I need the help of the experienced travelers. By the end of March I will have to cross the borders of Thailand and get in Malaysia. I want to go to Kota Bharu ( then Pulau Perhentian). What is(are) the best way(s) to get to Kota Bharu from Thailand? Can I reach Kota Bharu from Songhla (or Hat Yai)? And how? At what costs? How long? Or can I travel safely (see ***) to a frontier town such as Songai Goslok (hotel? if needed) in Thailand and then cross the borders…and are the provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala safe for (occidental) travelers? Pierroro ***: I’m traveling backpack with my wife: we are 2 “young” retires of 60…..and our sole experience of traveling backpack was in Viet Nam, 2 months, in 2004 and this time we are doing Thailand (March)-Malaysia(April)-Indonesia(May).