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Muslim head dresses for sale.
Muslim food stall. There was some great food for sale.

The city of Hat Yai 

The city of Hat Yai is 28 kilometres from the city of Songkhla, is the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Malaysia and Singapore. It is only 60 kilometres from the port of entry at Sadao. Hat Yai has grown significantly into the commercial, transportation, communication, educational, and tourism centre of the south. 

The south of Thailand is where most of the country's Muslims reside - Hat Yai's population is about 40 percent Muslim - the town has a different feel to most Thai towns - not just from the mosques seen aside Buddhist temples and the conservative dress of many ladies, but also the cooking smells from the Muslim restaurants and the many Muslim Street stalls.

However, the preponderance of massage parlors and dubious karaoke places lends the city a certain seedy feel. Because of its proximity to Malaysia, many Malaysian men make the trip over for Thailand's liberal 'entertainment' laws.

Because of the February 2nd Upcoming election and the possibility of violence there were many Police & Army on the streets. And many roadblocks on the highway.
Chinese New Year in Hat Yai.
Colourful souvenirs for sale.
A father and son who performed some incredible feats high up off the street.
He was amazing and seemed fearless.
When the act was over the many people wanted to touch him and he collected a lot of money.
A strange sight from the back of a Tuk Tuk.

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