Our bus left Shah Alam and headed for Penang Island before heading to Hatyai. It was a blessing for me because I couldn’t keep my eyes open much longer. If I timed it right, I think the journey from Shah Alam to Penang by bus was about 4 hours. The road was pretty smooth on Penang bridge, considering it was nearly lunch time when we arrived at Hotel Royal, Penang.
Upon arriving, we were welcomed by Penang Tourism Exco, YB Danny Law Heng Kiang and headed straight to the conference room for the press conference session. There were also medias present. YB Danny welcomed us to Penang before we were ‘entertained’ with videos of some state activities done in Penang last year, including the Penang Bridge International Marathon which attracted thousands of participants and tourists. Such successful state activities can help boost state tourism, not only with locals but also to people from other countries. This should be taken into account by other states and well who knows, maybe a Selangor-Penang collaboration could be underway? I hope I won’t be left out if that ever takes place.
Lunch at the hotel was a widespread of food but my stomach can only handle three spoonful of fried rice, a bowl of salad and some fruits. Apparently my stomach was still shy before crossing the border. After eating, we immediately push off towards the Sadao immigration, stopping first somewhere in Bukit Kayu Hitam to fill up our white form, last minute money exchange and get a quick bite for some. I have already exchanged my dough beforehand of only 7000 Baht which was about RM707 in Kajang. I kinda like the number 7 this year.
Anyways, the business at the immigration was smooth and soon after, we picked up our awesome tour guide – Ms Inky and headed towards Hatyai’s Diamond Plaza Hotel where we’ll be staying for the night. Along the way, we were offered some interesting “activities” to be done on our first night in Thailand. TS and PCP Publication will sponsor 350Bath which is equivalent to a massage session for us, which we can choose either to have it in Hatyai or in Krabi. Since Hatyai’s massage session is cheaper than in Krabi, some of us chose to have a two-hour massage in our hotel rooms that night which is only priced at 300Baht. Yes, I was looking forward to a krak-kruk-krak (that’s a bone flexing sound, in case you’re wondering :-p ) session.
But that’s not the only “activity” offered. Apart from intricately designed temples, beautiful blue ocean and the city beautiful of Bangkok, what else do you think of when you hear the word “Thailand”? Well, a bunch of the more adventurous people in this trip decided to check out the Tiger Show. Though I don’t think it’s necessary for me to describe in detail the things that I saw in the show, let’s just say, tiger is not the only “animal” available in this show. I shall never sing along to Maroon 5′s “One More Night” the same way again. I shall never be able to listen to a Birthday Song played on a keyboard ever either. It was quite a crazy session for me especially when accompanied by some equally insane company as well. Though I certainly couldn’t erase the things that I saw no matter how many times I wash my eyes with water from the Alps, I now know that the same group who went to the show are a krezi bunch of nutheads!
I ended the night with a full tummy, tired cheekbones from too much laughing, a relaxed body from two-hours Thai massage session and sleeping in the same room with a roomie who is pretty much laid-back as myself.
|Hotel Plaza Penang||Diamond Plaza Hotel, Hatyai|
|Add : No. 3, Jalan Larut, 10050 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel : 04-2267888
|Add : 62, Nipat-u-thit 3, Hatyai, Songkhla, Thailand.
Tel: 0-7423-0130-41, 0-7435-3140-9 Fax: 0-7423-982