Hitchhiking is one of things that every backpacker should experience at least once during their travels for the real travelling experience. I am not encouraging everyone to hitchhike when travelling as I know that in some countries this would not be safe at all. But if you have the opportunity, you should try it; it really is an unforgettable experience.
Two months ago, I planned to travel around Asia with a very small budget, and continue to travel for two or more years. My travelling has now begun. I visited Cambodia and Thailand before hitchhiking to Malaysia. After two months in Cambodia and Thailand, I had spent almost all of my money. Due to this I didn’t have enough money to buy a ticket for the bus and train to Malaysia. I didn’t want my lack of funds to stop me from travelling and experiencing new things, so I decided to hitchhike to the Thailand/Malaysia border.
I must say that in my experience, it is very easy to hitchhike in Thailand. Most people in rural areas cannot speak English, and they can barely understand where you want to go, so it is very helpful to ask some local friends to write a message in Thai for you in order to direct the driver to your destination – which is exactly what I did!
If you are going to go Malaysia by crossing border, you have to pass Padang border, for me, I stayed in Bangkok so it’s quite far from the border; over 1000km from Bangkok capital. Normally there is a bus and train that travels straight from Thailand (pick up at KhaoSan road) to Malaysia but the ticket is very expensive for the average backpacker on a budget.
Firstly I intended to hitchhike from Bangkok to border but it’s quite difficult to find the way to highway, so I bough a ticket to Hua Hin at local bus terminal for around 250 bath instead of the 400 bath asking price at the travel agency nearby
Hua Hin is a famous beach resort town in Thailand, in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, some 200 km south of Bangkok. It was from there that I hitchhiked over 1000 km before finally reaching Malaysia. My experience hitchhiking showed me a kind side to the people of Thailand. The people I encountered were very kind and willing to help me everywhere I want along the way. I spent almost 24 hours on a big truck to the border. These trucks are a good option for people who want to hitchhike to Malaysia from Thailand, as they can be found pulling up at petrol stations and convenience stores in high numbers.
I found that the most of the vehicles on the Thailand highway were pick-ups and trucks. If you are wishing to visit Hat Yai, keep an eye out for the big transportaton trucks, as you will be sure to find one of them going your way. They deliever cars from Bangkok to Toyota agencies throughout Thailand. If you buy them a coke or some food, they wll let you in, and a day later you will reach Hat Yai
When you are in Hat Yai, find the Sadao highway, it’s not so difficult to find it, then keep going on straight until you meet a bus station. The bus station is located near the police station, on the left side of the road. From there you can either walk 40km wait for the bus. A red bus will arrive at 7:00, and can be quite crowded, but once you are on, you’re not far from reaching Malaysia.
Good luck !!!