Wat Thaawon is the most photogenic and one of the most interesting religious buildings in Hat Yai city. Being a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist temple, the images of the Buddha along with other imagery are different from those at Thai Theravada Buddhist temples. Wat Thaawon is located adjacent to the Tesco Lotus shopping center very close to the Prince of Songkhla university and hospital. It can be easily located as the pagoda and the massive gold colored Buddha image can be seen from quite some distance. The temple opens everyday from 1 pm to 4 pm except on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. In the past few years, a lot of work has been done on it and the results have begun to show. If you enjoy photography, Wat Thaawon is a good place to visit. From temples to malls and further to museum, Hat Yai comprises of large number of attractions. Having a rental car will serve as an icing on the cake since it will save cost and time. So, hire a car in hat yai, and travel the vast town at your own ease.