Saturday 14 March 2020

Hat Yai II Day 1: The Three Hat Yai

We had booked this trip way before the COVID-19 outbreak hit home in Singapore. On the day of our flight to Hat Yai, there was no advisory against travel to Thailand, hence we decided to go ahead with the trip as planned.

Kids playing at the playground in Terlingminal 1
My very active littlest baby girl is now a toddler exploring the world! 
She's got such a good big sister to take care of her that I get to chillax at the corner chit chatting with the mum-in-law

Of all the playgrounds in transit, the kids love this one at Terminal 1 the most!

The plane to Hat Yai was surprisingly not as empty as we had expected. However, the flight departed earlier than scheduled and we arrived at Hat Yai International Airport earlier than expected.

Hat Yai International Airport

This is our second trip to Hat Yai. When we visited Hat Yai previously, we stayed at Centara Hotel. This time, however, we decided to stay at a new boutique hotel known as The Three Hat Yai.

The Three Hat Yai
(Address: 128/4 Nipatuthit3 Road, Hat Yai, Thailand 90110)

The hubby booked two Deluxe Double (King Bed) rooms (without breakfast) for our family of 6, which cost us approximately $84 per room per night.

The king bed in one of the rooms
Very small lounging area, with a table that is too small for our meals but we made do with it
Left: Safe and side table;
Right: Open wardrobe next to the toilet. 
Toilet with the sink outside
(fair warning, the frosted glass is very deceiving, people can still see you from outside if you stand too near it!)

As a small boutique hotel, The Three does not provide buffet breakfast like other bigger hotels do. Instead, they provide complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea at their Lounge at Level 2.

Complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea at their Lounge
Cozy little space to hang out
We enjoyed having a nice place to chill before and after our shopping

We headed to the nearest mall, Odean Mall, for lunch and some shopping! Our family's favourite braised pork rice, Bang-Rak Stewed Pork Leg, can be found at the food court at the top floor of Odean Mall.

It's a hidden jem I discovered by accident during our last trip and since then, the mum-in-law has been craving for it! Despite having visited so many cities in Thailand and even Malaysia, none of the braised pork rice we had tried has ever come close to this one! It is by far the best braised pork rice ever! 😀

We are willing to fly all the way to Hat Yai just for this!

I'm not even kidding when I say we eat this for lunch everyday and packed a lot back to Singapore! You really must try it if you visit Hat Yai! 😋

At the end of the day, we had dinner at one of the restaurants near Centara Hotel.

Yummy seafood for dinner 😋

Can never get enough of Thai food 😋

I have to say, the streets of Hat Yai Chinatown, usually bustling with activity on a Saturday, were unusually quiet this time. Taxis and tut tuts were literally begging for passengers. We felt really sad for the people and were glad to contribute just a little bit to them by shopping, eating and taking Grab everywhere 😄

Look forward to more shopping and eating tomorrow!

Continue to >> Hat Yai II Day 2-3: Pruksa Park


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