Hat Yai International Airport serves the Thai city of Hat Yai, located in the southern province of Songkhla. The city’s position in the far south of the country puts it in closer proximity to Malaysia than capital city Bangkok, and also makes it an extremely popular tourist destination for Malaysians and Singaporeans.
Hat Yai Airport is considered one of the main gateways through which Thai Muslims (mostly concentrated in the country’s south) exit for their annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. With direct flights to Mecca regularly offered during Hajj season and strong tourist numbers throughout the year, Hat Yai Airport receives over 3 million air travellers annually. Despite that, the airport compound is rather small and consists of only 1 passenger terminal. It is served by a small number of local and international airlines like Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Tigerair, and offers direct flights to nearby cities such as Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur.
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Hat Yai International Airport is the main air facility of southern Thailand, and is located about 9 kilometres from the city centre of Hat Yai. To get to town, travellers can easily grab a taxi right outside the airport terminal. A taxi ride to central Hat Yai should cost about SGD 10-12 (USD 7-9) and take half an hour or so.
What to see and do
If in Hat Yai, a trip to the city’s famous Municipal Park is a must. The Park comprises both natural and man-made beauty - expect everything from rolling hills and lakes to ancient Buddha statues, modern cable cars, and a high-tech Ice Dome.
Begin your trip with a look at the city’s magnificent Golden Buddha. Standing at 20 metres tall, the Buddha is the tallest in the country and weighs around 200 tons. It watches over the city of Hat Yai on its pedestal, and can be seen from miles away. Once you’re done with that, continue on with a cable car ride up the Kor Hing Mountains. The 2-minute journey into the clouds is extremely scenic, and the view only gets better with altitude. At the peak, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the whole of Hat Yai city, as well as a shrine built around a four-faced golden Buddha statue.
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