Hat Yai Travel Guide

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Hat Yai Things to Do

  • Thai Massage

    This trip to Hat Yai, I have my massage in the hotel, The Hansa JB Hotel. Some major hotels like Lee Garden Plaza Hotel and Sakura Hotel run their Thai Massage Services for house guests and walk-in guests. The 90 minutes service is price from 240 baht - 350 baht. Foot massage service are more common, there are along the street, the service charge...

  • Floating Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Fear Factor - If you dare to eat these creepy things Hehe..On the way to the Floating market, you could see a stall selling fried giant worms, giant scorpian, giant grasshoppers, cockroaches...Oh no, I'm already sick looking at those things. Are they really for human consumption... Anyway, my younger sister bet with me for some $$$$, if I dare to...

  • Shopping

    Just describe what you wish to hunt for, the Tuk-Tuk driver will take you to the market. There are a few market grouping for different products. If you have limited time, you may go to the most busiest town centre, then walk and move around there, you have every things to shop for as long as you have Thai Baht on your hand and get prepare to...


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Hat Yai Restaurants

  • Street Vendors & Hawkers

    4 out of 5 stars

    I always like to eat something sweet after a meal, and I look forward to have Thai Coconut Ice Cream, wow....it taste like so gooood with peanuts, sweet potatoes, jelly, attap seeds, sticky rice and small pieces of bread. I think I can have two cups of this ice cream and get diabetic!! Its just for 20baht a cup.

  • Regency Hotel Coffee House & Restaurant

    Even though I love Thai food there are times (especially in the morning) when my stomach just wants some bread, eggs and more familiar food. This coffee house and restaurant does good breakfasts, sandwiches and coffee. It is part of an upmarket hotel so very clean and the service is impeccable. The tables are dressed in clean, white linen. The...

  • Hong Kong Suki

    This is an interesting concept. You order food and it all comes to the table uncooked. On the table is an electrically heated pot of boiling water into which the food is put to cook. The restaurant kindly supply plates, chopsticks and some dipping sauce. I wasn't that keen on it. Years ago I worked in the US and there was another Brit guy there...


Hat Yai Nightlife

  • Post Laser Disc

    Have tried this place a couple of times now, and although a jug of Chang draft is 120 baht in happy hour, the food needs a lot of attention. I ordered the chicken kiev, and asked for it to be hot (it was cold last time) sure enough the kiev & fries were hot, but the veg was stone bonk cold. Portions also very small.

  • The Pubb

    Up to date review of The Pubb. Great friendly staff, especially the boss lady!! Aircon & no smoking inside, with a live band starting around 2100hrs. Pavement seating outside with a guitarist/singer, he plays some good Shadows instrumentals. Draft Chang at 100 baht a litre jug!!!! No noticible dress code

  • Corazon Latin Pub & Restaurant

    This was the venue for one of my best nights out in Hat Yai. Interestingly, I'd visited before and didn't like it at all. I didn't bother writing anything after this first visit as I didn't have much good to say. I think the problem was that I'd gone early in the week and also too early in the evening. My 2nd visit was after 10pm on a Friday night...


Hat Yai Transportation

  • Minivans & Minibuses

    Since we do not know where we should buy our next ticket back to Bukit Kayu Hitam, so we took the van till the last stop near the Market. The van pick up place is near to Vitchusin Plaza (the tuk-tuk driver will know the place) so get the ticket for 57baht /person.

  • Tuk-Tuks

    Tuk-tuk is a most common type of transportation while you are in Hat Yai. The driver know all the touriist spots and nighlife spots. You are advise to agree for a price, but I experience they request for extra 10 baht while reaching the destination. I choose to forget it to continue my journey. During this trip to Hat Yai, I have ride 6 time of...

  • Trains

    It seems that most travellers end up passing through the place at sometime if they are heading towards Malaysia. It is unfortunate that the trains heading to Penang are only twice daily, and the first one leaves at a ridiculously early time in the morning. Heading the other way south (on the eastern seaboard) there is about 20kms of track missing...


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  • Local Markets

    There are hundred of vendors group together to form a market doing their business selling almost the same things. If you wish to buy something, prepare your Thai Baht and your time, do some window shopping and some bargaining. Give a price you plan to pay or reply with a smile. Ready packed Thailand snacks, shirt and clothes, leather products such...

  • Street Vendors & Hawkers

    At the city centre or Lee Garden Plaza Hotel area, the night is busy started from the evening. You can come here empty stomach to try for Thai street foods. There are shirts, leather products, aluminium handcraft toys and a lot of fancy souvenirs on sales. Feel tired on foot, have a foot massage, feel thirsty, have a cool coconut drink. You can...

  • Central Department Store

    Generally, Central Department Store sells higher end merchandise than its counterparts in Hatyai. However, I like to hangout at B2S on the 4th floor. There is an English books section that you may find something to read on your journey. They also have reasonable selection of travel guide and picture books. High end merchandise and books


Hat Yai Local Customs

  • Bullfighting

    Apparantly Hat Yai is one of the main centre for Bullfighting in Thailand. Many local people seem to have no problem with a variety of 'sports' that enable humans to use dumb defenceless animals for the questionable pleasure of being able to lay a bet or two. If you read on you will see it is very different to the 'sterotype' we have in our minds...

  • Religion

    At various shops around the place you will see orange buckets loaded with food and toiletries. These are passed to monks as part of their daily 'alms-collecting'. Monks are supposed to have very few possessions - but being Thailand the austere monastary rules are to put it politely - 'a bit strained'. Buying one of these goodie-bags is at least...

  • Local Cake on sales for praying

    On 21st August 2012 evening, we eventually walk to a local market for local people where we saw goods on sales are for prayer, they are decorative cake, they are colourful, I suppose they are tasteful too.


Hat Yai Warnings and Dangers

  • Touting

    This is not dangerous or anything, just a warning that if you walk around Hat Yai you will get a lot of attention from the massage places in town. There are lots of them and every one has many employees. A foot massage costs 250 Baht an hour. I actually think this is quite expensive when you consider that there are millions of Thais who make around...

  • Transliteration & Language Difficulties

    Thai script gets translated into the roman alphabet in a number of interesting ways. I think Hat Yai is the correct name but Haad Yai also appears and I ended up calling it Hat Yat, Yai Hat, Hatty Jaques, Yat Hai, Hai Yai, Had Yat, Yat Hat, Hat the hat, and God knows what else. It's not too much of a problem as long as you don't end up confused...

  • The worst 5 star service!

    We traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore via Konsortium Bas Ekspres (coach plate: AHM8466) on March 7 2014 and was utterly disappointed. The driver was horribly rude literally swearing at us to get off the bus, giving those elderly attitudes for being too slow. This was still okay. What was most disappointing was the condition of the coach! Our...


Hat Yai Tourist Traps

  • Tuk Tuk

    Over-price tuk tuk ride Negotiate and ask around before agreeing for a ride. It is important to ask around as you may find the fares is vary from one another. You don't wanna end up paying ridiculous price when you can save for something else.

  • Tiger Show vs Sexy Show

    I would totally avoid BLUESHIP Travel, a ticket sale counter located at Niphat Utbit3 rd. Besides offering tour tickets it also sell puppies and you could easily locate the ticket counter since it was at the entrance to a basement carpark ramp.I bought a tiger show ticket for 250 bat and was directed to a hotel nearby. Upon reaching there , there...

  • Fishy business

    Don't eat in restaurants directly opposite the Lee Garden Complex. You will get your throat cut. Ask for the price of items. If seafood, check the weight of the fish etc. Instead just walk down the road or the lane between the cut-throat restaurants, and you will find more reasonably priced ones.


Hat Yai What to Pack

  • Bring a lot of shopping bags

    Get a small bag, if you intend to buy luggage and bags in Hat Yai. Pants, bermuda, t-shirts or cotton blouse cos the weather in Hat Yai can be humid and hot. Can buy new clothes and shoes, always wear the old t-shirt and old slippers, so you can buy new ones. :-)) See Picture 1 Can buy toiletries and medical supplies cheaper in Hat Yai. Yes,...

  • Hot + Rain

    Bring along an umbrella if you're planning to go around Oct - Dec... it was raining heavily in the last 2 days while i was there... Light cloth as the hot sun really hot.... and the temp is quite higt.... and only a few tree in the city...

  • Bring an empty bag for you shopping

    Empty bags Light weather clothes like T-shirts and shorts. Really hot and humid here. There are pharmacy in Diana Shopping complex. If you dare, can try the local medicine and medicated oil. Better to bring your own. If you are size 14 and above .. it is really hard to buy clothes. In the market upstairs , you can get 'No Problem' T shirt for...


Hat Yai Off The Beaten Path

  • Wats, Mosques & Temples

    Wats (Thai buddhist temples) are oblivious buildings around Hat Yai in part due to the majority of Thais who embrace Buddhism. We visited several Wats between hat yai and Songkla (a neighbouring town). These holy places are pretty much the same and we could even get a view of a large golden buddha statue from our hotel room. The picture posted...

  • Snake Restaurant

    For reasons of taste (in both senses of the word) I did not put this tip in the restaurant section! I had seen this spectacle on TV a few times but had not witnessed the real thing. There is a place on Ngu (Snake) Street that has cages full of live snakes ready for human consumption. I have not got a strong enough stomach for anything like this so...

  • Wat Hat Yai Nai

    This is home to a large reclining Buddha, the 3rd largest in Thailand apparently, and a small mausoleum with a souvenir shop in the base. It is a little way out of town so you need to use a local taxi or tuk-tuk to get there if you don't have your own transport. The cost of getting there should only be 10 - 20 Baht so don't listen to Tuk-Tuk...


Hat Yai Sports & Outdoors

  • Southern Hills Golf & Country Club

    Besides golf, the club has nothing else to offer... it has a golfer lounge which serves spicy southern Thai food and a limited international cuisine menu...The club setting, however, is nice... with an opened-plan tropical style clubhouse set amidst palm and coconut trees abounded with various floras, which creates a very special serene...

  • Hatyai Resort & Golf Club

    The 18-hole par 72 course features plenty of water and lakes... Many of the holes have been carved out of the oil palm plantation, thus using the existing natural splendor to enchance the experience of playing golf against a stunning mountainous backdrop...Opened in 1993, the course is nevertheless rather flat but it is still challenging where...

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Hat Yai Favorites

  • General Street Scenes

    In our usual morning walk thru the city, we came across this aerobic session in the open spaces in front of the Robinson Department Store in the vicinity of the Hatyai raiway station... The music was lively as the the people exercise in rhythm with the music and the leader who is on a raised platform... Nearby, there are some elderly ladies doing...

  • Obtaining Money & Currency Exchange

    It is always very important you are healthy and wealthy during a visit to some other places. Carry cash, credit cards and now debit cards together with you. I think traveller cheque is a little bit out dated compare to 10 years ago. Some banker would need your activation acknowledment prior your departure, so you have to arrange for it before your...

  • Street Vendors & Hawkers

    The way that meat is stored and sold in Asia has always made me feel a little uneasy. In the hot weather there is no sign of ice or refrigeration and flies are common on the produce. However, it doesn't seem to cause health problems. Perhaps we are too cautious in the west?


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