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Thailand by Bus (Part 1) – Narathiwat > Pattani > Songkhla

This trip started at Sungai Kolok (Malaysia-Thai border) and ended at Maesai, north of Chiangrai (Thai-Myanmar border). Follow black line in the map.

This trip started at Sungai Kolok (Malaysia-Thai border) and ended at Maesai, north of Chiangrai (Thai-Myanmar border). Follow black line in the map.

Sg Golok - Bangkok express bus travels 1100 km one way.

Sg Kolok - Bangkok express bus manouvering security checkpoint near Pattani. It takes 20 hours to complete 1200 km journey.

This is a trip by bus performed in November 2007, during year-end school holidays. To be exact, from November 17th until November 24th. The plan was then to travel across Thailand literally from the southernmost tip (Sg Kolok – border town Thailand/Malaysia) until northernmost tip (Maesai – border town Thailand/Myanmar) within one week. And we really did that. The idea was mooted by Cikgu Anuar Ibrahim (Guru PK SMK Kg Nyior, Paka, Trg at that time), and made possible by Matlee Tours who claimed he knew Thailand more than Thais themselves.  To Cikgu Anuar, wherever he is now, enjoy your retirement, and sorry I could not post this story of the road earlier. To others on the same bus, hope we can meet again. The world is getting smaller, really.

This is not an independent travel, but assisted by tour operator. So quality of photos and angle of shooting are all compromised. For postings purposes, I have broken down this long trip into smaller parts. Every post or part will start with a main theme photo, probably some writeup and a link to other photos. I hope you enjoy reading these posts. If you have better ideas, you may add comments or email to me at

See link below for pixs on Part 1.

Thailand by Bus (Part 1) – Narathiwat/Pattani/Songkhla


Malaysia > Perak > Ipoh


Thailand by Bus (Part 2) – Bangkok > Pattaya


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