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Top Choice Museum in Songkhla & Around

National Museum

This 1878 building was originally built in a Chinese architectural style as the residence of a luminary. The museum is easily the most picturesque national museum in Thailand and contains exhibits from all Thai art-…
Top Choice Cafe in Songkhla & Around

Blue Smile Cafe

A fine place for a snack, some alcohol or cool beats, we're not sure what we like best at this Canadian-owned place: the roof garden, The Blues Brothers Poster, the B52s and Bob Dylan pics, the live jazz (from 7.15p…
Live Music in Hat Yai

Post Laserdisc

With an excellent sound system and well-placed monitors, this is a great joint to watch the latest blockbuster after dark; music videos are shown as fillers between films. Rockers replace movies on some nights, and …
Museum in Songkhla & Around

Thaksin Folklore Museum

The must-see Thaksin Folklore Museum actively aims to promote and preserve the culture of the region. The pavilions here are reproductions of southern Thai–style houses and contain folk art, handicrafts and traditio…
Aquarium in Songkhla & Around

Songkhla Aquarium

Point at clownfish at this flashy new attraction.
Cafe in Hat Yai


Serving Hat Yai patrons since 1959, this traditional Chinese cafe has framed bank notes on its walls, friendly staff, a reliable menu of Thai/Chinese dishes and fine breakfasts. Curiously, its name means 'Satellite'…
Bar in Hat Yai

Hive Bar

A cut above the rest, Hive bar is a decent downtown hang-out in Hat Yai with a traveller, expat and local fan base, serving up a solid menu of pub food. Pool enthusiasts won't be disappointed.
Cafe in Songkhla & Around

Ong Heap Huad

This astonishing family-run curiosity shop-slash-cafe has a mesmerising museum-like collection of ancient Chinese and Thai shop signs, antiques, statuette, lamps, stuffed animal heads and more. It's an enchanting pl…
Market in Hat Yai

Night Market

The night market boasts heaps of local eats including several stalls selling the famous Hat Yai–style deep-fried chicken and kà·nŏm jeen (fresh rice noodles served with curry), as well as a couple of stalls peddling…
Beach in Songkhla & Around

Hat Samila

Stroll this beautiful strip of white sand with the giggling local couples and enjoy the kite flying (a local obsession). A bronze Mermaid sculpture, in tribute to Mae Thorani (the Hindu-Buddhist earth goddess), sits…