International Express: Bangkok to Hat Yai and Butterworth by Train

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The International Express is a daily service to Hat Yai and Butterworth from Bangkok and vice versa. Departing from Bangkok, the train uses 6 to 8 second class sleeper coaches, 1 buffet coach and 1 first class cabin coach, with 2 of the second class sleepers continuing their journey to Butterworth.

Click here for the reverse journey.

The State Railway of Thailand recently updated the platforms with new electronic information screens providing additional information at each platform, a welcome addition.

The train crew readies the train for departure.

The buffet car is ready for you even before the train departs. You may choose to dine here or have your meal at your seat.

The chef makes preparations in the kitchen for lunch and dinner.

This is Khao Pad Rot Fai (ข้าวผัดรถไฟ), or Railway Fried Rice. The set costing 110 baht comes with a side soup and orange juice. This was also…

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My second time back in Tenggol Island for another round of diving. There were many sites I missed the first time round– so I decided to head back to explore some more! You can read about the island and how to get to it in my previous post:- Scuba Diving in Malaysia’s Pulau Tenggol. I was with a smaller group for this trip, and some of the dives were lead by the resident Dive Master and Instructor from the Tenggol Island Beach Resort Dive Center.

More Diving in Malaysia's Pulau TenggolMore Diving in Malaysia's Pulau TenggolTenggol Island
I was visiting in September, and it can be considered the tail end of the dive season on the East Coast of Malaysia. By the time the fourth quarter of the year kicks in; the monsoon season begins and most of the resorts will close. During my visit, I was surprised to find that the secluded Tenggol Island had quite…

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I travelled 8 countries in 4 months, and these were the top 5 places I stayed and why. All had free wifi in the communal areas and in some of the dorms – always good to know! Some did food, some didn’t.

  1.  Mad Monkey – Siem Reap, Kampot, Koh Rong Samloem, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

These two giggly girls helping my friend Stuart out with handwashing his clothes in the sink... These two giggly girls helping my friend Stuart out with handwashing his clothes in the sink…

This one will be a long description as there’s a lot to say…A reasonably priced party hostel, by all accounts, but one with good facilities ($8, or £5 per night and a swimming pool in the hostel!?), really friendly and cheekily fun staff (cleaning ladies who liked to sit on my bed and look at photos of my boyfriend, giggle and basically hide from their boss for a few minutes were a high point!) and pretty strong ethics. Large…

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Penang has one of the most well-preserved collection of historical and cultural buildings in Malaysia– and these architectural gems hold stories of the island’s colorful and eventful past. The heritage sites of Penang are mainly centered around Georgetown, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The area is made up of a collection of old colonial British buildings, clan temples of the various Chinese clan associations, lavish mansions left by the rich settlers of the city, fort ruins, and religious structures like mosques, churches and temples.

Mynn's Top 10 Buildings to Visit in Penang's Historical Georgetown - www.shewalkstheworld.comOn my visit to Penang, I spent a day exploring Georgetown and getting to know some of the buildings in this historical area. In every corner, I found hidden gems– from lovingly restored pre-war shophouses to rows of dilapidated ones with their colorful paint peeling off the walls. Each and every building carries its own tale, and visiting some of them…

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The island of Penang, located in the north of Peninsular Malaysia on its west coast, is known as the food haven of Malaysia. Penang cuisine is the result of the multicultural society of the country; and the variety of food can be found all over the island– at roadside cafes, hawkers stalls, food courts and local mamaks (coffee shops). Even for locals, one of the must-do things on a visit to Penang is to eat.

My One Day Food Trail in Penang - www.shewalkstheworld.comI recently made a weekend visit to Georgetown, the historical center of Penang, and spent the day looking for the best eats in the area. Some were recommendations from local Penang friends, and some were suggested by people I met in the city. As I only had one day, I could only taste the surface of all the fantastic food available on the island– but at the end of the day, my appetite was satiated…

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