Thailand Travel Forum
Travel Guide
Thailand Destinations
Beaches & Islands
History & Culture
Sport & Activities
Spas & Well-being
Medical Tourism
Business Travel
Diving & Snorkelling
Educational Tourism
For kids!
Travel Tips
Best Time to Visit
Dos and Don'ts in Thailand
General Info
Public Holidays
Visa Issues
When and Where to Travel
Travel Directory
Thailand Hotels
Thailand Car Rental
Art & Culture
Restaurants & Bars
Entertainment & Nightlife
Spas & Beauty
Sports & Activities
Hospitals & Clinics
Embassies & Consulates
Useful contact details
Educational Tourism
Top 5 Destinations
 Koh Samui
 Chiang Mai


January 2022

Travel Guide > South > Songkhla > Shopping > Shopping Areas and Places in Songkhla

Had Yai in Songkhla

Had Yai
Located 1,300 kilometres from Bangkok, Had Yai is Southern Thailand's commercial hub. Essentially just a large city, being only 50 kilometres from Pedang Besar on the Malaysian border, Hat Yai provides a gateway to Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. For tourists its importance lies in being a major transition point for travel to a variety of destinations in the South. Easily accessible from Malaysia, the city is a popular weekend destination for Malaysians, and you will hear a substantial amount of 'Bahasa Malaysia' spoken alongside the truncated Thai which is the local dialect. Hat Yai's particular interest is shopping - driven by Malaysian weekenders the market stalls offer virtually everything, with fantastic prices on technologies like stereos and PlayStations (apparently sold tax free because of the city's border location). As with every large city in Thailand, you have your major department stores and chain restaurants. The city centre is essentially a China Town of gold shops and Chinese restaurants. Hat Yai is a good place to take in some civilized comfort, but aside from that, and its obvious advantages in terms of location, it has limited appeal for someone on holiday.

How to get there: Being a major city, Hat Yai is easily accessible from most regions of Thailand. Thai International has daily flights from Bangkok as do a number of other airlines. Buses leave twice a day from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok to Hat Yai, and there is a bus service to Songkhla and Phuket. Hat Yai is also accessible by rail with two trains a day leaving Hua Lampong Station in Bangkok. In addition, a reliable network of buses and taxis are available to ferry people over the Malaysia border. There is a sophisticated network of Songtaews that take you around the city.

  Top Hotels in Songkhla

Chanonda Lake View Resort
Chanonda Lake View Resort
Sun City Mansion
Sun City Mansion
Sabai Sabai
Sabai Sabai
More hotels in Songkhla

Best Hotel Rates From Our Partner

Partner Sites:
Thailand Destinations:
Central: Ayutthaya | Bangkok | Hua Hin | Kanchanaburi | Phetchaburi | Prachuap Khiri Khan |
North: Chiang Mai | Chiang Rai | Mae Hong Son | Nan | Sukhothai |
Northeast: Buriram | Chaiyaphum | Khon Kaen | Loei | Nakhon Ratchasima | Nong Khai |
East: Chonburi | Pattaya | Rayong | Trat | Koh Chang |
South: Koh Samui | Krabi | Phang-Nga | Phuket | Ranong | Songkhla | Surat Thani | Trang | Phi Phi Islands |
Thailand Forum | Advertising | Add Directory Listing | Manage Listing | About Us | Contact Us | Links | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer
© 2004 - 2022 Clicksee Network Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. | Copyright | Web Design by ClickseeDesign