31 December 2009

HATYAI, THAILAND - SAMILA BEACH & KLONGHAE FLOATING MARKET

Our next destination was to Samila Beach or Laem Samila , where it is famous for the Golden Mermaid Statue which has been the symbol of Songkhla. It's believed that touching the statue will bring good fortune for relationship. This beach is renowned for its powdery sandy beach and shady pine groves.It is easily accessible via Hat Yai-Songkhla buses. From the city, visitors can take a minibus directly to the beach.

The Golden Mermaid Statue was surrounded with lots of tourist and thus we did not take a step closer to have a look! Instead, we just walked around the beach and snapped few photos.



The symbol of Samila Beach


the signboard at the beach



tourist spot filled up with hawkers selling food and souvenir


beautiful beach


After enjoying the fresh air at the beach, our tour guide made a stop at Klonghae Floating Market located in Tambon Klonghae which is 3 miles away from Hatyai City . The floating market is open from Friday to Sunday (3pm to 9pm). This floating market here is different as compared the one in Bangkok cos' the boat will not move and stay at the same point till business is over. Every stall sells their food at 200 TB/RM2 only.



You can also find various type of souvenirs, costume jewellery, tee shirts and etc in the open air section.

Since it was 6pm (5pm in Thailand), my friend and I brought 6 types of food for our dinner. The food was damn cheap and delicious . I couldn't snap the food photos cos my ' stupid'camera ran out of battery again~ ...phew..)


look at the huge crowd of people queuing up to buy food

drinks stall.... a clay container is yours when you order a drink



exotic food....fried worms, cockroaches etc



stalls inside the market



stall selling red and glutinous rice



Later in the night, all of us went to the night market in Central for more shopping on food, clothing and gadgets.




On our last day, we stopped at Ipoh for lunch and have a 8 course sumptuous dinner in a restaurant in Tanjung Malim which is included in the tour package.


Overall, this trip is worth every cents. It's a handsome package complete with nice transport, delicious food, clean accommodation, beautiful sight seeing and not forgetting fond & happy memories to bring back home!

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