I'm thinking of stopping through Hat Yai for one night (midweek - late April) on my way to Koh Lipe to see the lantern festival. Does anyone know if this is worth one night of a three night excursion, on the end of a work trip in Thailand?
Any suggestions on lodging near Hat Yai Municipality Park? Or in another good/interesting part of town? This is my first trip to mainland Asia so any and all suggestions appreciated!
Also, for Koh Lipe, is it best to get minivan/ferry tickets in advance or can you get them in the train station most any time?