Planning on visiting Hat Yai in Thailand for a few days? Hat Yai is a city based in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. Hat Yai is not as popularly as other places in Thailand but the city is packed with markets, history and temples.
- Quick Information on Thailand
- Where is Hat Yai Thailand
- The Best Time To Travel To Hat Yai Thailand
- Things To Do in Hat Yai
- Enjoy The Magic Eye 3D Museum
- Visit Municipal Park
- See Hatyai Park Lantern Festival
- Visit Khlong Hae Floating Market
- Eat At The Greenway Night Market
- Shop At The Central Festival Mall
- See The Wat Hat Yai Nai
- Visit Namtok Ton Nga Chang
- Where to Stay in Hat Yai Thailand
- Wrapping Up
As well been the largest city of Songkhla Province, it is also is the third largest metropolitan area of the country, with it’s own unique charm.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: Visit Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature rises up to 33 degrees. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or Sea through Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Where is Hat Yai Thailand
Hat Yai is a found in Songkhla in Thailand. Hat Yai is located 7.01 latitude and 100.48 longitude. And is in the BMT time zone.
The Best Time To Travel To Hat Yai Thailand
Hat Yai has an average temperature of between 25°C to 33°C all year round. With the warmest months been between March to August and the coolest months been between December to February.
The best time to visit Hat Yai is from December and February for the good weather.
Things To Do in Hat Yai
What are some of the fun things to do on Hat Yai while you are there? Here is our list of thing to do.
Enjoy The Magic Eye 3D Museum
The Magic Eye 3D Museum showcases 3D art on display and tricky floor paintings plus there is a show featuring magic and shadow dancing.
Great for kids in particular with lots of funny and shocking photos appears when you download the app.
They are two ticket types, the first is just for just the show and the other a combo ticket for the show and the 3D museum.
Visit Municipal Park
Municipal park is a big park with a lot of attractions like the ice house, cable car to go up to the hill, 3 headed elephants and the big golden Brahman Buddha Shrine at the hill top.
As well as that there is a big pond where you can have a picnic, go jogging or simply watch the sunset from the beautiful viewpoints.
The park is a peaceful place and great view points plus a great location for taking photos.
See Hatyai Park Lantern Festival
The Hatyai Park Lantern Festival is located opposite Hatyai Ice Dome in Municipal Park. The lantern festival held at the park every year from November till end of the year.
Simply as the name suggests that it is a festival where lanterns are got in from Bangkok and Singapore.
The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes such as animals, robots, etc. There are make of a high standard and workmanship.
Visit Khlong Hae Floating Market
Definitely a unique experience to see how the locals sell the items from the boats itself.
The floating market is only open during the weekends from Friday to Sunday. Selling snacks, food, drinks which you cannot really find somewhere else.
At the top area of the floating market, food, clothes, souvenirs and fruits are sold. There are seats available to enjoy the food there.
Eat At The Greenway Night Market
The Greenway night market has a massive food section selling anything you could possibly want regarding Asian food. You can also buy souvenirs but it not the markets focus.
You can enjoy quality food at a fair price. There are using card system instead of paying cash directly, the balanced of money is refundable.
There is plenty of seating. If you like the night markets, then this is a place you will want to visit.
Open Wed to Sun 5.00 to 10.00 pm
Shop At The Central Festival Mall
The Central Central Festival Mall is the largest mall in Hat Yai. It is near the Hatyai Weekend Night Market and the Magic Eye 3D Museum.
You will find the popular International and local brands and shops at this mall. Plus there is a IMAX cinema as well as 4DX cinema.
See The Wat Hat Yai Nai
This is one of the longest reclining Buddha’s in the world. The Wat Hat Tai Nai is about 15 minutes from town towards the direction of the railway station.
This reclining Budha is under a huge roof supported by pillars and there are some beautiful structures around the main statute.
The entrance is free and the temple complex itself is beautiful.
Visit Namtok Ton Nga Chang
Namtok Ton Nga Chang or (Elephant Tusk Falls) is one of the most amazing waterfalls but can get very busy over the weekends.
There are seven levels of the waterfalls, the best part is on its third levels where the stream is separated into two.
It is out of town but worth the visit! It’s about 30 to 40 minutes drive from the town center. Entrance fee 200 baht for foreigners and 20 baht for locals.
Where to Stay in Hat Yai Thailand
Hat Yai has a decent variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Hat Yai Thailand.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Get GuestHouse ( Sangsri soi 4)
Rating 9.2, Prices start from $25 for Double room
This Japanese-style business hotel with free WiFi is also 1.3 km away from Hat Yai Plaza Trade Centre.
Justin Park Hatyai
Rating 9.3, Prices start from $45 for Double room
Justin Park Hatyai features a garden, non-smoking rooms and free WiFi. At the resort, every room is fitted a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Little Bear Guest House and Restaurant
Rating 9.0, Prices start from $21 for Double room
Little Bear Guest House and Restaurant offers each room is equipped with a balcony with a city view. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and also provides guests with free WiFi.
Finally, there is interesting things to do in Hat Yai with loads of restaurants, bars, temples and other activities to keep you busy. Hat Yai is the place to go if you want to relax and explore.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Hat Yai Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.