Watch English Movies in Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival

Hatyai Cineplex is a popular movie provider in Thailand. Two Cineplex theaters are found in Hatyai City, one at Central Festival and the other at Diana. There is also one in Songkhla Tesco Lotus, unlike those in Hatyai, this however shows English movies dubbed in Thai language ONLY. So foreigners from Songkhla, Sadao, Satun, and other nearby places have to travel to Hatyai to be able to watch movies in English soundtrack.

My family and I particularly love Hatyai Cineplex in Central Festival. This is our go to movie theater whenever there’s something we’d like to watch on the big screen. Recently we watched Avengers:Endgame, and I’d like to share with you our experience in a short video down below. For parents who will be watching a 3-hour long movie with children, you might want to check out how to watch without bathroom break.

Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival is big, grand, and clean. It is fully equipped with several machines for electronic ticket, as well as ticket booth for those who would like to walk-in and purchase a ticket.
There is a huge waiting lounge in and out of the cinema. You could comfortable chill out there while waiting. The ambience of the place is great, heavily carpeted-floor, colorful movie posters in glass frame outlined in equally vivid, bright, colorful lights. These frames are beautifully distributed on the walls and ceiling. We love the design.

Hatyai Cineplex has IMAX, which allows you to experience a movie in 4G. We’ve tried this out when we watched Batman vs Superman, which we regretted both the 4G experience and the movie itself. There are people who love 4G but it is definitely not for us. We were dizzy the whole time, and had a splitting headache after.


Anyways, the restrooms are clean. However I’d wish there’s one in between the theaters. You see the restrooms are situated at both ends of the hallway way, separated by 6 to 7 huge theaters. So it is a pretty long walk especially if you’re taking a bathroom break right in the middle of the movie.


Hatyai Cineplex is located on the top most floor of Central Festival Hatyai. If you are driving there, you could simple type in Hatyai Cineplex Central Festival in your GPS device or google map.

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Neca Reiche: Hotel Review

Accomodation: Neca Reiche

Location: 736/2 Poonnakan Rd, ตำบลคอหงส์ Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla Thailand 90110

The Room (Standard II, L705):

At first glance this hotel room is the most modern we have ever seen. The concept is just state of the art. The way they made use of the space is so ingenious. The wall that separates the entrance and the bathroom hides the ref together with the closet and a tiny safety box. The closet can be accessed both from the outside and from the bathroom. A sliding door with a full body mirror camouflages this part. Next to it is the sliding door for the bathroom which is a translucent glass. You got to be very careful though as one can easily get their hands pinched by the alternating sliding doors.

The room smells like heaven. They have these perfumed, dried flowers that make the room smell so fresh. It’s the first thing that greets you the moment you open your room.

The room size will not blow you away but it is big enough to be comfortable. A queen size bed is nestled in the middle and a sofa bed tucked in the end of the room. There’s enough walking space in-between furniture but that’s it. You’d be risking stubbing your toe if you are not careful though.

The place is definitely clean, although we are not fond of black tiles for the floor (bathroom) as they never look/feel clean, they are very particular with cleanliness. The nooks and crannies even under the bed was vacuumed.

The room is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s a well thought of design and arrangement. Even the small details like paintings/photo on the wall, the hanging lampshade on each sides of the bed, even the TV rack is pleasing.

The only flaw we saw, which basically ruined it all for us was the bathroom. I guess being aesthetic does not always equate to functionality. We were not able to fully enjoy the bathtub or even just our bath for fear of flooding. If one is not careful, water could easily and we mean easily flood the room. The bathtub is located next to the bathroom door and the bathroom-floor and the room-floor are level. Well, we have seen modern bathrooms like these but I guess the basics of slightly angling the floor towards the drain should still be observed. Instead the water flows outside of the bathroom. It really freaked us out when we saw water going out of the bathroom while using the bath. We literally had to towel the floor down and squeeze the towel in the sink.

Ant problems also put us off. I woke up with ant bites and they were all over the floor the next morning. As a plush hotel in downtown Hatyai this should not have not been an issue but it is.

Now this is just based on the room we stayed in.

This video was taken at Neca Reiche Hotel.

Sockets:

At this modern age of gadgetry we have made electric sockets our best friend. And having plenty of them in a hotel room is a necessity. We always bring a ton of gadgets with us and re-charge all of them in the evening and we were not disappointed. Sockets were aplenty

Wifi:

Another downside of this hotel is their WIFI connectivity or the lack of it. We were not able to connect at all during our stay. We called the front desk for assistance thinking we may have made a mistake in connecting and someone did come to our AID to help us connect but still no connection at all. For us it was fine since we do have internet in our mobile devices because we live here in Thailand but if you are a tourist on a tourist SIM card you might really really want a hotel wifi connection and this will be outrageous and disappointmenting.

Amenities:

They have got the usual complimentary bottled water, towels, toiletries, shower caps, flat-screen TV, fridge, electric kettle, and hairdryer.

Pool:

They have a pool located on the 6th floor of the building. The pool is tiny. You’d have to literally wait for your turn to get into it. They do not have a kiddie pool so kids shorter than 4 feet will need a flotation device. The tiles are dark blue almost black so we could not be sure if the water was clean. We did not take a dip.

Food:

The food was the saving grace of this hotel. They were generous of the food. They served ham and eggs, fried rice, fruits and vegetables, complementary drinks, salad dressings, soup, porridge, bread, and a lot of condiments. They replenished the food the moment they see it’s running low. We have seen stingy hotel restaurants who would not refill the serving plates right away to discourage clients from having seconds.

Staff:

The hotel staffs were friendly and courteous. They could speak decent English so communication is not a problem at all.

Clientele

Neca Reiche hotel is a good place to stay if you plan to go around Hatyai City. It is famous among Malaysians, Singaporeans, Expats, and local tourists.

Overall

At 49.90 USD/per night for a family of four in a Standard II room, I think it is a good deal. Overall, in terms of aesthetic, cleanliness, and location, this hotel is great. And the whole experience which could have been even greater if not because of the bathroom and WIFI connection. If Neca Reiche addresses these, then I would say it is the total package but until then, I would not return.

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Haven’t been here for quite a while,  and as expected things have changed.  Today, we had lunch at the Food Factory.  It is at the basement of Lee Gardens,  one of the famous shopping centers right at the heart of downtown Hatyai.

The place has a warm, cozy ambience, and a friendly feel in it.  As Lee Gardens is the drop-off point of tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, you’d expect a sort of melting pot of different culture enjoying food of yet another beautiful culture. The staff looks friendly and accommodating. Everything is reasonably priced.

And I think it’s quite spacious.

 

Greenway Shopping: Hatyai Thailand

If you are looking for a great one-stop thrift shop, Greenway Shopping is the place for you.
It is popular among locals and expats alike because of its affordability and wide variety of choices. It has everything from apparels,shoes, and toys to imported Japanese plastic models like Ban Dai.

And after shopping, you can dine at Greenway Food Station, which serves your favorite Thai dishes, desserts and drinks. They even have kids’ fave Thai porridge called Khaw Tom which is normally served in the morning. Desserts include cake and the Korean Bingshu.
The place is clean and organized although the parking is a bit tight.

And by the way,  they’ve got a mini play area for kids. You get to enjoy dinner while the kids are  having a blast and socializing with other kids.

 

Have you been here?

Anything similar to this in your place?

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