Short Getaways – Hat Yai

Going to Bangkok for a short holiday is almost akin to a rite of passage. Cheap flights, good food and bargain deals are the trifecta for most dream holidays for Singaporeans, and why not take a quick trip over to the Land of Smiles over a long weekend. But if you aren’t able to make it to Bangkok, or the flight prices just aren’t cutting it cheap enough for you, Hat Yai has everything Bangkok has to offer and is closer to Singapore. You can get to the city via a quick 90-minute flight, which would be cheaper than flying all the way up to Bangkok. Alternatively, you could go on an adventure and travel by land through Malaysia, with multiple trains rides and transfers, this can make for a longer trip with exciting stops along the way like in Kuala Lumpur or Gemas.

Shopping

For decades Thailand has been the shopping district of Singaporeans. The go-to place for cheap bargains and the latest fashion trends, you can be sure to restock your wardrobe and update your style at a fraction of what it would cost in Singapore here. With multiple night markets and local shops, mixed with up and coming shopping malls and international retailers, there’s definitely something for everyone in Hat Yai.

Odean Fashion Mall

A 5-storey department store, you can find all sorts of shops here selling clothes and fashion accessories. The mall has floors specifically for clothing, with stores dedicated to casual wear, business attire and other fashion options. You can even find branded goods such as Levis here, and there’s usually some sale going on.

Not just limited to clothes, here you can find bargains for towels and bedding, baby wear, sports attire, bags and even shoes.

What’s more the 5th floor has a food court which serves up great Thai food, refuel with the authentic stewed pork leg which is one of the best in the city.

79/7 Thumnoonvithi Rd Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

Daily 10:30am – 9:30pm

Not just limited to clothes, here you can find bargains for towels and bedding, baby wear, sports attire, bags and even shoes.

What’s more the 5th floor has a food court which serves up great Thai food, refuel with the authentic stewed pork leg which is one of the best in the city.

79/7 Thumnoonvithi Rd Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

Daily 10:30am – 9:30pm

Asean Night Bazaar

The sprawling bazaar has all kinds of clothes up for a good bargain. Get with the latest fashion trends at a fraction of the cost and give your outdated wardrobe its much needed overhaul. From casual wear to sleep wear to business attire, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Hat Yais largest night market. Don’t forget to have a look at the many shops of bags, shoes and accessories too, you’ll never know what gem you’ll come across there. With two storeys worth of food and clothes shops, you’ll never have to leave this place.

Chotevittayakul 5, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110, Thailand

Daily from 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Closed on Mondays

Central Festival Mall

The largest mall in Southern Thailand, Central Festival Mall has an unbeatable amount of variety and shopping options available. More upscale than the night markets and local shops in the city, Central Mall provides a plethora of activities in addition to just shopping.

Central World is the anchor tenant in this mall, so you can expect high quality products from international brands with an additional tourist discount so you won’t be burning a hole in your pocket. The discount applies to some other tenants too, so don’t be surprised that you’ve got a steal from brands like Pandora, Toys R Us, H&M and other international retailers. There are hundreds of stalls from many different categories, from sporting outlets, educational, books, music, fashion, technology and many others. You could plan a couple of days just exploring the 250,000 square meters and over 250 fashion stores.

Activities

Khao Chaison Hot-Cold Water Ponds

A natural hot spring, the Khao Chaison hot spring offers visitors the chance to escape the city and relish in natural beauty in the country-side of southern Thailand. Take a trip to the hot springs where you can dip your feet into the natural spring water and feel the heat loosening up your joints. After which finish your relaxation session with an authentic Thai massage from their trained masseurs.

At the end of your massage, you can take a trip down to the cold water ponds and take in the natural beauty of the stunning landscape. There are even tours you can go on where local guides will bring you into the caves around the area, and from your boat watch as bats fly right past your head in their natural environment. It makes for a day of reconnecting with nature.

Soi 2, Sukhapiban Rd., Khao Chaison, Khao Chaison, Phatthalung 93130 Thailand

Daily from 6:00am – 8:00pm

Wine Village

Part of Pruksa Park, Wine Village is a European themed concept which serves up Tahi and Western food, and you’ll even get the chance to dine on the rooftop of a ‘castle’. The park ahs much more to offer than just stunning landscapes, you can head over to the petting zoo to play with the sheep and goats, or buy some carrots to feed the hungry critters.

Stay late to appreciate the lighting of the village and park, and you can even check out some of the stalls which open up with the night market daily.

Thailand,Hat Yai,Prachayindee Rd.,90110

10am – 2pm / 5pm – midnight

Central Festival

With one of the largest arcades available, an ice-skating rink, bowling alley, karaoke centre, and a cineplex, it’ll take you days to finish trying out everything this gigantic mall has to offer, in addition to the never-ending shopping available.

Food

Khlong Hae Floating Market

The floating market is an iconic part of Thailands image, and Hat Yai is no disappointment in this aspect either. You can stay dry on the shore as you walk around sampling different local dishes available. Don’t forget to check out the stalls on the boardwalk as well as those hawking from the boats. You can get you hands on a huge variety of local food and snacks here.

Khlong Hae, Songkhla 90110 Thailand

Daily from 3pm – 9pmF

The Containers

The Containers coffee house offers artisanal western and eastern food. Serving up coffee, sushi and freshly baked goods, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that they specialize in desserts. Try out their in-store baked two-toned milk toast which comes with ice cream and matcha and thai milk tea sauce. 

With their ever-expanding menu, you’ll find all sorts of seasonal and festive treats up, making each visit slightly different and ever so exciting.

145 Soi Tawan, T. 3, Klong Hong, Amphoe Hat Yai

Daily from 11:00am – 11:00pm

Greenway Night Market

Large enough to rival the Asean Night Bazaar, Greenway Night Market is another must-visit location for all travellers to Hat Yai. Bigger than your standard night market, the complex comes alive daily at 5pm. Partitioned into various zones, this is reminiscent of the Chatuchak Market in Bangkok which is well known as an extensive shopping district. There are zones for clothes and accessories, another for bags and shoes, and even an area for services like tattoos and nail art. The market also has an entire area labelled as a flea market zone where you can get some of the best deals in town.

After you’re done shopping, don’t miss out on one of the largest food markets in the city. Stalls here are mixed, some selling local thai cuisine, while others offer delicacies from all over the world. Fill up on your share of takoyaki, grilled meats, fried rice, pad thai, egg waffles and all kinds of desserts that’ll satisfy your stomach.

Songkhla 90110, Hat Yai, Thailand

Daily 5pm – 10pm

Closed on Mondays

Kid’s Pantry

Paddle-pop pastel with crazy cute designs, Kid’s Pantry belongs on your social media. Specializing in desserts, the Japanese-styled minimalist dessert bar bursts with energy and is perfect for all your Instagram-worth pictures. Be sure to try out their adorably decorated desserts which come with mermaid, rainbow and unicorn-inspired designs. From rainbow pancakes to decadent chocolate waffles, the place is a real feast for your eyes.

Jiranakorn Soi 1 Rd, Tambon Hat Yai, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 90110

+66 83 242 6391

Daily, 11.30am – 6pm

Closed on Mondays

Sea Bass Bar & Restaurant

How does dinner on a boat sound? Smell the salty sea wind and be mesmerized by breath taking view as the sun sets across an endless ocean. Sea Bass Bar & Restaurant offers up some of the freshest seafood on board their vessel (very apt location and cuisine). Plus to accompany you meal, a live band comes onboard every night at 8pm making sure you stay entertained throughout your dining experience.

Open all the way till midnight, you can even extend your dinner to drinks under the gentle moonlight at the bar onboard. A perfect evening of good food and gorgeous landscapes.

Bo Yang, Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla 90000

+66 90 226 6054

Daily from 10am – midnight

Alive

Another unique dining experience, Alive restaurant lets you dine in the middle of the trees. Almost like a scene out of Tarzan, enjoy your meal with a ‘treehouse’ like experience as you hide yourself away in the canopy.

With some of the most gorgeous views available, you’re transported from a quaint town to a lush and peaceful jungle, putting away all the distracts of the world as you simply focus on the natural beauty all around you. This unrivalled experience is made almost magical at night. As the sunsets, the soft lights come on and light up the trees like little fairies.

And that’s not forgetting the food served here. The menu here is largely local food, but adjusted and gentrified so it’s much more aesthetic, you can be prepared to pay more for a bowl Tom Yum Soup, or deep-fried pork knuckle, than you would at a night market, but the quality of the food here is pretty consistent with good reviews all around for a taste of some local Thai dishes.  

10/10 Poonnakan Rd, Amphoe Hat Yai, Chang Wat Songkhla 9011

+66 83 242 6391

Daily from 11.30am – 11pm

Lee Garden Plaza

A classic night market, you’ll find the walking street completely transformed at 4pm everyday into a bustling market that extends late into the night. As you walk down picking out various handicrafts and clothing from the locals, you’ll soon find the aroma of street food becoming overwhelming and get distracted from your shopping so easily. The many different food shops here give you the perfect opportunity to sample all sorts of street food, from grilled meat, to pad thai, to anything else you find the local cooking up for you.

Lee Gardens Hatyai Walking Street

Daily 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.