Places of Worship in Hat Yai
IntroductionCompared to many provincial towns in Thailand, Hat Yai can claim residents and visitors who represent quite a variety of nationalities and religions.
As might be expected in Thailand, the majority of the people in Hat Yai are Thai Buddhists. However, a large proportion of Hat Yai residents are ethnic Chinese and many visitors from Malaysia and Singapore are also Chinese. Many are Buddhist but Buddhism in Hat Yai comes in several different flavours.
Mixed in with Thai Theravada Buddhism are elements of Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism and even Mahayana Buddhism from Vietnam.
Western Christians and missionaries are active in the town, and there are also quite a lot of Filipino teachers working in Hat Yai who, like most Filipinos, subscribe to Spanish Catholicism.
In addition, being located in the deep south of Thailand near the Malaysian border, there is a large Muslim population. Thus, there are several mosques in the area, including the impressive Songkhla province central mosque.
ListingsAs with everything else on this site, I have not attempted to cover every single entity. I just do not have the time. I have started to list some places of worship and I will add more at a later date.
If you have information about any of these places, or wish to provide any kind of feedback, your comments would be very much appreciated.
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Listed opposite are some of my personal recommendations for hotels in Hat Yai based on budget. I have lived permanently in Hat Yai since 2003 and my recommendations are based on a lot of local knowledge.
Each link will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Every time I research hotel prices the Agoda price is always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people.
If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.
If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.
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