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  • Dec28

    Day 19 - Heading to the Deep South

    December 28, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The alarm went off at 8am, but I had been up hours monitoring the dismal performance by United at Newcastle. We showered, packed & were in the hotel reception at 9.20am.

    Ten minutes later, Chanika rolled up in her big Mitsubishi 4x4 & jumped out dressed as Dolly Parton without the chest. She was wearing a checkered shirt, jeans & cowboy crocks! Chanika was were usual excitable self & she chatted with Jackie for most of the 50 minute journey to Khok Kloi bus station.

    At Khok Kloi we were about an hour early, but Jackie wanted to be safe rather than sorry. Chanika rang the bus company to confirm it would be stopping for us, then we insisted she waited with us no longer. We gave her a decent 500 baht tip (she had been worth every baht) & sent her on her way.

    At 11.20 a battered old bus rattled into the bus station & tooted it’s horn. The female conductor jumped out & beckoned for us to hurry over. I threw our large rucksacks into the hold & boarded the bus. The conductor squirted our hands, gave us our tickets for ‘Mr Simon’ & we were off. The bus interior was disastrous with bits missing from the back of the seats, the vinyl floor had lifted into a big bubble & their were tears in the seat. Having said all that it seemed to go well & it was comfy.

    The 1st brief stop was Phang Nga with it’s very scenic limestone cliffs & rock formations which continued all the way down to Krabi. The bus passed through Khlong Thom, Mueang Trang & Phatthalung before arriving at Hat Yai bus terminal at 6.20pm. We had only one 10 minute stop at a service station during the entire journey of 241 miles, but it did seem to pass pretty quickly. It probably helped that we had two seats each to ourselves, plenty of snacks, half a bottle of Hong Thong & I watched 4 episodes of ‘Narcos’ on Netflix on my iPad.

    When we got off the bus at Hat Yai we were mobbed by taxi drivers, but I shooed them away, because it was only a very short walk to our hotel. I hoicked my rucksack onto my back and went to start backpacking, when Jackie announced she had got her mask stuck on her earring. Her mask was hanging from her right ear, so after taking a photo of her predicament, I set about unhooking her. It took a while, with bemused taxi drivers looking on.

    Eventually disentangled, we backpacked to our hotel, PM Residence, just 400 metres away. After checking in to our very satisfactory £17 a night hotel, we immediately went back out to Central Festival shopping mall. It was huge & spread over 7 floors. We managed to do a lap of each floor (got to keep the steps up) without buying a single thing. We were also the only westerners in the shopping mall & we stuck out look sore thumbs.

    Despite having a food court on two floors we resisted the urge to eat there & instead we went to the only restaurant we had found out in streets around us. We sat down & ordered a couple of Changs, but were curtly told that they didn’t sell beer. It was a Japanese (& possibly Muslim) restaurant, called Mari Chan, but strangely it did show beer for sale in their menu!

    I ordered 2 plates of gorgeous pork Gyozas & Jackie ordered a the teriyaki chicken set, which came on five different plate including a bowl of soup & some random chunks of fish. It was an experience.

    It would appear that not that many westerners make it to Hat Yai & this was probably summed up by a little girl in the restaurant who couldn’t tear her eyes away from Jackie, probably she had never seen anyone with fair hair let alone with blue eyes! The little girl waved Goodbye to Jackie when we left until we were out of sight.

    Song of the Day: Let The Day Begin by The Call.
    Everywhere I Go by The Call.
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    Andy Mays

    The little girl probably couldn’t believe Jax eating fives plates of food 😂 - hope you’re enjoying Narcos. Feel any better hearing Liverpool lost 😂 The trip sounds amazing.

  • Day134

    De la Thaïlande aux Philippines

    January 8, 2020 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Et voilà la fin de notre séjour en Thaïlande !

    Après le farniente, les massages, la plage, le snorkeling, le yoga et la plongée bouteille, on fête l'anniversaire de Cynthia et le dernier restau tous ensemble à Koh Lipe.

    Merci à Maryline, Benoît, Matthieu et Morgane pour ces excellents moments, ces semaines tous les 6 resteront en mémoire !

    Place aux Philippines pour nous, hâte de voir Malo et Dam 🤗
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    Maryline Le Bastard

    Vous êtes adorables 🥰

    Cynthia Costiou


  • Day2327

    Preparing to leave Thailand

    April 12 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a wonderful night's sleep I wake up early as I have a few things to do today. I've got the names of 2 hospitals and plan to walk to them to see if I can get my pcr test done. When I go down to reception I have the bright idea of asking the lady on reception if she can call them and see if they offer the pcr service. I sit in reception with a lovely coffee She's so helpful and comes back to me to say the nearest hospital offers it at the cost of 4100 baht about 90 pounds and I can just get a walk in service so off I trot to the hospital. When I arrive I have to fill in a form, they take my passport and I find I'll get the results later today. No buses are crossing the border here so I would need to get a taxi to the Thai border then a motorbike to the Malaysian border then wait for a bus to take me to Kuala Lumpur. I've had this experience before and because you have no other options they can charge what they like . I'm shocked that when I go online I can book a flight for 40 pounds. I take the chance and even though I'm trying to do my trip without the need for flights to minimise my carbon footprint this time I make an exception. By the time I've booked my flight I'm called for my swab. I make my way back to my hotel and collect my washing as there is a laundrette just across the road , a few of my clothes have marks from suncream and I put them on a hot wash. I drop into the 7/11 !and buy some snacks as I'm going to have the rest of the day watching telly and enjoying my room. When I get back to reception my room isn't available so I pack up and move and enjoy the evening watching movies and having a pamper session with face masks and creams.Read more

  • Day97

    Sak Yant, Unter die Nadel

    November 11, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Kurzerhand Hand zog es uns heute wieder in Richtung China-Town🐲. Während Jöran und Insa zum Shoppen aufbrachen, ging es für mich Unter die Nadel🙊. Unter den wachsamen Augen von Boon (links) und dem Tattoowierer seines Vertrauens konnte nichts mehr schiefgehen👌🏼. Nach nur eineinhalb Stunden war es auch schon geschafft😍 und am Ende des Tages konnte Stilecht mit dem besten Bubbletea der Stadt angestoßen werden🥂.Read more

    Uta Helms

    Nur 1 tatoo???

    Simon Heine

    Das soll für‘s erste wohl reichen😄👌🏼

  • Day2325

    Last day on PhiPhi

    April 10 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    So as I wake for my final full day on Phi phi I need to start making plans for my onwards journey, but there is a slight problem. The lady who I usually book my tours and buses with cannot guarantee my bus to Hat Yai and can only book me to get to Krabi then I need to go to the bus station and sit and wait for the bus to leave when it's full, the other problem is liverpool are playing tonight and the game won't finish until after midnight and I'll need to get up at 630 am to catch the early ferry. I decide to sit it out and will just buy my ticket in the morning if I manage to get up. I spend most of my day just topping up my tan and trying to get a few questions answered. As you've seen in earlier blogs I regularly meet a horse on my way home but I want to know how did it get here and what is its use , I mean they only have long boats and ferries to the island and its a 2 hr crossing and I've never seen it being ridden. The only thing I've seen it do is stand in the reception at the local hotel and I don't think he's capable of booking anyone in. The other crazy thing is a bit further along in a place called the lighthouse they have a tuc tuc on the first floor balcony, this is again crazy as no vehicles apart from construction ones are allowed on the island so the madness of shipping one over then dismantling it and reassembling it on a balcony really baffles me but I suppose it's this quirky crazy stuff that makes me love the island so much. I'm not feeling too good today and at about 3pm I take myself to bed for a few hours and wake up feeling a bit better but still with a terrible pain in my chest. I venture to May's bar so at least I can have a comfy seat to watch the game its quite funny as she is streaming it on two tellys and one is ahead of the other so I get to watch the goals then watch them again. A little dissapointed but relieved we never lost I head to cottage bar to say goodbye to the crew. They are all a little messy and I need to get up I'm the morning so I do a discreet exit.Read more

  • Day45

    Mit dem Nachtbus nach Phuket

    September 20, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Am Freitag ging es los. Mit dem Nachtbus in nur 7h nach Phuket🏝😛. Mehr oder weniger erholt angekommen, ging es mit Grab (Asien-Uber) runter zum Yanui Beach🚗. Da checkin erst um 13:00 war und wir schon um 04:00 ankamen, durften am Strand erst einmal die Augen zu gemacht werdeb😴. Noch etwas erschöpft von der Busfahrt, wurde der Samstag relaxt und entspannt am Strand verbracht😍. An Tag zwei wurden Roller gemietet und kurz darauf dann auch die Restliche Insel erkundet👏🏼. Nach der wunderschönen Altstadt und dem Big Buddha ging es auch zum Patong Beach🙈. Wer Partyurlaub machen möchte ist hier genau richtig😅. Allerdings waren doch alle recht froh, als wir wieder zurück im Süden, an unserem kleinen Strand waren😊.
    Erkenntnis: Augen auf im Straßenverkehr👀. Erst recht wenn du andere „Weiße“ auf `nem gemieteten Roller siehst🙈🙄.
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  • Day37

    Vom Park zur Moschee

    September 12, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Mit unserer ersten Besucherin, Wenke, der Schwester von Jöran, ging es heute erneut in den Hat Yai Park😊. Da das Wetter besser hätte nicht sein können, ging es direkt weiter zur größten Moschee in Süd Thailand🇹🇭. Überraschenderweise gab es auf dem Rückweg dann doch ein Starkes Unwetter⛈🙈. Nach kurzer Zwangspause ging es für eine Warme Dusche zurück ins Apartment🥶😅.Read more

  • Day84


    October 29, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Ohne bestimmten Anlass, aber dafür mit großem Hunger, trieb es uns, und ein paar freunde aus der Uni ins Dachgeschoss des Centara-Hotels, Hat Yai zum „All you can eat Buffet“🙊. Zum Teil auch wegen der guten Ergebnisse unserer Midterm-Examen schmeckte das Essen vielleicht doppelt so gut😍. Gemeinsam vielen wir übers Buffet her. Und erst als sich der letzte auf seinem Stuhl nicht mehr bewegen konnte/ wollte und die letzte Kugel Eis verdrückt wurde, ging es gemächlich wieder nach Hause.😊Read more

  • Day15

    Chemical Engineering Department

    August 21, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute stand eigentlich nur ein kurzer Besuch des Chemical Engineering Departements an👨🏼‍🔬. Mit so einem freundlichem Empfang haben wir allerdings nicht gerechnet🙈. Nach dem Essen ging es auch schon los zur Laborbesichtigung😁.
    Deutsche Standarts gelten anscheinend nicht überall🤷🏼‍♂️. Alles egal, wenn alle so nett und freundlich sind😍. Dann noch eine kleine Vorstellungsrunde vor der Klasse und einen Vortrag über unser Studium in Deutschland🤓. Und alle sind glücklich🍀.
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  • Day58

    Abstecher Chinatown

    October 3, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Immer noch viel zu endecken😄
    Viele Menschen, viel Essen.
    Chinatown Hat Yai👏🏼
    Nach der Ankunft mit unserem rotem Flitzer, sahen wir schon von weitem die bunten Lichter und Laternen🤩. Anscheinend fand auch gerade heute, unter lautem Getrommel, viel Tanz und einer menge Feuerwerk eine traditionelle Zeremonie statt🐉🎊.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Hat Yai, هات ياي, ཧ་ཊི་ཡའི།, האד-יאי, Hatjaj, HDY, ハートヤイ郡, 핫야이, Hatjajus, ہات یائی, Хатъяй, Хат Јаи, หาดใหญ่, 合艾