22 December 2009

Xmas 2009 @ Hat Yai Day 2

Took a walk in the morning to the market nearby (Gim Yong or Kim Yong, not too sure about the pronounciation).  On the way, we stumbled upon this quaint traditional house.


Looks like a typical Malaysian kampung house

We were amazed by how clean Gim Yong market (7° 0' 30.75", 100° 28' 9.00") was, not the grimy wet markets in Malaysia.

Clean streets and walkways
And just what is he selling?
Going walkabout

We had breakfast there, found a shop selling local cakes and such.

Sorry, didn't have my flash on me

Then it was a bout of shopping at the Plaza market.

Clothes galore
Handbags as well

It was then off to Robinson for more shopping. We found a simple shop selling really authentic thai food (read: flaming hot stuff) located along a lane behind Robinson (7° 0' 9.50", 100° 28' 9.00").

We love this down-to-earth kind of shops
Limited choice, but the taste more than made up for it
Caution: I was too liberal with the gravy on my rice, and paid the price (gulped down pints of water)

Went back to the hotel and Brendan said he wanted a foot massage. Since Cat and I didn't feel like it he went on his own.

An easy job for the masseuse, should've asked for a discount

Same as last year
Brendan loves this part

While Brendan was at the massage parlor, we spent our tea time at Chester's Grille.

Where would I be without my 55bt cafe mocha?

Dinner was at the usual tom yam shop (7° 0' 26.25", 100° 28' 15.25") behind The Regency Hotel.

She remembers us
Authentic southern thai tom yam

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