Embarking on a spontaneous journey from Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai proved to be an adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns. Originally set on a train expedition, the school holiday rush left us ticketless, but a stroke of luck led us to secure last-minute bus tickets. With a swift booking on the RedBus App, we found ourselves on an Alisan Golden Coach, priced at RM80 per adult.

Our departure night, scheduled for 1:30 am, encountered a hiccup due to traffic, causing our journey to commence at 3 am. Despite the delay, we rolled into the R&R just before the Bukit Kayu Hitam border around 9:30 am. The brief stop allowed us 30 minutes for a delightful breakfast and the acquisition of a local SIM card.

At the Bukit Kayu Hitam-Malaysian Immigration checkpoint, the seamless process took less than 10 minutes. Lugging our luggage along, we crossed into Thailand, reaching the immigration border where only passports were required, sparing us the burden of our bags. The half-hour lineup was a small price for the international transition.

Returning to the bus, we were dropped off at the Alisan Golden Coach office in the heart of Hat Yai. Opting for Grab to reach our accommodation, the peak season and school holidays limited our hotel choices. Fortunately, we secured a spot at Kosit Hotel, which not only welcomed us despite the rush but allowed us to check in as early as 11:30 am at no additional cost. Keep in mind the hotel deposit requirement upon check-in, a minor detail in an otherwise thrilling journey to Hat Yai.

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