Day 10: Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Soon after checked-in, I wandered around, looking for a place to have a Halal lunch and to reminisce the memories that I had from my previous stop at this town.
It was not very difficult to find Halal restaurants since Hat Yai has a sizeable Muslim populations. Just go to any lanes or roads, any soi or tanom, chances are you will encounter an eatery with a Halal or star and crescent logo, signifying the Halalness of the premises.
The buildings in Hat Yai are not that extraordinary but wandering off without any reason is fun and I just walked and walked until I decided to have lunch at a restaurant near Konsortium Bas Ekspres office.
After lunch, I decided to head back to Cathay Guesthouse and slept through the day. It was so tiring, this whole journey from Thailand to Laos and now back to Thailand. I could have gone back to Malaysia today but I did not want to yet. that was why I decided to stay in the Land of Smile for another night.
At night, I walked around the downtown area, looking for dinner at the stalls along the road. I was delighted to see all the young Muslim women selling Thai street food there. At least, they were given the chance to become a street vendor and cater to the tastebuds of Malaysians visiting Hat Yai.
There were stalls selling mango sticky rice, fried balls on skewers, prawns. I love the ambience there and I hope it will stay like this forever.