If given a chance, people like to travel all around the world. But that would be too costly or most of us don’t have all the time to organize a vacation. Why not take a quick city break- a short stay/holiday in a city? With so many destinations available, they are becoming an increasingly popular choice for holidaymakers. For both Malaysians and Singaporeans, they choose Hatyai City as one of the places where to enjoy a city break especially on weekends.
Hatyai City is one of the largest cities of the Southern part of Thailand. Hatyai City has more than one day’s worth of activities. Spend three days here and fill your time this way with your family to have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture of the place which you are visiting, even if you are only staying for a relatively short space of time:
Brunch at Palm and Courts Restaurant in JB Hotel
|J.B. Hotel at 99 Jootee-Anusorn Road, Hat Yai,|
|There’s so many food . Sky is the limit!|
Chang Puak Camp
After making your tummy full, you’re now ready for a challenge! You want archery? ATV adventure or elephant riding ? You can experience them all in one place, only at Chang Puak Camp!
Address: Karnchanawanich Road between Hat Yai and Songkhla
Mobile: +66 (0)84 540 6459, +66 (0)86 952 4126, +66 (0)87 629 3184
Riding an elephant for 30 minutes on a trek costs each person about 500 Thb (about $18) .
If you don’t want to ride on the elephant, you can feed them. Each basket of food costs only 20 Thb ($0.75)
The camp is open from 8am until 5pm. The staff can speak reasonable English so you won’t have a problem if you can’t speak Thai.
|You can’t find plastic bags or foam boxes for your food because the market support the Green Environment project of the city. The sellers use bamboo tubes, coconut shells, and clay pots only for your drinks and food.|
For visitors to Hat Yai, going to this place is easy. Just hop on a tuk-tuk and tell him you want to go to Wat Klong Hae.
Songkhla Zoo and Waterpark
Songkhla Zoo is an open zoo in Songkhla – Chana Road, Tambon Khao Rup Chang. The zoo covers a hilly area with an asphalt ring road. It’s over 1.4 millions square meters of jungle over the elephant-shaped mountain. Almost all kinds of animals , big and small can be found in this zoo. It’s open everyday during 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. For more information, please call Tel. 0 7433 6038-40.
Entry Fee : (as of year 2012)
Adults – 70 baht
Middle-school to high-school students- 10 baht
College students- 30 baht
Teachers, soldiers, policemen (in uniform)-30 baht
Elders (60 years old and above) Handicapped, priest – FREE
Adults- 150 baht
Child – 50 baht
Car- 50 baht
Motorbike- 10 baht
Wanna experience the best milk tea and roti in town? Visit Forseen (after your Songkhla trip) at Thamanoonvithi Road (next to Chao Phraya Massage Parlor) Hatyai City, Songkhla, Thailand 90110. It opens at 6:30 PM.
Would you believe that you could get all those food and beverages featured above for only 490 Thb (about $17) ? Not bad!
Hat Yai has a reputation for being a shopping destination for both Thais and foreigners. There are numbers of department stores, shopping malls and markets throughout the city.
The city has two large weekend markets, namely Asian Trade and Greenway, which are both located on Kanchanavanit Road. They mainly sell second-hand products, including clothes, shoes, decor and souvenirs.
Hatyai City View at night
What’s better way to end your stay in Hatyai City? How about a Sky buffet dinner at the 33rd floor of Lee Gardens Hotel?
Dining here makes you feel like you’re on top of the world!
The eat-all-you-can restaurant offers Thai dishes, Thai salad, salad bar, Thai delicacies, fresh fruits, Thai desserts, ice cream, tea, coffee and soup. This is the schedule:
Lunch 11:00 AM. to 2:00 PM.
Dinner 5:00 PM. to 10:00 PM.
The price is 149 Baht per person and 99 baht for children and Senior Citizens.
There might not be a lot to do here in Hatyai City but there is more to the city than just temples, shopping, and traffic. It’s a city whose charm emerges slowly. Hatyai City is best at night. Explore the night markets, street food, Thai massage and see the best of Hatyai.
If you only have a few days to spare, city break here in Hatyai City can in fact be the perfect way to escape. You’re more likely to cram plenty of activities into a short stay in a city, so you’ll feel like you’ve had a fun-filled break, even if you’ve only been away for a long weekend. This is also ideal for anyone who works full time, as you won’t be required to use up as much of your annual holiday allowance. Even if you live or work in a big city, having a city break abroad promises to offer a quite different experience, as you’ll be able to visit the sort of great shops and restaurants that you might not have time for at home.