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Travel Thailand, Yala

Yala is the southern most province of Thailand having Amphoe Betong as the southern most town, bordering on the Malaysia. Yala is a big city with graceful looking township are having a splendid city plan layout while its roads are large in size having a grand government offices center and is the town of a gigantic Reclining Buddha of Sivichaya period which is regarded one of the three monuments of the South. There is yet a large number of tourist attractions and places of interest in the province which is 1,084 kms., through the highway route, from Bangkok and its main economy depends on rubber plant production.

The main geographical area of Yala is forest and mountain having very little area of plain and basin. Its forestry area occupies a space up to 2,012,500 rais thus causing much rains through the whole year around. There are several rivers and canals, but the important one is Pattani River having its origin in the mountainous jungle area of Yala.

Rainy season in Yala lasts nine months in one year and the province occupies a total area of 4,521 square kilometres and being administratively divided into six Amphoes and two King Amphoes : Muang, Bannang Sata, Betong, Raman, Yaha, Than To, King Amphoe Kabong and King Amphoe Krong Pinang, bordering on the Malaysia to the south and west, Pattani and Songkhla to the north, and Narathiwat to the east.

Yala Attractions:

Wat Khuha Phimuk or Wat Na Tham
This monastery is 7 kms. from the township area along the road to Amphoe Yaha. This wat is commonly called by the villagers as Wat Na Tham having a big cave and inside of which a large ancient Reclining Buddha is enshrined. This Reclining Buddha is believed to have been constructed in the 757 A.D. and is of Sivichaya style Reclining Buddha.

Banglang Dam It is located in Ban Banglang, Tambon Ba Cho, Amphoe Bannang Sata, on Yala - Betong route, 58 kms. from Yala township. Banglang Dam is famous for its beautiful scenery and suitable for a peaceful relaxation.

Nam Tok Ku Long or Nam Tok Sukthalai This waterfall is in the Southern Self - help Settlement, Amphoe Bannang Sata, about 50 kilometers from Yala township by the Yala - Betong Highway. The waterfall itself is about eight kilometers off the highway. It has fine cascades with a royal pavilion built in honour of the King's Mother.

Nam Tok Than To Forest Park This park is located about km. 57 - 58 of Yala - Betong Highway. The area is an arboretum with beautiful decorations, suitable for a weekend picnic, surrounded by high mountains having a waterfall cascading through the nine leveled top of a high mountain.

Than To Self Help Settlement This is another place of interest in Yala, located nearby Yala - Betong highway before arriving at Nam Tok Than To. The settlement is of large size located amidst the mountain ranges where the members cultivate many kinds of crop including Korean ginseng.

Piya Mit Underground Shelter It is an underground retreat built by members of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) on a hill in a jungle, about 3 kms. from Nam Tok Inthason. It's now preserved as a historical site.

Amphoe Betong This is an interesting border town of Yala, located about 126 kms. from Yala township area. Households constructed in Betong are of firm and large in size. Its modernization is equivalent to the province inself of better than some certain provinces of Thailand. There is a road linking Thailand and Malaysia at Betong Check Point. The biggest letter box in the world can be seen here in this town. Hot Spring This spa is situated in the area of Mu Ban Bo Nam Ron, Tambon Tano Maero, Amphoe Betong, about 13 kilometers from Betong Town. It is a large natural hot spring with mineral water that is good for curative of skin diseases and muscular pain.

Nam Tok Inthason This waterfall is situated about three kilometers from the hot spring. It is on a shady area with falls and natural pools ideal for a swim or a rest.

Mu Ban Sakai Another unique feature of Yala is the presence of a "Sakai" aboriginal community. It is located in Tambon Ban Hae, Amphoe Than To, on Yala - Betong route, 80 kms. from Yala township area. The Sakai, with dark skin tone, flat face, flat nostrils and curly hair, still live their primitive lives tending small vegetable patches and searching for herbal roots and trees in the jungle. Numbering only 20 - 30 households, the Sakai are now given the opportunity to catch up with the outside world, with the aid of teachers from the city.

Asean Barred Ground Dove Festival This festival falls in March every year. Dove - lovers from all over Thailand as well as from other countries in the region like Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, come to Yala for this event. The highlight is dove - cooing contest involving more than 1,400 competitors; young prize doves are on sale along with local products and sports contests are held.

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