Located in the Southern Gulf Coast of Thailand, the twin city of Songkhla and the fourth largest city in the country, Hat Yai is visited primarily by Malaysian tourists who tend to contribute to some rather high prices.
Hat Yai enjoys a tropical climate like most of Thailand. The city has two seasons – the wet season which runs from May to December and the dry season which runs from January to April. Although in the rainy season it does not rain continuously if you are travelling to the city for a holiday it is advised to travel in the dry season. November is best avoided as the chance of flooding is high.
Tourists visiting Hat Yai will be surprised at how many things there are to do in the city. Often thought of as a smaller Bangkok, Hat Yai differs in the number of nature activities that there are available. Located just six km away from the centre of Hat Yai is Hat Yai Municpal Park - a large recreation area which is used by many locals when they fancy a break away from the city. Just 26km out of the city is the Ton Nga Chang Waterfall. The waterfall is a must see visit for tourists and tour buses are available from in Hat Yai who take tourists on a daily basis. The waterfall has seven levels with the third level being most appreciated by tourists.
There are so many other attractions in Hat Yai although one that must be mentioned is Wat Hat Yai Nai. Wat Hat Yai Nai is the third biggest lying down Buddha on the planet measuring 35m long, 15m tall and 10m wide. This is a fantastic photo opportunity and a once in a life time visit. Many Thais travel from all over the country to visit this spectacular sight so immerse yourself in the Thai way of life for an afternoon and joy them in marvelling in the grandeur of this sight.
Travelling to Hat Yai is easy once you are in Thailand. The city has an international airport with daily flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and all major cities in Thailand. Other transport options include the train, bus or a minivan rental. The city is very close to the Malaysian border so it is an ideal stop for travelling to or from the country.
When deciding on a stay in Hat Yai there are numerous types of accommodation available to you ranging from hostels to guesthouses to luxury hotels. Travel agents in the city will often give you a better rate than arriving at the hotel and trying to secure a room yourself. Popular places include the New Season Hotel (900 baht a night), Winstar Hotel (700 baht a night), the Laem Thong Hotel (320 baht a night) and the King's Hotel (400 baht a night).