Where to Go
Transport Hat Yai
Hat Yai is the primary transport hub of southern Thailand and therefore features a variety of transportation options for getting around the region and for traveling north into greater Thailand or south into Malaysia. Getting around town or to sights throughout Songkhla Province is equally easy to arrange.
The Hat Yai train station serves as a major stopping point along the route from Bangkok to Butterworth, Malaysia. From Hat Yai it is possible to travel by train through Malaysia and into Singapore or up to Bangkok and onwards to Nong Khai or Chiang Mai.
Hat Yai is a major hub for both public and private busses, servicing busses from Malaysia and Singapore to the south and most destinations within Thailand to the north.
Hat Yai international airport is one of the busiest in Thailand and is serviced by both Thai Airways and a number of budget air carriers, including Thai AirAsia. There are numerous daily flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hat Yai International Airport.
By Tuk Tuk or Motorbike-taxi:
Getting around Hat Yai is not difficult, as the city contains numerous tuk tuks and motorbike taxis. While rates for these are somewhat fixed for locals, rates are considerably higher for foreigners, who should agree upon a price with drivers prior to travel.
Songtaews, pickup trucks with cushioned benches in the back, are more likely to offer similar rates to visitors as to locals but follow fixed routes. If you are willing to get a little lost while exploring Hat Yai or know your way around town already, songtaews are arguably the best way to get around Hat Yai.
By Rental Car:
There are numerous rental car companies if you wish to explore the area on your own, and it’s even possible to rent a car with a driver to save you the hassle of figuring out how to reach Hat Yai’s attractions, most of which are located outside of the city center.
When renting a car, be aware that only Commercial First Class Insurance provides full coverage (as opposed to limited personal or third party only insurance). Most international car rental agencies will offer this insurance (some only for those with a valid international driver’s license) while local companies may or may not. You may wish to request a copy of their insurance policy and ensure that it states "For Commercial Use". Regardless, inspect rental vehicles prior to rental and drive with caution, particularly as traffic in Thailand can be quite confusing, especially the habit of Thai motorcycles drivers to drive on the wrong side of the road.
To get to and from the airport, there is an Airport Taxi Service (0 7423 8452) that departs from the Thai Airways office on Niphat Uthit 1 Road. From the airport, the Airport Taxi Service offers hotel drop-off. Otherwise, private taxis charge around 200 baht in either direction.