Khlong Hae Floating Market

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On the outskirts of Hat Yai you can find Khlong Hae Floating Market. It is purpose built, but they have put in a great effort into making it authentic. Most of the vendors wear traditional clothes and they use natural containers for their food. The market is open from Friday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the weekends they also have free cultural performances in the evenings. The market is popular with tourists from Malaysia.

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Standing Buddha in Hat Yai

Standing Buddha

The most respected Buddha image in Hat Yai is Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj. This Standing Buddha, on a hilltop in the municipal park, is 19.90 meters high and weighs 200 tonnes. It was built on the occasion of HM The King’s 6th cycle birthday celebration in 1999. There are some fine views of Hat Yai in the valley below. This viewpoint is a popular place to go at the end of the day to watch the sunset.

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Songkhla Zoo Water Park

Songkhla Zoo Water Park

Songkhla Zoo is situated on hilltops on the outskirts of Songkhla City. The zoo was opened in 1998 and has many animals for visitors to see such as tigers, elephants, giraffes, seals, penguins and deers. The latest adition to the park is a large water park with a seven meter high water slide and a flowing river. The first picture on this page shows the water park with Songkhla City in the background. Admission for the water park is included in the ticket to the zoo, which makes it good value as a day out for a family. The price is 150 Baht for adults and 70 Baht for children.

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The Key Resort and Spa Patong

The Key Resort and Spa

The Key Resort and Spa is about a 5-10 minute walk from Patong Beach in Phuket. It’s center piece is the large lagoon which is surrounded on three sides by the hotel accomodation. For the first few hours in the morning it’s in shade. Though by about 10 a.m. the sunloungers are in the sun and then the rest of the pool by about noon. On the roof of one of the buildings is the popular Sky lounge where you can enjoy the sunset while sipping cocktails. Just to the left of the hotel, as you face the sea, is Bangla Road, which doubles as the popular Walking Street at night.

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Wan Lai Bangsaen Songkran Festival

Wan Lai Bangsaen Festival

The Wan Lai Bangsaen Festival takes place a few days after Songkran. People in this area of Chonburi Province are descendants of the Mon and they celebrate Songkran later than the rest of the country. The highlight for the Bangsaen festival is the sand pagodas that are built on the beach on the first day of the festival. It is traditional in temples all around the country to make merit by building sand pagodas. In Bangsaen the local people build both gigantic and beautiful sand pagodas.

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Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

The Hyatt Regency in Hua Hin is the only hotel along this stretch of coastline that has as much as 250 meters of beach front. I’ve stayed here twice so far and have always enjoyed my visits. The grounds are very extensive as is the large pool and winding river. There is also a big water slide. As you can see from the aerial photos, there are many trees and shady areas on this property. It’s easy to find a quiet spot. The beach is also quiet as it is further south of the main stretch.

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