We cought another speed boat and mini van to Hat Yai. The boat took one hour and the van took 2 hours.
Hat Yai had a different feel. There were lots of armed military people patrolling the streets and searching vehicles. There had been some recents bomb explosions and the place has a violent history so we are a little bit more on our guard. One night would have been enough but we had booked for 2.
It was suggested that most transport leaves from the clock tower which we found after initially getting a bit lost. We had to walk through numerous market stalls selling everything you could think of. It was all very well presented.
We were approached by several songthaew drivers but none of them could speak English. We wanted to go to the municipal park where there was another cable car. Finally a driver seemed to understand and nodded when we said where we wanted to go. He drove slowly along the road picking up passengers along the way. He then built up speed and we realised we were not going to the park. After driving for some time we ended up in the next town of Songkhla. What was it with us and cable cars! Oh well, at least we got to see the local area and all for $0.50c or £0.25p! Halfway through the journey the driver passes a small woven basket through to the back and the passengers all pay the agreed fare.
All this unplanned sight seeing was making us hungry! We travelled back to Hat Yai and found a vegetarian restaurant where we had pad thai for 2 for £2.50!
We found some nice temples within walking distance but it was incredibly hot.
Later that afternoon we cought the 4 hour train to Surat Thani.
Within minutes of being seated, we were each given a towel and served a hot meal of jasmine rice, curry and a chicken and garlic dish which came in a pouch like cat food! I decided not to eat that! There were ‘doggy’ buiscuits which contained a fruit like centre and a choice of soft drinks. A couple of hours later we were served more drinks and snacks!
We arrived at Surat Thani where the next day we would be catching an early morning ferry to Koh Samui. We picked a basic hotel near the ferry company booking office and it was clean enough. For £6 we had nothing to complain about!