West Malaysia where Kuala Lumpur is situated is a peninsula just below south of Thailand. One of the borders to cross to Thailand is the Padang Besar border heading to the city of Hatyai (Songkhla province) in Thailand. Boarded in Senandung Langkawi KTM train, I left KL Sentral station at around 10 pm. It was my first time to ride in a sleeper coach train. First time to be in Thailand. First time to be in solo backpacking to a foreign land. My itinerary is to visit Samila Beach in Mueang Songkhla district and of course, Hatyai City.
The train arrived at the border around 7 am. We did the immigration and custom clearance, took our breakfast and boarded back to the train. The border building which houses both the Malaysia and Thailand immigration and customs has cafeteria. The border is actually the Padang Besar station. Due to unknown reasons, the train left the border around 10 am. Finally, I arrived in Hatyai station around 12 nn.
I quickly alighted the train to catch my itinerary. There were many touts climbing up in the train to offer tuktuk or taxis. I neglected them coz I needed to buy a Thai sim first so I could have a 3G connection. I strolled nearby the train station and found Robinsons Mall. I saw a mobile store and bought a DTAC sim. I loaded (topped up) 100 baht.
I went back to the station to hire a tuktuk to bring me to Samila Beach in Mueang Songkhla district. I was on hurry and I didn’t have time to haggle the prices. I got a private car, new Toyota Vios, for 400 baht to bring me to BP Samila Resorts Hotel. The hotel is around 35 km away from the train station.
The driver dropped me at the hotel. I did the check-in and took a power nap to regain energy to stroll Mueang Songkhla district. Hello Thailand! Hello Songkhla!