Thailand is emblazoned in gold, and the city of Hat Yai is no exception. When visiting, expect to greet locals with the usual Sa-wat-dii; most Hat Yai dwellers don’t know English well. This shouldn’t deter you from exploring the city, especially the delicious cuisine, like fresh and colorful Khao Yum salad or unmissable mango sticky rice.
When wanting to learn more about Buddhist fundamentals in Thailand, go to the Wat Hat Yai Nai temple and catch a glimpse of the reclining Buddha. If you end up in Hat Yai during the Lunar Festival, you’ll find yourself amidst beautifully, chaotic scenery. White nights will be filled with fireworks and city-dwellers dressed as electric-colored dragons.