Hat Yai is the largest metropolitan area in southern Thailand and a major transport hub. It’s not exactly a tourist hotspot, though its proximity to Malaysia makes it popular for shopping and vice tourism from across the border.
I visited with a flight from Chiang Mai, enroute to Penang. It was far cheaper to fly to Hat Yai and get a van to Penang than get two separate flights. Doing this option also gave me a chance to see what a working non-touristy Thai city is like.
I stayed her for two nights, spending half a day wandering around the city, and then taking a day trip to Songkla.
Hat Yai hotels – Search for discount hotels in Hat Yai.
I stayed at the Cathay Guesthouse Hat Yai which is a classic travellers guesthouse.
Hat Yai Tourism – Official guide from tourismthailand.org.
Hat Yai Introduction – This is a great city guide from a British expat living in Hat Yai.
Hat Yai food and travel guide – thanislim.com.
Hat Yai Photo Gallery – Photo gallery of Hat Yai.