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Cathay Guesthouse

Long-running cheapie

93/1 Niphat Uthit 2 Rd, Hat Yai T: (074) 243 815

Cathay Guesthouse

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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.

What to expect at Cathay.

What to expect at Cathay. Photo: David Luekens

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.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan private bathroom
300 baht
300 baht
Family room
400 baht
400 baht
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:

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Where is Cathay Guesthouse

Cathay Guesthouse
93/1 Niphat Uthit 2 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 243 815
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'12.75" E, 7º0'14.49" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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