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Thailand to Singapore by land with a stop in Sri Lanka

From Bangkok to Singapore overland via Malaysia with a stopover to see family in Sri Lanka


Duleepa Wijayawardhana

March 31, 2024

Sri Lanka

Another quick visit to visit my mum and family in Sri Lanka. This time we took her for a small day pilgrimage to the Buddhist holy site of Anuradhapura (Ruwanvelisaya). My sister-in-law was also able to find us a traditional dance show by the students of the arts faculty at the University of Colombo. Was quite the shock to be one of the honoured guests and open the show which also doubled as practice for each year's finals.


Our trip took us from Bangkok to the town of Chumphon via train. What we had not anticipated was that most train tickets are sold well in advance. We were lucky to score a couple of tickets. I would highly advise arranging and organizing beforehand. From Chumphon to Koh Tao Island by ferry -- prepare for a bumpy ride, people leaving the ferry with plastic bags are not walking out with party favours. From Koh Tao we visited Surat Thani -- highly recommend the night market -- followed by a night train to the Malaysian border.


From the Malaysian border we took a normal train to Penang Butterworth and took the quick ferry to stay at Georgetown. Since this was still technically the Lunar New Year, decorations were plentiful, the food magnificent. From Georgetown, we bussed to Kuala Lumpur -- normally 5 hours, but prepare for very bad traffic and ten hours. The buses, however, are extremely comfortable and stop along the way. From a short visit to KL we hopped the last bus to Singapore.


Our final destination on this tour of South East Asia, Singapore did not disappoint with its magnificent Gardens By The Bay, food in Chinatown and Little India and colourful Lunar New Year festivities.

We will come back again!

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