Not about Krabi or Phuket but going further down the south near the Malaysian-Thailand border. Taking an adventure to discover the underrated town/state and also explore the hidden gems of Hat Yai and Songkhla.
(HAT YAI )
Hat Yai Backpacker Hostel,
Located at a quiet street, not a backpacker destination. Hat Yai isn’t as backpackers friendly as there are only a couple of hostel that could be found here. Overall, I had a good stay here with friendly frontdesk, comfy bed (although no air-con) and free breakfast provided as well.
Walked through the streets of Hat Yai for 45 mins and came across a temple. I went and checked out the architectural and statues around here.
Walked back to the hostel and came across a cafe. The concept was unique and its very special to see something like this out of nowhere in Hat Yai. From a quiet street to an urban change. Sit back, chill and enjoy the coffee here.
Hat Yai Central Night Market,
Located at the heart of Hat Yai, the night market has plenty to offer from clothing to food. One of the main highlights here was the street food like birds, prawns, cheesy sausage and many more. The stall are run by the muslim and most are able to speak the malay language.
Took a 20 baht songthaew to Songkhla from Hat Yai from the clocktower which took around 30-45mins. A friendly driver show us around with locals joining the ride along the way adding the vibe of living the local lifestyle.
A famous beach among the locals here. Its a recreational place for the weekends with families. There is also statue of the golden mermaid to signify the city of Songkhla. Ko Nu (Rat Island) and Ko Meao (Cat Island) are perhaps the most well-known symbol of Songkhla province, both islands are located off the shore of the beach. According to the legend, a dog, a cat, and a mouse, traveling on a Chinese sampan stole the merchant’s magic crystal and tried unsuccessfully to swim ashore and drowned. The mouse and cat became the islands in the Songkhla Lake while the dog died on the shore and became the hill called Tang Kuan near the bay.
Tang Kuan Kuan Hill,
Took a 30 baht life up the hill.
There was a great aerial view from the top of the hill of Songkhla. Cat & Rat island could be seen too. Love locks are also located here for visitor to contribute to the collections.I also had the opportunity to see the thai wedding in their traditional costumes having their photoshoot here
The Birthplace of the 16th Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda. Admission is free.The tourist information centre is at the entrance of the museum. Guided tour to the museum will be given by the tourist information centre personnel.
Songkhla coconut ice cream,
The classic ice cream where you could see the originality.For just 50 baht, enjoy the REAL coconut ice cream by the street stall aunties.