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You Should Drop By Hatyai

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I like Hat Yai a lot. My 3 most recent trips have all gone on longer than I had planned.

For me its just a nice city to wander around. There are some very interesting corners to be found there as well as all of the trappings of modern life. I like the wide streets which give the place a feeling of real space especially when compared to other cities in Thailand.

Its somewhere I'd certainly consider living one day.

The Vegitarian festival in October is also far better than the far more touristy one in Phuket.

The streets in Hatyai will have a face lift as the government is planning to "red0" the electrical system for the whole city.

Presently, all or most wire cables are founb outside along the streets, etc. The project is starting soon and may take more than a year, but when completed, all cables, etc will be underground and will be very much neater like in Singapore.

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Hat Yai is a pretty good place to go for a short trip if you want to tune out from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. The first thing that struck me was that it was such a normal place; none of that tourist stuff.

I met up with some friends and went out to a few places. The Pubb was pretty dire - full of Malay tourists sitting slumped in their seats watching a male and female singer singing ballads - I found myself focusing on toothpicks after 10 minutes... The Curazon is much better. It's meant to be a Latin dance place, but pop and rock songs were being played with not much dancing happening. The atmosphere was good and ran into some interesting company!  :o

There's also another pub, the name of which I can't remember (too much to drink, I think) that played decent music. It was easily the best place out of the lot for music, atmosphere and food.

I wouldn't encourage tourists to take the waters at Samila Beach - it's is probably one of the worst Thai beaches I have ever seen! The water's oily because there's a shipping port nearby. But the bronze statues are great to see and the monkeys on the side roads are entertainment.

I think you meant "Malaysian" tourists as Malay is a race.

The "other" pub could be West Side?

Anyway, these are smallers pubs right in the middle of the city. There's also Kiss Channel, Water Bar and Or Kar Club Part 2 to name a few which are all at least 5 to 10 times bigeer than pubs like the Pubb or Corozon.

A couple of Discos like Disco Palace or Paragon which can equal Hollywood in Ratchada too.

kiss1.jpgkiss2.jpgparagon3.jpg

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I like Hat Yai a lot. My 3 most recent trips have all gone on longer than I had planned.

For me its just a nice city to wander around. There are some very interesting corners to be found there as well as all of the trappings of modern life. I like the wide streets which give the place a feeling of real space especially when compared to other cities in Thailand.

Its somewhere I'd certainly consider living one day.

The Vegitarian festival in October is also far better than the far more touristy one in Phuket.

The streets in Hatyai will have a face lift as the government is planning to "red0" the electrical system for the whole city.

Presently, all or most wire cables are founb outside along the streets, etc. The project is starting soon and may take more than a year, but when completed, all cables, etc will be underground and will be very much neater like in Singapore.

That should be interesting the next time there is 2 meters of water in the streets. Or is that also being taken care of?

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That should be interesting the next time there is 2 meters of water in the streets.  Or is that also being taken care of?

The past few days had been quite "worrying" for me as I lived by the river. Although, there were times when it rained for hours in Hatyai, the City itself has not been affected.

The fear is the surrounding areas in Songkhla which are higher ground than Hatyai and that waters from these areas may flood into Hatyai.

The last couple of days were on alert as the water level reaches the edge of the river where normally it is at least 10 feet below. The drainage system in front of my house were also brimming where it is normally dry.

Some areas outside the City which I passed by were flooded up to about a couple of feet but it was not damaging or anything like that. Maybe acouple of blocks type, not 10 blocks.

Today, the river subsided and the drainage level went down by at lest 15 inches eventhough it rain for a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning.

But we're keeping our fingers crossed as the radio reported storm from 13 to 16th.

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The big flood came from the West side mountains trying to get to the lake last time. Water was up to second story downtown. At that time construction was blamed (no drainage due to new roads blocking runoff) but city is lower than everything around it so I would think there is still a danger. Glad it looks better today.

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Yeah, some clever individual emptied the water through the city and all the drains were blocked up with plastic bottles etc. The city filled to about a 3m depth and something like 800 people were drowned or electrocuted. They found loads of people dead in cars at undergroud parking lots days later. It absolutely pissed down that year for weeks on end.

Hat Yai as a city is a bit of a featureless bore, with not much going for it apart from the nifty markets between Niphats 1 and 3. Take away Lee Gardens Plaza and the cinemas and there ain't much to do apart from the obvious allure of the Pink Lady et al. Some nice countryside around the city, although CM knocks it on its bottom. Songkhla is the big attraction in the province...bags of character and not too many farangs. Must admit, I find the locals down there much more friendly than the northeners and the women are hot!

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I think you meant "Malaysian" tourists as Malay is a race.

The "other" pub could be West Side?

Anyway, these are smallers pubs right in the middle of the city. There's also Kiss Channel, Water Bar and Or Kar Club Part 2 to name a few which are all at least 5 to 10 times bigeer than pubs like the Pubb or Corozon.

A couple of Discos like Disco Palace or Paragon which can equal Hollywood in Ratchada too.

kiss1.jpg  kiss2.jpg  paragon3.jpg

Er, nobody was dressed in swimwear in any of the places I mentioned... even Body Glove is so 90s :o. And I'm pretty sure the tourists were ethnic Malays as they looked neither of Indian extract nor Chinese... and there were heaps of them.

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You are right, when you say, ' Malays '....... it is an ethnic race when refering to Malaysia.

In Malaysia, we have Malays, Chinese, Indians and other Indigenous people.

As a nation and citizen, we are called " Malaysian ".

In other words........ Nationality : Malaysian. Race : Malay/Chinese/Indians/Others/etc or as the case

maybe.

Most of the tourists (90%) visiting Hatyai are Chinese Malaysian.

I am a Chinese Malaysian.

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then I'll have to work on telling people apart, then... oops... well at least I didn't mistake them for Indians :b

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kiss1.jpg   kiss2.jpg   paragon3.jpg

Er, nobody was dressed in swimwear in any of the places I mentioned... even Body Glove is so 90s :o. And I'm pretty sure the tourists were ethnic Malays as they looked neither of Indian extract nor Chinese... and there were heaps of them.

kekekekeke,

the picture on the left and centre is Kiss Channel and on the right is Paragon. All taken recently meaning what you see, is now what you can get.

As for the races, well, even Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese look different from Chinese from China as many of us are not "fair skin". In fact, we make be also mistaken to be Thais by the unsuspecting.

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Yeah, some clever individual emptied the water through the city and all the drains were blocked up with plastic bottles etc. The city filled to about a 3m depth and something like 800 people were drowned or electrocuted. They found loads of people dead in cars at undergroud parking lots days later. It absolutely pissed down that year for weeks on end.

Can I know the source of this information? I haven't read about this anywhere.

I know there were people who died but these are in the villages, not in the city. As far as foreigners are concern, I thought that only 1 tourist died and that was due to a fall.

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The wife and I were in Hat Yai about two weeks after the flooding and told (by several persons) that people died in elevator into the basement of Lee Gardens Plaza when they went down into the water not knowing so don't believe it was only the villages where people died. It was a flash flood and many were taken by surprise. Both Central Hotel and Lee Gardens underground areas were completely destroyed. Two week later streets were green and smell of mildew everywhere. All vehicles were completely under water (even those on streets) and you can imagine how they smelled a few weeks later.

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The wife and I were in Hat Yai about two weeks after the flooding and told (by several persons) that people died in elevator into the basement of Lee Gardens Plaza when they went down into the water not knowing so don't believe it was only the villages where people died.  It was a flash flood and many were taken by surprise.   Both Central Hotel and Lee Gardens underground areas were completely destroyed.  Two week later streets were green and smell of mildew everywhere.  All vehicles were completely under water (even those on streets) and you can imagine how they smelled a few weeks later.

I am aware of the flood back then as I went to evacuate my dad who was trapped in Asian Hotel.

I've heard talks of people dead by being trap in lifts, etc, etc but no one was able to verify it as truth. I was not able to get any reports or newspaper articles on that. Only has seen those whereby villagers died, that's why I'm trying to see whether whether the "trap in lifts" stories are true or not.

In fact, the stories now has it that LGP is now even haunted by those that died there!!!! :o

Stories tend to get out of hand. During the Tsunami, there were tremours in Hatyai too, and some wall tiles outside LGP came off and I was there the following day and saw workers putting on new tiles. But stories now abound that LGP is unsafe as it cracked during the Tsunami outbreak.

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We did stay in the LGP and did hear of the ghosts from every taxi driver we used when they found we were staying there. If I recall rightly it was an entire family in the report. It did give me some nightmares - but with a sixth floor lobby you have no option but to use that set of elevators.

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Yeah, some clever individual emptied the water through the city and all the drains were blocked up with plastic bottles etc. The city filled to about a 3m depth and something like 800 people were drowned or electrocuted. They found loads of people dead in cars at undergroud parking lots days later. It absolutely pissed down that year for weeks on end.

Can I know the source of this information? I haven't read about this anywhere.

I know there were people who died but these are in the villages, not in the city. As far as foreigners are concern, I thought that only 1 tourist died and that was due to a fall.

This is a quote from the BBC of the death toll in Hat Yai during the 2000 flood:

Officials said 33 had died in the last week, mostly from drowning and electrocution after power cables fell into waters near victims.

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