Hatyai & Songkhla Tour, Thailand
Wednesday, the first day of February 2023 will be another day to remember ~ a beautiful visit to interesting places around Hatyai and Songkhla Province.
Our visit to Southern Thailand this time was mainly for shopping in the city of Hatyai and didn’t really plan to travel outside the city center.
That morning, we were actually looking for a TukTuk (popular transportation in Thailand) to the huge Plaza Market for our 3rd shopping day here. We were very lucky to meet the tour guide who was also looking for his first passenger of the day in the lobby of Hotel Aloha. He usually asks for 1,500 baht for a day trip around Hatyai and Songkhla attractions but due to not many customers this weekday, he was willing to give us a discount to 1,400 Bath and to any places that we like from his list as long as the journey is not late until 6:30 pm. Feeling so excited about the interesting places shown in his album, we didn’t waste time and went straight into his TukTuk.
This adventure completely changed our perception of Hatyai & Songkhla. All the while, we thought this is just a place to shop for foods and goods. Actually, Hatyai and Songkhla are no less interesting than the First (Bangkok) and Second (Chiang Mai) largest metropolitan cities in Thailand which we had visited previously. In addition to the Buddhist temples built on high hills, Songkhla also has attractive tourist destinations along the coast, such as Samilar Beach. The famous Mermaid Statue is located at this beach, our 3rd last destination. Our guide drove us here after we had our Thai fish curry lunch at the beach restaurant nearby.
The 3 km stretch of white beach is also popular with horse riding activity. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to ride the horse, it’s already 5.00 pm when we finished our last capture of the Mermaid Statue photo and needed to move on to the last two destinations – the Floating Cafe and ASEAN Night Bazaar in Hatyai.
The one day tour with TukTuk isn’t enough to explore the whole beauties and charms of Hatyai and Songkhla especially what the huge city could offer. We are surely coming here again to explore more about the amazing destinations in Southern Thailand