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Continued from the entry Thailand – Laos: Day 2 – Part 2 – Thai Primary School and Wet Market in Hat Yai. For pre-travel, please refer here.
Location: Hat Yai, Thailand
When reconsidered, it is also nice to change the title name from “Thailand-Laos” to “Trans Thailand”. The reason is that I looked back on the travel map and looked like our journey will cross Thailand from the southern end to the north end. If calculated the distance in the map, it is very far with a one-way distance of 2,082km (approx.). For travelers, it has become a habit to announce how far kilometers one have arrived … hehe.
Hmm .. how many blog posts have I written, but still in Hat Yai? Get ready …. according to my behavior, I want to share as much as possible about our travel and information. The blog stands for two purposes. First, because I want to contribute to the community about travel information and second, because I want to make this blog a reading archive for my family when they grow up later. I hope this blog still exists for another 20-25 years.
Is it true that we are backpackers? Malaysian traveler says, if you want to get a ‘license’ as a backpacker, you have to travel to Krabi (Thailand) first. And to get a license as a global backpacker, you need to travel to India. But, we’ve gone till Vientiane (Laos), how is that? Do we still need to go to Krabi? Hihihi .. I don’t care much about these licenses like some other people. I used to travel alone to the UK in 2009. We travel in the real sense; using a backpack, preparing our own itinerary, living in a local home (including a paid accommodation such as Airbnb), without driver and travel agency. But don’t worry, I’m very flexible whether you are traveling alone or with a travel agency. It does not matter how your journey is, as long as there is really an appreciation in whatever you do. When I’m old, I will carry luggage and hire a driver too.
Kim Yong Market
After getting out of the wet market lane, we crossed the street to take a picture in the middle of the road. I like to see the atmosphere of the area here in wide view. The road is big and is named Phet Kasem Road. Back from travel, I felt weird because in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon (Maeklong Railway Market) and Nakhon Pathom and several other states in Thailand, there are many roads using the name Phet Kasem. Apparently, Phet Kasem Road is the name of a highway in Thailand similar to “PLUS Highway” in Malaysia. They use regular names and “Road” names instead of “Highway”. Did you know, all the highways in Thailand are free without any toll? Interesting, right? Can we implement it in Malaysia? Please pour water to my face …. apparently I dreamed in the daytime…
Ok, back to our previous topic about Phet Kasem’s road. Its name is taken from the name of the 7th Director General of the Highway Department, namely Luang Phet Kasemwithisawasdi. It is also known as “Thailand Route 4” and is Thailand’s longest freeway which is 1,274km. The latter end also reaches north of PLUS Highway (Malaysia), Sadao (Thailand) border and the border of Bukit Kayu Hitam in Malaysia. It crosses the district or state such as Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phangnga, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung and Songkhla. In addition to the highways such as Phet Kasem, there are three other which is Phahonyothin Road (Route 1), Mittraphap Road (Route 2) and Sukhumvit Road (Route 3).
Eyy … I want to take pictures too. Poor Aqif. Every time we both took pictures, he had to be pictured twice. First with Tatie, second with me. There’s no chance for us to shoot all three in one single photo because I can’t trust by passing the camera to an unknown person to help us to take pictures. Unless if selfies, but then the distance are too close to our face and the background view appeared only 30%.
I want to share a tip if you want to ask someone else to shoot your photo. Find an older people, a family of more than two children, a school teacher accompanying a group of schoolchildren, a childless married couple but comprised of a combination of an elderly and adults and others who you think is suitable and who your gut suggested. These type of people are difficult to run away with your camera.
You can buy a new camera at any time, but the captured photo is priceless if missing. Take good care of your camera gear.
Then, we crossed back to the place near the lane to the wet market because when I looked at GPS, the suppose direction to Kim Yong Market is on the same side with the lane. Initially, there was a tuk-tuk that stopped but the fares were somewhat high. We did not ride it. Kim Yong Market is not very far, the distance only within 1km. Suddenly there is a tuk-tuk and the driver is an elderly man and he is very nice to us. Fares are only THB10 and children are excluded. Total of THB20 for both of us and it’s cheap. Without further ado, we go up and ride the tuk-tuk. After we cross the flyover bridge, I take a picture of the railway track which is the most important exchange station and stop in southern Thailand.
Location of Kim Yong Market by Google Maps. Or copy the GPS coordinates of “7.008187, 100.469378”.
Our tuk-tuk stopped here and we had to cross the road.
Kim Yong Market is located beneath the long canvas roof. I think it is also best to practice similar canvas roof techniques in Malaysia. Local people can also do business and the country will benefit from tourism revenue. If I’m not mistaken, we can get into the deeper part of the market, but we don’t have enough time to explore everything.
It feels like traveling to Argentina or Mexico. In fact, this place is near and located very close to the Malaysian border.
We cross the road again …… hang out for a moment in the middle of the road.
I want to talk about the types of tuk-tuk in Hat Yai. Only in Hat Yai and not the whole of Thailand as every state and district has different forms, design and uses. If you want a cheap fare, take a big tuk-tuk type like the picture above. Only THB10 per person. But I’m not sure how far the distance will go. There is also another tuk-tuk which is smaller in size. These types are expensive and often reserved solely for you for tourism purposes and sight-seeing.
How to pay the fares? Did you know this is our first family trip to Thailand? So at first, I was kinda confused if I had to pay first before riding or pay later. Right after the tuk-tuk stop to fetch you, ask the driver for the destination that you wanted to go to. If the destination is in the direction, just get on the tuk-tuk and probably you have to squeeze yourself inside if many passengers already on board. If the destination getting near, ring the bell (there are some tuk-tuk that has this kind of facility) or just knock on the window at the rear of the driver. After getting off the tuk-tuk, go to the driver window and pay. And while you are in the tuk-tuk, you can also use monopods, but be sure not to stretch your arm too much out of the window. If the tuk-tuk bypass, let say, through a lamp post that is so close, it is feared that you will lose your hand!!
I’m walking ahead…
The ultimate mission here is to find a fake sunglasses shop. Yes, it’s fake because of imitation brands. I’m not shy about telling it. Maybe you’re the same and have been wearing imitation stuff, right? Just admit it. While walking, I saw a shop selling sunglasses and we stopped by.
Various designs are available. Price is not bad, from THB100 to THB150. Don’t ask about the quality. If only for the purpose of sightseeing in Thailand, it would be perfect. However, my sunglasses frame has broken several days ago. For those of you who are concerned about eye care and to be used for a longer time period, avoid buying imitation sunglasses.
Next, we walk furthermore in the market to buy snacks and fruit. It’s a 12-hour train ride to Prachuap Khiri Khan. I’m quite worried if suddenly a gastric attack happened. Once attacked, my body will be lethargic and weak. Ok, let’s see the pictures below …. the trading environment at Kim Yong Market …
What’s that board in the picture above? Looks like a lottery boards similar to Sports Toto and Magnum 4D in Malaysia.
Here, we buy dates. Various kinds of dates available. The price is very cheap but I’ve forgotten how much it costs.
Hanging snacks. Every country I go to, I’ll definitely see the above shop signboard as it symbolizes a “local shop”. A real local or local feeling, “look at the signboard, it’s not written in a Malaysian word … I’m now abroad!” Hehehe … That feeling may not exist in Thailand or in Indonesia for you if you’re Malaysian. Try to feel it in other countries like Latin America, India or Morocco.
Tatie bought some marinated fruit here.
We pictured memories with Kim Yong Market before returning to the hotel.
Fruit chestnuts but we don’t buy any …
Fruits are sold by Moslem traders. We have bought some fruits here. But I forgot what type of fruit we bought, I only remembered a date.
From Kim Yong Market, we walk back to the Park Hotel. Not far, just 500 meters away. Without a heavy backpack, it is easier to walk. While walking, we stopped by at the signboard. Interesting because it displayed a whole map of Hat Yai. What does Aqif want to show you??
It was almost 12 o’clock in the afternoon and we needed to check out of the hotel. We pack very fast because the receptionist said, the maximum to check out is 1 pm. I showed you the condition of the room after we pack for the purpose of sharing a picture. Originally, it was a twin single bed combined into a deluxe bed, the usual technique used by parents.
TV, two chairs and a table are provided. If you’re a digital nomad, the table and chair are suitable to do works using a laptop. Thermos and cup are also available. Only the water heater needs to borrow from the reception at the hotel lobby. We don’t borrow it because there’s a free water heater for guests at the hotel lobby to boil hot water. So, bring the thermos down there.
The toilet is good, fast water and water heater work. If you want to lay clothes on the floor for a manual brushing, you can do so and won’t feel disgusted. Eeeeeee… What’s that tiny thing on the floor? Oh .. the tile is broken a bit.
The exit door and dresser and wardrobe are provided.
Our room is located just down the corridor. So I took a picture of the back of the hotel. Haha, we can’t see any scenery through the windows as it was blocked by other building.
The left window is our room. I guess it’s possible to hang and dry clothes here if you want to stay longer.
When we came down to the hotel lobby, I told Tatie, “we shall delay the time”. That is, we want to kill the time because the train schedule that will depart to Prachuap Khiri Khan is a few more hours to go. And in the hotel lobby, we are lounging for half an hour while using WiFi there and updating the latest status on social media. The internet line here is free and the speed is superb.
What are you doing Aqif?
Selfie, but I’m unfocused my face to highlight the reception area of the hotel. Indeed this is an SLR camera problem, its focus only at a certain distance. At the end of the lobby, there is a temple. It’s quite common in Thailand, most of its temples are huge.
I made a walk to the reception to fill hot water there. We also carry a small type of Thermos for use in making baby milk. While preparing hot water, I was also interested in looking at the old pictures hung here. This shows that the people of Thailand are so flattering their late King.
Photo of the late King when he visited Hat Yai a long time ago.
Picture of a major flood in Hat Yai in 1988.
Hat Yai’s old picture in 1924 and 1934. Do you see the difference after 10 years?
So overall, I can rate 7.5/10 for Park Hotel under the budget hotel category. It is very good for the price of THB350 per night, ready with airconditioner, free Wi-Fi, elevator, pantry for hot water, comfortable bed, TV, clean toilet, no noisy and no Thai ghosts at night.
After this post, it will be the last posting for Hat Yai as we will enter the second city which is Prachuap Khiri Khan. So, keep reading the last entry in Thailand – Laos Tour: Day 2 – Part 4 – Salma Restaurant and Trip to Prachuap Khiri Khan.