Cheap flights to Hat Yai from Australia are your gateway to southern Thailand. To trade the hustle of Sydney or Melbourne for white-sand beaches and remote islets in the Andaman, you can go on the hunt for a bargain and expect to touchdown in just over 13 hours on some connections. Then, it's a quick transfer to Koh Lipe or the Tarutao National Park for pristine coves of pristine sand. Of course, you could also choose to linger in little Hat Yai itself. An off-the-beaten-path town, it's packed with floating markets, night bazaars, and intriguing Buddhist temples.
Established back in 1974, this stunning set of islands is how untouched Thailand looks – think pearly blue waters, crab-eating macaques, and beaches without a soul in sight.
Life's good on Koh Lipe. You'll need to hop some boats to get here, but you can expect relaxation on pure white beaches with crystal-clear Andaman waters.
It's easy to set your compass for Langkawi when landing in Hat Yai. Over the border in Malaysia to the south, it's a paradise of ivory-tinted sand and jungles swinging with cable cars.