Hi, I was wondering if anybody knew if it was possible to get from Thailand to India without flying. I've heard of people doing it but was wondering how reaistic it would be considering time and cost, I'd only have about 2 months to do the travelling and would be limited in moey. Experience and answers would be very useful!
I was also wondering aout getting from Thailand to Malaysia by train as I have heard that the southern provinces of Thailand are dangerous and have been or some time.
Thanks a lot!
Getting to Malaysia by train from Thailand is definitely possible. You would get to enjoy the amazing scenery from one country to another, as well as the development contrast that sets the difference between Thailand and Malaysia. As for safety issues, I am quite sure both governments are doing their up most best in keeping peace and safeguarding the interest of national and international security.
It is quite a long route if you are looking to go landward as you aren't able to cross through Burma. We did meet a guy who was looking into travelling from India to Thailand by boat but hadn't had any luck finding any cheap commercial routes. I think most people tend to go via Nepal, Tibet, China. They were building a new road from China through Laos to Thailand when we were there a couple of years ago so I think that must be complete now.
The main expensive part would be getting through Tibet as you have to have a guide and driver (this may have changed recently though - the requirements fluctuate quite regularly). After that the main additional cost would be visas. Whilst China is relatively inexpensive, the accomodation can seem pricey in comparison with South East Asian countries.
The train from Thailand to Malaysia is a pleasant journey and apparently is safest if you travel down the Western side of the country as most of the trouble spots are in the South East of Thailand (although this was when we did it which was a couple of years back). You should find lots of useful info for planning and recent experiences on Seat61.com.
Hope this helps,