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Hat YaiThailand

Enjoy shopping in this large city. Ride its municipal park’s cable car to see panoramic views as well as sitting, standing and multi-faced Buddhas.

Visit Hat Yai, one of Thailand’s largest cities, for shopping and viewing temples. Its proximity to Malaysia makes it a major commercial hub, popular with tourists from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Hat Yai Municipal Park offers varied leisure activities northeast of the city center. The golden Standing Buddha near Kuan Im Temple gleams in the sunlight. Known as Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj, it is over 60 feet (20 meters) tall. Walk through a gleaming dragon head with an extended tongue to the sitting Laughing Buddha. The Hat Yai Observatory features exhibits about space and telescopes on its observation level. Ride the Cable Car from this complex to the Four Faced Buddha. Enjoy aerial views of the city on one side and forest on the other.

In addition to the Buddhas, look for other monuments and statues honoring King Rama V, Guan Yin, Guan Yu and other gods. Get out of the heat in the Hat Yai Ice Dome to see ice sculptures created by expert carvers from Harbin, China, and slip down the giant ice slide. Walk around the lake to have a picnic or rent a rowboat for lazing in the still water.

Overlooking the U-Ta Phao river is the Wat Hat Yai Nai. Look inside this temple to see one of Thailand’s largest reclining Buddhas.

For shopping, visit the city’s many department stores and high-end boutiques catering to Asian tourists. Stop at the flea market and floating market, where bargaining is welcome.

Rent a moped to ride to the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of the city center. During the wet season, cascading waterfalls provide great photo opportunities. Splash around in the pools beneath the falls.

Although Hat Yai is in Thailand, it lies on the Malay Peninsula, far closer to Malaysia than to Bangkok. Fly to Hat Yai International Airport, about a 30-minute drive southwest of the center of the city. Use tuk-tuks or motorcycle taxis to get around town.

Where to stay in Hat Yai


Downtown Hat Yai

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Downtown Hat Yai is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Lee Garden Plaza and Kim Yong Market while you're in town.

Downtown Hat Yai

Top Hotels in Hat Yai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
PM Residence
PM Residence
3 out of 5
9 Rajdamri Soi 2 Road, 90110 Hat Yai, Thailand, Hat Yai
per night
May 4 - May 5

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rajyindee Hospital and Central Festival Hatyai. Lee Garden Plaza and Kim Yong Market ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (98 reviews)

"The room is clean and comfortable to stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/18

PM Residence
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
4 out of 5
3 Sanehanusorn Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla

Located in Downtown Hat Yai, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Odean Shopping Mall and Lee Garden Plaza. Kim Yong Market and Central Festival Hatyai ...

4.1/5Very Good! (738 reviews)

"Good location and easy to get good food. Hotel are clean"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/9

Centara Hotel Hat Yai
Golden Crown Grand Hotel
Golden Crown Grand Hotel
3 out of 5
42-44 Niphat Uthit 3 Rd., Hat Yai, Songkhla

Located in Downtown Hat Yai, this hotel is steps from Ocean Shopping Town and Kim Yong Market. Lee Garden Plaza and Bangkok Hospital Hat Yai are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (152 reviews)

"The location is at the main road and walking distance to Lee Gardens and Kim Yong Market... easy access to foods"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/21

Golden Crown Grand Hotel

Popular things to do in Hat Yai

Lee Garden Plaza
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Lee Garden Plaza

3.5/5(6 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Lee Garden Plaza, a favorite shopping spot in Hat Yai. While you're in the area, wander around picturesque gardens.

Samila Beach
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Samila Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Samila Beach, a popular beach in Songkhla. Amble around the area's lakeside or experience its museums.

Reviews of Hat Yai


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5/5 - Excellent


Dec 18, 2019

Peaceful and amazing place to visit. Muslim friendly too Would go again.

4/5 - Good


May 28, 2019

Recommended::: Club - Zound or Nectar Pub with live band - Post Laser Bar for young people to chill - Eighteen Nineteen Stylish Bar - Local Edition Not Recommended::: Kiss Channel Pub Asean Night Bazaar

2/5 - Disappointing


May 18, 2019

I have very few bars, restaurants and I had a really hard time finding pool tables.

3/5 - Okay


Apr 22, 2019

HatYai Is small town for me. I feel like back old days. No many nice places to visit . The only thing is boarder of Malaysia . It’s good to them come to Thailand for shopping but not Good for travelers

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2019

If you are staying near Lee Garden, there is a chicken rice stall just outside next to McDonalds. Cheap and tasty! Dont bother eating in the hotel. Thailand street food is awesome!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 18, 2018

Not much major transformation in Hatyai downtown sinced my first visit 30 or so years ago. Would rather spend more time in Bangkok when I visit Thailand.

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