If you were to travel to Hat Yai in the peak season, make sure you booooookkkkkk the accommodation before you go. Always check for the availability and the price for the peak season. Or make sure you book a first night stay in case all those hotels are fully booked. I went in the peak season and the price also went high. My first night was only 580 Baht, but the second was 750 Baht!! No choice and i still need to rent, since other available was much more expensive or the rest is not suitable (not clean) for me.
The worse come to the bus ticket when there were really no more bus seat leaving Hat Yai at the date you wanted. I bought the ticket to Hat Yai for RM50 (about 500 Baht) from Pudu (KL, Malaysia) and 350 Baht for the return. And the ticket for the next day (considered peak day), they will charge for about 500 - 700 Baht again for the bus to Pudu (KL). The normal rate will be around RM35 or 350 Baht between Pudu - Hat Yai. So plan your journey wisely....
If you have got time to kill, then this light-hearted montage of newspaper columns from the pen of Mr Tsow about Thailand may rise a smile and give you an insight into Thailand from the ex-pat perspective.
The quotation on the back of the book give a flavour of his humour :
"S. Tsow is a great punctuator." Colin Piprell, author.
"An evil toad." James Eckardt, author.
"Who?." Simon J. Hand, journalist.
"S. Tsow is one of the most underrated writers in Bangkok today - and with good reason." Fardley Nerdwell, Literary critic.
"As his writing reveals, S. Tsow has managed to make the difficult transition from adolescence to senility without passing through an intervening stage of maturity." Turk Grogan, philosopher.
"He was a good boy, but I understand he's gone downhill since." Mrs. J. Tsow, mother.
Favorite thing: Besides shopping, Hat Yai is also a popular nightlife spot. Plenty of strip bars and night clubs around the town center. The women folks shop for kitchenware, clothes, shark fins, dried prawns etc , whilst the single male tourists shop for women.
Favorite thing: The tourist Information Office is located on Niphat Uthit 3 Road behind the police station. The staffs are very helpful. They have information brochures (Thai language) for almost every provinces in Thailand. Unfortunately, they only have selected the information brochures in English. But overall, very helpful and knowledgable staffs.
Favorite thing: Like other places in Thailand that get a lot of foreign visitors there is a special division of Tourist Police assigned with the responsibility for looking after them. I haven't had cause to call on the local Old Bill so don't know how effective they actually are but they are certainly friendly enough.
Christmas is quite amusing in Asia. Most of the population is non-Christian so it isn't a significant holiday. They like the paraphernalia of Christmas though, Christmas trees and especially coloured fairy lights.
In Thailand it gives them a chance to switch on the orange flashing lights on the sides of their cars and motorcycles that up to now they have found no practical use for.
Fondest memory: "Yes, I know that you look ridiculous wearing it and I know that in a predominantly Buddhist society Christmas has no religious meaning whatsoever but I'm the boss, it's the 20th of December and you WILL wear a stupid Santa hat"!
Favorite thing: This place quite laid back but the center of Hadyai quite hectic. I was wandering around and this area where I found guesthouse to stay. Local food to eat too but not that nice though. It's different than Bangkok.
Favorite thing: Hat Yai the busiest and most prosperous city in Southern Thailand, is well known to many Malaysian and Singaporean with its 'cheap' shopping and tantalizing food. Located about an hour from the border of Thailand - Malaysia, the town is always frequented by people living at northern Malaysia for daily essential.
Favorite thing: The Tourist Police Station is located on Sripoovanart Road between the Niphat Uthit 1 and 2 roads. The phone number is 074-246733.
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