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

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.
• Songkhla is the capital and the center of administration and culture.
• Hat Yai is the business center of Thailand.
• These two cities are known as twin cities.
• These two cities, Hat Yai and Songkhla form the Greater Hatyai-Songkhla Metropolitan Area.
• The name “Hat Yai” is shortcut of “Mahat Yai”, which means big mahat tree.
• This tree belongs to the genus Artocarpus and is related to Jackfruit.

Places to see in Hat Yai

1. Hat Yai Municipal Park
• It was till recently known as Hat Yai Park.
• It is located on Kanchanawanit Road.
• It is about six kilometers from the city center.
• One can reach it on the Hat Yai-Songkhla highway.
• It is the major recreation place for people.
• One can even enjoy the neighbouring surroundings of Hat Yai.
• The park is known for its beautiful flowering plants.
• There is a pavilion in the middle of the pond, avarium, and food stalls.
• Near the avarium is the statue of King Rama V.
• Avarium is at the foot of the hill.
• There is also a Brahman shrine which is at the hilltop.
• There is a jade statue of Guan-yin which is the Chinese Goddess at the southern foothill.
• This is near the Boy Scout camp.

2. Hat Yai Ice Dome
• This dome is near the main entrance of the Hat Yai Park.
• There is a display of the sculptures made out of ice.
• These are seasonal displays from Harbin.
• There is a display that is held from November 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
• This is the third display of this place.
• Open: daily.
• Timings: 09:00am – 09:00pm
• Price: Adults THB300, children THB150.

3. Hat Yai Lantern
• This place is near and alongside the lake that is in the Hat Yai Park.
• Hat Yai Lantern Festival is held annually.
• This even takes place at the beginning of the year.
• The festival ran from January 1 to April 30, 2012.
• Open daily.
• Timing: 5:00pm – 11:00pm.
• No entrance fee.

4. Hat Yai Cable Car
• This cable car has been added recently to the Hat Yai Park.
• This was kept together with Hat Yai Observatory.
At present there are two stations:
– A station at Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj.
– Another at Thao Maha Phrom.
• The second phase is known to add 2 more stations at the playground.
• They are planning to keep Guan Yin statue which would connect all four stations.
• Open-daily.
• Timings: 9:00am – 8:00pm.
• Price: THB200.

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.
– 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.

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