The major southern hub airport in Thailand, Hat Yai International Airport is a major portal where travellers can enter and exit the city of Hat Yai and also Thailand. It also serves as an important airport for Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca.
Hat Yai, which can also be called Haad Yai or Had Yai, is a city located in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. The name "Hat Yai" is a short version of "Mahat Yai", which means big mahat tree, which is a relative of jackfruits. The city has a population of 157,359 as recorded in 2008 and about 800,000 in the greater Hat Yai area. Hat Yai is also known as the largest city of Songkhla Province, the largest metropolitan area in the South, and also the third largest metropolitan area of the country. Hat Yai is often mistaken for being the provincial capital. For differentiation's sake, Songkhla is the capital and the centre of administration and culture while Hat Yai is the business centre. These two cities are considered twin cities because of their geographical proximity, and accordingly, Hat Yai and Songkhla form the Greater Hatyai-Songkhla Metropolitan Area.
Where to go
National Museum - The museum was built in the year 1878 and was originally built in a Chinese architectural style as the residence of a luminary. The museum is one of the most beautiful structures in Thailand and has ongoing exhibits from all Thai art-style periods, particularly the Srivijaya. Travellers can get to experience walking barefoot on the wood floors to view elaborate wood carvings, historical photos, and pottery salvaged from a shipwreck.
Ko Yo - Those who want to travel and learn about the country's culture can view Wat Phrahorn Laemphor , with its giant reclining Buddha, and check out the Thaksin Folklore Museum. The museum aims to promote and preserve the culture of the region. This place is connected to the mainland by bridges and is famous for its cotton-weaving industry. Travellers can access goods from roadside market that sell cloth and ready-made clothes at excellent prices.
Malaysia - Malaysia is one of the top destinations to travel to in Asia. It is also a melting pot of other Asian cultures and is clearly interpreted through cuisine, arts, and music. Travellers can check Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru as they offer a completely different landscape due to its geographic diversity. Malaysian food is a must try as it is a great blend of cultures in one dish and will satisfy those who are on the lookout for a gastronomic experience.
Spain - Being one of the top destinations in the world, Spain has a lot to offer in culture, history, and the arts. Travellers go to Spain for its climate, as well as its rich cultural and historical monuments. Tourists are also quite blessed with one of the most sophisticated public transport systems such as its extensive high-speed railway. Those who plan to visit Spain should include Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Museo Picasso, and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in their itineraries.
How to get out
Those who are planning to fly out of Hat Yai can book their tickets coming from Hat Yai International Airport. There are many destinations to fly out from Hat Yai and the cheapest tickets can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner compiles the cheapest flights for their users and source them all from reliable airlines such as AirAsia, Tigerair, Thai Smile, and Thai AirAsia.
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