From train to tuk tuk to van
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Finally arrived at Padang Besar, the last station in Malaysia where we had to disembark and went through the immigration. There was nothing there except a small cafeteria. After 45 minutes, we all went back on board and off we go to Thailand!
The train arrived in Hat Yai at around 930am and I went straight to buy my shuttle ticket to Phuket. The shuttle bus was about 4km away from the train station and I took the Tuk Tuk to get there. I was charged THB 150, which probably a rip off but I just wanted to get out of there ASAP. The language barrier was worse than I imagined. When I ask for directions and get my huge map out, most of the times the locals just gather around and chit chatting amongst themselves leaving me confused. I'm Malay and I look the same as Thai and they just start talking to me in Thai until I give them a puzzled look, then they would stop and giggle away.
The Tuk Tuk was pretty nice, but only if it's not crowded at the back. Finally I was on the shuttle to Phuket at around 1030am. The shuttle took about 6 hours and cost THB 360. We stopped a few times along the way to eat and the food was awesome!
Got the motorcycle as soon as I got there and went straight to my host's place in Chalong. After almost 24 hours of travelling, I slept like a baby.