Hat Yai Journals

Southern Thailand in 40 days! Hat Yai

A June 2002 trip to Hat Yai by markiemark

Quote: From Kota Bahru, Malaysia to Kanchanaburi in 40 days prior to heading off to Burma. The various stops on my trip on the way & the things I can recommend (& recommend to avoid!!).

Southern Thailand in 40 days! Hat Yai


Hat Yai comes as a bit of a shock after the laid-backness of Malaysia's Kota Bahru. A big, bustling, busy city of a million and one places to eat! There is a strong Malay influence here reflected in the many Muslim curry and roti shops but Chinese and Thai food can be found in abundance in the food centres and markets. Hat Yai has little to draw Western tourists; it's a half-way house to and from the east coast of Malaysia that many tourists use for their visa runs. The border is quick, easy and well-served by public transport. The Wat Hat Yai Nai is probably Hat Yai's only tourist attraction. Situated 3kms west of town on Thanon Phetkasem on the way to the market, this t...Read More
Cathay Guesthouse is the main choice for budget travellers. Slightly stuffy rooms with fan and bath cost 160 baht for a single, 250 baht for a double, and there is a 4-bed dorm for 100 baht per person. Note that, in Thailand, a single has one double bed and a double has two single beds! The staff are friendly and there is a restaurant/sitting area. The associated travel agency downstairs are helpful with general tourist information.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2002

Cathay Guesthouse
Thanon Niphat Uthit 2
Hat Yai, Thailand