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Nightlife in Hat Yai

Introduction

I started creating this website in 2004 and at the time writing a page about 'Nightlife in Hat Yai' seemed to be one of the obvious things to do. I have never really been a nightlife person, but for many visitors to Hat Yai it is the number one attraction and this particular page attracts far more visitors than any other.

 

As sophisticated as it was, sadly, the No Bra Bar has now closed

As sophisticated as it was, sadly, the No Bra Bar has now closed

 

We all know that the term 'Nightlife' in Thailand is a euphemism for sexual activities and that when people search for 'Nightlife in Thailand' they aren't interested in a night out at the opera or the ballet. My aim with this website has always been to try to give visitors the information they want and for many years the information on this page was geared towards the seedier side of Hat Yai's nightlife scene.

I am making this update at the end of 2019 and there have been enormous changes during the last few years that I need to explain. Many of the places I previously provided information about have now closed and Hat Yai is now a very different place to the Hat Yai I first visited in 2002.

 

Chaophya 4 in 2004

Chaophya 4 in 2004

 

When I first arrived in town there were many establishments catering to the needs of visiting gentlemen and it was all very open with nothing hidden away. The first noticeable change came a few years later when posters of scantily clad females were removed from the outside of the buildings. Obviously, the intention was to make the industry lower key.

 

The same place in 2015

The same place in 2015

 

Prior to this it was very clear what went on inside, but after the posters were removed it wasn't quite so obvious.

I never really went to these places, not because I'm prudish or anything, but because commercial sex never really appealed to me and I preferred having girlfriends in Hat Yai. Occasionally, male friends would visit and I would show them the Hat Yai nightlife, but I never visited these places regularly or alone.

I roam around Hat Yai quite a lot getting information for this website and because my conversational Thai is fairly fluent it's easy for me to get information about all sorts of things so I wrote about activities that I didn't participate in myself. However, with each year that passed I noticed that more and more of these places had started to close down.

Chaophya 4 was always the premiere bath massage location in Hat Yai and I was most surprised to drive past one day and see that it had closed. It looked as if it had been closed for a long time.

 

Buddy Men Club is now closed

Buddy Men Club is now closed

 

When the Hansa Venetian hotel opened it featured a bath massage facility with lots of girls, but that facility closed. The Merlin hotel was refurbished and when it reopened it had the same type of bath massage facility, but that also closed a couple of years later. Nice Lady, the bath massage place directly opposite the Merlin Hotel, also closed.

 

Top Man Pub - I'm not sure if place is still there or not

Top Man Pub - I'm not sure if place is still there or not

 

For many years the Pink Lady hotel was infamous for its gentlemen's entertainment, but it was also refurbished and when it reopened the fish bowl was no longer there - just a regular massage shop. It's now a lot more upmarket than it used to be. There used to be three cheap bath massage places in Sripadungvithi Road. Two have now closed, just leaving Atami. Buddy Men's Club for gay men has closed.

There will always be commercial sex venues in Hat Yai as well as certain massage shops that offer additional services, but these days there are a lot fewer than there were and the industry is a lot less conspicuous. Much of the industry has moved out to Dannok on the Thai/Malaysian border.

As I said, I have never made a habit of going to these places (especially now as I am married), but I believe that there is still some action at the Garden Home and Wiangpin hotels, and the Mandarin Hotel is still open for short time sessions.

To be honest, I am way out of touch these days. When I first came to Hat Yai and stayed in hotels, the hotel bellboy - while helping me take my luggage to my room - would always ask if I wanted some female companionship. These guys, along with tuk-tuk drivers, always know where to go and if they introduce a customer they will be paid a commission. This is why they are always very keen to help their single male guests after checking in.

If you want to 'pay to play' in Hat Yai there will always be plenty of helpful Thai men around who are willing to take you to a suitable venue. The commission they receive will be substantially more than their daily wage, which is their incentive for helping you.

That's about it, really. I just wanted visitors to this page to know that Hat Yai has changed massively in recent years and that I'm certainly not an authority on the subject of Hat Yai nightlife.

One question you may ask is why have all these changes taken place? I can speculate about a few things, but the honest answer is that I don't know. Prostitution is illegal in Thailand (believe it or not) and its existence relies on certain people turning a blind eye, which they do for payment. The current government has made a big thing about trying to stamp out corruption and this would be an obvious target.

I also imagine there are some conflicts with Thai values. Money is at the top of the value system - and this industry brings in a lot of money - but image is also very high up in the Thai value system and prostitution everywhere is not good for the country's image.

Many foreigners regard Thailand simply as a big brothel, which isn't really surprising if they spend their entire two week vacation in Pattaya, but Thais get extremely upset about this perception. In 1993, when Longman's dictionary described Bangkok as, "A place where there are a lot of prostitutes," there was outrage in Thailand.

As I said above, a lot of the Hat Yai commercial sex industry has moved out to Dannok where it is out of the way and a lot closer to Malaysia, being right on the border.

I asked my wife about her views as to why so many places had closed and she told me that there has been a change in Thai culture. Not so long ago it was common for Thai men to mess around outside of marriage and even to have mistresses (mia noi / minor wives). She tells me that nowadays this is seen as a bad thing and more Thai men are remaining faithful to their wives.

If you visit Hat Yai regularly and have more information, let me know. I would be interested to hear other views.

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Bars

With a few exceptions, Thamanoonvithee Road is the place to go for bars. At the railway station end can be found various farang expat hangout bars. Quite a few places have closed, but Post Laserdisc and The Swan are still there. As you continue along Thamanoonvithee towards the university, the bars tend to cater more for locals.

I can't make any recommendations because a) I'm not a bar person; and b) evening entertainment venues close and reopen all the time. What was at one time the Water Bar, changed to the Crazy Dog for a brief period, before metamorphosing into the Star Bar and now I don't know what it is called.

 

The Acoustic Bar and Restaurant, Hat Yai

The Acoustic Bar and Restaurant, Hat Yai

 

Baan Baaroy (pictured below) closed some years ago and turned into Gäp's Garten, which was an excellent German restaurant, but now - sadly - that has also closed and the owner returned to Germany.

Most (all?) have live music and some have 'coyote' dancers. Some of the bars aimed at farangs may even have bar girls but Hat Yai isn't Phuket, Samui or Pattaya in this respect. There are no Go-Go bars as far as I am aware but I'm not an expert as I have no real interest in the nightlife scene.

Most places entice customers in with lots of exceptionally pretty Thai girls waiting outside. It's not exactly a free service though. These girls are employees and their wages need to be paid. Certain places can be very pushy when it comes to buying garlands for dancing girls as a way to tip them, and drinks are expensive.

High Society - Click for larger image
Sugar Beat - Click for larger image
Sugar Beat - Click for larger image

Beer companies employ attractive 'beer girls' to sell their products and they go from bar to bar, maybe spending a month working in one place before moving on. The sexy clothes they wear will often feature some brand advertising. They aren't pushy. They use their beauty and charm to sell beer ... and it works. At times, I have been tempted to buy a beer from some of these girls even though I stopped drinking a few years ago!

Don't get any wrong ideas about the pretty girls employed to get customers through the door or sell beer because that is all they do. You will often find they are students just trying to earn a little extra money at night, and they are normally very respectable girls. Just because a Thai girl is beautiful doesn't necessarily mean she sells her body.

Baan Baaroy - Click for larger image
Star Bar - Click for larger image
Blur 2 Bar - Click for larger image

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Live Music

There are quite a few bars with resident bands and the quality of the musicianship is very good. In Asia, copying things has been turned into an art form and Thai bands performing well-known songs is no exception. They do a good job, even if the pronunciation of words by the vocalists is often rather dodgy.

Most places encourage requests so if you have a favourite song, let them know. One word of caution. If you spend any amount of time in Southeast Asia and like listening to live bands you will be sick to death of Hotel California and several other Eagles tunes in no time at all.

Thamanoonvithee Road is the main place for this type of live music bar.

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Cinema

There were multiplex cinemas at Lee Gardens Plaza (074 225616-8), Robinson (074 355331), and Diana (074 428965/428379), but they all seem to have closed since the large multiplex cinema opened at Central Festival. Nowadays, if you want to watch a movie in Hat Yai your only option is Central Festival.

Update: The cinema at Diana has now reopened after being refurbished.

It is advertised whether the soundtrack has been dubbed into Thai or left in the original English version. Thai subtitles are included in English language films and sometimes vice-versa but not always.

 

A standard Thai monk and ghost movie

A standard Thai monk and ghost movie

 

On one occasion when I and a Thai friend decided to go to see a movie there wasn't one movie anywhere with English subtitles.

Just like music in Thailand, the home-grown variety is very popular. Big Hollywood movies do appear but many films are made in Thailand and cater very much for Thai tastes. As far as Thai movies are concerned, the magic ingredient are ghosts, monks and toilet humour. You should be aware that 99% of Thai movies are about ghosts.

Before all films a tribute to HM the King is shown and the royal anthem is played. It is expected that everyone will stand as a sign of respect to His Majesty. I once saw two farang girls sitting in the front row who sat through the whole thing munching popcorn, completely oblivious to all the people standing behind them.

Thais understand that many foreigners are clueless about Thai culture so don't get upset but Thais have actually been jailed in the past for failing to stand during this show of respect to the King.

Thais love noise. Everything has to be played at a noise level that is uncomfortable to most foreigners. Why this is, I don't know. The sound systems are always cranked up way beyond what would be a comfortable level. Prepare your eardrums for a severe battering.

Locals show little respect to others while at the cinema. I have tried to watch films while people talk constantly to their friends or on their mobile phones. Bored kids will play games on their mobile phones and portable games consoles. Thumping kids on the back of the head while their parents aren't looking sometimes works.

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Kate 8 (Thai: Kate Bpairt)

This area - a little outside of central Hat Yai - is another that is well known for its after-dark activities. Clustered around Hansa Plaza ladyboy cabaret (see below) are a few other evening entertainment venues that are very familiar with locals and visiting Malaysians.

 

Bar Berry, Hat Yai

Bar Berry, Hat Yai

 

Paragon is a large disco; Bar Berry offers 'sexy shows' which consist of pretty Thai girls parading around in various states of undress but not actually naked (even for the shower show); Sotus Pub has pretty beer girls and waitresses; and at the Hansa Karaoke you can sing in a VIP room with pretty Thai girls.

Sex is not sold as blatantly as it is in other areas of Hat Yai but there will always be girls looking to make money in the time-honoured tradition. This, after all, is Thailand.

 

Bar Berry, Hat Yai

Bar Berry, Hat Yai

 

Further along Kate 8 you will find more bars and Karaoke places. If you go as far as the traffic lights and turn right, there are a number of small Karaoke places before the railway bridge. From what I can ascertain, these places cater also exclusively to Thai customers.

I had driven past on a number of occasions but never stopped. One evening I went for a stroll to find out what was going on (purely as an exercise in research for this web site). Farangs are an unusual sight there so I got some strange looks but everyone was keen to chat.

The people working there were mainly girls but with a few ladyboys also. Most were from Isaan (as usual) but a few claimed to be local girls - which is unusual - and a few said they were from Bangkok. Ostensibly they are there to provide company to men who want to drink and sing but from their appearance and general behaviour (tattoos, smoking and drinking) the girls obviously make their money doing other things.

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Highbrow Culture

For lovers of theatre, opera and ballet, Hat Yai is probably not your best bet. The pavilion in the Municipal Park stages occasional art and photography exhibitions and one thing I can guarantee is that you won't need to worry about fighting your way through crowds.

On the occasions when I have visited such exhibitions I was the only one there and got to have a good chat with the artist or photographer whose work was being exhibited.

These events don't tend to be very well promoted or advertised. The local municipality will normally put up some posters around town but unless you can read Thai they won't mean much to you.

Students at the Prince of Songkla Nakarin university (Mor Or, as it is known locally) put on occasional performances of classical Thai music, dancing and theatre but unless you have good local connections it will be difficult to find out when such events are taking place.

Conversely, the various nightclubs and bars around town - especially those offering 'Sexy Shows' - will be advertised and promoted everywhere, and every taxi driver and hotel bellboy will know about them.

Hat Yai isn't Paris, London or Vienna. Most night time entertainment in Hat Yai involves prostitution and/or ogling at partially-clad girls while drinking bottles of beer and cheap Thai whisky. This, apparently, is what visitors to Hat Yai want and the local Thais are happy to supply their demands.

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Some Hat Yai Nightlife Options

I have been a married, family man now for several years and therefore I am quite out of touch with the Hat Yai nightlife scene. Even when I was single I was never into nightlife. Here are just a few nightlife venues. Some may have closed by now. If you have any updates, please let me know.

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Forte

The Star, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Next door to Yannaty Hotel
Map: Map 3

Comments: Update May 2015: This place was previously called The Star. Nightlife venues change hands and change names frequently.

I've taken a quick look inside this place in the past but have never actually been inside as a paying customer.

When the girls aren't assisting Malaysian tourists with their Karaoke performances, or performing themselves doing their Coyote routines, they sit outside on the pavement making themselves look pretty.

Some are quite attractive but anyone who has experience of Thailand and Thai girls will know that girls like this are best avoided at all costs. Dabble at your own risk.

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Hansa Plaza Katoey Cabaret

Hansa Plaza Katoey Cabaret, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Raj Uthit Road
Map: Map 1

Comments: A 'Katoey' is the transliterated Thai word for what Westerners might call a 'Ladyboy'. Thailand has thousands of citizens who were born as men but want to be girls. Some just dress and try to behave like girls but their mannerisms are far too exaggerated for real girls. Others have gone further with their quest to change sex, some have had breast implants and others have undergone full 'off with the tackle' sex changes.

They are generally quite volatile and dramatic in their behaviour. Their extrovert 'drama queen' nature makes them ideal for the stage however. Katoey cabarets don't seem to have much appeal to the locals but are popular with tourists. Simon Cabaret in Phuket is a popular venue for visiting farangs. The Malaysian and Singaporean tourists to Hat Yai like this type of thing too apparently and as a result Hansa Plaza has come into being.

It's a large place and the format of the evening is to eat first before being entertained. There is an eating area at the back where Chinese food is served and the food isn't bad. Next comes the cabaret which involves a lot of boys dressing up as girls and miming to songs. The costumes are typical 'showgirl' outfits but it is quite impressive and worth seeing.

There were two things I didn't like. Throughout the entire cabaret, two huge screens either side of the stage display adverts for local businesses which is a real distraction. The other annoyance was that as soon as the show finishes all of the performers (and there are a lot of them) go outside and then hassle people coming out for money. Being Katoeys they are really pushy, grabbing on to people and not letting them pass without handing over some cash.

Dinner and cabaret, which is what most people opt for, is between 6pm and 8pm. There is another cabaret between 9pm and 10pm. From 10pm until 2am there is what is advertised as a 'sexy show and over 100 pretty singers' which I think is just an excuse to drink and ogle pretty girls.

As usual in Thailand the price varies depending on a multitude of things but is basically dependent on how much a Thai thinks he or she can get out of you. Expect to pay between Bt300 and Bt400. It's too far to walk from central Hat Yai but a tuk-tuk there should only be about Bt20.

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Kiss Channel

Kiss Channel, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Junction of Supasarnrangsan and Rajyindee roads
Map: Map 2

Comments: It's a sure sign of old age when you start complaining about places being too noisy. I know I'm old but I can't ever remember enjoying being in places where the only way to talk to someone is to lean across and shout at full volume directly into their ear. Unless you can lip read or use sign language, this is the only way to communicate in Kiss Channel.

Apart from that it's OK and it seems to be popular with locals and visiting Malaysians. At one end is a stage with a band. There are loudspeakers everywhere and the band are heavily amplified. Every time the drummer hit his snare drum (about once a second) it reverberated through my brain.

Just in front of the stage is a restaurant area. The food isn't bad but conversation over dinner is impossible. The central area has a circular bar. The rest of the space contains tables and chairs for drinking and socialising. There are more tables upstairs where it is still possible to view whatever is going on downstairs.

The main draw at Kiss Channel are several 'not-too-scabby' girls. They sing and dance on stage and later in the evening perform a 'sexy show'. 'Sexy shows' are the rage in Hat Yai and many places have them. The girls dress up in various outfits, do a little turn on stage and then parade around amongst the audience so that everyone gets a close up view. There are a few stunners at this place and at times I had to consciously keep my tongue in its proper place.

There are other attractive girls working in the bar and serving drinks. They smile sweetly at male customers before asking them for a drink. For each drink bought for them they make some money for the bar and for themselves. As soon as they chug their drink they go on to the next male customer to do the same thing.

One thing surprised me about the 'sexy show'. These girls are not exactly shy about showing their bodies off but whenever they appeared in swimming costumes (one-piece or bikinis) they wore bulky bras underneath. Apart from looking stupid it definitely didn't look at all sexy. This is just another example of the baffling and contradictory behaviour that exists in Thailand.

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  • Performance ok with live band and coyote girl dancers. Loud music of r&b and mixed with local disco. Hiphop boy dancers were entertaining but careful when the waitresses ask to sit beside u cos they are expecting tips and free drinks. They charge u for ice and tidbits. No naked girls if thats wat u are hunting for. (July 2015)

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Pink Lady Complex (NOW CLOSED)

Pink Lady Complex, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 24/11-12 Sanehusorn Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110.
Telephone: +66 (0)74 230960-4
Fax: 074 235218
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 18.2" (N 07° 00.304')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 17.5" (E 100° 28.292')

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Comments: The Pink Lady Complex used to be quite a notorious nighttime venue in Hat Yai. There were bar areas with lots of females looking for male customers and a 'fish bowl' where you could select any girl you wanted to bathe you and do whatever else came naturally afterwards.

Back in the old days many foreigners lived permanently in Thailand just by getting a stamp at the border every 30 days. When I was just starting off living in Thailand I did a few border runs and used to see lots of foreigners doing the same thing. Those who didn't live in Hat Yai would often stay the night in Hat Yai after getting their passports stamped and the Pink Lady was a favourite place to stay.

Everything changed in 2015 when a huge refurbishment started on the old Pink Lady hotel. When it reopened in 2016 it was a lot more upmarket and the old style evening entertainment was no longer there.

Many other commercial sex establishments in Hat Yai have also closed their doors. A few still exist, but this kind of nighttime activity has mostly moved out to Dannok on the Thai/Malaysian border. Hat Yai these days is a completely different place to the Hat Yai of a few years ago.

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Post Laser Disc

Post Laser Disc, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Thamnoon Vithee Road, opposite Indra Hotel
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 16.6" (N 07° 00.277')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 18.6" (E 100° 28.310')

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Comments: The best thing that ever happened to Post Laser Disc was that it got a mention in Lonely Planet many years ago. In all of their advertising they never fail to mention this fact.

I honestly think that when LP originally researched Hat Yai they probably spent no more than three days in town and stayed on Thamnoon Vithee Road most of that time. When it came to some entertainment suggestions they had to include something and this was the nearest and most convenient place.

Post Laser Disc advertises itself as "One of the best restaurants in Hat Yai". I've eaten there a few times, but my last visit for lunch was very disappointing.

I wrote the above many years ago and a lot has changed since then, notably, many Western expats have disappeared from Hat Yai. They were the people that put a lot of business through these type of places and now that they have gone many businesses are struggling.

The Irish Pub closed its doors for good in 2019 and at some time Post Laser Disc stopped serving Western food at lunch time. There always used to be a few farangs sitting there with a beer at lunch time, but that is no longer the case.

They serve kaaw gairng, the pre-prepared Thai food, but no longer serve their Western lunch menu.

My personal situation with two young children doesn't allow me to get out at night very much, so I don't know what it's like in the evening these days. If you have any feedback I would love to hear your comments.

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Sakura Hotel Hostess Cafe

Sakura Hotel Hostess Caf�, Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Sakura Hotel, Niphat Uthit 3 Road
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 03.6" (N 07° 00.060')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 17.5" (E 100° 28.292')

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Comments: As far as hostess venues in Hat Yai go, this is quite 'high class'. There are some very attractive girls employed who will sit with male customers and very demurely, smile and laugh at their jokes. A few hours in here is not cheap though (by Thai standards).

The girls encourage their male customers to buy them garlands of flowers which are available at the bar or from any waitress. The suggested minimum price is Bt200 and very kindly they do not impose a maximum - you can pay as much as you like and they won't refuse. This is just a symbolic way of handing over money and the girls will perform Karaoke songs as a sign of appreciation.

Extracting money from tourists is an art form in Thailand which has been perfected here. I was caught outside one evening by a not-too-ugly girl who was working there. She wanted me to go inside with her but I knew it would be expensive and I also knew my girlfriend wouldn't be too impressed if she knew what I was up to.

I eventually agreed to go in for one beer which I was told would be Bt130. In addition to my beer I bought the girl a drink, a drink for her friend and a garland for her. I then had to tip the two people who had taken control of my beer and insisted on pouring it for me, as this was obviously something I couldn't manage myself, and when I came to dispose of some of the beer I had just drunk I had to tip the guy in the toilet who turned on the tap for me and handed me a towel. I'm sure he would have held my willy too while I relieved myself but I convinced him I could do that part myself.

That one beer turned out to be quite expensive - more like Bt1,000 than Bt130 - but the venue isn't aimed at 'kee niaow' (stingy) farangs like me. They prefer Malaysian and Singaporean businessmen who have money to throw around and don't care about the expense. The pretty hostesses are available to rent for the night if required. Their good looks and elegant appearance are reflected in their nightly rates.

Supply outstrips demand most nights. I have walked past some evenings and seen only one or two Malaysian men inside absolutely surrounded by girls all trying to get their share of the pie. It's been quite amusing to watch.

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The Pubb (NOW CLOSED)

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Address: Thamnoon Vithee Road, opposite Odean department store
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 14.8" (N 07° 00.246')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 14.4" (E 100° 28.239')

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Comments: This was a really happening place when I moved to Hat Yai in 2003, but Hat Yai is a very different place these days. The area around Lee Gardens Plaza is no longer the vibrant place it used to be since Central Festival opened and many businesses have closed or moved.

The Pubb is now closed for business. It was advertised for sale for a long time and it eventually turned into a plastic surgery clinic.

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The Swan

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Address: Thamnoonvithee Road near the intersection with Saengchan Road
Map: Map 3

Latitude: N 07° 00' 15.9" (N 07° 00.265')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 20.8" (E 100° 28.347')

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Comments: Thamnoonvithee Road is the main place for nightlife in Hat Yai and the section of this road that runs through the downtown area is where the expat bars are located. Further down, towards the university, you will find all the nightlife places where the local Thais hang out.

Since I have been in Hat Yai a lot of nightlife venues have opened, closed and changed hands. However, there have also been a few constants. The Pubb, Post Laser Disc and The Swan, have been around long before I arrived.

The Swan's owner, Khun O, lived in the UK for about six years during the 90's and the bar has been made to look like an English style pub with lots of English football paraphernalia on display. The Western food is quite reasonable and there are always offers on different alcoholic drinks.

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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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