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.

Known for

festival, university and temple

Top hotels in Hat Yai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Centara Hotel Hat Yai
4 out of 5
3 Sanehanusorn Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla
RM184/night
28 Aug-29 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (641 reviews)

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! (641 reviews)

"Like : Very central location. Frown : No Guest Relations Officer to assist with guests' enquiries. Had to ask reception. A simple enquiry of "what is the estinate tuk tuk fare to XYZ?" Answer : " You have to ask the tuk tuk driver" Not a very helpful answer or good service ATTITUDE !"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug,2019

Centara Hotel Hat Yai
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PM Residence
3 out of 5
9 Rajdamri Soi 2 Road, 90110 Hat Yai, Thailand, Hat Yai
RM86/night
9 Sep-10 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (63 reviews)

Situated in the 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! (63 reviews)

"Affordable price with awesome pool, nice spacious room w balcony & the location was great (hatyai town) highly recommended!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2019

PM Residence
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Red Planet Hat Yai
2.5 out of 5
152-156 Niphat Uthit 2 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla
RM76/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
3.7/5Good! (660 reviews)

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

3.7/5Good! (660 reviews)

"Strategic location, friendly and helpful staff. Room soundproofing can be improved,"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug,2019

Red Planet Hat Yai

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)

RM306

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.

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