Penang & Hatyai Short Travel Guide

Sorrry!!! Haven’t been able to blog for soooooooo long. So so so long.. I’ve always try to put some effort to do some blogging but i have too many pending travel posts and tooooo many photos to filter so I think i’ll go with the simplest one. A very random Penang & Hatyai short trip.

So a random and not too informative blog post but I guess better than nothing right? Hohoho. I have been neglect the blog for so long i feel soooo guilty. 🙁 So it was a very random short trip to Penang and my siaopoh say she will drive us to Hatyai for leisure. Why not?! I haven been to Hatyai and yes sure I would love to set my foot there.

Hello! Long time no seee <3

Arrived at Penang around noon and siaopoh bring us for nom nom session. Forget about all the touristy places and must go places in google. Let the local bring you for the real goodness!! But that also means that I have no idea where the place is. Hahaha!

Not only the char kueh tiao is superb! Better than all the siam road and sisters char kueh tiao… the prawn is so fresh and the kueh tiao is.. what we always say… the wok flavour! You know what I mean right.. Not only the CKT is fabulous, the assam laksa, the spring roll and the kueh is nice tooo! 

And then we went to kek lok si… Nice view! And after Kek lok si.. continue eating… 

Penang Hill Duck Meat Kueh tiao tng.. a soup based flat noodles soup with duck meat, a local delicacy in Penang, we went to the one at Penang Hill, Air Itam. Located at the alley with a big tree and people are just feasting at the alley with simple table and chairs. So nostalgic. Yums! Simple is elegance.

We then ended our night with happy talks! The next day we woke up late and had our brunch at Sih Jing San Kopitiam, just a few walk from Red Rock Hotel. 

The Hokkien Mee is nice, the char kueh tiao is nice. Banana pancake is normal. Highly recommend the hokkien mee <3 And so, we began our road trip to Hatyai!!!!

So, how to go to Hatyai from Penang? 

  1. Buy a car insurance from some petrol station that stated insurance for sale
  2. Register and fill up the visa form with passport
  3. Pass the immigration and put RM 3 inside the passport while going through immigration. It’s some kind of bribery style but its a norm already. If you don’t put the RM 3 inside the passport, they will throw your passport back and ask for it. Same thing anyhow have to pay for “entrance ticket”
  4. When passing through immigration, all passengers have to get out from the car for them to have a look
  5. After the immigration of passenger, the driver have to queue at another immigration to verify the vehicle.
  6. Once you passed the immigration area, you can buy your sim card right away just outside the town. One sim card with unlimited internet quota cost you only 150 Baht

And you are done! Welcome to Dannok, then Sadao and Finally Hatyai!

We were hungry after a 3 hours drive and decided to feed ourselves first. Water View Restaurant. I would say its a must go places if you happen to come to Hatyai! Its located at Sadao, an 1 hour drive from hatyai, but if you go from Penang you will definately pass by the place and make sure you make it a stopover to have a meal. 

Beautiful places. Instagramable and unique. You dine at a floating platform where food is served with speed boat and dining with lotsa scary big fishes swimming underneath you. Yes. I can easily spend the whole afternoon here.

We had our meal. Our first thai meal… the food is not extraordinary yummy but its okay. Its the environment and service which makes you feel worthy. We ask the waiter to take a pic of us on behalf and after a while, he came back which a powerbank indicating my phone is out of battery. Its a definitely WOW WOW service! Thumbs up!!   

my siaopoh and I

We then continue our journey and arrived Hatyai after an hour. Checking in Siam Mansion. A very comfortable and clean boutique hotel but we had a bad experience that night. I’ll talk about that later. 

We rest a while then proceed to the famous Greenway Night Market. 

One of the largest and busiest night market in Hatyai but… I was a bit disappointed about the street food there.

Its more like a food court with a money card system.. and… most importantly is.. the food is just so so.. we have a quick one and proceed to shopping…. We only get to shop around 4 lanes of the shopping street and its closing already…… whyyyyyyyyy~ soooo earllllyyy! What to do, go back rest lor

And the disaster came. We arrived to our Siam Mansion around 11 and we couldnt open our hotel door… AND the WORST THING IS… THERE IS NO ONE WORKING THERE FROM 10pm till 8am. WHYYYY??? Not even a staff!! We ask the security for help and no one can help.. so we have to keep bugging the security guard… and he called a house keeping to come.. and the house keeping say she cant help, she don have the key and so on… so in conclusion, we waited and keep bugging for about 3 hours before we can get in our room. Disaster!!!! We ended our night with a tired heart

and the next day! Its fried chicken day! The BEST fried chicken in Hatyai! 

I have no idea whats the name of the shop. There no tourist there, just local people feasting. Local brings the best food! The fried chicken is light fluffy and crispy. Eating alongside is the famous laksam, thin noodles served with variety of homemade broth… soooo good!! and the vege is free flow. Take what you want to eat. This is probably the BEST FOOD i had throughout the whole trip. I can easily devour 3 pieces of chicken!!!! 

Fried Chicken I love youuuu!

The weather is extremely hot and killing. So we decided to loiter at the mall instead. And it is here that we bought a lot of local products! and…. food of coz!

my ever wanted lippie NARS powermatte! 

And shopping!! 

And i saw this cath kidson limited jungle book bag…! 

So it was until 5pm then we decided to head to Wine Village. A very harmonious place perfect for photo taking and thats also the reason we came. Apart from that fairy tale alike place, they have animals as well. How cute! 

Picture perfect!

With a perfect siao poh photographer 😀 Thank you for photo siao poh!!! <3<3

So the 2nd night, we enjoy our 7 eleven food with a good movie. Oh nom nom nom!

3rd day morning… coffee and mcd pork burger before we headed back to Penang and back home. Travel with siao poh is more like a wefie trip.. weeee! 

And to end our beautiful hatyai with the signature After You Shibuya Toast! 

So in conclusion, please go to water view restaurant for the ambiance and to the local fried chicken for the best food you can ever get in Hatyai!