we're planning to get to Thailand from Malaysia in about two weeks and we were wondering what was to best way to get in the country. We also want to do a week in southern Thailand then head to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and then come back to Thailand for another week to see the north since we're flying out of Bangkok...would this be a problem?
Emilpeace, overland travel through the FAR southern states of Thailand (those bordering Malaysia) is NOT recommended. In fact several foreign governments put the states of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla on their DO NOT TRAVEL list.
There's a long running campaign for independence and there are DAILY shootings, bombings, machete attacks and abductions. Tourists are not deliberately targeted, but the rebels do target transport hubs, markets and places of business and don't care if tourists are hurt or not. Which makes flying the best option.
Although part of the "southern" region of Thailand, the popular turist destinations such as Phuket, Hua Hin and Koh Samui are NOT affected by this unrest. It's only the states immediately bordering Malaysia.
our tips and hints on Thailand at worldnomads can be found here:
Phil almost 9 years ago