Fly To Hat Yai, Thailand
Located on Thailand’s Southern Gulf Coast, 950km from Bangkok and just 30km from the Malaysian border, Hat Yai is a very popular tourist destination. It’s also home to the Prince of Songkhla University, making it not only the heart of transportation, commerce and tourism in the south of Thailand but also its educational centre. So it comes as no surprise that it’s also the largest city in the south of Thailand.
Hat Yai itself is popular for its many markets, superb seafood as well as a festive nightlife celebrated in a choice of nightclubs and pubs. Despite its popularity, many western tourists agree Hat Yai is best avoided if it’s genuine Thailand you’re in search of – prices are higher because of the Malaysian and Singaporean tourists, but if you decide to explore then you might be rewarded with excellent Thai cuisine, shopping and a bouncing nightlife scene.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Hat Yai do not need a Visa for Thailand. A valid passport is however required, with at least 6 months left before expiration.
- The South African Embassy in Thailand is in Bangkok. 12th A Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok. Phone: +66 (0)2 659 2900.
See and do
There’s a lot to see and do in the city of Hat Yai, including visiting scenic Hat Yai Park and Obervatory where a Cable Car was recently added. Near the park’s main entrance you’ll find Hat Yai Ice Dome, which is famous for its seasonal display of ice sculptures by Chinese sculptors.
Aside from enjoying the stunning beaches along the southern coast of Thailand, visitors can also enjoy a number of regional attractions, including bullfighting, the Bhasawang Big Splash, which is a 15m-long waterslide, an enormous reclining Buddha at Wat Hat Yai Nai which is 35m long, 15m tall and 10m wide. There’s also Songkhla Lake, the largest lake in the country and the magnificent Ton Nga Chang Waterfall in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, 26km from the city. This exquisite waterfall boasts seven different levels.
Hat Yai International Airport – HDY
Located 9km from Hat Yai, Hat Yai Airport (code HDY) caters to over 1.5 million passengers annually.
There are daily flights between Bangkok and Hat Yai on Thai Airways. Tiger Airways operates daily flights to Singapore, and AirAsia to Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai. Meanwhile Firefly offers flights from Hat Yai to Kuala Lumpur via Subang, which is just 30 minutes from the KL CBD.
Food and beverage: Hern Napa, Tai Coffee, Ritazza, Dairy Queen, Airport Kopitiam, Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Au Lait, Man A.
Currency Exchange: There is 1 currency exchange counter on the 1st floor in front of International Arrival hall.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Hat Yai Airport Police information counter.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget and Master Car Rental.