Hat Yai, though only a district of Songkhla province, is known as the unofficial capital of southern Thailand. It is the largest city in Songkhla province. Hat Yai is about 1,000 kms. South of Bangkok near the Malaysian border. It is a large commercial center with excellent shopping opportunities, and is connected locally and regionally by road, rail and air.  The surrounding area has great and fascinated natural beauty including lakes, mountains, caves waterfalls and a rich cultural heritage.  The historic town of Songkhla, with its beautiful tropical beach, is less than 30 kms. away. Hat Yai also links to attractive neighboring provinces such as Phuket – the Pearl of Andaman, Sutat Thani, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Pang Nga, Krabi and Trang. It is approximately midway between Singapore and Bangkok, and can be reached by air, rail and road.

         Hat Yai and southern Thailand are home to numerous exotic fruit, rubber plantations, and some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in Thailand. On the bustling streets, night markets dish out fresh seafood(the tastiest from nearby Songkhla) and perennial favorites: shark fins soup, bird’s nest, poached duck, BBQ squid, roasted cashew nuts, and large tiger prawns.  On the sidewalks, Thai fruit (durians, lychees, longans, mangoes, mangosteens, rambutans, etc), Crisp fish and shrimp crackers fill the air with a fresh and tasty aroma.

         For shoppers, Hat Yai is a paradise with its unique goods and practical prices.  On the three parallel roads of Niphat Uthit 1, 2, and 3, there is a plethora of goods to suit differing tastes and differing budgets. Designer labels, Thai silk, handicrafts, jewelry, ready-made leisure-wear, wallets, leather bags, and briefcases are some of the good buys always on offer.  When it comes to shopping, Hat Yai has something for everyone, and at a reasonable price.

Living Expenses
It is difficult to know how much a student is likely to spend each year on living.  As a guide, however, it is estimated that students will need between 180,000-250,000 baht per year to cover accommodation, food, clothing, transportation, and health services.

Food & Fruit
“Thai food offers a variety of flavors and tastes.  The subtle mixing of herbs and spices and market-fresh ingredients makes dining a special culinary experience.”  Thai food is eaten with a fork and spoon. Even single dish meals such as fried rice with chicken, or steamed rice topped with roasted pork or duck, are served in bite-sized slices or chunks avoiding the need for a knife. Eating ranks high on the Thai scale of pleasures, and meals are informal affairs. The essential element is rice, either ordinary or sticky, accompanied by a variety of dishes that can be eaten in almost any order, and seasoned to individual tastes with several condiments such as fish sauce and chili.  Most often there will be a soup of some kind, a curry, a steamed or fried dish, a salad, and one or more basic sauces.  Typically, this would be followed by sweet desserts and/or fresh fruit such as mangoes, durian, jackfruit, papaya, guava, mangosteens, or rambutans. Local fruit is probably the finest food to be had in Thailand. The mangosteen, which resemble a small purple tennis ball, pomelo (citrus), jackfruit, rambutan and durian are the best in the world.  Durian is foul smelling, but the Thais call it the “King of Fruit” and its rich, custardy flavor is unforgettable. It has become increasingly popular in the whole of Southeast Asia, but be warned some hotels and airlines do not allow durians because of the pungent smell. Thailand is now also producing temperate fruit, especially strawberries. Pineapple, banana, papaya
and oranges are available throughout the year.

Climate

Average Temperature Year Round for SongkhlaProvince
Hot Season
Jan - May
Avg. High’s: 36oC / Avg. Low’s: 27oC

Rainy Season
October - December
Avg. High’s: 30oC / Avg. Low’s 24oC

         The weather in southern Thailand is generally warm. The weather conditions are dominated by monsoon winds that blow year round. It is therefore always warm and humid. There are two distinct seasons, rainy and dry. The hottest time is from April through May, however, there are frequent short heavy thundery showers, offering welcome relief from the temperature and humidity. June, July and August is less hot, and though the weather is generally fine, there can be brief but heavy showers, with plenty of sunshine between downpours. During September and early October the monsoon sets in, but even then there are long intervals of sunshine between the heavy showers. From November through March, it is the least humid, and cool breezes keep things more comfortable.

Songkhla and Hat Yai
Songkhla
Songkhla province is the 3rd biggest province in the South of Thailand. It overlooks SongkhlaLake on the west and the Gulf of Thailand on the east, it is a town and province with a thriving fishing community and the lovely Samila beach and the GreatSongkhlaLake that hosts the 520 square kilometers, Khu Khut Waterfowl Park, the home of some 140 species.  The GreatSongkhlaLake is the largest lake with one of the longest bridges, in all of Thailand.  Songkhla is quite different to its major, neighboring city of Hat Yai in the fact that it’s a quieter, more historical town with older architecture and beach front accommodations. The city of Songkhla has a split character, with the charming older town west towards the waterfront and the new town to the east, a modern mix of business and suburbia.  Some of Songkla’s older architecture shows Chinese, Portuguese and Malaysian influence.  A few of the buildings have been restored with the hope of preserving some of the city’s historical beauty. Moreover, Songkhla’s seafood is considered to be some of the best in Southern Thailand at a reasonable price.

Hat Yai
Hat Yai, though only a district of Songkhla province, is known as the unofficial capital of southern Thailand.  It is the largest city in Songkhla province.  Hat Yai is about 1,000 kms. south of Bangkok near the Malaysian border.  It is a large commercial center with excellent shopping opportunities, and is connected locally and regionally by road, rail and air.  The surrounding area has great and fascinated natural beauty including lakes, mountains, caves, waterfalls, and a rich cultural heritage.  The historic town of Songkhla, with its beautiful tropical beach, is less than 30 kilometers away.  Hat Yai also links to attractive neighboring provinces such as Phuket - the Pearl of Andaman, Surat Thani, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Pang Nga, Krabi and Trang.  It is approximately midway between Singapore and Bangkok, and can be reached by air, rail and road.
Hat Yai and southern Thailand are home to numerous exotic fruit, rubber plantations, and some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in Thailand. On the bustling streets, night markets dish out fresh seafood (the tastiest from nearby Songkhla) and perennial favorites: shark fins soup, birds’ nest, poached duck, BBQ squid, roasted cashew nuts, and large tiger prawns.  On the sidewalks, Thai fruit (durians, lychees, longans, mangoes, mangosteens, rambutans, etc), crisp fish and shrimp crackers fill the air with a fresh and tasty aroma.
For shoppers, Hat Yai is a paradise with its unique goods and practical prices.  On the three parallel roads of Niphat Uthit 1, 2, and 3, there is a plethora of goods to suit differing taste and differing budgets.  Designer labels, Thai silk, handicrafts, jewelry, ready-made leisure-wear, wallets, leather bags, and briefcases are some of the goods always on offer.  When it comes to shopping, Hat Yai has something for everyone, and at a reasonable price.

 

Hat Yai Observatory

 

The Science of Astronomy Learning Center of Hat Yai was established to serve the purpose of passing on the knowledge of Astronomy and the Solar System.  The learning center is featured with exhibition of knowledgeand the service for using the modern telescopes to study and follow the phenomenon of Astronomy.

         The Science of Astronomy Learning Center of Hat Yai is the new source of learning.  It is one of the most important components of Hat Yai’s mission to strengthening the education that involves with the Action Learning Process.  The process for the students conform to the ground basics of the learning curriculum that all students must understand Astronomy and the Space.  This place provides a life-long learning of Astronomy, which is suitable for both youth and adults.  Other than that, the place is considered to be forming the new selling point and the new tourism attraction of Hat Yai at the same time.

The place is constructed upon an area of more than 760 square meters with the budget of 66,970,000 Baht.  It is consisted of two floors and has a planetarium dome, or the dome-shaped roof that is convertible for sky view.

  1. The Astronomy Exhibition room was built to have a capacity for one hundred people, and it is purposely made for the study of the Solar System and Cosmology.
  2. A Built-in theatre that projects a model show for the Solar System and the history of Astronomy.
  3. The Planetarium dome with thirty individual integrated lights telescopes “Newtonion” that is specifically made for scoping during nighttime with the section size of 30mm.  The purpose was for education and also to document the phenomenon of the stars.  The place also has five individual refracted telescopes with 120mm for scoping during daytime.
  4. Teaching Room that provides the E-Book Service for exploring the interesting information of Astronomy.
  5. Souvenir shop

 


Hat Yai Cable Car

 

Hat Yai is the paradise for tourism with its availability in many areas, such as the town attraction, the transportation, the Public system, and many other businesses for tourism. The town of Hat Yai is able to bear thousands of visitors each month. 

         In order to enhance the tourism of Hat Yai and improve the town transportation system for its public park in Kor Hong, the Cable Car was constructed. Other than the convenience for transportation, the Cable Car is also able to attract many new visitors each day.  The economy of Hat Yai is being valued even higher than before, and for that it will bring better quality of lives to the residents of Hat Yai.  The town is expected “to be the city of commerce, to obtain civilization, and to be peaceful.”  The possibility from this Cable Car is to develop higher latency of the town and matches it with the well-known towns in the topflight countries. 

Once again, a wise choice had been made by using the profound strategic to create new attractions for tourisms, involving the development of the economy, by the intention to create higher latency for the town of Hat Yai, in order to bring higher quality of lives for the residents of this beloved town.

 

Songkhla’s Natural Sites
SamilaBeach faces the small Cat and Mouse islands. The headland of Samila features a golden mermaid statue which fronts a beachside hotel, bordered to the south by a 9-hole golf course, and to the north by numerous beachside seafood restaurants. Samila beach is clean and well managed. The beach is designated a green area under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy from which high-rise construction has been banned, thus ensuring its’ sustained beauty.

Khao Tang Kuan is another travel destination. You can also take a cable car to a nice temple-Phrathat Chedi Luang, located on the top of a hill of Khao Tang Kuan at the altitude of 2,000 feet. It is a very nice place from there the view is just astonishing. You can see the entire Bay of Songkhla as well as a great view of the sea and the islands offshore.

Koh Yo is an island on the inland sea of SongkhlaProvince; a primary tourist venue of SongkhlaLake and the center of cultural attractions.

Koh Yo is worth visiting just to see the cotton-weaving cottage industry there.  The premium-quality, distinctive cotton is hand-woven on rustic weaving machines and available on the spot at “wholesale” price; giving you the chance to bargain well below the typical city price.  If you are more interested in observing the weaving process, you can walk down the road behind the central market off the highway, where almost every house has a loom or two. At the northern end of Koh Yo, about 2 kilometers past the cloth market, is a large folklore museum run by the Institute of Southern Thai Studies. The complex of Thai-style pavilions overlooking SongkhlaLake contains collections of folk art as well as a library and souvenir shop. Displays include pottery, shadow puppets, basketry, textiles, musical instruments, religious art, weapons, and various household, agricultural and fishing appliances. The best way to travel to Koh Yo from Hat Yai is to take public transportation or drive which takes less than half an hour.

Tone Nga Chang Waterfall - Wildlife Sanctuary(ElephantTuskFalls) is located in Songkhla and Satun provinces, it cascades over seven tiers and splits into two streams, resembling elephant tusks, thus its given name. Trekkers can climb up along the natural stairway of huge boulders enveloped by tree roots to experience the admirable beauty of nature. The falls are best seen after the rainy season from October through December when the water is most plentiful. This particular scenic spot is ideal for picnics.

KhaoNamKhangNational Park is the first national park in Songkhla; it is located in Amphoe Na Thawi and Sadao extending more than 212 square kilometers. The park offers both natural and historical sites. A historical cave - the longest man made cavern in Thailand - is located in Tambon Khlong Kwang, Amphoe Na Thawi. It was excavated by hand for 9 years and was once a secret base of the Chinese Communist Party. The cave is about 1,000 meters long and divided into 3 levels about 10-30 feet beneath ground level. The cave has now been developed into a tourist attraction with a restaurant and local shops nearby.

 
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  Information current as of September 5, 2017