February 6, 2023

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Top 12 Places of Interest in Hatyai

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Hatyai is one of the most popular cities in Southern Thailand. It is one of the most important tourism spot in the South and the visitors are usually from Malaysia and Singapore. For decades, many Malaysians and Singaporeans will have their short break in Hatyai for shopping, food and prayers.

Hatyai is also considered a great weekend break for most Malaysians staying at the northern states in Peninsula Malaysia. Tour busses will packed the Thai city during Malaysia public holidays and now you can also fly from Kuala Lumpur. However, the best way is still by self drive and you can find many Malaysians and Singaporeans driving around Hatyai as it is safe, fun and easy.

We have visited Hat Yai numerous times and we have compiled Top 10 Places Of Interest in Hatyai. We have enclosed the GPS Coordinates for all the places of interest so it will be easier for you to locate it with GPS or smartphone.

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1. Hatyai Ice Dome (Update: Hatyai Ice Dome is permanently closed since early 2016 and replaced by Hatyai Wonders Land)

What ingenious way to create an ice dome in Hatyai? Hatyai’s weather and climate is similar to Malaysia and Singapore, hot and wet unlike north provinces such as Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. Basically, it is hot or rain all year round.

A couple of years ago, Nakhon Hatyai Municipality jointly with the Tourism Authority of Thailand had this crazy but interesting idea of creating an Ice Dome to attract more tourists locally and internationally.

They wanted to build an Ice Dome but not just an ordinary Ice Dome but to be one of the best in the region! Thus, they invited the best ice sculptors to create the ice sculptures in Hatyai Ice Dome. If you talk about ice sculpting attraction, Harbin China is the best in the world. Thus, they invite Harbin ice sculptors to create the ice sculptors in Hatyai Ice Dome.

To make it more interesting, every year, Ice sculptures will be rebuilt so you won’t get to see the same thing every year. You will get to enjoy -15 degree Celsius within the Ice Dome and the Ice Dome is located in Hatyai Park (foothill of the Hatyai Park Hill)

Hat Yai Ice Dome Address and GPS:

Thanon Karnjanavanit, Kho Hong, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

GPS: 7.04067, 100.50838

Read our experience at: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2012/06/hat-yai-ice-dome-experience-thailand.html

2. Hatyai Park Lantern Festival

This is another interesting project by the tourism board. Hatyai Park Lantern Festival is an all year long lantern festival created for tourism.

You can find many interesting lanterns in the evening by the lake. These lanterns will be changed annually like the Hatyai Ice Dome.

The Hatyai Park Lantern Festival is located opposite Hatyai Ice Dome. This is a great place to chill and take pictures especially you visited other places of interest in Hatyai Park. There are five places of interests in Hatyai Park and this is the second one, read more for the remaining three places of interests.

Hat Yai Park Lantern Festival Address and GPS:

Thanon Karnjanavanit, Kho Hong, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

GPS: 7.04067, 100.50838

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/11/hatyai-park-lantern-festival-2014.html

3. Phra Phutthamongkol Maharaj Golden Buddha Hatyai

Phra Phutthamongkol Maharaj is probably something I can’t pronounce properly but it can be referred as the Golden Buddha. This is the third places of interest in Hatyai Park and this is located on top of the Hatyai Hill.

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.

Phra Phutthamongkol Maharaj Golden Buddha Hatyai GPS location and coordinate:
GPS: 7.04029, 100.51137

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2015/04/phra-phutthamongkol-maharaj-golden-buddha-hatyai.html

4. Hatyai Cable Car

This is the most unbelievable thing in Hatyai. Hatyai has its own cable car. Even the aunties who travelled to Hatyai for decades might not know about this new attraction.

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 places 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?

Hat Yai Cable Car Opening Hours:

Open daily 09:00-20:00.

GPS: 7.04029, 100.51137

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/04/hat-yai-cable-car.html

5. Phra Phothisat Kuan Im Nakhon Quan Yin Temple

Phra Phothisat Kuan Im Nakhon or also known as the Quan Yin Temple is located in Hatyai Hill. When you leave Hatyai Cable Car and going down to the main road, you will pass by the temple.

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.

Phra Phothisat Kuan Im Nakhon Address, Location and GPS Coordinate:
GPS: 7.04750, 100.508802

6. Hatyai Weekend Night Market

Hatyai Weekend Night Market or also known as ASEAN Night Market is located off the city. It is near Hatyai Park and it is huge.

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.

Hatyai ASEAN Night Market Address and GPS:

Chotiwittayakul 4 Alley

Songhkla THAILAND 90110

GPS: 6.993820, 100.486056

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/05/hatyai-asean-night-market.html

7. Hatyai Klong Hae Floating Market

In Thailand, anything is possible and same goes to Hatyai. Floating market is not exclusive to Bangkok anymore as you can find floating markets in Pattaya, Hua Hin and also Hatyai.

In Hatyai, it is called the Klong Hae Floating Market only opens from 3pm to 9pm and from Fridays to Sundays. If you never been to a floating market, this is the opportunity to visit one.

Hatyai Khlong Hae Floating Market Address and GPS:

Khlong Hae Khutao Road,

Khlong Hae, Hatyai,


Tel: 074 580888

GPS: 7.04648 ,100.47450

Hatyai Khlong Hae Floating Market Opening Hour:

Friday to Sunday : 3pm to 9pm

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/05/hatyai-khlong-hae-floating-market.html

8. Central Festival Mall

Central Festival Mall is not just the latest shopping mall in Hatyai but also the largest. It is located near the Hatyai Weekend Night Market and also the Magic Eye 3D Museum.

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.

You get more International and popular local brands and outlets in this mall. There is also an IMAX cinema as well as 4DX cinema in this shopping mall.

This is more “highso” (high society) or luxury shopping mall compare to Lee Garden Plaza in the city. It is very spacious with high ceiling and it is very enjoyable to shop here.

There are many restaurants here and you can spend hours by spending your time in this shopping mall. Read more at 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Central Festival Hatyai

Central Festival Mall Address and GPS Coordinate:

Kanchanavanich Road, Hatyai District

Songkhla, Thailand

Website: http://www.centralfestival.co.th/hatyai/en

GPS: 6.99172, 100.48493

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/03/central-festival-mall-hatyai.html

9. Magic Eye 3D Museum

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 near the Central Festival Mall and not too far from the Hatyai Park. It is a two storey fully air conditioned complex.

It is not a museum but a 3D museum. More like an art museum where you can take pictures and start having fun. Don’t go alone to this museum, try to visit with your friends and trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Magic Eye 3d Museum Address, Contact, Map and GPS:

1408 Kanjavanich Road, Hatyai

Songhkla THAILAND 90110

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2014/03/magic-eye-3d-museum-hatyai-review.html

10. Wat Hat Yai Nai 

If you are in the Hatyai city, why not drop by at 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.

You can find many locals and tourists visiting the temple as places of interest and for praying also. Wat Hat Tai Nai is located in the city.

Wat Hat Yai Nai  Address and GPS Coordinate:

Wat Hat Yai Nai on Phetchakasem Road, near Khlong U
Taphao Bridge, Amphoe Hat Yai, Songkhla
Tel: 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
GPS: 7.003599, 100.454798

Read more at: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2015/04/wat-hat-yai-nai-reclining-buddha-temple.html

11. Lee Garden Plaza

Lee Garden Plaza is the most popular shopping mall in the city. In fact many tourists use the mall as the city of Hatyai.

On top of the Lee Garden Plaza is the Lee Garden Hotel and the shopping mall has the most popular McDonalds. Many tourists especially non-Muslim Malaysians and Singaporeans will visit this McDonalds and order the Pork Samurai Burgers which not available in Malaysia and Singapore.

Inside the shopping there is a cinema, food court, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Surrounding the shopping mall are old shops with shopping alleys, food stalls and restaurants, massage centres and travel agent.

There are many food stalls during the evening outside of the shopping complex.

The Centara Hotel is located at the opposite of Lee Garden Plaza with Tops Supermarket. The Robinson Shopping Centre is near the corner. You can also find Halal food near Lee Garden such as Hamid Halal Restaurant.

12. Namtok Ton Nga Chang

Namtok Ton Nga Chang or (Elephant Tusk Falls) is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Southern Thailand or probably Thailand. It is located 24 km of the city and please uses the GPS coordinate below as this is located in the jungle.

This is a cascading waterfall and if you are into visiting waterfall and enjoying the breeze of nature, you should visit this waterfall. Plan your time properly as it will take some time from Hatyai to this place.

The best way to visit this waterfall is by self drive. Hiring a tuk tuk or taxi will cost you.

Namtok Ton Nga Chang (Elephant Tusk Falls) Songkhla GPS Location and Address:

Namtok Ton Nga Chang Namtok Ton Nga Changton
Nga Chang wildlife Sanctuary, Amphoe Hat Yai,
Tel: 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
GPS: 6.939639, 100.256328

Read more: https://www.placesandfoods.com/2015/04/namtok-ton-nga-chang-elephant-tusk-falls-songkhla.html

42 thoughts on “Top 12 Places of Interest in Hatyai

  1. A lot of my friends have been to Hatyai before and when I consult them on the attractions there, all they can tell me is about the food and shopping. Thanks for sharing this very helpful guide!

  2. Thailand a nice country to visit. My youngest son haven’t been there yet, now our passports are expired we need to renew only can plan for holiday.

  3. I am searching for places to visit outsite of malaysia which is quite near to us then i bumped into yout post. Will put hatyai in my vacation list. Thanks for your info ?

  4. Great writeup on the interesting place to visit in Hatyai!
    will be sure to save this so I know where to go next time when i have a chance to visit.

  5. Hmmm Ice dome, cable car, lantern, floating market, night market..etc…etc… thanks for the tips.. have not really visited hatyai yet and this is definitely handy…

  6. The night market and waterfalls interest me the most! The floating market isn’t as good as before. The fees are really high and most of the time it’s more like floating tourists

  7. Have been considering to drive to Hat Yai when I visited Penang in mid of Dec last year. But our travel period only 3 days. Maybe next visit will do. Thanks for sharing.

  8. thanks for sharing this! such a helpful post. i can use them as CNY family trip to Hatyai. Since my mum always complained nothing to do at Hatyai, i can show this to her. hahaha!

  9. They say it has been closed meanwhile.
    So better you check before to travel there and might get disappointed…

  10. When I click on other pages, page 1 only appears. Why is that? It says top 12 places, I’m assuming the 12 are not just the ice dome right? So not user friendly

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