Arrived by $8 van from Penang Island and soon
established the 1500Baud ($35) Siam City Hotel would be my best value
option through New Year's eve. At the end of the four nights stay
my room on the 20th floor provided a good vantage point to observe the
frenetic celebrations in the shopping streets below as the old year
ended and a new one began. Thai people take their discarding of old
calendars seriously and make a lot of noise doing it. This would be the
first visit to this city; I'd again pass this way in a couple months and
stay in a different hotel. After the four nights in this great house I
left on the 16:30 train north for Surat Thani.
Fred L Bellomy
Hat Yai Thailand: Chinese temple gate near the
Siam City Hotel, my first nighter.
Hat Yai Thailand: View from the bathroom window of my first nighter