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Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

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Hat Yai is a major hub for both public and private busses, servicing busses from Malaysia and Singapore to the south and most destinations within Thailand to the north.

The Hat Yai train station serves as a major stopping point along the route from Bangkok to Butterworth, Malaysia. From Hat Yai it is possible to travel by train through Malaysia and into Singapore or up to Bangkok and onwards to Nong Khai or Chiang Mai.

Hat Yai international airport is one of the busiest in Thailand and is serviced by both Thai Airways and a number of budget air carriers, including Thai AirAsia. There are numerous daily flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hat Yai International Airport.

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Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.

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    Hat Yai is a large Amphoe of Songkhla Province. It is 26 kilometers away from Songkhla city and 60 kilometers away from Sadao immigration checkpoint. The city is the gateway to Malaysia and Singapore and is the center of trade, logistics, communication, transportation, and tourism of the province and the region.

    Hat Yai is also a shopping heaven. Kim Yong and Santisuk Markets are full of imported and local goods which are sold at amazing prices as well as incredible food that many shoppers indulge in, day and night.

    The area is also home to Nakhon Hat Yai Park. The cable car rides are a must if you are in the area. Or you can always travel to Songkhla and visit Tang Guan Mountain, the old cities, or the mermaid statue at Samila Beach.

    Hat Yai (frequently spelled Had Yai) is the largest city in southern Thailand, located near the border of Malaysia and populated by nearly 800,000 Thais. Hat Yai is located in Songkhla Province and, while not the provincial capital, is home to The Prince of Songkhla University, making it Southern Thailand’s educational center as well as the south’s heart of transportation, commerce, and tourism.

    Among other things, Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia.

    While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.


    The populous city of Hat Yai, the largest in Songkhla Province, is Southern Thailand’s commercial, shopping, and entertainment center. Hat Yai is located roughly 950 km (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 km (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border. Consequently it is a popular destination for visitors from Malaysia, who enjoy dining on seafood and experiencing Hat Yai’s lively nightlife.

    Regional attractions include Songkhla Lake (the largest in Thailand), an enormous reclining Buddha that visitors can walk inside, the Bhasawang Big Splash (a 15 meter long water slide), and the region’s most popular spectator sport, bullfighting.

    Key Tips

  • Banks, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, and the Hat Yai airport have, on occasion, been targeted by regional terror groups. Visitors should be aware of potential risks as well as increased security measurements, such as bag searches and metal detectors, at areas where large numbers of people gather.
  • Monthly bull fights are held at Nurn Khun Thong Arena on Highway No.4 near the airport.
  • Hotels are frequently booked over Malaysian holiday weekends, when it is recommended to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.
  • There are more than 100 hotels in Hat Yai that fit the budget of any traveler from backpacker to businessman, though most cater to Malaysian and Singaporean visitors who make up most of Hat Yai’s tourists.

    Most of these are mid-range hotels that are fairly inexpensive and feature the necessary amenities, though they are far from luxurious. For slightly better accommodation there are several finer establishments around the more upscale Lee Gardens area. For budget accommodation, the guest houses near the railway station cater to foreign backpackers.

    It should be noted that because Malaysians are the primary visitors to Hat Yai, hotels are frequently booked on Malaysian holiday weekends. If you are planning a visit to Hat Yai over one of these weekends, it is best to inquire in advance to make sure that rooms are available prior to arrival.

    As one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Thailand, Hat Yai has a multitude of attractions, ensuring that visitors with diverse interests will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions in Hat Yai:

    As the premier tourist destination in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai has many activities for visitors to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Hat Yai holiday. The following are some of the most popular activities on Hat Yai:

    Most restaurants on Hat Yai serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods. Most guesthouse and resorts have restaurants that serve both. The following are some of the restaurants on Hat Yai

    As in most provincial capitals, Hat Yai features a central market where locals can buy everything from groceries to household appliances and visitors can shop for clothing and other necessary supplies. In addition to the shopping venues listed below, there are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout the province.