Love those balconies
After checking out several downtown hotels we settled on the Wungnoy as the best-value option for flashpackers in Hat Yai.
Rooms come in separate four-storey buildings on either side of narrow Saeng Chan Road, with the cheapest set in the main property fronted by a large lobby and a Chao Doi coffee shop. Accessed by stairs, all rooms have glass-topped tables on spacious balconies overlooking the street or a leafy car park out back.
Inside the cheapest rooms you get soft beds off glossy tile floors along with air-con, fridge, desk, WiFi, TV, framed landscape scenes and spacious bathrooms with tiled partitions separating hot-water shower from sink. On the other side of the street, pricier rooms also bag you hardwood floors, daybeds and glass shower stalls with rain showerheads. The 76-square-metre suites boast living rooms with sofas, dining tables and access to a rooftop garden.
Cleanliness is very well looked after and the value is excellent compared to Hat Yai’s older and bigger hotels. Triple rooms are available but the hotel does not offer extra beds, so families of four or more will have to look to the trendier The Bed Hotel or one of the older spots. Wungnoy’s receptionists were polite to us and the location towards the east side of downtown is convenient enough.
In addition to The Bed, you might also consider the Red Planet for a similarly priced modern room closer to the train station, or the Centara Hat Yai if you prefer a pricier international branded hotel with a swimming pool.
Address: 14/1 Saeng Chan Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 236 577 ; (074) 326 010;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'19.27" E, 7º0'28.26" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,300 baht||1,300 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom|
Deluxe: 1,700 baht.
|1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
Up to 4,000 baht for largest suites.
|2,500 baht||2,500 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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