Songthaew; the best way to get around Hat Yai

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Songthaew is pickup truck with rows of seat and metal bars attached in the back. Word songthaew itself means two rows. That is why most of songthaews just have two rows of seat in the back.

It is main public transportation running in the city of Hat Yai Songkhla. Not only in Hat Yai, songthaew is actually a common public transportation you can also find everywhere in Thailand except Bangkok. I do not know why but as I know, Bangkok does not provide songthaew as the public transportation.

As the main public transportation in Hat Yai, i think songthaew is also the best way for people to get around the city. It has several different routes based on its color. The routes are actually written on the front and side. But, it is all in Thai alphabet.

Songthaew in Hat Yai

Clock tower Hat Yai

1. All white

Songthaew in Hat Yai

All white

Route:

It runs between Kuan Lang and Kohmee market; Passing Hat Yai immigration office, Kim Yong market, clock tower, Namphu roundabout, Siam Nakarin, Big-C Extra, sam yaek Kohong(Kohong T. junction), Hat Yai city park and ends at talaat Kohmee(Kohmee market).

Fare:

10 baht flat rate

2. White stripped by yellow and green

Songthaew in Hat Yai

White stripped by yellow and green

Route:

It runs between Hat Yai bus station and Big-C Super; Passing Hat Yai sport center, Hat Yai immigration office, Kim Yong market, clock tower, Namphu roundabout, Siam Nakarin, Big-C Extra, sam yaek Kohong(Kohong T. junction), Prince of Songkhla University, Tesco Lotus 1, Greenway Shopping, Asean Market and ends at Hat Yai bus station.

Fare:

10 baht flat rate

3. Red (number 33)

Songthaew in Hat Yai

Red number 33

Route:

It is between Hat Yai bus station and Kohmee; Passing Central Festival, Diana mall, Kim Yong market, clock tower, Namphu roundabout, Siam Nakarin, Big-C Extra, sam yaek Kohong(Kohong T. junction), Hat Yai city park and ends at Kohmee.

Fare:

10 baht flat rate

4. All blue

Songthaew in Hat Yai

All blue

Route:

It is between Hat Yai International Airport and Hat Yai Bus station; Passing Tesco Lotus 2 Hat Yai Nai, clock tower, Namphu roundabout, Siam Nakarin, Big-C Extra, sam yaek Kohong(Kohong T. junction), Prince of Songkhla University, Tesco Lotus 1, Greenway Shopping, Asean Market, Hat Yai bus station and ends at Central Festival.

Fare:

10 – 30 baht

5. All green(shorter than others)

Songthaew in Hat Yai

All green(shorter than others)

Route:

It is between Clock Tower and talaat Songkhla(Songkhla market); Passing clock tower, Siam Nakarin, Big-C Extra, sam yaek Kohong(Kohong T. junction), Hat Yai city park, talaat Kohmee(Kohmee market), Tesco Lotus Songkhla, Thaksin University, Rajabhat University and ends at gas station(opposite school) near talaat Songkhla(Songkhla Market).

Fare:

10 – 20 baht

Notes:

Everyone can get the songthaew from any point along the route. We just need to wave our hand and it indicates that we want to hop to the songthaew, and when we want to get off, just press the buzzer inside the cab.

When the songthaew is overcrowded, the men passengers are automatically standing outside grabbing the metal bars attached in the back. And the woman and children are sitting on the seat.

There are some songthaews than can take passangers to their exact destination (outside the set routes). But of course they have to pay extra for it. And if you want to do it, you just need to ask to the driver directly after no other passenger in the cab. I ever doing it many times when i want to go to Tang Kuan hill Songkhla. From the last stop at the gas station near Songkhla market, by green songthaew, I ask the driver to take me to Tang Kuan Hill. And the driver ask me to pay 20 baht extra for it. So, totally i pay 40 baht for my ride from Hat Yai to Tang Kuan Hill Songkhla.

Do you have experience using songthaew in Hat Yai? please share your story with us. Let us connect on Hijab Trip’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+. I hope this post is helpful. Hope you all a very nice weekend!

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