Hat Yai (หาดใหญ่) which also known as Haad Yai or Had Yai is a place located at the southern Thailand near the border of Malaysia. As the place is near to Malaysia, it only took me about 3 hours by bus (that exclude the horrible 1 hour waiting for immigration clearance) to reach this small town. The first destination is to Songkhla which well known for its Mermaid Status located at Samila Beach (แหลมสมิหลา). But, our guide pronounce this as “Si Mi Lan Beach” which crack out a loud laughter among all Penangites in the bus. That does not sound like a “good” word in Hockien 🙂

Famous grilled chicken. Trust me, this one taste better than it look.

Variety of Thais “Lok Lok”, actually this is quite nice and cheap (only 10 baht).

I spend a total of 1 hour hunting and waiting for food instead of get a peak on the famous mermaid (photo here). Thanks to the tour guide who lure us to his so-called seafood restaurant nearby leaving us with no choice but to feast on it as we had been starving for nearly 2 hours in the bus. The next destination is the Floating Market situated at Tambon Klonghae in Hat Yai district. Again, the food there is so nice.

This is the scene of the floating market from one side of the bridge.

Another side view of the floating market.

Look at the pretty girl hunger for black, yellow and ugly bug. Thailand should be one “BUG FREE” country. They not only fried and eat all the bugs, but they also make a living from the bugs.

Look at the Thai promoting his delicacies. This don’t look really delicious for me. By the way, the scorpion taste like shit and it don’t really smell good too.. ** Oh ya, I get a bit of it (thanks to psykit for sharing his bugs)

The rest of the of the post is some random shoots of Hat Yai city.

Junction of a busy road.

Old market building.

Bumper to bumper at the market is a very common scene in Hat Yai.


A view from my hotel (Diamond Plaza Hotel Hat Yai) room. Room condition is just so-so and the location is not that strategic compared to Hotel Novotel or Lee Garden Plaze Hotel which located at the heart Hat Yai and the night market just at its door step. Should only consider this 2 hotels for my future visit.

Special thanks to Douglas and his members to organize the trip, psykit for his generosity to lend me his EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens and Ai Lian for her company.

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Billy Chan

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