Hat Yai Municipal Park
The 7th AASIC will be hosted by Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus. Hat Yai, or previously referred as Khok Samet Chun, is a city located 946 km southwards from Bangkok. With a total area of 21.00 km2, Hat Yai is the largest city in Songkhla province, the fourth largest in Thailand, and the largest metropolitan area in Southern Thai. It serves as the business center of Songkhla province.
Located near the border of Malaysia, you may expect tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, who frequently pick Hat Yai as a destination to visit. The city possesses a charm as a travel hub, medical center and a pleasant place for a shopping spree.
Khlong Hae Floating Market, Hat Yai
As a travel hub, there are some alternative transit ports you can travel from to get to Hat Yai. Airlines services usually provide some transit routes through Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.
From Bangkok, you can reach Hat Yai by plane, bus, or train. There are 5 trains transporting from Bangkok to Hat Yai each day. A land trip from Bangkok to Hat Yai is quite a long one, with the fastest service is on Train 41 which is scheduled to be 13 hours and 44 minutes long, while the slowest is Train 169 with 17 hours and 40 minutes. Bus travel is expected to be 13.5–15 hours long, while van is a quicker and slightly more expensive alternative. Flight is the fastest option which takes only 1.5 hours.
Once you get to KL, you can take another flight for approximately 1 hour 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a van or bus trip which takes around 9–10 hours with the price of 500–600 THB depending on your choice of normal or VIP bus. You may also take Electric Train Services from KL to Padang Besar and continue with Shuttle Train to Hat Yai.
Penang is one of the closest transit ports to Hat Yai which only takes 220 km journey and approximately 3–4 hours of land travel. Both bus travel with the fee of 35 RM and van travel for 40–50 RM are popular options for this trip. Train route will take 2 trips, consisting of Penang – Padang Besar and Padang Besar – Hatyai.
The last route is to go through Singapore. Aside from the transit route by plane, you can go to Hat Yai from Singapore by bus for 1142 THB. The trip takes around 13 hours.