A Long Weekend Guide to Hat Yai + Songkhla, Thailand

Hat Yai – the largest district of Songkhla – is the trading capital of the deep south. The municipality is about 920 kilometres south of Bangkok, and like many southern provinces along the historic commercial routes, Hat Yai is a multi-cultural city with local Southern, Thai-Chinese and Thai-Muslim coexisting in a large and diverse community. Chances are you will hear about Hat Yai because of their famous deliciousness. But then...

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Staying at the Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Thailand

Above: Centara Hat Yai Studio Apartment with a living room, a kitchenette and a partitioned bedroom. Even more awesome with their online promotion (pay 2 stay 3 nights) perfect for a long weekend.  We stayed at the Centara during our recent trip to Hat Yai and had a fabulous time with this trusted brand and their well-operated facilities. Hat Yai, despite being the trading hub of Thailand’s deep south, is not too expensive a...

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Pa Yang Restaurant, Hat Yai | ร้านป่ายาง หาดใหญ่

Above: Tom Kati Goong Mae Nam or river prawns in coconut milk soup and assorted vegetables. Live river prawns are delivered each evening and they are delicious simply grilled or lightly poached (with their head butter still nicely oozing) in the coconut milk soup with mixed vegetables (Tom Kati). The river prawns are sold per weight, Bt90 for 100 grams (Bt900 per kilo). The above bowl with four ample prawns is Bt400.  In retrospect, I would...

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Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Above: A bright day in Pranburi. Our pool villa is glowing under the morning sun. We started our recent road trip to the south by making a two-night, do-nothing stop in Pranburi. For those who are looking for a serious vacation, the one that would make you think of nothing, even the guilty feeling caused by some lingering, unfinished works, Pranburi would be the place I’d recommend. The place is about an hour south from Hua Hin, but...

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Pure + Natural Attractions of Chantaburi, Thailand

Above: This video highlights Chantaburi’s beautiful nature, captured during our recent ‘Pure Nature’ trip to Chantaburi with the TAT.  So we were in Chantaburi in September. Which, as everyone might have already taken note, was an offseason for this tropical fruit haven. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is now promoting ‘second-tier’ provinces, trying to boost awareness for the smaller, on-the-fringe...

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The Black Durian of Chantaburi, Thailand :D

Above: This is not your everyday durian, but the rare and much-coveted ‘black durian’ that fruit orchardists usually keep for themselves and exclusively share with their loved ones. View this post on Instagram The story of the much-coveted black durian of Chantaburi is now on my blog. Link via bio. #durian #thailand #chantaburi #JoyfulChanthaburi #LocalStrength #Thailand #amazinggolocal...

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The Different Sides of Thailand In “One Night Stay with Locals”

Above: Dinner at Ban Sam Chong Nuea community in Phang Nga, south of Thailand. Above: Be at one with waters at Pa Tew Community (Bang Son) in Chumphon. Localism is on the rise as evidently in latest get-to-know local program by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Their newly-launched ‘One Night Stay with Locals’ is packed with 13 new programs that spread from North to South and everything in between. Choose from small villages in Phang...

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Singapore Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Confectionery (Hue Kee)

# Singapore Artisanal Mooncakes at Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Confectionery (Hue Kee) # Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Confectionery (Hue Kee) is a local favourite in Singapore when it comes to handmade artisanal Cantonese style baked goods and mooncakes. They are most famous for their assorted mooncakes, but this place has always been a go-to among discerning locals looking for real authentic treats. Egg tarts, chicken cookies (my favourite), and whole...

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Antoinette, Penhas Road, Singapore

# Singapore Cool Cafe # – Antoinette – French Patisserie with Hakka influences. If you look at the map of Singapore, you will see the area near ‘Lavender’ street running the north eastern side off downtown. This area, as I found out, is among the oldest on this island country. But now, as any Singaporean will tell you, the area is coming back with good array of cool and hip cafes run by younger generation who revived the...

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