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Ventured out today to replenish supplies.

 

Noted quite a few people without masks, we've dropped from the 100% of about a week ago, still the majority are masked, but a noticeable few being worn as chin straps only.

 

Not much traffic, but plenty of road works going on, glad to see the works department is taking the opportunity to do some resurfacing and general repairs.

 

A surprising number of small shops open, but the city was very quiet except for FoodPanda and GrabFood delivery bikes zipping about the place.

 

Big C Extra was near empty, just a handful of shoppers, all the shelves were fully stocked even the noodles and tinned goods. The only taped-off area was the alcohol, but good to see that was all fully stocked ready for reopening next month (hopefully). Everything else in the complex was shut apart from the banks, pharmacies and take away food outlets.

 

Tops (Robinson) was also quiet, but again no shortages of anything, all shelves, fridges and freezers fully stocked.

 

Both Big C & Tops had temperature checks and hand-sanitiser at the door. 

 

We're good now until early next month.

 

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Was in Tops at Central Festival today, fairly busy, most shelves full with locally produced items but I did notice that some of the imported goods were OOS, there is definitely more traffic out and about and almost everyone I saw was in full compliance regarding the wearing of masks.

Drove over to Makro shortly after, the car park was full but I didn't go inside, the missus went, she was able to buy all she was looking for.

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Completed our fortnightly shop today at Big-C and Tops (Robinson). 

 

Hat Yai's starting to look fairly normal, most shops around town seem to be open, lots of traffic. Malls remain supermarkets, banks and pharmacies only, but I hear from May 15th the Plaza will open again, so I assume most of the shops in the other malls will be opening too.

 

Both Big-C and Tops were pretty much fully stocked, the boxes of bottle Leo & Singha beer were all gone, but otherwise all present and correct, I grabbed a slab of Singha tins, just in case. Hard to find tinned tomatoes, none in Big-C, claimed the last three tins in Tops, though whole rather than chopped, and the cheapo brand. Neither store was especially busy today.

 

A lot of roads in the central area has been resurfaced, though no road markings yet. They're digging up Sripoovanart Road near Diana burying the power cables, but someone hit a water main this morning and the road was flooded both ways. Cable burying is in the process of turning the corner into Sam Sip Met.

 

Restaurants are starting to open up this week, the De Van Cuisine called to let us know they were now open, but with limited tables to allow spacing, so please book. I guess it'll be sometime before we can go out for a beer and listen to a band, but we're getting there if slowly.

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Today, I have actually noticed increased traffic. In the morning it felt as though it was a normal school week. Markets were busy as always. Some restaurant seemed to have been preparing for opening. 

Well, things are going back to some sort of normal soon.

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A friend in Hat Yai told me she was going to work as normal (office), so I'm not sure how seriously it is being taken there?

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Hat Yai hasn't shut down. On our soi the motorbike repair shop, dressmaker, bakery and laundry never closed, the only place that did was the hairdressing school. The same goes for most of Hat Yai, the schools, big shops & malls, restaurants and bars all closed, but a lot of smaller premises and industries stayed open.

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Last night we ate out at a restaurant for the first time since March 14th. The De Van Cuisine is now open and it was full last night, well half full as only half the tables were in use; one empty table between diners.

 

First time in Hat Yai after dark for eight weeks and it was a bit depressing to see everything shuttered and the streets empty, particularly the area around Lee Garden now devoid of food stalls and Malaysian tourists. 

 

Daytime on the other hand is starting to look more normal, the Hat Yai Nai Sunday Flea Market was open today for the first time since the lockdown. 

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18 hours ago, Stocky said:

Last night we ate out at a restaurant for the first time since March 14th. The De Van Cuisine is now open and it was full last night, well half full as only half the tables were in use; one empty table between diners.

 

First time in Hat Yai after dark for eight weeks and it was a bit depressing to see everything shuttered and the streets empty, particularly the area around Lee Garden now devoid of food stalls and Malaysian tourists. 

 

Daytime on the other hand is starting to look more normal, the Hat Yai Nai Sunday Flea Market was open today for the first time since the lockdown. 

You mean the Saturday Flea market?

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2 hours ago, Vigilante said:

You mean the Saturday Flea market?

No, our local street market in Hat Yai Nai is most definitely held on a Sunday.

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On 5/11/2020 at 8:18 AM, Stocky said:

No, our local street market in Hat Yai Nai is most definitely held on a Sunday.

Yup, my wife has a stall there, reports from friends was that it wasn’t worth going.
 

Saturday night is the area behind the main wet market / police station - it’s well worth a walk to get some different types of streetfood or second hand items.

 

We went to Big C Klong Hae yesterday, it was a lot busier than recent weeks. In comparison to my last shopping trip to Makro, I noticed a lot of shoppers forgetting about social distancing, people seemed to be a lot less aware / considerate of others.

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I don't think many knew it was re-opening, expect it will be busier this Sunday.

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I'm looking forward to returning to Hat Yai, hopefully next month. Been stuck in Narathiwat now since late March and all provincial borders in the three Southern Border Provinces are still closed and so are all beaches and parks. The local Rama V Park is open to suspected Covid-19 victims or whatever, but not to the general public.

Except for some American Mennonite missionaries, of whom there are always at least a few in town, there are no farangs present. Still, people are nice as always to me and I never get the feeling that foreigners aren't welcome.

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On 5/14/2020 at 3:46 PM, Stocky said:

I don't think many knew it was re-opening, expect it will be busier this Sunday.

Thanks for the update...I was thinking of doing a road trip down there, but can't convince the wife.

 

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Shopping today at Big-C and Tops (Robinson). Hat Yai looking fairly normal except for shuttered hotels & bars, traffic back to where it was.

 

Big-C has the QR Code access system to get in and out of the mall, physically sign in if you can't do it online. HomePro is now open, as are all the shops, and most, but not all, of the stalls. Big-C wasn't too busy and no shortages I noticed. All pretty much as normal except the checking in and out, temperature checks, masks & sanitiser. Tops had the QR Code set up but no one insisted we check in so we didn't, quiet but fully stocked.

 

Restaurants are opening, but the social distancing rules are being applied differently. Last week at De Van Cuisine they had alternate tables in use, but a family group can sit all together at the same table - makes good sense. This weekend we went to Billin Bistro and there the tables are widely spaced AND there is social distancing at the same table, so you can't sit opposite each other, and bizarrely as a family of four we had to sit at two separate tables. The first situation means you can have a nice night out, the second situation you might just as well order through FoodPanda and sit together at home to eat.

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Out for dinner last night and it was noticeable the number of maskless people has increased. Thai restaurant we went to had hand sanitiser and staff were masked but there was little evidence of social distancing, six of us all sat together at a family sized table, with a table of four directly behind us. Beer was available too, served in a coffee mug. Hat Yai is relaxing.

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