LP's guide price of 370 Baht for A/C rooms and 220 Baht for rooms without A/C is out of date. Rooms with A/C, hot water and TV cost 450 Baht, with a fan and TV 320 Baht, or with no A/C, no hot water or TV 270 Baht. Their assessment that the hotel is in a relatively quiet part of town is correct.
Lonely Planet says that the Singapore Hotel is friendly and 'security-conscious'. Admittedly, the staff appear to be quite friendy. As far as 'security-conscious' is concerned, it doesn't seem to be any better or any worse in this respect than most other places. Lonely Planet's price guide is a bit out of date. Rooms with air-conditioning and hot water cost 450 Baht. Rooms with neither of these facilities cost 380 Baht.
Hat Yai has an abundance of accommodation because of frequent visitors from across the border. Options range from typical, cheap backpacker-type hostels all the way up to quite luxurious 5 star hotels. The ease of finding somewhere to stay (and how much you pay for a room) depends entirely on when you arrive. At weekends thousands of Chinese from Malaysia (and some from Singapore) roll into town. Consequently, finding a reasonably priced room on a Friday or Saturday night can be quite an ordeal but if you arrive on a Monday or Tuesday it will generally be easy. In addition to weekends, you need to be aware of holidays. It doesn't seem to matter what the holiday is for. Regardless whether it is a Christian, Muslim, Indian, Chinese or Thai celebration, the Chinese still arrive in town. I have been in Hat Yai during Chinese New Year and Hari Raya (a Muslim holiday to ceebrate the end of Ramadan) and the whole town goes crazy. This affects prices too. Room rates can go up by as much as 60% at busy times as the laws of supply and demand come into effect.
All hotels offer walk-in rates but it is sometimes cheaper to book via a local travel agent who will be able to give you a better rate. In some cases the travel agent may only be a few yards from the hotel so you pay them and then walk into the hotel with a voucher instead of paying the hotel directly.
I was interested to see how accurate Lonely Planet were in their assessment of Hat Yai accommodation so, in a bored moment, checked out some of their recommendations. In my travels to South-East Asia I have seen so many backpacker types who religiously follow their guidebooks as if anything not mentioned there cannot possibly be trusted. Of course, this is not true. The authors need to have some listings but the places they include are not always the best and staying somewhere where every other backpacker is headed for is not my idea of fun. Also, the information they give goes out of date quickly.
The one piece of information I am not going to provide is where I stay. I have found a great place that is modern, comfortable, convenient, friendly and very cheap. It is possible that I will want to return to Hat Yai. Creating tips here in VT not only makes the tips available to VT members but to the whole world and I don't want to come back here to find it fully booked. A selfish attitude? Yes, totally. Do I care? Absolutely not.
This is the travel agent I have used for hotel and travel arrangements. They can give you a better deal on hotels than by going directly to the hotel.
There are many hotels in Thailand, from a very basic backpacker room to a five stars luxury hotel, it's all depend on your preference and budget.
I was staying in BP Grand Tower Hotel during my trip to Hadyai. The hotel is located in the middle of the town and it provides all kinds of facilities you would expect from a 4 stars hotel.
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