By minivan it takes 4 hours to travel from Hat Yai to Penang Island and 3 hours 30 minutes to travel from Hat Yai to Butterworth, which is where the train and bus stations are located for onward travel to Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.
Bus Timetable from Hat Yai to Penang
- Click on the ‘Hat Yai – Penang’ link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Hat Yai - Penang ฿ 636 4h 12m
|Hat Yai - Penang ฿ 519–551 3h 57m – 4h 23m
Departure from Hat Yai
Minivan services to Penang depart from Hat Yai Nominatee Tour, No. 171, Thammanunwithi Road, Hat Yai Subdistrict, Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province, 90110.
Arrival in Penang
New Asian Travel minivan services from Hat Yai to Penang terminate at the Komtar Tower in Georgetown, Penang Island, which is walking distance from the popular Chulia Street area.
Thean Hou Kong Temple in Penang
Thean Hou Kong Temple, also known as Penang’s Hainan Temple, is located on Muntri Street in the China Town area of Georgetown on Penang Island. The temple is very close to better known attractions such as the Cheah Kongsi Chinese Clan House and it’s well worth making a short detour from the standard tourist trail in Penang to visit. The Thean Hou Kong Temple is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00 and admission is free.
The Thean Hou Kong Temple was first established by a group of immigrants from Hainan Island in 1866, and moved to its current site on Muntri Street in 1895. Thean Hou Kong Temple is Chinese temple dedicated to the Taoist Deity Mazu, who is believed to be the protector of people travelling long distances, and therefore of particular relevance to immigrants sailing on unpredictable oceans from China to the western side of the Malay peninsular.
The temple is also an important part of the local community serving as the headquarters of the Penang Kheng Chew Hooi Kuan Clan Association, which is a group promoting the interests and welfare of descendants of immigrants from China living in the area.