Hat Yai hotels cheer direct train from KL

‘ Sawadee Special’ guests delight in benefit of not needing to alter trains at the border

released: 16 Sep 2022 at 19: 51

Malaysian travelers alight from the “Sawadee Special” train from Kuala Lumpur at Hat Yai station on Friday. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

SONGKHLA: Hoteliers in Hat Yai hope an unique, direct train from Kuala Lumpur to the southern financial center on Friday will not be the last.

A direct train from the Malaysian capital would assist stimulate the economy in the southern province as guests would not need to alter trains at the border in Padang Besar, stated Sitthipong Sitthipattaraphapa, chairman of the Hat Yai Songkhla Hotels Association.

KTM Bhd, which runs trains in Malaysia, used the “Sawadee Special” train to commemorate Malaysia Day on Sept16 The 12- cars and truck train left the main station in Kuala Lumpur at 10.10 pm on Thursday for the 440 km journey, reaching Hat Yai at 8.30 am the next day. KTM stated the train brought 386 travelers however Thai authorities put the figure at 402.

Most travelers on the train were travelers who were investing their long vacation weekend in Songkhla or neighbouring provinces as Malaysia Day is a public vacation, according to Thai authorities.

Passengers on the” Sawadee Special “train make the over night journey from KL Sentral, the primary station in Kuala Lumpur, to Hat Yai. (Photo from KTM Berhad Facebook account)

They are set up to go back to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, leaving from Hat Yai at 11.30 am and reaching their last location soon after midnight.

“This is an unique train. If possible, we wish to see routine service. That would be excellent as it would offer train guests a hassle-free method to take a trip to Hat Yai,” Mr Sitthipong stated.

The association stated hotels in Hat Yai were currently totally scheduled from last Wednesday to this coming Sunday by Malaysian travelers commemorating their vacation, and for a conference of Public Health Ministry authorities.

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