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.
The lounge of Centara Hotel. A good place for a drink and live music
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.
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.
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.
Following are some photos of Hatyai town
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.