Hat Yai

Don’t cross border by bus to Alor Setar

Never take a bus to Alor Setar to cross border from Thailand… unless you are pretty confident of things.

You do not get a satisfactory or complete answer however hard you try to find on net, in forums, twitter and everywhere else about taking a bus from Hat Yai to Alor Setar, a comparatively less popular place in northern Malaysia. Try in Hat Yai. Go to bus station (also known as Bor Kor So)….

No direct bus for Alor Setar. Even though the place is big enough to have an airport, a railway station and is quite a developed town of Malaysia. Bigger than Ipoh for all practical purposes.

Do not get carried away if in Thailand they promise to drop you at Alor Setar. Because in reality no one knows anything about it. It’s in a different country, you see.

From southern Thailand,

Temple of Wisdom, Hat Yai

Temple of Wisdom or Wat Hat Yai Nai in Hat Yai.

This temple is famous for a gigantic statue of reclining Buddha measuring 35 meters long, 15 meters tall, 10 meters wide, named Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon. It is said to be the third largest reclining Buddha in the world.

One can also enter the statue’s torso to view the lungs and heart. 😛
The temple was about to close, I couldn’t do that.


You can judge the enormity of statue by looking at the person sitting and praying near steps.


Temple of Wisdom a.k.a. Wat Hat Yai Nai

The temple

Uncertainty at Hat Yai

Reaching Hat Yai (a.k.a. Had Yai) was no fun.

Though I could speak to a couple of people in the train for 2 minutes, people in my coach were a bit hesitant and not too keen on interacting with each other. After all we were all strangers to each other.


Hat Yai railway station.

Before the train could even halt, hordes of travel related touts entered our coach. Since this sleeper coach is full of foreigners, they