…A Day in Hat Yai…
This is a prologue of my next blog, Koh Lipe, the Maldives of Thailand.
Yes! I went to Koh Lipe during my end posting leave, with Xiang Yun. After considering so many places around Malaysia and others, we finally decided to venture out to this so-called the Maldives of Thailand.
Koh Lipe, one of the most popular tourist hotspots for island lovers to venture in Southern Thailand, after Phuket, Koh Samui, Phi Phi Island and etc. From the feedback I find it interesting and I decided to go there to experience it myself.
Well, unlike other islands, Koh Lipe is easily assessible from October till May, from Langkawi and Pak Bara Pier, but from June till November it is only accessible from Pak Bara pier, as there’s no other way.
How to get to Koh Lipe from Malaysia? There are few ways to choose from; a direct flight to Hat Yai airport and then to Pak Bara pier which is the fastest and most comfortable way. Secondly, a minivan from Komtar, Penang which charges RM30 per person to Hat Yai then to Pak Bara Pier which is less comfortable and thirdly a train from Malaysia to Hat Yai, which cost the same price as the minivan, but you will be able to stretch your legs and sleep comfortably in the train and washroom is readily available at all times.
And I took the train. Initially planned to follow the tour to Koh Lipe, but the tour costs RM870 per person for 3 days 2 night, and the hotel they provided did not look appealing. So we decided to go backpack again, which took 4 days 3 nights, with an additional day in Hat Yai before we went to Koh Lipe. (We will compare the prices with the tour agencies later.)
Our trip started on 11th of June at 5.00am from Bukit Mertajam to Hat Yai which took us about 6 hours. It was a pleasant ride, this is my 1st experience travelling with KTM(Keretapi Tanah Melayu) and it brought back some of the memories in Russia where we used to travel intercity with trains.
This is my 1st travel to our neighbouring country, and finally, I’ve been to Hat Yai!
Due to the safety precaution in view of the recent bombing incident, we decided not to go far or hang around Hat Yai for too long, and sharing with you is a day trip we took to three temples in Hat Yai…
We took a ‘Tuk-Tuk’, a local transportation which cause RM50 for two for a day trip to 3 main temples at Hat Yai; the Elephant Temple, The Buddha Temple and the Kuan Im Temple. The three of them are located on the hill of Hat Yai Municipal Park. According to our driver, you can reach these temples by cable car which will cause you RM 20 per person for one way.
Sharing with you some of the pictures I took during my trip to Hat Yai…
And here are some of the local delicacies…
And stay tuned with me on my next entry as I will bring you guys to Koh Lipe, which known as The Maldives of Thailand.