A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#41 Post by dwoon » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:17 pm

How about any feedback on the City Navigator Southeastern Asia NT map?

Looks like there's a few countries included in there, Thailand included.

I take it that this map is from ESRI?

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#42 Post by dwoon » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:16 pm

Thanks bro for your Samui writeup. The part about border & ferry crossings will come in very useful since it is my 1st time driving up into Thailand.

BTW, is there any timing for the Malaysia/Thai border operational hours? I'll probably do a stop-over night in Penang (coming from Singapore), then head off early the next day. If they open 24 hours, then it'll be easy. Else gotta time it right to avoid crowds and also avoid waiting for them to open. Can you advise roughtly how long it takes from Penang to the Thai border?

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kentng wrote:I purchase Rot's southern thailand map for my trip.

I found out that the route calculation is a funny, doesn't matter if I use "faster time" or "shortest distance", it just bring me to some small road/lane and zig zag ( The distance and time is actually way longer ) My friend using the same GPS as mine- Garmin 200 and same OS version, his routing is ok and spot on. ( he is using esri map )

End up I rely on the GPS to show my current location and drive on my own routing to the destination.

The naming of the POI also quite different, I guess is a matter of find the right name for it.

I uploaded my road trip at http://www.DriveToThailand.com, please have a look.

Thanks bro cflai, silverbeauty, saijaz77 and others for all the information and pointers.

Next will be Krabi and Phuket.

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#43 Post by ajay » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:21 pm

early morning is advisable. i think the border opens at 8am. u need some insurance coverage for thai road (probably u already get one from s'pore). take padang besar entry. bukit kayu hitam is full of buses & lorries entering thailand. from penang (mainland) probably just around 1.5hrs to the thai border
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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#44 Post by dwoon » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:42 am

Thanks ajay for the feedback.

As a 1st time driver doing the Thai crossing, think I don't have much of a choice but to take Bukit Kayu Hitam. Else are there any other shops at Padang Besar that sells the Thai insurance, plus provide service of the filling in of the forms, etc? If so, appreciate if you could advise.

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#45 Post by ajay » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:20 am

that service can be done at CTC just < 1km after Changloon exit. its on the map. then go back south & take that changloon exit to padang besar. with MSM map, u won't get lost :)
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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#46 Post by dwoon » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:07 am

Thanks ajay.
BTW, do you happen to know what time those insurance shops open?

Let's say if I were to reach the shop at 7am to do the application, before the Thai immigration opens at 8am?

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#47 Post by ajay » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:27 am

yeah it opens early also, not sure what time, since it opens for breakfast :) . i think u pls confirm with yr insurance compny in s'pore coz i'm not so sure s'pore car also can take thai insurance there. maybe someone else got better info?
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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#48 Post by dwoon » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:49 am

My insurance says it is covered till mainland Thailand.

But I think that it is a regulation to purchase that additional Thai insurance, for entry purposes.

Thanks for the pointer.

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#49 Post by dwoon » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:30 am

Errr... just checked... it says covered till peninsular Thailand....

What does this actually mean? Islands like Koh Samui not covered???

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Re: A driving holiday to Ko Samui Island in South Thailand

#50 Post by azzy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:40 pm

Hi Dwoon,

Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration open at 6 am and closed at 11 pm Malaysia time.
You need to buy Thai Insurance which you can purchase from shop along the road leading to the border.

I usually purchase from Chuan Bee Coffee Shop, 24 Pekan Lama 06010 Changlun Kedah Darul Aman Tel 04-924 1368. Its located about 100 metres from Petronas Station (N625.396 E100.25.652) in Changlun town towards border. They also fill up Thai white card for you at RM1 per card.

Its normal practice for visitors to place Rm1 or 2 in their passport before handing their passport to Thailand immigration officer for stamping. Smile as they will take a photo shot of your face before stamping on your passport.

The route I too to Koh Samui were Route 4 - 43 - 4 - 41 - 403 - 4103 - 401 - 4014 - 4142.
Seatran Pier N9 19.232 E99 44.166. There is another ferry pier for Raja ferry.

Hope the info is helpful.

Enjoy your trip.

Cheers

PS: I also stay in Woodlands.

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