1. entrance to Wat Hat Yai Nai

1. entrance to Wat Hat Yai Nai

Whether you are taking the bus, train or plane to Hat Yai, Wat Hat Yai Nai should either be the first or last attraction to visit during your stay. This is because it is located along the road to the bus terminal, train station and Hat Yai International Airport.

 2. stalls outside the temple that sell fish and other animals for liberation ceremony

2. stalls outside the temple that sell fish and other animals for liberation ceremony

3. this way to the reclining Buddha

3. this way to the reclining Buddha

If you do not have your own transport while visiting Hat Yai, you can still easily make a stop at Wat Hat Yai Nai. Assuredly, there is no need to charter a pricey tuk-tuk. Just hop on a white songthaew. The fare is only ฿10 per passenger, one way, from Hat Yai city centre.

 4. Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon, third largest reclining Buddha in the world

4. Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon, third largest reclining Buddha in the world

5. the largest reclining Buddha in Southern Thailand

5. the largest reclining Buddha in Southern Thailand

You will alight at the main road. Cross it and snake your way through a wet market. It’s a short and uncomplicated route as you can actually see the apex of the roof of Wat Hat Yai Nai from afar.

6. the Buddha's feet

6. the Buddha’s feet

7. the inner chamber, with the abbot's office

7. the inner chamber, with the abbot’s office

As a whole, there is not much to see here but it is home to the largest reclining Buddha in Southern Thailand, and also the third largest in the world. This distinction by itself is a huge draw to many visitors, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

8. garden within Wat Hat Yai Nai

8. garden within Wat Hat Yai Nai

9. a building in the compound

9. a building in the compound

Named Phra Phuttha Hattha Mongkhon, the Buddha is 35 metres in length, 15 metres in height and 10 metres in width.

10. decorations at its apex

10. decorations at its apex

11. Lord Brahma's altar

11. Lord Brahma’s altar

Those seeking blessings may do so by looking for the resident abbot, who has an office in the “bed” of the reclining Buddha. Its entrance is at the back of the Buddha. It is open from 8am to 5pm daily. Do bear in mind to dress appropriately when visiting temples and wats in Thailand.

12. another building

12. another building

13. stupa

13. stupa

This trip was made possible by Dexma Express, Malindo Air, and 尚游 Premium Travel. Malindo Air Malaysia flies direct from Subang SkyPark Terminal (SZB) and Penang International Airport (PEN) to Hat Yai International Airport (HDY) every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.

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