Photo: Large seated Buddha, Betong.



As with most other towns on or near the Malaysian border, many of the cheaper hotels are basically fronts for brothels. Betong does a lively short-term trade, particularly on weekends and can be quite eye-opening after travelling through the far more conservative provinces of Pattani and Narathiwat. There are over a dozen hotels in Betong, below are just a sample of the better offerings.

Betong Merlin Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
33 Chayachaowalit Rd
T: (073) 230 222

The Betong Merlin is one of the older but still reasonably flash digs in town and, for the money, is pretty good value. The rooms are smart with all the mod cons and the rooms on the higher floors have good views over Betong. The hotel has a moderately sized pool, fitness centre and sauna. There is also a burgeoning nightclub out front and a cluster of pretty seedy karaoke bars in the... Read our full review of Betong Merlin Hotel.

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Cathay Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
18 Chantarothai Rd
T: (073) 230 999

This mid range hotel has quite reasonable and comfortable mid range rooms, all with air-con, hot water bathrooms and limited cable tv. Oddly, the taps are all back to front in this hotel. Staff are very courteous and some of the desk staff speak English. On the ground floor there is a karaoke bar where you're welcome to have a singalong. Overall the Cathay is of about the same standard at the Sri... Read our full review of Cathay Hotel.

Sri Betong Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Thumwittee Rd
T: (073) 230 188

The Sri Betong has expanded over time and now has two main buildings and three classes of rooms. Those in the newer building are the more expensive but are miles better than the cheaper offerings. The cheapest are pretty bland and a little on the pokey side, but all come with air-con, hot water bathrooms and tv. Of note is the elevator music, which in all wings plays Elvis very very off-key.... Read our full review of Sri Betong Hotel.

Fah Un Rung Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
113/1-2 Chantarothai Rd
T: (073) 231 403

Located above a Chinese cafe, this hotel is the cheapest reasonable option in Betong, with very basic rooms with grotty cold water bathroom and fan. Don't expect anything too much for the money and you won't be disappointed. The streetside rooms are noisy so avoid those. Amusingly the front desk states that condom users receive better service. Friendly and cheap, but certainly no frills in... Read our full review of Fah Un Rung Hotel.

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Where are you planning on heading to after Betong? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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