I found out there were a few ways of going out of Hat Yai to other cities like Songkhla. You can take the taxi, minivans, even tut-tut for a day trip, and the cheap green bus. I asked for the price of taxi to Songkhla, and it cost 200 Baht for one way. Then i took the local green bus no. 1871 at the bus stand on Phetkasem Road in front of the Hat Yai Plaza Theatre (clock tower). And it cost me only 17 Baht per person!
This 1871 green bus i took was really great i can tell you. The rear seat is very special. They have big bass speakers on the bus ceiling, turning on to the max volume! You will feel that you are not on a bus, but inside a disco. Somemore it was nicely decorated and clean. The bus i took on the way back will be a bit lousy and old... different from the first one.
The bus from the Clock Tower leave every 30 minutes from 6.00 am until 7.30 pm. So plan your journey carefully!
The fastest way besides flying from KL is by an express bus. Buses leave from the Puduraya Bus Terminal and the best companies are Konsortium, Sri Maju and Eltabina. There are plenty of others but these are my favourites. The others are in no way inferior.
Bus fare is RM 35.00 but on weekends and public holidays, they can go up to RM 55.00 if you buy from the roadside counters opposite the terminal and along the 7-Eleven. Its best that you go directly to the respective company's counter inside the bus terminal to get the tickets at their regular fare.
The journey takes 9 hours but night buses usually make it in 8 hours. The buses make 2 pit stops for meals/drinks and toilet use.
When you reach Changlun (5 km from the border) in the morning, the bus stops in a restaurant and your passport is taken and the arrival card filled up. This is done free of charge. Since the Thai border opens only at 6 am, the buses usually hang around till 5.45 am before heading on.
Generally bus travel is very comfortable and safe. Most drivers are very friendly and courteous.
Took a Government-run 'Blue Bus' from Phuket to Hat Yai. Eight-hour journey. The bus stopped in Krabi for a free lunch. You can take rice, curry and an extra dish. Any other item - add 5B. The one i travelled was a '1st class a/c' but it had no toilet. The Krabi stop was only 15 minutes so please empty ur bladder n bowels before the journey. Cost = 275B one-way.
Bus fare in Bangkok proliferated in a few years time. I took 5:30pm bus from Hatyai to Bangkok. There are buses to Bangkok every hour but the fare before 5:30 and after 5:30pm are different. After 5:30pm bus will be in VIP type and more expensive.
The type I took has toilet on the bus and cost 624B. The good thing for thailand bus is the ticket include a meal on the way. Given the receipt, you are entitled for a dinner or 2 bottles of water at the stop-over.
I took the dinner with a group of Thai, normal dinner, rice with a few dish and tea. Nothing special but local experience.
The bus will stop at both southern terminal and Morchit(Nothern terminal). The lady on the bus who serves will ask you beforehand which stop you would like to stop.
Don't worry - there isn't one ... yet.
Do you remember watching one of those futuristic films from the 1930's showing how life will be in 1985? Personal planes fly through the skyscrapers and monorail systems ferry people around the metropolis. Well, it seems that certain people still have this notion that monorail systems are key to futuristic cities and that every city worth its salt should have one. There is a great Simpsons episode where some slick snake-oil salesman tries to sell the poor citizens of Springfield such a system only to be saved my Marge's common sense. Kuala Lumpur fell for this scam and now some idiot is touting for Hat Yai to have one. Has the world gone mad?
There are many accibilities to Hat Yai. I was in Malaysia Langkawi Island and from there I took a ferry to Satun of Thailand and then I hired a Taxi driver to get there.