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Hat Yai, is situated on the Southern Gulf Coast – Part 2




Hat Yai, which is also known as Had Yai and Hadyai, is situated on the Southern Gulf Coast.

Overview of Hat Yai

• This city is the fourth largest city in Thailand.
• It is famous spot for tourists.
• It is very popular especially for Malaysians and Singaporeans.
• It is a best vacation spot.
• Hat Yai is a city that is near the Malaysian border.
• Hat Yai is the largest city of Songkhla Province.
• It is also the largest metropolitan area in Southern Thailand.
• It is the third largest metropolitan area of the country.

Places to see in Hat Yai

5. Hat Yai Observatory
• This is a Hat Yai’s deepsky observation which has been arranged for science and astronomy.
• It is situated near Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj in the Hat Yai Park.
• Open – daily
• Timings: 9:00am – 8:00pm.

6. Wat Hat Yai Nai
• This wat is located on Phetkasem Road which is near Khlong U Taphao Bridge.
• This wat is the site of a large reclining Buddha.
• The Buddha stands measuring 35 meters long, 15 meters tall, and 10 meters wide.
• It is known by the name Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon.
• It is considered to be the third largest reclining Buddha in the world.
• This Buddha is revered by both Thai and foreign tourists.

7. Ton Nga Chang Waterfall
• This waterfall is situated in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary.
• It is one of the magnificent waterfalls of the south.
• This is about 26 kilometers from the city.
To reach this:
– Follow the Hat Yai-Rattaphum road for 13 kilometers.
– Then turn left at Ban Hu Rae.
– Travel for another 13 kilometers.
• This waterfall has 7 levels.
• The 3rd level is known as the most beautiful and on which the name comes from.
• At this level the stream separates into two.
• It appears as if they are the elephant’s tusks.
• Treks have been provided especially for more adventurous tourists.
• One can hire a tuk-tuk to the waterfall.
• This takes about two to three hours.
• It costs 300-400 baht.
• The other way is to take the minibus from the fresh market known as the Talat Sot Thet Sa Ban Hat Yai.

8. Klong Hae Floating Market
• This market is located in Wat Klong Hae.
• It sells mainly local food.
• Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Timings: 3:00pm – 8:00pm.

9. Songkhla Aquarium in Thailand
• Songkhla Aquarium in Thailand is another major attraction of Hat Yai.
• It takes about 45 minutes from the city of Hatyai.
• It is surrounded by plenty of other attractions.
• The internal aquarium is magnificent.
• Entrance fee for us is 100 baht per person.
• One can take a scenic cruise of Songkhla aquarium Beach.
• This can be seen using the paddle boat, kayak, Jetski or on a banana boat.

Activities at the Aquarium
– Aquariam at spa
– Feeding at the acquarium
– Fun speed go kart

Events and Festivals

1. Chinese New Year
• The Chinese New Year is celebrated all through Thailand.
• It is celebrated here in Hat Yai in the city center.

2. Songkran Festival Nationwide
• The traditional Thai New Year usually falls around the 13-17th of April.
• Local people to pay homage to Buddha images, clean their homes, and sprinkle water on their elders as a mark of respect.
• This has developed in recent years into open water warfare.
• Everything from hoses to ten gallon tubs used to guarantee a thorough soaking of the target.
• This is particularly popular in the tourist areas of Khao San Road, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai.
• The latter also holds colorful parades and religious ceremonies.
• The festival has been held as Hat Yai Midnight Songkran.

3. Festival Highlights – Loy Krathong – November
• The Kratongs or boats created from the trunk of a banana tree are decorated with flowers candles and incense that are ready to float upon the water. Things to do here are Visa Run and Thai Massage.

4. Markets
• Kim Yong Market – Located at Supasarn Rungsan Rd.
• Suntisook Marketplace – Located at Nipat 1, 2 & 3.
• ASEAN Market (Poet tai) – Located next to Hat Yai Bus Station.
• Green Way Market – Located near the Hat Yai Bus Station but along the main road to Songkhla.

5. Shopping Malls and Hypermarkets
• Lee Garden Plaza
• Central Department Store Hat Yai
• Robinson Department Store Hat Yai
• Odean Shopping Mall
• Diana Shopping Mall
• Siam Nakarin Complex
• Tesco Lotus Hat Yai 1
• Tesco Lotus Hat Yai 2
• Big C Extra Hat Yai
• C Supercenter Hat Yai
• Makro Hat Yai

Best time to visit / climate

• Hat Yai has a tropical climate.
• It is hot and humid.
• Hat Yai has only two seasons which are wet and dry.
• The wet season is from May to December.
• The dry season is only from January to April.
• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hits most of the country.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By plane : Airport:Hat Yai International Airport (HDY)
• There are taxis to Hat Yai city which can be found at the airport entrance.
• It costs around 250 baht.
• A minivan service is also available to get into the city.
• It costs 80 baht.
• A blue colored songthaew will also take you into town.
• It costs around 30 baht.
Flights
– There are regular flights to and from the new Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport on AirAsia and Thai Airways.
– Hat Yai has daily flights even to Don Mueang, Bangkok’s former international airport, by Nok Air and OrientThai.
– Tiger Airways is another operator that operates daily flights to Singapore.
– Air Asia provides flights to Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai.
– Firefly offers flights from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur via Subang.
– This is just 30 minutes from the KL city center.
– Happy Air also provides with daily flights to and from Phuket to Hat Yai.

2. By Train
• Hat Yai is on the southern line.
• It connects Bangkok to Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
To/from Bangkok
– Five trains daily to and from Bangkok.
– Express trains depart at 16:16, 17:34 and 18:05.
– The slower Rapid trains depart at 14:18 and 15:26.
– Trains go via Surat Thani, Chumphon, Hua Hin etc.

To/from Sungai Kolok
– Three trains to Sungai Kolok daily departing at 05:36, 07:18 and 11:30.

To/from Malaysia
– The State Railways of Thailand’s International Express leaves Hat Yai for Butterworth near Penang.
– It takes off daily at 05:50, going via Padang Besar.
– Trains leave Butterworth at 13:15 and arrive in Hat Yai at 17:30.
– The train then continues to Bangkok.
– The Senandung Langkawi operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu departs Hat Yai for Kuala Lumpur daily at 15:00.
– Trains from Kuala Lumpur depart at 21:20 and arrive in Hat Yai at 09:27.
– The Senandung Langkawi goes via Bukit Mertajam and Padang Besar.

3. By Bus
• Hat Yai has a large bus station located near the Diana Department store.
• Buses can be taken to all major towns in the south of Thailand and up to Bangkok.

To/from Bangkok
– Air-con buses by The Transport Co. Ltd run between Bangkok southern bus terminal and Hat Yai bus terminal daily.
– The distance is ~954 km and normally takes 12 hours.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Hatyai

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at lonelyplanet.com
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs and reviews at travelblog.org

Images and photos of Thailand – Hatyai

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at picsearch.com
Images at tripadvisor.com




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