Hatyai Merridian Hotel
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Another night train down, we arrived in Hat Yai and took a songtheaw to Songkhla. Songkhla is one of the troubled provinces in the south of Thailand, where civil war has been raging for years, exacerbated by the Thaksin Shiniwatra government that ended in 2006 by military coup. So far over 4100 Thai people have been killed and 6000 plus wounded, with the numbers increasing day on day. We arrived tense, and didn't quite know what ...
... It is a big thing in this part of the world to have a caged bird, or even lots of cages with birds and they do sing most beautifully. I suppose it is Asia’s answer to the budgie!!
When we arrived at Hat Yai, Fintan (who has decided not to cut his hair or shave while on the trip, & he used to work in banking!!) decided to read what the Lonely Planet had to say about where we were. Big mistake as we are in the ...
... stop off at the shopping Plaza. It was a good call, I found a dunkin donuts :) x Outside lots of food stalls where setting up, all smelling wonderful.
All in all a good day, was going to stay another day as I love my room so much but I've squeezed so much in today that I'll be heading back to Hat Yai tomorrow, if all things go to plan!
I'm happy I came, Songkhla has been an exciting little place with lots of friendly people! And amazing food! x
... It was however, a huge multicultural place where Thai's, Chinese and Malays resided with Buddhist temple's and Muslim mosques scattered around the area.
Unfortunately by the time I got back to my room, the clothes were so wet they had dripped on to my bed sheets causing them to remain damp for the entire night. As if that weren't enough for a restless sleep, the high pitched squeaks that I had assumed generated from the fans actually belonged to ...
... recorded in the Ramayana epic where the god rides and travels on it. Thus, in many of the portraits of the Thai King, there’s Garuda on it.
“By the way, those are dragons not snakes,” she said.
Greg and I stood at the hillside admiring the lovely view. Auntie Nuch came close and nudged me.
“Look,” she called and pointed slightly at a boy. “He’s a ladyboy.”
I turned around and saw a very ...