29th of june i am flying to singapore and need to travel by land by coach or train. i have all the information on this but was wondering if anyone had done this sort of journey
This journey will mean you have to pass through the southern Thai provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat or Songkla - all bordering with Malaysia. Many foreign governments advise their citizens NOT to travel overland through these provinces because of a separatist insurrection which results in almost daily reports of gun battles, roadside bomb explosions, violent attacks and beheadings. Although its mainly an issue for locals, tourists have been caught up in these incidents in the past. Targets for past attacks have included railway and bus stations and the Hat Yai airport.The Thai government advises foreigners not to go to this region or travel overland from Malaysia.
I'm assuming you're Australian... your government has a DO NOT TRAVEL alert for the region, which means if you go there your travel insurance will not cover you if you are injured as a result of some incident.
This ongoing dispute doesn't make the western media, but if you check the Bangkok Post online for a week or two you'll be alarmed by the number of reports of extremely violent attacks in those provinces. It's a really dangerous place.
Which is a pity, because I did the train trip Bangkok to Singapore about 20 years ago, before the troubles. The train (then) was modern, clean and efficient, although the air conditioning was turned down to arctic cold! Not sure what it's like now, and I have no intention of finding out. almost 10 years ago
While the above advice is certainly valid, I would like to add two points:
1. The rail line largely bypasses these provinces to the West, as does the main highway 4.
2. If travelling IN these "dangerous" provinces you are still more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than in an attack. almost 10 years ago