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Hat Yai Food and Restaurants - Page 5

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For a general overview of the food scene in Hat Yai see Hat Yai Food and Restaurant Listings Page 1. The following restaurants are some of the places I've eaten at in Hat Yai.

Jaelin (Vegetarian)

Krua Peuan Sookapaap vegetarian restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Thamanoonvithee Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 07° 00' 16.3" (N 07° 00.272')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 25.5" (E 100° 28.425')

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Comments: I have included this place for no other reason really than to help dispel the myth that vegetarian restaurants are lacking in Hat Yai. There are quite a few if you look.

It's located on Thamanoonvithee Road directly opposite Pracharom Road, close to Saengthong boys' school.

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Jeffer Steak House

BKK Grill, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Various
Telephone: +66 (0)74 351201, +66 (0)86 026 6695, +66 (0)85 844 4795
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 00' 31.3" (N 07° 00.522')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 28.6" (E 100° 28.477')

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Comments: Originally, the branch of Jeffer located at 217/20 Supasarnrungsun Road was called BKK Grill. Before that it was called the Bt39 Steak House. It was taken over by Jeffer who then opened a second branch in Bpuunagarn Road near the university. The second branch is near Gate 109 (bpra-dtoo roy gao).

Thais love their own food but enjoy variety and are partial to certain types of ahaan farang (Western food). These local-style steak houses are quite common across the country and stick to a fairly set formula.

The steaks are pork, chicken or beef. There may also be some fish and sausages, etc., on the menu. The meat is normally sourced locally but some places offer imported steaks for about four times the price of local steaks. The local beef is highly variable - it can be quite tasty or very chewy like shoe leather.

You can have just one type of meat or a combination meal. There are lots of different combinations on the menu.

The steaks are served with some kind of a sauce, for example, pepper or barbecue. In addition to your steak you get five or six chips (French fries), some shredded lettuce with a sweet sauce and a piece of toast. Thais seem to have this notion that farangs must eat bread at all times and a Western style meal isn't complete with some bread so they give you half a slice of toast.

The standard 'portion' of chips (French fries) that comes with set meals is pathetic. If you want a real-sized portion, you need to order another portion separately. Alternatively, you can order baked or mashed potatoes, which make a refreshing change in Thailand from rice, noodles or chips.

The final part of the Thai steak house formula is that prices end in a '9' so dishes typically cost Bt39, Bt59, Bt79, Bt99, etc.

Near Victory Monument in Bangkok is a restaurant called Eat Am Are (don't ask). It seems very popular because every evening people can be seen outside on the street waiting to get in.

To see what all the fuss was about I waited one evening to get in. When I finally got in I found that it was exactly the same as Jeffer with exactly the same menu. In Hat Yai branches of Jeffer you get exactly the same food at exactly the same prices without having to wait.

The big flood in 2010 completely devastated all businesses in the basement of Central Department store. The basement was closed for a long time (almost 18 months) for rebuilding. When it opened again in mid 2012, a third branch of Jeffer appeared. At around the same time, a fourth branch opened in the new Siam Nakarin building on Phetkasem Road.

Diner Comments:

  • Tried out Jeffers at their Central Department store Basement branch. Had their Salmon steaks which were quite good sized cuts of Salmon with the half toast of thick bread, chips and salad. Nice, tasty and affordable. Also the air conditioned outlet was a great escape from the Hatyai heat. Lee Garden Plaza next door hasn't been rebuilt and sadly it is such an eyesore. The only effect of the criminal terrorist activity is to harm their own people as now the normal droves of Malaysian tourists are not evident even though it is the holiday season! I hope the Thai Government can eradicate this criminals. (May/June 2012)

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Jia Ping

Jia Ping restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 166/1-2-3 Niphat Uthit 2 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 243343, +66 (0)74 354055
Fax: +66 (0)74 354047
Mobile: +66 (0)81 897 5393
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 07° 00' 06.6" (N 07° 00.110')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 14.3" (E 100° 28.238')

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Comments: Jia Ping is a typical Hat Yai restaurant catering to the tastes of Singaporean and Malaysian tourists, most of whom are ethnic Chinese.

Apart from that there isn't much to say.

The transliteration of the restaurant name is one of the worst I have ever seen. The Thai consonant gor gai is normally wrongly transliterated to an English 'k' but this is the first time I have ever seen it transliterated to 'j'.

"Gia Bping' is probably a little closer to how the name actually sounds in Thai.

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Jibiramen

Jibiramen restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 8/17 Phadungpakdee Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Mobile: +66 (0)80 520 2122
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 07° 00' 01.8" (N 07° 00.029')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 21.9" (E 100° 28.366')

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Comments: 2009 was a boom year for Japanese restaurants in Hat Yai. Japanese food is very popular in Thailand but it tends to be a little expensive, and thus beyond the budget of the average Thai. The Fuji Japanese restaurant chain is great but, compared to Bt30 fried rice, it isn't cheap.

There was a big gap in the market for affordable Japanese food and lots of places opened up in 2009 to plug this gap. Jibiramen is one such example.

The food is very good and it's cheap. They also have a good selection of drinks. The restaurant expanded into the premises next door in October 2009. One half of the restaurant has normal tables and chairs, while the other is a Japanese-style sitting on the floor affair.

It might be a little tricky to find but it's quite close to the Sing Golden Place hotel, and opposite a school.

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Kah Sah Muslim Kitchen (Halal)

Kah Sah Muslim Kitchen, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

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Address: Sripoovanart Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Mobile: +66 (0)81 898 7090
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 06° 59' 55.1" (N 06° 59.919')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 38.3" (E 100° 28.638')

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Comments: I haven't eaten at this place, but it was recommended by a Muslim Malay reader who visits Hat Yai often.

Just as farangs want to find good Western food in Thailand, so do Malays want to find good examples of their own cuisine.

The restaurant is located opposite Diana Department Store and the second branch of McDonalds.

Diner Comments:

  • Great place to eat as the staff are from Naratiwat. The menu is in both Thai and Bahasa Melayu. Menu covers all the Southern style food and they also have a roti counter. Staff is polite and service is all right. The price range from 35-100 baht so for under 100 baht, you can have a filling meal. Highly recommended for Malaysian tourists who need halal food. (August 2013)

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Kanom Baan Go Kai

Kanom Baan Go Kai, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Telephone: +66 (0)74 457678
Website: Kanom Baan Go Kai
Map: Way off the map

Latitude: N 06° 58' 43.6" (N 06° 58.727')

Longitude: E 100° 27' 54.6" (E 100° 27.911')

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Comments: Go Kai seems to do most of its business selling cakes (kanom) and it is very popular with the local Thais. As well as buying cakes for their own consumption, Thais buy cakes for family and friends when they travel anywhere and this is the kind of place they buy from. There's a shop inside that sells drinks and also a small restaurant selling a limited selection of Thai food.

The building itself is an attractive wooden design but it's nowhere near the town centre and quite difficult to get to unless you have a car. It is located on the part of Route 43 that runs between the airport road (4135) and the road running between Hat Yai and Sadao.

Go Kai also has a small branch right in the centre of downtown Hat Yai beneath the Odean shopping mall (just next door to Starbucks). The selection of cakes isn't as extensive as the main shop, but this location will be a lot more convenient for visiting tourists.

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Kaopan Sushi

Kaopan Sushi, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 1/51 Tanon Jiranakorn, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 233156
Web Site: kaopans.com
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 00' 56.0" (N 07° 00.934')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 33.9" (E 100° 28.565')

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Comments: As I have mentioned elsewhere, there has been an explosion of Japanese restaurants in Hat Yai in recent years. I'm not complaining because the same tired old Thai dishes get very boring after several years of eating them. This one is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene.

The decor is very clean and comfortable - just like Fuji, but without Fuji prices. It is located in a fairly new development opposite Hat Yai Witayaluy school (known locally as Yor Wor).

Comfort, food, service and prices are all very acceptable. Fuji is still probably my favourite Japanese restaurant in Hat Yai overall, but of all the cheaper places that have opened Kaopan Sushi is the one I like best.

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Kenta Hatyai

Kenta Hatyai Japanese restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Kenta Hatyai Japanese restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 228/42-44 Supasarnrangsan Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Mobile: +66 (0)93 694 3502
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 00' 32.0" (N 07° 00.534')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 31.1" (E 100° 28.518')

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Comments: Japanese food is very popular with Thais, and I also enjoy it. The Fuji chain has several branches in Hat Yai and the food is very good, but the bill at the end can be quite high.

Quite a few small restaurants offer lower priced Japanese food but, to be honest, the quality and cleanliness is quite a long way behind Fuji.

Kenta is an exception and the best of both worlds. It is well run and very clean with lots of staff, and the food is very tasty. Surprisingly, for this kind of quality, prices are very reasonable and they offer quite a few single dish meals for under Bt100.

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Khornang Dim Sum

Khornang Dim Sum restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 162-164 Niphat Uthit 3 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 238071
Mobile: +66 (0)81 277 6138
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 08.8" (N 07° 00.147')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 15.2" (E 100° 28.254')

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Comments: Of the many Dim Sum restaurants in Hat Yai, there aren't too many that I have heard recommended by locals. This, along with Chok Dee, is one of them.

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Kinza Shabu Shabu & Sushi

Shabuji, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 240 Thamanoonvithee Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)84 251 4501
E-mail: Kabukishi@hotmail.com
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 07° 00' 18.1" (N 07° 00.301')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 47.5" (E 100° 28.791')

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Comments: This is another restaurant that opened up in 2009 as part of the Japanese food craze in Hat Yai. It's a smaller version of Shabuji.

There's a sushi conveyor belt, and the tables have pots of boiling water in which customers can boil raw meat and vegetables (known as suki).

The restaurant is located on Thamanoonvithee Road near to where it intersects with Rajyindee Road.

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Kiriko Japanese Restaurant

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Address: Lamai Songkroh Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)89 997 1742
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 06° 59' 59.3" (N 06° 59.988')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 35.1" (E 100° 28.586')

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Comments: Thais like all things Japanese and Korean, especially Korean pop music and Japanese food.

Hat Yai is well geared up for this and can provide lots of Japanese food options. At the first branch of Tesco Lotus and also at Big C Extra you will find branches of Fuji which are excellent, but a little expensive. The branch of Fuji inside Lee Gardens was destroyed after the big 2010 flood and never reopened again.

Behind Diana is located a small Japanese restaurant called Mariko, and in recent years many small Japanese restaurants have opened in Hat Yai. There has been a massive craze for Japanese food in the town.

Kiriko fills the middle ground quite nicely. It's cheaper than Fuji but a little more upmarket than Mariko - the surroundings are more pleasant and the food is slightly better. Kiriko is actually two separate restaurants located just yards apart from each other.

One has regular tables and chairs while the other is designed for diners to sit on the floor. Take your choice. The food is good and the menu is in English as well as Thai if you can't read Thai.

They have a sizzling hot plate on which the food is cooked and one of the young waitresses sometimes dresses up in a kimono in the evenings provided it isn't raining. Her name is Nat and she looks quite cute dressed up as a Japanese girl.

To compete with Fuji they even have their own customer loyalty programme. They give you a business card and put stamps on the back every time you spend Bt60. After 10 stamps you get a Bt100 discount.

The restaurant describes its location as being 300m from Srinakorn school. If you look at Map 4 the easiest way to describe its location is opposite Garabuning Spa on the other side of Klong Toey (klong is Thai for canal). It's about midway between Diana department store and the Daiichi Hotel. It is also quite near the second branch of McDonalds.

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Klang Bak Kut Teh

Klang Bak Kut Teh, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Niphat Uthit 2 Road (near Kosit hotel), Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 07.1" (N 07° 00.118')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 14.9" (E 100° 28.248')

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Comments: If you saw this restaurant in isolation, you could easily imagine you were in Malaysia or Singapore. It's an indication of how accommodating the Thais are towards tourists. Where there are lots of farang tourists the Thais provide Western junk food chains. Where there are lots of Chinese Malaysian and Singaporean tourists they provide Bak Kut Teh.

Bak Kut Teh translates to 'meat bone tea' and consists of pork ribs that are boiled for several hours with lots of herbs and spices. It may also contain other ingredients. The 'Klang' in the name refers to the capital city of the state of Selangor in Malaysia which is famous for its Bak Kut Teh, apparently.

Unfortunately, I am not a Bak Kut Tek connoisseur so cannot tell you how good, or authentic, the Bak Kut Teh is here. However, readers are always welcome to send me feedback.

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Krua Peuan Sookapaap (NOW CLOSED)

Krua Peuan Sookapaap vegetarian restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 217/12 Supasarnrungsan Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 350220
Map: Map 1

Comments: This popular vegetarian restaurant is now closed for business. The owner, an ajarn, teaches students about 'Sufficiency Economy' and no longer has time to run his restaurant.

The business has been taken over by Ching Sin in the premises near Gim Yong market that used to be the second branch of Ching Sin. The first branch of Ching Sin, opposite Wantana mansion, has also closed.

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Krua Reurn Thai

Krua Reurn Thai restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Krua Reurn Thai restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 13 Soi 23, Karnchanawanich Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 438436
Mobile: +66 (0)89 653 7450
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 06° 59' 30.4" (N 06° 59.507')

Longitude: E 100° 29' 09.7" (E 100° 29.162')

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Comments: Even though I've lived in Hat Yai for a long time I still come across places now and again that surprise me. This restaurant is one such example. No one had told me about it and I stumbled across it completely by chance.

The building is in the style of a traditional Thai teak house. You would expect to find buildings like this in other parts of the country, but they are unusual in Hat Yai. The air-conditioned interior is particularly attractive with wooden walls and lots of traditional Thai ornaments and decorations.

There is limited seating inside. Four small tables have chairs and there are also two traditional Thai-style tables where diners sit on cushions on the floor. However, there is more seating outside.

The cuisine is purely Thai with no Chinese, Muslim or Western influences. The staff dress in traditional Thai clothes and the attention to detail extends to the crockery, which is of an attractive blue and white design.

The food is very good and although it isn't the cheapest food you will find in town, the prices aren't expensive considering the ambience.

The restaurant is located in a small Soi behind the Crystal Hotel, near to Makro and the bus station.

Krua Reurn Thai is open from 11:00 to 14:00 for lunch and from 17:00 to 21:00 for dinner.

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Lalita Seafood & Shark Fin

Lalita Seafood and Shark Fin restaurant, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 335 Supasarnrangsan Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 233686
Telephone: +66 (0)74 233757
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 00' 31.6" (N 07° 00.527')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 57.8" (E 100° 28.963')

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Comments: This environmentally-friendly restaurant opened late in 2015. It's quite large and it is located quite a long way out of the centre of town on Supasarnrangsan Road. It is a distance that personally I could comfortable walk, but most people would wish to go by tuk-tuk.

Ther restaurant is on the same road, but not quite as far, as Chongkhao Seafoods.

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L'Amour Cafe

L'Amour Cafe, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

L'Amour Cafe, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 9 Hoymook Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Mobile: +66 (0)81 543 9929
Map: Map 4

Latitude: N 07° 00' 11.2" (N 07° 00.187')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 29.4" (E 100° 28.490')

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Comments: This is a really nice little place and quite out of character with the area where it is located, which is quite seedy. The interior decor is very attractive and comfortable, and a great effort has been made to create the kind of coffee shop that you would find in a developed country.

There is a selection of cakes (the banoffee pie is very good) and the usual selection of hot and cold beverages. Food is available, but not very much - just a few basic Thai rice dishes.

The nearest hotels are the Neo Hat Yai, Merlin Grand and Daiichi.

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La Pause Cafe

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Address: 43/45 Juti Building 1, Juti Utid 3 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 802218
Mobile: +66 (0)93 561 6555
Fax: +66 (0)74 802219
Web Site: La Pause Hotel, Hat Yai
E-mail: reservation@lapausehatyai.com
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 41.5" (N 07° 00.692')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 34.3" (E 100° 28.572')

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Comments: The new La Pause Hotel is very attractive and comfortable, and there is an equally attractive coffee shop on the ground floor.

The owner's husband is an architect and the style is minimalist modern. It's quiet, spotlessly clean and the drinks and cakes are reasonably priced.

If you happen to be in this area, it's a pleasant place to stop for a rest and a cup of coffee.

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Log Terrace Restaurant

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Address: Top left-hand corner of the map.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 363554, (0)74 363579
Map: Map 1

Latitude: N 07° 01' 19.3" (N 07° 01.322')

Longitude: E 100° 27' 09.0" (E 100° 27.150')

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Comments: I had known about this place for a long time as it is advertised on the free maps of Hat Yai found in most hotels and travel agents around town but it took me a long time to actually get there. One reason is that it's a little way out of town but the journey by public transport isn't too bad if you don't have your own vehicle.

It's a fairly large building which looks quite ordinary from the outside. Inside, they have attempted to create a kind of rainforest theme. The concrete supports have been made to look like tree trunks and there is lots of natural vegetation around the place.

There is a waterway behind the restaurant with a floating dining area. This might be pleasant in the evening but cover up and take plenty of mosquito repellent. Look out for the juvenile crocodiles which are kept as pets. The food is fine. It's expensive for Hat Yai but I guess the restaurant required a fair amount of investment and this needs to be recouped.

Log Terrace seems to be geared up for Hat Yai's middle-class families as well as Malaysian and Singaporean tourists who are generally better off than most locals. It is open plan and so there is no air conditioning, but they do have the big fans which spray a fine mist to keep things cool.

To get there by public transport look for a sawng-thaew going out to Big C on Niphat Songkhro 1 Road. The sawng-thaew will go over the railway bridge, past the police station towards Hat Yai Nai and then turn right into Raj Uthit Road. You will go past Hansa Plaza on the left.

Get off at the junction with Ratchamong Road where the sawng-thaew will turn right. The sawng-thaew fare is Bt10. Turn left, right and left again to get to the restaurant. When I made enquiries my Thai friends said it was much too far to walk but actually it's an easy walk. It's just that Thais don't like walking anywhere. Alternatively, you can get a tuk-tuk or motorcycle taxi. The amount you pay depends on how good your negotiating skills are and whether you are Thai or not. Foreigners are always charged more for things in Thailand than Thais are.

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Long Oey (NOW CLOSED)

Raan Ahaan Long Oey, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

This is where Long Oey restaurant in Hat Yai used to be - Click for larger image

Address: 151 Saeng Sri Road (next to the temple), Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 350500
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 00' 38.3" (N 07° 00.639')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 31.6" (E 100° 28.527')

Google Maps: Street Map or Satellite View

Comments: In early 2016 the owner of Long Oey, Chok, saw me walking and gave me a ride on his motorbike. He told me that the restaurant would be moving to somewhere on Phetkasem Road.

Shortly afterwards, a large renovation started on the building where Long Oey was located and the restaurant ceased operation. I think the new building is going to be a hotel or apartment building.

I still haven't found the new location for Long Oey, but when I do I will update these details.

Diner Comments:

  • Thai food made to perfection, the menu shows one to four chilli peppers to indicate how hot the food is. Prices are absolutely okay, the service friendly. They have a take away service, which suits my lazyness to cook at home. (2011)

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Get The Best Deal On Your Hat Yai Hotel Room

Listed opposite are some of my personal recommendations for hotels in Hat Yai based on budget. I have lived permanently in Hat Yai since 2003 and my recommendations are based on a lot of local knowledge.

Each link will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Agoda hotel rates are usually always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people. Here is some analysis I did regarding booking hotels in Southeast Asia.

Booking.com used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with Booking.com - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, Booking.com show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.

If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined.

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