by Revati Tamboli Updated on 15 Oct 2018
Hat Yai, the largest cities in Bangkok, is an ideal destination for vacationing. As there are a plethora of shopping malls, parks, and natural places around, you will easily find a number of things to do in Hat Yai. It has transformed into a family-friendly place over the years and you will find numerous family activities in Hat Yai. Make sure to follow this list of best things to do with kids in Hat Yai and you will have a lot of fun!
Let's explore 15 things to do with Kids and Family in Hat Yai:
1. Get away from the city at Municipal Park
Image: Municipal Park via facebook
Undoubtedly Hat Yai’s most famous and preferred attraction, Municipal Park’s claim to fame is its beautiful Buddha statue at its entrance. It can be seen from a great distance because of its 20-metre height, making it Thailand’s tallest Buddha statue. The park also displays a statue of a laughing Buddha, reachable from inside a dragon’s jaws. As you stroll through the park, you will also see the King Rama V monument or can take a cable car ride to the Kor Hing Mountains with its shrine of the four-faced Buddha. Take in the mesmerizing view of Hat Yai city from the mountaintop or watch the stars from the planetarium in front of the shrine. It also has a small theatre showing Nat geo documentaries on the planets. The park’s refreshment centre is also an added attraction.
2. Experience the quirky Magic Eye 3d Museum
Image: Magic Eye 3d Museum via facebook
The kids are simply going to love the mind-boggling 3D floor and wall paintings on various themes. Magic Eye is known for using the Trompe-l’oeil art technique which allows visitors to explore its various galleries with their hands, eyes and cameras. You can click some funny and quirky pictures like being stuck in a road puddle.
3. See the magic of snow at Ice Dome
Image: Ice Dome via facebook
The recreates the Chinese Ice festival and displays some very interesting ice sculptures by Chinese sculptors. Marvelous lighting and a biting -15 degree Celsius temperature add to the thrill. Ticket prices include winter wear.
4. Offer your prayers at Wat Hat Yai Nai
Image: Wat Hat Yai Nai
A great pilgrimage for Buddhists, this temple houses a Buddha statue measuring 35 meters long and 15 meters broad. This is the reclining and serene Buddha and known to be southern Thailand’s largest statue. The temple has no walls and its ceiling is supported by pillars only. A great spot for a day’s family outing.
5. Buy souvenirs at Central Festival Mall
Image: Central Festival Mall
Hat Yai’s largest shopping Mall to cater to the shopping enthusiast in you. Has free parking facilities and spreads over 250,000 square meters with 250 retail units. Pick up clothing, accessories, food, jewelry and games to your heart’s content. The mall is also equipped with 4DX and IMAX screens and is a great place to just hangout even if you aren’t shopping.
6. Feel humble at Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol
Image: Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol
Located at Hat Yai’s outskirts, this temple is built entirely with stainless steel and is known as the Stainless Steel Stupa. Its spiral staircase is unique and resembles a pile of biscuits laid out on top of each other. Marvel at the Buddhist murals and the aesthetic lighting during the evening. Meditate to calm your mind or just sit back and enjoy its overall serenity.
7. Soak in the local flavour at Asean Trade Centre
Image: Asean Trade Centre
The right place for flea market lovers looking for some great bargains. The Asean Trade Centre opens in the evening and prices for clothing here are extremely reasonable. Known for its street food, too. The entire street has shops on both sides that offer a truly wide array of clothes. Take a cab to reach the place.
8. Take a ride on Hat Yai Cable Car
Image: Hat Yai Cable Car via facebook
This started operating in 2011 and has now become one of Hat Yai’s major tourist attractions. Its base station is located at the look-out point of the amazing Standing Buddha or Phra Buddha Mongkol at the Municipal Park. It offers a 10-minute ride and you can take in the city views as you cruise along to the great Brahman Shrine or Thao Maha Phrom which houses the Four-Faced Brahma. Great for public holiday and weekend outings and also gives you a chance to see the Elephant Temple with its three- headed elephant statue.
9. Combine shopping and eating at Santisuk Market
Image: Santisuk Market via wikimedia
Situated very close to the Hat Yai town centre, this small market is on the city’s main road. It offers electronic goods, watches, clothes, cosmetics, leather products as also local souvenirs. You will also get some interesting dry foods and snacks as also some lip smacking street foods cooked and served by vendors on the spot.
10. Have fun at Big C Hatyai
Image: Big c hatyai
One of Hat Yai’s largest supermarkets, Big C offers a wide selection of both local and international premium-quality goods at reasonable prices. There are also a number of eateries to grab a quick bite. Its play area for children moreover, is an added attraction with its rides and toys. Visit it with family for a wonderful yet perfectly affordable shopping experience.
11. Visit Hat Yai Observatory
Image: Hat Yai Observatory via facebook
For astronomy lovers, this observatory has much to offer. Its collection of illustrations and photos of the stars and planets along with its telescopes allow visitors to view constellations and stars after sunset. Video shows about the universe are also organized and which the children could find very intriguing.
12. Take your kids to Songkhla Zoo
Image: Songkhla Zoo via facebook
A must visit for animal lovers and an ideal spot for a day’s outing, the Songkhla Zoo is great for families with its water park on its premises. The children will love the seals, penguins, deer and giraffes, which also take part in animal shows organized for visitors. The water park’s flowing river and high-water slide make it possible to get drenched as do its fountains and waterfalls.
13. Go to Hat Yai Lake
Image: Hat Yai Lake
This is located on the foothills of the Khao Kho Hong Mountain and surrounded by numerous pavilions, playgrounds and concession stands. Go paddle boating on it or ride a gondola to sail across the valley where you will get to see the temple of Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion as also 108 other Kuan Yin statues.
14. Eat everything Thai at Salma Halal Restaurant
Image: Salma Halal Restaurant via facebook
Thailand has always been a foodie’s paradise and Hat Yai is no exception to the rule. Its Salma Halal Restaurant serves some authentic Thai halal food, which is delicious. Specialties include the tom yum soup, Thai salads and the pad Thai. Open everyday from 7 am to 9 pm. Catering facility and take out also available. Great for groups and kids.
15. Enjoy seafood at Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant
Image: Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant
Undoubtedly a seafood freak’s haven, Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant is the area’s best seafood joint. It’s buffet system serves a mind-boggling array of crab meat items, oysters, shrimps, clamps, mussels as also multiple meat varieties. Eat all you can at a very reasonable price. The sheer freshness of the food served will leave you asking for more. Desserts and soft beverages also available.