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Central Festival, Hat Yai

Central Festival, Hat Yai

 

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Central Festival, Hat Yai | Full Directory Listing

Overview

On this page I have provided a general description and some basic information about Central Festival in Hat Yai.

Further pages provide store directory listings with photos and information for each floor.

If you have any suggestions to improve these pages, please let me know.

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Introduction

Since opening in December 2013, the Hat Yai branch of Central Festival (the largest shopping mall in southern Thailand) has had a profound effect on the town.

Prior to its opening, Lee Gardens Plaza was the focal point for retail and tourism in Hat Yai. It was where retailers and restaurants wanted to be located, it was where tourists visiting Hat Yai wanted to stay, and it was where local teenagers used to like to hang out. That all changed after Central Festival. Nowadays, the Lee Gardens Plaza area is just a shadow of its former self.

Restaurant chains such as Fuji and Sizzler no longer have a presence in Lee Gardens Plaza, but they have opened new branches inside Central Festival. The same applies to many retail stores that used to be located in Lee Gardens Plaza or elsewhere in downtown Hat Yai. Many businesses simply moved to Central Festival.

 

Celebrating Christmas at Central Festival, Hat Yai

Celebrating Christmas at Central Festival, Hat Yai

 

In addition to all the retail stores and restaurants inside the mall, there are also entertainment venues that include a large cinema, bowling lanes, and an amusement arcade.

Considering that there is so much on offer, and that everything can be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort, it is no surprise that this huge shopping centre has been an incredible success. Not only is it popular with Hat Yai residents, but it is also popular with Thais from many other southern provinces and also tourists from Malaysia and Singapore.

As Central Festival has become more popular, the surrounding area has seen a lot of development and many new hotels have been built for tourists who want to stay close by.

Ten Places To Stay Near Central Festival

I have been to Central Festival Hat Yai many times and the TOPS supermarket branch inside is where we do our regular grocery shopping. The information I have provided about shopping, eating and free shuttle services is to help those people who aren't quite as familiar with the mall.

I hope that this information helps you. If not, please let me know if there is anything I can add to make the information more helpful.

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Caveat

Although I have been visiting Central Festival in Hat Yai since it first opened in 2013, I only added this information to my website in December 2017.

The original information was a snapshot of the situation at the end of 2017. Whenever I notice that anything has changed I update this information, but I can't guarantee that it will always be correct. Central Festival changes quickly and often as existing shops close and new ones open.

I am always grateful when readers notify me of any errors.

Central Festival is where all retailers in Hat Yai want to be, but it doesn't always work out - even for big companies. Marks & Spencer are a huge retailer in the UK, but the M&S outlet at Central Festival didn't last very long.

Brits like M&S for the tasty ready-made meals, but there was no food for sale at M&S in Central Festival Hat Yai. There were only clothes for sale and M&S clothes don't tend to be that popular.

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Opening Hours

In Thailand the traditional markets open very early in the morning, but department stores tend to open late and close late. Central Festival Hat Yai is no exception.

The opening hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 11:00 - 21:00
Friday - Sunday & Public holidays: 10:00 - 21:30

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Contact Details

Address

Central Festival Hat Yai
1518, 1518/1, 1518/2 Kanjanavanich Road
Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110, Thailand

Call Center

+66 (0)74 801555

Official Website

Central Festival

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Information Centre

The information centre is located on Floor 1. It is staffed by pleasant, young Thais who speak English. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about the mall and they can also call a taxi to get you back to your hotel. The taxi stand is located on Floor 1 at the front of the building. There are also free information brochures available. There is a small lounge with free Wi-Fi, which is only open to foreign tourists. I tried to use the free Wi-Fi on one occasion, but the signal was so weak it was unusable.

The information centre is also where you can borrow wheelchairs, baby strollers, and kiddie cars for slightly older children. Simply leave some for of identification and you can use any of these things for free while at the mall.

Other services include:

  • Cart Assistance: Customers with mobility problems are taken around the shopping center.
  • Mobile Charger: You can charge your mobile phone for 30 minutes or less.
  • Breastfeeding Lounge: This is located on Floor 4 and there are also nappy (diaper) changing facilities.
  • Post Office: A Thailand Postal Service office is located on Floor G.
  • Prayer Room: Prayer rooms for Muslim customers are located on floors 2 and 3.

 

Central Festival Information Centre, Hat Yai, free shuttle service

Central Festival, Hat Yai - Information Centre

 

Central Festival  Kiddie Cars, Hat Yai, free shuttle service

Central Festival, Hat Yai - Kiddie Cars

 

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Reclaiming VAT

If you are a tourist you may be able to claim Value Added Tax for purchases made in Thailand. I believe this only applies if you travel by air and not if you drive up from Malaysia or Singapore. Here is the process:

SHOPPING

Shop at any store displaying a VAT Refund sign and ask for a P.P.10 form and original tax invoices for purchases of at least Bt2,000 per store per day. Total purchases must be in excess of Bt5,000 per person (VAT included) to qualify for a VAT refund.

AUTHORISING

Before loading your luggage at the International Airport, show your purchases at the Customs Office.

REFUNDING

Submit the P.P.10 form and all of the original tax invoices to collect your refund at the VAT Refund Office after passport control. Luxury goods, such as jewelry, gold ornaments, watches, glasses and pens with a value of Bt10,000 or more must be shown once again at the VAT Refund Office.

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When Is The Best Time To Visit?

If you are only in Hat Yai for a short time you may not be able to choose when you visit and it also depends on your own personal preferences. However, if you can choose, here are a few of my own thoughts.

Thais seem to like busy, crowded places, whereas I don't. On Saturdays and Sundays Central Festival is absolutely heaving. Thais go there for entertainment and eating as well as shopping, and weekends is when many Malaysian and Singaporean tourists visit Hat Yai.

Because this is the largest shopping mall in southern Thailand, Thais from many other southern provinces come to visit - not just local Thais from Songkhla province.

Thais do not like hot weather and they love air-conditioned shopping malls, which is another reason why they go in their spare time. If you arrive late at the weekend it can also be very difficult to park, even though there are thousands of car parking spaces.

I therefore try to avoid the place at weekends and find that it is much more civilised during the daytime from Monday to Friday. I normally try to arrive at around 10:45, just before the mall opens. I can park easily and I don't have to contend with crowds of shoppers.

During the day it is generally very relaxed, but it can get busy in the evenings when people go to the mall after work or school.

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Getting There

If the primary reason for your visit to Hat Yai is to spend time at Central Festival I would advise staying at a hotel nearby. See:

Ten Places To Stay Near Central Festival.

However, if you prefer staying in the downtown area of Hat Yai it isn't difficult getting to Central Festival. Many of the sawng-thaews (converted pickup trucks that carry passengers) that go along Phetkasem Road go to Central Festival and the fare is only Bt10. They will drop you off in front of Makro where there is a pedestrian bridge that leads straight into the mall.

Some hotels close to Central Festival offer a free shuttle service taking guests to the mall. From the downtown area there is a free shuttle service that will take you to the mall and bring you back to your hotel again. The following graphic gives information about this service, but if you are unsure just ask the staff at your hotel front desk.

 

Central Festival, Hat Yai, free shuttle service

Central Festival, Hat Yai, free shuttle service

 

The Route A shuttle picks up guests from the following hotels and then goes to Central Festival: BP Grand Tower, BP Grand Suite, Sakol, Grand Plaza, Lee Gardens Plaza, Centara, Regency, Aloha, Kings.

The Route B shuttle picks up guests from the following hotels and then goes to Central Festival: Kosit, Red Planet, Grand Plaza, Lee Gardens, Centara, Regency.

Even if you aren't actually staying at one of these hotels just go along to the hotel that is most convenient for you at the appropriate time to catch the shuttle.

The shuttle service between Central Festival and downtown Hat Yai is well known, but there is also a free shuttle service that goes between Central Festival and the Prince of Songkla University (known locally as Mor Or).

Five services a day leave Central Festival at 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00 and 20:00 and then return. I haven't used this service, but am told the vehicle resembles a large tuk-tuk.

 

Central Festival to Mor Or free shuttle service

Central Festival to Prince of Songkla University free shuttle service

 

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Food And Restaurants

Once you are inside Central Festival, you have everything you need and there is no need to leave. Most restaurants are located on floors 4 and 5. If you want to eat inexpensively there is a Food Park on Floor 4. You won't find any Michelin rated restaurants at the Food Park, but the food isn't bad and it's fairly cheap. I always enjoy the Chiang Mai style Kaaw Soy chicken noodles, which cost around Bt60.

On Floor G in front of TOPS supermarket there is another food court and you can also buy ready-to-eat food from TOPS, which you can then eat at one of the tables in the food court. In 2019 a number of shops disappeared from floor G and were replaced with food stalls, making the food court on this floor quite a bit larger than before.

Quite a few food vendors are Muslim, therefore the food is Halal and there won't be any problems for Muslim visitors.

 

Thai desserts on Floor G at Central Festival, Hat Yai

Thai desserts on Floor G at Central Festival, Hat Yai

 

As with most eating establishments in Hat Yai, restaurants cater mainly to Asian tastes. On Floor G there used to be a kebab shop and a sandwich shop, but both shops disappeared. In addition to their own food, Thais also like Japanese and Korean food. In Hat Yai it is easy to find Thai, Chinese, Japanese or Korean food, but it can be quite problematic finding good food from anywhere else.

There are branches of McDonalds and KFC on Floor G if you need a fast-food fix.

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Massage Shops

Massage is synonymous with Thailand and there are massage shops everywhere in Thailand, right? Well, there are some exceptions and Hat Yai's branch of Central Festival seems to be one of them. I can't actually recall seeing a massage shop inside the shopping mall.

It's a shame because you tend to do a lot of walking on shopping trips and after a lot of walking a foot massage can be very refreshing.

I would imagine that it's because of the very high retail unit rental rates in Central Festival. In Hat Yai the going rate for a foot massage is Bt200. This isn't very much, but a business can still make a profit if the rent on the shop is low.

However, if it costs a lot of money to rent a shop and people still expect to pay only Bt200 for a foot massage there probably isn't a viable business model.

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Central Department Store

The entire back end of Central Festival is given over to Central department store on multiple floors. The goods in Central department store are high quality, but generally quite expensive. Having said that, there are regular promotions and it is possible to find high quality items for the same price as you would pay at a traditional Thai market.

The difference is that the local markets offer no guarantees and vendors at these places have no sense of customer service, whereas if you buy something at Central you will get a proper warranty if there is a problem.

When I shop with my wife we spend quite a lot time checking and comparing prices. Although Central has a reputation for being expensive, sometimes it is the cheapest place to buy something. It's always worth a look.

Central Department Store Floor 5

Goods:
Artificial Flowers
Auto Accessories / Hardware
Bath / Towels
Better Gift / Clocks
Houseware
Linen / Domestic / Mattress
Luggage
Needle World
Small Appliances
Table Linen
Services:
Central Financial Center
Customer Service
Muslim Prayer Room
Premiere Lounge
Redemption Counter

Central Department Store Floor 4

Goods:
Children's Accessories
Children's Shoes
Children's Wear
Infants / Infants' Accessories
Lingerie
Sanrio (Hello Kitty)
Sleepwear
Swim / Aerobics Wear
Toys
Services:
Baby Changing Room
Breastfeeding Room
Redemption Counter

Central Department Store Floor 3

Goods:
Jeans
Men's Accessories
Men's Business
Men's Casual
Men's Furnishings
Men's Shoes
Services:
Redemption Counter
Western Union

Central Department Store Floor 2

Goods:
CIO (Check It Out)
Fine Jewelry
Women's Accessories
Women's Wear
Young Miss
Zeenzone
Services:
Central Workshop
Gift Exchange Counter
Redemption Counter

Central Department Store Floor 1

Goods:
Beauty Galerie
Luxe Galerie
Fine Jewelry
Watches / Pens
Women's Shoes / Handbags
Services:
Facial Room
Information Counter
Redemption Counter
Watch Repair

Central Department Store Ground Floor

Goods:
Office Mate

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Directory Listing By Category

Outside of Central department store, the Central Festival mall is made up of hundreds of individual units of varying size that are rented out by external businesses and shops.

These businesses and shops are listed below by category and clicking on the floor number will take you to a list of businesses on that floor. I try to keep this list up to date, but everything changes often and the current version may not be completely accurate.

On floor 1 there is also a Market Place, which is further sub-divided into more small units that sell clothes, shoes and cosmetics.

Click on the links for a floor-by-floor guide to individual businesses operating inside Central Festival, Hat Yai.

Women's Fashion

Adidas Neo (floor 2)
AIIZ (floor 2)
Alpha (floor G)
Apisara (floor 2)
BJ Jeans (floor 2)
Body Glove (floor 2)
Cawaii (floor 4)
CC-CC (floor 2)
CPS Chaps (floor 1)
Classic & Difference (floor 2)
Daks (floor 2)
Esprit (floor 2)
Fashion Inc (floor 1)
Flip Crown (floor G)
Giordano (floor 1)
GSP (floor 2)
H&M (floor 1)
Hof Store (floor 1)
Jaspal (floor 1)
Karvü (floor 2)
Lacoste (floor 1)
Lalanta (floor 1)
Lee (floor 2)
Let's Make Design (floor G)
Levis (floor 2)
Lyn Around (floor 2)
Mc (floor 2)
Merci (floor G)
Motta (floor 1)
The North Face (floor 2)
Nu Nuh (floor 1)
Omepiang (floor G)
Phimthai (floor G)
Playboy (floor 1)
Portland (floor 2)
Rabbitty (floor G)
Risha (floor 1)
Sirin (floor G)
Top Chic (floor G)
Uniqlo (floor 1)
Wrangler (floor 2)
XACT (floor 2)
Yishion (floor 1)
YNO (floor G)
Zalasa (floor G)
Zein (floor 2)

Men's Fashion

Adidas Neo (floor 2)
AIIZ (floor 2)
BJ Jeans (floor 2)
Body Glove (floor 2)
CC-CC (floor 2)
CPS Chaps (floor 1)
Classic & Difference (floor 2)
Esprit (floor 2)
Flip Crown (floor G)
Giordano (floor 1)
GSP (floor 2)
H&M (floor 1)
Jaspal (floor 1)
Lacoste (floor 1)
Lee (floor 2)
Levis (floor 2)
LTD (floor 2)
Mc (floor 2)
The North Face (floor 2)
Playboy (floor 1)
Portland (floor 2)
Uniqlo (floor 1)
Wrangler (floor 2)
XACT (floor 2)
Yishion (floor 1)

Food Outlets

Amazon Cafe (floor 3)
Bar B Q Plaza (floor 5)
Black Canyon Coffee (floor 5)
Chao Doi (floor G)
Chester's (floor 4)
Dairy Queen (floor G)
Food Park (floor 4)
Fuji (floor 4)
Hachiban-Ramen 8 (floor 5)
Hakata Ramen (floor 5)
Hot Pot Buffet (floor 5)
i-Kitchen (floor 4)
Jeffer (floor 4)
Jiang Look Shin (floor 4)
KFC (floor G)
Kimju (floor 4)
Kim Kun (floor 4)
Laaw Yuan (floor 5)
Lanta Pian (floor G)
Let's Sator (floor 5)
McDonalds (floor G)
Miyasaki (floor 5)
MK (floor 5)
Oishi (floor 5)
Ootoya (floor 4)
Pizza Company (floor 4)
S & P (floor 5)
Santa Fe (floor 5)
Shabushi by Oishi (floor 5)
Sizzler (floor 5)
Starbucks (floor 1)
Sukishi (floor 5)
Swensen's (floor 5)
Tamlae (floor 5)
Yamazaki (floor G)
Yayoi (floor 5)

Sports Clothing/Shoes

Adidas (floor 2)
Converse (floor 2)
New Balance (floor 2)
Super Sports (floor 2)

Men's Shoes

Aldo (floor 1)
Bata (floor 2)
Clarks (floor 2)
Crocs (floor 2)
Ecco (floor 2)
Hush Puppies (floor 2)
Payless (floor 2)
Skechers (floor 2)
Taywin (floor 2)
Tid Din (floor 2)
Viera (floor 2)

Women's Shoes/Handbags

Aldo (floor 1)
Anello (floor 1)
Apisara (floor 2)
Bata (floor 2)
Cath Kidston (floor 1)
Charles & Keith (floor 2)
Clarks (floor 2)
Crocs (floor 2)
Dada (floor G)
Darte (floor 2)
Ecco (floor 2)
Foot Market (floor 2)
Hush Puppies (floor 2)
Jelly Bunny (floor 1)
Let's Make Design (floor G)
Lyn (floor 2)
Payless (floor 2)
Radley London (floor 1)
Signature (floor G)
Skechers (floor 2)
Taywin (floor 2)
Tid Din (floor 2)
Ton (floor 1)
Viera (floor 2)
White Brandname (floor G)

Luggage

Samsonite (floor 2)
The Planet Traveller (floor 2)
V2 Land (floor 4)

Watches

Signature (floor G)
Watch Station (floor 2)
White Brandname (floor G)

Furniture

Dreamma (floor 2)
Sy Furniture (floor 4)

Electrical/Electronic

Dot Life (floor 3)
Flagship (floor 3)
Huawei (floor 3)
Power Buy (floor 2)

Books/Stationery

B2S (floor 2)
Naiin (floor 4)
SE-ED (floor 4)

Supermarkets

TOPS (floor G)

Lingerie

Sabrina (floor 2)
Victoria's Secret (floor 1)

Mobile Phones

AIS | Telewiz (floor 3)
Boonchai (floor 3)
CSC (floor 3)
Huawei (floor 3)
Jaymart (floor 3)
Oppo (floor 3)
Radar Telecom (floor 3)
Samsung (floor 3)
Studio (floor 3)
TG Fone (floor 3)
Vivo (floor 3)

IT Equipment

Banana (floor 3)
IT City (floor 3)
JIB (floor 3)
Studio (floor 3)

Mobile Network Provider

AIS (floor 3)
CAT (floor 3)
DTAC (floor 3)
Serenade Club (floor 3)
True (floor 3)

Bed Linen

Zleep Sleep (floor 4)

Mobile Phone Accessories

AB Inter Service (floor 3)
Boat Shop (floor 3)
P.A. Phone (floor 3)

Education

Absolute Yoga (floor 3)
Babies Genius (floor 3)
Bricks & Kidz (floor 3)
Clay Works (floor 3)
Inlingua (floor 3)
Math Talent (floor 3)
Yamaha Music School (floor 3)

Financial Services

AEON (floor 3)
Bangkok Bank (floor 3)
GH Bank (floor 3)
Kasikorn Bank (floor 3)
Krungsri Bank (floor 3)
Krungthai Bank (floor 3)
Muang Thai Life Assurance (floor 3)
Omsin Government Savings Bank (floor 3)
Siam Commercial Bank (floor 3)
Thai Life Insurance (floor 3)
TMB Bank (floor 3)
Umay+ (floor 3)

Food Supplements

GNC Live Well (floor G)

Leisure

Fun Planet (floor 4)
Hat Yai Cineplex (floor 5)
Hat Yai Hall (floor 5)
Laser Tag (floor 4)
Mo Play (floor 5)
Rhythm & Bowl (floor 5)
Sub-Zero (floor 3)

Cosmetics

Beauty Buffet (floor G)
Beauty Cottage (floor G)
Black Pearl (floor 1)
Cinderella (floor G)
Fashion Cosmetic (floor 2)
Hej (floor 2)
Kaka (floor G)
Leilani Thailand (floor 4)
Lifeford (floor 1)
Oriental Princess (floor 2)
Seacret (floor 1)
Yves Rocher (floor 2)

Children's Clothes

Dosh (floor 2)
Kids Z1 Kids (floor G)

Camera Equipment

Big Camera (floor 3)
World Camera (floor 3)
Zoom Camera (floor 3)

Toys

Toys R Us (floor 4)
Wagashi (floor 4)

Beauty Clinics

The Klinique (floor 4)
Nitipon Clinic (floor 4)
Pornkasem Clinic (floor 4)
Slim Up Center (floor 4)

Eye Glasses

Eye Class (floor 4)
KT Optic (floor 4)
Optic Square (floor 4)
Owndays (floor 1)
Super (floor 1)

Hair & Nail Salons

Impress (floor 4)
Mirror Mirror (floor G)

Household Goods

Daiso (floor 4)
Grace Shop (floor G)
Moshi Moshi (floor 4)
Mr D.I.Y. (floor 3)
Strawberry Club (floor 3)
Watts (floor G)

Pharmacies

Boots (floor G)
P&F Superdrug (floor 4)
Watsons (floor 4)
Watsons (floor G)

DVDs

Boomerang (floor 3)

Sports Equipment

Super Sports (floor 2)

Jewelry

Aurora (floor 1)
Bangkok Golds (floor 1)
Carob Jewelry (floor 1)
Dilavie (floor 1)
Elizabeth Jewelry (floor 1)
Jubilee Diamond (floor 1)
KS (floor 1)
Modern Diamond (floor 1)
Pandora (floor 1)
Prima Diamond (floor 1)
U Diamond (floor 1)
Wung Dto Gung (floor 1)

Bath & Shower

Bath & Body Works (floor 1)
The Body Shop (floor 2)
Botanique (floor 1)
Origani (floor 2)

Fashion Accessories

Montip (floor 1)
One Two Five (floor G)

 

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