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Continued from the entry Thailand – Laos: Day 2 – Part 1 – Around the city of Hat Yai and Wat Hat Yai. For pre-travel, please refer here.
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
The story is very lengthy and has to be separated into two entries. From Wat Hat Yai, and due to not hiring any tuktuk then we needed to walk to the main road. After walking out of Wat, there was an entrance gate. At the edge, there is a primary school and the atmosphere is quite crowded because of the voice of the students there who are receiving lessons from their teachers. Without further ado and looking for new experiences while traveling, we went into the school area.
I guess that this may be a religious school because it is built close to the place of worship. It is a primary school and is named Tedsaban 5 Wat Hat Yai School. There are my friends on Facebook saying, Thailand is now on a school holiday (referring to December 29 recently). Perhaps it is also true that most of their school wear seems like a scout uniform and co-curriculum. Tatie seemed worried to go in and I asked her not to worry. I have told her, any school in the world, especially primary school, is certainly the school will be hesitant with all the visitors, and that is normal.
I’m interested in seeing a notice board showing a school administration hierarchy. All the teachers and administrators are wearing similar royal attire. Maybe that’s how Thailand respects its teachers.
There is a classroom where a teacher is watching us. I suppose she knew we were a traveler, so I waved a hand at her and she nodded her head showing the sign that we were allowed to enter. Ok, we got the green light, we went in more part of the school area.
Just a few steps, there are 4 female students walking towards a parking place for motorcycles, apparently, they want to use the public phone provided there. This may indicate that Thai schools banned the use of mobile phones. Then we say hi to them and ask to take pictures with Tatie and Aqif. They agree … just look a little shy.
There are various landscaping decorations in this main entrance area of the school. Very interesting and eye-catching. For Aqif who is just 3 years and 10 months old, he probably does not understand about schooling and what is ‘school’.
Later, there were two male students that carrying trash to be thrown away. From a distance, they smiled at me. Maybe because I’m lifting my big camera to take pictures of them.
More landscaping decorations in this area.
I think this is part of the classroom but there are no students here.
That’s him Aqif, with a variety of styles. Behind Aqif is a school canteen. See the roof of Wat Hat Yai? It is very large and tall. Let’s take a closer look at the canteen interior of Thai schools.
The canteen is much less like a school in Malaysia as well. However, there are additional mini-stage and no standalone outlets in the form of tables here. All sellers must stand at the front counter that has been provided. Errr … is it similar to a school in Malaysia? Well, I’ve left school for a long time. Have to wait for our children to grow up and will know the latest school interior.
At the angle that Aqif had pictured for a while, came a few male students. This time the difference was in their outfit that looked like a scout uniform. We took a picture with them. Don’t deny if the opportunity to find a difference suddenly came.
Finally, we’re done and heading out of the school but stopped in a classroom. Outside the door, I waved at the teacher who was teaching her students. While waving, I pointed out a hand gesture intending to photograph and she allowed. Because I did not want to disturb the learning session, I asked Tatie and Aqif to make it hurry. Their classrooms are also clean and there are Asean flags on the board. This means that from the early stages, Thailand’s students are exposed to what is Asian, Asean and where their country position and strength. Each classroom is required to display a picture of the King of Thailand.
I love backpack. From big-sized backpack, daypack to a sling bag, all I have. Sling bag aims to store my heavy camera. A daypack is important if you plan to stay in the city and shop for the day. Later, your hand won’t feel a burden because has to hold the plastic on the left and right hand. But for families like us, in the bag, there are diapers, baby powder and others.
Out of school, we went on a mission to find the main road. Suddenly, we found a wet market or morning market. I’m very excited to see these markets because here, we can see the real local atmosphere, the way Thai people are trading and can even see the rare items sold that will make you vomit.
These are the rare items that will make you vomit. Can you take on the challenge of eating these animals? Do you want me to buy for you? Free only … From turtles, eels to frogs are available for sale. Only snails and cats (pity) that I do not see here. Perhaps in Thailand, these rare items are not as bad as in Cambodia and Vietnam.
That’s a turtle for sale! I’ve seen once back in my country while drinking at a restaurant. Coincidentally there, I was sitting in the back. So I can see the back of another restaurant there. The activities made therein are circumcising the legs, hands and turtle heads. In my opinion, it is necessary to scrap the contents from the outside after cooking in order to eat the tortoise. Pity because the turtle is still alive when circumcised!
This is an eel. I often eat fried eel when I go to Indonesia. It’s delicious and fragile.
Haa .. for this one, I will not eat it myself. I’m not sure what type of frog. And for sure, the size is as big as a palm. If you look at these frogs, you will definitely say in the mouth “eeeeeeeeeeeee” or “euwwwwwww”, right?
Some frogs have been packaged as ordered by customers.
Video on the stall selling rare items.
Then, we turn right in accordance with the GPS guide. I want to tell you about the GPS. It’s insensitive to use when walking, except when driving a car. What I noticed, after walking 5 meters, then the latest GPS position will be updated in maps. It can be said that all smartphones have this problem. So use the technique of trying out many times and walking while looking at the current position.
After turning to the right lane, there are many more stalls selling goods.
Here are many fruit dealers. Initially, we wanted to buy fruit but most of the fruit needed to be cut first. So it’s a bit difficult for travelers like us. Where do we find a knife to cut? So, we decide to find somewhere else that already been cut. Probably in the Kim Yong Market area.
When we entered the lane, we saw the Moslem women traders. Hmm … the atmosphere here is similar to the Siti Khadijah Market in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, which is dominated by women.
The atmosphere in the second lane. At the end of the lane, there is the main road. The lane is full of Moslem traders.
Moslem traders who sell fish, meat and chicken. If you rent an apartment or AirBnB that can allow the tenant to cook, I think it’s very suitable for shopping food items here.
Pictures of the direction we came at first. From here you can see the roof of Wat Hat Yai. Very high, right?
The video is about the second lane that we bypass just now.
Last picture in the morning market with my dearest wife and child. Actually, we did not buy anything here because the goods sold were not suitable for our next travel activities. Unless if you are married to a Thai people, right? Hehe.
When I got to the main road, my view looked up. In Thailand, it has become a habit of its cluttered electric wires and such a bumper transformer. Ok, where are we going next? Let’s go to Kim Yong Market …. !!
Continued in the next entry ….. Thailand – Laos: Day 2 – Part 3 – Kim Yong Market and Reviews About Park Hotel.