Aside from the world-class beaches in Phuket and the famous city of Bangkok, Hat Yai is one of the best places to visit in Thailand. This town in the Songkhla province is often overlooked by many as it serves as the passageway of tourists traveling to and from Malaysia.
Nevertheless, a stop by in this town is a must and one thing to prove its worth aside from attractions is how Hat Yai shopping is a one-of-a-kind experience. Continue reading below to know why it is one of the things to do in Hat Yai and where to scout pieces you are looking for.
ODEAN SHOPPING CENTER
The Odean Shopping Center consists of five floors that have a wide variety of retailers. Given its huge size, it is a good place for Hat Yai shopping since you won’t run out of shops. The common pieces you will see here are casual wear such as jeans and business wears.
Aside from those, there are also cosmetics, sports wears, shoes, and souvenir shops. In addition, they most likely to have a sale.
DIANA DEPARTMENT STORE
Photo from FB Diana Complex Center
Diana Department Store is one of the big department stores you will find in Hat Yai. It is one of the places you can go to when you want to experience the shopping culture in the city. Moreover, it is the first of its kind to open its door to the public in Southern Thailand.
Just like any other malls, you will find different kinds of shops and food places here. Since it is a little bit away from the center, you will be needing transportation and the cheapest option would be the Sawngthaew.
CENTRAL FESTIVAL MALL
If there would be another shopping mall you should go to during your Hat Yai trip, it should be the Central Festival Mall. Unlike the malls mentioned above that were in Hat Yai for a long time already, this mall just opened in 2013.
If you want to literally shop until you drop, you should visit this place since it is said to be the largest shopping mall in Southern Thailand. Also, it can be accessed conveniently since it is located in the middle of the town.
KIM YONG MARKET
Of course, your Hat Yai shopping experience wouldn’t be complete without night markets or the local markets. One of the markets where people in Hat Yai most often go to is Kim Yong Market. This place is famous for its imported goodies from Malaysia and Singapore.
Furthermore, it is a place where you can see literally almost anything you are looking for ranging from food, appliances, retail, and perfumes.
HAT YAI FLOATING MARKET
And to finally complete the list, an unusual shopping experience awaits you at Khlong Hae Floating Market or Hat Yai Floating Market. Even though it is not located within the center of the city, it is still worth a visit.
What makes this market unique aside from the way on how you will shop is that they use eco-friendly containers for food rather than using plastic ones. There are also many local delicacies here that you can try!
FLIGHTS TO HAT YAI
Now, you won’t ever have to think of Bangkok only when you want to experience shopping in Thailand. Hat Yai is the best place to be – whether for shopping or tour. So, what are you waiting for? Book your flights to Hat Yai now only at Bangkok Airways!