Your tourist guide to the city of Hat Yai

Buddha at Hat Yai Eddie_K./Flickr

Buddha at Hat Yai ©Eddie_K./Flickr

The fourth largest city of Thailand, Hat Yai is a fantastic place to visit. It can be found on the Southern Gulf Coast. Although it is not popular among Western visitors, I think it’s worth discovering the city. The majority of the visitors are Singaporean and Malaysian tourists. It is easily accessible, as it has an airport. Besides airplane, it is accessible by train, by bus and by car, too. If you are interested in a journey to this city, I suggest you to read the following guide. It will serve as your tourist guide to the city of Hat Yai. Below I will present you some useful information about the major sights of the city, its events and festivals, its shops and markets and also its hotels.

Sights

There are numerous tourist attractions in and around the city of Hat Yai. Some of the major highlights of it are the following: Wat Hat Yai Nai, Hat Yai Observatory, Hat Yai Ice Dome, Hat Yai Cable Car, Klong Hae Floating Market, Hat Yai Municipal Park and the nearby Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary with the fascinating Ton Nga Chang Waterfall. Wat Hat Yai Nai is considered the world’s 3rd largest reclining Buddha. It is very popular among visitors.

The Hat Yai Ice Dome is a seasonal exhibition of ice sculptures which can be visited every day from 9:00 to 21:00. The Observatory is open every day from 9:00 to 20:00. For nature-lovers the nearby Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary is a must. Located about 25 km from the city, the wildlife sanctuary is home to the beautiful Ton Nga Chang Waterfall. The seven-tiered waterfall is very popular for tourists. Trekking is the major activity in the area.

Buddha at Hat Yai Eddie_K./Flickr

Buddha at Hat Yai ©Eddie_K./Flickr

Events and festivals

There are some great festivals held at Hat Yai, including the Hat Yai Lantern Festival which occurs at the beginning of the year; the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran festival which celebrates the Thai New Year between the 13th and 15th of April; the Loi Krathong festival and the Chinese New Year, celebrated in the city centre. These events attract a large number of visitors every year.

Shops and markets

One can choose from several fantastic shops, shopping malls and markets in Hat Yai. The Klong Hae Floating Market is a major visitor attraction. It is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 until 20:00. (April 2013) Other markets are the Green Way Market, the Kim Yong Market and the ASEAN Market. The last one is famous for selling fantastic second hand clothes, shoes and bags and also vintage decorative stuff.

As for the shops and shopping malls, the Central Department Store, the Diana Shopping Mall, the Lee Garden Plaza and the Siam Nakarin Complex are just some of the most popular ones.

Hat Yai market ephidryn/Flickr

Hat Yai market ©ephidryn/Flickr

Hotels

Hat Yai mainly has budget and mid-range hotels. Some of the budget hotels are the following: the Asian Hotel, the Hat Yai Rama Hotel, the Cathay Guesthouse, the King’s Hotel and so on. The Golden Crown Plaza Hotel, the Winstar Hotel, the New Season Hotel and the Lee Garden Plaza Hotel are just four of the city’s mid-range hotels.

Hotel room in Hat Yai TRAVEL & TOURS links/Flickr

Hotel room in Hat Yai ©TRAVEL & TOURS links/Flickr

 

 

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