Hat Yai is the biggest city of the Songkhla Province and
the largest metropolitan area in Southern Thailand.
We have been there twice now for short stays but since
the last bombings have decided to avoid the area, except
for the airport when necessary.
It is such a shame because the people are suffering from
the lack of tourists, not just Farangs (as they call us)
but the Malaysians as well.
When we were there we met up with Tun’s brother and
family, who treated us to dinner at a popular local restaurant
out of town, then we came back to the city for a massive
display of firecrackers and Dragons for the Chinese New
The markets are huge but quiet and it was a treat to find
western food at the local supermarkets.
They have MacDonald’s and Steakhouses and we went
to a Cowboy bar where a very funny magician played tricks
on us and managed to catch a glimpse of breast and a kiss
through his amusing trickery!
We visited temples and saw some fascinating things in
shops dotted throughout the city. The food was varied,
tasty and plentiful, the accommodation was good and the
pool was a most welcome treat from the heat of the day.
We hope that things in the south will settle down soon
before the damage for some businesses is irreversible.