Car Hire Hat Yai Airport, Thailand
All self drive options include CDW and Theft Protection, with Budget we have an exclusive zero excess package and included 2 free additional drivers. 4WD or 4×4 is in demand in this region of Thailand and both Sixt and Budget offer large SUV’s with off road capabilities, but don't drive on unpaved roads as damage to underneath is not covered.
Smaller economy vehicles include the Honda Jazz and Nissan Almeria , all car categories are automatic and fully air conditioned. Larger luxury saloons are also available and include the Honda Accord and the full size Camry 2.0 liter. Petrol or GAS is fairly cheap in Thailand so renting a larger saloon is affordable and the larger Jeeps and minivans are powered by diesel engines .
The MPV style Fortuner or Isus MU7 can seat 7 passengers, if after luxury and better drive quality consider the Honda Step Wagon from Budget that can accommodate 6 passengers in comfort and style. Extras are available and include multi lingual GPS, child seats can also be booked in advance. In addition we provide auto rentals through out Thailand with car hire Phitsanulok airport being a favourites destination.
Driving in Hat Yai is straightforward so if you don’t feel like journeying out of the city, take a local temple tour by car instead. The highlight of the city’s temples, which houses the globe’s third-largest reclining Buddha.
Beaches and Waterfalls
The best beaches in the area are perhaps Samila and Son Awn, where the white sand is backed by eating and drinking options. With your own auto you can visit both coastal and inland attractions near to Hat Yai in comfort, with the city’s roads offering a smooth, well-signed ride.
Samila and Son Awon Beaches pluse Ton Nga Waterfall
less than an hour’s drive from Hat Yai are these two Gulf coast beaches where relaxation is the order of the day. Kick back in the sand with fresh seafood or a traditional Thai massage before taking a slow drive back to the city in air-conditioned comfort.
30kms to the west is this mighty waterfall, which makes for a great day trip. The seven-tiered waterfall in one place resembles an elephant’s tusks, with plenty of surrounding spots at which to picnic or trek. Use Google route planner to help you plan your trip or consider booking GPS as an optional extra .
Recommended Self Drive Tours in Hat Yai
Hat Yai is Thailand’s fourth-largest city, one of the country's top shopping and commercial districts, and is extremely popular among local tourists. There are many street food stalls that sit adjacent to big Western-style shopping malls, creating a pleasant mix of commercialism and authenticity. If you're in search of an evening of dancing, the town is well-known raft of pubs, night-time bars, and clubs, which are popular with locals and expats alike.
The Klonghae Floating Market can be found in Khlong Hae in Hat Yai. Here, the vendors pack their wares onto small boats and jostle with each other to gain the attention, and hopefully the business of potential buyers alongside the canals. There are a large number of vendors that sell a variety of local Thai food and snacks. The market has a campaign for the environment where sellers will use coconut shells, bamboo tubes, and clay pots instead of using plastic bags or foam boxes for packaging theirs goods.
Samila and Son On Beaches
Laem Son On Beach is situated to the northwest of Laem Samila. It is naturally shaded by pine trees that line both sides of the road that leads to the beach. Here, at the end of the peninsula one can see the statue of Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the 28th son of King Rama V, and the founder of The Royal Thai Navy. The locals will confirm that the best view of Ko Nu and Songkhla Lake can be had from here.
Samila Beach is often referred to as the twin sister of Laem On. It to, has a much revered statue. This one depicts Mae Thorani as a mermaid. This statue has become an iconic symbol of Songkhla, and has evolved into a shrine for locals that believe it has the ability to bring them good fortune.
Ton Nga Chang Waterfall
The falls are located in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary. It is without question, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the south, a mere 26 kilometres from the city. This waterfall has seven distinct levels, the third level being the most beautiful, and is named after the waterfall. On this level, the flowing stream separates into two, resembling an elephant’s tusks.
Always be vigilant as some locals do not adhere fully to the rules of the road. For example, it is not uncommon for drivers who have missed a motorway exit to reverse back into oncoming traffic rather than proceeding to the next exit.
Traffic drives on the left same as UK. Roads are in general good condition, but with heavy traffic, potholes can be a problem. Be cautious of motorbikes while driving and when opening doors.
The best money-saving deals on rental can be found with Budget Thailand. Budget is our sole representative in Hat Yai with an office located on Moo 6 517/5 off the airport road Kuablang, if picking up from the the airport please provide full flight details and Budget will provide free 24 hour meet and greet service. If arriving by train we can also arrange to have your rental waiting at the station.
Both Sixt and Budget Have Desks in the Airport but also provide a delivery service.