I've never really blogged on the details of my journey to Hatyai, so here it is...
Going through the immigration is much easier compared to the immigration at the airport.
In the past, I have always gotten the immigration form (They call it the 'white card') from the money changers at Changloon. In fact, it is easily accessible at the immigration office on the left hand side. Parking is also easy and free while awaiting for our passports to be stamped.
Danok is always famous for pork leg rice. So here it is. I love the sweet and sour chilies.
The chicken kuih chiap along the way.
It tasted like bak kut teh compared to the normal kueh chiap dish.
After lunch, i finally managed to checked in to Wungnoy Hotel.
I would recommend this hotel, as it felt more like a resort than a high densed hotel like Lee gardens or Regency. Thus, parking a car is easy, just that there might be parking lots later in the night.
Since its still early in the afternoon, i went to the big market (parking is 10Baht per hour) and bought some local delicacies like cashew nuts, ikan bilis, and dried longan. And, of course, bought shoes and there are ample of imitations (bags, wallets and etc). I finally found monobo shoes and Kito sandals and it was ~180baht.
Surprisingly when I reached Samila beach, it was very windy. In my previous Countdown trip back in 2010, it was raining thus, i didn't really manage to walk around the place.
Not only it had the famous mermaid, but it also had another cat and rat statue, representing the cat and rat Island.
And there are also horse rides, and more food/souvenir stalls available.
I remembered coconut ice cream was more tasty 5 years ago.
I forgot to ask them to remove the pulut rice. Very sweet for my liking.
It's really late and hurried back to Klonghae Floating Market. Traffic was better on my way back, but the journey was really long (> 30 mins to Samila beach from town).
I bought another coconut ice cream. This time, I'm smarter. I told her I only wanted the ice cream and nuts. Nothing. No extras please. :)
I bought this because of the mandarin duck clay. :)
It was too crowded and late that I seriously didn't had time to walk around :(
But i believe we can spend a few hours for a good dinner and souvenir shopping.
For dinner, I went to a shop next to Wungnoy hotel.
The tomyam was extremely spicy and I was literally burning from inside out.
I thought Minced meat with basil leaves would taste good, but I think I probably like the one from Khun Thai.
Seriously, it was really good, and the drinks were cheap compared to Penang.
Besides, Thai and English songs, they even sing hokkien, mandarin and Cantonese songs despite that the pronunciation is not accurate.
It was an eye opener to me looking at the patrons. The ladies over there were open and daring, and the men can really sing and dance well... As for me, I sat quietly and enjoy the show :D :D
Late at night; tried the steamed egg from 7-11. I wish I have more tummy space for more food!
The next morning, we went for the famous dimsum + bak kut teh, which resembles like Chinatown.
Right after dimsum and checking out, I headed to Lee gardens /central area for shopping.
Not forgetting the nearby foot massage parlour.
Then it was, the place I have never been - Central Festival.
I find that the mall is almost like one in big cities like bangkok or chiangmai.
So, I would say, we can go hatyai for real thai experience now!
Very very lovely photo taking corners!
My trip ended with makro and tesco shopping - groceries shopping, snacks that we hardly see in Penang, or at a higher price.
OMG, this post was like 2 years ago, and now I decided to publish it now -27-Oct-2017. Well, better late than never. Now, I feel like visiting hatyai again, after more than a year...