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