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Thai Cultural Behaviour Tip

When asked a question, Thais will give you the answer they think you wish to hear or an answer that prevents them from losing face. They won't tell you they don't know something (for fear of losing face) and they won't give you what they perceive to be bad news. Always bear this in mind when asking questions in Thailand.

Dannok

What is Dannok?

Member pub, Dannok - Click for larger image Dannok is a small town on the Thai/Malaysian border located in the Sadao district of Songkhla province, not far away from Hat Yai. It is so insignificant that it doesn't feature on my large map of Thailand.

Quite a lot of para-rubber is grown in Sadao but the area has no natural attractions and there is nothing much that is culturally interesting; certainly not in Dannok. To be honest, Dannok is one of the most unattractive towns I have ever been to in Thailand.

In the days when foreigners could live permanently in Thailand on perpetual back-to-back 30-day stamps, there used to be a constant stream of farangs in Dannok who would appear once a month to get a new passport stamp.

However, since around the end of 2006 when the immigration rules changed, they have all but disappeared.

Karaoke bar, Dannok - Click for larger image Despite all this Dannok continues to grow at an incredible pace, with new hotels springing up all the time and this web site receives a fair few search queries for Dannok. Why then, you may wonder, is there such interest in a dirty, ugly little town on the Thai/Malaysian border that has nothing of interest?

The answer isn't very difficult to work out and Dannok isn't dissimilar to many other border towns elsewhere in the world where a commodity is easily available in one country, but not in the country on the other side of the border. These places spring up from nowhere due to the natural forces of supply and demand.

There is great demand for a particular commodity in Malaysia that Thailand is quite happy to supply; and that commodity is commercial sex.

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Pronunciation and Spelling

ด่านนอก

Karaoke bar, Dannok - Click for larger image As usual, the common transliteration of a Thai place name into English is completely hopeless. If you pronounce Dannok as it would normally be pronounced by a native English speaker, a Thai won't have a clue what you are trying to say.

The first syllable is a long vowel sound - daan - and there is a distinct pause between the first and second syllables. The second vowel is also long - nohk - with a 'k' sound at the end that you should begin to voice but not finish, so there shouldn't be any aspiration.

Karaoke bar, Dannok - Click for larger image The first syllable daan (mid-class initial consonant and first tone mark) is pronounced with a low tone. The second syllable nohk (low-class initial consonant, dead syllable, long vowel) is pronounced with a falling tone.

Despite the standard Thai system of transliteration being next to useless, I will continue to use it here purely for the benefit of Internet search engines.

With regard to street names, etc., you will see that different hotels transliterate the same Thai names into English in several different ways. They are normally all misleading. On one hotel business card, the name of the contact was given as Kong - as in King Kong. When I looked at the Thai spelling, I saw it was actually Goong (shrimp, in Thai).

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Fast Growth

Karaoke bar, Dannok - Click for larger image There has been tremendous growth in Dannok since I first visited some time in 2004 to get a visa stamp.

Prostitution, although widely tolerated in Thailand, sits uneasily with most Thais. Many ordinary and influential people make a lot of money from the industry and many poor girls survive and support their families from it. For as long as there is demand, there will always be supply. And that demand will never stop.

In places like Hat Yai, there has been a bit of a move to clean up the industry a little. Many massage shops are just that - with no other services offered, and even the large aab op nuat bath and sex places keep a lower profile these days. For instance, photos of the girls inside are no longer displayed outside.

Dannok now has a branch of McDonalds - Click for larger image Malaysian sex tourists have complained about this on some sex tourist Internet forums and many have apparently turned their back on Hat Yai to go to Dannok instead. Being right on the border, it is also more convenient for them.

Many of the working girls who previously worked in Hat Yai have moved there to live and thus this small town continues to grow but the growth is all centred around one industry.

I started this page in 2008 after a couple of visits to Dannok. For a long time after that I didn't go again. I went again in February 2012 just to see what had been happening. I was amazed at how much more development had taken place.

Lots of new hotels - some quite large - had sprung up since my last visit and Dannok even has a branch of McDonalds now. Ten years ago it was just a little outpost on the border with a small tradional market and an immigration office, and now it is turning into a substantial town.

Is Dannok the new Pattaya? - Click for larger image The visitors (as expected) continue to be groups of ethnic Chinese and Indian men from Malaysia. Malaysian food is available everywhere, prices are often given in Malaysian Ringgits, the Thais working there speak Chinese, there are Chinese signs, and hotels provide Malaysian telephone numbers on their business cards.

In some ways it is just like an extension of Malaysia, but as it is in Thailand it doesn't have the conservatism of an Islamic country. There is a large non-Muslim population in Malaysia.

One sign I saw was quite interesting. It said 'New Pattaya'. I can see similarities between Dannok and Pattaya, even if Dannok is nowhere near the sea. Pattaya was once a sleepy little fishing town that grew into a large ugly mess purely because of the sex industry. I think there are some people who really do want to make Dannok the new Pattaya.

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People

Muslim girl with her young daughter - Click for larger image You will see lots of groups of ethnic Chinese and Indian Malaysian men, and lots of Thai girls to entertain them in various ways. The girls tend to come from the far north of Thailand. Thais from this region - and also the northeast (Isaan) region - tend to be poorer and prostitution is the only way many of the girls can make a living. Also, Thai girls from the north are normally fair-skinned and this is something that Chinese Malaysian men prefer.

Some massage girls I spoke to were from Chiang Rai. They told me that lots of girls in Dannok come from Chiang Rai. A Thai girl working in the rice fields, which is hard work, might earn Bt100 a day. As I was wandering around I was offered a girl for the night. I asked how much and was told Bt3,000.

If a girl has the option of making as much money in one night lying on her back as she does by picking rice every day for a month, you can start to understand why so many poor Thai girls go into prostitution.

The girls are very used to dealing with Malaysians and most seem to speak Chinese. A few I spoke to gave the impression of feeling uncomfortable when speaking with farangs. It's not like Pattaya or Patong where the Thai prostitutes are very familiar with farangs.

It's easy to work out if a Thai working girl normally deals with Malaysians or Singaporeans because if she tries to speak English, she will add 'lah' or 'ah' to the end of every sentence.

I also find in Dannok that I get unwelcoming looks from the Chinese Malaysians there. I've been told in the past that Malaysian men consider the deep south of Thailand as their own personal playground and they don't seem to appreciate farangs encroaching on what they consider theirs.

The level of rudeness in Dannok is unusual for Thailand because it is not generally the Thai way to be rude. However, because of the nature of what goes on in Dannok I guess it is to be expected.

As well as customers and direct employees of the sex trade, there is a large contingent of staff to support it, including hotel workers, some regular massage girls, singers, dancers, bar staff, etc. etc. I also know of hairdressers and retailers who have moved from Hat Yai to Dannok because business is perceived to be better there.

There are also a lot of Muslims in southern Thailand close to the Malaysian border and a fair number in Dannok. The traditional Thai street market located there and many of the roadside stalls are run by Muslims. Also, there are quite a few Muslim restaurants.

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Safety

There has been a Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand for a very long time. This insurgency was escalated in January 2004 and the situation has been bad ever since. Thousands of people (civilians and security services personnel) have been killed.

The three worst affected provinces are Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. However, the problems also spill over into Satun and Songkhla provinces occasionally.

On Sunday 22nd December 2013 there were terrorist blasts in the Sadao district of Songkhla, inclusing blasts in Dannok at the Oliver Hotel and outside McDonalds.

Danok blasts: Two Thais killed, over 20 injured

On my visits to Dannok I have never felt in danger, but there is always a risk anywhere in southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. Always be careful and vigilant, but there is no need to be paranoid.

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Shopping

Duty free shopping centre, Dannok - Click for larger image There are no big supermarkets or department stores. Most visitors to Dannok only stay for a short time. You can find the ubiquitous 7-Eleven stores that are found all over Thailand, as well as other small shops and stalls.

There is a large Duty Free shopping centre on the piece of land between Thailand and Malaysia which is possible to visit without leaving Thailand. Whether prices are actually cheaper than elsewhere is queastionable, so check first.

You should be able to get anything for your basic needs but generally people don't go to Dannok to shop.

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Border Runs

The Malaysian/Thai border at Dannok - Click for larger image If you are in southern Thailand and need to do a visa run, it is easy and convenient in Dannok. There are plenty of minivans that go back and forth between Hat Yai and Dannok.

As you approach the border control station on the Thai side, it is likely that a motorbike taxi will offer to take you to the Malaysian side and back. He will probably ask for Bt100. However, it's an easy 10-15 minute walk to the other side if you don't mind a quick walk.

After getting your Thai exit stamp, simply walk across the border and get a stamp at Malaysian immigration. Then turn round and repeat the procedure.

You can stop off at the Duty Free shop on the way to shop or get a coffee.

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Transport

Minivans in Hat Yai leaving for Dannok - Click for larger image There are frequent minivans travelling between Dannok and Hat Yai. Dannok-bound minivans in Hat Yai leave from near Vichusin Centre on Phetkasem Road (Map 1). Every tuk-tuk driver and motorbike taxi in town knows where the vans leave from. The fare in June 2008 was Bt55. No doubt it is more expensive now, but still probably less than Bt100.

There's a pedestrian bridge over Phetkasem Road in front of Hat Yai Plaza and the vans used to leave from next to the bottom of the steps on the Plaza side of the road. However, since building work started to redevelop the Plaza the minivan stand has moved just along Phetkasem road towards Vichusin electronics shop and the roundabout. It's still easy to find.

Minivans in Dannok leaving for Hat Yai - Click for larger image The journey time should be around an hour but it often takes longer because the drivers cruise around to get a full load of passengers and it isn't unknown for them to make deliveries of goods on the way. The guys are basically a law unto themselves. They do whatever they want to do and treat their passengers like cattle. They also drive like maniacs and consequently minivan journeys can be quite frightening in Thailand.

Minivans returning to Hat Yai leave from outside the 7-Eleven on the main road in Dannok. If you are a farang, you will get asked by lots of men if you want a taxi to Hat Yai. It's up to you but they will want about 10 times as much as the minivan fare. I am not keen on minivans, however, I wouldn't pay ten times as much for a taxi. It's up to you, of course.

A reader informed me that there is a minivan service from Dannok to Hat Yai airport for Bt357. It seems quite expensive. If you are looking to save money, you can get a regular minivan into Hat Yai and then board a sawng-thaew to the airport for Bt30.

Going Mainstream?

Looking at Dannok, I can see many similarities with Pattaya. Just as Pattaya tried (unsuccessfully) to shake off its reputation as a sexual playground a few years ago by being more welcoming to families and couples, the way that Dannok is developing has started to change.

When I first visited Dannok most of the accommodation on offer looked seedy and geared up towards single male visitors. More recently, however, some larger, plusher, more family oriented hotels have opened.

The sex industry is still very much in evidence, but it seems as if Dannok also wants to attract families and couples who just want a quick, convenient weekend break in southern Thailand. Being located right on the border, it is very convenient for visiting Malaysians.

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Dannok Accommodation

As I said above, Dannok is changing at an extremely rapid pace.

A few years ago the only accommodation available seemed to be for sex tourists. The hotels were cheap, but most looked decidedly seedy. Many hotels, in addition to their overnight rates, posted room rates for one or two hour stays and the purpose for such short stays didn't need any explaining.

Now, however, there are larger, better quality hotels that seem quite suitable for families. Compared to when I first visited Dannok in 2004, and even compared to just a couple of years ago, the choice of acoomodation now is far more extensive.

You will find that it is common for room rates to be displayed in Malaysian Ringgit. To convert to Baht, most places just use a standard exchange rate of 10 which doesn't fluctuate in the same way as the official exchange rate. Therefore, RM40 = Bt400.

Bestino Hotel
Bestino Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 55 Thai-Janglon 8, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 523540
Rate: Large rooms Bt400 per night, Small rooms Bt380 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 16.1" N 06° 31.268'
Longitude E 100° 25' 13.3" E 100° 25.221'
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Comments: Every time I visit Dannok (about twice a year), I find that a load more hotels have appeared. This is one of them. The Bt20 difference between large and small rooms at this place makes me wonder how different the rooms really are. If you've stayed here I would love to receive your feedback.

The room price goes up to around Bt500 during festivals and holidays, for example, Songkran and New Year.

There are lots of Karaoke bars in the area where girls can be rented by the hour or day, and Lina Karaoke is just next door.

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Caesar Palace
Caesar Palace, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 12-14-16 Soi 7, Thai-Janglon Road, T. Sumnackam, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301381, 301563
Rate: Bt400 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 17.7" N 06° 31.294'
Longitude E 100° 25' 05.6" E 100° 25.093'
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Comments: Almost indistinguishable from the lesser-known Caesars Palace casino and luxury hotel located on the Las Vegas strip, world class performers including Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jnr, and Frank Sinatra provide the evening entertainment here in Dannok.

The hotel tends to get fully booked when championship boxing matches are held in its outdoor arena so book early. And all this for the bargain price of Bt400 a night.

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Ever Green Mansion
Ever Green Mansion, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 107-108 Kanchanavich Road, Sumnakkham, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Mobile: +66 (0)86 693 3066 (Thailand)
Mobile: +60 (0)16 968 7932 (Malaysia)
Rate: Bt400 per night

Comments: The sign outside says Bt450 but I get the impression that when it is quiet, you can get big discounts. With the nature of what goes on in Dannok, hotels will be busy at weekends but quiet mid-week. This small mansion building has 14 rooms.

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F4 Mansion
F4 Mansion, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 8-12 Moo 7, Soi 8, Thai Changlone Road, Somnakkham, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90120.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301809, 301810
Rate: Bt400 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 16.3" N 06° 31.271'
Longitude E 100° 25' 10.3" E 100° 25.172'
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Comments: Another identikit Bt400 per night cheap Dannok boarding house with 35 rooms.

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First World Hotel
First World Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 14/50 Soi 14, Thai Jang Loon M.7, Samnakkham, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 557227-30
Mobile: +66 (0)89 733 2522
Rate: Bt550 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 19.2" N 06° 31.321'
Longitude E 100° 25' 13.3" E 100° 25.222'
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Comments: It may be called the First World Hotel but this hotel is located in a distinctly Third World region of Thailand. It has quite a fancy reception and aims to be a cut above the typical Bt400 Dannok flophouse. There are 60 rooms.

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Hi Class Village
Hi Class Village, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 14/100 M7, Thai Jung Lon, Sumnukkaam, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301861-3
Fax: +66 (0)74 301717
Rate: Bt500 per night (Sun-Thu) Bt550 per night (Fri/Sat); Bt5,600 to Bt6,200 per month
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 20.8" N 06° 31.346'
Longitude E 100° 25' 16.8" E 100° 25.280'
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Comments: Somehow, referring to anything in Dannok as 'high class' just seems wrong. In addition to offering rooms by the day (they didn't mention anything about hourly rates), rooms are also available for monthly rental.

For stays up to six months, the rate is Bt6,200 per month, but for stays in excess of six months, the monthly rate drops to Bt5,600. Rooms are fully furnished with TVs and refrigerators, etc.

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Hollywood Palace Hotel
Hollywood Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 7/2-6 Soi 7, Thai Changloon, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 434298-300
Telephone (Malaysia): 019 423 7614
Rate: Bt650 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 18.1" N 06° 31.302'
Longitude E 100° 25' 06.1" E 100° 25.101'
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Comments: Located near Dannok's Caesar Palace hotel, in one small area of this small Thai/Malaysian border town you can experience the wonders of Beverley Hills and the Las Vegas Strip without even needing to use a taxi.

The hotel offers a restaurant, pub, disco and traditional Thai massage service. There are 38 rooms.

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I.P.D. Hotel
I.P.D. Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 99 Soi 8 Tai Junglon, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301585-8
Fax: +66 (0)74 301589
Rate: Bt400 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 17.3" N 06° 31.289'
Longitude E 100° 25' 17.2" E 100° 25.286'
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Comments: Located almost opposite the Phu Phing Palace hotel.

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JK House
JK House, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 76-77 Soi 8, Thai Changloon, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 434131-2
Rate: Around Bt500 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 16.3" N 06° 31.271'
Longitude E 100° 25' 10.3" E 100° 25.172'
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Comments: In my quest to find the rudest person in Dannok, it was a close run thing between the receptionist here and the one at Lanna Mansion.

She wouldn't tell me how many rooms were in the hotel, and neither would she give me a simple room rate. All I could ascertain was that room rates are around Bt500. Considering that this hotel is in the same league as lots of other similar places in Dannok which charge around Bt400 a night, it therefore seems expensive.

I suspect she was lying in order to try to overcharge me, and that was the reason why she was so vague with her answers. Lovely lady.

Very highly recommended.

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K.T. Hotel
K.T. Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: Thai Janglon Soi 1, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 557620
Rate: Bt500 / Bt700 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 13.1" N 06° 31.218'
Longitude E 100° 25' 06.4" E 100° 25.107'
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Comments: The hotel receptionist here was a very pleasant Muslim girl. I think the hotel may be run by Muslim owners. There is a large Thai Muslim population in the deep south of Thailand near the Malaysian border.

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Lanna Mansion
Lanna Mansion, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 16/1 Soi 11, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301777
Mobile: +66 (0)89 295 7232 (Goong, Thailand)
Mobile: +60 (0)19 460 8818 (Mr Balla, Malaysia)
Rate: Bt350 per night

Comments: A typical dirty, squalid, cheap Dannok guest house with prices advertised in Malaysian Ringgits and rooms to rent by the hour.

The woman I spoke to in this place was one of the rudest Thais I have ever encountered. I don't know how many rooms there are because she wouldn't tell me.

Highly recommended.

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Marina Inn
Marina Inn, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: Dannok, Junglon, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 434031-2
Rate: Bt400 per night
  Deg/Min/Sec GPS
Latitude N 06° 31' 15.2" N 06° 31.254'
Longitude E 100° 25' 14.8" E 100° 25.247'
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Comments: An interesting name for a Dannok hotel. I don't know where the nearest marina is - probably hundreds of miles away - but it sure ain't in Dannok. The workman in the photo is applying a new lick of paint to the outside of the hotel.

Anyway, it looks OK and the room rate is cheap. It's right in the centre of a particularly active area of Dannok and a lot of Thai working girls seem to use the terrace area outside the hotel as somewhere to relax while not entertaining customers.

Punters leaving the hotel from either exit need go no further than about five yards to find the nearest karaoke bar.

Guest Comments:

  • good. saya mahu nombor ai ong..pls. hotel marina sangat bagus..layanan pon bagus....kalau boleh tolong dapatkan nombor talifon ai ong... (May 2011)

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Oliver Hotel
Oliver Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 5 Tanrattanakorn Road, 2 Dto Sumnukkaam, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 557321-5
Fax: +66 (0)74 557324
Rate: Bt690 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 25.7" N 06° 31.428'
Longitude E 100° 25' 03.8" E 100° 25.063'
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Comments: This hotel, a large building with 130 rooms, is part of Oliver Plaza and it is fairly new. When I first saw it I thought it was a long way from the Malaysian border. However, now that Dannok has grown so large, it is closer to the border than several other newer places.

The small road on the left side of the hotel is full of karaoke bars, including the ones built into the ground floor of the hotel. It looks cleaner than many other places, owing to the fact it is relatively new, but exactly the same stuff goes on as elsewhere in Dannok.

The girls working in the hotel reception are very pleasant, polite, respectable Thai girls. The Thai girls working just outside aren't quite in the same category, but they tend to be very popular. Oliver Plaza contains various shops and restaurants.

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Orange Grand Hotel
Orange Hotel Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 559 Kanjanaruji 2, Samnakkan Sadao Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0) 74 557400
Rate: Bt650 and Bt990 per night

Comments: Dannok changes extremely quickly and I only visit about twice a year. Whenever I go I find new places that have just opened. This is a new hotel and the details and photo were sent to me by a visitor to this site. I will take a look next time I am in Dannok.

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Oscar Palace Hotel
Oscar Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 108 Kanjanavanij Road, Ban Dannok, T.Samnakkarm, A.Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 434258, 557088, 557089
Telephone (Malaysia): 016 439 1247
Rate: Bt700 and Bt800 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 16.1" N 06° 31.269'
Longitude E 100° 25' 06.5" E 100° 25.108'
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Comments: This is another hotel in the 'Palace Group' chain. It bills itself as Oscar Palace Hotel & Massage Centre.

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Paramount Palace Hotel
Paramount Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 99 Kanjanavanij Road, Ban Dannok, Samnakkham, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 557599, 557600
Telephone (Malaysia): 019 451 6883
Rate: Bt800 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 15.0" N 06° 31.249'
Longitude E 100° 25' 06.7" E 100° 25.112'
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Comments: This hotel is a member of the Palace Group. There seem to be a lot of hotels in Dannok with the word 'Palace' in their names.

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  • It looked like a nice hotel, and even when you are in the room it looks nice. What was kind of neat is that the ceiling is built that when the light is looks like the night sky. Also I liked the fact that the TV had two channels of porn, European and Japanese.

    The problem that I had with the hotel is that even though it is a new build, there is no sound proofing between rooms. Thus during the night at various intervals you can hear all the different sexual activities going on around you, and there is lots of it.

    Over all the hotel is OK, but for 800 baht I expect a bit more than this place provided. (April 2012)

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Phu Phing Palace Hotel
Phu Phing Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 8/80-84 Thai Jangloon T. Samnakkham, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 557151-3
Fax: +66 (0)74 557154
Rate: Bt590 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 17.2" N 06° 31.287'
Longitude E 100° 25' 15.9" E 100° 25.264'
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Comments: Facilities include Thai massage and the China City Club.

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P.J. House Hotel
P.J. House Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 38 Soi 3 Junglon, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 557354-6
Fax: +66 (0)74 434366
Rate: Bt550 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 14.3" N 06° 31.239'
Longitude E 100° 25' 03.8" E 100° 25.064'
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Comments: P.J. House or P.J. Hotel? I don't know. Looking at the sign outside and their business card, I don't think they know either.

It's fairly cheap and traditional Thai massage is offered.

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Queen Park Hotel
Queen Park Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 6/99 Kanchanawanich Rd, Soi Thai-Changlon 6, Dannok, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 523740-1
Rate: Bt550 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 14.7" N 06° 31.245'
Longitude E 100° 25' 12.0" E 100° 25.200'
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Comments: This hotel has its own massage shop with a fishbowl affair downstairs where you can view the massage girls before making your choice.

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River Grand Palace Hotel
River Grand Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 4/3 Moo 7 Soi 4, Thai-Changlone Road, Somnakkham, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 523936-7
Mobile: +66 (0)81 990 1223
Rate: Bt450 / Bt550 / Bt690 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 12.7" N 06° 31.212'
Longitude E 100° 25' 10.2" E 100° 25.170'
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Comments: This is quite a pleasant looking place. They have three different room sizes.

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Satit Hotel
Satit Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 1/1 Soi 6, Thai Changloon 6, Dannok, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 523875
Fax: +66 (0)74 434164
Web Site: Satit Group
Rate: Bt500 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 14.6" N 06° 31.244'
Longitude E 100° 25' 09.7" E 100° 25.161'
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Comments: Located in a bustling area near the border crossing, this place looks fairly old from the outside. Bookings can be made on-line using the Satit Group website.

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  • Room clean a wee bit small but not cramped. Bht 850 a night. Cleanliness acceptable, no room facilities instruction with only room service menu. Bathtub n shower toiletries basic small bar of soap mini shampoo and shower cap. To use wifi username room number e.g. 522 password s522. Reception counter staff pleasant, attentive and casual friendly demeanour. Overall, this hotel is good but not great. (February 2014)

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Siam Inn
Siam Inn, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 101 Soi 6, Thai Janglon Rd, Tumbonsumnackam, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 301750-3
Rate: Bt350 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 15.4" N 06° 31.256'
Longitude E 100° 25' 17.4" E 100° 25.291'
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Comments: Cheap, friendly and - for Dannok - relatively pleasant. Rooms are available to rent at any time of the day so it doesn't matter what time you want to bring a nice girl back, the hotel check-in will be open. There are 12 rooms.

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Siam Thana Hotel
Siam Thana Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 99 Thai Changoon 22, Karnchanawanich Road, Samnakkham, Sadao, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 523555
Telephone (Malaysia): 019 514 5552
Web Site: Siamthana Hotel
Rate: Bt850 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 28.0" N 06° 31.467'
Longitude E 100° 25' 08.8" E 100° 25.146'
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Comments: This large hotel advertises lots of facilities, including Turkish Bath, Thai Massage, Restaurant, Gift Shop, Internet Corner and Coffee Shop.

I didn't check out all the facilities, but Turkish Bath is normally a euphemism in Thailand for aap op nuat (warm bath and sex).

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  • The hotel room is clean and the breakfast is simple but nice. With around BT890, the hotel is good for money. (December 2012)

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SP Palace Hotel
SP Palace Hotel, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 88 Moo 7, Thai Changlun 4, Dannok, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 301051-2
Telephone (Malaysia): +60 (0)16 477 6187
Fax: +66 (0)74 301053
Rate: Bt400 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 12.8" N 06° 31.214'
Longitude E 100° 25' 18.9" E 100° 25.315'
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Comments: After encountering so many rude receptionists in Dannok, it was a relief to talk to a Thai who behaved like a normal, friendly Thai.

SP Palace advertises Tamil music, thus catering for the many Indian Malaysian male tourists who come over the border every week for the same thing as their Chinese Malaysian counterparts.

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  • This hotel is very popular among the indian males, and there is a indian pub at the lower ground. I rate this hotel room as 1 star only. (2011)

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U House
U House, Dannok - Click for larger image Address: 40 Soi 3, Thai Janglon, Karnjanavanich Road, Dannok, Songkhla, 90320.
Telephone (Thailand): +66 (0)74 557141
Telephone (Malaysia): 019 456 0652
Rate: Bt650 per night
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Latitude N 06° 31' 14.1" N 06° 31.235'
Longitude E 100° 25' 03.6" E 100° 25.059'
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Comments: This place advertises that it is open 24 hours and has a restaurant.

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