Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Songkran 2014 Celebration at Hat Yai (Part 1)

I love Songkran! Have you ever been to Thailand during Songkran festival? The Songkran festival is Thailand's New Year celebration which is held every April. This festival is associated with lots of water guns and baby powder. Apparently, the Thais are very, very serious with water fight! I have never been to Songkran festival before. So this year, I decided that I should experience it myself. I opt for Hat Yai. I bought return tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar since direct flight was way too expensive. I mean come on, who wants to spend RM600++ just to go to Hatyai? I rather go to Samui instead :P

So off we go! Mari sini saya summarize how to get to Hatyai from Kedah Airport aka Sultan Abdul Halim Airport:

From Airport to Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration by cab
Airport cab fare ticket
Airport to Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration - by cab
Please buy cab coupon at the counter. Costs us about RM55 per cab. It took about 45 minutes cab ride to reach the immigration. Once you have reach the immigration, please go to the immigration office on your left. Take a arrival/departure card for free. Kalau ambil dari ulat-ulat kat luar tu, you have to pay RM2! Pfttt.. Please fill in the card and queue at the immigration counter. After they stamped your passport, you are good to go.

From Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration - Sadao - Hat Yai
Jalan kaki je from immigration. Bahaha.. You need to walk to Sadao's 7-Eleven. It is very near. About 5 minutes walk I guess. From there, you can take a comfortable mini van to Hatyai. This will cost you about 57 bath (RM5.70). The mini van is so cheap and comfortable so it made our 1 hour++ ride to Hatyai bearable. The van will drop you off at Hatyai bus station.

Sadao 7-Eleven during Songkaran 2014Waiting for minivan to Hat Yai
Sadao 7-Eleven. Wait for your mini van to Hat Yai here.

Anyway, be prepared! Once you have crossed the border, the water shooting start. Hahaha.. Kami baru jalan beberapa langkah terus kena! Just laugh it off and have fun! Hehehe

Hat Yai tuk tukHat Yai water festival 2014

We stayed at Win Resort which I will review later. It was crazy I tell you! Hat Yai people can't really speak English so we had some troubles to get to Win Resort. Bahahaha.. Luckily my friend kept the resort's phone number and map. Our driver called the resort's front desk to get directions. So this is where the crazy part started. We hopped on a motorcycle. Yes, three of us. The Thai uncle, my friend, and myself. I felt like I was in India at that time. Hahahaha! But we made it there. I don't really remember how much the uncle charged us. But we just gave him 200 bath including tips and since he was using his own mobile phone to call the front desk.

To be continued ...

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