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Sadao-Dannok (Thai: สะเดา) is the name of a small town in the Southern Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand, on the border with Malaysia.

The actual border is located at Dannok town 10km south of Sadao town and about 60km from Hat Yai. Thai immigration formalities (which is officially called the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint) used to be conducted at Sadao town but has since moved to Dannok just before the border gate into Malaysia. The town on the Malaysian side is Bukit Kayu Hitam.

This road crossing is the busiest between Thailand and Malaysia as both Thailand's National Highway 4 which runs all the way to Bangkok via Hat Yai and Malaysia's North-South Expressway which spans the length of the peninsular to Johor Bahru via Kuala Lumpur start from this crossing. Most long distance buses between Singapore , Malaysia and Thailand use this crossing.

Sadao town is the capital of Sadao district. It is basically a junction town where people heading to Padang Besar turn off National Highway 4.

Dannok, which used to be just a few shops clinging on to both sides of the highway just before the border gate, has grown tremendously over the last few years, mostly fed by people crossing the border in search of sleaze and shopping. On both sides of the highway many little lanes lined with karaoke bars and nightclubs, with scantily-dressed bargirls sitting outside.

Get in[edit]

Visa[edit]

For details on visa requirements for Thailand, please see the Thailand | Get in section.

By minibus[edit]

In Dannok, vans leave from in front of 7-Eleven to Hat Yai via Sadao town when full. Takes one hour and you can ask to be dropped off anywhere in Hat Yai. The fare is 55 baht, after 11pm you probably won't get a ride for less than 100 baht. In Hat Yai, the van leaves from The Plaza, just across from the TOT offices.

Actually they leave from several places in Hay Yai not only from one, the best is when you come into Hat Yai ask your bus driver to drop you at one. When you come in at the bus terminal just ask one of the motorbike taxi they bring you there for Baht 60,-. The thing is until about 6pm there is a minibus at the bus station going south to the border, after the bus leaves from a totally different place in down town price around Baht 70,-. If you come from lets' say Phuket or Krabi you should arrive at Hat Yai around 3 pm since the last minibuses for Penang leave between 4 - 5 pm. The Buses for KL leave between 7 - 10pm again from a different place. Take the last bus otherwise you arrive around 4 am in KL and that's to early. For more try this: http://phuket-to-krabi.com/Phuket_Bus_Terminal.html

By taxi[edit]

A taxi to Hat Yai is about 300baht.

By road[edit]

Sadao and Dannok are on National Highway 4. Dannok is about 60km or one hour south of Hat Yai. You can drive right up to the immigration checkpoint.

From Malaysia[edit]

You can drive, walk or catch a regular taxi or motorcycle taxi travel between the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint and Dannok. There is a distance of about 1km between the two checkpoints and walking in the heat can be a little uncomfortable. In between the two checkpoints is the huge Duty Free shopping complex, located in Malaysian territory. See the Bukit Kayu Hitam page for connections from or to Malaysian cities.

Get around[edit]

Motorcycle taxis are plentiful and charge RM2 or 20 Bahts in Danok.

See[edit][add listing]

Danok has nothing much to see or do in the day time! More of a night life town! You all can be relaxing as good times by getting a Popular Thai tranditional massage.>Be ware of Lady Fraud around Dannok disco.

Do[edit][add listing]

A growing nightlife is developing due to Malaysian border crossers looking for a good time. There are lots of hostess and go-go bars to be found.

If you want to relax and take a rest, Satit Spa in Satit Grand View is one place where can offer you in modern style. It has just opened recently with high-skill massage expertise. Try to look for professional masseuse Miss Anda (Number S7) at 016-4828855/013-4622258 (Malaysia cell phone number) or 08-88329186(Thai cell phone number).

There are also very good traditional Thai massage parlors that offer both a body Massage or foot Massage (nothing on the side) at very reasonable prices.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The shops in Dannok are interesting enough to look around and many Malaysians come here to stock up with things from mangoes to bras. The variety is certainly more interesting than in Malaysia and prices are much cheaper.
  • Many also shop at the Duty Free Shopping Complex which is actually located in Malaysian territory between the Thai and Malaysian immigration checkpoints. See the Bukit Kayu Hitam for details.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Danok has 2 nice restaurants both with man made lakes. One has a fishing pond and the other has a beautiful view! Ask the hotels or motorcycle taxis for location as it is out of the main town area but the meal at the lake view restaurant is worth the travel!

Drink[edit][add listing]

This small town is a heaven in terms of drinking places, from pubs, clubs & even a Disco called Paragon. Satit Disco is one of the most interesting place where you have to visit. With Hi audio technology, you are able to enjoy drinking and nightlife. Turn into any lane and inroad & you're bound to find a place to get a drink! Be careful though as this town is virtually a cowboy town with very little presence of police, therefore try to stay out of trouble!

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Satit Grand View Hotel [1], the most luxury and largest hotel in Dannok which provide more than 200 rooms included international breakfast, free hotel shuttle (pick up service from Thai checkpoint custom),Karaoke, Spa and Massage. Moreover, you can access the internet every part in hotel with WIFI high-speed internet and internet cafe.
  • Satit Hotel, located in downtown in Dannok with free WIFI high-speed internet in hotel. Besides, you can relax with thai massage on the second floor which is the most famous in Songkhla province.
  • Siamthana hotel, Hotel in Dannok complete with luxurious rooms. Facilities and numerous Comfortable atmosphere. Ideal for relaxation. Situated on an area that can come easily. For both business and leisure travelers. Adjacent to the Malaysian border. And travel only a few minutes.Hotel is located in Sadao(Dannok) Songkhla Thailand. 590-1050 Baht More information Website[2]
  • KPK Hotel - which is quite a new hotel and is the last property located on the left-hand side of the road. It has a swimming pool and is surrounded by clubs and other shops. It also offers a pick-up service from the border checkpoint.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Sadao
BangkokHat Yai  N noframe S  END





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