I always feel the need to share my experiences as i know many budget travelers out there have lots of questions like HOW to get to Hat Yai from Penang but don’t have adequate information.
Well, i have spent hours searching on the internet before this trip and there are no proper resources to show tourists like us , where to board the vehicle and the timings of the van .
These are the timings and place to board the van . Yes, it’s a van for 12 person including 1 driver , as there’s no coach to Hat Yai (guess there shouldn’t be a demand for that ) .
Price [Per person ] :
RM30 FROM PENANG TO HAT YAI
THB 300 FROM HAT YAI TO PENANG
I’m still puzzled till now why we need to pay RM1 at Thai Border ?! Anyone can tell me why ?
PENANG TO HAT YAI : 5:30AM , 9AM , 12PM , 4PM
Hat Yai to PENANG : 11AM , 1PM , 4PM , 5 PM
All timing are based on GMT +8:00 including Hat Yai to Penang Route .
PENANG : KOMTAR , E & A BUDGET HOTEL , TUNEHOTELS PENANG
Hat Yai : Near Lee Garden Plaza Hotel , Golden Crown Plaza Hotel
Total Travelling time (4 hours ):
PENANG -> THAI IMMIGRATION : 3 HOURS
THAI IMMIGRATION -> HAT YAI : 1 HOUR
PENANG TO HAT YAI : 4 HOURS
Singapore to Hat Yai : 14 Hours
Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai : 10 Hours
Ipoh to Hat Yai : 6 Hours
In fact, Langkawi is quite near from the border , about an hour drive .
In fact, you can take the van too at selected coach agencies at Butterworth as all vans towards Hat Yai has to go through Butterworth to get to the expressway .
The van is quite spacious for the front row and it’s like a coach , only that there’s no entertainment on board.
You can also ask the driver to send you to the hotel , but be prepared to know the address and hotel name , as most of them only understand malay and thai , hence if you don’t know how to speak malay and thai , ask someone who knows to help you translate !
Getting around Hat Yai :
Hat Yai is a small tourist destination that is famous for its food and goodies . It takes about 14 hours by bus from Singapore to Hat Yai and usually operates at 9pm – 10pm at night as Thai Immigration only opens at 6am daily.
To get around Hat Yai, take a tuk-tuk which is rather expensive than Bangkok as they count PER HEAD of 20 BAHT per pax to anywhere near , but its uncommon to see taxis at the street .
Take a walk rather which is recommended as you won’t get lost in Hat Yai , as there are maps around tourists location which serve a good purpose.
Recommended Accommodations :
- Lee Garden Plaza :: Lee Garden Shopping Centre is just below Lee Garden Plaza Hotel and has many international restaurants like Swensons, Macdonalds and many more .
- Golden Crown Plaza Hotel :: This is the hotel i stayed in and it’s fantastic big and near to Kim Yong Market and just a stone away from Lee Garden plaza Hotel . In fact, it’s not like a 3 star hotel, rather a 4 star hotel because the design is beautiful and comfortable for your stay . FREE WIFI
- J.B. Hotel :: Provides free transport to and fro tourists attractions, though might be a little long in tuk tuks but nice hotel.
- Novotel Centara Hat Yai Hotel :: Located just opposite Lee Garden Plaza hotel , great location with night markets below. 4 Star Hotel in Hat Yai with nice accommodations and great comfort. If compared with Golden Crown Plaza Hotel , if you don’t think you need to fork out too much in Hat Yai, Golden Crown plaza will be suitable for you .
Hope all these info helps and do bookmark our webpage as MORE of Hat Yai journey and shopping and FOOD will be up shortly this week !
Stay Tuned !
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