There are dozens of low and mid priced hotels located near the railway station, most have air-conditioned rooms. Had Yai has several tourist class hotels with the usual amenities.
The areas around the railway station and markets have lots of stalls selling cheap tasty meals. Good quality Thai, Chinese and Muslim restaurants can be found all over the city.
Had Yai has many coffee shops and clubs which cater to weekend visitors from Malaysia. There are several video/laserdisc bars around the city featuring up to date movies or music. Some of the larger hotels have discos.
Shopping facilities in Had Yai are quite good and most visitors will be able to find what they want. The city centre has a large number of shops selling clothing and electrical goods etc., and a few medium sized department stores.
The city itself has little of interest, but nearby Songkhla is well worth a visit. About 70km east of Had Yai is Pak Bara where boats are available for the journey to Turatao National Marine Park.