Hat Yai night markets only opens from Thursday to Sunday. We caught a tuk tuk and the driver brought us to the Asean Night Market about 15 mins away from the town center. We arrived about 5pm, but it was slightly too early as quite a number of shops were not opened yet. I would recommend going about 6pm.
The Asian Night Market sells lots of food, clothings, shoes, 2nd-hand clothes and items, accessories and bags. And it was all so cheap that I went crazy... sort off. :) How not to when dresses and shirts and shoes are going for 100-150 baht = RM10-15 each.
Food was abundance. Right in the middle of the market, they were selling pork. So we stopped for pork knuckles rice, fried pork/ pork chop rice and pork meat noodles for dinner... yes, again. Even though almost every table was filled and streams of customers flowed in and out, food arrived quickly The pork knuckles was tender and well-cooked. The fried pork was crispy and slight burned. The noodles was tasty with a slight saltiness to it, different from Cantonese noodles. Very delicious and tasty. The only con is that there is no menu in English. Its authentically Thai. Just look around and point at what others are eating :)
I love going to night markets because its so colourful and busy and interesting. As the sky turns dark and the lights of the stalls got brighter, we stop for a breather outside the market, just to take it all in. The night ended with an absolutely delicious berry+milk yoghurt dessert concoction. Your cup with be filled with yoghurt and topped it with 3 toppings of your choice. 29 baht each. Bliss...
Next morning, not so bright and early, we headed out for brunch. Pork again. Noodles, rice and everything pork. I think I had eaten enough pork to last for the rest of the year.:)
With just a few hours left before catching the train at 4pm, we wandered the streets of Hat Yai. Taking in the sights, the smell, and the taste of it. We stopped by this stall, just opposite the Lee Garden Plaza, which sold mega humongous prawns and skinny legged quails. Alas, we didn't try them but we did have the sticky mango rice, one and only we had in Hat Yai.
And no, I didn't make that little boy so angry. He was running out in and out the shop, shooting his toy gun. Then he sat in front of the television and watch a war/army/guerrillas movie with lots of blood and shooting. He looked up just as I took a picture of him. This is evidence to what violence can do to children.
The trip ended on a sweet note, with frozen cold ice-cream cum yoghurt folded into rolls, arranged nicely in a cup, topped with cream, marshmallows and berries.. food heaven!!! 69 baht.
There was just to many things to see do and I wished we had time for other sights like the floating market, the waterfalls, the hills, the beaches. As the train toot-toot out the station, I made a promise to myself that I will be back.
Sawasdee ka Hat Yai!
Laew Phop Kan Mai Na Ka.