Hat Yai Hat Yai (also known as Haad Yai / Had Yai) is a city in southern Thailand near the boundary to Malaysia. Wat Hat Yai Nai Geographical location 7°1′N, 100°28′E. With a population of 155,585 (2005) in the core city and about 300,000 in the Greater Hat Yai, Hat Yai is the biggest city of the Songkhla Province and the largest metropolitan area in Southern Thailand, and is thus often mistaken as being the capital of the province. However Songkhla is the capital, unlike the other provinces where the capital is the biggest city of the province. The city covers the whole tambon Hat Yai of Hat Yai district. Both cities are a part of Greater Hatyai-Songkhla Metropolitan Area.Mermaid statue at Laem Samila in SongkhlaHat Yai has become a major transportation hub of Southern Thailand for railway and bus traffic.The name "Hat Yai" is a short version of "Ma Hat Yai", meaning giant Ma Hat tree.