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International Balloon Festival in Hat Yai from 5-7 May 2017

April 26, 2017

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International Balloon Festival in Hat Yai from 5-7 May 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Hat Yai City Municipality are gearing up for the third International Balloon Festival which will take place from 5-7 May 2017. Visitors will be able to see 15 fancy balloons from 13 countries, including Germany, Turkey and South Korea as well as various entertainment performances throughout the three day festival. Director of the TTAT’s Hat Yai Office, Panu Woramit said the event was expected to draw more than 100,000 people and generate...

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Tune Hotel in Hat Yai

April 23, 2012

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Tune Hotel in Hat Yai

During my recent trip to Hat Yai, I stayed in Tune Hotel for the first time. This is a part of a chain of 3-star hotels. In Thailand at the moment they have one in Hat Yai and another in Pattaya. They are listed as a budget hotel. However, they have a five star bed and shower which I couldn’t fault at all. It is also conveniently located. Only a ten minute walk from the train station, and the...

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Hat Yai Midnight Songkran: 11-12 April 2012

March 30, 2012

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Hat Yai Midnight Songkran: 11-12 April 2012

The water-splashing and beauty pageants that feature at every Songkran Festival are as much part of the fun in Songkhla as all over Thailand. The city’s Hat Yai Midnight Songkran Festival has beauty contests, free concerts, Songkran procession, foam party, water throwing and other late-night fun. The festival runs from 11th to 13th April 2012. UPDATE: The Midnight Songkran is still taking place as planned. This year I am flying down there to take part in the event. I...

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Hat Yai Lantern Festival is Not Flooded

January 4, 2012

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Hat Yai Lantern Festival is Not Flooded

Hat Yai and Songkhla Province have been in the news again recently with reports of widespread floods. However, some of these newspaper articles are both misleading and out of date. According to people who live in Hat Yai, the business district of the city was never flooded over the new year. And of the areas that did see floods, they already had their Big Clean-Up a couple of days ago. Although some outlying areas will take longer to dry...

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Floods Recede in Hat Yai & 4 Southernmost Provinces

January 3, 2012

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Floods Recede in Hat Yai & 4 Southernmost Provinces

The rain has already stopped in Hat Yai and in the four southernmost provinces of Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. The flooding has eased and many areas have already dried up. If there is no more rain, local authorities believe that the situation will be back to normal soon. The business district of Hat Yai was not flooded at all. These pictures were posted on Twitter showing a clean-up taking place in other areas of Hat Yai. Although the...

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Hat Yai Lantern Festival starts on 1st January 2012

December 22, 2011

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Hat Yai Lantern Festival starts on 1st January 2012

During the Hat Yai International Lantern Festival which runs from 1st January to 30th April 2012, the scenic Hat Yai Municipal Park will be transformed into a showcase of light presented under the theme, “The Colours of the South”. Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand FollowShare

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