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Old March 19th, 2009, 07:09 PM   #21
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Pengkalan Hulu

Pengkalan Hulu, formerly known as Kroh or Keroh, is a town within Hulu Perak district, in northern Perak, Malaysia bordering Thailand and also the state of Kedah. The nearest town on the Thai side is Betong in Yala province.

Although described as a border town, Pengkalan Hulu is 7km from the actual border which is located at Bukit Berapit, where the Malaysian customs, immigration and quarantine station is located.




Betong, Thailand

Betong (Thai: เบตง) is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, near the boundary to Malaysia. It is the capital of Betong district, the southernmost district of Yala Province. As of 2005, the town has a population of 24,688.

Betong is the southernmost town of Thailand. Across the Malaysia-Thailand border by the Keroh pass is the state of Perak.
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http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&hl=e...,0.014462&z=16

Google Maps link showing the Bukit Berapit customs, immigration and quarantine post (left) and the Thai checkpoint to the right.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 03:34 PM   #29
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Where is Betong?

It is located in the south of Thailand. Very near to the border of Thailand and Malaysia.




Why Betong?

Although Betong is only a small town, there are a few reasons which I find it worth riding there at least once.

- It is nearer to Singapore than Hatyai
- The World Largest Mailbox is there
- The ONLY vehicle tunnel in the kingdom is in Betong
- There are many nice waterfalls
- There is a natural Hotspring.
- There is this historical tunnel dug up by the communist 1km long through the
mountain which is worth a visit.
- It is located in the mountain area so you will get nice scenery while riding to all the
interesting places.
- In order to get there, you will need to go on the "Gerik Highway" in Malaysia which
you will get good scenery too.

Most importantly
- Since it is located very near to the borders of Thailand and Malaysia, You get the best of both countries. For example,

- There are many Malays and Chinese locals. Indians too, although not alot.

- You will find both Chinese and Muslim food there besides the Thai food.

- Believe it or not Most of the Thai can either speak Malay & Thai or they can speak
chinese, cantonese and Thai. Of course, some of them can speak English.

- If you are a Chinese, the local be it Chinese or Thai will most of the time speak
cantonese to you as they will think that you are from Malaysia.

- If you are a Malay, the local be it Chinese or Thai will most of the time speak Malay
to you, as they will also think you are from Malaysia.

- Most of the hotel staffs are as mention above.

So there is NO Language Barrier!!
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Malaysia side town border
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Overall map of Betong, Yala Province, South Thailand



Important Phone Numbers of Yala Province




Note: These are on the boards between the immigration of Malaysia and Thailand. So dont worry about not having them. Just reach there, take out ur digicam and snap it down. There you have it.


Betong town map 1




Accommdation
6. Cathay Hotel
8. Fah un Rung Hotel
11. Sri Betong Hotel
15. Sri Betong hotel (2nd building)
19. Betong Merlin Hotel (underground carpark with security guard)
Note: there are many other hotels around which are not reflected on this map.

Eat and Meet
3. Central market
4. Noodle shops
5. Thai curry restaurant
9. Mee curry shop
10. Seafood Restaurant(evening only)
12. Curry shop
16. Ta Yern Restaurant
17. Karaoke Bars
20. Karaoke Bars
21. Dim sum Restaurant
Note: There are many other Karaoke around and they will be open in the afternoon.

Attractions and Activities
1. Super Giant Mailbox(World biggest)
13. Blue Mosque
23. Clock tower
26. Hilltop sala and shine

Transport
7. Minibus to Hatyai
18. Thai office
24. Taxi to Yala

Vital information
2. Kasikorn bank
14. Post office
22. Tourist Office
Note: There are many ATM arounds, so no worries. You just have to find it. Its all near the market area.

other
25. Mongkolrit Tunnel


Betong town map 2

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At the Thai immigration, you will have to park you bike at the side and walk to do the necessary. It is unlike Malaysia immigration where there is a drive through. There is no drive through at the Thai immigration.

You will need to go to this small office where you will show them your bike log card and they will reg your bike to ride in thai. Make sure they sign on this reg paper. Keep this paper well cause you will need to return it to them went you leave Thai. If you lose it, there will be a fine and you will need to make police report( if I am not wrong). You will also need to pay 20baht. Than you will go and fill in the Thai white card. After that, walk to the normal counter, show them you got all these and they will stamp your passport and you can now cross.

Note: you will only need to pay 20baht once. Either at the bike Reg office or at the counter where they stamp your passport.

Malaysia Border





Park your bike at the side at Thai immigration





Some other photos at the Thai Border








Road leading to Betong town


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View of Betong








Remember that I mention you will find Chinese, Muslim and Thai food? Here we have Chinese Wanton Mee, barley with Muslim BBQ meat and Thai Style BBQ.




Note: The MUST try food here is the MEE CURRY(Betong speciality) and THE DIM SUM along Chayachaowalit Rd(Best in Town).


Oh ya... be careful while riding along the road to the Betong town as you will see this sleeping in the middle of the road.






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Places of interest

The Blue Mosque







The MongKolLit tunnel

To lessen the transportation problem in Betong, especially from the downtown to Aiyerberjang rd of a new established communtity, the ONLY vehicle tunnel in Thailand then was constructed. 268m long, 9m high, 7m wide. It was open on Jan 2001. Speed limit is 60km/hr. It became a tourist spot as it is the ONLY vehicle tunnel in the kingdom.






The MongKolLit tunnel with the Hilltop Sala and Shrine

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The Buddha Dhiwas Temple

Its Pagoda of 39m width and 39.9m height, equally to a 13-story building, was constructed on a hill. Created in the applied art of Srivijaya, the pagoda is the most BEAUTIFUL and LARGEST in the south.







View from the top of the pagoda




The World Largest MailBox

Situated at the zone of the Clock Tower intersection which is the center of Betong. It was coinsrtucted of reinforced-concrete in a red cylinder of which has a base of 240cm at length and a height of 320cm. It is still in service as a normal mailbox till today.

p/s: You can compare the size of my bike to the mailbox.





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The communist tunnel, one of the waterfall and the hotspring is located seperately at these 3 chinese village namely "YOU YI CHUN", "ER CHUN" and "SHAN CHUN" respectively.

You will bypass "Shan Chun" first than "Er Chun" and than "You Yi Chun".

Note: Shan Chun, Er Chun and You Yi Chun(friendship village) is sometime known to the local chinese as 3th village, 2nd village and 1st village

The Hotspring at "Shan Chun"







The way to "Er Chun"











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The most interesting is the You Yi Chun where the Piyamit tunnel aka Communist tunnel is located.

Note: Both Er Chun and You Yi Chun are located in the mountains.

Road up to You Yi Chun & Its surrounding views







Enterance of You Yi Chun




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Enterance of the Piyamit tunnel. You have to pay a enterance fee. Small amount and its worth it.




A little history of the Piyamit Tunnel






What is the tunnel use for?

Safe from bombing







Digging of tunnel





Look at the way they contain the smoke while cooking. It cant be seen from the top. Very Clever.




Activities in the tunnel and life of the soldiers.






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To get to the tunnel, you have to climb a long flight of stairs



Along the way




For hanging clothes





Guard Post




Messing Area ( Eating and cooking area)





Actual tunnel enterance







Inside the tunnel








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Ventilation hole




Steps within the tunnel






One of the exits





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