5 World Cities That Are Perfect for Solo Travel

5 World Cities That Are Perfect for Solo Travel

Traveling solo is a great way to get to know yourself and see the world in one go. You would have full control of your schedule and chosen destination, which can be both liberating and intimidating.

Going to unfamiliar places all on your own means having to take care of all the practical aspects of travel—from booking your tickets to getting yourself out of sticky situations—by yourself. If you’re not used to doing this, then it’s a great time to start learning. However, you might also want to pick a destination that is safe and friendly to travelers so you can explore without putting yourself in danger.

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How to Cross Thai-Malaysian Border by Land: Bus From Hat Yai to Penang - The BeauTraveler

How to Cross Thai-Malaysian Border by Land: Bus From Hat Yai to Penang

Yes, I am aware that it’s almost 1.5 years since I came back from my last Indochina trip. But I’m still writing about my experience, from flying with Vietnam Airlines to getting sick in Vientiane. As I initially planned, I also headed back to Malaysia from Thailand by crossing the border with a bus from Hat Yai to Penang. And today, I’m going to talk about the latter! 🙂

As I previously mentioned, Hat Yai in Songkhla Province is more popular for Malaysian visitors since the city is only 4 hours away from Penang. And because of that, it’s relatively easy to find a bus that departs from Hat Yai to Penang or even some other cities in Malaysia.

I took the bus to Penang since my last visit to the city, it was a really short trip for my friend’s wedding, so I guess I would stop by to explore some other areas there. My other intention to stop by Penang is also to make sure that Laksa Penang is really better than Laksa Sarawak, a mere belief that most people from Peninsular Malaysia think when they talk about laksa. Spoiler alert, I stand with my belief and I think Laksa Sarawak is better! 😛

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SC Heritage Hotel Hat Yai, Songkhla in Thailand.

Firsthand Review: Standard & Deluxe Room at SC Heritage Hotel in Hat Yai, Thailand

When I booked the room to stay in Hat Yai, I initially booked it for just three days. I chose SC Heritage Hotel in Hat Yai as the room looked quite decent with a nightly rate that I could afford for my trip. I don’t need much for the accommodation, I only need one with an elevator to easily take around my big bag on my own. 

Initially, I booked the room through Agoda during my stay at Livotel Hotel in Bangkok, I picked the Standard room at the hotel. But when I decided to extend my stay in the city for the other two days, the receptionist told me that the Standard rooms have been booked for the weekend, so I had to book another type of room.

As a result, I got the experience of staying at SC Heritage Hotel in Hat Yai in two different rooms. Both standard and deluxe rooms.

So, if you’re considering SC Heritage Hotel as your accommodation next time you visit Hat Yai, I’ll share my firsthand review of the rooms in this post. Read it on! 🙂

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Songkhla Travel Guide: Best Things to Do in Hat Yai, Thailand

Songkhla Travel Guide: Best Things to Do in Hat Yai, Thailand

So, a few weeks ago, I shared my experience in taking the second-class train from Bangkok to Hat Yai in Thailand.

As mentioned in the previous post, Hat Yai is probably more famous for Malaysian visitors since it’s only 4 hours by car from Penang. The city is also a good option for a transit city from Malaysia to more popular destinations in Thailand like Krabi or Phuket. Songkhla Province can be an alternative destination if you’re planning to travel to Thailand for 3 weeks or more.

Keep calm, and I’m trying to catch up with the rest of my last Indochina trip stories even though it takes more than a year to finish everything at this point! And this time, I’m going to write about some things to do around Hat Yai and Songkhla province in general.

Obviously, the city isn’t as popular as Bangkok for travelers. But is Hat Yai worth visiting? And if it is, what are the best things to do in the city? Well, I’ll share my two cents here, so read on!

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Review: Second Class Train from Bangkok to Hat Yai by Thai Railway

After I took the first-class train from Nong Khai to Bangkok, I decided to take the train again when I left the capital city to Hat Yai. It had been a while since I wanted to stop by Hat Yai in Thailand, so I was quite excited to stop by the city before returning to Malaysia.

Hat Yai is a city in Thailand that is more well-known for Malaysian visitors than the rest. Located in Songkhla province, it’s situated only a few hours by car from Penang. It’s also notable for a higher population of Malay-Muslim and Chinese-Thai citizens than the other cities in Thailand. Long story short, if there’s any city in Thailand that I could relate to my roots, that would be Hat Yai.

Apart from the train, there are also some sleeper bus services available from Bangkok to Hat Yai that you can book through Bookaway. In fact, it was also one of the options when I planned out to leave Bangkok since my first booking was canceled as the ticket to Hat Yai was sold out on my first attempt.

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