Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
51Trip End Dec 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Cathay Guesthouse (160B)
The only major attraction in Hat-Yai is in the form of a lovely public park, similar to the one i saw in Trang. The park is at the foot of a hill and if you're willing to walk (or rather climb) the extra mile, you're rewarded with a huge chinese style temple and grounds with a golden buddha at the top. Also, the summit had great views of both the cities of Hat-Yai and Songklah. As luck would have it, the peoples republic of China ICE DOME was in town for a limited time
Hat-Yai has some excellent night life. There were 2 places i really liked. One was "@Deep Wonder" which is a really nice little place below the Odean shopping mall. It had live bands playing from 21:30 until the early hours and had a great atmosphere. The other place was called "Sugar Beat" which was a little farther away (20-30 minute walk). This place was awesome. It was the perfect mix of western night club and eastern charm. Again, it had live bands with DJ music inbetween. However, unlike most clubs, the music was of a decent volume so you could actually talk with other people. I hate it when you can't hear yourself think and have to shout at the top of your voice all night. I have to say i'm really impressed with the bands i've seen in Thailand so far. They've all been so good. It was in Sugar beat i had a pint of Chang beer too (a rare occurrence for me as i don't drink alcohol). The waitress brought me the beer over so i explained to her i don't drink and didn't order it. She replied (while pointing) that the lady over there bought it for me. Not wanting to seem rude, i accepted it and went over to sit with this girl (who looked like an Asian Posh Spice) and we got chatting and had a nice evening together. Once the club closed we went back to her place where i discovered my Posh Spice was a ladyboy
That pretty much concludes my time in Hat-Yai. I had a great time here. As i said before, Hat-Yai has very little to offer in the form of "must see" attractions but it's a great place to spend a long weekend, or to just take a break from backpacking. I'm now heading back to Krabi again. I spent over a month here before. During that time i met a lot of good people. I said i'd return for the Songkran water festival on the 13th April - I've bought my super soaker 2000 here in Hat-Yai so i'm armed and ready.