Due to the last minute booking, I am not able to get a hotel with swimming pool. Luckily Pavilion Hotel has a sister hotel call Rajamanga Beach Resort which is located near the beach side has a nice pool that we can use.
Rajamanga Beach Resort is located about 1.5KM from town centre just across the road from the beach. We took the words from the hotel staff ” walking distance” and it took us about half an hour to reach the resort. Show the hotel staff our key card from Pavilion Hotel and we are enjoying all the facilities.
About noon, we decided to do “dragon hunting” in Songkhla Town… if you happen to be there, please try to find the tail, body and finally the dragon head.
After that, we move on to Songkhla Aquarium on high expectation and felt disappointment after the visit. The entrance fees is about RM30 per person. The Aquarium is small and the only highlight is the fish feeding time where the diver having fun with the fish and turtle.
The best is still the family ice cream time after the visit.
Lunch time.. we decided to go back to the restaurant at Koh Yu where we discover yesterday during the round island tour. On the way to Koh Yu, we found this road side stall selling our favorite coconut jelly…and we pack some for our dessert.
The restaurant is located at about few hundred meters from the main road. Once your reach the island, turn left at the first junction ( Same junction to the sleeping buddha ), drive along the small road and turn left again when you hit a T-junction. There are a few restaurant along the road, we choose the 3rd restaurant as we noticed a lot of locals dining there.
The restaurant setup is very similar to sea food restaurant at Port Klang, wooden structure built on top of water.
After lunch, we drive north to explore further. We discover a beach resort call Haadkaew Beach Resort. It is located at a remote area where life is peaceful here.
We decided to return to Songkhla after hours of exploring via a different route – Ferry instead of driving over Koh Yu. Right next to the jetty is a temple inside a cave housing God of mercy and my favorite laughing buddha.
When you approach the jetty, you will notice a lot of kids running up and down offering their services to buy ferry ticket. In fact you don’t need their service as the ticket booth is just located next to the the jetty ( just like a parking booth ). However, the kids will be very happy if you pay them a Baht of two as a tips. I don’t remember the exact price of the ferry fees, I guess its around 20-30Bahts per car, passenger inside the car is free. It is a short cut bring you directly to Songkhla town instead of driving kilometers passing Koh Yu. But during peak hours, the queue can be quite long. The ferry journey took about 10-15 minutes.