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Songkhla is both one of Thailand’s most important port cities and a coastal province known for its ethnic diversity and its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment.An outpost of the Srivijaya Empire from Sumatra (c. 7th century C.E.), Songkhla served as a port and a coastal trading post where Indian, Persian and Arabian merchants came to exchange their products. The city was named “Sing Lha” after the 2 lion-shape islands at the mouth of the city’s lake. At present, these 2 islands are called Koh Noo (Rat Island) and Koh Maew (Cat Island). An undeniably historic town endowed with ancient ruins and places of cultural importance, Songkhla is a melting pot of Thais, Chinese and Malays, and charms visitors with its unique traditions, dialect, and folk entertainment. These characteristics are reflections of the province’s rich cultural heritage, which has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation.Hat Yai, a district of Songkhla, is perhaps better known than the provincial capital itself. Hat Yai serves as a southern hub of communication, trading and transportation as well as a gateway to Malaysia and Singapore. In light of this, Hat Yai has gained importance as the driving force of economic growth in the southern region. Over the last few decades, Songkhla has been rapidly developed and is currently a unique attraction worth visiting. Blessed with natural resources, such as fine beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and a tranquil lake, the province has an abundance of tourist attractions and an amazing number of seaside resort towns. Moreover, the old section of Songkhla still maintains its unique identity of ancient and historical flavors through local architecture and cuisine.While Songkhla is noted as a fishing community set in a peaceful atmosphere, Hat Yai, on the other hand, serves as the transportation and communications hub of the south with links to various destinations in the neighboring provinces and Malaysia.

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Laem Samila

Located in the City Municipality about 2.5 kilometers away from Thalat Supsin or Thalat Sot Thetsaban (fresh market), Leam Samila is best known for its powdery-sand beach, shady pine groves and is where Songkhla’s most famous mermaid statue is located. The beach is easily accessible either by Hat yai-Songkhla buses or takes the minibus from the city directly to the beach.

Songkhla Lake

Considered the largest lake and the only natural freshwater lake in Thailand, Songkhla Lake covers approximately 80 kilometers long and 20 to 25 kilometers wide which employed the area of both Songkhla and Phattalung provinces. The lake has several small island that worth a visit for a daytime relaxation such as Koh Yai, Koh Si, Koh Ha, Koh Kaeo, Koh Mak, Koh rai and Koh Yo via the long-tailed boat services that available for island touring all-day at port behind the post office and the fresh market.
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours.
Contact: 074-231-055, 074-238-518, 074-243-747

Koh Yo

This small Island emerges solely in the Songkhla Lake, Kohh Yo was later connected to mainland by the Tinsulanond Bridge. Now, Kohh Yo is becoming one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Songkhla as all over an area of 9,275 raise (3,710 acres) benefited from both agriculture and handicraft industries which the most famous products are special kind of jackfruit called Jampada and the hand-woven fabric.
Opening hours: Daily from 8am-5pm.
Contact: 074-231-055, 074-238-518, 074-243-747

Phathammarong Museum

Located near the Songkhla National Museum on Chana Road, Phathammarong Museum was constructed in Thai architectural style to bear a resemblance to the birthplace of General Prem Tinsulanonda, President of the Privy Council and Statesman who is a Songkhla native, based on his testimony when his father was the prison warden.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 8:30am-4pm.
Contact: 074-231-055, 074-238-518, 074-243-747

Songkhla Zoo

Located on the Songkhla-Chana Road in Tambon Khao Rup Chang, Songkhla Zoo is an open-range zoo established by the aim to preserve and return the wild animals to nature. The hilly area of the zoo is paved as an asphalt ring road where tourist can drive along the way to see various animals grouped separately such as camels, birds, bantengs, tigers and crocodiles. The not-to-be-missed highlight perches atop of the zoo is the viewpoint to catch the city view with food stalls are also available.
Opening hours: Daily from 8:30am-5pm.
Contact: 074-336-038-40.

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