Hat Yai

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Hat Yai

Chartame Boutique Hotel
Chartame Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
71/1059, Khlong Hae, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
The price is HK$129 per night from 10 Aug to 11 Aug
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Hat Yai City Municipality Office and Hatyai Fountain are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (11 reviews)
"The place is very nice and well decorated. Has its own relaxing vibe to it."

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

Chartame Boutique Hotel
The Three Hat Yai
The Three Hat Yai
3.5 out of 5
128/4 Niphat Uthit 3 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
The price is HK$334 per night from 11 Aug to 12 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (110 reviews)
"Place overall was clean, except abit mouldy smell since it wasnt in operation during the covid. However, after a few hours after circulation it was gone. Staff was nice and friendly. The washing basin was separated with the toilet make it so convenient for us. Shopping and food was just walking distance. ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2022

The Three Hat Yai
Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
3.5 out of 5
29 Prachathipat Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
The price is HK$251 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the quiet rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (394 reviews)
"The newly renovated rooms were looking very sleek and modern. Spacious room with lots of personal space for luggage and clothes. Food street was just around the hotel lobby. Appreciate the welcome drink upon check-in, a touch that has been forgotten since covid-19 started."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2022

Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel Hat Yai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Muang Thong Family Suite Hat Yai
Muang Thong Family Suite Hat Yai
3 out of 5
72 Moo 3 Thaksin Muangthong 3 Road, Hat Yai North, Hat Yai, 90110
The price is HK$224 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (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
Neca Complex Apartment
Neca Complex Apartment
2.5 out of 5
59 Moo 6, Soi 3, Thungree Rd., Khohong, Prince of Songkhla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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
The Ring Residence
The Ring Residence
3 out of 5
No. 17, Soi 25/1, Rat Uthit Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Hat Yai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Hat Yai Plaza and Clock Tower are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
ห้องสวย กว้าง อุปกรณ์ครบ
"ห้องพักกว้างขวาง มีครัวในห้อง สามารถทำอาหารเบาๆ ได้ ด้านล่างมีมาร์ทเล็กๆ จำเป็นต้องมีรถจึงสะดวก"

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2017

The Ring Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.