Songkhla has something for everyone.
For people seeking peace and quiet, they can rarely
go wrong with the city of Songkhla and its nearby beaches. For avid
shoppers, Hat yai provides endless thrills. Together both cities
make this province a fascinating place for a mere stopover or an
Songkhla Attractions: Hat Yai's shopping
opportunities are legendary and being so near the Malaysian border
(50 km.) has afforded it with every kind of goods found in Thailand
and Malaysia. The main shopping districts are the Niphat Uthit 2 and
3 roads where stalls sell everything from fresh fruits to electronic
gadgets. Furthermore, the city is highly popular for its delectable
Thai and Chinese cuisines. Specialties such as shark fins soup and
bird's nest are much in demand here.
Worth visiting is Wat Hat Yai
Nai in the city which houses the world's third largest reclining
Buddha image. Ton Nga Chang Waterfall, 26 km. from Hat Yai
City, is a high, 7-tier waterfall with shady trees ideal for
Without a doubt one of the most
picturesque beaches of the South, Samila Beach is a
3-kilometre stretch of white sand that is as popular as its mermaid
statue. Offshore are the famous islands of Ko Nu (mouse) and
(cat). The fishing community of Khao Seng to the south of
Samila features a huge, immovable boulder called Hua Nai Rang
which according to folklore sits atop pirate treasure.
Songkhla City has its own beautiful temple to rival Wat Hat Yai Nai
Wat Matchimawat is a must-see for its display of antiques dating
over 4 centuries. The Songkhla National Museum in the city
likewise has antiques on display, the highlight being those
recovered from shipwrecks in the Gulf of Thailand.
Songkhla is also blessed with the scenic
Songkhla Lake, an inland body of water connected to
the Gulf of Thailand.
The Khu Khut Waterfowl Sanctuary in the lake is the
home to thousands of waterfowls and aquatic birds which usually come
to seek refuge during December and May. Another attraction of
Songkhla Lake is the Institute of Southern Thai Studies
located on Ko Yo some 10 km. from Songkhla. The institute has a
museum tracing the history of people in the area and an excellent
collection of folk arts and crafts. Ko Yo can be reached by the
Tinsulanonda Bridge, Thailand's longest concrete bridge.
Songkhla/Hat Yai is a good place for sportsmen and sports fans to
catch some action. There are 2 shooting ranges in Hat Yai,
one operated by the Royal Thai Navy, the other by the Hat Yai
Police. Songkhla has 2 9-hole golf courses,
at Samila and Kho Hong and another 18-hole course is to
be opened in 1994, the province's first. Golfers can enjoy both the
fantastic scenery of the courses and their remarkably low fees.