Saturday, 17 January 2015

Hat Yai Ice Dome หาดใหญ่ไอซ์โดม

Hat Yai Ice Dome หาดใหญ่ไอซ์โดม

Don't remember where I first learnt of this place, here is their website (Thai only): 
http://hatyaipark.com/hatyaiicedome/event.php

 
Location:
7°02'37.5"N 100°30'14.6"E 7.043757, 100.504067
About 6 km by air north-east of Hat Yai railway station. On the premises of Hat Yai Municipal Park สวนสาธารณะเทศบาลนครหาดใหญ่ on Kanchanavanit Road ถนนกาญจนวนิช = hwy 407. Easily accessible by songtheos line 4, 5, 6, 1871 (to Songkhla), 10 Baht. 

Wednesday 07.01.2015
From Hat Yai near railway station it took 14:16-41 on songtheo line 5 to get there with heavy traffic. Entry 300 Baht for foreigner, 200 for Thai adult; 200 for foreigner, 100 for Thai child. I spend 14:45-15:00 in the Ice Dome.

Winter jacket with hood is provided, but I was only wearing flip flops and shorts, and so did the other visitors I saw (not that many). I found 15 minutes at -15 degree Celsius is not problem. It's so cold, when you touch or rub the ice it doesn't melt, you just get painfully cold fingers. 



Ice slide:







Snow slide:


Not cheap, but I found it's worth the money and recommend it. This must be the largest ice sculpture exhibition in Thailand. The largest of the world is in Harbin in China. There are ice bars in Bangkok and Pattaya. 

The world's largest indoor sand sculpture exhibition is in Chachoengsao:  http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2014/01/weekend-in-chachoengsao-part-2c-world.html and there is a big outdoor sand sculpture festival in Bang Saen (Chonburi province) every year on April 16-17. http://www.saensukcity.go.th/en/wan-lai-bangsaen-festival.html

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