Hat yai Travel Guide

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Located in the south of Thailand, Hat Yai is a bustling city with first-class accommodation and restaurants, a wide selection of markets and shopping centers as well as a vibrant nightlife.

This Hatyai travel guide will help you make the most out of your trip to this amazing city.


Visitors should note that a series of terrorist bombings took place in Hat Yai in 2006 and 2007 due to a conflict between the Muslim and Buddhist communities in the deep south of the country. Since then, only small-scale incidents targeting individuals in both communities have been reported.

Violent crimes in Thailand are extremely rare. Petty crimes such as bag-snatching or pickpocketing, on the other hand, are on the rise.

What to Do in Hat Yai

The most popular attraction in the city is the Wat Hat Yai Nai, a large Buddhist temple which houses 1 of the 3 largest reclining Buddha’s in the world. It is located on Phetkasem Road, the main street of the city.

Another attraction worth visiting is the Hat Yai municipal park, which can be found on the outskirts of the city, on the road to Songhkla. This magnificent park is extremely popular among locals who go there to enjoy its serene atmosphere and its tropical plants and flowers.

The Kimyong Market, located near the Golden Crown Plaza Hotel on Phetkasem Road, is the most popular shopping place in town. Almost anything can be found in one of its hundreds of shops, from jewelry to clothes, furniture and pirated DVD’s and CD’s.

Entertainment in Hat Yai

Chinese, Malay, Japanese and even Western restaurants can easily be found in the city. Due to its proximity to the ocean, Hat Yai also has a wide choice of seafood restaurants.

Bars and discos can be found almost everywhere in the center of the city.

Due to the strict rules on alcohol, indecency and homosexuality, many Malays cross the border each day in order to visit the bars


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