We wanted to visit Samila beach, in Songkhla (some 40+ km away) for Xmas and decided to have a hearty breakfast (not the frightful spread at the hotel, thank you). Hopped on a tuk-tuk and off we went!
|It was drizzling slightly|
|Despite the late night, they looked fresh|
|Paying for the fare (20Bt per person)|
The tuk-tuk driver recommended this heavily tourist-populated Bak Kut Teh shop (7° 0' 9.00", 100° 28' 32.50").
|Again, don't know the name of the shop (along Lamai Songkroh as well)|
|Both my darlings looking fresh and alert, thanks to the BKT|
|If only you could smell the herbs!|
|It all cost about 300+Bt|
Then it was off to Samila beach to visit the bronze mermaid. Hopped on another tuk-tuk that took us to the Hat Yai's bus terminal (6° 59' 46.50", 100° 28' 55.50"). After some enquiring we figured out which bus to take to Songkhla.
|The 'minibus' to Songkhla|
|Enjoying the music blaring at us|
Upon arriving at Songkhla, this sculpture caught my eye.
|Can anyone tell us what this means?|
Then it was a hop on a tuk-tuk to Samila Beach (7° 12' 55.00", 100° 35' 40.75"), can hardly wait!
|The Mermaid's plaque explaining her history|
|We've only ever seen her in magazines|
|and here she is in the 'flesh'!|
|Brendan looking pretty smug|
|At the other end of the beach was another cluster of bronze statues|
|The Cat and the Mouse|
|There's an interesting story behind the monument|
|Ahh.. like father, like son!|
|Buying some tid-bits|
|Leaving Samila beach|
On our return to Hat Yai, we managed to squeeze a spot of shopping at the Plaza market.
|Clothes here were decidedly cheaper|
Then it was back to the hotel, we went to a cafe at Lee Gardens Plaza for lunch.
|No prizes for guessing the name of the cafe, eh?|
|We were absolutely famished|
|Wonder why Cat had such a devilish look|
|and the cafe mocha was to die for (only 55Bt)|
|Waiting for our orders to arrive|
|Finally.. feed me!|
|How we wished Chesters would set up shop in Malaysia|
We went back to our hotel room to rest, we were absolutely knackered that we slept for a few hours. That night, due partly to exhaustion and Brendan's insistance, we had dinner at McDonalds.
|Brendan had fried chicken instead, smart boy|
|We had a Santarina serve us, merry Xmas!|
Outside McDonalds, Xmas was very much in the air and the mood was festive.
|Hello St Nick!|
|Brendan said this Santa Claus wasn't 'round' enough|
|There were even Xmas carollers adding to the merry making|
We went to bed pretty early, determined to make tomorrow an all out gallivanting day.