Hat Yai Journals

The jungles of South Thailand

A September 1997 trip to Hat Yai by jwagner

Quote: Often overlooked by people heading to Bangkok or Chang Mai, the Hat Yai province offers a beautiful destination and a chance to see a less traveled part of Thailand

The jungles of South Thailand

Overview

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The seafood along Hat Samila, fishing villages of Thaleh Sap, the Songkhla waterfront for a view of commercial fishing industry, Kao Seng, a colorful fishing village, the excellent Institute for Southern Thai Studies museum, diverse (and colorful) religious ceremonies, Khukhut Waterbird Sanctuary, Hat Yai commercial district for shoppingQuick Tips: Plan to spend two or three days in Hat Yai, including a long half-day at the Southern Thai Studies museum. The jungles around the Songklaw province are lush and beautiful and the waterbird santuary is worth the better part of an afternoon.Best Way To Get Around: You'll need to rent a car and driver or use a taxi in order to get around Hat ...Read More
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The collection is expansive but all the labels are in Thai so make sure you can latch onto someone who can translate for you. Look for the Muslim fishing village to the south of the museum. Folk art lovers will find this place particularly interesting.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Institute of Southern Thai Studies
Moo 1 Tambon Koyo
Hat Yai, Thailand
(66)7433-1184-9

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Nightlife in Thailand is never easy, especially when we've been desensitized to Asia's sex industry by political correctness. This bar is a place where you'll find lots of foreigners. As a result, you'll find lots of prostitutes, too. So get ready to hear sad tales of woe (many of them, unfortunately, true) and get primed to fend off business deals. With the right attitude, it can be a fun place to explore and contemplate American values and watch your friends turn beet red.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

The Lipstick Bar and Cheeky Pub
Saket Road Next To Wat Saket
Hat Yai, Thailand

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You need to take a boat to get to the park and the cost seems a little extravagant to some (you'll pay about $20 American) but this reserve for migratory birds is breathtaking. There's help for English-speaking tourists and the almost-certain mid-afternoon rainfall will be an interesting memory for those folks who don't live in the rainy Northwest or in a rain forest.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Khuket Waterbird Sanctuary
Outside of Sathing Phra
Hat Yai, Thailand

Religious Ceremony

Attraction

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In early September, we happened upon Chinese nationals honoring their gods with a spirited, fascinating self-mutilation ceremony. First the young men put themselves into a trance while drums echoed a steady beat. Then they rapped themselves in strings of firecrackers, cut deep gashes into the tongues, flogged themselves with Cat-O-Nine Tails and ran needles through various body parts. Fascinating (voyeuristic) glimpse at another culture. No way to plan for this. Just be willing to dig into the side streets.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2000

Religious Ceremony
Backstreets of Songklha
Hat Yai, Thailand

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Early Saturday, Sept, 10. Our time in the north has flown by and now we are on a Thai Airways plane enroute to Hat Yai and Songkhla Province. No matter what people told me about Thailand in advance of my trip here, the superlatives were not adequate: The people here are gentle and friendly, the food is wonderful, the filth of the air in Bangkok is extraordinary. The bawdiness of the thigh bars is impossible to exaggerate. We flew from Bangkok to the regional airport here aboard Thai Airways and were transported by car to a spectacular Princess Resort amidst the Water Buffalo-festooned rice paddies of Southern Thailand. Here, many restaurants are little more than four p...Read More