Hat Yai Tourism

A primary urban centre in Southern Thailand, Hat Yai is the largest city in the province of Songkhla. It is the third largest metropolis in the country and a major business, educational, commercial hub of Southern Thailand. Due to the abundance of entertainment and shopping facilities, Hat Yai is on the trip planners of visitors mostly from the neighbouring areas.

Initially, Hat Yai was a small village called Khok Sa-Met Choon. It gained importance when Southern Railway was built in the region, making it an important railway hub. The region was upgraded to a sanitary district from a community in 1935. Subsequently, it gained the town status in 1949. With the continuous growth in the region, it was finally promoted into a city in 1995.

Hat Yai is brimmed with large groups of markets and malls that reflect both Thai and International styles. The itineraries of the city also include regional attractions like Songkhla Lake, Bhasawa water splash and Bullfighting matches.

The tourism scene in Hat Yai mostly involves Malaysians and Singaporeans, along with a few westerners. The city is known for its restaurants which serve delicious seafood, and a lively nightlife with pubs and bars open until late night.

Even though there have been a couple of minor terrorist attacks in the recent years, Hat Yai is a safe place to visit, especially when planned during off season.

Essential travel information and Hat Yai tips for your visit

  • Hat Yai is a great place to shop. If you intend to go around the malls, be sure to bring along a lot of shopping bags.
  • Carry an umbrella or a rain jacket as there might be unlikely rains anytime.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Hat Yai

  • Know the pollution level of Hat Yai before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
  • How safe is Hat Yai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Hat Yai.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 62.5 (High)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 81.25 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety Index 70.59 (High)
    • Climate Index 59.83 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 31.03 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Hat Yai

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.77 USD

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