By train the journey from Cha Am to Hat Yai is scheduled to take just under 12 hours. Passengers on this route will travel overnight and therefore should consider booking a sleeper berth.
Train Times from Cha Am to Hat Yai
There is currently 1 train service a day from Cha Am to Hat Yai.
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Booking in advance on this route is a good idea if want to secure a sleeper. The train line to Hat Yai originates in Bangkok and passes through popular destinations on route such as Chumphon and Surat Thani which are both connection points for ferry services to popular holiday islands.
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Hat Yai Railway Station
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About Travel to Hat Yai
With over 150,000 permanent residents, Hat Yai is the largest city in Southern Thailand. The other curious thing about Hat Yai is that it attracts lots of visitors without having any particularly noteworthy tourist attractions.
Tourism in Hat Yai
Until Hat Yai Junction Railway Station open in 1924, the majority of the people who were living in the area were railway workers in temporary camps. The railway spurred economic development in the city and nearly everything in Hat Yai has been built over the last hundred years. Currently, Hat Yai looks and feels like a modern concrete city created mostly during a period from 1960 to 1980 and the city centre is far from attractive.
Nonetheless, Hat Yai is a major destination for tourists and it has a well developed tourist infrastructure to accommodate all these visitors. Most of the tourists in Hat Yai are from Malaysia and Singapore, as well as other Asia countries. Other tourists, particularly those from Europe and North American, tend to come to Hat Yai because it’s a travel hub and they sometimes stay overnight for onward travel connections the following day.
Travel from Hat Yai to Malaysia
There are lots of ways to travel from Hat Yai to Malaysia. Long distance bus and minivan services run from Hat Yai to Penang and Kuala Lumpur. You can fly from Hat Yai to several cities in Malaysia. You can also take a train to Padang Besar to connect with Malaysian railway services.
Alternatively, if you looking to simply cross the border at the closest point, and for the least money, you can take a minivan from Hat Yai Bus Station to Padang Besar and take a motorbike taxi across the border. The minivan journey from Hat Yai to Padang Besar takes 50 minutes.
Travel from Hat Yai to Koh Lipe
Hat Yai is also a connection point for travel to Koh Lipe, which is located much further south than other other popular islands in the Andaman Sea such as Koh Phi Phi. Joint bus and speedboat services to Koh Lipe depart from in front of Hat Yai Railway Station and take around 5 hours to complete the journey to Koh Lipe.