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Friday, February 24, 2012

Hat Yai Municipal Park , Golden Buddha, Guan Yin pavilion

Hat Yai Municipal Park is a park that covered from hills to a lake. It's located at Kanchanawanit Road approximately 6 kilometers from Hat Yai downtown. In the park there is a Golden Buddha, Guan Yin ( Mercy Goddess) temple  and Cai Shen ( god of prosperity ) located on  the hills while a lake at the foothills. Besides that there is a newly build cable car connected between hills. From the hilltop there is 360 degree panoramic view of Hat Yai City. From the hilltop where the Golden Buddha located there is a stairs connected to the Guan Yin temple at middle of the hill. At the lake you can rent a paddle boat, feeding the fishes and walking around the lake.


Where: 
 Kanchanawanit Road , Hat Yai

Attractions:
Golden Buddha, Guan Yin Temple, Cai Shen, paddling in the lake, hiking at the hills, jogging around the park, feeding fishes, eat some local foods, photo-taking, panoramic view of Hat Yai City 

How to go:
By car or tut tut ( some part of the road is pretty steep, beware when driving uphill) 

Entrance fees:
free

Nearby Attraction:

click on image to ENLARGE
  The Golden Buddha on top of the hills

view of Hat Yai City
Panoramic view of Hat Yai City

 around the Golden Buddha
devotes  praying 
 another view of Golden Buddha
 The Bell around the compound

 cable car station



Monday, February 20, 2012

Broga Hills Hiking

Heard of Broga hills ( Semenyih)  for a while, but don't have chance to go there. So the time had come, and i went there for a hike.  Woke up at 4a.m and prepare all those stuffs required and begin or journey to semenyih. About 5 a.m ++ reach the foothills of Borga, the entrance is from palm estate a RM2 parking fees is charged if you want to park in the palm oil estate, by the time we reach there, it's already filled with car and lot of peoples holding torch light beaming the dark environment. Begin our hike,it's quite difficult to hike along the trails because there is no proper managed trails available, all the trails are unintentionally created by hiker who passed there. And because of it popularity it's saturated with people, there is just way too much people in this small area that caused frequently stop along the hike to wait or stop for the person in front of us. Beside the narrow trails some part is very steep, and very slippery ( because i'm wearing just my slipper ). even saw one teenager fall down from the steep slope, according to his friend he turtle-turned for 3 times before landing at the flat land. It's a good spot to watch sunrise, but unfortunately that day clouds blocked the just awake sun and we didn't manage to watch the sun rising moment but still managed to watch the golden sky. 

Where: 
Broga hills in Semenyih also called bukit lalang ( congograss hills) because of the native congograss filled the whole hills. 

Why:
Magnificent view of sunrise, good exercise, easy trials - take 20-45min to reach all 4 peaks

How to Go:
Heading toward kajang and then semenyih , it's located about 5 minutes drive from Nottingham University , you will noticed many car park beside the road, and there is a sign noted RM2 for parking, and it is opposite a rabbit farm.

What to bring:
Torch light ( if you want to watch sunrise, reach foothills about 5a.m ++), 
water (keep you from dehydrated), 
comfortable hiking wear (don't wear slipper, it's very slippery and will hurt your leg- what happened to me) 
camera- to take the beautiful picture 
cloths and towel to change

Map: 






Click to enlarge ( sorry for the high noise photos) 
The golden sky - magnificent view from Broga Hills. 
panorama of Broga Hills
the peak
  silhouette
bro and his friends

the peak



Monday, February 13, 2012

Tang Kuan Hill, Songkhla

Visited Tang Kuan Hill during 2012 lunar New Year. It is  near  to samila beach just a few minutes drive will bring you there. One you reach there you will see lotsa of monkey around the lift station they just playing around and be careful with your food, "they" will rob you. The entree fees is free but you need to pay 30 baht for adult  and 20 baht for children for the lift ticket or you can go up by foot for free. The lift is 136m in length and carry up to 20 persons a time it took about 3 minutes to reach hilltop. Once you reach the top you can saw magnificent 360 degree panoramic view of songkhla with sea, bay, mountain, lake and the town. It's just beautiful and breathtaking. Besides the view there is some old brick ( used to be surrounded Phrathat Chedi Luang) , stupa  protected in designated area for public viewing 

Details:
 Tangkuan Mountain located 105 meters above sea level, the ancient monuments located on top of it is stupa ( Phrathat Chedi Luang), rest house of King Rama IV and a fire house. The ancient stupa Phra Chedi Luang was restored in 1886 under king Ram IV command, it is one of the important monuments in Songkhla.

Contact:
Tel. 074-316330

Nearby Attraction:
Hatyai Municipal Park


  

beware of Monkey, they do rob and injure peoples
 panoramic view from hilltop ( click to ENLARGE)
the 30 baht lift ticket
 view from hilltop
 view from hilltop
 the incline lift
 old brick



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