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Hat Yai City

        Hat Yai, though only a district of Songkhla province, is known as the unofficial capital of southern ThailandThe largest city in Songkhla province, it is about 1,000 km south of Bangkok near the Malaysian borderHat Yai is a large commercial centre with excellent shopping opportunities, and is connected locally and regionally by road, rail and air.  The surrounding area has great and fascinating natural beauty including lakes, mountains, caves waterfalls and a rich cultural heritageThe historic harbor town of Songkhla, with its beautiful tropical beach, is less than 30 km awayHat Yai also links to attractive neighboring cities and provinces such as Phuket – the Pearl of Andaman, Surat Thani, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Pang Nga, Krabi and TrangIt is approximately midway between Singapore and Bangkok, and can be reached by air, rail and road.

         Hat Yai and southern Thailand are home to numerous exotic fruit, rubber plantations, and some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in ThailandOn the bustling streets, night markets dish out fresh seafood (the tastiest from nearby Songkhlaand perennial favoritesshark fins soup, birds nest, poached duck, BBQ squid, roasted cashew nuts, and large tiger prawns. On the sidewalks, Thai fruit (durians, lychees, longans, mangoes, mangosteens, rambutans, etc), crisp fish and shrimp crackers fill the air with a fresh and tasty aroma.

         For shoppers, Hat Yai is a paradise with its unique goods and practical prices.  On the three parallel roads of Niphat Uthit 1, 2, and 3, there is a plethora of goods to suit differing tastes and differing budgetsDesigner labels, Thai silk, handicrafts, jewelry, ready-made leisure-wear, wallets, leather bags, and briefcases are some of the good buys always on offer.  When it comes to shopping, Hat Yai has something for everyone, and at a reasonable price.