to see & do sights & experiences
approximately 2.5 kilometers from the municipal market, the beach is
characterized by fine white sand and lined with shady pine trees. From
Samila Beach one can see Laem Son Onn to the northeast and Chalathas
Beach to the south. On a clear day, Kao Seng Hill can be seen further
to the south.The major landmark of the beach is the Golden Mermaid statue,
a prominent symbol of Songkhla.
Laem Son Onn
This is a promontory which lies northwest of Samila Beach. Hundred of
pine trees line both sides of the road leading to Laem Son Onn. At the
tip of the promontory is located the statue of Kromluang Chumphon Khate
Udomsak, where the open view provides an ideal location for admiring
the sunset and scenic beauty. Food stalls under the shade of pine trees
offer a variety of delicious snacks and local dishes. From Laem Son
Onn, Rat Island can be seen at its closest point.
Cat and Rat Island
These prominent marine landmarks facing Samila Beach and Laem Son Onn
with rodent - like and feline shapes have been the symbol of Songkhla
since ancient times. These islets' coastal waters are favored by local
Kao Seng is a small fishing village 3 kilometers south of Samila Beach.
Near the village is the National Institute of Coastal Marine Aquaculture
and a Buddhist monk sanctuary. Kao Seng, the present name of the village,
is a corruption of the name derived from the Thai word "Kao Saen",
refering to the nine hundred thousand Baht treasure and the rock is
called Hua Nai Raeng.
Lying 100 meters behind the Samila Beach, this hillock is accessed by
winding paved roads. At the foot of the hillock on the eastern side
is a mini-park where food is sold to park goers and where tennis courts
are available for the athletic-minded. On the northeastern side, there
is a small topiary garden. The hilltop also contains a fitness park
and the statue of Kromluang Lopburi Ramase. For nature advocates, a
herd of wild monkeys roaming the slope freely is a sight to remember.
Recreational Garden (Suan Pa Prem) The garden is located on the shore
near the head of the first section of Tinnasulanon Bridge (From Baan
Nam Krachai to Koh Yo). This lakeside garden is filled with flowering
and ornamental plants and provides shady and cool area for picnic. It
also features a children's playground.
bridge is part of Highway 4146, linking Highway 407 (Hat Yai - Songkhla)
and Highway 4083 (Songkhla - Ranode). It starts from the mainland side
at Baan Nam Krachai, passing through Koh Yo, and is connected to Khao
Khiao on the other side of the mainland. The bridge contains two sections.
The first section links Amphoe Muang Songkhla at Baan Nam Krachai with
the southern shore of Koh Yo island, 940 meters in length, excluding
a tied beam of 100 meters at each end. The second section links the
northern shore of Koh Yo island with Ban Khao Khiao on the mainland
with a length of 1,700 meters, excluding a 225 meters tied beam.
Khu Khut Water Fowl Park
The park is located 3 kilometers off Highway 4083 at Moo 4, Tambon Khukhut,
Amphoe Sathing Phra, 55 kilometers from Songkhla. The park has an area
of 364 square kilometers. It is one of Songkhla Lake's water fowl sanctuaries
worth visiting and ideal for bird watching. According to a survey conducted
by the Forestry Department, there are 44 families, 137 genuses, and
219 species of birds at the sanctuary. Boats can be hired for sight-seeing
at a rate of 150 Baht per hour. The park is best visited during December
to March when species of birds, both migratory and resident are in abundance.
For further information, please call (074) 397042.
The beach is located 500 meters from the Sathing Phra District Office.
The three kilometers long beach with crystal sand is serene and an enjoyable
location for swimming. It is lined with pine trees, providing cool shade
The beach is about 53 kilometers from Songkhla on Asia 4 Highway. It
is about 15 kilometers from Amphoe Chana and one kilometer off the main
highway. Nearby is another beach called Haad Soi Sawan. These are ideal
locations for camping and picnic. A small island across from the beach
is Koh Khaam where fish abound and providing a good fishing site for
Wat Tham Talord
Lake is the largest lake in Thailand covering extensive areas in Songkhla
and Phatthalung province, The latter some 80 kilometers from the estuary
to the north. The width of the lake ranges between 20 to 25 kilometers.
It is a fresh water lake except in the area close to the sea where the
water is brackish. Numerous species of water plants and marine life
are found in abundance in the lake.
The temple is located 25 kilometers from the District Office at Moo 6,
Tambon Khao Daeng, Amphoe Sabayoi. The cave serves as a natural tunnel
linking one side of hill with the other. Inside the cave are an ancient
cement Buddha statue, approximately 100 reclining Buddha statues of varied
sizes, and a statue of a 6 foot tall giant guarding the entrance of the
cave. The cave provides cool shade and a relaxing atmosphere.
Roo Noksak Cave
The cave is located 14 kilometers from the District Office at Moo 4,
Tambon Khooha, Amphoe Sabayoi. A crystal clear stream flows along the
cave. Stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes and forms are most
fascinating for visitors. Part of the 300 meters long cave is dark while
the other is bright. Trekking through the cave is quite adventurous
since trekkers have to climb some steep cliffs in order to complete
the exciting journey.
Tone Nga Chang Waterfall
is located in a wildlife reserve area 26 kilometers from Hat Yai. It
can be reached by taking the Hat Yai - Rattaphum Road, turning left
at the 13 kilometer milestone and going further for another 13 kilometers.
Of all the seven cascades, the third one is the most fascinating, with
the water falling into two large streams resembling an elephant's tusks
(Tone Nga Chang means "waterfall like an elephant's tusks"
in the local dialect). The water flows all year long. The area is also
ideal for trekking and enjoying unspoiled nature.
Hat Yai City Municipality Park
The park is located 6 kilometers from Hat Yai city center on Kanchanavanit
Road (Hat Yai - Songkhla). It is a recreational area for Hat Yai residents
as well as other visitors. The park complex is decorated with beautiful
flowering and ornamental plants. A pavilion was built jutting into a
small man - made lake. A small size zoo and a bird park provide visitors
with a glimpse of wild animals and various species of birds. At the
foot of the hill near the bird's park is a statue of King Rama V. On
the hilltop is a shrine of the Hindu god Brahma. On the north side of
the hilltop overlooking the scout camp is located a shrine of the Chinese
This waterfall is located in Amphoe Rattaphum on Highway 406 (Hat Yai
- Satun) at Km. 34-35. A one kilometer road leads to the small and beautiful
Located at No.189 Songkhla - Chana Road, Tambon Khao Roop Chang, Amphoe
Muang, Songkhla, the open zoo houses a variety of animal species, domestic
and foreign, ranging from camels, birds, red bulls, tigers, crocodiles,
etc. The zoo serves not only as a place for viewing various species
of wild animals, but also as an ideal bird's eye view spot for admiring
the scenic beauty of Songkhla. Food is available for visitors. For further
information, please contact Tel. (074) 325037-8, 323649.
Khao Nam Khang National Park
The area in the park is covered with virgin forests where there are
two waterfalls called Tone Dard Fah and Tone Lard Fah. The park can
be accessed by two routes: 26 kilometers from Sadao and 31 kilometers
from Nathawee on Nathawee - Baan Prakob Road. For more information,
please contact Nathawee District Office. Tel. (074) 371010
Institute for Southern Thai Studies
The institute is located on Highway 4146 in Moo 1, Tambon Koh Yo, Amphoe
Muang Songkhla, on the northeastern side of the island near the upper
section of Tinnasulanon Bridge.
Built on a site of approximately 10 acres in 1978, the institute serves
as the center for studies and research on Southern Thai cultures. The
complex of the institute includes the exhibition buildings, some at
the foot of the hill while others are on the hill-top. Each building
houses a special collection of culturally valuable items, art objects
and artifacts discovered in the South. Exhibitions of the Southern people's
way of life and customs from the early period to modern times are also
shown. A special library caters for individuals interested in Southern
Thai history and culture. The outdoor compound is decorated with miniature
plant gardens and Thai styled pavilions. Souvenirs can be obtained from
the gift shop in the compound. From the hilltop one can see a panoramic
view of Koh Yo as well as Songkhla Lake. Accommodation is also provided
for visitors. Admission fee is 10 Baht for children, 20 Baht for adults
30 Baht for Asian nationals, and 50 Baht for other nationals. For further
infornation, please contact Tel. (074) 331185 - 8.
Songkhla National Museum
Located on Wichianchom Road, the Museum, a former residence of Phraya
Soonthornrak (Nate Na Songkhla), was built in 1878. In 1894, Phra Wichit
Worasart (Chao Phraya Yommarat) designated it as a residence for provincial
inspectors of Songkhla and Nakhon Si Thammarat, and from 1896, it was
used as a city hall of Monthon Nakhon Si Thammarat. At present, the
Museum houses art objects and archeological artifacts from the pre-historic
period of Baan Chiang and the Stone Age and the Neolithic period of
Kanchanaburi as well as the artifacts from the ancient Srivijaya Kingdom.
It is open for visitors from 9:00 to12:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
on Wednesday to Friday. It is closed on official holidays. Across from
the Museum lies the old city wall of Songkhla.
Khao Tang Kuan
This hill lies next to Khao Noi and on its top (2,000 feet above the
sea level) is located the important temples of Songkhla. Built during
the Nakhon Si Thammarat era using the Thavaravadee art style. The hilltop
commands a panoramic view of Songkhla and is reached by climbing the
stairway on Rachadamnoen Road. The temple performs an annual ceremony
of placing a robe around the pagoda, Tak Bart Devo (offering food for
hungry souls) and a Buddha statue procession in October. Next to the
temple is a red pavilion built in 1888 by the then ruler of Songkhla,
Phraya Wichien Khiri (Chom), under the command of King Rama VI.
at Laem Sai
The fortress, now lying behind the premise of Songkhla Police Station,
was built in the reign of King Rama III at the same time Songkhla was
moved to the present site.
Built 400 years ago as a royal temple, this monastery is located on
Saiburi Road. The interior of the temple displays murals depicting history
of Songkhla and Buddhist philosophy, In addition, the "Phattharasin"
museum in the temple houses interesting ancient art objects collected
from Amphoe Muang Songkhla, Sathing Phra, Ranode, and elsewhere.
Nam Khang Mountain
historical tunnel is situated on Moo 1 Tambon Khlong Kwang, Nathawee
District, Songkhla, 4 kms from Khao Nam Khang National Park. It is open
to the public as a new tourist attraction of Songkhla, different from
others destinations. Nice sceneries of mountains and forest around the
tunnel, pure air, the history of the tunnel as well as the lives of
residents are very interesting and worth to study. Interested tourist
can visit the tunnel via Hat Yai - Nathawee - Ban Prakop - Khao Nam
Khang route (90 kms). Alternatively, tourist can go to Sadao, then take
the route to Khao Nam Khang, opposite to the Sadao District Office.
Called "Sarn Chao Lak Muang Songkhla" and located on Nang
Ngarm Road, the shrine was revered and worshipped by people in Songkhla
and from neighboring provinces. Built to commemorate the founding of
the city, the Chinese architectural styled shrine has influenced other
buildings in the town. Particularly prominent are the Sino - Portuguese
styled houses on Nakhon Nai and Nakhon Nork Road
Wat Chai Mongkhl
(A pagoda containing Buddha bone relics)
This revered pagoda is located in Wat Chai Mongkhol on the corner of
Petch Mongkhol and Chai Mongkhol Road. In 1892 a Buddhist monk named
Na Issaro who taught Pali at the temple visited a town is Sri Lanka
where relics of Buddha's bone were kept. The monk became acquainted
with a rich Sri Lankan merchant who had many pieces of Buddha's relics
in his possession and agreed to donate some to the monk. Upon his return
to Songkhla, the monk constructed a pagoda which contained the holy
Buddha's relics where devotees came to worship regularly.
Khao Noi Palace
This mansion is located to the south of Khao Noi hillock on Sadao Road.
It was built as a residence of Prince Chao Fah Yukhon Khamphorn(Krom
Luang Lopburi Ramase) when he was Phra Samut Thesaphibaan of Monthon
Nakhon Si Thammarat, and later Somdet Upparat of Monthon Pak Tai (Southern
Territory). The present King and Queen used to stay at this mansion
on an earlier trip to the South in 1959. At present the mansion is used
as the residence of Governor of Songkhla.
(Home of Faith )
This house was built in 1991 by residents of Songkhla for its famous
son, former Prime minister H.E. General Prem Tinnasulanon, senior statesman
and a Privy Councilor. The house was later returned to Songkhla people
in 1996 and a public library was built next to the house to commemorate
the King's 50th Anniversary of His Ascension to the Throne. Situated
on the hill, the house, which is open to the public, serves as advantage
point for enjoying the scenery of Songkhla, overlooking Tinasulanon
Bridge, the longest in the country. Surrounding the house are decorating
plants and trees which provide cool shade for visitors.
on Khao Daeng Hill
Black Pagoda is
located on the top of Khao Daeng Hill in Amphoe Singha Nakhon. It was
built by Chao Muang Phra Khlang (Dis Bunnag) or Somdet Phraya Ongyai
(Somdet Phra Borom Maha Prayoorawong on occasion of a victory over the
rebellion of Kedah in 1830.
White Pagoda was built by Phraya Sri Phiphat (Thad Bunnag) or Somdet
Maha Phichai Yat in memory of the victory over the rebellion of the
rulers of Kedah, Patani, and Penang. After suppessing the rebellion,
Phraya Sri Phiphat governed Songkhla for two years, during which time
he built the white pagoda on top of the hill as a twin of the black
Wat Chathing Phra
The temple is located 200 meters from the District Office at Moo 4,
Tambon Chathing Phra, Amphoe Sathing Phra. Formerly called "Wat
Sathing Phra", The temple built in 1009 A.D., shelters ancient
structures of the Srivijaya Period such as the pagoda containing Buddha's
relics, a chapel housing the reclining Buddha statue, and a bell hall.
Wat Phakho (Wat Rachpraditsatharn)
around 43 B.C., this renowned temple is located on the hill of Phiphatthasing
at Moo 4, Tambon Chumphon, Amphoe Sathing Phra. The revered monk named
Somdet Phakho, who commands much respect among local residents, used
to reside at this temple. Many ancient objects and artifacts housed
in the temple included a reclining Buddha statue, Buddha's footprint,
a magical crystal ball belonging to Somdet Chao Phakho, in a posture
of meditation, and statue of Somdet Chao Phakho in a pilgrimage posture.
The temple can be reached by taking Highway 407, across Tinnasulanon
Bridge, entering Highway 4083 (Songkhla - Ranode), and then taking a
left turn at Km. 110. It is about 48 kilometers from Songkhla.
The temple, belonging to the Mahayana Buddhist sect, is located at Baan
Nongkhuan Moo 5, Tambon Tha Chang, Amphoe Bangklam on an approximately
4 acre plot. This temple is considered a holy place revered by both
Buddhist Thais and Buddhists from other countries, many of whom travel
to pray at this place.
Wat Hat Yai
The temple is located on Phetchkasem Road near U-Taphao Bridge. It houses
a reclining Buddha statue called "Phra Buddha Hattha Mongkhol",
once believed to be the world's third largest, a size of 35 meters long,
15 meters high, and 10 meters wide. The temple is visited by both local
residents and foreign devotees.
Wat Aek Cherngsae
Formerly known as Wat Aek, the temple is located at Tambon Cherngsae,
Amphoe Krasaesin. It houses a sacred Buddha statue made of coral reef.
The present figure, a size of 70 cm. At the lap and 120 cm. high is
covered with cement. For further information, please contact the temple
at (074) 399075.
It is located at Moo 4, Tambon Koh Yai, 7 kilometers from the District
Office. The legend says that a Buddhist monk named Phra Sin Narai and
a layman called Khoon Vichai Bhrama Sarn traveled from India to the
Kingdom of Ayutthaya and on their way they stopped over and dug a well
here, claimed to be sacred. The water in the well runs abundantly all
Wat Tham Khao
This temple is located in Tambon Padang Besar, Amphoe Sadao. It utilizes
a cave in the premise as place for performing religious practices. Exotic
stalagmites and stalactites are eminent in the cave. The interior of
the cave is partitioned into many chambers. The temple premise is cool
and peaceful. It is about 13 kilometers from Padang Besar market.
Bull fighting has long been a popular sport among the people in the
South. Unlike bull fighting in Spain where a matador fights with a bull,
the bull fighting of the South features a bull fighting another bull.
A pair of fighting bulls are led into the arena for each about where
spectators can cheer and bet on the winner. During the fight, specially
trained bulls lock horns until one decides to call it quits and runs
away. Each bout mornally takes between 15 to 30 minutes.
Dove Singing Contest
doves are popular among Southerners, particularly residents of the five
Southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Satun and Songkhla.
The most sought after birds are from breeding farms in Chana, some 40
kilometers from Hat Yai on Highway 408, where dove lovers from neighboring
countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore flock the district
to purchase the birds. Dove cooing competitions are held annually between
January and July. Criteria used in judging the quality of dove's sound
is based on pitch, melody, volume, and continuity in its singing
Songkhla's two shooting ranges are open to the public daily.
Shooting Range is opposite Hat Yai Police Station. Open daily, the
range offers pistols and rifles for rent, along with training coaches.
Details may be obtained by contacting (074) 243311.
- Songkhla Navy
Base Shooting Range is located in the premise of Songkhla Navy Base
on Chalathat Road. Open daily, the range also offers pistols and rifles
for rent. Food is also served at its seaside restaurant. Contact (074)
311451-5 for further details.
A martial art unique to Thailand, has been a popular national sport.
Boxing competition is organized throughout the country. Two boxing stadiums
are open to visitors to Songkhla. Songkhla Navy Base Boxing Stadium
(074-311451-5, Ext. 2049) and Hat Yai Boxing Stadium(074-232682) organizes
a fight on occasions. Tickets are available at the gate.
Pa Prem Recreational Garden
The garden is located on the shore near the head of the first section
of Tinnasulanon Bridge (From Ban Nam Krachai to Koh Yo). This lakeside
garden is filled with flowering and ornamental plants and provides shady
and cool area for picnic. It also features a children's playground.
is enjoyed by a large number of people in Thailand. Golf courses have
mushroomed during the past decade. There are many golf courses in Songkhla
to cater to local golfers as well as those from Malaysia and Singapore.
- Hat Yai Exclusive
Golf Club (18 holes, 7,010 yards, 480 acres) is located at Ban Wangpa,
Tambon Thungsao, Amphoe Rattaphum (near Tone Nga Chang Waterfall)
Tel. (074) 234921, 243179, 346148-9.
- Hat Yai Country
Club (9 holes. 52 acres) is located at Tambon Banphru, Amphoe Hat
Yai. Contact the sale office at Tel. (074) 232582, 343121.
- Khor Hong Golf
Course (9 holes, 20 acres) is located in Senanarong Military Camp
of the Fourth Region Army(Tel. 074-211500-3, Ext. 549).
- Thong Yai Golf
Course (9 holes, 32 acres) is located next to Samila Beach in Songkhla.
Contact the sales office at Tel. (074) 323761.
- Southern Hill
Golf & Country Club (18 holes, 192 acres) is located in Tambon
Thunglung, Amphoe Hat Yai, Contact the sales office at Ban Suzuki
Co., Ltd. Tel. (074) 343560-3.