Phra Buddha Mongkol Maharaj

Hat Yai

At a height of 25m, southern Thailand's tallest Buddha is truly a sight to behold. The immense golden statue, weighing 200 tonnes, casts its serene eyes over the entire Songkhla Province from atop Hat Yai Municipal Park's highest hills next to the cable cars. Built in 1999 to celebrate the birth of Rama IX, it is made of brass and stands at the head of a symmetrical red and white temple, surrounded by ornate bells.

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1. Hat Yai Cable Car

0.03 MILES

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2. Hat Yai Municipal Park

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Located 7km northeast of Hat Yai, this huge, green oasis of hilly, landscaped gardens is home to several stunning temples, an observatory, southern…

3. Khlong Hae Floating Market

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Túk-túk drivers and tour operators all over Hat Yai will offer tours to this vibrant and colourful weekend floating market that straddles the river Mae…

4. Central Mosque of Songkhla Province

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Rising up like an Indo-Asian mirage, the Central Mosque of Songkhla Province – dubbed Thailand's Taj Mahal – is a commanding nod to the region's historic…

5. Masjid Sahe Pakistan

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The most curious and beautiful of the mosques in Hat Yai, this green and purple monument echoes the Mughal-style of the Subcontinent with its onion domes…

6. Ko Yo

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8. Thaksin Folklore Museum

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