As written in my earlier posts, one of the things that tourists commonly do here in Thailand is to SHOP
! Here is a list of all the places where you can shop in Hatyai,Thailand.
1) Asian Trade or Talat Paet Thai – This is the weekend market near the Bus Terminal. This is only opened during Thursdays- Sundays from 6-10 pm. Here you can find clothes, bags, shoes, accessories, 2nd hand items, plastic wares, thai cds, perfumes and a lot more. But this is not the place to buy common Thai souvenirs ( Thai keychains, Thailand shirts and etc) since only very few shops sells this.
2) Greenway – This is also a weekend market like the Asian Trade and is just a block away from it. They open from Thursday to Sunday at 6-10 pm. They sell mostly very cheap but good quality second hand clothes, shoes, bags,beddings and etc.
3) Plaza or Talat Sot – This is a very big 2 story shop that sells all kinds of clothing, bags, shoes, stuffed toys, jewelries and etc. They open everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
4) Kim Yong – A smaller version of Plaza and located nearer to the city center, about 2 blocks from Plaza or Talat Sot. They also sell more on food items. This is where you can buy kilos of cheap cashew nuts, dried mangoes, tamarind and other dried fruits. Opens everyday from 8:00am to 5:00 pm.
5) Night Shops near the Lee Gardens area – They open from 5:00- 9:00 pm. A very good place to buy all the souvenir items like Thai keychains, Thai handcrafted letter holders, Thai bags, shirts and etc. They also sell all the other shirts, bags and food items but we found their shops to be much more expensive than the rest.
All the shops above are either open air shops or inside buildings with no airconditioner. One great thing on the shops above is that you can bargain. If you’ve got the charm and knows the art of bargaining, you can bargain more than 50% of their original price. But you must bargain since they all start with the highest price.
If you want to shop more comfortably inside a mall or in an airconditioned building, then here is a list of places where you can shop:
1) Carrefour – Inside the mall there are also few shops that sells Thai silk, Thai dresses from Chiangmai among other things.
2) Tesco Lotus – Almost the same like the other Tesco’s in Malaysia.
3) Big C – This is a bit distant from the city center. It’s not really worth the trip if you only want to shop except if you want to go for a cheap foot massage or body massage. Their rate is almost 50% cheaper than the ones at the city center.
4) Diana –
5) Central Department Store
7) Lee Gardens Plaza