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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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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Handmade Dim Sum at Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Asked which meal was the most special while we were in Singapore recently, and the answer can easily be the variety of hand-made dim sum at Wah Lok Restaurant at Carlton Hotel in the city center. Singapore is not short of dim sum opportunities – from old-school, red-carpeted venues, to hip and hyped places. But when it comes to the real things and the original creations, the locals would – in a perfect unison –  point to this...

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Top Views of Singapore, The Pinnacle @ Duxton

Singapore, as you know, is expensive. Even locals, ones making a good living and enjoying life in the island country admitted how costly it can be for some recreational activities like going to the themed Sentosa island or enjoying tourist-packed places such as rooftops of many famous buildings. But here is a choice, the one that will give you a glimpse of the real Singaporean life and a good expansive top view of Singapore from 50th floor that...

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Breakfast in Singapore – Nanyang Tea and Bak Kut Teh | อาหารเช้าแมนๆ แบบชาวสิงคโปร์

Above: Tea packing at Pek Sin Choon is still being done traditional ways. By hands and two masterful ladies. Apart from poached eggs and kaya toasts, it’s the tea and Bak Kut Teh that make up for a real traditional Singaporean’s hearty breakfast. FIRST, THE TEA An old-time habit of drinking tea together with slurping a bowl of ‘Bak Kut Teh‘ is a kind of thing that defined a real Singaporean treat. The tea itself is no...

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