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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.

Top hotels in Hat Yai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Z Sleep Hotel
Z Sleep Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is RM99 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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

4.2/5Excellent! (231 reviews)

"Excellent location, friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Z Sleep Hotel
PM Residence
PM Residence
3 out of 5
The price is RM82 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

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! (112 reviews)
Very nice!

"New, modern, big room, nice shower/bathroom, good A/C, rooftop pool was very nice, clean, well maintained, good balcony, quiet, close to bus station, quiet neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

PM Residence
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
Centara Hotel Hat Yai
4 out of 5
The price is RM190 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct

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! (749 reviews)
Great Location

"Room needs refurnishing. Great Location and amenities."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Centara Hotel Hat Yai

Vacation Rentals in Hat Yai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Neca Complex Apartment
Neca Complex Apartment
2.5 out of 5
The price is RM90 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Located in Kho Hong, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Prince of Songkla University Hatyai Campus and Songkhla Nakarin Hospital. Lee Garden Plaza and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)

"The air conditioner made very lound noise and very hot in the room even I turned on the lowest temperature despite the maintenance came to fix it. The hallway is not so clean. The room is spacious. The pillow is too thin for me. Overall it’s alright staying here."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2019

Neca Complex Apartment
Muang Thong Family Suite Hat Yai
Muang Thong Family Suite Hat Yai
3 out of 5
The price is RM146 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Kho Hong, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hat Yai Technical College and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Songkhla Nakarin Hospital. Koh Hong Golf ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Good management service

"The place is amazing and very convenient for me go about to any part of hatyai and pleasantly staff that are very helpful and friendly too. Thanks again for allowing me to change the dates of my stay. Thank you and best regards, Amos Lim"…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019

Muang Thong Family Suite Hat Yai
The Luxury Residence
The Luxury Residence
3 out of 5
2/11-12 Ratwitee Road, Songkhla, Songkhla

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tang Kuan Hill and Samila Beach. Museum of Songkhla Province and Tae Raek Night ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great place!

"Loved it here!! 15 - 20 minutes walk from either beach. 7 - eleven just down the street. Many restaurants and bars on street behind the hotel. But hotel is nice and quiet. Would definitely come back. And Bo at reception was very helpful with directions and sites to see."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2018

The Luxury Residence

Reviews of Hat Yai


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 34.48275862068966%
4 - Good
4 - Good 55.172413793103445%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 6.896551724137931%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 3.4482758620689653%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent


17 Dec 2019

Great food within walking distance from hotel

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Oct 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Sep 2019

Good!!! Sound and safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 May 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


21 Feb 2019

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