After immigration procedures being handled without hassle, we drove 60km towards Hat Yai for check in. The hotel staff were all being friendly, even one of them could speak Malay and that made our task a lot easier. Room rate was Thai Baht 500 bath per night. I could hardly remember which hotel was that as there are many accommodation in Hat Yai scattered around the town area.
First Day - Songkhla
We woke up early for some breakfast in a muslim restaurant. Had some roti canai and teh tarik. It was quite an expensive meal for a piece of roti cost about Thai Baht 8 and a glass of teh tarik was Thai Baht 20. After breakfast, we drove straight to Songkhla, approximately 30 km from Hat Yai for sight seeing...
The weather was hot and humid when we arrived Songkhla at about 10 a.m. After taking some pictures, it was decided to find a place for having some lunch. Being famished due to a lot of walking around made us to wander aimlessly for shop. Fortunately finding muslim food here is easy. Just look at any sign board of some restaurant with " Muslim Food" and you will be able to have anything on the menu. Luckily we managed to have a perfect view to admire the structure of this temple while having the lunch.What makes the lunch memorable was the owner of the shop couldn't speak Malay at all, so many hand sign being used for communication. The only thing I could understand was the word "Malei" being used by the local to describe people from Malaysia. Easy huh? Despite the language barrier, the food was fantastic and really delicious. The way of food being cooked here is similar to what I have in Kelantan. Very nice right? perhaps our taste buds have been well accustomed to Thai food for many years...
The local girl selling Glutinuos Rice With Manggo, one generous portion that cost about Thai Baht 40.
After the sight seeing in Songkhla, we returned back to hotel to refresh ourselves. Then we went back to the city for some shopping.
After some shopping, it was time to go back to hotel and get some rest.
For the second day, we went to some market finding more t-shirts for our friends in Malaysia.
Had some coffee and corn pie in McDonalds. The Corn Pie is the local selection for Thailand McDonalds. No where else to find it and it taste so yummy!
The Hat yai Railway Station...
After we have done with shopping, it was time to go back to Malaysia .Did the check out from the hotel and reached border again at 3 p.m...It seemed so many people in Malaysia flocked the town.
Overall, it was quite pleasant to be out of the country for a while.