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Monday, 18 February 2008

Thailand the Fabled Country- Satun to Hat Yai

Thailand the Fabled Country- Satun to Hat Yai

The mini bus took two hours from Satun to Hat Yai and left us in the centre of the city. LonelyPlanet Guide mentioned Louis Guest house, Cathay Guest House and there was a Queen's Hotel also, all in the center of the city within walking distance of the train station. However, I had read somewhere about a King's Hotel also and on an impulse asked the tuk-tuk driver to take us there. We passed the Louis Guest House and other hotels on our way to King's Hotel, all are situated in the same area. The hotel turned out to be a friendly place, we were shown three-four rooms and the one we chose was spacious, clean, air-conditioned with a small fridge and with attached shower, overlooking the rooftops of houses. The double room cost Bht400 per night.

Hat Yai is a bustling city, jewelry shops, clothes and shoe shops, big department stores. There were many eating places near the hotel. We took a walk up to the Clock Tower, the place where the mini bus from Satun had dropped us. The road from the hotel to the Clock Tower is full of small stalls, hole-in the wall food stands and every place seemed to be busy. Food forms such an important part of Asian life.

We reached the Clock Tower and I bought a pair of flip-flops as the leather sandals I had brought were killing my feet. There was a market in front but we saw that all the stalls were being shuttered down. It was about seven in the evening. On the other side of the market, near the Songkhla bus station, is the night market, but it started to rain so we took the road back to the hotel. On the way we saw a chinese restaurant which displayed many enticing dishes. So we stopped there and had spicy beef stew, squid in sauce, sweet and sour pork, mixed vegetables and delicious morning glory (spinach like green leaves, diced and sauted). Very tasty food.
Hat Yai is a place to break your journey if you are crossing from Malaysia and want to enjoy the busy city life and eat some food before continuing on your journey. We stayed there two days and then went to Songkhla. (To unwind from our bus journeys as Lonely Planet Guide says).
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