Hat Yai (pronounced Had Yai) is where the long-standing bronze mermaid still watches over its shores. Due to its plethora of great goods at competitive prices, the city is mostly frequented by Malaysians who cross its borders to buy cooking wares, spices, nuts, curry paste and other oddities at the local markets like ASEAN Market (Poet Tai), Kim Yong Matket, Suntisook Marketplace and Green Way Market. Handmade and mass-produced clothes, bags and shoes at great prices can be found at Lee Garden Plaza, Odean Shopping Mall, Robinsons, Central Department Store Hat Yai, and Siam Nakarin Complex. This city by the sea also offers great sightseeing spots such as The Cat & Mouse Park that’s right by the sea, Laem Sai Estuary, Wat Matchimawat and Hat Sai Kaeo (Glass Sand Beach). For those looking for an adventure, do try their elephant trekking trails and hop onto the Tham Jara-Ke (Crocodile Cave) boat ride that features majestic stalagmites and stalactites.