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I've not been into town since Monday's shopping so can only comment on my local neighbourhood of Hat Yai Nai. 

 

I'd say that we're now at about 90% masked. But lock down no, most of the shops are open, meat, vegetables and fruit are all available locally with no signs of any shortages. Food stalls are still around but all restaurants are take away only. 

 

There was no Sunday street market today, so no buzz of early morning traffic today to wake me up. And the local mosque has ceased the call to prayer since Thursday, which is quite strange, you become so used to it that you're unaware of it until it's not there.

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Hat Yai seems to be quieter, but this doesnt mean the driving gets easier. There seems to be a higher ratio of erratic drivers. 

Some 7/11s seem rather understocked now. Local market prices are on the rice. Bones for soup go for a 100 baht a kilo. The vendor charged 200 baht for pork. Got a medium-sized broccoli for 40 baht.

 

And what could have gone more wrong here? New neighbours moved in and they are those typical countryisde people. Loud motorbikes in and out any time of the day and the first thing that needs to be installed? It's the sound system with the bass pulled the loudest. 

When "lovely" neighbours do this, I usually get out of the house for hours or move into a hotel for a night or two. Depending on the situation. But what now?

Luckily there is no curfew, so this afternoon we are already out looking for a new rent.

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4 hours ago, phuketsub said:

'lockdown' might be inaccurate...but riding my bike through town is almost eerie for lack of activity...but except for the teenage boys on bikes, the self quarantine has been very effective.

 

I go out every day and ride around on my mountain bike through the rice fields,,,not a bad time to live in the middle of nowhere.

I rode on my motorbke from Singha Nakon up to Krasae Sin today..back roads

The sugar palm 'corridor'

Beautiful country

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25 minutes ago, Vigilante said:

I rode on my motorbke from Singha Nakon up to Krasae Sin today..back roads

The sugar palm 'corridor'

Beautiful country

That's probably the most beautiful area in Songkhla.

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If you head further north there is also a nice dirt road along the lake from Krasaesin to Ranode...I've never gone south of Krasaesin though, since I am always on  mountain bike...

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It’s been a few days since the night time curfew and threats of a 24 hour lockdown.

 

We thought it was advisable to bring our “big shop” at Makro forward a couple of weeks.

 

We arrived at 8.15, there was a little more action than normal, but we walked straight in after a temperature check, people weren’t hanging around, everyone quite courteous, giving people space. 


We needed a couple of saucepans, but not possible, any of the rows selling kitchenware, appliances, office supplies were taped off, only takeaway containers and food. 
 

Some people still don’t understand.  At the checkout, people were queuing leaving a great space between each or just walking away from the trolley. A woman just pushed her trolley between myself and the guy in front. I let it slide as the woman only had a few items, but the guy infront explained to the woman that we were all leaving safe distances and she had just barged in. 
 

When we left, there was a queue of around  200 people where the bike park is, they took temperature and handed out a mask in a sealed bag. People we let in on a 1-in-1-out basis.


We only live 2 mins from Big C - The wife will go tomorrow - maybe they have the same arrangement.

 

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8 hours ago, recom273 said:

It’s been a few days since the night time curfew and threats of a 24 hour lockdown.

 

We thought it was advisable to bring our “big shop” at Makro forward a couple of weeks.

 

We arrived at 8.15, there was a little more action than normal, but we walked straight in after a temperature check, people weren’t hanging around, everyone quite courteous, giving people space. 


We needed a couple of saucepans, but not possible, any of the rows selling kitchenware, appliances, office supplies were taped off, only takeaway containers and food. 
 

Some people still don’t understand.  At the checkout, people were queuing leaving a great space between each or just walking away from the trolley. A woman just pushed her trolley between myself and the guy in front. I let it slide as the woman only had a few items, but the guy infront explained to the woman that we were all leaving safe distances and she had just barged in. 
 

When we left, there was a queue of around  200 people where the bike park is, they took temperature and handed out a mask in a sealed bag. People we let in on a 1-in-1-out basis.


We only live 2 mins from Big C - The wife will go tomorrow - maybe they have the same arrangement.

 

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Thanks for the update; it is really useful info for those of us living out here in sticksville...would really appreciate another one from BigC...do you live near the one in Hat Yai Nai or the one downtown?

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It's Tesco Lotus 2 in Hat Yai Nai, Big-C is Khlong Hae and Big-C Extra is downtown. I'll probably see what's happening with Tops (Robinsons) tomorrow and can get an update for Tesco Lotus 2 as well.

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45 minutes ago, Stocky said:

It's Tesco Lotus 2 in Hat Yai Nai, Big-C is Khlong Hae and Big-C Extra is downtown. I'll probably see what's happening with Tops (Robinsons) tomorrow and can get an update for Tesco Lotus 2 as well.

Oh yeah...you're right. Stock up bro! Look forward to your report. 

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5 hours ago, phuketsub said:

Thanks for the update; it is really useful info for those of us living out here in sticksville...would really appreciate another one from BigC...do you live near the one in Hat Yai Nai or the one downtown?

I live in Klong Hae, famous for the floating market, we rode past big c today, there didn’t seem any major activity.

 

One good thing, the wife found this place advertised on Facebook, it’s an organic “greenhouse” operation. 


https://www.facebook.com/KritSamaiPlantation.Hatyai.Songkhla/

 

If you need a ride out and avoid the crowds, and get some good supplies. We bought a kilo of salad, a couple of butternut squash, curly kale, and one of the nicest melons I have tasted in a long time. Expensive but he is a big operation and always has stock.
 

Also worth a note, we saw today, a police roadblock on the new Songkhla road, just before it intersects with the rte.4 ( yala > phattalung ) So they are out there doing something, not really too sure, the middle aged family I saw being pulled to the side all had masks.

 

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Tops (Robinson) no queue to get in, temperature check and hand sanitiser on entry. Only a handful of people in the store, no restrictions on food & alcohol purchases, or the limited selection of household goods. No obvious gaps on the shelves.


Tesco Lotus 2 (Hat Yai Nai) also quiet, again no queue to get in, just temperature check and hand gel on entry. Non-food areas were cordoned off, so only purchases of food and drink possible. Visible gaps on shelves here, particularly noodles and tinned goods, the stacks of rice bags were looking a little sorry too. 

 

Face masks are close to 100% now in Hat Yai Nai, and certainly a requirement to enter shops. Food stalls still setting up at night, but it's all a lot quieter. I'm sleeping better because of the lack of motorbikes in the early hours. 

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Big C Klong Hae - No queues, not so many customers. temperature check on the way in. Only one door open, the main entrance, but the bike park is still in the same place, meaning a walk in the sun. Only food available, dairy products, fruit and veg in limited supply. Oddly enough, Mr. Donut were open, 10 donut for 100B. 

 

Police - I was riding the back road along the canal from Big C extra to Klong Toey, and came across another police roadblock. I was without a helmet but wearing a mask. I was just waved through. If you are going out, might want to wear a mask at all times.

 

 

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14 hours ago, recom273 said:

Oddly enough, Mr. Donut were open, 10 donut for 100B. 

Doughnut sellers are clearly having a bad time. Last Friday granddaughter and I thought we'd order a few via FoodPanda - Dunkin Donuts were offering buy 6 get 6 free for Bht174 so not as cheap as Mr Donut.

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5 hours ago, Stocky said:

Doughnut sellers are clearly having a bad time. Last Friday granddaughter and I thought we'd order a few via FoodPanda - Dunkin Donuts were offering buy 6 get 6 free for Bht174 so not as cheap as Mr Donut.

I have boycotted Mr Donut in Thailand for years, since they stopped selling hot, black coffee...The only coffee they had at Mr Donut in Pattani was pre-mixed iced coffee with tons of sugar already added! What is the world coming to?!

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FYI there is an official order from the governor of Hat Yai, face masks are compulsory for all and will be enforced with a fine. 

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