Hatyai Update 1: Tuktuk, Leaning Buddha & Food Hunting

OK As you may know, I am currently in Hat yai and here are some photos of what happened yesterday.
This is a summary post. Details and more photos/videos will be up in soon.

So Air Asia just launched their flight from KL to Hatyai and they have invited a few bloggers to experience the inaugural KUL-Hatyai flight there. In this photo you see me from Malaysia, Adrian from Singapore, Niza and Qasturi both AirAsia crew, Jian from Malaysia and Iska from Indonesia.

Now everyone can fly.. to HATYAI! No need to drive on super long highways from one country to another… save lots of time.. cos the flight takes only 1 hour! Thanks to Air Asia.

The welcoming ceremony when we landed in Hatyai was AWESOME. They had people forming lines on both sides welcoming us with flowers, souvenirs etc etc… and another section with people holding these “Welcome to Songkhla” boards…. local media was snapping photos and videos of us coming down from the plane. Thanks Airasia for flying us here.

The hotel we are staying in now is called J.B Hotel. Not the best one I’d say… probably a 2-3 stars hotel.. AirAsia.. you’ve got to do better than this. hehe.

First thing we did was to look for food. The locals there kept telling us that this wooden roadside stall sells very nice fried kuey teow so we went to give it a try. Not bad.. we had more things there.. some deserts and Thai version of Otak-otak.. but i’ll show those photos next time.

We then took the Tuk-tuk van to our first Hatyai attraction: The leaning buddha aka “Hat Yai Nai”. Tuk-tuk rides in Hatyai are by default 20 Baht. If you are paying more than 20, you are paying too much.

They famous Hat Yai Nai is actually located nearby the town… so its easy to get to. More shots from this spot soon.

When you go to Hatyai, you have to try their Bird’s nest desert, it’s damn cheap there.. ahaha this one I had was just 200 Baht… which is about RM20. Of course, they are categorised into quality… the lowest quality one.. which is this one you see in the photo.. is the cheapest. Better ones are priced at 300 Bhat, 500 Baht & up.

In the evening we went food hunting at the streets… hehe we managed to find some stalls selling some unique desserts, fried stuff and other types of food. Videos of us trying them will be uploaded soon.

We ended our Day 1 in Hatyai by going to this famous restaurant called “Kam Eng” that serves cheap Thai food. It’s a must to try out the Tom Yam when we are in Thailand, rite? 😀

Hatyai Day 2 summary will be up tomorrow!
I’ll be back in KL tomorrow btw (21 Aug).

Visit Airasia website now to book your flights to Hatyai! 😀



  1. Tallboyz

    I saw u holding Nikon! 😛

    smashpOp Replies:

    so small also u can see?!!??!

  2. ewin

    wah niceee!

    smashpOp Replies:

    thanks abang ewin!

  3. JLean

    Dropping by ere Jason. =)

    smashpOp Replies:

    hey bro! hows the ryders yo! 😛

  4. MsXeRoZ

    pOp! save me a scoop of bird nest pweeeease…. ^^
    Enjoy ur trip yah!

    smashpOp Replies:

    ahhahha finish liao! 😛 very sedap 😀 thanks

  5. Zhi Shan

    the bird nest real one or not.haha

    smashpOp Replies:

    real wan le… ahaha i see they all picking the features on another table

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  6. uLi

    Yummy Tom Yam Kung 🙂

    smashpOp Replies:

    ahahah yea.. the assam fish lagi yummy 😀

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  8. qastury

    Hey hey Jason. loving your photos la!! nice pictures u got there!! 🙂


    The Assam Fish can die. It was too spicy for all of us. The Tom Yam Soup was filled with whole chilli padis!!! We were drenched from head to toe!!


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  11. Jane

    Would a tuk tuk able to bring me to the floating market just like to Hat Yai Nai?

    And where is the wooden road side stall selling fried kuey teow?

    I am going there next month… hope to find some good food…

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