Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hat Yai Day 6-7: Departure & My Reflections

DAY 6

It's our 6th day at Hat Yai and the only day where we actually felt like booking a 7-day trip to Hat Yai was a bad idea!" *laughs*

We basically did whatever we did on first few days where we shopped, ate and did our massages (read more details on what we did on Day 1 and 2 as well as Day 3 and 4).

Centara Roti Corner has the best teh tarik in the area but it's not cheap! I had my teh everyday nonetheless because I can't do without my tea every morning!
They also offer roti prata (they don't call it that though)
Lee Garden Plaza Health Massage
Private room for myself since I was alone

I'm really going to miss the massages here!! Cheap and good!!

For our final dinner in Hat Yai, we had a big seafood feast at The Nest restaurant, the same seafood restaurant that we ate at two nights ago.

Big Fish Big Meat! 😁
Seafood tang hoon

We decided to order freshwater giant prawns, which are so expensive in Singapore!

This was actually our dish we ordered yesterday (that's why it looks different than the dish below).
We loved it so much that we ordered it again today!
Yummy and juicy giant prawns! 
Close up of its goodness 😋

It was our most expensive meal of the trip but so worth it! Definitely recommended for the seafood lover!

Ended the night with one last shot of our family in matching t-shirts/tank tops


DAY 7

It was finally time for us to head back to Singapore and reality. We booked a mini van taxi from our hotel (at the lobby) for 800 baht.

In our comfortable Airport Transfer to the airport

The first thing we did on arrival is to complete the goods inspection in order to get our VAT Refund. Don't forget to do this BEFORE immigration.

VAT Refund counter for goods inspection and stamp

After we got our documents stamped, we proceeded through the only gate for international departures (it's a small airport).

International Departures
With my babies in matchy-matchy t-shirts


Our flight back to Singapore was supposed to be at 2.40pm but because it was a small airport, everyone had arrived and boarded the plane by 2pm. The plane then departed from the airport earlier than expected!

Excited to board our Scoot plane back home
Goodbye Hat Yai International Airport

Home sweet home!


My Reflections:

All in all, it was an awesome trip! We had a good time and didn't even need to spend a lot of money doing so. Food, massages, and shopping were affordable and definitely much cheaper than Bangkok. Most of the people in Hat Yai can speak simple English, Mandarin or Malay (because it's located so close to Malaysia) so you'll have no problems with communication.

We will definitely be back!


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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Hat Yai Day 5: Magic Museum, Tang Kuan Hill & Samila Beach

For our day tour around Songkhla today, we booked a private car from our hotel for 3000 baht (9.30am to 6pm).

In our 7-seater Toyota Fortuner

Our first stop was the Magic Eye 3D Museum, approximately 10 minutes from Centara Hotel.

Magic Museum
(Address: Kho Hong, Hat Yai District, Songkhla 90110)

The Magic Eye 3D Museum also houses a magic show performance, which you can purchase as a 2-in-1 ticket. We decided to get the ticket without the magic show at 400 baht per adult.

This interactive TV screen freaked the hell out of my boy when it went from pretty to scary ugly in just 1 minute!
Our family photo
(poor boy was still crying from being scared) 

Magic Eye 3D Museum has the same concept as Trick Eye Museum, which we had visited at RWS 3 years ago. Visitors get to be part of and take pictures with the 3D art.

Initially we couldn't take many photos as there was a large crowd of people blocking us. However, it was soon time for the magic show to begin so everyone headed for the theatre, leaving the museum empty for us to take pictures freely with no obstruction! Best decision to not go for the magic show!

Having fun interacting with the art
Picking eggs 🥚
With the Russian matryoshka dolls
Left: Stuck in a bubble;
Right: Sitting on a roller coaster with Mr Bean & Marilyn Monroe.
Love this picture of our family! So colour-coordinated!
My mermaid girl
Within a gigantic octopus 🐙 
Left: Bamboo-climbing with an incredulous Po from Kung Fu Panda;
Right: OMG there's a dinosaur!
(Hubby kept trying to feed the boy into its mouth)
Left: In the hands of King Kong!;
Right: Balancing at the edge of a cliff!
My favourite back drop! So fun!
Found a ledge to take this photo using my camera's timer function

After we had enough fun with taking pictures, we headed to the next destination, Chang Puak Camp.

Chang Puak Camp
(Address: Thung Yai, Khlong Hae, Amphoe Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110)
There's activities like archery, shooting, A TV and elephant trekking

The bro- and sister-in-law wanted to ride the Elephant at 500 baht per person but the queue was simply too long (1.5 hours!!). The price was also way too expensive as compared to Phuket (read about our experience in Phuket here).

We also found the ATV rides at 500 baht per person way more expensive than Phuket. We thought that our time would be better spent at our next destination.

We travelled for about 20-30 minutes to get to Tang Kuan Hill.

Tang Kuan Hill
(Address: Bo Yang, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90000)

Similar to our experience riding an inclined train to the peak of Penang Hill, we had to ride an Inclined Lift to the top of Tang Kuan Hill. It only cost us 30 baht per adult and 20 baht per child below 120cm (children above 120cm are considered adults).

Waiting for the lift to arrive
Going up in the inclined lift

At the top of Tang Kuan Hill, we were greeted by beautiful views of Songkhla.

Tang Kuan Hill Top
Family photo at one of the lookouts
Blue skies and crystal clear waters

Tang Kuan Hill is also famous for the Love Locks, similar to the Love Padlock Trees we saw at Mt Namsan in Seoul. The concept of Love Locks is simple. Two persons pledge their love, secure their lock and throw away the key to symbolise that their love will last forever.

You would have to bring your own locks as no one seems to be selling any. Perhaps because no one is bothered with hanging locks either!

Love Locks
Hang your locks here
You can also ring the 'Love' bell!
Only us because the kids refused to take a proper picture with us caption

The heat from the sun made it unbearable to stay too long at the summit so we headed back down to the ground.

Going back down!

An ice cold ice-cream is exactly what we needed on a hot day like this!

Coconut ice cream in a coconut
So yummy!!!

We travelled to nearby Songkhla City to visit the famous Samila Beach.

Songkhla City

There was horse-riding by the beach at 150 baht per person! Initially we wanted the kids to try it but they were too scared to ride alone (only 1 rider per horse). In the end, only the in-laws went because they have never tried it before (hubby and I had done it previously).

Boarding the mini horses
A hat was lent to the lucky brother-in-law to wear to shield him from the sun
Mum-in-law's first time on a horse
Beautiful day to ride on horse back on the beach

After they had returned, we went to check out the Golden Mermaid Statue, the main tourist attraction of Samila Beach and Songkhla City.

Golden Mermaid Statue at Samila Beach
(Address: Bo Yang, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90000)

There were so many people crowding around the statue that we decided not to take a picture up close!

After shopping around the area, we decided that it was time for lunch. Our driver highly recommended Sirada Restaurant, complimenting it to be the best seafood restaurant in Songkhla!

Sirada Restaurant
(Address: 8/2 ม.2 ต.เกาะยอ อ.เมือง จ.สงขลา เมือง Songkhla 90100, Thailand)
My boy was grumpy because he was forced to take this photo while he was hungry haha! 
Clockwise from left: I think this was otah in coconut, can't remember. All I remember was that it was so good!;
Fried tang hoon with prawns;
Classic tom yam soup. 
My family's favourite fried egg and grilled giant prawns

Our seafood lunch cost us 2155 baht, pretty value for money if you ask me! And since the restaurant was on a Kelong, we were treated to beautiful views of the sea while dining =)

The view of the sea and Kelongs from the restaurant

We had wanted to visit another museum but a last minute emergency took up some time and we had to forgo the museum visit.

Our driver suggested that we visit Klong Hae Floating Market instead as it was on the way back to our hotel. Although we had already visited the floating market the day before, we decided to heed the advice of our driver and visit again since the bro- and sister-in-law has not visited yet. 

Back at Klong Hae Floating Market

We ended the day with yet another seafood meal at The Nest, the same restaurant as the day before.

It was such a fun and memorable day! 😁


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