Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome To Ha'adyai

My recent trip to Ha'adyai in South Thailand was an eye opener since my last trip was some 10 years ago. However, it was a pleasant reunion for the entire family again after almost 20 years! So much has changed with new hotels, shopping hubs and highways.

Let me share with you the correct spelling and pronunciation of this town as many friends often checked with me on its accuracy. It should be spelled as "Ha'adyai" instead of Hatyai. It is pronounced as Hard-Yai. It means Big (Hard) Town (Yai)... Yes, it is Big Town! It was the biggest town in the Souths during the early days when there were no other towns nearby besides their capital city of Bangkok.



It was their no-ending GRAND SALE in Amazing Thailand as usual. Their commercial ads do look catchy and bright like this shopping bag above.



They have many arches and street corners displaying their love and respect for their monarch. However, their streets are still congested with motorcycles and tuk-tuk (mini taxis) roaming in notorious manners. Some have not changed in their bad driving manners when they emphasized too much with their daily greetings and polite gestures. How contrasting! Faintz!


I love their street lamps very much which looked so graceful and artistic. I almost got knocked down by a car for staring up at their street lamps for too long! LOL.




There was another GRAND SALE shopping bag in another street with a huge Coca-Cola bottles beside. I thought I saw a similar bottle in Phuket Island too.


This is one of the shopping street off their 3 main roads which is named after my very distant relative - Niphat Uthit 1, 2 & 3. Malaysians often described Ha'adyai as a small town with these 3 main streets only. The above photo shows the Central Department Store with its Thai flags on the left and the hotel on the right is famous for being big, nice and haunted. The haunting rumours started when it was flooded until water seeped below into their basement car parks where over 10 victims were trapped and drowned in their cars! So scary!


This is what I mean by congested! They drove super fast and tailed behind by inches! Seriously scary!


Look at how the tuk-tuk driver came up close to our knees! My face turned pale in fright. That idiotic tuk-tuk driver just laughed when I snapped this photo. My knee is the right one and the right big chunk belongs to my Swedish brother-in-law.



This is their famous must-visit market which houses all the tiny stalls selling clothes, faked brands and Thai food stuffs! Wear light clothings when you visit that place as it is often humid and crowded where your body will easily rub other bodies! I was often bodily molested by fat old aunties!


Their display of colourful clothes often lured ladies to shop and bargain like zombies. They often ended buying what they don't need. That must be the work of Thai charms!


The hawker food is a tempting fare. Look at their huge friend prawns and crispy chicken wings that go well with their white glutinous rice! Oh Mama, so yummy dei!....



I took the city view from my cousin's hotel room. I am waiting for him to finish his full refurbishing before snapping his new-look HOTEL. I wonder if he will take another 10 years?



Instead of having breakfasts at the hotel, I preferred to walk to the back lane to order take-aways from this stall which catered to a wholesale market's vendors. They sell very cheap drinks and Thai cakes where I could order 2 tall cups of delicious Thai Iced Coffee with chicken rice and Thai cakes. All for less than 50 bahts!!! Seeing is believing - Amazing Thailand!


59 comments:

  1. Wah, got glimpse of your thigh. Putih melepak!

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  2. wah. pak zham kai. haha

    dang. still never been to ha'adyai. when i pass i will go play kao kao. :P

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  3. i think i oso 10 years nvr been to ha'adyai liao..
    the lamp post is really nice .. :)

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  4. Nice place for a visit think more than 2 decades never been there ever since one of our relatives, a family of 5 perished in a car accident and the subsequent demise of my mom the following year gave me no reason to go Big Town although there is still one brother & his family living in Ha'adyai.

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  5. The tuk tuk driver no sleep baby, got eyes dunno Tarzan messing around with the grandson of the former CPO haha.

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  6. White glutinous rice with mango & no need to ask Ah kwai lah..aTOMic Yum are Bananaz all time favorite and also not forgetting the pak kor *ginko* dessert. Imm liao..

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  7. nice ~ wish one day can go there~

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  8. That's just a few hours' drive away. I went there when I was attending a course in Penang as there was a public holiday in between - to Alor Setar in the evening, early next morning past Changloon and Bukit Kayu Hitam...and into Haadyai. Later in the day, straight back to Penang.

    Those days, not worth shopping there - we went to the market. Poor quality, things wouldn't last a year...but I loved the food.

    What did you like best there? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

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  9. Hey hey blogwalking here... sawadikap, dude ;D

    Hahaa. Awesome blog.

    btw, you didn't take any pics of the people there? Any 'chicks' you saw? ;D

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  10. I haven't been to Thailand for a long time..Maybe I need to revisit too.

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  11. Me too,i have not been there about 15 years now,the only thing i guess is the cheap massage there,,, however I am not so much ado about nightlife now,so i guess Hard Yai will have to wait for my returen hahahha

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  12. haatyai! i have one cousin living there, but lost contact with him already :( sad

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  13. I stayed at the supposedly haunted Lee Gardens Hotel. Tak ada apa pun :P

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  14. Neat pictures of Ha'adyai... I'll bet that place has really changed in 20 yrs. It looks very modern and bustling with people and traffic... Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad you got to go there for the reunion.
    Betsy

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  15. walao look at the huge fried prawn, must be infected or what, why so fat 1 LOL! you got try or not? hehe

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  16. molested by old aunty . . . I feel so sorry for you lol

    I got experience that I being stared by stranger for more than . . . 10 aunty stare me at one time haha, so mine got more pressure haha

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  17. colorful shirt looks interesting, and I think it is not nice to wear because not suit me hehe

    the advert board with VISA . . . kind of spoiling the people in Thailand . . . trying to make more bank slave huh hehe

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  18. I also havent been there for ages. Can't remember so many tall buildings back then.

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  19. i spelled both ways, but more often hat yai like the rest of the western ppls. :p

    i was supposed to visit it on tues during the hols - but was forced to call it off since my fren couldn't make it. :(

    and we're supposed to stay at that lee gardens!!!

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  20. Arumugam dei, you've been to Ha'adyai for holidays during the raya!! Thambee thought Arumugam just hide in the Thai jungle..

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  21. Thambee has not been to Ha'adyai for a long time too.. the last time Thambee was there was like 10 years ago!!

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  22. looks like the place is so different now already, nicer landscape and totally impressive lamp posts!! and Thambee love that huge coca-cola bottle.. sure Arumugam treated that as a coconut tree and chased Letchumi around it singing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai!!!

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  23. Thambee think that Grand Plaza Hotel was where Thambee stayed last time.. so that hotel is really a haunted one?? OMG, sounds so scary Arumugam!! @_@

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  24. and the central market!! hey, it looks so different already.. i still remember it was a very crappy place and very run down.. and Thambee's girl friends all like to go there to buy Wacoal bra!! and the guys of course go nowhere to go buy to shop inside the market..

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  25. Thambee just remember there are lots of nice food inside there.. and Thambee and friends bought lots of snacks from there and brought back home.. all sorts of snacks, they are really creative!!

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  26. Thambee still remembers that time the most popular snack is the Tai Koh brand peanuts, coated with coconut milk crispy layer.. haha!! 100 baht for 3 big cans Thambee still remembers!! those are the must get, other than the cashew nuts, cuttlefish etc..

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  27. Arumugam dei!!! Thambee forgotten to wish you and Letchumi selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin!!

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  28. what makes the travel feels much better is when you know your way around.


    If I was there, I'll probably end up lost in the city...

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  29. wow trip to Thailand.. did you visit the Floating market too? or is it far from there??

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  30. Is Thailand very near to Malaysia??? Yikes.. I'm so weak when it comes to geography./. maybe should check the map to find out.

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  31. I listed a top five entry about Thailand recently and they really have some great places to visit huh

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  32. thanks for sharing your Thailand trip Twilight

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  33. sorry for my late visit as well... whew... that was a very loooong weekend for me hehe

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  35. salam kenal.. kalau nak baca my experience mengembara ke 46 buah negara, jemput berkunjung ke my blog.. :)

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  36. Wah! So long never visit Ha'adyai? Wow! Reunion after only 20 years! That's really a long long time!!

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  37. Oh so "Ha'adyai" is the correct spelling? I see some ads and travel brochures still spelling it as Hatyai! Why?

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  38. And some people pronounce it as Hard Jai! : D

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  39. Ooh! They still drive like crazy! Some things just cannot change haha!!

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  40. Ooh! The hotel is big, nice and haunted?! I like that haunted part hehe

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  41. Huh? Water flooded the basement until the people were trapped and drowned in their cars? Were the water that fast? Didn't they have time to leave their cars?

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  42. Ok, so now not only me like to show my legs in blogs hahaha!!! XD

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  43. What?! Are you kidding? 2 tall cups of delicious Thai Iced Coffee with chicken rice and Thai cakes for less than 50 baht?!!!!! Wow! I want!!!! : D

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  44. sawadeekap... my last trip to Hard Yai was on 1986 if not mistaken. I think it's time to pay a visit to Hard Yai again :p

    Anyone?

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  45. I thought ha'ad means beach in Thai?

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  46. Thailand is cheap for clothes! Also got large sizes! I should go there and shop :3

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  47. 50 baht is cheap... No other place can find >.<;

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  48. I nearly typed bath... haha 50 bath... ewwww stinky until need 50 bath? hahaha!

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  49. 月圆圆,人甜甜。祝你越来越有钱。
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    zhù nǐ yú jiā rén, Zhōng qiūjié kuàilè。

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  50. Bananaz also cant read Chinese merely follow the pinyin..haha...trying to translate literary...

    Moon round round, people sweet sweet, wishing you making ton$ of $$$ quick.

    Moon bright bright, people pair pair, wishing you harmony with peace of mind.

    Good shall triumph over evil, wishing you great abundance.

    Wishing you and family a Happy MidAutumn festival.

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  51. Saw a police man in an email busting some illegal whisky production plant in Ha'adyai wearing a vest "POLICE HATYAI". Which is the official spelling for Big Town? My head getting yai yai! Kop khun kap

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  52. wow this place is truly a shopping heaven for the ladies. Amazing Thailand. how amazing? i guess i need to find it out myself :)

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  53. Would like to visit Ha'adyai (have to get the spelling right!) in the future!

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  54. Thanks for sharing the correct spelling for Ha'adyai. Never knew this and I must note it down

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  55. Neway, this is my first time dropping by your blog and I think it would be nice to say HELLO!!

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  56. HELLO YELLOW!!! OMG THIS HAS BEEN AGES

    So, did you get anything for me from thai? :( or, I'm totally forgotten?

    -Rad

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  57. so long no update d.. how was you? hmm~

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  58. Emmmm...never had a chance to visit Ha'adyai. Would love to drop by one of these days ....drop by Eugene's blog ....

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