15 Best Things To Do in Hat Yai, Songkhla (Thailand)

by Revati Tamboli Updated on 15 Oct 2018

An essential guide to the very best things to do in and around Hat Yai, Songkhla.

Hat Yai Songkhla, Thailand - ImageImage: Pixabay.com

Thailand is exotic, so is this place called Hat Yai and Songkhla. People who seek more adventure in their trip to Thailand continue their trip for a bit longer and definitely visit this place. International vacation destinations are many but, Thailand is always among the very few names that make to the top of the list. While many people would consider Thailand to be a luxury trip, the beauty of the place and the serenity offered makes the trip a necessity as well with rich and different cuisine platters to the unconventional landforms and adventure. Interested much? Now before you visit Hat Yai Songkhla, here is a list of best places to visit in Hat Yai Songkhla. This list is the be-all and the end-all because it not only contains the points of interest in Hat Yai Songkhla but also information about the adventures that this place offers and the food that needs to be tasted.

Our list of what things do in Hat Yai Songkhla (Content Index)

  1. Visit and know the story of the Golden Mermaid at Songkhla
  2. Let the trekking trail start with Khao Tang Kuan
  3. Go bird watching at Khu Khut Waterfowl Park
  4. Experience fish-farming at Ko Yo Island
  5. Feel the magic and go click-click at Magic Eye museum
  6. Witness the exclusive architecture of Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol
  7. Namtok Ton Nga chang- the exclusive waterfall
  8. Know the part of History in Wat Hat Yai Nai
  9. Visit the old Songkhla town because ‘Old is Gold’
  10. The Hat Yai Municipal park cannot be missed out
  11. Being in Thailand and not being in the Hat Yai beach is a big no-no
  12. Experience the Hat Yai nightlife at Rock out at Hat Yai’s live music bars
  13. Local seafood is always the best along with some Muay Thai fights
  14. Soothe the aches with a Thai Spa
  15. Shootout at Songkhla sports Shooting Club
  16. Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Hat Yai, Thailand
  17. Top Hat Yai Activities And Tours
  18. What To Do in Hat Yai: Day-Wise Ideas
  19. Types of Things To Do in Hat Yai

Let's explore these activities and the best things to do in Hat Yai, Songkhla:

1. Visit and know the story of the Golden Mermaid at Songkhla

Things to do in Hat Yai Songkhla - Image Image: Golden Mermaid @Songkhla via wikimedia.org

Known as the symbol of Songkhla, this golden mermaid serves as an iconic sight for all the tourists. One can spot this statue in the Samila beach. The year of is making goes back to 1966 and this statue was somewhat a tribute to the royal poet Sunthorn Phu who had composed an epic named Phra Alphai Mani. A story of pure love.

2. Let the trekking trail start with Khao Tang Kuan

Khao Tang KuanImage: Khao Tang Kuan via wikimedia

Folktales are always an integral part of growing up. But, irrespective of that Songkhla has two islands named after its individual legends- mouse island, cat island and the dog island which is also known as the Khao Tang Kuan. Offering a panoramic view of the lake, the Khao Tang Kuan Island has a hiking trail that leads to an ancient Stupa and a pavilion. Further, a lot of monkeys pay visit near the tourists wanting food. All these experiences can be got at once and none of them should be missed out.

3. Go bird watching at Khu Khut Waterfowl Park

Must see in Hat Yai Songkhla - Image Image: Khu Khut Waterfowl Park via Pixabay.com

Calmness is all that one needs, while bird watching. There are more than 300 species of rare birds, some of which can be sighted easily in this wildlife refuge that was established in the year 1976. Wondering what is the best time to be here?- well anytime between the months of December to March is suitable because there would be a complimentary boat service to take the tourists near the avis.

4. Experience fish-farming at Ko Yo Island

Hat Yai Songkhla points of interest - Image Image: Ko Yo Island, Hat Yai (Songkhla) via wikipedia.org

Thailand is known for its seafood platters. So, this island offers the ultimate experience of fishing in their extensive fishing farms and have some freshly prepared meal with the same. The island is connected to the mainland with the largest concrete bridge and boasts of the sweet and delicious jackfruits and specially woven fabrics. Tourist can definitely stop here for a sumptuous meal.;

5. Feel the magic and go click-click at Magic Eye Museum

Magic Eye MuseumImage: Magic Eye Museum Hat Yai via Twitter

The ultimate rage of the trip can be felt at the Magic Eye Museum. This place is decorated with 3D pun intended and humorous pictures and paintings. There is a special magic show that can be enjoyed in a pocket-friendly fee and one can go crazy clicking pictures almost everywhere- even in the washrooms.

6. Witness the exclusive architecture of Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol

Phra Maha Chedi Tripob TrimongkolImage: Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol, Hat Yai via Twitter

Although this place is a bit far away from the main Hat Yai, one should visit this place and witness the extraordinary architecture of this place. The whole structure is made up of stainless steel and sits on the top of the hill. However, the place that surrounds the building is serene and quiet. The night view and the atmosphere is also mesmerising and, thus, makes this place a must visit for the tourists.

7. Namtok Ton Nga Chang - the exclusive waterfall

Namtok Ton Nga ChangImage: Namtok Ton Nga Chang Waterfall near Hat Yai

This is a series of waterfalls that are always surrounded by colourful butterflies. Any tourist who would visit here would enjoy the adventure packed journey to reach the several stages of waterfalls. The first of the many waterfalls are easily accessible but as one moves forward, the challenge intensifies and so does the thrill. It is always advisable to keep time in hand while one is summiting the trail.

8. Know the part of History in Wat Hat Yai Nai

Wat Hat Yai NaiImage: Wat Hat Yai Nai via Twitter

The humongous Buddha statue is the show-stealer here. This place is an ancient monastery that has a lot of local significance. The divinity and calmness can be felt instantly as one enters the place. The monks are pretty welcoming as well but the attraction of this place is the highly worked pillars and the abbots.

9. Visit the old Songkhla town because ‘Old is Gold’

Steets of old Songkhla TownImage: Huge ship picture on the streets of Old Songkhla

Both steel and street art was very famous in the region and, thus, this historic section has a lot of steel structure and old-street art done almost on every wall. This can be the perfect place for the tourists if they want to buy souvenirs and experience the local café culture of the place. The reflection of colonial influence is evident in the buildings and the waterfront eateries just complete the package.

10. The Hat Yai Municipal Park cannot be missed out

Hat Yai Municipal parkImage: Standing Buddha on Hat Yai Municipal Park via Twitter

The municipal park is the amusement destination of this place. Local transports such as tuk-tuk and Song Taew are available to reach the place. Entering inside, one is expected to see merry faces all around. The huge statue of laughing Buddha would also add up to the merriment and cable car . There is a lake with fountains and the tourists can hire a paddle-boat to explore the waters that have colourful fishes. This is a typical public park with a great view from the hill-top.

11. Being in Thailand and not being in the Hat Yai Beach is a big no-no

Hat Yai beach songkhlaImage: Hat Yai Beach Songkhla via Twitter

The beach is exotic with a number of shacks and open-air eateries to feed oneself from. The beaches are not away from the mainland and, thus, are easily accessible. The place would also suit your budget and tourists can enjoy the sand and the wave with some beer served on-the-house.

12. Experience the Hat Yai nightlife at Rock out at Hat Yai’s live music bars

Hat Yai NightlifeImage: Hat Yai Nightlife to experience

The nightlife of Thailand cannot be missed out at all. The bustling crowd and the lively pubs with live music is something that every tourist would want to experience. The drinks and the food platter is extensive and the musicians are attractive but what is more attractive is that this part of town has a famous night market and food stalls as a bonus! So, one can end the day with some mango sticky rice which is yummy and some fried giant river prawns.

13. Local seafood is always the best along with some Muay Thai Fights

Muay Thai FightsImage: Muay Thai Fights Hat Yai

Seafood is extensively available in the streets. The street-food culture is enough to engulf a person totally. And the next attraction has to be the Muay Thai fights that are held every now and then in the stadium. So the tourists can grab some spicy street food and head towards the stadium to enjoy the local fight.

14. Soothe the aches with a Thai Spa

Hat Yai SpaImage: Hat Yai Spa via flickr

The concept of Thai Spa is famous all over the world. So, why waste time when we can get some authentic one in the land of its origination. Soothe the aching muscles and feel light at a very pocket-friendly price here. The masseurs are highly trained and professional and they would take a lot of care to release all the muscle clots from the body. So it would be a bad decision if one does not choose to experience it.

15. Shootout at Songkhla sports Shooting Club

Shooting Club SongkhlaImage: Songkhla Shooting Club

Any tourist would get a significantly different experience if they try their hand at shooting in Songkhla sports Shooting Club. It is very seldom that we get the opportunity to gather some skill in this field, so the modified guns and the black human cut-outs would give anyone a sense of ownership and a thrill of real training. The activity is very cheap and the cost for firing 15 bullets is only 890 Bhatt. The price increases and decreases according to the revolver or the rifle that was chosen.

Any tourist visiting these off-beat routes should surely do the above-mentioned things to squeeze the ultimate juice out of their vacation place. The places are exotic, not enthralled with crown and most importantly rich in culture and heritage. So be in Hatyai and experience the unseen and unexplored part of Thailand.

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Author: Revati Tamboli
Raised in an unconventional and feminist family, Revati believes in hope and love more than anything else in the world. She was still waiting for her Hogwarts letter or a spider to bite her while pursuing engineering, so that she could become a wizar...

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Hat Yai, Thailand

Must see places in Hat Yai ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Hat Yai tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 5258 times in trip plans
    Lee Garden Plaza

    Tags: Hotel, Restaurant, Leisure

    Address: 29 Prachatipat Road, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located right at the heart of the city, The Lee Garden Plaza Hotel is an upscale hotel. It offers a wholesome experience of stay, food, shopping as well as nightlife. The guestrooms are lavish, the ba...Read more

  2. # 2 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 4756 times in trip plans
    Municipal Park

    Tags: Park, Monument

    Address: 445 Rd. Phetkasem. Hat. Hat Yai, Songkhla. 90110

    Timings: 06:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Muncipal Park is the most famous attraction in Hat Yai and probably well known in Thailand. Muncipal Park is recognized by its tall standing Buddha statue which greets visitors at the entrance. An ico...Read more

  3. # 3 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 1766 times in trip plans
    Floating  Market

    Tags: Market

    Address: Khlong Hae, Hat Yai River, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Timings: 03:00 pm - 09:00 pm Details

    Quite apt to its name the market actually floats atop small boats on water. The Floating Market is located in Khlong Hae a bit away from hat yai city. It’s a nice place to rub shoulders with the...Read more

  4. # 4 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 4978 times in trip plans
    Ice Dome

    Address: 445 Petchakasem Rd | Malaysia, Hat Yai 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Hat Yai Ice dome is a small but brilliant attempt to recreate the Ice festival that happens in Harbin, China. The Ice Dome Hat Yai is built on the area of 800 square metres full with interesting s...Read more

  5. # 5 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 4298 times in trip plans
    Magic Eye 3d Museum

    Tags: Museum, Photo Gallery, Specialty Museum

    Address: 1408 Kanjanavanich Rd | Greenway night market, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    Magic Eye 3D Museum exhibits beautiful 3D wall and floor painting in various themes. Magic Eye uses the art technique called Trompe-l’oeil. Visitors get to explore various themed galle...Read more

  6. # 6 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 4395 times in trip plans
    Central Festival Mall

    Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Mall, Market

    Address: 1518, 1518/1, 1518/2, Kanjanavanich Rd, Hat Yai, Hat Yai District, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 10:30 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The biggest Mall in Hatyai with free parking, is one of the most favourite places of hangouts and shopping. Spanned across a whopping 250,000 sqmt the mall has 250 retail shops. With clothing, food, a...Read more

  7. # 7 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 4240 times in trip plans
    Wat Hat Yai Nai

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Monument

    Address: Phetkasem Road | near Khlong U Taphao Bridge, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    People from all over Thailand come here to pay respects to Buddha statue kept in here. The statue is 35 metres long and 15 metre and looks majestic and serene as Buddha is reclining with a tranquil sm...Read more

  8. # 8 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 623 times in trip plans
    Asean Trade Centre

    Tags: Entertainment, Flea Market, Market, Street Market

    Address: Chotwittayakul 4 Rd, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Timings: 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm Details

    One of the most popular flea markets in town the Asean trade Centre operates very much at evening. Known for its cheap prices the place is famous for its extensive collection of clothing. There’...Read more

  9. # 9 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 3921 times in trip plans
    Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Punnakan Road | Ko Hong subdistrict, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Located on the outskirts of the city a one of a kind temple built entirely out of stainless steel the Maha Chedi is also called as Stainless Steel Stupa. Upon entering the temple you would notice the ...Read more

  10. # 10 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 993 times in trip plans
    Namtok Ton Nga Chang

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Wildlife Sanctuary , Waterfall

    Address: Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, Amphoe Hat Yai, Songkhla

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located about 26 kms away from the city in Ton Nga Chang wildlife sanctuary the waterfalls is absolutely stunning. There are 7 levels to the waterfalls and each of them can be climbed with little or n...Read more

  11. # 11 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 3144 times in trip plans
    Santisuk Market

    Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Flea Market, Market

    Address: Nipat U-thit 2 Rd | Hat Yai, Hat Yai, Thailand

    Just a walking distance from Hatyai town centre, this is a small market with stalls around the main road. You can get variety of electronic goods such as CDs/DVDs, watches or electronic stuff to appar...Read more

  12. # 12 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 2297 times in trip plans
    Hat Yai Cable Car

    Tags: View Point, Entertainment, Cable Car

    Address: Kanchanawanit Road, Hat Yai, Thailand 90110

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Hat Yai Cable Car in Thailand is a recent addition to the Hat Yai Municipal Park and has its base station located at the picturesque look-out point of the rather amazing Phra Buddha Mongkol Mahar...Read more

  13. # 13 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 1460 times in trip plans
    Hat Yai Observatory

    Tags: Science Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    Address: Kanchanawanit, Hat Yai, Thailand 90110

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The observatory is located just near to Hatyai Muncipal Park. An interesting place equipped with a lot of intriguing photos and illustrations about the planets and stars and our universe in whole. It ...Read more

  14. # 14 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 12 times in trip plans
    Hatyai Walking Street

    Tags: Walking Area

    Address: 45 Thumnoonvithi Rd, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 12:00 am - 01:00 am Details

    The Hatyai Walking Street of the Lee Gardens will be a perfect shopping experience to both the fashionistas and the foodies. Here you will find extensive artificial Thai apparel, which are said to be ...Read more

  15. # 15 of 129 Things To Do in Hat Yai | Added 8 times in trip plans
    Salma Restaurant

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Restaurant

    Address: Prachathipat Rd, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 07:00 am - 09:30 pm Details

    The Salma Restaurant is among the popular and family-friendly Halal restaurant set up in an easy-breezy atmosphere. Apart from the spacious and chic indoor, the restaurant also offers seating in the s...Read more

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