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Southern Thailand’s principal urban area, Hat Yai is more than just a sleepy coastal town. The city is a thriving destination for Malaysians and Singaporeans who come for the exciting nightlife and laid-back charm. It’s a year-round holiday spot, although there are periods of the year that get a lot busier than others. Even though it sits in the southern provinces of Thailand, it has been relatively free of the political violence that is common in this region.Don’t Miss
Hat Yai is a pleasant place to visit, and tourists will be rewarded with a range of attractions which can be seen in a two- or three-day visit.
The city’s most renowned landmark is Hat Yai Park. This large park near the centre of town is home to beautiful flower landscapes, food stalls, and an aviary. Locals love visiting this park, especially in the late afternoon.
Close to the park is the renowned Hat Yai Observatory. Tourists who enjoy learning about science and astronomy will adore the displays and shows available at the landmark.
The spiritual structures found around Hat Yai are in abundance. However, none is more important than Wat Hat Yai Nai. This impressive temple is home to the world’s third-largest reclining Buddha statue, which measures more than 35 metres in length.Restaurants and Bars
Tourists will have no trouble finding food throughout Hat Yai. It is equipped with a large assortment of restaurants and dining options. Like other cities around Thailand, Hat Yai’s street food culture is thriving. Local Thai specialties like pad Thai (stir fried noodles) and khao mun gai (chicken and rice) are not the only items on the menu here. Plenty of halal food is available, and Malaysian-style dishes are popular too. Of course, Japanese and Western restaurants are found in the city, catering for those with more upscale tastes.Shopping
Hat Yai is a great place for shopping as the city has a range of markets and department stores to explore. Kim Yong Market is the most exciting shopping spot in the city. Here, tourists will find a long list of different items, particularly food stuffs. Suntisook Markets also offer plenty of different products at cheap prices. If tourists are looking for the more upmarket shopping spots, then they should visit the department stores such as Central or Robinsons. These boast the largest range of goods.