15 Things To Do with Kids and Family in Hat Yai, Songkhla (Thailand)

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!

Hat Yai with Kids (Content Index)

  1. Get away from the city at Municipal Park
  2. Experience the quirky Magic Eye 3d Museum
  3. See the magic of snow at Ice Dome
  4. Offer your prayers at Wat Hat Yai Nai
  5. Buy souvenirs at Central Festival Mall
  6. Feel humble at Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol
  7. Soak in the local flavour at Asean Trade Centre
  8. Take a ride on Hat Yai Cable Car
  9. Combine shopping and eating at Santisuk Market
  10. Have fun at Big C Hatyai
  11. Visit Hat Yai Observatory
  12. Take your kids to Songkhla Zoo
  13. Go to Hat Yai Lake
  14. Eat everything Thai at Salma Halal Restaurant
  15. Enjoy seafood at Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant
  16. Hat Yai Attractions for Kids
  17. More Related Things To Do in Hat Yai

Let's explore 15 things to do with Kids and Family in Hat Yai:

1. Get away from the city at Municipal Park

Municipal Park - ImageImage: 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

Magic Eye 3d Museum - ImageImage: 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

Ice Dome - ImageImage: 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

Wat Hat Yai Nai - ImageImage: 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

Central Festival Mall - ImageImage: 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

Phra Maha Chedi TripobImage: 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

Asean Trade Centre - ImageImage: 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

Hat Yai Cable Car - ImageImage: 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

Santisuk Market - ImageImage: 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

Big C Hat Yai - ImageImage: 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

Hat Yai Observatory - ImageImage: 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

Songkhla Zoo - ImageImage: 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

Hat Yai Lake - ImageImage: 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

Salma Halal Restaurant - ImageImage: 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

Rim Rua Kratha Ron Restaurant - ImageImage: 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.

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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...

Let's explore our list of Hat Yai attractions for kids & kid-friendly places which are perfect for family outings and getaways:

  1. # 1 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 4754 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

  2. # 2 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 4973 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

  3. # 3 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 4297 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

  4. # 4 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 4391 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

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    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

  6. # 6 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 622 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

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    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

  8. # 8 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids 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

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    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

  10. # 10 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids 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

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    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

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    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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    Harmony Bed & Bakery Image
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    Tags: Hotel

    Address: 147 Moo 7 Tambon Koh Sarai, Muang, Satun, Tambon Ko Tarutao, Ko Li Pe, Chang Wat Satun 91000, Thailand

    The Harmony Bed & Bakery on the Ko Lipe Island surrounded by Andaman Sea is a three star facility that offers excellent accessibility to the Tarutao National Marine Park. Located conveniently from...Read more

  14. # 14 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 600 times in trip plans
    Big C Hatyai

    Tags: Shopping Center

    Address: 111/19 หมู่ 4  ตำบลคลองแห, หาดใหญ่, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Big C Hatyai is a large supermarket located in Hat Yai. A wide selection of local and international products are available here. These products are premium-quality, and very reasonably priced. In addi...Read more

  15. # 15 of 30 Things to do with Family And Kids in Hat Yai | Added 6 times in trip plans
    Big C Hat Yai

    Tags: Market

    Address: 111/19 หมู่ 4 ตำบลคลองแห, หาดใหญ่, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

    The Big C Hat Yai is the premier shopping retreat selling everything from household to office goods, food and beverages, fresh products and many more. Here you will find extensive import products like...Read more