In Hat Yai, one of the places one should visit is Khong Hae Floating Market, located 20 minutes away from the city centre. You can get there via taxi or rent a tuk tuk with a group of people – I opted for the latter since we were travelling with a group of friends.
To be honest, I expected an actual floating market; not one with a lineup of stationary sampans. That said, it was still an experience. It gets pretty crowded during the evening, so be prepared to brave a sea of people at the market. Rubbish bins are provided for visitors to dispose of their rubbish. Remember to make use of them.
The food is mostly halal and suitable for Muslims. To be sure, you can enquire further but I spotted a lot of Muslim families tucking into the food without a worry. I spotted Thai salads, quail eggs, noodles, luk chup, fried items and refreshing drinks in clay cups. Food and drinks were priced at no more than 50 baht each.
Up the hill, you will find more stalls selling clothes, knick knacks and some light nibbles. If you’re looking for t-shirts casual tops, this place offers a decent variety.
Khong Hae Floating Market is open from Fridays to Sundays, 3-9pm. Prices are pretty reasonable and you can score good buys if you bargain hard enough.
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To get to Khong Hae Floating Market, take a taxi (approximately RM25 per person) or rent a tuk tuk with a group of people (500 Thai baht – for 8 pax).