The centrally located Cathay Guesthouse has dished out dirt-cheap rooms to backpackers for decades -- and it could really use a refurbishment.
The small guesthouse offers worn-down rooms off a dark hallway on the third floor of an old concrete building above a travel office that’s also called Cathay, but is confusingly owned separately. Inside you get high ceilings, dinged-up desks, ceiling fans and hard beds raised off peeling tile floors. Windows overlook a noisy street corner and the private cold-water bathrooms with bucket-flush squat toilets—well, they’re tolerable if you close your eyes.
The location is near the train station, and the travel office downstairs remains one of the better options in town if you’re heading to Ko Lipe or Malaysia. You also get a restaurant serving beer and Thai rice and noodle plates along with free WiFi and a computer station. Guests during our visit included a couple of older Western guys and two young backpackers hanging here for a night before hitting the islands. Brusque English-speaking staffers didn’t hesitate to show us a room.
Cathay is one of several old and cheap budget options in Hat Yai, and the rooms were actually cleaner than nearby Louise Guesthouse. If you prefer a basic budget hotel with very little English spoken, try the Park Hotel or Singapore Hotel. With that said, we’d shell out a bit more cash to stay at The Aree Hostel or The Train Hotel.
Address: 93/1 Niphat Uthit 2 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 243 815 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'12.75" E, 7º0'14.49" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Family room||400 baht||400 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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