I visited Prince of Songkla University for its annual Agricultural Fair in August 2007. PSU is located on Karnchanawanich Road (Highway 4) accross from Tesco Lotus. It is normal held in August. It starts from mornig to late at night. To avoid the tropical heat, it's better to visit there in the evening.
There are so many things to see and shop! It ranges from plants, pets, to clothes, specialty food from nearby provinces, and even cars!!!! There are a few students organizations setting up temporarily open air bar for fund raising.
Prince of Songkla University is one of the most prominent universities in southern Thailand. It was founded in 1967 and named after Prince of Songkla (father of current King of Thailand). The Hatyai campus was established later in 1971 and it is now the biggest PSU campus.
PSU is located on Karnchanawanich Road (Highway 4) accross from Tesco Lotus.
The other campuses are located in Pattani, Phuket, Surat Thani, and Trang.
Not much to see in Hat Yai and we had plenty of time walking the streets. There are a couple of shopping complexes which are normally bustling with tourists or the locals during weekends.
Malaysian tourists are seen as frequent shoppers in Hat Yai thanks to the convenient location (Hat Yai is at the border of Malaysia) and there are many goods selling at low-cost prices. A notable landmark is nonetheless the massage parlours along the streets offering massage services at pretty reasonable prices. I have not tried any of the massage though. Some look a bit sleazy with their neon lights signages flashing during the night. Some of these parlours are probably targetted at the men only.
In any city/town/village that I have the opportunity to visit, a visit to the local market is always on my itinerary... By visiting the local market, you will be able to see and experience the way of life of locals... you can see what type of food and know what their daily neccesities are...
In Hatyai, we visit the Kim Yong market early in the morning, which is the best time to visit such places... Situated at Suphasarn Rangsan Road, the market is comparatively big, with stalls spilling onto the surrounding road and lanes... It has the traditional wet market as well as the many stalls selling food, fruits, flowers, prayer things, retail shops selling everyday neccesities...
There are also stalls selling food which are sold to market goers to offer alms to the monks... Me and Diana bought some food as alms to the monks and received prayers from them as we offer them the food...
One of our first stops in Thailand was this seven tier waterfall 25 km from HatYai... We made it to the third tier! We went on a Saturday and it was absolutely packed. We were the only white people there and people definately noticed us as we passed by - mind you, it was probably because we were sweating and crawling up the cliff side as the locals jogged passed! I had a feeling they would burst into applause as we reached the top! Each and every person waved shyly as they sped passed us!
It's not an easy climb, but you don't have to go all the way up to enjoy the view - this whole area is stunning and lots of people bathed at the bottom. But those who are capable of making the climb - I would recommend it.
They don't allow and food or drink passed certain checkpoints on the trail..... but we have a confession..... we saw the park wardens confiscating all liquids (including water) before we reached the checkpoint and decided to play it totally dumb..... THE SHAME!..... but it worked!!! Assuming we couldn't understand them, the wardens gave up and let we pathetic English folk pass with our consumables in tact! HURRAH FOR BRITISH IGNORANCE!!! Actually, it was a good job because those Thai boys might be able to race up the mountain side without a drop of water in sweltering heat - but I certainly couldn't!!!!
If your allowable time in Thailand is running short and you need another 30 days you can use one of these taxis for a visa run to Padang Besar in Malaysia.
The cost is 500 Baht. It will take about an hour to get to the border. The complete trip, which includes getting through immigration and obtaining that new stamp in your passport, should take about 3 hours.
The taxis can be found at the junction of Thanon Duangchan and Thanon Sangchan.
On the other side of the Sripoovanart Road from downtown Hat Yai it is like a diiferent world. There are no Malaysian tourists, no hotels and nothing else that exists where tourists gather.
Instead there are just locals living a normal life in a provincial Thai town. In the streets fish and strips of meat are laid out on tables, drying in the sun. A farang wandering around is quite noticeable and attracts a lot of attention. But it is good attention consisting of welcoming smiles and the usual question "Pai nai"? (where are you going?).
A very different experience to wandering around Lee Gardens Plaza and one to be recommended.