Hat Yai Food is my picture of the week. This busy town in Southern Thailand that borders Malaysia is a very popular destination for many local Malaysians who visit the place over the weekends. Known for great Thai Food, Hat Yai (หาดใหญ่) is also very popular for shopping and entertainment.But one has to be careful of quality when shopping here. Cheap does not mean good therefore you need to really shop around for quality items.
In the picture above, you see some really huge fresh water prawns grilled and ready to be eaten which was sold by local vendors along the main area where Central Hat Yai Shopping Mall, Hotel Novotel and Hotel Centara are located in town. I visited Hat Yai for the first time in 2010 where we had a stopover for a night before heading back to Kuala Lumpur via bus. That night, I explored the main city area seeking some local Thai Food when I chanced upon many stalls selling deep fried and grilled food. Barbecued Seafood was hot on the list here as many stalls were seen selling them.
Apart from the general things to do, you can also visit the Phu Pha Phet Caves which is about one and a half hours drive from Hat Yai town. Don't forget to check out the Floating Market in Hat Yai when you visit as you will be in for a surprise with the types of local Thai food being sold here which are really cheap and unique. Food in Hat Yai is a must try when visiting here.