We had planned to leave early on a Friday morning, but even leaving at 7.30 am, there was already a long queue when we got to the border. However, since Thailand is one hour behind us, when we got to the Dinosaur Park, it was only 9.30 am and the park hadn't opened. The sun was also high above the sky when we reached, so we decided it would be a better idea to come back later in the evening since the park opened until night. We also heard that at night, the park would be all lighted up.
We then made our way to Central Festival Mall in Hatyai where we had a nice steamboat lunch and the girls had Dairy Queen ice cream. Only 10 baht for one cone, so quite worth it and the ice cream was quite delicious!
Many funny expressions of eating ice cream:
After that, we walked around the mall for a bit. Heidi posed on this which turned her into a mermaid! Hannah had been here before two years ago and she posed at exactly the same spot! :)
After that, we paid a visit to Hubby's aunt and cousin at their cafe which was not far from the mall. We sat and chit-chatted for a while, had something to eat, and then it was off to the Dinosaur Park!
The entrance fee was 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children 3 years and above. So for Helene it was free. It was actually quite impressive, with the dinosaurs being able to move and make sounds. Helene was rather afraid at first, but then after she got over the initial fear, she wanted to walk around and check the dinosaurs out for herself. Here are some of the many photos which we took:
Nearby, there was also an animal farm. Not that many animals, but since we were already there, we paid the 100 baht per person to go and have a look.We decided not to wait to see the lights at night as we wanted to get back home earlier.
All in all, it was a fun trip, but we got caught in a jam coming out from the border, despite not staying until late, so we only arrived home after 11pm. We may probably go again, this time at night so that we can see the lights!