Destination: Bangkok… (Part 2, The Schemes)

As I said before, I’ll post the travel schemes from Jakarta to Bangkok in this blogpost.

Scheme 1
Means of Transportation: Airplane
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-BKK-CGK (IDR 2,415,000 or approx. USD 270)

The scheme that will be preferred by the most pampered travelers. Providing instant access from Jakarta-Bangkok, of course with quite a hefty price. Please note that I’ll use AirAsia as standard, and the airfares are taken from their site with flight plan from July 21-27, 2010. For those who’s not familiar with IATA code, CGK is Jakarta, Indonesia; and BKK is Bangkok, Thailand.

Scheme 2
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Bus
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-HKT (IDR 488,000)
Bus, HKT-BKK (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,986,000 or approx. USD 221

HKT is Phuket, Thailand. Less pricey, but note that the airfare in this scheme hasn’t included airport taxes. The bus fare actually varies from THB 500-1000 depending on the class. I recommend getting a 1st Class (starts from THB 600) since it has toilet in the bus. The trip from Phuket to Bangkok take around 12-14 hours, I don’t think I’ll be well without a toilet. You can see the timetables for bus in OneStopPhuket. Just now, I found another site with different fares tho quite the same timetables, check PhuketNet.

Scheme 3
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Bus
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-HKT-CGK (IDR 1,161,000)
Bus, HKT-BKK (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
Bus, BKK-HKT (THB 626 or approx. IDR 180,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,521,000 or approx. USD 170

This time I use a round-trip flight to and from Phuket, and use bus from Bangkok to Phuket (vv). The main disadvantage is you must add 24+ hours to your schedule because of the bus. There is a good possibility for round trip flights that the airfare has included airport tax.

Scheme 4
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-KUL (IDR 299,000)
Train, KUL-PEN (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 2,044,000 or approx. USD 230

PEN is Penang, Malaysia. This time I put train into consideration. From the KL airport, go to KL Sentral station, then board Train No.8 which goes to Bukit Mertajam. The KL-Bukit Mertajam departs at 21:10 and takes some 8 hours of ride. So I pick a fare for a 2nd-Class sleepers, in which you can spend the night sleeping on berth, rather than sleeping on a seat. From Bukit Mertajam you have to go to Butterworth (some 11 miles from Bukit Mertajam). Then take Train No.36 from Butterworth to Bangkok Hualamphong Station. This ride will take 20+ hours, fortunately they got 2nd-Class sleepers (tho it is the only kind of seat they have in the train). Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth are in Penang area so I stated them as PEN in the travel breakdown. I compiled the infos from Seat61.com.

Scheme 5
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-KUL-CGK (IDR 299,000)
Train, KUL-PEN (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, BKK-PEN (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, PEN-KUL (RM 43 or approx. IDR 125,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,563,000 or approx. USD 175

Another round-trip flight. The scheme that takes the longest traveling time. On the way back from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, take Train No.35 from Bangkok Hualamphong Station to Butterworth. It departs around 14:45 and the ride takes almost 24 hours. Then go from Butterworth to Bukit Mertajam and board Train No.7, which departs to KL Sentral around 20:40 and takes some 8 hours of ride.

Scheme 6
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-PEN (IDR 199,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
AirAsia, BKK-CGK (THB 4,481 or approx. IDR 1,300,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,819,000 or approx. USD 205

Almost the same as Scheme 5, but it takes less time traveling, thus costs more. Please note that you must go from Penang Airport to Butterworth first, then proceed like written in Scheme 5.

Scheme 7
Means of Transportation: Airplane, Train
Travel Breakdown:
AirAsia, CGK-PEN-CGK (IDR 538,000)
Train, PEN-BKK (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Train, BKK-PEN (RM 112 or approx. IDR 320,000)
Total Cost = IDR 1,178,000 or approx. USD 131

Another round-trip flight. The cheapest scheme I’ve constructed. Just follow the steps in Scheme 5 for the train travel.

Well, there you have it. My Seven Destination: Bangkok Traveling Scheme. SoNEs (mind you, SoNEs are the first reason I posted this) and travelers who’re from Singapore or Malaysia could see Scheme 4-7, minus the air travel tho. I know it’s not perfect since I don’t calculate other expenses such as foods, drinks, buses or taxi between places (e.g. Butterworth-Bukit Mertajam), possible accommodations along the road, and the accommodations in Bangkok itself. But I do hope that these schemes could at least be a rough guideline to travel to Bangkok.

And if any of you SoNEs are reading this, I do hope that we meet at SNSD Bangkok Concert on July 24, 2010.

Best Regards,
Yvan Christian a.k.a. meneer_van_kodoq

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5 comments

  1. poldun lalu lintas · April 20, 2010

    mending kerja part time 2 bulan udh cukup duit bwt tiket pesawat.. 😛

    • cyanthrisvain · April 21, 2010

      ini mo kerja part time ke abah de…ahahha…

  2. Andi Arief · April 23, 2010

    Allo……

    Mau backpackeran bareng nggak…….

    Maklum gwa baru ke Thailand……

    Asal Gwa dari Pangkalpinang….

    GWA SERIUS!!!!……

    But, gwa blom dapet tiket Konser Soshinya….

    NO. HP gwa 081368888341

    • cyanthrisvain · April 27, 2010

      waduh brur, skema gw ga ada di sini…beda sendiri…gw make skema rahasia…hehehe…

  3. Yayuk Sri · July 18, 2010

    Just blogwalking in a nice weekend…

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