5 Places to Visit in Hat Yai

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5 place to go in Hatyai

As the biggest town in the south, the town of Hat Yai in Songkla has made its own name with its technological advance of large city while keeping the traditional southern charm like the old days. While you can spend at least 2-3 days visiting the whole city on your own pace, there are 5 places you can skip out.
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Klonghae Floating Market

Klonghae Floating Market Hatyai

Taking the way of life from the past to inspired modern day tourist sight has become one of best characteristics for popular attractions. Klonghae Floating Market is one of the best example. While it’s rather young comparing to prominent markets in other cities, it has found a unique selling point that attract both locals and visitors to visit every friday – sunday. Lined beautiful along the canal are boat vendors selling authentic southern street food at reasonable price. You can nibble on your boat tour along the canal too.

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CentralFestival Hatyai

CentralFestival Hatyai

If you wish to cool down and shop away inside, head to the newest and biggest addition to the shopping destination in town. Inspired by the refraction of lights by prism, this customary complex brings together homegrown and international brands for all fashion lovers as well as a department store and specialty store. One can easily spend the whole day here by shopping, dining and relaxing at the state-of-the-art entertainment zone that pulls together movie theatres including a IMAX and an ice skate rink.

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Hat Yai Central Mosque

Hat Yai Central Mosque

Built in 2001, the Central Mosque was meant to be the centralized place for official occasion as well as city’s oasis where muslims come to find peace and quiet. The mosque was inspired by islamic architecture which features clean lines and curve with craft details. Stand tall in the middle of the land overlooking a big pool– the mosque welcomes muslims and visitors from near or afar. Stay until the sun sets to see the white mosque glistening with a purple-tinted backdrop that reminisces the image of Taj Mahal in India.

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Phra Mahathat Chedi TraiphopTraimongkon

Phra Mahathat Chedi TraiphopTraimongkon Hatyai

You may have thought you have seen enough chedis on your stay in Thailand until you visit this place. Wat Stainless or Chedi Stainless, as general public call, break the rule of traditional chedi and built the world’s first stainless steel chedi. The temple is not only an architectural wonder, it is a sacred institution amongst buddhists too. Located on the top of Khao Kho Hong mountain, it chedi can be seen clearly from below at night as it is lit up.

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Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj

Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj Hatyai

On top of Khao Kho Hong mountain within Hat Yai municipal Park, you will find the tallest buddha image in the southern region of Thailand at 19.9-meter tall. After paying respect to the sacred image, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Hat Yai city at latest addition to a long list of Thailand’s very first in the city. Hop on the red gondola of the cable car to see another angle of the city which will deliver to Thao Maha Phrom station. The ticket is 200 baht for thais and 300 baht for foreigners, children pay half price.

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