Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hadyai, Thailand 2012

We left KL at 4.45am and arrived at Ipoh at 7am. We had breakfast at one of the coffee shop while waiting for the driver to pick us up. We arrange our private tour for 8 pax, pickup from Ipoh to Hadyai.

We reached Sadao, immigration border at 12pm and it was a long queue. There is no queue system at the immigration, very messy. Finally after 1 hour, we got our passport stamp.
We had our lunch near Sadao before entering to Hadyai. We had authentic Thai food.

We stopped by at Municipal Park Hadyai (View Point) where you can view the entire town of Hadyai. It is not well-maintained. Overall it is a nice place to visit. They even have cable car service. The park closed at 7pm. Therefore you can't see night view of Hadyai.

View entire hadyai from Municipal Hadyai Park

 Our next stop is to visit Klong Hae Floating Market. It is a small floating market and most of the boat is stagnant. You just need to walk on the platform. They sell all types of Thai food and snacks. This place is worth visiting. Due to the hot weather, we drank coconut water and are only RM2 each. We also bought longan which is RM7 per kilogram, the longan is so fresh and sweet where you could hardly find this in KL.

Yummy longan

We stayed at Centara Hotel previously known as Novotel. The room is very clean. The location is superb, below of the hotel is the well known departmental store - "Central". Outside of the hotel is all the hawkers’ store. Even the Chinese medicine shop is just around the corner where you can purchase the famous "Seong Pure Oil" for only RM9 per bottle.
Room at Centara

Foot reflexology only cost RM20 for an hour. Really cheap!

We had our dinner at Log Terrace. We had roast pork knuckles, tom yam, Thai steam fish, deep fried donut stuff with fish and mix vegetables. The restaurant is located next to the riverside. The surrounding is quite nice.

Restaurant next to riverside
Roast pork knuckle

Stir fried prawn
Mix vegetables
Spicy tom yam soup
Frid stuff doughnut with fish paste and prawn

We had our international buffet breakfast at the hotel. The varieties are quite good. We depart to Patthalung which is one and half hour from Hadyai to visit Haad Thong Crystal Island via long tail boat. This is a fresh water lake and the depth is only 2m. In the month of July, you can actually walk across to the island.

We walk around the island and the five main attractions of the Crystal island are :-

1. crystal rock where you can see the shape of a dragon, tour guide said touch the crystal for good luck

2. reflection of the cave from the lake

3. bodhi trees - the tree trunk which is in gold and silver color

4. foot print of the famous Thai monk

5. 12 zodiac sign - throw a coin in the box and ring the bell for good luck
reflection of the cave
bodhi trees

crystal rock
foot print of the famous monk
12 zodiac

Fossils of the snails
Fireworks on the island only RM50

I do recommend you to visit Haad Thong Crystal Island .

After lunch at Patthalung, we depart to Hadyai. We went for massage and shopping at Central and Odean. We did not have the time to visit the big market.

We check out at 10am, Thai time and reach Sadao at 12pm. Luckily not long queue at the custom.

We arrange our private tour with :
Winson Cheah,
H/P: +6012-233 5301

We highly recommended this tour agent. Agent is based at Sungai Petani and specialized in organizing Thailand tours. Their services are excellent.

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