arrived in songkla after dark with no reservations tried a few of the beach hotels but they were full (saturday night). one hotel recommended the Singora so we rode round. it was a good pick. this has been well renovated taking it a step up from the normal thai provincial business hotel. its certainly not 5 star but very acceptable. staff v friedly and helpful.
the thai restaurant opposite - across the road - is excellent . also a few lively bars within a short walk.
breakfast pretty average but theyll cook eggs while you wait.
and songkla is sooooo much nicer than hat yai.