Markets in Hat Yai

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What we say: 4 stars

You'll find home appliances and electronics, imported Singaporean and Malaysian snacks, watches and name brand cosmetics. The aisles are bursting at the seams with products as are the adjacent footpaths and streets. Kim Yong Market is very popular, so brace yourself before venturing through the maze that lies within.

Equally as enticing and less chaotic is Suntisook Market on Niphat Uthit Road 2 and 3, which carries basically the same wares with much more breathing room. But on the plus side for busy Kim Yong is that around 17:00 the Kim Yong Night Market starts cranking along Supasarnrungsan Road and as with most traditional night markets, there's more food than you can shake a chopstick at.

The Hat Yai Floating Market is at the top of nearly everyone's list of what to see and do in Hat Yai and that popularity has perhaps changed the initial presentation of the market to cater primarily to tourists.

One might believe that locals paddle eagerly to the area to sell their wares, when in fact it is quite staged to appear that way. Visiting the market during off hours, quaint colourful and empty boats sit waiting for vendors to arrive later and set up shop in; it's not quite the 'local' experience one might hope for.

Located in Wat Klong Hae, the market is nowhere near central Hat Yai and will require pre-arranged transportation to get there and back. We were quoted a 400 baht average for a round trip. The market runs Friday to Sunday.

Last updated: 26th February, 2014

About the author:
Vanessa eventually based herself in Langkawi and settled into the island lifestyle. The location offered a gateway to Southeast Asia, from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and other destinations on her 'to-do' list.
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