From Georgetown, I got the (free) morning ferry across to Butterworth, then buses up to Padang Besar. Walked 1KM to the border and across to Thailand. Got a bus to Hat Yai (where I planned to sleep). But, upon arrival, for no particular reason, I just decided to go straight to the train station and see if there was a train to Bangkok. There was one waiting, so I jumped on and awoke in Bangkok the next day. The following day I read that 5 bombs had exploded in Hat Yai.