When we were having good times at Songkran water festival (click here), Jonathan suggest that a restaurant that we must not miss and its highly recommended- Restaurant Kan Eng, which during last round of his trip there he did not manage to eat it as the restaurant is so sardine packed! Then on that day, he said that no matter what die die also must go, then lead us walk one big round in the city area as we read the map wrongly. As we walked towards there our stomach is already growling and we are all drench too as we constantly meet some people that station right out from their house to attack on passerby.

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Restaurant Kan Eng is one of the famous local restaurant that attracted a lot of Malaysians to dine there too for its quality and one thing that surely attracted a lot people which is the price of the food, Its very cheap!

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In the menu offer a lot of local varieties, which is most of us would want to eat but that day we have decided not to eat something spicy as in the morning, we really had spicy food till our tears and sweat all dripping nonstop yet scared that we had fun during the water fight then stomachache.

Jonathan was our captain for the night, we leave him in charge of the order as we were busy eating food that we ta pau on the way walking here, would even said that we attack nearly all the stalls that we come across.

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The food was served fast, and start off with ‘Salted Veggie Intestine Soup’, its a good dish to start off with, as I love the salty and sourness of the soup and the pig’s spare part was cook perfectly that it is very chewy and I love to dip it with soy sauce.

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‘Otak Otak’ is one of my favourite that I would not miss when go for thai food, I just love the taste of it which is not very milky feel, yet its seafood in this. Juicy inside out, that it is not steam till it is solid.

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‘Kerabu Chicken Feet’ which is one of the famous local delicacies, and it was marinated very well, that the sourness and spicy soak into the skin yet its juicy and chewy as it is suppose to be. Some people might find this eerie as its chicken feet skin.

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If you go to thai, and a dish that you must order which is ‘Braised Pork Leg’ without eating this, the makan session would be complete. Braised till the skin its soft that you use fork to open it up, it slide in so smooth and the mean pop up open. The meat and the fats is so soft till it feels like melting on the tongue and eat it with white rice is just perfect.

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I forgot what the name for this vegetable, but its one type of my favourite veggies, fried not so long to maintain the crunchiness of the veggie and cook it plainly to get the best taste out of it, or another way to order is with sambal but Thai doesn’t have sambal.

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‘Fried Oyster’ Some of them love fried oyster, but for me I just love our Malaysian version.

We were very satisfied with the dinner and ‘katui’ serve our table really good, and in Hatyai, do not worry about language barrier as now they can speak Cantonese, Mandarin or Hokkien (which is quite shocking for me) Total damage for the night is around 1000bhat which is around RM100 that we feel is really cheap. A recommeded restaurant if you do visit Hatyai.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 10/10, veli good, Recommended ~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-


Kan Eng Restaurant (??????????)
50/3 Kimpradij Road, Hat Yai
Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110
(most of the Tut tut know this restaurant)

Tel: (+66) 074-246 138
Business hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

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*Remarks: this post will be more on like a camwhore post (do not scroll till your finger got numb)

For the first time in my life, I came to Thailand to celebrate their New Year which is known as Songkran Water Festival which falls on 13th – 15th of April. It is now one of the most happening festival in Thailand during that period for the year.As I understand Songkran is something similar like Chinese New Year that it was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors. People celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: ????????) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city’s important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually ‘bathing’ the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.Some people make New Year resolutions – to refrain from bad behavior, or to do good things. Songkran is a time for cleaning and renewal. Besides washing household Buddha images, many Thais also take this opportunity to give their home a thorough cleaning.

People in a tuk tuk getting soaked during Songkran in Chiang Mai

The use of chalk (Thai: ????????) is also very common having originated in the chalk used by monks to mark blessings.

The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder. Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100°F or 40°C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles. (abstract from wikipedia)

The usual fight that we will equip ourself during this festival which is no stranger to our childhood memories are widely used ‘Water Gun’, besides this, you can use a pail, or any item that can store water to splash it on people/ passer-by.

Lets head back to my story, continue of my previous post that during the eve for the night. After had walk around and nothing much to shop, then we decided to join the party as our newly bought water guy had pass it to Karen and the rest, Kenji and Me went back to the hotel to gear ourself up!


This is our special op officer, Komando Kenji… warming up . . . . on the way back to our location, we were like half drench in water, as most people are at the road side with water and splashing every vehicle and human that pass them~

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Can you imagine that kids were trained as young as 3 years old, he will be proffesional in a few years time~

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At the scene with all gear up and wet. . . Before walking

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When you on operation and Action…Kenji is under arrest for violating the place.

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This kid is our newly recruited member for the night, to go againts one group of people that keep aiming at us as that group is quite big! Quite a cute kid~

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the process of attacking back~

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After whole night water fighting and only we realise that, that group were attacking us all night long also Malaysians.

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After used too much energy and hand pumping on the guy, we were exhausted they have food hut around the area to fill in your stomach. Pretty interesting street food~

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After the meal, we walked around the streets and saw this, 3 girls sitting on top and just pay 20bhat to get 5 balls, used it to aim and hit the poll to throw them into the water and my goowddd! the girl on the very left, she is head banging all the way non stop for like more than 15 minutes before we walk off and and she still continue. We were like, if it were us, were wont last more than 3 minutes and felt that our head will come out.

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Then we walked to another end of the street and there is another stage there. One thing that we were impress is that every junction of the street there is the stage, therefore it covers the rectangular shape of the street that makes if 4 stages.

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One of a famous Thailand group that when they came out, every one was screaming for them as for us we don know who is that also.

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Then early next day, we woke up early and went to the street area again, Jonathan trying to be thrown down into the water and he said that the water stinks with pee smell. I guess yesterday night those drunkyards went there to pee after the place was close.

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The festival start after 3pm and it was early morning that the ‘Fei Fu Dui’ (special op unit) are being deploy eveey where with full load of tut tut.

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but then we decided to head for shopping for that day cuz there are many things that the rest wanted to buy. We were all wet when we reach the market, and walk till we were dry and wet all the way back to hotel.

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As the night falls, we had become devil again and the street crowd is crazzyyyy.. Sardin Pack!

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Tonight, we had decided to station at another base, which is directly infront of 7-11. For what reason, scroll down for more and we are ready to attack!The charm that we wear on our neck, based on their tradition is go help us cleans our body and make it like a brand new soul that to splash with water to usher a brand new year~

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These 2 devils are the are the party crasher as they have never failed in their mission! Very professional that charge with a absolute cost.

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this is the ‘Act Pig eat Tiger Look’

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After first round of drinking, we walk further into Lee Garden there which had transform to a massive street party. With famous Thailand DJ spining R&B all night long and it was fantastic to estatic!

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If you would want to kill yourself, this certainly would be a great place cuz no one will care.

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Every one was dancing all night long and remember, to replanish water around this area, they charged is 30bhat for 1.5L as this is a hot area.!

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We saw this ‘papan’ and stand below it. . . great things will happen as we saw this on the floor.

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FOAM! Knee high tim!

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Can you imagine with super smooth RnB music with all the latest hit with foam party infront of the stage??!!!

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We were jumping around, shaking around. . .

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Partying around…

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Crazying around~

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After much dancing and need to pee and to recharge with ‘Guai lou Leong cha’ we head back to our station.

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Again, strike with this post and here the drinking session begins!This is the reason we are infront of 7-11, we need Beer energy and ‘Chang Beer’ was our choice (because the rest of the choice we all gone which left it no choice for us).


This is how we ended up~


Drink till you pengsan, hang over, mati mati on the floor is a trend~ Keni is like not on this earth anymore, that we need to spray on him to make him wake up. . . (actually his eyes caught the chalk and its very minty that need to spray with water to open his eyes) – the white power that every one use to put it on our face is to mark a blessing.

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Kenji had not enough and keep on refilling and go again~

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When the nights proceed with more alcohol…things just doesnt seems right.

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Alright team! we have clear the area, lets head to new teritory with Kaptian Jon leading..

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This is what happen when you are too excited over the event, veli high, sober or drunk. So please take care of your personal belongings!

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We called it a night again, when most of us are already on 70% and went to eat at the same place, but this time we get to eat and watch ‘Muay Thai’ one of a martial art from Thailand.

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Before heading back, we head to the same place that previously we went for the night as the bass here is geng! With the KaipTan Jon already high. . .

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This is what happen when we are too excited. and seriously this is more heavy than carrying a buffalo. wkakakaka~

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The next morning before we pack up and head back, we went for last round of water fighting during the day time. It was the official day of the water festival and its more fun than the night before.

The war is even greater, with whole street, every one that pass by will be totally drench from inside out.

Catch: equip your water with ICE WATER! it just makes you shiver and jump like a monkey or stand there stun for a few second, if you got splash with a bucket if freezing ice cold water.

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This is one of the most happening street in Hatyai for this festival. Whole strech of the road filled with people and for cars purposely to pass by.

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When you try to take a nice picture, you will never be at ease. . . you will be attack by many directions, so the picture can end up just like this instead of the normal kawaii post~

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This is what happen! With no car passing by, they run out and attack motocycle. . .

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If there are a car pass by with back load of people, this is how they got ambush!

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Songkran never makes you feel old, even the mature generation are into it, by . . . . . .

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Attttaccckkkkkk….. (to hire a truck to tour you around with a big pale of water cost RM400-RM500 per truck) our next choice next year!

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A statue is there is for you to take a bottle of water to pour over it from top to bottom for blessing purpose~

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Take a break with the police, and the police was not even got spare, who ever pass them, they will spray on the police also..

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After the event, the car will be parade through to circle around the area . . .

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One of the best New Year that I ever went and looking forward for more. . .

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and this is what I mean, freaking cold water to be splash on you!

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Signing off Songkran 2010 at Hatyai. . . Already start planing for 2011 water festival next destination! Astala Vista babeh~ See you guys at 2011. . . . .

Previous post on the trip:

Water View Restaurant

Road trip to Hatyai – Street food Hunting

Last week, me and my colleague were so excited on our very first trip up north, to be more excited is that, we are going on for a road trip start off from KL –> Ipoh –> Penang (stay over a night) –> Hatyai for Songkran water festival which is their New Year. After Immigration, our first eating stop is this famous Water View Restaurant at Danok which is famous among locals.

I will be skipping our makan trip in Malaysia and head to our Thai Boarder, we start off our journey early in the morning 7am during the first day and eat all the way up north till Penang. Then we continue our journey again early next day to the boarder to avoid long queue in the immigration area as a lot of Malaysian are entering for the festival, as there is once my colleague stranded there for about 3 hours just to get the passport stamped.

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As we drive into Thai and I come accross some great info from Star Online that one of the guy went over, he sure do cover up the details to those who are driving up as below:
Just a guide for those who want to drive into Thailand. [1]Original or photostat copy of vehicle registration in the driver’s name is required for our Malaysian border Police checking and for the Thai Customs officer at their immigration checkpoint to issue an “Import/Export” permit for the vehicle. Those driving company vehicles have to obtain a letter of authorisation by the company to allow the driver [you the visitor] to use the vehicle. I do not recommend visitors to use company car because if there is an accident or car stolen, the reporting and recovery procedure is very complicatng and long – very messy.
If you intend to drive a lot fill up full tank at Changlun cos petrol in Thailand is much more expensive – I think at least RM3/- per litre. Buy a one-week insurance cover for RM19/- at any of the tour agencies in Changlun, at the same time pay RM1/- for your Thailand imigrattion card to be filled up. Never give a ride to strangers and never carry some luggage for them – especially when departing from Thailand.

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As all our makan itinerary been planned by Karen as Thai is like her second home with her assistant Jonathan. The first stop for the early lunch was this famous place Water View Restaurant which is highly recommended by Karen and her friends, that locate right at the boarder. The journey driving in is with the feeling of, we got kidnap into thai and ready to be sold to some strangers as the road is small and through a small village back alley.

It just took about 10-15 minutes to reach this restaurant from the boarder.

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When we reached, we hopped off our car and faster head to the restaurant as we were very hungry and hot as when we were toast at the border and just cant wait to get a glass of coconut or cold beer and this place is huge. It is like another small village out from the town.

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Of course, new place in another country, will usually start off with some photoshoot and camwhore at the main entrance of Water View Restaurant.

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Yen Ling and me posing Kau kau while the rest went to water the plant~

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I think this is where all the restaurant people staying in by building their own homes. Interesting!

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A glimpse of the village restaurant, that build up upon the lake.

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When we walk to our sitting place, I got so fascinate by the place love how the decorate the place in a traditional concept, kampung style decoration, by using dry coconut leaves to build as the roof, low table for us to sit in and pillow to support us when we are lazy, one thing great about this place is we have a fantastic view by overlooking the lake and hills. We feel so relax even though it is very hot and as if we are in sauna but with a glass of beer just chill us off.

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This is the kitchen area, one thing unique about this place how they serve the dish will be a few pictures below.

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This shows how big is the restaurant and what I have been and what I have been told, if you do come during dinner or the night session, it would be even nicer as the whole restaurant is light up beautifully but will miss the scenery. I guess, we cannot take one stone kill two birds.

Dinner time, this place is usually very packed!

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our nice scenery that overlook the lake and hills.

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camwhore session is not to be miss.

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If you are thinking of giving birth, it might be a good place too with natural surrounding in kampung style.

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I just love this picture so much, with Yen Ling is like so jealous over the two of them.

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Our mini two local tour guide in Thailand with Karen and his friend Francis.

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Jeng Jeng jengg… here comes the menu and time to order food to filled our stomach.

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I flipped through the menu a lot of times back and forth, and I got lost. The entire menus are in Thai language. Totally lost! That is why we tag along our local tour guide.

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I just miss these bottle mineral drinks, as I used to come to Thailand with my family when I was a kid.

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Usually we see waiter and waitresses serve us the meal but one thing unique about this place is they transport the food by using a boat as the kitchen is not attach with the meal area, which is located at another side of it.

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Tadaaaaa. . . . . arrival of the first batch of food.

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and let me introduce you second batch of food at Water View Restaurant

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Naming dish in this post will be a little difficult as menu and receipt are in Thai language.

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‘Kerabu Seafood’ which is one of the dish that will not miss when in Thailand. Filled with, prawns, shrimp, chicken feet skin, clamps, mussel, with some lime, sour and spicy gravy.

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Next would be ‘Fried Fish in Tomyam Sauce’. The fish is very fresh as the meat is very soft that soak in the spicy tomyam soup and by just a few bite and sip we were drench in sweat and our mouth is on fire.

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‘Fried Oyster’

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We love our ‘Seafood Tomyam Soup’ and with the colour we could really tell it is spicy, sour and its sweet with the seafood taste.

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The best dish of all ‘Crab in spicy sauce’, unique in taste as we get to eat slab of fried egg, not that really spicy but very aromatic with the sauce and egg taste. The crab meat is solid too, that is why this is one of the best dish.

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This is how we enjoy our meal with Kenji start to burp fire out of his mouth and Jonathan enjoying is every bite of crab or would more like ‘sapu’ing’ everything on the table.

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During half journey of our meal, most of our lips had become sausage as its flaming spicy and in hot enviroment that makes us drench in sweat, Yen Ling, being very hungry and just eat what is available and Karen start to burp our fire too.

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‘Singha Lager Beer’ is something we do not miss on our meal too cool us down in such a hot weather. Love the taste of it, not that strong in alcohol taste that makes it just nice to go along with spicy food.

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After heavy meal, we need to water the environment, what capture our attention too was the toilet. Well docorated with enviroment friendly concept.

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Mini waterfall is usefull during your relief moment.

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Big spacious room for you release to the nature.

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The mens loo, that you get a great few while watering the enviroment.

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Right now we just cannot wait to hop into our car. What we neeed is airrrr-coooonnnnnn…

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This is our first time and would not be our last time, we will definately return if there is a chance. Water View Restaurant

The total damage in this place was around 1700Bhat which is equaivalent to RM170, with 3 bottles of beer it is not cheap yet nor very expensive but we had a satisfying, burning spicy lunch, would rate this place one of the best thai food at Hatyai boarder . .

Remarks: the food here are quite spicy and at night its packed with people.-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 8/10, Quite good~ Recommended~ -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-


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Do not have a specific address as it is located in the rubber tapping plantation area.

From what I do remember is, directly after the boarder, you look at your right, there are a few road entries, (calculate only the first junction entry to third junction, any of it can be accessible) find a junction which is less than 50m to make a U-turn to axcess into the small road.

Drive till the end till you see a very small T-juntion then turn right, just drive all the way straight through this small alley about 10-15 minutes and you will arrive at this restaurant which is on your LEFT which is very obvious (a straight road with plantation then suddenly you will see cars parking around a area)

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Tel: Thai Number – 081-7487410 or 087-1295708 or 084-8563292

Map is through my estimation and memory in google. Hope it helps.

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