Hat Yai (หาดใหญ่; also Hatyai, Had Yai, Haad Yai) is the fourth largest city in Thailand and is in Songkhla Province on the Southern Gulf Coast. It's a popular tourist spot for Malaysians, Singaporeans and, increasingly, Indonesians on holiday, as well as Thais from neighbouring provinces. It's best avoided if you are looking to get off the beaten path. Prices are relatively high in tourist areas. This place has comparatively few Western visitors. The city can be a stop for tourists on a journey to Southern Thailand's beaches and islands, or further down south to Malaysia and Singapore.
Hat Yai was a small village originally known as Khok Sa-Met Choon. Its population has been growing since the railway station was built.
Today, Hat Yai is one of the biggest and busiest cities in Southern Thailand. The current population is around 156,000 in the city and roughly 360,000 in the whole Hat Yai District. Hat Yai city is bigger than the capital district Mueang Songkhla, and sometimes mistakenly reckoned to be the capital district. It is strategically located 60 km from the Thailand-Malaysia border at Dannok and Padang Besar in Sadao district. The city has become a business, education, transportation, tourism, and shopping centre in south Thailand due to the well-established connections by road, rail, and air. The city has been a melange of Thai, Chinese, and Malay for generations. Trading, manufacturing, and tourism industry contribute much of its economy.
Southern Thai dialect is prominent, although Central Thai is used in offices and schools. Many Thai Chinese of older generations can speak a Chinese dialect called Teochew. English can be spoken by some younger people.
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It is either dry or wet season in Hat Yai. The dry season is from Jan-Apr, which is the hottest month of the year, and wet season is from May-Dec. Major floods occasionally occur in Nov or Dec.
Tourist information centre
You can pick up Hat Yai maps and brochures at the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Hat Yai Office, 1/1 Nipatuthit 3 Rd Soi 2 (Near Juladis Bldg), ☎ , fax: +66 74 245986, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 08:30-16:30.
A Tourist Assistance Centre is located separately at the corner of Odean Shopping Mall.
- Hat Yai International Airport (HDY), 99 Moo 3, Klong Luang Subdistrict, Klong Hoi Kong District (From Phetkasem Rd, Hwy 4135 (Sanambin Panij Rd) links to the airport), ☎ , e-mail: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 06:00-24:00. Facilities and services include restaurants, ATMs, currency exchange, left luggage (10 baht/bag/day), post service, VAT refund, airport limousine service, car rental services from Avis, Budget, and Master Car Rental (Sixt).
- Taxi rides to the city can be found at the airport entrance. Drivers will ask around 250 baht. You also can use the airport limo service which costs 300 baht. A minivan service into the city costs 100 baht. A blue coloured songthaew runs into town for 30 baht and can be found at the far end of the parking lot. The last songthaew leaves the airport at 18:00.
- The currency exchange booth (Siam Commercial Bank) is on the first floor near the arrival hall, operating daily 09:00-18:00. The staff of the limo/minibus booth will exchange ringgits or US dollars for you (or accept them for their service), but at a disadvantageous exchange rate.
- Domestic flights: There are daily flights to/from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) by Thai Airways (operated by Thai Smile). Hat Yai is also connected daily to Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport (DMK), by Nok Air, Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air. Thai AirAsia also flies from Hat Yai to Chiang Mai (CNX). Thai Lion Air, having made Hat Yai the second hub in Thailand, also flies to Hua Hin (HHQ), Surat Thani (URT) and Udon Thani (UTH).
- Hat Yai Railway Station (Near Robinson Department Store), ☎ . Hat Yai is a main stop on the southern line connecting Bangkok to Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Left luggage at the station is open 05:00-20:00.
- To/from Bangkok: Five trains run daily to and from Bangkok. Inbound "Express" trains depart Bangkok at 14:45, 15:10, and 22:50 while the slower "Rapid" trains depart at 13:00 and 15:35. Outbound Express trains depart Hat Yai at 16:23, 18:10, and 18:45 while Rapid trains depart at 14:45 and 15:39. Trains go via Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Hua Hin, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Phatthalung.
- A 3rd class ticket with reserved, upholstered seat sets you back 259 baht (Hat Yai-Bangkok) on "Rapid" trains and 339 baht for "Express" trains. A ticket for the 2nd class fan upper sleeper on the Rapid trains cost 555 baht. Buy tickets at the railway station. Surcharges are imposed if bought elsewhere.
- To/from Sungai Kolok: Six trains run daily to and from Sungai Kolok. Inbound "Express" train from Sungai Kolok departs there at 14:20, "Rapid" trains at 11:30 and 14:55, and local trains at 06:30, 08:55, and 12:25. Outbound "Express" train departs Hat Yai at 07:35, "Rapid" trains at 06:30 and 06:45, and local trains at 07:55, 10:18, 13:12.
- To/from Yala: Nine trains run daily to and from Yala. Inbound "Express" trains from Yala depart there at 14:55 and 16:09, "Rapid" trains at 12:35, 13:26 and 16:37, and local trains at 06:35, 08:28, 11:22, and 14:32. Outbound "Express" train departs Hat Yai at 07:35 and 12:50, "Rapid" trains at 06:30, 06:45, and 09:30, and local trains at 07:55, 10:18, 13:12, and 14:33.
- To/from Malaysia: The State Railway of Thailand's International Express leaves Hat Yai for Butterworth near Penang daily at 07:00, going via Padang Besar. In the other direction, trains leave Butterworth at 13:15 and arrive in Hat Yai at 18:30. The train then continues to Bangkok. The Senandung Langkawi operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malaysian Railways) departs Hat Yai for Kuala Lumpur daily at 15:00 (Thai time. Malaysia is one hour ahead of Thailand), arriving at KL Central at 05:30 (Malaysia Time) the next day. Trains from Kuala Lumpur depart at 21:20 (Malaysia time) and arrive in Hat Yai at 09:27 (Thai time) the next day. The Senandung Langkawi goes via Bukit Mertajam and Padang Besar. Be sure to check the departure time on your ticket as many tickets have Malaysian departure times even though Hat Yai is in Thailand.
Many Malaysians and Singaporeans drive to Hat Yai in their own vehicles. Like Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand drives on the left. Starting from immigration at Dannok, take Rte 4 straight to Hat Yai (60km).
Parking in business areas such Niphat Uthit Rd is not free. An officer in khaki uniform will give you a small ticket once you pay for the time-based fee. Be prepared with small change.
Petrol in Thailand is significantly more expensive than in Malaysia. Big petrol stations also function as rest stops, with minimarts, coffee shops, and food courts.
By bus and minivan
- Hat Yai Bus Station (สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารอำเภอหาดใหญ่) (Near CentralFestival Hatyai), ☎ . (Bus), (Minivan)This main station includes Bus Terminal for all buses to Bangkok and other destinations, as well as Southern Minivan Terminal for minivans to Songkhla city, Padang Besar, Betong, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat.
- Hat Yai Minivan Station (สถานีรถโดยสารขนาดเล็ก (รถตู้)) (Near Tesco Lotus Hat Yai 2), ☎ . Located in Hat Yai Nai (หาดใหญ่ใน) area called Talat Kaset (ตลาดเกษตร, lit: "farmers' market"); it's designated Northern Minivan Terminal for minivans to Satun, Phatthalung, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket.
Buses go to all major towns in south Thailand and up to Bangkok. Depending on the route, different classes of bus are available. These range from local orange coloured buses without air conditioning to luxurious 24-seat coaches with toilets and reclining seats.
Buy tickets only from ticket counters. Do not allow yourself to be directed to agencies by touts (this included tuk-tuk drivers in the bus station). You will pay more and most likely get a later time.
Minivans connect with all major locations in south Thailand from Hat Yai. Where they depart from depends on the destination, but the locals will be able to point you in the right direction. They are generally cheap and quicker than the buses but often overcrowded thus making them uncomfortable and dangerous.
Air-con buses by The Transport Co. Ltd. (บริษัทขนส่งจำกัด (บขส), baw-kaw-saw) run between Bangkok's southern bus terminal (สายใต้, Sai Tai) and Hat Yai bus terminal daily. The distance is ~954 km and normally takes 12 hours.
- 24 seat VIP bus (พิเศษ, phiset) costs 1,070 baht, departs from Bangkok at 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, and 20:00. For the return, the departure is at 16:00, 17:00, and 18:00.
- 32 seat Class 1 bus (ม1พ) costs 828 baht, departs from Bangkok and Hat Yai at 17:30.
- 47 seat Class 2 bus (ม2) departs from Bangkok at 07:00, 17:00, and 21:45. Departs Hat Yai at 08:00, 15:30, and 17:00 for 535 baht.
The bus to Songkhla goes past the clock tower along Phetkasem Rd (ถนนเพชรเกษม), at the intersection close to Montri 1 Rd (ถนนมนตรี 1).
- Kuala Lumpur: There are several Malaysian bus companies that go to KL, you can get tickets either at tour agents or from the bus company shop. Cost of ticket varies depending on company and time of departure. It's a 10 hour journey if you factor in waiting at immigration, a meal stop, and traffic when you arrive in Kuala Lumpur.
- Alisan Golden Coach Express, 17/1 Chee Uthit Rd, ☎ . Has 3 buses every day which leave Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur, departure at 09:00, 11:00, and 19:00. Free Wi-Fi and power outlet for each seat. 500 baht.
- KKKL Tour. Buses depart Hat Yai for Kuala Lumpur (Pudu Sentral) at 09:30, 10:00, and 19:00. Buses depart Kuala Lumpur for Hat Yai at 09:00 and 10:00.
- 140 Niphat Uthit 3 Rd (Opposite O.H. Hotel), ☎ .
- 7 Chee Uthit Rd, ☎ .
- 230 Niphat Uthit 1 Rd, ☎ .
- Konsortium Bas Ekspress Semenanjung, 32 Prachathipat Rd, ☎ . , Has 5 buses every day which leave Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur. Departures at 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 12:00, and 19:00. 520 baht.
- Penang: Scheduled air conditioned minivans leave hourly during daylight on the full hour from Georgetown's Lebuh Chulia (Parking Lot of E & A Hotel) The fare is RM30-35, advance booking is recommended. The journey including border formalities requires about 3.5-4 hours.
- Ipoh: There is a daily bus from Ipoh at 12:30 going to Hat Yai, departing from the long-distance bus terminal. Cost, RM45.
There are three border crossings to choose from, all easily accessible from Hat Yai.
- Dannok: Vans run from Hat Yai right up to the Thai immigration complex in Dannok in Sadao district. Journey time is about one hour and the fare is 55 baht. Vans leave Dannok in front of the 7-Eleven store on the left side of the street after leaving the immigration complex. The distance between the Thai and Malaysian immigration checkpoints is about 1 km, quite a distance to walk in the heat. You can take a motorcycle taxi between them. Bus and minivan to the border stop running around 18:00, so ask if there will be a return before boarding.
- Padang Besar: Regular buses depart Hat Yai's bus terminal for Padang Besar (only to the Thai side). Journey time is about one hour. If you are crossing to Malaysia immediately, ask to be dropped off right at the gates of the Thai immigration complex before your enter town.
- Sungai Kolok: A minibus runs from Hat Yai bus terminal right up to the Thai immigration complex in Sungai Kolok by passing through the provinces Pattani and Narathiwat in about 4 hours for 180 baht. When considering this option, consult local advice on current security threats. Many travel advisories caution that this an area to avoid.
The main terminal for buses to and from Thailand is at the Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Rd. It's at the northeast end of Beach Rd, where it meets Crawford St; the Lavender MRT station is within walking distance. A number of travel agents specializing in buses and tours to Thailand operate from there. Grassland Express ☎ +65 6293 1166 has a bus at 19:00 to Hat Yai for USD55. Other operators at Golden Mile complex: Transtar Travel, ☎ +65 6299 9009, Sri Maju, ☎ +65 6293 4160, City Line Tour, ☎ +65 6396 6969, Konsortium, ☎ +65 6392 5000, Star Mart Express, ☎ +65 6396 5681/6396 5682, Five Star Tour, ☎ +65 6294 7011, Alisan, ☎ +65 6292 2112.
The city centre itself is quite compact and covers three parallel roads: Nipatuthit (นิพัทธ์อุทิศ) 1, 2 and 3 Rd, colloquially called Sai Nueng (สายหนี่ง, lit. "road one"), Sai Song (สายสอง, lit. "road two") and Sai Saam (สายสาม, lit. "road three"). It is practical to get around on foot, but getting to most attractions will require some kind of transportation.
By tuk-tuk or motorbike taxi
Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are abundant in Hat Yai. Fares should be negotiated beforehand and often can be overpriced, so haggle if possible. They are available from any hotel. A ride within the city costs 20-60 baht. Ask the person at reception to write down the Thai address for you and show it to the driver. Rides to places outside the town are negotiable. Shared taxis going outside town can be found at the old market.
By metered taxi
Metered taxis (known as "taxi meter") have been available for the last few years. It is a good option if you don't like to haggle with tuk-tuks.
- Phromsut Transport (บริษัท พรหมสุทธิ์ ทรานสปอร์ต จำกัด), ☎ +66 74 257281 (05:00–22:00), e-mail: , (outside working hours)email@example.com. Currently there are only 50 cars operated by the company. It is best to reserve in advance.
Songthaew (สองแถว, lit. "two rows") is a kind of truck-based bus running in the city. There are several routes and colours. The route and the fare are fixed. It can be stopped at any point along the route by pressing the buzzer. The route is displayed on the front and side of the vehicle, albeit in Thai.
Blue songthaew runs from Hat Yai International Airport, passing Tesco Lotus 2 (Hat Yai Nai), Hat Yai Minivan Station (Talat Kaset), the intersection near Kim Yong Market, the clock tower, the fountain roundabout, Big C Extra (Carrefour), Kho Hong T-junction (the road to Hat Yai Park), Tesco Lotus 1 (opposite Prince of Songkla University), Green Way Market, ASEAN Trade Market, ends at Hat Yai Bus Station, and runs the same route back to the airport.
By car or motorbike
- Car rental is available at the airport from Avis, Budget, and Master Car Rental (Sixt).
- The Cathay Guesthouse rents motorbikes starting at 200 baht/day for semi-automatics. Malay and English spoken.
- There's a place close to the Genting Hotel about 2 km east of the train station that rents motorbikes. +66 87 2934695.
- You can rent a used motorbike or a scooter in some repair shops. For example, there is one at 47, Nipatuthit 1 Rd. The owner speaks English, he is a decent man, so better be careful with the motorbike otherwise he will stop renting them out. ☎ +66 81 3287625. Normally requires your passport as a deposit and 250 baht a day for a scooter.
- Hat Yai Park (สวนสาธารณะเทศบาลเมืองหาดใหญ่), Kanchanawanit Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily. The city's municipal park is 6km from the city centre. It is a major recreational centre for the people of Hat Yai and surrounding areas. The park is full of beautiful flowering plants, with a pavilion in the middle of the pond, aviarium, and food stalls. At the foot of the hill near the aviarium stands the statue of King Rama V. There is a Brahman shrine at the hilltop. And at the southern foothill near the boy scout camp stands the jade statue of Guanyin (กวนอิม Kuan-im), the Chinese Goddess. The park covers rather vast area with several attractions far apart. Walking between places is not recommended unless you have a full day and stamina to do lots of walking up and down hills. The road in some spots can be pretty steep and winding as well. No admission charge.
- Hat Yai Art and Culture Center (Near the pond in the park). Daily 09:00-18:00. Free admission.
- Hat Yai Cable Car (Near Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj). Daily 09:00-20:00. A recent addition to Hat Yai Park, together with the Hat Yai Observatory. Currently, there are two stations: one at Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj (พระพุทธมงคลมหาราช) and the other at Thao Maha Phrom (ท้าวมหาพรหม). The second phase will add two more stations at the playground and Guanyin statue, connecting four stations altogether. There is also a tram service running between the cable car station and the Hat Yai Ice Dome during 10:00-17:00 for 50 baht. A one-way cable car ride takes only a few minutes. Round trip 200 baht.
- Hat Yai Ice Dome (Near the main entrance of the park), ☎ . Daily 10:00-20:00. At -15°C, the building contains a seasonal display of ice sculptures created by sculptors from Harbin, China. The fifth year is held 15 Dec 2013–30 Sep 2014, featuring ice sculptures of the Great Wall of China, Mount Rushmore, Mount Fuji, Colosseum, Sphinx. Adults: 300 baht, children 200 baht.
- Hat Yai Lantern Festival (Alongside the pond in the park). Daily 17:00-21:00. The eighth Hat Yai Lantern Festival is held 15 Dec 2013-30 Apr 2014. Free admission.
- Hat Yai Observatory (Near Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj). Daily 09:00-20:00. Hat Yai's deep sky observatory.
- Khlong Hae Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำคลองแห), Khlonghae-Khutao Rd (Near Wat Khlong Hae, about 6km from the city centre). F-Su 15:00-20:00. The first floating market in south Thailand. Sells mainly local foods.
- Sino-Portuguese Townhouses, Nipatuthit 1 Rd. These old Peranakan-inspired houses have been re-painted in vivid colours.
- Songkhla Central Mosque (มัสยิดกลางประจำจังหวัดสงขลา), 352 Lopburi Ramesuan Rd, Moo 10, Khlong Hae, ☎ . This beautiful grand mosque is 400m off the new road from Hat Yai to Songkhla.
- Stainless Steel Pagoda (พระมหาธาตุเจดีย์ไตรภพไตรมงคล Phra Maha Chedi Traipob Traimongkhon), Moo 8 Ban Nai Rai, Poonnakan Rd (On Kho Hong Hill). Daily 08:00-17:00. This unique pagoda was made of stainless steel to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year on the throne.
- Wat Hat Yai Nai (วัดหาดใหญ่ใน), Phetkasem Rd (Near Khlong U Taphao Bridge). The temple is the site of a large reclining Buddha measuring 35m long, 15m tall, and 10m wide, named Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon, believed to be the third-largest reclining Buddha in the world, and revered by both Thai and foreign tourists.
Outside the city
- Khao Nam Khang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาน้ำค้าง), Na Thawi (64km from Hat Yai). Daily 08:00-17:00. The park has two waterfalls: Ton Dat Fa and Ton Lat Fa.
- Khao Nam Khang Historic Tunnel (อุโมงค์ประวัติศาสตร์เขาน้ำค้าง), Moo 1, Khlong Kwang, Na Thawi (4km from the park office). Daily 08:00-17:00. This large, long man-made tunnel was once inhabited by Communist insurgents. It is three levels deep and contains several rooms.
- Khu Khut Waterfowl Park (อุทยานนกน้ำคูขุด), Khu Khut, Sathing Phra (70 km from Hat Yai in the central part of the Songkhla Lake). You can hire a boat for birdwatching (200 baht/hr) and have a pleasant meal at the restaurants beside the serene lake. The best time to visit is during Dec-Mar. Free admission.
- Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve (เขตห้ามล่าสัตว์ป่าทะเลน้อย), Khuan Khanun, Phatthalung (Northern area of Songkhla Lake, 125 km from Hat Yai). Home to staggering 287 bird species. The best time for bird watching and seeing a sea of blooming pink water lilies is during Jan-Apr. Go early in the morning to avoid strong sun. A boat ride costs 500 baht and takes about 1.5 hr. Free.
- Ton Nga Chang Waterfall (น้ำตกโตนงาช้าง) (Follow the Hat Yai-Rattaphum Road for 13km, then turn left at Ban Hu Rae for another 13 km). The waterfall is in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in the south, about 26km from the city. This waterfall has seven levels. The third level is the most beautiful and is named after the waterfall. At the third level the stream separates into two, resembling an elephant's tusks. One can hire a tuk-tuk to the waterfall for two to three hours at 300-400 baht, or one can take the minibus from the fresh market (ตลาดสดเทศบาลหาดใหญ่ Talat Sot Thesaban Hat Yai).
Events and festivals
- Chinese New Year (เทศกาลตรุษจีน). Usually fall in Jan or Feb depending on the Chinese calendar. With a sizeable Thai-Chinese population, Chinese New Year is celebrated everywhere in Hat Yai especially in the city center. The Chinese New Year dates in coming years: 31 Jan 2014, 19 Feb 2015, 8 Feb 2016.
- Hat Yai Midnight Songkran (เทศกาลสงกรานต์หาดใหญ่). The festival marks Thai New Year, which is traditionally celebrated during 13-15 Apr. The most prominent part of the festival is blessing people with sprinkles of water. As you can guess, this devolves into massive water fights. The main activities are held near/around Odean Shopping Mall and Lee Garden Plaza, including foam party, free concert, and Songkran beauty contest. The coming event will be held during 11-13 Apr 2014.
- Hat Yai Vegetarian Festival (เทศกาลกินเจหาดใหญ่; Nine Emperor Gods Festival). A yearly event held during the ninth month of the Chinese calendar (usually in October). Observed mostly by Chinese and, increasingly in recent years, some Thais. The 2013 event was held 4-13 October.
- Loi Krathong (วันลอยกระทง). Festival to pay respect to the river by floating beautifully decorated krathong (กระทง). It usually incorporates a Nang Noppamas (นางนพมาศ) beauty competition where contestants dress in Thai traditional costume. The festival is held on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. The Loi Krathong dates in coming years: 17 Nov 2013, 6 Nov 2014, 25 Nov 2015.
- Tham Bun Duean Sip (เทศกาลทำบุญเดือนสิบ). A Southern Thai tradition held in/around October (the full-moon day of the tenth lunar month). The main purpose is to make merit for their ancestors. There are specific foods made for this. Business may close for the day.
- Cinema. Movie tickets in Thailand are more affordable than in Western countries. There are multiplexes and an IMAX theatre at Hatyai Cineplex on 5F of CentralFestival Hatyai, and other multiplexes at Diana Complex Shopping Center, 5F, and Lee Gardens Plaza, 5F. 140+ baht for a film.
- Thai Massage. No trip to Thailand would be complete without a Thai massage and Hat Yai is one of the best places to get one. Some of the many good places would be Garden Home Hotel or Hat Yai Central Hotel. The rooms are nicely decorated and provide a soothing environment to go with a good massage. Ask the doorman at any good hotel for a recommendation if you want to avoid the more dodgy places.
- Visa Run. If you need to extend your stay in Thailand for another 15 days, you can cross the border at Dannok, near Sadao. Getting there from the airport is easy and takes about 2 hours. From the terminal, walk straight out into the parking lot to the parking lot ring road. You can wait here for a light blue songthaew to take you into town and get dropped off at The Plaza for 13 baht. The ride takes about 20-30 minutes. You can also take an airport taxi into town. At The Plaza, you can find a van waiting just across from the TOT office, which makes regular trips to Dannok. If you can't find it, just say "Sadao" or "Dannok" to people till they point you the right way. The trip is 60 baht, and vans leave once they are full. The trip should take about 1 hour 30 minutes. It will drop you off near the border at Dannok and you can just walk to exit Thailand. You will be approached by motorcycle drivers who will offer to take you to the Malaysian side. Walking takes about 10 minutes, so it could be worth it to pay 20 baht each way if you are in a hurry. If you have time, a stop at the duty free shop is worthwhile. Minivans returning to Hat Yai depart from outside the 7-Eleven in Dannok. Please keep in mind that back-to back stamps are only allowed for a total stay of 90 days within any given 180 day period of time.
- Royal Thai Consulate-General in Penang, 1 Jl Tunku Abdul Rahman, Penang, Malaysia (Opposite St Christopher's International Primary School), ☎ , , fax: +60 4 226312, e-mail: email@example.com. M-F 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-16:30. 60 Day Tourist Visas can be obtained in Penang, Kota Bharu, and in Kuala Lumpur at the Thai consulates or embassy. In Penang 60 day tourist visas cost generally RM110. Bring 2 photographs. A copy of passport main page is required. It is possible to copy it in a high school library nearby. To get there: take Bus 1 from Komtar (RM1) down Jl Burma. After 10 minutes get off at the crossing with Jl Cantonment, turn left and walk down Jl Cantonment for 10 minutes and turn right to the consulate. Open 09:00-12:00 and you will have your tourist visa after 15:30. While waiting it's worth taking a bus ride to Batu Feringgi Beach (RM2). You can also find visa services in Little India and Chinatown for about RM20 (will also be ready after 15:30). Cost: 280 baht/RM30 one-way to Georgetown (via minibus) and usually lets you off in Little India. There are return buses as late as 16:00.
- Mahapanya Vidayalai (มหาปัญญาวิทยาลัย), 635/1 Thammanoonvithi Rd (Near Tesco Lotus 1), ☎ , fax: +66 74 243558. An international non-profitable Buddhist college. Offer a curriculum of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhism, major in Mahayana Studies.
- Prince of Songkla University (มหาวิทยาลัยสงขลานครินทร์), 15 Karnjanavanich Rd, ☎ , fax: +66 74 446825, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the top universities of Thailand. Offer many international courses at undergraduate, masters, and PhD level.
There are many Thai banks around the city, as well as Chinese money changers. Exchange rates from the latter for Malaysian ringgits may be significantly better than in the banks.
ATMs are abundant in Hat Yai, although most of them, as everywhere in Thailand, charge 150 baht fee for foreign card transactions. Aeon Bank (the only one that doesn't charge) has ATMs near their office in the shopping/office centre near the south end of Nipatuthit 3 Rd, just to the left of the Tourist Police sign, and within easy walking distance from city centre.
Minimarts such as 7-Eleven are ubiquitous and open 24 hours. Good for a quick meal, stocking up food and personal items. Or head to Tops Market for more high-end groceries at Robinson Department Store, Central Department Store, or CentralFestival.
- ASEAN Trade Market (ตลาดเปิดท้าย Talat Poet Tai) (Next to Hat Yai Bus Station.). W-Su 17:00-22:00. Wide market famous for second-hand designer clothing, bags, and shoes, but interesting locally-designed new clothes and some vintage decorative stuff can be found here as well. Lots of food stalls inside.
- Green Way Market (Near the Hat Yai Bus Station but along the main road to Songkhla). W-Su 17:00-22:00. Very similar to ASEAN Market.
- Kim Yong Market (ตลาดกิมหยง), Supasarn Rungsan Rd. This is the most attractive place for shopping. There are plenty of foods, home appliances, chocolates, cosmetics, watches, CD games.
- Suntisuk Market (สันติสุข), Nipatutid 1, 2, 3. The famous market sells electric appliances, gadgets, gaming consoles, IT devices and accessories, clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, imported food.
- Big C Extra (Formerly Carrefour), 677 Phetkasem Rd, ☎ . Daily 09:00-23:00. Has HomePro, Office Depot, and several restaurants.
- Big C Supercenter, 111/19 Moo 4 Klonghae (Near Klonghae floating market), ☎ . Daily 09:00-22:00.
- CentralFestival Hatyai, 1518, 1518/1-2 Kanchanavanich Rd (Near ASEAN Trade Market and opposite Makro), ☎ . M-Th 11:00-21:00, F-Su & public holidays 10:00-21:30. Recently opened on 14 Dec 2013. It's one of the largest shopping complexes outside Bangkok. You can find fashion clothes, restaurants and cafes, Hatyai Cineplex with 10 cinemas including an IMAX and a 4DX theatre, bowling alley, karaoke, ice skating rink, all major banks, Tops Market, IT and electronics, service centres of all major mobile network operators, and more.
- Central Department Store, 1 Sanaehanusorn Rd, ☎ . M-Th 11:00-21:00, F-Su 10:30-21:30. Probably Hat Yai's most upmarket store. Clothes, cosmetics, books, household goods, and a TOPS food supermarket on the highest floor.
- Diana Complex Shopping Center, 55/3 Sripoowanart Rd. Clothes, mobile phones, restaurants, multiplex.
- HomePro, 33/40 Moo 5, Kanchanavanich Rd, ☎ . Daily 09:00-21:00. Home improvement.
- Lee Gardens Plaza (opposite Central Department Store), ☎ . The most popular mall for Thai teenagers. Restaurants include Sizzler, Swensen's, McDonald's, and Fuji among others. Shops inside sell books, clothes, mobile phones, and souvenirs. There is a multiplex cinema and a games complex which also includes karaoke booths.
- Makro, 345 Moo 5, Korhong, ☎ . Cash & carry wholesale.
- Odean Shopping Mall, 79/7 Thammanoonvithee Rd. Mostly clothes.
- Robinson Department Store, 9 Thammanoonvithi Rd (Near Hat Yai train station), ☎ . Daily 10:30-21:00.
- Siam Nakarin Complex, 488/88 Phetkasem Rd (Near Hatyaiwittayalai School), ☎ . Office supplies, furniture, restaurants, food court, IT/mobile phones, and other small shops.
- Tesco Lotus Hat Yai 1, 1142 Karnjanawanich Rd (Near Prince of Songkla University), ☎ . Daily 08:00-23:00. A large supermarket that sells food, clothes, household items. There are also a number of restaurants and smaller shops just outside the main supermarket.
- Tesco Lotus Hat Yai 2, 1318 Phetkasem Rd (In Hat Yai Nai area), ☎ . Daily 08:00-22:00.
- Thai Watsadu (ไทวัสดุ), 224 Moo 1, Tambon Samran, ☎ . Daily 07:30-20:00. Home improvement.
Although not in the same league as Bangkok, there are a lot of different food options on offer in Hat Yai. Typical Thai street food is abundant. Big international chain restaurants have branches in town offering Japanese and Western food.
Restaurant chains are located mostly in shopping malls. International restaurant chains such as KFC, McDonald's, Sizzler, Pizza Hut, Dunkin' Donuts, Mister Donut, Swensen's, Dairy Queen, Starbucks. Local restaurant chains such as MK Restaurant (Thai-style sukiyaki), S&P, Black Canyon Coffee, Chester's Grill, The Pizza Company, Jeffer Steak, Fuji Restaurant, Shabushi , Oishi Ramen. Food courts are also available in most of the shopping malls.
Owing to the ethnic diversity, you can find Thai, Chinese, and Malay (Muslim) food available throughout the city. Most restaurants offer a variety of Thai, Chinese and/or Western fusion cuisine.
Ethnic Chinese from Malaysia and Singapore make up the bulk of Hat Yai's tourists so many restaurants and hotels cater primarily to them. Just opposite Lee Gardens (next to the Regency Hotel) you will see a restaurant which spit-roasts suckling pigs every day. Large, open-air seafood restaurants are also popular with Chinese visitors and the quality of seafood available in Hat Yai is good. Some Chinese are vegetarians and the town has a good selection of small vegetarian restaurants that offer tofu and soy meat substitutes.
There is a large resident Muslim population and some visitors from Malaysia are also Muslim so finding halal food isn't a problem.
Food hawkers can be found all over the city. Some stay open until very late at night. Grabbing a bite in late night is not uncommon. A spot for a variety of night hawkers is at Suphasarnrangsan Rd around Wat Cheu Chang near Kim Yong Market. Other places are such as at Tanrattanakorn Rd called Talad Mai (ตลาดใหม่) and at Thung Sao 1 Rd.
A typical meal for one can start at as low as 50 baht for street food, 80 baht in general restaurants, and 120 baht in more upscale restaurants.
Bakery and Cafe
- B's Sweet, 75 Thumnoonvithi Rd, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10:00-21:30. B's Sweet serves up Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes, smoothies, pork or prawn omelettes, local rice and noodle dishes, and a wonderful selection of cakes, ice creams, and sorbets. The chocolate lava should not be missed. Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- E.P.'s Artisan Bakery, Nipatuthit 1 Rd (Next to the Esso petrol station near the old Lee Gardens Hotel). 11:00-22:00. Good cakes & coffee.
- Cha-Chak Forseen (ชาชักฟอร์ซีน), Thumnoonvithi Rd, ☎ . 18:30-24:00. Sipping drinks and having snacks including roti and murtabak in open-air atmosphere.
- Chok Dee Tae Tiam (โชคดีแต่เตี้ยม), 58/25 Lamaisongkrew Rd (Near Daiichi Hotel), ☎ . Daily 06:00-12:00 & 17:00-22:00. One of the most famous dim sum restaurants in Hat Yai. The restaurant fills up fast, so go early to ensure a table. If you order bak kut teh, you'll get refilled constantly. Dim sum: 16 baht/basket; Bak kut teh: 80/250 baht for small/large bowl.
- Khor Nang Tae Tiam (คอหนังแต่เตี้ยม), Niphatuthit 3 Rd (Near Tune Hotel). Another dim sum restaurant famously known by locals.
- Bang Farang Restaurant (ร้านอาหารบังฝรั่ง), 32/7 Thungsao 2 Rd, Soi Khamuthit 2, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 07:00-20:00, closed M. Nice small cosy restaurant at a walking distance from the bus station, ASEAN Market, or Green Way market. Halal, genuine Thai food (spicy, not sweet Malay cuisine). Excellent kaeng som. Serves fresh fruit juices and coffee. Free Wi-Fi for patrons. The cook/owner is married to a Muslim Frenchman. You can usually meet him on Saturdays.
- Decha Fried Chicken (ไก่ทอดเดชา), Chee Uthit Rd, ☎ . , Daily 11:00-22:00. Muslim fried chicken restaurant. Also serve seafood, Thai, Isaan food.
- Hamid Restaurant, 73 Prachathipat Rd (Across the street from Lee Garden Hotel), ☎ . M-F 10:00-22:00, Sa-Su 7:00-22:00. Nice, clean, and good halal food. There are a couple of other Muslim restaurants nearby.
- Marichan Japanese Restaurant (ร้านอาหารญี่ปุ่น มะลิจัง) (Starting at the big intersection near Diana Complex Shopping Center, enter the road beside an Esso petrol station for about 350m; the restaurant is on a corner of the small intersection.), ☎ . , M-Sa 16:00-21:30. Authentic Japanese food by Japanese chef.
- 192 Rat Na (192 ราดหน้า อาหารตามสั่ง), 192 Supasarnrangsan Rd (Opposite 7-Eleven near Wat Cheu Chang). 18:00-. Good Chinese food served here and very busy but worth waiting for some good fried stuff. Fried rice a specialty. 50 baht and less.
- Bon Khao Restaurant (บนเขา), 1/9 Karnjanawanich Rd in Hat Yai Park (On the road that leads up to the Guanyin statue), ☎ . , Daily, 10:30-22:00. Good Thai food and great view looking onto Hat Yai.
- Chongkhao Seafood (ช่องเขาซีฟู้ดส์), Suphasarnrangsan Rd (Near Prince of Songkla University and Tesco Lotus), ☎ . Large seafood restaurant.
- Daothiam (ดาวเทียม), 79/3 Thammanoonvithi Rd (Opposite Odean Shopping Mall), ☎ . Daily 07:00-22:00. Friendly staff and tasty breakfasts, Thai, and vegetarian food. Grab a pad Thai and Chang beer among a collection of framed world currency.
- Nai Roo Restaurant (ร้านอาหารในรู), Soi 1, Nipatuthit 3 Rd (In the small alley opposite a Cute Press shop behind Kim Yong Market), ☎ . , This hidden gem of a small Thai-Chinese restaurant may fill up quickly during meal time. Try fried popiah, tom yam omelette, fish dishes.
- Nakorn Nai (นครใน), Nipatuthit 2 Rd (A block away from Tune Hotel on the same side). A stylish restaurant with free Wi-Fi. They serve very tasty Western food such as pasta and pizza, Thai food, and Muslim food such as roti for reasonable prices.
- Samila Sea Sport (สมิหลาซีสปอร์ต), 39 Rajyindee Rd (Near Yee Fah Grand City Hotel), ☎ . Serves delicious seafood.
- Sky Buffet, 33F at Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel, ☎ . Daily 11:00-14:00 & 17:00-22:00. The hotel has a top floor restaurant with panoramic views of the city. It offers an excellent all-you-can-eat buffet at lunch and dinner.
- Sugar Rock, 528 Thumnoonvithi Rd (Near Tesco Lotus), ☎ . Daily 8:30-23:00. Tasty Thai food.
- Ta-kun (ร้านตา-ขุน), Nipatuthit 1 Rd (Nearly opposite King's Hotel, a few blocks from the train station). Daily 17:00-01:00. If you're looking for cheap and good local food, try this small and very friendly little spot.
- Tor Huad Restaurant (ภัตตาคารต่อฮวด), 32/1 Rajyindee Rd (Near Yee Fah Grand City Hotel), ☎ . Daily 10:30-14:00, 17:30-22:00. Upscale Chinese restaurant.
- Thong Poon (ทองพูน), 399 Thammanoonvithee Rd, ☎ . Daily 11:00-22:00. One of a few Vietnamese restaurants in Hat Yai.
- Dé Van Cuisine Coffee & Bistro, 162/4 Prachatipat Rd (A few blocks away from New Season Hotel at the junction of Prachatipat Rd and Prachatipat 2 Rd), ☎ . , Daily 11:00-22:00. Italian cuisine.
- Gäp's Garten German Restaurant, 516/1 Soi Chuntarajanusorn, Thumnoonvithi Rd (In an alley near Udomsuksa school), ☎ , e-mail: (German/English), (Thai)email@example.com. Daily 16:00-24:00. Serves authentic German food and beer (Erdinger, Warsteiner, Weihenstephan, and Köstritzer) for reasonable prices. Best to book a table in advance as it is usually quite full.
- McCafe, Sripoowanart Rd (Next to Diana Complex Shopping Center). 24 hours daily.
- Bee Club (Downtown). Live music, pool upstairs and decent food.
- Co Art. A cafe-style place to hang-out in the evenings. There is a live band almost every day covering internationally-known songs.
- Deep Wonder (Across from The Pub). Street side and downstairs bar. Live music.
- Living Room, 94 Thamannoonvithee Rd. At the site of the now-defunct Monkey Club. It's a nice place with fairly quiet atmosphere, and no longer a nightclub.
- Oceania (Away from city centre, about 10 min by taxi from Lee Gardens and about 100 m north of the Hansa Plaza/Paragaon night entertainment complex in Hat Yai Nai.). Closes when last customer leaves, about 04:00. A beautiful open-air restaurant and bar set on 2 floors with a landscaped garden of waterfalls and palms, and soft lighting. The kitchen is open until well after 02:00, serving decent Thai food at around 100 baht a dish. A large Heineken is 90 baht, with draft available also. The theme is quiet and romantic, ideal after an hour or two in the disco nearby. Live acoustic music is inflicted on diners every night until 24:00.
- Post Laser Disc, 82-84 Thamannoonvithee Rd (Opposite Indra Hotel near Odeon Shopping Mall), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-01:00. Air-coned and pool. Best band in town playing from 21:00 onwards. Farang hangout. Jack Coke 80 baht.
- Sunrise Coffee (หอมกลิ่นกาแฟ), She-Utit Rd (Opposite the Hakka Chinese Association and the D-Pan-Panya Restaurant). A nice little coffee shop offering a variety of coffee blends and smoothies; very cosy atmosphere.
- The Swan, Thamannoonvithee Rd (One block from The Pub.). Nice atmosphere with books and 2 TVs with UBC cable. A slight British pub feel. Jack Coke, 60 baht.
- The West Side Saloon. Can get crowded and very noisy. They have a good bar food menu. The only pub/bar in town that writes the prices on the menu excluding service charge and VAT. Can be a surprise when you get the bill.
|This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:|
|Budget||Under 500 baht|
|Splurge||Over 1,500 baht|
Travel agents around town can nearly always give better rates for hotel rooms compared to dealing directly with the hotel. Hat Yai has an abundance of accommodation. Tourism in Hat Yai consists mainly of the weekend trade from Malaysia and Singapore. Accommodation can be found very easily mid-week but hotels in the centre of town tend to get booked up for the weekends and Malaysian and Singaporean public holidays. In the budget hotel you may well be asked if you want company. A shake of the head is all that is needed (up or down or from side-to-side is up to you). Don't be put off by the hotel because of it.
- Cathay Guesthouse (Not far from train station). Check-out: 12:00. Simple rooms, squat toilet, have to buy toilet paper. Sells European breakfast and has transport service. Friendly staff. Basic rooms but very clean, and super staff. No bugs of any sort. Not a classy place, but clean rooms with a cold shower very close to the train station. Single 160 baht. Twin fan 220 baht.
- Hatyai Genting Hotel, 263 Samchai Rd (About 1.5 km east of the city centre), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Airy. Much better rooms than you can get in the city centre for similar prices. 495 baht for a spacious room with queen bed, 570 baht for a room with two beds. Clean; free Wi-Fi; TV and big fridge; air-con; hot water. Some decent local food places to eat over the road. A long stroll or short ride to the city centre or the bus station. Gym downstairs: 30 baht/day or 600 baht/month, or 450 baht/month for restricted memberships (morning or afternoon only). 495-840 baht.
- Indra Hotel (Thammanun Withi Rd/next to Monkey Pub). Nice inexpensive place to stay near market and transportation (bus agents). Strongly recommend you see room before booking.
- King's Hotel, 126-134 Nithakuthit 1 Rd (In the heart of commercial Hat Yai, a block from the railway station). Cable TV with English channels, hot shower, double bed. Free Wi-Fi access in the hotel lobby and rooms. The hotel badly needs a fire escape. Dbl 750 baht.
- Laem Thong Hotel, 46 Thammanun Withi Rd (One block from railway station). Fan rooms 320 baht.
- Louise Guesthouse (Close to train station, near Robinson shopping mall). Check-out: noon. Big rooms and European toilets. Staff friendliness appears to fluctuate. Bedbugs reported and mattresses old and sagging. Fan room with Wi-Fi, 400 baht.
- Diamond Plaza Hotel, 62 Nipatuthit 3 Rd, ☎ . , 1,090 baht, no breakfast.
- Golden Crown Plaza Hotel, 42-44 Nipatuthit 3 Rd, ☎ . , The standard rooms are very nice and comfortable. 850 baht.
- Hi-Season Hotel, 33/2 Ratyindee Rd, ☎ . 680 baht.
- Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel, 29 Prachatipat Rd (Above Lee Gardens Plaza), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1,220 baht including breakfast (880 baht without).
- New Season Hotel, 106 Prachathipat Rd, ☎ , fax: +66 74 352390, e-mail: email@example.com. Deluxe-class hotel in the heart of Hat Yai. 112 deluxe rooms and 7 junior suites, including non-smoking floors, with panoramic view of the city and mountain. Every room has Internet access, touch memory door locking system, smoke detector, safety deposit box, minibar, and colour TV. 24 hour surveillance and car park. On-site there is a Thai massage with 17 luxurious rooms and a coffee shop serving a variety of cuisines: Thai, Western, and Chinese. 900 baht.
- Pink Lady Hotel, 24/11-12 Sanehanusorn Rd (Next to Novotel and Central Festival Department Store). Clean and has consistent hot water. The service is OK (some have reported poor service but if you encounter this, complain to manager and it's resolved). Very quiet despite the presence of a karaoke bar and massage parlour. 600 baht.
- President Hotel, 420 Phetkasem Rd, ☎ , fax: +66 74 230609. Pretty large rooms, air-con, free Wi-Fi, TV, and OK room service. 4,155 baht.
- Siam City Hotel, 25-35 Nipatuthit 2 Rd, ☎ +66 74 353111/30. Decent city views. Mini fridge. Feels 30 years old. No English TV channels. 855 baht.
- Tune Hotel, 152-156 Nipatuthit 2 Rd. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Add-ons including air-con, towel, toiletries, cable TV, and Wi-Fi have to be purchased separately. 500+ baht.
- Winstar Hotel, 54/7 Sripuwanart Rd (beside Diana Complex Shopping Center), ☎ . Winstar Hotel is a new standard hotel designed and decorated in Chinese modern style. Wi-Fi, air-con, hot shower, minibar and colour TV with cable channels. Fountain Beer Park, Lim Breng Restaurant, Star Coffee Shop, and Thai ancient massage. 870 baht (Feb 2014).
- Asian Hotel, 55-59 Nipatuthit 3 Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Basic facilities. One of the older bigger hotels from several decades back. 1,800+ baht.
- BP Grand Suite Hotel, 75/1 Sanaehanusorn Rd, ☎ . 1,500 baht.
- Centara Hotel Hat Yai, 3 Sanehanusorn Rd (Next to the Central Department Store, opposite Lee Gardens Plaza), ☎ , fax: +66 74 352223, e-mail: email@example.com. 2,000+ baht.
A series of bombings in September 2006 that specifically targeted restaurants and shopping centres popular with visitors (and locals) killed two tourists. There were another 7 bombs in May 2007 in Hat Yai which killed one person. Strict security measures (bag searches, metal detectors) are to be expected in most gathering places. The most recent bombing was 3 Apr 2012.
- Medical Emergency ☎ 1669
- Police (General Emergency) ☎ 191, +66 74 243333, +66 74 231645
- Tourist Police ☎ 1155, +66 74 246733
- Fire Station ☎ 199, +66 74 243111
Hat Yai's area code is 074. To make a call to anywhere in Thailand, always add a preceding "0" to the fixed line/mobile number. For example, ☎ +66 74 123456 will be dialled locally as ☎ 074 123456.
Thai prepaid SIM cards can be purchased in minimarts, mobile retailer shops, or telco service centers. Domestic calls usually cost only about 1 baht/min depending on your prepaid plan. The major telephone service providers are AIS, DTAC, and TrueMove. 3G is beginning to be implemented in the area but don't expect much.
- Talad Mai Post Shop, 15/30 Phadungphakdi Rd, ☎ . A franchise of Thailand Post.
- Thailand Post, Ban Phru, 190 Moo 4, Karnjanawanich Rd, Ban Phru, ☎ .
- Thailand Post, Hat Yai, 43 Nipatsongkraw 1, ☎ . ,
- Thailand Post, Hat Yai Nai, 25 Moo 1, Soi 35, Petchkasem Rd, Khuan Lang, ☎ .
- Thailand Post, Kho Hong, 176 Moo 5, Karnjanawanich Rd, ☎ .
- Thailand Post, Rathakarn, 158 Rathakarn Rd, ☎ .
- Thailand Post, Sripuwanart, 19, 21, 23 Po Natthapon 2 Rd, ☎ .
- Thailand Post, Thung Lung, 2/1 Moo 1, Karnjanawanich Rd, Phatong, ☎ .
The Chinese, Indonesian, and Malaysian consulates are in Mueang Songkhla, the capital district of Songkhla Province, 35 km from Hat Yai.
- Dentist (PSU Dental Hospital), ☎ , fax: +66 74 429879. Prince of Songkhla University's Faculty of Dentistry offers very good and reasonably priced treatments. But always put a few notes in the collection box. Government-operated hospital, so expect a wait.
- Bangkok Hospital Hat Yai (โรงพยาบาลกรุงเทพหาดใหญ่), 75 Soi 15 Phetkasem Rd (near Big C Extra), ☎ , fax: +66 74 27284. Private hospital.
- Hat Yai Hospital (โรงพยาบาลหาดใหญ่), 182 Ratthakarn Rd, ☎ , fax: +66 74 246600. Regional public hospital.
- Rajyindee Hospital (โรงพยาบาลราษฎร์ยินดี), 119 Rajyindee Rd (Near Diana Complex Shopping Center), ☎ +66 74 200200 Fax, fax: +66 74 200292. Private hospital.
- Sikarin Hat Yai Hospital (โรงพยาบาลศิครินทร์ หาดใหญ่), 169 Niphatsongkhro 1 (Near Jiranakorn Stadium), ☎ , fax: +66 74 366955. Private hospital.
- Songklanagarind Hospital (โรงพยาบาลสงขลานครินทร์), 15 Karnjanavanit Rd (At Prince of Songkhla University), ☎ , fax: +66 74 212900, +66 74 212903. Public hospital.
- Bangkok - Thailand's bustling and vibrant capital city.
- Chiang Mai - an artistic and cultural city in Northern Thailand; there are direct flights to Chiang Mai from Thai AirAsia.
- Krabi - beautiful islands such as Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi.
- Phuket - world-renowned white sandy beaches and resorts.
- Satun - a gateway to Ko Tarutao and Ko Lipe.
- Songkhla - a relaxed old seaside city only 35 km away with the famous mermaid statue. Recommended for a day trip for sightseeing, museums, beaches and excellent seafood.
- Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's capital city.
- Langkawi - a beautiful duty-free island; can be reached via ferry from Satun.
- Penang - visit Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also a food paradise.
- Singapore - a highly developed island nation at the tip of the Malay Peninsula.
|Routes through Hat Yai|
|Bangkok ← Phatthalung ←||N S||→ Padang Besar → Butterworth|
|Bangkok ← Phatthalung ←||N S||→ Yala → Sungai Kolok|
|Bangkok ← Phatthalung ←||N S||→ Sadao|