Date : 16th September 2011
Time : 8.00am ( Malaysia Time ) – 12pm ( Thailand Time)
Destination : Changlun – Songkhla
Distance : About 150KM
Depart 5pm from KL and overnight at T-Hotel Changlun. After breakfast, head towards Mini Cafe ( Now Change name to Naluri ) for insurance and rush towards Bukit Kayu Hitam… the queue is about 100M from of Malaysia custom and it is not moving an inch for 15 minutes, notice that the jam is all the way to Thai check point due to Malaysia day holiday.
Detour to Padang Besar check point at Perlis. This is the first time I travel to Perlis and along the way to Padang Besar, you will pass this largest sugar cane farm in Malaysia… nice view…
The traffic in Padang Besar is lesser for passenger car but quite heavy for bus, this is indeed the other way round in Bukit Kayu Hitam. Being first time here, just have to ask around the right place to do the right thing but it is very similar to Bukit Kayu Hitam.
Crossing Malaysia check point is straight forward, just stay in your car and hand over the passport to the drive in counter. Follow the signboard or I rather say follow the others car to Thai check point. Before the Thai Check point, there is a Malaysia uniform officer ( I cannot recall Polis, Custom or Army ) who will ask for your car registration card and verify with the road tax sticker.
The Thai check point is more organize here as I can see officer directing traffic unlike in Sadao.
In less then an hour we are in Thailand.. heading towards Songkhla for lunch…
The lunch destination is Koh Yo, an island in the largest lake of Thailand. There are bridge connecting the island from Songkhla and highway to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
As you drive to Koh Yo, you will notice there are some shops and restaurant along the main road. Since we are hungry.. we just stop by one of the restaurant cum distribution centre of local food product.
The far end is Songkhla Town centre.
After lunch, drive around Koh Yo.
The sleeping Buddha cannot be missed as you will see it as your drive to Koh Yo
Check in to Pavillion hotel at Songkhla Town, take a rest and head over to the night market near the hotel. The hotel is located in the heart of Songkhla town where weekend night market and Sunday market is just walking distance. However, it is about 2Km from the beach. If you prefer beach activities, then this hotel is not for you.
The night market is is cater more for local then tourist, so to speak is price is cheaper then Hatyai.