Hat Yai Shopping
With bustling streets and wonderful people, Hat Yai is a great place to visit. But if you’re looking for some good shopping time while you’re there, here’s some tips on Hat Yai shopping, shops, stores, best buys, and inside tips from those who have gone before you.
In Hat Yai you’ll find that the main shopping area is around the Niphat Uthit 1, 2 and 3 Roads area. Shopping opportunities range from fresh produce, to electrical appliances, and other consumer products readily available. There are department complexes as well as night markets with numerous stalls selling clothing (T-shirts, jeans, etc) as well as a wide range of leather goods.
If you’re looking for cheaper “designer” items, you’ll find plenty of options amongst the Hat Yai market places. There are hundreds of vendors grouped together to form the markets, yet as you walk along you’ll notice a lot of the same types of merchandise, so there’s plenty of options to choose from. There are also some markets famous for cheap Pra, Longchamps, Gucci, Adidas brands. Some are even divided into two buildings; one for clothes and fashion, and the other building only for bags, shoes, and accessories. While the items may not truly be designer, visitors say they really look genuine. You can also buy good quality jeans at these markets that may not be designer but are soft and durable. As you shop in Hat Yai, keep an eye out for nuts! There’s always a vast supply and for great prices, so if you need something to snack on throughout the day you’ll be set!
Tip: Always come ready to bargain. They may have a price marked but you can often get them to come down a bit.
Odean Shopping Centre
The Odean Shopping Mall is a 5-storey department store and sells medium to upscale products and goods. The “O.D.,” as the locals call it, is not as fancy as the other department stores in town but they seem to have sales quite often. There is a whole floor dedicated to clothing, with jeans, casual wear, business wear, as well as accessories. They also sell shoes, cosmetics, swimwear, gift items, and sporting goods. You’ll find a food court on the fifth floor to enjoy when you get hungry from all the shopping, and then you can head right back out for more. The OD even has a “Merdeka Sale” sometimes in August to celebrate Malaysian’s independence day! This is fixed price establishment so you wont get the chance to bargain here, but there are often sales and promotions where there are up to 30% discount from the listed price.
Tip: At OD you’ll find skincare and cosmetics on the 2nd floor that are cheaper in Thailand, but be careful to check the expiration date on the products because OD seems to forget about their expired products. As long as they aren’t expired you can find some great bargains there.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Hat Yai Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips.