Hat Yai Magic Eye 3D Museum
The aptly named Magic Eye 3D Museum in Hat Yai isn’t your ordinary museum. The halls of this whimsical attraction are painted floor to ceiling with more than 100 scenes and murals that create a 3D illusion, especially when captured through the lens of a camera; visitors are meant to step inside and become part of the paintings.
At the Magic Eye 3D Museum, camera-toting visitors can strike a pose ascending a stairway to heaven amid clouds and hot air balloons, hanging precariously from a cliff face, meditating within an hour glass or riding a magic carpet through the deserts of Egypt. Sample photographs and foot signs guide visitors to the best posing positions. The museum also hosts regular magic shows throughout the day, typically a hit with younger audiences. A small magic museum, included in the cost of admission, uncovers the science behind a few magic tricks.
Things to know before you go
- While the Magic Eye 3D Museum is best experienced with friends, friendly staff members are around to help set up and snap the perfect picture.
- A visit to this interactive museum is appropriate for both families with kids and adults.
- Be sure to download the museum app on your smartphone before your visit.
- Bring a pair of socks to wear in the museum, as you’ll have to remove your shoes before entering.
How to get there
The Magic Eye 3D Museum is a short walk from the Hat Yai bus station. The easiest way to get there is to hire a tuk-tuk. Just be sure to negotiate a fare before heading out.
When to get there
The museum is open daily throughout the year. The air conditioned facility makes for an escape from the afternoon heat or a rainy-day activity. Arrive first thing in the morning when the museum is less crowded and you’ll have an easier time snapping your photos.
Hat Yai for Families
Visiting families will find plenty to do with kids of all ages in Hat Yai. When the weather’s clear, spend some time outdoors exploring Hat Yai Municipal park, home to a cable car, planetarium, temple, and numerous monuments. The Klong Hae Floating Market offers a colorful day trip, while Samila Beach sets the scene for swimming and picnicking on the sand.