Thailand

Hatyai

Hatyai is a city in Southern Thailand, near the Malaysian border states of Perlis, Kedah and Penang. Although Hatyai is the largest city of Songkhla province, the capital is actually Songkhla, the centre of administration and culture, while Hatyai is the business centre.

Hatyai is a favourite holiday destination for a lot of Malaysians and Singaporeans, not only for shopping and food but also for praying in the temples. There are a lot of hotels to suit all budgets and taste but my usual hotel is Centara (previously under Novetel) as it located on the main shopping and food street of Hatyai.

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Lobby of Centara Hotel

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The lounge of Centara Hotel. A good place for a drink and live music
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Centara also have a very good spa and massage. It is necessary to book at least a day in advance
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Food stalls operated by Centara Hotel on the ground floor
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The nice swimming pool located on the 7th Floor of Centara Hotel (next to the Spa and Massage Cente)
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The Central Department Store (also own by the Centara group) adjoining the Centara Hotel

If shopping in department stores is not your cup of tea, fret not, there are a lot of street vendors on the street in front of Centara Hotel, selling all kind of food, fruits, clothing’s, etc.

If you are interested in markets, the city’s major wet market is located near the railway station, a short tuk-tuk ride away. There is also another famous market located in the centre of Hatyai on Supasarn Rungsan Road called Kim Yong market, established by Xi Gim Yong, an influential chinese businessman in 1928.

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The street in front of Centara Hotel
The street in front of Centara Hotel
The shopping street in front of Centara Hotel
The shopping street in front of Centara Hotel

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Food – I am not a shopping person, but I love food and Thai food happens to be one of my favourites. For Malaysians at least, if you prefer chinese food there are also a few good chinese restaurants in Hatyai and the best chinese restaurant is called Washington.

For authentic Thai food I would recommend this restaurant which our Thai friend took us to. This restaurant caters to native thai people and has an extensive menu and the prices are really reasonable.

The best Thai restaurant in Hatyai
The best Thai restaurant in Hatyai
Some of the thai dishes that we tried, very delicious
Some of the thai dishes that we tried, very delicious

Hatyai is also famous for chicken rice and pork noodle. Do also try the thai ice coffee, there are quite a lot of stalls selling thai ice coffee and most of them are quite good.

Famous pork noodle shop near Centara Hotel
Famous pork noodle shop near Centara Hotel
The shop with the purple awnings is the best chicken rice shop in Hatyai
The shop with the purple awnings is the best chicken rice shop in Hatyai
The chicken rice shop
The chicken rice shop
Famous chicken rice
Famous chicken rice
This shop is famous for assam (hot and sour) pomfret fish
This shop is famous for assam (hot and sour) pomfret fish
The street where the shop selling assam pomfret fish is located
The street where the shop selling assam pomfret fish is located
A very good coffee stall next to Odean shopping mall
A very good coffee stall next to Odean shopping mall
Mc Coffee
Mc Coffee
Traditional thai coffee stall
Traditional thai coffee stall

Following are some photos of Hatyai town

The street next to Centara Hotel in the early morning
The street next to Centara Hotel in the early morning

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All photos shot with a Nikon D5500. Lens used are Nikkor 50mm f1.8g, Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5g and Nikkor 24-120mm f4g.

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