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Lantern festival in Hat Yai, Thailand

Lantern festival in Hat Yai, Thailand


Hotels Deals

I live in Southeast Asia and have booked hundreds of hotels in this region. I have spent many hours researching hotel prices to get the best deal and I always end up booking through Agoda. Their rates are far lower compared to other companies or booking directly with hotels. Give them a try!

Hat Yai Visitors' Guide Site Map


  • About Me
  • About This Site
  • Advertising And Affiliates Disclaimer


  • Caveat
  • This Site
  • Visitors to this Site
  • Hat Yai
  • Feedback
  • Orientation - Map of Hat Yai
  • GPS Coordinates
  • Alternative Place Names
  • Photos
  • Old Hat Yai
  • What Hat Yai Isn't
  • People
  • Weather
  • When To Go
  • Hat Yai Year by Year

Street Map Of Hat Yai

  • One large map broken down into four more detailed quadrants

Lists Of Ten

Hat Yai Year By Year

  • Introduction
  • The 2005 Farang Invasion of Hat Yai
  • The 2006 Malaysian Invasion of Hat Yai
  • The 2007 Demise of Hat Yai
  • 2007 Engineering Works
  • January 2008 Update
  • May 2010 Update
  • December 2011 Update
  • July 2012 Update
  • November 2013 Update
  • 2014 - The year of another big slowdown
  • 2015 - Another quiet year?




Things To Do



Places Of Worship



Complete Guide To Central Festival Hat Yai


  • Baan Pru Floating Market
  • Gim Yong Market
  • Greenway Market
  • Hat Yai Floating Market
  • Hat Yai Fresh Market
  • Hat Yai Nai Market
  • Hat Yai Nai Sunday Market
  • Khaochaison Floating Market (NOW CLOSED)
  • Klong Hair Floating Market
  • Klong Nga Saturday Market
  • Night Market
  • Songkhla Sunday Market
  • Suntisuk Market
  • Yun Yong Market


  • Personal Impressions
  • Practical Information

Thale Noi

  • Thale Noi Introduction
  • Private Accommodation
  • Visitor Centre Accommodation
  • Getting There
  • Bird Photography
  • Bird Identification
  • Tourism
  • Nightlife
  • Annoyances
  • Food
  • April 2009 Update
  • March 2010 Update
  • February 2015 Update
  • More Photos and Comments


  • Places of natural beauty around Hat Yai
    • Head for the hills
    • Songkhla Zoo
    • Songkhla
    • Tone Nga Chang Waterfall
    • Phattalung
    • Thale Noi
    • Nok Nam Khu Khut Park
    • Thale Ban National Park
    • Lum Pum


  • Introduction
  • Bars
  • Live Music
  • Cinema
  • Kate 8 (Thai: Kate Bpairt)
  • Highbrow Culture
    • Forte
    • Hansa Plaza Katoey Cabaret
    • Kiss Channel
    • Pink Lady Complex (NOW CLOSED)
    • Post Laser Disc
    • The Pubb (NOW CLOSED)
    • Sakura Hotel Hostess Café
    • The Swan
    • West Side Saloon

Hazards and Annoyances

  • Introduction
    • Blocked Pavements (Sidewalks)
    • Diseases Of The Night
    • Mosquito Borne Diseases
    • Motorbikes
    • Muggings and Burglaries
    • Guns and Shootings
    • Natural Dangers
    • Noise
    • Parking
    • Rip Offs and Scams
    • Road Accidents
    • Wildlife


  • Introduction
  • Festivals in Hat Yai
    • Vegetarian Festival
    • Chinese New Year
    • Loy Gratong
    • New Year
    • Christmas
    • Songkran
    • Hat Yai Lantern Festival

Living In Hat Yai

  • Introduction
  • Why Live In Hat Yai?
  • Living In Hat Yai
    • Accommodation
    • Book Shops In Hat Yai
    • Couriers
    • Electricity and Power Plugs
    • Expat Community
    • Hat Yai District Hall (Amphoe)
    • Hat Yai Tourist Police
    • Internet and E-mail
    • Laundry
    • Libraries In Hat Yai
    • Phone Calls
    • Photo Processing
    • Post Offices In Hat Yai
    • Shoe Doctor
    • Songkhla Immigration Office
    • Teaching English
    • Translation Services
    • Travel Agents

Penang Visa Run

  • What is a Visa Run?
  • Transportation from Hat Yai to Penang
  • Immigration and Customs
  • Arriving in Penang
  • Finding Accommodation
  • Lying and Cheating
  • Annoyances
  • Taxis
  • Georgetown
  • Penang Island
  • Things To Do
  • Shopping
  • The Thai Consulate
  • Visa Agents
  • Returning to Thailand


Images Of Hat Yai

  • Some random images that I have taken in Hat Yai over the years


  • Introduction
  • Brief History Of Songkhla
  • People
  • Seafood
  • Things To Do
  • Accommodation

Insurgency In Southern Thailand

  • Brief Background
  • Hat Yai
  • Saturday 16th September 2006
  • Sunday 17th September 2006
  • What Now?
  • The Solution
  • Saturday 31st March 2012
  • Security In Hat Yai


  • Some e-mail comments I have received


  • Some frequently asked questions about Hat Yai

Suggested Itineraries

  • Introduction
  • Tour Or Independent Travel?
    • One night
    • One night and one day
    • One weekend
    • More than a weekend
    • Other suggestions

Events Calendar

  • Month by month listings of events taking place in Hat Yai this year

Get The Best Deal On Your Hat Yai Hotel Room

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. Agoda hotel rates are usually always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people. Here is some analysis I did regarding booking hotels in Southeast Asia. used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.

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.

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