Opened in 2016, The Aree Hostel combines helpful and personable service with a central location, good common facilities and bunks that are better than most.
The cosy hostel occupies a converted shophouse within a 10-minute walk of the train station and nightlife. After being buzzed in, we met friendly owner Pun, a Hat Yai native, and another staffer who also spoke excellent English. They offer all sorts of info on exploring the area while renting out bicycles and motorbikes and providing transport bookings.
Situated upstairs near a little shared balcony, a four-bed mixed dorm and six-bed women-only edition both feature several windows along with wider-than-usual mattresses on bunks with personal electrical outlets, reading lamps and lockers. A clean hot-water bathroom is attached to the women’s dorm, but you’ll need to step into the hall before washing up if going for the mixed room. Parties of two can go for a similar double room with a pair of bunks and a small desk.
While not huge, the hostel makes the most of its space by way of a shared kitchen and living area that doubles as reception on the ground floor. Here you’ll find a shared computer (WiFi is also free) along with a satellite TV, places to sit and even a darts board. It’s easy to meet other guests and we dug the soft lanterns and murals decorating some walls.
If The Aree is full you could head to the nearby Hat Yai Dee Hostel or further north to the The Hive, both of which are larger hostels with clean bunks. Otherwise there’s the simple Hat Yai Youth Hostel on Soi Pracharom towards the east end of downtown Nearby Kai Guesthouse and The Train Hotel both offer cheap dorms as well.
Address: 255/11 Niphatuthit 1 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (085) 336 1368;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'11.98" E, 6º59'59.9" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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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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