Hat Yai

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Visit Hat Yai

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.

Top hotels in Hat Yai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
4 out of 5
3 Sanehanusorn Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla
Free cancellation
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

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! (670 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2020

Centara Hotel Hat Yai
Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
3.5 out of 5
29 Prachathipat Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

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

3.7/5Good! (372 reviews)

"friendly staffs , good location , nice breakfast but room need some updates."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec,2019

Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
Z Sleep Hotel
Z Sleep Hotel
3 out of 5
1564 Kanjanavanit Road, Hat Yai
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Situated in Hat Yai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asean Night Bazaar and Central Festival Hatyai. Lee Garden Plaza and Songkhla Nakarin University are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (215 reviews)

"Excellent location, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2020

Z Sleep Hotel

Top activities in Hat Yai

Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)
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Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)


Meet & greet by our friendly chauffeur at your hotel lobby.travel by air-conditioned car,van or coach. First Visit-Four-Faced Buddha shrine (San Phra Phrom) located on a hill at Hat Yai Municipal Park. A lot of people go to the shrine to pray and have their wishes answered by the Hindu god, Brahman.

Reviews of Hat Yai


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Good city to go for holiday. Really good foods, culture, heritage and kind people.

5/5 - Excellent


Dec 17, 2019

Great food within walking distance from hotel

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Getting bigger and bigger and traffic is getting worse. Several good food places.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 6, 2019

Good!!! Sound and safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2019

Lovely small town with plenty of delicious local foods! Hat yai is charming in its slow-paced style. Definitely recommend travelers to come explore this lovely multi-cultural town :)

3/5 - Okay


Feb 21, 2019

Hatyai is good for shopping, dining out and movies in Central Festival.

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