Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Xmas 2008 @ Hat Yai Day 1

This hotel is pretty popular among Malaysians


Reached Hat Yai at about 10AM, and was pleasantly surprised that the hotel (E100° 28' 17.7" N7° 0' 19.7") allowed us to check in early!


Early check-in, cool!


After a quick wash-up, we went downstairs to the local (and only?) McDonalds.


Very Xmassy!
Friendly service with the famous Siamese smile
Cat was excited to see what's on the menu
Brendan (who's not a morning person) was also suitably excited


After breakfast we went back to our hotel room to rest and freshen up. I guess we overslept coz we only woke up at 1:00PM. After showering, we went down and headed to the KBES office (7° 0' 22.00", 100° 28' 18.00") just across the street to buy our return bus tickets.


The KBES office next to the hotel

After buying our return tickets, the first tuk-tuk driver we saw recommended us to go see the Plaza Market.



The Plaza Market
A good place to buy all things Thai

We were too tired to shop and a bit hungry, so we hopped on another tuk-tuk with instructions to the driver to take us to a tom yam shop.



Why don't they have tuk-tuks in Malaysia? Brendan asks..

The tuk-tuk driver took us here (
7° 0' 1.75", 100° 28' 32.75").


Rose-E Son
Had a hard time ordering coz we barely spoke Thai
Can you smell the aroma wafting?
Yummy!
Brendan preoccupied with the drinking water which he says tastes better
Wonderful authentic tom yam
Check out the squids
Brendan's eating rice! (pretty amazing, since he's usually aversed to rice)
All this cost about 500+Bt, a bit pricey
If anyone's interested, here's the address

We went back to Lee Gardens Plaza and walked around when we stumbled on this tattoo shop.


Artsmaker Tattoo Parlour


I've always wanted a tattoo of my name in Mandarin (Rén[仁] Lù [祿]) and after some discussion I went ahead! A few hours later and this was this result.



Check it out!
Dunno if I'm smiling or grimacing in pain?
Told him he can have a tattoo once he grows hair on his chest!

There are a bevy of street vendors plying their trade along the street in front of our hotel. Lots of things to see (and eat) at night. Our dinner awaits..



Ooo.. Cat found her fav glutinous rice with mango
This stall caught our eye
We couldn't resist, could you blame us?
Brendan had porridge
Cat had mee hoon soup
Check it out
And we had this for dessert

All in all, each bowl cost us 50Bt. We later learned it was quite expensive, but since it was located right in front of the hotel I guess it was the price we had to pay for convenience.


We all hit the sack pretty early, but I had a fitful night with the tattoo still fresh and sore.


Can hardly wait for tomorrow and what it holds for us.

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