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Hi,

I was told that some Hatyai hotels are haunted, particularly after the big flood.

Has anyone experience it over there or is this story true.

More info is needed.

Thank you.

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Bomb blasts in Hatyai. Four killed including one farang English teacher.

8 Malaysian visitors injured.

And now the Coup D'etat.

What will become of Hatyai?

The answer:

Hatyai will be a ghost town.

No more tourists from Malaysia and Singapore for a long long time.

Hatyai would loose millions and millions of Bahts in terms of tourism.

The tourism industries, hotels, shop keepers, hawkers, restaurants,

and the sex related business would all be badly effected.

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Bomb blasts in Hatyai. Four killed including one farang English teacher.

8 Malaysian visitors injured.

And now the Coup D'etat.

What will become of Hatyai?

The answer:

Hatyai will be a ghost town.

No more tourists from Malaysia and Singapore for a long long time.

Hatyai would loose millions and millions of Bahts in terms of tourism.

The tourism industries, hotels, shop keepers, hawkers, restaurants,

and the sex related business would all be badly effected.

A similar fate that befell Bali....... The economy ruined. :o

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The latest bomb blasts and the coup d'etat has a very very devastating effect on

the economy of Hatyai. The people who would suffer most are the tourism trade,

shopkeepers, road side hawkers, restaurants, hotels, food vendors, tuk-tuk drivers,

night clubs, bars, entertainment industry, and the sex related industry.

Under normal circumstances, no fewer than five thousand visitors from Malaysia

(mostly 90% Malaysian Chinese) and Singaporeans go in daily, by car, van, bus,

tour bus, taxi, motor-cycle, train, and some just walk in. During week-ends and

public holidays, all hotels would be fully booked.

Today Hatyai, Thailand's third city, is a ghost town.

During the 50's (1950), Hatyai was a small village town and unknown to the world.

It was the night life and the sex related industry that attracted the attention of the

Malaysians (particularly the Malaysian Chinese) and the Singaporeans to visit this

exciting and lively village town. And because of all these, this unknown village town

has become Thailand's third city.

It would take a very very long time to get the visitors back, and if the situation do

not improve, then Hatyai and its economy will go to the dogs, so to speak.

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Latest Update on Hatyai.

This info was reported in the Malaysian press some time ago.

" If you cannot come to Hatyai..... Hatyai will come to you ".

It was reported that the Thai sex related industry has come over

to the border towns in Malaysia. The pretty young thing has come

over to ply their trade in undisclosed locations. Interested and

bona fide clients would be taken to those secret locations.

The Malaysian authorities are tracking them down. The pretty

young thing came in with a tourist visa. Working without a work

permit is a serious offence. Being a Muslim nation, the authorities

are taking a very serious stand against the sex related industry.

Some have gone down to Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highland

and beyond. They are playing hide and seek with the Immigration and

other law enforcement agencies. If caught working illegally..... convicted,

sent to jail, and after that, deported.

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I was planning to go to LOS and Hatyai in mid-November. Still am. I haven't heard of any terrorist activity since the bombings in mid-September and the coup, which seems to have quieted things. Is this correct?

Thank you

KB.

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Inspite of the peace talks between the Thai authorities and the separatists in Langkawi about three months

ago, the above bomb blasts just happened last month.

As far as Malaysian and Singaporean visitors are concerned, Hatyai is now a very dangerous place to go.

The Malaysian authorities have gave warning to its citizens not to go in unless they have very good reasons to do so.

The situation there is highly volatile. As the saying goes, ' Enter at your own risk. '

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I was planning to go to LOS and Hatyai in mid-November. Still am. I haven't heard of any terrorist activity since the bombings in mid-September and the coup, which seems to have quieted things. Is this correct?

Thank you

KB.

Why do you want to go to a dangerous area in Thailand?

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I lived in Hat Yai for 2 months earlier this year and loved the place.

Does anyone know how the trouble in the south has been effected since the coup?

I am aware the military leader said he is willing to talk to the people behind the violence in the south, IF he can find who they are. What has happened since then? I may be back in Hat Yai for a day or two next month as well...

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Inspite of the peace talks between the Thai authorities and the separatists in Langkawi about three months

ago, the above bomb blasts just happened last month.

As far as Malaysian and Singaporean visitors are concerned, Hatyai is now a very dangerous place to go.

The Malaysian authorities have gave warning to its citizens not to go in unless they have very good reasons to do so.

The situation there is highly volatile. As the saying goes, ' Enter at your own risk. '

I've been to Hat Yai already and its a poor substitute for Phuket or Chang Mai etc. Its geared up for the Malays/Singaporeans, think of it as a smaller version of Bangers but slightly more unfriendly.

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I got the same impression, but it was back a few years, no hurry to visit again.

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