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Zoom Hatyai (5 - 9 Aug 2016)
Sunday, August 28, 2016 || 8:07 pm
Before i forget about my trip to Hatyai with these 2 insane and super entertaining friends of mine, i shall try to recall as much as possible about my trip to Hatyai which i went in the early part of August.
We booked a direct flight via tiger airways to Hatyai. Our departure flight was delayed slightly due to some technical faults of the plane. Thank god it didn't take too long to get them fixed. I think the timings for flights to Hatyai is quite limited and so, we were praying hard that it won't be cancelled or we would be wasted a day in SGP.
So, anyways, once we reached Hatyai airport, there was already a Q at the immigration counter, halfway Q-ing, we were directed to an empty counter, it stated that the lane is only for ladies! How convenient! The best thing was that all 3 of us were ladies and so everything went smoothly.
As usual at the airport, there were a few tour booths/car rental booths. Initially, we were contemplating to rent a car a drive around Hatyai but after much considerations, we decided to cab to our hotel via the airport taxi, it costs us 320 Baht for the 3 of us to our hotel, Lalita Boutique.
We got the triple room, it was a double decker bed. 2 singles at the first floor and one single bed upstairs. We were welcomed warmly by the hotel staffs. Our hotel has no lift and we were aware of it as we've done some research in advance but that wasn't really our concern.
We were more concern on the available eateries located within where we stayed at. True enough, based on the reviews etc, There were several halal eateries just along our hotel lane. However, some of the eateries, we have issue communicating with the staffs as they do not speak english. Hence, we tried our best to order based on sign language and mutual understanding.
Not only that my hotel is also a few metres away from 7-11 in you need any toiletries etc The hotel provided basic toiletries thought e.g. shampoo, soap, brushes etc After unpacking and all on the first night, i realised that i didn't bring my contact lenses solution and casing. It was already 8pm+ and i was wondering where the hell can i get my solution???
Peah was kind enough to accompany me. We searched at 7-11 but couldn't find any we walked towards the direction to the city area and just about 200-300m away, there was a pharmacy store where i found my solution. Thank god!
Our hotel was located quite a distance from the main area hence, for those who prefer to be at the main area, this might not be a good location for you...
The first day we explored our area, we walked from our hotel all the way to the main area around the Lee Garden Plaza, i think it's about 4-5km of walking but we managed to pass by the train station and get to know the streets as well. Once we reached at the main area, we were looking for food to eat and there was a kind soul who was a muslim who recommended us to dine at decha restaurant. So we walked and searched for directions..finally we managed to dine there and yes, i agreed, the food there is very tasty! The staffs there also spoke malay.
Before reaching the decha restaurant, we passed by another halal restaurant and a tuktuk driver was explaining to dzu in case if we were interested to hire him to bring us around Hatyai. I've got his contact below. Got to know he's 28 years old and been a tuktuk driver for quite some time, he's friendly, reliable and easy going, also speaks malay.
The next day, we went out via a van. I got his contacts through online. His van is able to fit up to 10 pax and it's really worth going around in his van in big groups. He charged us about 2500baht for a day outing. He is able to recommend places to go and also accommodate to our itinerary if we have any in mind. He doesn't speak malay though but he speaks english quite well. Furthermore, his van has a tv and wifi in it. It is very comfortable for families group. The van driver was Audi, 35 years old and is super sporting! Because he tolerated our antics of asking us to take shots of us wherever we go and i can see he also enjoys being with us. :)
With Audi, we went to toh nga chang waterfall. We did some trekking, our aim to reach the top was dampened as halfway through we can't find the proper way to the top. It was too steep and the route was clear at all. So, we stopped at level 3, i think. Then he brought us to the peak of Hatyai where you can take the cable car too but we didn't. We enjoyed the view and scenery there though. Also, he brought us to the wet market where you can find a lot of snacks and food.
Then, in the night, we went to floating market. I love to see how the people make business on the boat and I'm quite impressed that they're able to sit for long hours in that constraint space. It was quite an interesting experience to see how they deal by cooking on the boat etc Some of the food were very tasty and some were just...weird. hehe The best thing was that majority of the food was halal!
The next day, we decided to take the tuk2. We went to 2 other waterfalls(boripat and tone blew) , followed by Samila beach, the Big Hatyai Mosque, Hatyai Train Station and night market. Both waterfalls were not touristy location from what we observed. Most of those who went there were locals or thais. Thanks to our driver that we managed to go there without much issues. teehee.
The last waterfall was boripat waterfall and by then we were already famished. We were welcomed warmly by this lady who's like grandma to us. We couldn't understand what she was saying but we knew she was inviting us to her stall. She communicated with our driver and packed for us glutinous rice, cup noodles, grilled chicken and fish and a papaya salad. Along with provided us ice in a tumbler and picnic mat for us to have a picnic. We really felt so loved with her kind gestures. It was really a lot that she gave and I'm not sure if it's due to the fact that we were famished but her food was delicious!
Didn't expect that actually. Initially, we were contemplating on the food hygiene, afraid if our tummy couldn't take the street foods but i couldn't care less. I love eating street food. Thank god that night, we were all well. alhamdulillah.
Samila beach is another location to go in Hatyai, we were transferred to a boat whilele being on our tuktuk, to reach Samila beach. Unfortunately, the moment we reached there, it was raining. So, our driver brought us to Fatima restaurant, a highly recommended place with delicious food! No joke, i love every dish that we ordered!
Lastly, the night market is a must go, it's like a mini chaktuchak. Not as big as chaktuchak but its a place where trendy apparels are sold at good prices!
I think the last day, we spend the day shopping at the main area and dining by the streets. So, i've provided the contact of my tuktuk driver, Chenni, in one of the images below.
My van driver fb : Hatyai cars for rent with drivers in Thailand
Audi +66 83 055 7072
You can just whatsapp both of them if you have any enquiries. :)
Overall, i enjoyed this trip very much, we've had so much laughters being crazy together and stuffing ourselves with good food!
Labels: FRIENDS, HATYAI, HOLIDAY
First for the year
Friday, August 05, 2016 || 8:45 am
Today is the day that i'm gonna leave this tiny red dot for a little adventure. Life has been pretty busy with other commitments that i can't find the time for some trip. After much discussion, finally, today i'm leaving for good. it's time i get a breather and treat myself to good food and nice sceneries. Till then, i'll update on my trip pretty soon!
Raya with penjelajahi ganas 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 || 5:44 pm
Raya is a month of laughter, forgiveness and celebration. Obviously meeting our loved ones is a mandatory practise. Apart from that, it is also a perfect occasion to catch up with friends and fellow social circle. Guess this year raya vibes wasn't that strong, died down quite fast actually. I thought that with a transport, we could cover more but not really. Nevertheless, i love the pace of this month celebration.
To make it even more memorable, i only had a jalan raya with friends once for this year, particularly with this group. Definitely a perfect one as we had so much fun and laugher, gossiping at each other and laughing at each other. Yet there's no hard feelings kept. I just love this vibes. This is what true friendship is all about.
We started off the jalan raya with meeting up at my place. Coincidently, my house was filled with guests too that specific day. As a result, i invited them to chill in one of my room and i think it's such a perfect spot cause they make themselves very comfortable. hehe. The next house or should i say the last house was peah's. hehe a perfect ending for the day with the fire sparkles and a good movie where we had some debate on certain matters while watching it hee. what's new.
Alhamdulillah for a blessed syawal this year. :) Enjoy the pictures!
Labels: 2016, FRIENDS, HARI RAYA
Review on first visit to Jantzen (causeway point)
Friday, July 15, 2016 || 3:37 pm
Days before hari raya i thought to myself, i ought to get my hair pamper. I needed some treatment for my scalp badly. It's not in the best condition. Somehow, dandruff came to visit me and it makes me very irritated and self conscious and oh so uncomfortable. I was contemplating on going for a good saloon but the thought of travelling far is not on my mind as i've very limited time left.
After much considerations, i decided to give Jantzen at Causeway point a try. I was welcomed by my hairstylist, who gave her name card to me at the end of the session. I did scalp treatment and trimmed my hair. It was cut by June, the one who gave me the name card. I pretty much love the cleanliness of the surroundings. It's very well maintained.
In addition to that on the day that i went, there weren't much crowd. I did a scalp treatment for my dandruff, i was attended by a young lady. She massaged my scalp and wash etc. Her head massage was good. She had sufficient amount of force to make me feel relaxed. Shiok! After done attending to my scalp, then, June came over to give me my haircut.
June was good and precise as well as efficient. Definitely recommend her service to others. Total cost for my hair pampering service cost about $103. Yep, i think for the treatment i received, it's pretty much reasonable? I would to know if there's any other better saloon with a good service as well as reasonable price around north area.
Enjoy the pictures below, pardon for the messy background.
Labels: CAUSEWAY POINT, haircut, JANTZEN, SCALP TREATMENT