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Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

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Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

Hi all,

I may be posting on the wrong forum with this question but thought to try anyways in case someone can offer up advice.

Is a day trip doable? We plan to shop and eat in Hatyai. Haven’t figured out any logistics yet. Just trying to figure out if we should head there.

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Petaling Jaya...
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1. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

Not worth the hassle of crossing borders just for a day trip. IMHO.

Conwy, United...
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2. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

NO WAY - as Jad said too much hassle - plus the time it takes.

Canada
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3. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

Thank you for your input. That’s what I thought.

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4. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

mauitravel,

It will depends a lot on how much time you want to spend in shopping.

The day trip is doable.

1) book a van and leave early so that you can reach the border at Bukit Kayu Hitam at 6 am, (you may have to leave Penang Island by 4am);

2) from border, you will reach Hatyai in 1.5 hours (inclusive of the borders procedures)

3) arrival time in Hatyai is Thai time 6.30am (Malaysian Time 7.30am)

4) enjoy your breakfast in Hatyai, spend 2 hours sight seeing (temples, municipal park ...)

5) Supermarket business hours starts at 10am (Thai time)

6) take your lunch anywhere nearby.

7) resume shopping and sights seeing. (if you go to Songkhla, the trip will takes you 3 hours to and fro. inclusive some sight seeing).

8) Either you take your dinner at Songkhla or Koyo (nearby)(Koyo is gamous for seafood)

9) you can leave Hatyai not later than 8 pm. Border immigration close at mid night (Malaysia Time). Travelling time from Hatyai to border is 1 hour. (suggest not to stretch)

You have to negotiate with the van for this special designed trip.

Please check whether you need to have Visa before you arrange for the trip.

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5. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

Doable but a bit of a rush job

Metchosin, Canada
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6. Re: Day trip to Hatyai from Penang

You can get the whole Thai experience by getting tom yum hot pot that seems to have permeated the whole of peninsula Malaysia. No chicken broth allowed, just pure tom yum.

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