Off the train and into bed
Connected to Hat Yai Railway Station, The Train Hotel emerged after renovations in 2016 to offer clean and well-equipped rooms at rates that are similar to many grungy old hotels.
Though lacking decoration, standard rooms have comfortable beds raised off shiny tile floors to go with LCD TVs, desks, fridges and even a hot-water kettle and free ice. Wet bathrooms are cramped but water pressure is strong in the showers and hot-water heaters work well. An extra 150 baht steps you up to a balcony, or you could go for a two-room suite with sofas and tub.
The cheapest options are mixed or female-only dorms with four bunks placed in narrow rooms with air-con, no windows, electrical outlets and reading lamps in each bunk, and attached shared bathrooms with hot water. These open to a sparse common room sporting a couple of floor cushions and tables along with a fridge stocked with beer and soda. While not bad for a night, we’d walk a few hundred metres further south to The Aree for a better all-round hostel experience.
The Train Hotel couldn’t be easier to find -- reception is within sight of the train station ticket counters. Walls are thin and you can clearly hear train whistles and announcements starting at 06:00 in the morning. Unless you get stuck in a room next to rowdy guests, the area quiets down after 22:00.
Staffers speak English, Malay, Mandarin and Thai, and the free WiFi worked well for us. The value is very solid when comparing The Train to older hotels found nearby with similar rates, such as Laem Thong, Indra and King’s. On top of that we were given 100 baht off for no apparent reason.
Address: Hat Yai Railway Station, Hat Yai
T: (074) 221 133-35; F: (074) 221 137
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'3.25" E, 7º0'12.81" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||600 baht||600 baht|
|Superior double room|
|750 baht||750 baht|
|Suite||1,500 baht||1,500 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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