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The colorful and buzzing city of Hat Yai is full of shoppers by day and clubbers at night and the streets are always full of brightly lit neon signs tempting you into local businesses. It’s a thriving economic center with many multinational corporations working here and high-rise buildings in the center. Not far from this hub you’ll find calm, unspoiled beaches with clear seas that allow you to see the exotic sea life.

Things to see

The Lee Garden Plaza area of Hat Yai is full of high-rise shops and hotels, many of which will be familiar to westerners, with neon signs advertising stores and fast food establishments. If you get tired of the quick pace of the area, head to Samila Beach which offers wide stretches of white sand, clear waters, and a tranquil atmosphere. You’ll know you’re at the right beach when you see the bronze mermaid sculpture. Songkhla Nakarin University is in the east of Hat Yai with a sprawling campus full of modern architecture, with a large pond where you’ll find students congregating and studying together. The Hat Yai Bus Terminal is a large, utilitarian building with timetables all over the walls allowing you to plan your journey around the local area and beyond. However, if you find it confusing, the friendly staff are always on hand to help you book a ticket. A visit to the Songkhla Aquarium is essential for those with children, and the oversize tanks allow you to get up close to many exotic breeds of fish and learn about their habits.

Hotels in Hat Yai

If you need a cheap Hat Yai hotel then look for the small, independent boutique accommodation. Not only do you get a low nightly rate, but you enjoy an authentically Thai experience with features such as restaurants and bars, and rooms with air conditioning, bottled water, free WiFi, and cable televisions. There are also many international chain hotels in the area, many of them 3 to 4 star and housed inside modern buildings. In these hotels you’ll find features such as shops and cafés, business centers, meeting rooms, concierge services, and event catering.

Where to stay

Hat Yai is a buzzing and neon-drenched city, well-known for being a center of business for the Songkhla Province. The central areas tend to be full of high-rise, modern buildings, with locals and westerners taking advantage of the many department and chain stores lining the streets. There are also laidback park areas with golden Buddha statues and colorful pagodas where you can relax and unwind from a hard day. Songkhla is well known for its impressive harbor and for being a fishing town, and tourists often take the trip across a bridge to Ko Yo island, a tropical paradise with lush trees growing brightly colored fruits and traditional style Thai houses.

How to get to Hat Yai

Hat Yai International Airport is about 20 minutes south of the city, and you can easily grab a cab or a rental car from the terminal. You’ll also see brightly colored songthaews parked outside, which are a bit like shuttle buses and are an economical way to get around the city. Hat Yai Railway Station has services arriving from Bangkok, Butterworth, and as far as Kuala Lumpur across the Malaysian border. There’s also a large bus station which has coach services running around the country, from budget local companies to luxury tour buses.