 11 hours + 20 hours = 32 hours (inclusive of transfers) taking a long road trip up to Bangkok.
Yes, I know there is a shorter route. Hey, where is your sense of adventure? We travelled in late Dec, spent New Year’s Eve in Bangkok and flew back to Singapore via Scoot.
One way road trip to Bangkok
|1||Singapore to Butterworth||Sleeper bus||45SGD||10hours||Starmart Express via RedBus|
|2||Butterworth to Georgetown||Ferry||RM1.20||15 mins||Penang Port|
|3||Georgetown to Butterworth||Ferry||0||15 mins||Penang Port|
|4||Butterworth to Padang Besar||Train
|RM29||2h 25 mins||12go.Asia|
|5||Padang Besar to Hua Lumphong||Sleeper train #46||1225THB||17h 10mins||12go.Asia|
Total costs in SGD: $103.69
Time spent (not including land transfers): Approx 32 hours
We booked all train rides and bus rides about 1 month ahead. There is no need to book ferry rides. The booking was really simple once you figured out how you are going to reach Bangkok.
Why did we do it?
My roomie and I always enjoyed road trips and we were inspired by this Tripzilla article that travelled to Bangkok by train entirely. Instead of doing the entire trip by train, I decided to break it up to include all forms of overland public transport – bus, ferry and train.