Day Trip to Hatyai I

Recently, I and Al Osmani (Northern Malaysia Zuikoholics member) had the opportunity to cross the Northern Malaysian Border and went for a road trip to Hatyai, Thailand. The objective of this trip is actually to record  as much photos and moments in a day journey. Praised to God we managed to complete our mission and we are glad to share our excitement with the rest of the world.

For this journey,  we bring along Olympus E5, O-MD E-M5 and the legendary Olympus OM1-N together with lens Zuiko Digital 14-54mm, Zuiko Digital 50mm f/2 macro, M. Zuiko Digital 12-50mm, M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/2.8, M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8 and Zuiko 50mm f1.4 (manual lens).

We started our journey at around 8.00 a.m. Before we begin our trip we stopped by at Jitra and had breakfast at a stall located behind Masjid Tabligh.

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/8 | ISO 200 | 1/640s | Suzailan Jai

After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Malaysia/Thailand border located between Bukit Kayu Hitam, Malaysia and Danok, Thailand.

                                            Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

Danok, Emigration and Passport Check

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/3.5 | ISO 320 | 1/60s | Al Osmani

Once the documentation and bureaucracy processes were completed at the border, we headed straight towards the city of Hatyai which is located  about 125km from Danok.

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/4.5 | ISO 200 | 1/1250s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/6.1 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/7.1 | ISO 200 | 1/160s | Al Osmani

We arrived at Hatyai around 12.00 p.m.

We  parked our car at the Grand Plaza Hotel. After ensuring that all our valuable items were properly kept and secured we continue to stroll around Thanon Saneha Nusorn Road and enjoy the excitement of Street Photography.

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/7.1 | ISO 3200 | 1/30s | Suzailan Jai

Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.0 | ISO 200 | 1/320s | Suzailan Jai

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/7.1 | ISO 200 | 1/400s | Suzailan Jai

Some info about Hatyai.

Hat Yai (Thai:หาดใหญ่, pronounced [hàːt jàj], also Haad Yai or Had Yai) is a city in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. Located at 7°1′N 100°28′E, it has a population of 157,359 (2008) in the city itself and about 800,000 in the greater Hat Yai area. Hat Yai is the largest city of Songkhla Province, the largest metropolitan area in Southern, and third largest metropolitan area of the country. It is often mistaken as being the capital of the province, but Songkhla is the capital and the center of administration and culture, while Hat Yai is the business center. The two cities are considered as twin cities due to their close connection, and accordingly, Hat Yai and Songkhla form the Greater Hatyai-Songkhla Metropolitan Area. The name “Hat Yai” is a short version of “Mahat Yai”, meaning big mahat (Thai: มะหาด) tree, a relative of jackfruits in genus – Source Wikipedia.

SuzailanJai (right) and Ad’ posed with Thai Army

Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

During our visit, we found the security control is quite tight whereby we saw lots of police and army patroling the city of Hatyai.  According to the locals, Hatyai experienced a car bomb incident at a hotel that killed at least three people and injured 23 foreigners causing serious structural damage to the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel. The bomb blast at the 33-storey, 405-room hotel, a popular spot for visiting Malaysian tourists.  Quite scary but, it doesn’t stop us although we noticed some of the  security guards are quite skeptic when they saw us with bulky cameras.

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/400s | Suzailan Jai

The excitement stopped momentarily when the rain started to fall. But for me, it is the time for me to capitalize the “splash proof” designed for my E5 and O-MD E-M5.

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/7.1 | ISO 200 | 1/125s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/9.0 | ISO 200 | 1/400s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/3.5 | ISO 320 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/5.4 | ISO 200 | 1/160s | Suzailan Jai

Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/5.4 | ISO 200 | 1/160s | Al Osmani

For B&W photos, we pre-setting the E5 and O-MD E-M5 with monotone green filter. In addition, we reduced the shadow & highlight (additional function in O-MD E-M5) by -ve 2. We found the B&W output are more or less the same with the result from Olympus OM1-N. Quite an interesting finding actually.

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | Suzailan Jai

Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/3.5 | ISO 200 | 1/200s | Suzailan Jai

Olympus OM1-N + Zuiko 50mm f1.4
Fuji Neopan 400 EI500 | Rodinal 1:100 • 33:7 | Al Osmani

Some view inside the Pahurau Department store.

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/5.6 | ISO3200 | 1/40s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/10 | ISO3200 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

O-MD E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
f/4.5 | ISO200 | 1/125s | Suzailan Jai

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
f/3.2 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/4.6 | ISO200 | 1/160s | Al Osmani

E5 + ZD50mm f/2 macro
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/800s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/4.5 | ISO200 | 1/250s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD17mm f/2.8
Monotone | Green filter
f/2.8 | ISO200 | 1/200s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD17mm f/2.8
Monotone | Green filter
f/3.9 | ISO200 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm
Monotone | Green filter
f/8 | ISO200 | 1/200s | Suzailan Jai

Hatyai is an interesting place to visit. A place full with moments, emotions & colors. Sadly, we only have 2 hours to explore this wonderful city before we have to rush to our next destination, the “Khong Hae Floating Market“.  Do stay tune for “Day Trip to Hatyai II”. Till then, happy shooting.

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