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Attractions in Hat Yai in Thailand

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Add to this a large inland sea and a long coastline, and the visitor can enjoy the varied pleasures of history,beaches, boating, birdwatching, shopping and nightlife, as well as distinctive sports like Thai bullfighting and bird singing contests.

Songkhla is one of Thailand's most southerly provinces, bordered on one side by the Malaysian state of Kedah and on the other by the Gulf of Thailand. In its cities, the province has a distinctive double appeal with two contrasting focal points: the busy modern hub city that is Hat Yai, and the old world atmosphere off Songkhla, an ancient port, the two being only 28 km. apart. Add to this a large inland sea and a long coastline, and the visitor can enjoy the varied pleasures of history, beaches, boating, birdwatching, shopping and nightlife, as well as distinctive sports like Thai bullfighting and bird singing contests. When the Thai railway system was built in the early 20th century, the station for Songkhla was placed at Hat Yai junction. That began the rise of Hat Yai into the biggest and richest city of the south. The city's name may be taken from mahat yai, a large mahat tree, rather than the literal meaning, which is "Big Beach". The city of Hat Yai has grown significantly into the commercial, transportation, communications, education and tourism centre of the south. Its proximity to Malaysia is important in Hat Yai's development. The city serves as a gateway to the prosperous neighbouring country, the border post of Sadao being only 60 km. to the south.

Shopping along Niphat Uthit Road

 

 

New Year Celebration

 

 

Wat Hat Yai Nai

 

 

Sailing at Songkhla navy Base

 

 

Khao Nam Khang 3 Level Tunnel

 

 

Saphan Tinsulanonda

 

 

Khao Java Bird singing Contest

 

City attractions in Hat Yai

Niphat Uthit Road

The city is a major shopping and entertainment centre. The commercial centre is around Niphat Uthit 1, 2 and 3 Roads. Shopping opportunities range all the way from fresh produce to electrical appliances, with consumer products very well represented. Attractions include Lido Shopping Centre, Odeon Shopping Centre, Sanehanuson, Hat Yai Plaza and Si Kimyong Market.

Wat Hat Yai Nai

This temple on Phetchakasem Road, near Saphan Khlong U-Taphao, is the site of a large reclining Buddha measuring 35 metres long, 15 metres tall and 10 metres wide. Named Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon, it is believed to be the third largest reclining Buddha in the world.

Hat Yai Municipal Park

The park is on Kanchawanit Road, 6 km. from the city centre. There is a Brahman shrine on a hilltop and at the foot of the hill a jade statue of Kwan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy.

 

Out of city attractions in Hat Yai

Namtok Ton Nga Chang (Elephant Tusk Falls)

This waterfall is located in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, about 26 km. from the city. Take Highway 43 for 13 km., then turn left at Ban Hu Rae and continue for 13 km. The waterfall has seven tiers, the third giving rise to the name. At the third tier the stream separates into two, resembling an elephant's tusks. Adventurous tourists can take treks.

Namtok Boriphat Forest Park

The park is in Amphoe Rattaphum about 52 km. from Songkhla, on Highway 406, turning off at KM 35. It has a small all-season waterfall.

Amphoe Sadao

This district borders Malaysia's state of Kedah, about 60 km. south of Hat Yai, and includes the border trading post and railway station of Padang Besar.

Khao Nam Khang National Park

This park has lush forest cover and two waterfalls, Ton Dat Fa and Ton Lat Fa. There are two routes to the park, from Sadao it is 26 k.m. or from Na Thawi it is 31 km. Call Na Thawi District office for more information on 0 7437 1010.

Khao Nam Khang Historic Tunnel

Situated in Khao Nam Khang, about 4 km. from the park office, this tunnel was once known as Piyamit Village 5, run by the Communist insurgents. After almost 40 years of fighting the Thai government, the Communist Party gave up and became a Thai Development Participant in 1987. The largest and longest man-made tunnel in Thailand, it took two years to build. It has three corridors and three levels. Accommodating about 200 people, it has a conference room, sick bay, radio transmission room, kitchen, firing range and other facilities.

Wat ThamTalot

This cave temple is at Khao Daeng, about 25 km. from Saba Yoi.ThamTalot (Talot Cave) contains three large chambers with a plaster-covered wooden image of the Buddha, assumed to be several hundred years old. The revered temple was established in 1676. It contains about a hundred Buddha images in different postures and sizes. At the cave entrance stands a six-metre tall demon figure. The surrounding areas are well shaded by trees.

Tham Ru Nok Sak

Situated at Khuha, about 14 km. from the Saba Yoi District Office, this 300 metre-long cave has a stream running through it with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites Visiting the cave involves some hiking and climbing. The surroundings of the cave are lush.

 

Spectator sports in Hat Yai

Bullfighting

Bullfighting has been a favourite local sport since ancient Srivijaya times. After the harvest, owners would bring their bulls to fight as a gesture of solidarity and festivity. Two bulls fight each other in a match lasting 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the bulls. Each district has its own bullring with monthly fights on either Saturday or Sunday. Fights usually take place in Hat Yai on the first Saturday of the month at Noen KhumTong Stadium, On the first Sunday of the month they take place in Amphoe Klonggit, between Hat Yai and Sadoa. For the latest details, check with the TAT office
Tel. 0 7424 3747.

Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing is held on Wednesday nights at the Songkhla Navy Base boxing ring (call 0 7431 1451-5) and at Hat Yai boxing ring (call 0 7423 2682).

Bird Singing

The Khao Java bird is the favourite domesticated bird in the south and this popular bird culture is centered in Chana, about 40 km. from Hat Yai on Highway 408. Bird-singing contests are held annually from January to July. Singing birds are judged by tone, rhythm, volume and duration. The winners acquire a high value.

Khao Java Bird singing Contest

Special events in Hat Yai

Songkran Festival

April13-15
The Songkran water festival is held on 13 April, marking the traditional Thai new year. A big thing in Hat Yai, the festival is held around Niphat Uthit 1, 2 and 3 Roads, from morning till evening. Splashing water on each other is the custom.

The Thai Goods and Produce Promotion Fair

July
This fair is usually held in mid-July when the fruit harvest is at its peak. The fair boasts a large selection of the best agricultural products from all southern provinces, both for display and for sale.

 

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