Hat Yai – Klong Hae Floating Market

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

Klong Hae Floating Market which located in Klong Hae, Hat Yai is definitely not something new among Malaysian. During our recent trip, we managed to catch a short visit to the floating market since we were there on Friday just before we depart to Phuket on the next day.

The floating market is only open on Friday to Sunday from 3.00pm to 9.00pm with 20 to 25 minutes drive from Hat Yai town (depending on the traffic condition).  We managed to get an offer of 300 baht (return trip) with a 2400 cc car from a tour agent at the Tune Hotel Lobby. Pretty deal to us. Initially, we were hanging around at the hotel lobby just to catch others who might interested to go to the floating market and the idea is to pool in the same tuk tuk. Just for one reason, to reduce the cost. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any. As mentioned in the web and travel blog, the normal charges of a return tuk tuk trip is approximately from 500 baht to 700 baht which it can accommodate up to 7 pax. Anyone can advise further on this?

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We were told that 90% of the food here are HALAL. As we reached the canal, we can actually see the vendors busy preparing the food from fried rice, som tam and others local Thai traditional foods. Construction of new bridge across the canal are still in progress. It will take some times since it’s only in the foundation stage. We regret since we couldn’t manage to photograph the whole view of the ‘sampan’ lining up along the canal. That is definitely the best spot to get an overall view of the floating market.

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This is how the transaction were made. The vendors will put the food in a basket and handed it over to the customer.
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We observed that most of the vendors will used banana leaves, coconut shells and bamboo as a serving plates and cups. Unique! These are some of the food offered at the floating market. We even tried them out.

Fish cake with Thai sauce.
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Klong Hae Floating is not all about foods, but there’s a few stalls selling shirts,  bags, crystal and many others at a very reasonable price.

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In overall, it’s a must go place once you’re in Hat Yai. It’s very much different from the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok that we have visited recently.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Discovering Southern Thailand

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

We’re back! Yes! Back to reality. We just completed our 7 days and 7 nights amazing race discovering Southern of Thailand. It was such an experience for us crossing our neighboring country via land. We never thought of doing it before this. As usual, the idea came just a few weeks before the journey started.

And our very first challenges is that we couldn’t secure any train tickets as it was a school holiday back here in Malaysia. So, there goes our dream of having a train trip to Thailand. Next time i guess? At the other hand, we were lucky that we managed to secured our flight tickets a few days before our journey and guess what? The fees reduced average to 40% from the original price that we checked through earlier. Phew! Another addition to the pocket-money. Alhamdulillah.

Since we were in Bangkok last March, we decided to continue discovering Thailand more since then. So this is it! We travel all the way to Hatyai, Phuket, Koh Samui and ended up in Surat Thani town before we flew back to Kuala Lumpur using various kinds of transportation from a normal bus, a double-decker bus, a 2.4cc luxurious car, a minibus (van), tuk tuk, ‘Songthaews’, ferry, speedboat, a motorbike or anything that could fit into our little budget. Not to forget our most valuable pair of feet.

So, this is the photo teaser. 😀

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To those who might be wondering on our previous route, this is it. It’s all the way from KL – Hat Yai – Phuket – Koh Samui – Surat Thani – KL. How we wish we could go further up and complete up to the Northern of Thailand as well. But we have to give it up due to our work commitment.

As for us, that 7 days really taught us a lots of things. And there’s always new things to be discovered. We’ll write more on every each places that we’ve visited. Insya Allah as we don’t have any trip coming up. Need to save some of our annual leave for the upcoming Raya Celebration.

Till then!

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Bangkok – Part 6 (The Grand Palace)

After a mouthful breakfast, we started discussing on the itinerary. Again, its gonna be a LONNNGGGG day for all of us. Endless walking and hopping into the MRT, BTS and the express boat to avoid the traffic. Besides, it’s super cheap! We kicked off the 3rd day by visiting The Grand Palace or ‘Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang’. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok, Thailand. It open everyday from 8.30am to 3.30pm with an entrance fees of 500 baht (Equal to RM50) which includes tickets to Vinmanment Mansion and the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavillion.

How to get here: BTS – Silom Line, Saphan Taksin Station (Exit 2). Then take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ta Chang Pier (No.9). 10 – 15 minutes walk will bring you to the entrance of the Grand Palace.

The cheapest mode of transportation to get to The Grand Palace

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Cruising through the Chao Phraya River
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It is located on the west side bank of the Chao Phraya River. It was established in 1782 and the palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam. Even though the present King currently resides in Chitralada Palace, The Grand Palace are still in used for some official events and government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It covers an area of 218,000 square metres and surrounded by four walls with 1900 metres in length.

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Rather than being a single structure, the Grand Palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. Its asymmetry and eclectic styles are due to its organic development, with additions and rebuilding being made by successive reigning kings over 200 years of history. It is divided into several quarters: the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the Outer Court, with many public buildings; the Middle Court, including the Phra Maha Monthian Buildings, the Phra Maha Prasat Buildings and the Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings; the Inner Court and the Siwalai Gardens quarter. The Grand Palace is currently partially open to the public as a museum, however it remains a working palace as several royal offices are still situated inside.

Source: Wikipedia

Windows at Hor Phra Rajkoramanusorn
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Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn (The Royal Pantheon)
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Hor Phra Monthian Dharma
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We got fascinated looking at the architecture of the building. Amazing! And not to forget, lotus that you can see all around the palace.
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Phra Siratana Chedi. Everything is all in gold-plated.
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The signature of all is definitely the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We got the chance to step and to witness the Emerald Buddha. It’s quite pack since local will convene to pay respect to the Buddha. Security personnel are everywhere and no photo shall be taken. As for us, it’s worth paying for the 500 baht. The whole structures are BEAUTIFUL and TRADITIONAL.

As promised to the whole family members, right after the visit to the Grand Palace, we gonna spend the whole evening at Chatuchak Market.  It is also known as Jatujak or J.J. This is the largest market in Thailand and the largest market in the world! This place will definitely wreck your wallet! For real! It is advisable to print out the whole layout plan of the market since you obviously don’t want to waste your time walking to one end and to another end.  It’s divided into a few sections which offer varieties of products ranging from home decor, clothing, jewellery, bags, souvenir, antics, plant, gallery and even pets store!

Oh ya, it’s easy to get Halal food here too! We opt for the yellow chicken rice (or Khoa Mok Kai) since a friend of mine keep reminding us not to miss that dish from the particular stall. And she’s true! The stall is located in Section 5 which faces Section 10 (opposite of a Ceramic Store called Zera House). And guess what, we came for the 2nd times just to sip the hot spicy soup and the fried chicken. Our biggest reason is that, we just need to get something for our tea time.

The unforgettable Yellow Chicken Rice
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We wrapped up the whole journey in the land of thousand smiles! And Bangkok is definitely a place that we will re-visit!

Sawasdee Krab.
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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Bangkok – Part 5 (Asiatique The Riverfront)

Asiatique The Riverfront was not in our initial plan. We never heard of it before but if we’re not mistaken, there’s a short entry on this by K.E.R.I . Right after our mouthful dinner and prayer, the van driver then drove us here since there’s a few hours left. Once he dropped us at the parking area, we’re totally clueless. Samat (the van driver) told us that it’s a brand new version of night bazaar in Bangkok. After walking around, we spotted a giant anchor, traditional carts and etc. We then realized that Asiatique was once an international trade ports in 1900s (as one of the earliest portals) which is now been transformed with thousand of boutique, kiosks, restaurants and many mores.

How to get here: BTS – Saphan Thaksin and walk to the Pier to take a free  Asiatique shuttle boats (from 4pm – 11.30pm).

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We found this passport and it have a few checkpoints. You can use the chamber stamping provided at the checkpoints to press onto the passport. We wanted to keep the same when we were in Terminal 21. Unfortunately, they are running out of stock. Just not our luck. 😦

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The warehouse
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Spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.

Source: Bangkok.com

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We stopped for some Turkish ice cream. As usual, it wouldn’t be Turkish ice cream without a man doing tricks.
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There’s also a few group of musicians performing along the alley. And even an artist as well!
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If you are in Bangkok, why don’t you just drop by and stroll down this large-scale night bazaar. It is definitely worth spending your evening here.

We will continue our journey on Part 6 – The Grand Palace.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma