This is my second time travelling to Hat Yai. The first time, I travelled by train and it was around 15 years ago. I couldn’t remember much because I was too young and it wasn’t that interesting. This time, we travelled by road. The roads starting from Sungai Kolok are amazing. Very good roads, convenient signage and great R&R stops with big 7-elevens, cute coffee shops, bubble tea shops and of course, food courts. It takes around 4 hours of drive and you get to go through Patani. I was there for 1 night and stayed in Centara Hotel Hat Yai. The cheapest room rate is around RM 260 per night and believe me, that’s one of the expensive rooms here in Hat Yai. There are many hotels offering less than RM 200 for a night. Centara Hotel is located in the central area where tuk-tuks are very easy to get to go around. Otherwise, everything is there. You can find hawker stalls serving fried oysters, grilled dried squid, fresh cut fruits, Mango dessert with glutinous rice, 7-eleven, souvenir shopping, foot reflexology massage, Mc Donald’s, Swensens, boots (pharmacy), and so on. The hotel also has this wonderful live band playing classic hits and the food and drinks are very cheap compared to Kuala Lumpur. We visited a lot of markets but next time i’d really like to check out the nature sights such as the waterfalls, beach, and such. This time was more of a shopping trip and at the markets there were things as cheap as 50 Baht, it’s crazy. I also had the luxury of going to Mega Home. It’s like a really big hardware store that makes you want to buy everything you see in there. And the price? again i’m gonna have to say that it’s way cheap compared to Malaysia. Hat Yai, is a very nice place. It’s grown tremendously since the last time I went there. I prefer Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur these days. I would definitely go there again when given the opportunity.
Stopped by the roadside for some fruits.Sunset.Busy streets near Centara Hotel Hat Yai.Huge prawns.
Good Fried Oyster.