3 days Hat Yai

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June 4, 2017 (Updated on June 4, 2017)

This is a very useful itinerary if you are planning to visit Hatyai by car (self-drive), by train or by flight. This itinerary is a mixture of shopping, attractions and sightseeing and this is ideal for individual, group or family.

There are three options to travel to Hatyai from Malaysia; by car (self-drive), by train or by flight. Either way, you will reach Hatyai around noon time or afternoon depending on your traveling schedule.

Check in your hotel, preferably in the city. Take a short rest and time to flex your muscles and time to discover Hatyai!

Day 1

Since it is your first day and probably tired of traveling so the afternoon session will be focusing in the city. You can find many small massage shops in the city and the prices vary but it is cheaper than Malaysia and Bangkok.

For first day afternoon, why not do some shopping in the city?

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Odean Shopping Mall Hatyai is one of the prominent shopping malls in Hatyai. It is located near the central of the city and you can walk to Odean if you are staying in the city.

What you can find here is local brands and some International brands that won’t break your budget. Depending on timing, there could be sales too.

Most ladies will spend time buying cheap Wacoal bras and other toiletries as most of them are made in Thailand.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Like Odean Shopping Mall Hatyai, Robinson Hatyai is also located in the middle of the city. You can walk there or take a tuk tuk if you like.

Robinson in Thailand also selling similar local Thai and International brands and they are priced reasonably. There are sales from time to time so it depends when you visit them. You can also find many reasonable priced toiletries and Wacoal bras in Robinson also.

There are two options for the first day’s evening. You can continue shop and chill in the city or visit the Hatyai Floating Market or you can do both.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 3:00 – 8:30 PM
Saturday: 3:00 – 8:30 PM
Sunday: 3:00 – 8:30 PM

The floating market craze hits Hatyai a couple of years ago and they are open during weekends only. Open from Friday till Sunday from 3pm to 8.30pm, you need to drive out or take a tuk tuk to Khlong Hae Floating Market.

This floating market is not that big but the experience of having the floating market in Hatyai that is memorable. Of course you can find many good Thai food here. We will recommend you to visit this market on Friday as Saturday’s itinerary is a full day.

If you can leave the floating market early, you still can visit Lee Gardens Plaza after that. Located in the middle of the city, many tourists love to visit and stay in Lee Gardens Plaza.

At night, there are many food stalls and also stalls selling clothes at Lee Gardens Plaza. There is also a cinema in the plaza so you can catch a movie at night.

The main reason of tourists coming here is the McDonald’s, The Swensen’s Ice Cream as well as The Boots pharmacy. McDonald’s in Thailand is non-Halal so many will come for its pork Samurai Burger. Swensen’s Ice Cream is cheaper in Thailand and you won’t regret having your dessert here and Boots is a shopping heaven with its unique local brand products at cheaper prices that you can’t resist.

After the long day, you still can have supper at one of the street food stalls in the city or take another massage in the city. Enjoy your evening as Saturday will be a long day.

Day 2

This is the most packed day of your three days in Hatyai. You have the option to have breakfast in the hotel or have some Thai food in some of the restaurants in the city.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Before the malls are opened in Hatyai, you can visit the Kim Yong Market. A traditional market but you can find many Thai products and foods. You can find local food products such as cashew nuts and others at cheaper price. Thus, Thai brand medicines, ointments and creams are plenty here and they are a bargain compare to Malaysia and Singapore.

Refresh yourself and time to move or drive out the city. All the following places are near to each other so you won’t need to come back to the city anymore. This is an easy itinerary for self drive or rent a car or taxi for the whole day to compete the second day itinerary.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM

The mall has 250,000 square meter with 250 retail shops, a frontage width of 185 metres and investment over 6000 million baht. It is the largest shopping mall in Southern Thailand so far as it looks massive. If you are looking for mid and high end brands, this is the ideal place for you. The Central Festival Mall Hatyai also offer 3D cinemas and many other quality products.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Magic Eye 3D Musuem is one of the latest places of interest and attractions in Hatyai. The museum is built in this recent years and it has been a hit among the locals and the tourists. It is located on the same road of Central Festival Mall at Kanjavanich Road.

This two storey fully air conditioned 3D Museum is a fun place for family, friends and couples. Remember to bring your smartphone and camera over for some real 3D photos awesome for social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.

You can actually spot the temple from the top of the hill by the huge white Quan Yin statue. There are many Buddhists from Malaysia and Singapore praying here. If you are not a Buddhist, you can skip this. You can find many donations are made by Singaporeans and Malaysians here. There are many beautiful sculptures of the gods, goddess as well as the twelve animal zodiacs. You can snap plenty of pictures here.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Since Ice Dorm is located at the bottom of the hill, you can drive up to visit a few temples and the first one is the Phra Phutthamongkol Maharaj Golden Budhha. If you are not a Buddhist, you can skip this.

You have to drive from Hatyai Ice Dome all the way up to the top (one way) and you will see this majestic Golden Buddha. At this point, you can spot the Hatyai Cable Car and also the beautiful scenic view of the Hatyai city.

The Hatyai Cable Car is located next to the Golden Buddha or Phra Phutthamongkol Maharaj. It is also located at the top of the Hatyai Hill and this is the fourth place of interest in Hatyai Park. You can take the cable car to the nearby hills and it is quite packed with tourists during weekends and holidays. They are currently extending the lines with more stations and now who says tourism in Hatyai is boring?

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Thursday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Friday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Saturday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM
Sunday: 3:00 – 10:30 PM

On the way back to the city, you can do the last stop at the weekend Hatyai ASEAN Night Market.It looks like a mini Chatuchak market. It is quite big and there are food stalls and many shopping shops. I was quite amazed by the different things available in this night market.

Most of the sellers are friendly and you can find the latest fashion here, I am serious. If you want to shop here, you spend at least an hour here. This is the last stop of the day before you head back to the city. If you feel too tired, you can skip this place and go back to the hotel.

Day 3

This is the last day in Hatyai and you can either visit or revisit the Kim Yong Market for last minute shopping!

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Since Kim Yong Market opens very early and located in the city. It is ideal for last minute shopping and do check your luggage space if you are flying before you shop. For those who are driving back, we are sure you can find one empty spot to fill those shopping bags.

If you are Buddisht, you can also do a last minute prayers at Wat Hat Yai Nai. The majestic temple is located in the Hatyai city and it houses one of the largest reclining Buddha in the world? You can check out Wat Hat Yai Nai which is located at Phetchakasem Road, near Khlong U Taphao Bridge.

Remember to check out of the hotel and if you have time, let’s do more last minute shopping!

You can still visit either the Odean, the Robinson or Lee Gardens Plaza for last minute shopping. It really depends on your schedule and how much space left for you to shop. Thus, we also added more places for you to do last minute shopping on Sunday afternoon.

Operating hours Opening hours
Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tops Supermarket is located at the Lower Ground Floor of Centara Hotel Hat Yai. Thing that you normally buy are Thai instant noodles, processed meats, rice, Thai food and Thai products. This is one of the few supermarkets in the city and you might drop by before you leave.

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