Hat Yai, also referred to as Haad Yai or Had Yai is a city located in the Thai province of Songkhla in southern Thailand near the border with Malaysia. Most people make the mistake of thinking that it is the provincial capital of the city due to its status as the biggest city. However, Songkhla city is the capital of the Songkhla Province.

5 things you need to know about Hat Yai
5 things you need to know about Hat Yai

Hat Yai, also referred to as Haad Yai or Had Yai is a city located in the Thai province of Songkhla in southern Thailand near the border with Malaysia. Most people make the mistake of thinking that it is the provincial capital of the city due to its status as the biggest city. However, Songkhla city is the capital of the Songkhla Province.

Hat Yai has a population of 157,359 in the city proper but its metropolitan area is home to an additional 800,000 people making it the third largest Metropolis in Thailand and the biggest city in the south.

Below are a few things you may need to know about the city.

1. Attractions - Among the things that attract tourists in this city includes;

  • Thai massage in hotels such as Lee Garden Plaza Hotel and Sakura Hotel
  • The floating market that features stalls selling fried giant worms, giant scorpion, giant grasshoppers, cockroaches
  • A visit to the pink lady where you will enjoy Thai ancient massage, Turkish massage, barber and sauna, karaoke
  • A visit to the Wat Hat Yai Nai, the third largest temple in Bangkok
  • Getting involved in festivals such as Loykrathong festival and Lantern festival and many more activities.

2. The Meaning of the name Hat Yai - Hat Yai is a shorter version of the name Mahat Yai which refers to a tree called big mahat. It is an equivalent of jackfruits tree and it is very common in the city and the surrounding landscape.

3. Getting Around - International tourists can use the Hat Yai International Airport to reach the city. For local transport, there are several minibus shuttles that focus on all the major tourist destination surrounding the city including Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, Pak Bara Peer in Satun, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

4. Use the Tuk Tuks to beat the traffic Jam - If you are going out or traveling around the city, you are well advised to use the Tuk Tuks. They are also ideal for making shopping rounds in the city.

5. Cuisines - The most common cuisines served in the city include; chicken rice, coconut ice cream, gross food such as roaches and maggot shells (these people are crazy...yak), sushi and some varieties of veggies.

Hat Yai is a good destination to travel since you will have an easy access of all the important Thai destinations as well as Malaysian Destinations.


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