The Thai city of Hat Yai is widely referred to in Thailand as "The Gateway to the South" due to its position in the southern part of the country, near the Malaysian border. The city is also often referred to as the 'twin city' of nearby Songkhla and, at 157,000, is the larger of the two cities as well as the region's business center. Expatriates living in Hat Yai have a hot, luxuriant Thai climate to look forward to, although there are only two real seasons in the city – wet and dry. The city itself is a vibrant one. Hat Yai's downtown area is well worth exploring, with plenty of great food and street culture to enjoy, and the city's Hat Yai Municipal Park is famous for its beautiful flowers. The Wat Hat Yai Nai is another must-see for every expat living in Hat Yai, with its huge reclining Buddha statue a popular local landmark. The Pagoda at Wat Mahanya Vidaya is another beautiful example of south Asian architecture worth looking out for.
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As might be expected, the "Gateway to the South" has very good transport connections. A number of train services connect the city to the rest of Thailand and the city's minibus station is extremely well served with services to the rest of Thailand as well as to Malaysia and Singapore. The city's Hat Yai International Airport is served with flights from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, and Singapore, as well as Thai hub airports. Expats moving to Hat Yai can get plenty more information on expatriation and living abroad on the InterNations website, with a comprehensive collection of articles in the Expat Magazine covering a range of topics from cross-cultural communication to working abroad. The various articles are written by both, the InterNations own in-house staff and members of our platform to give you not only facts and figures but also a sneak preview of what life as an expat is likely to be like. Working in Hat Yai
The city is generally seen as the business center of the southern Thai Songkhla Province, while its sister city, Songkhla, is seen as the region's administrative center. Expats working in Hay Yai have plenty of after-hours culture to explore and enjoy, with great local shopping and a great selection of street food for the most adventurous of global minds. As an expatriate working in Hat Yai, you may of course want to get in touch with the local international community to socialize or network. The discussion groups, private messages system and forums on the InterNations website are a great way to do this, with expatriates all over the world organizing meet-ups and finding their local international networks through InterNations.