Road Trip to Southern Thailand: Hat Yai [Part 2] – Khlong Hae Floating Market

Road Trip to Southern Thailand: Hat Yai [Part 2] – Khlong Hae Floating Market

Previously: Part 1

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As we were eating the coconut ice cream, suddenly I remembered reading in one travelogue which says that there is a floating market here in Hat Yai. “Dad, if I am not mistaken, there is a floating market here in Hat Yai. Khlong Hae Market I think”, I told my dad, expecting him to be excited and agreed to my plan to visit the floating market.

Tengah makan ais krim tu dengan penuh nikmat, tiba-tiba aku teringat yang aku pernah terbaca dalam satu blog, dekat Hat Yai ni ada satu pasar terapung. Pergi Bangkok bulan lepas, aku tak dapat pergi pasar terapung, jadi bila teringat kat sini ada satu, mestilah nak pujuk rayu famili aku ajak pergi. Aku pun terus tanya bapaknya, “Abah, kalau tak silap sini ada satu pasar terapung tau. Khlong Hae nama dia”. Dalam hati dok cakap tolonglah setuju. Hehe.

“Oh, really? Ok, let’s go there then!”, he said and all of us were back on the road. He searched for Klong Hae in the GPS but the GPS screen stated “Not Found”. Oh man, I really wanted to visit the place because I have never seen a floating market in my whole life. We tried again and this time, he spelled it as ‘Khlong Hae’. Yes, it is in the GPS map and off we went to the market.

“Oh yeke? Haa jomlah kalau macam tu!” Elok je bapak aku cakap macam tu, kami pun teruslah naik MPV nak ke sana. Taip dalam GPS tak jumpa. Alamak, kalau tak ada macam mana nak pergi. Rupanya kena taip “Khlong Hae”. Dah ada dalam database GPS tu, apalagi, jommmlah!

This way, please.

After we parked the car and entered the market compound, I was so impressed with the floating market. Although the floating market here is clearly a tourist attraction, the fact that the vendors sell many local Thai delicacies on a small boat by the canal make it unique in its own way. Plus, the way they transacted business was also unique. I just had to point the item that I wanted and they will put in a basket which will then passed to me by a long stick. After I have taken the food from the basket, I just have to put the money inside the basket.

Sampai-sampai je kat kawasan pasar terapung tu, aku rasa kagum sekejap. Eh, lama jugakla. Walaupun tempat ni memang sahih kawasan pelancongan, tapi sebab kat sini penjual-penjual dia jual barang atas sampan kecil kat gigi sungai, jadi unik dia lain macam. Bayangkan, nak order makanan, main tunjuk je, nanti penjual tu letak makanan tu dalam bakul, hulurkan pakai batang panjang. Bila makanan sampai, kita ambil makanan kita dari bakul dan letak duit dalam bakul. Unik kan?

A very unique scene.

The majority of the sellers were women clad in hijab, indicating that they are Muslims. Viewing the scene reminded me of the Siti Khadijah Market in Kelantan, where almost all vendors are women. Totally unique!

Satu lagi, sebab majoriti penjual kat pasar terapung ni perempuan bertudung. Terus teringat suasana dekat Pasat Siti Khadijah, Kelatan. Kuasa wanita ya. Ecewahh!

One thing that attracted me the most at this market were the clay cups and bamboo tubes for drinks. For 15 baht, I managed to buy a drink in the clay cup and the clay cup can be taken home as a souvenir. We bought 4 drinks just for the cups. “We can plant a small plant in this clay cup”, said my mother. Yes, so creative mum!

Antara produk paling menarik perhatian aku dalam banyak-banyak barang jualan kat sini ialah minuman yang dijual dalam cawan tanah liat atau buluh. Sangat mesra alam sekitar. Dah lah tak mahal, dalam THB 15. Bekas tu pulak siap boleh bawak balik buat kenangan. Mak aku lagi best, dah plan nak jadikan pasu kecil tanam pokok keladi kecil. Kreatif habis!

Drinks which come with a clay cup or bamboo tube 😉

They also provided stools and small tables for visitors to eat and sit while shop for the hot tom yam or pad thai or the fruit jelly or any other food for that matter. One thing for sure, you will never get hungry here.

Meja bangku kayu pun ada kat pasar ni. Jadi bolehlah duduk-duduk sambil hirup tomyam panas-panas, sedap-sedap kat situ. Kalau datang sini, memang dijamin takkan lapar punya. Syaratnya, poket kena berisilah. Hehe.

Most vendors here are Muslim women, so almost all food sold are halal.

We bought some hot noodle soup and pad thai as early dinner and had them there before going back to the hotel at downtown Hat Yai soon after.

Kami beli meehoon sup dan pad thai untuk makan malam lepas tu makan kat bangku tepi pasar ni. Dah makan, dah pusing-pusing pergi kawasan keliling pasar ni, kami pun siap-siap untuk balik ke hotel di pekan Hat Yai.

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The Khlong Hae Floating Market is located at Khlong Hae in the Songkhla province, Thailand. It opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm. There are tuk-tuks from Hat Yai town to this market.

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To be continued – Part 3

14 Replies to “Road Trip to Southern Thailand: Hat Yai [Part 2] – Khlong Hae Floating Market”

    1. Thanks Christian for reading! You should go to Southern Thailand if you haven’t. It offers different experience as compared to the central and northern parts 😉

      1. I want to! My last trip was spent between Bangkok and Vientiane. I was able to go to the floating market near Bangkok and loved it! I’d love to see a local one with a different vibe. Thanks for the idea and wonderful read!

        1. Ah, you went to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market right? Yeah, these 2 markets, though both are floating, are totally different in terms of their style and feel. 😉

  1. Oh wow that definitely sounds like more fun than the floating market I went to in Bangkok. It was similar, and definitely interesting b/c it was, well, a freakin’ floating market hehehe 🙂 But it was also way too touristy for my taste. This one, although a tiny bit tourist-driven as you mentioned, definitely looks like it has more of the local vibe I like when traveling. Thanks for sharing bro — I always love reading your posts in both languages jadi aku bisa prktk bhs saya 🙂

    1. Yeah, every floating market captures my interest because they are floating market for God’s sake. Haha.

      Yeah, this one is tourist-driven but apart from having more local vibe, this one, I am sure you will like this, has no Western travellers at all when I was there. 😉

      Haha. My pleasure bro dan kamu harus praktis bhs kamu agar tidak kamu lupa sama bahasa yang sudah kamu pelajari!

    1. Haha.

      Ada benda dia sporting ada benda tak langsung [Dia tak baca blog ni rasanya. Hahahah. Selamba je bgtau. Hehehe.]

      Haah dengar citer kat sana tak ada yang halal. Tapi sini, 90% halalan toyyiban. hehe

    1. Salam bro. Kalau di Betong, hotel paling ok ialah mandarin tu. Yang atas bukit. Paling decent. Hotel famili saya tinggal dodgy sikit.

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