Narathiwat Travel Guide - Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
A photo of beautiful landscape of Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary. – Narathiwat Travel Guide

Introduction to Narathiwat Travel Guide

Narathiwat is one of Thailand’s southernmost provinces. Yala and Pattani are neighboring provinces. It has borders with the Malaysian states of Kelantan and Perak to the south.

Narathiwat was previously part of the semi-independent Malay Sultanate of Patani. The Sultanate of Patani obtained complete independence after the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767 but fell back under Thai administration during the reign of King Rama I. During King Rama I’s reign, Ban Bang Nara was administered by Sai Buri (present-day Kedah, Malaysia). During the reign of King Rama V in 1906, Ban Bang Nara evolved into a significant community with active land and sea commerce routes passing through it. Later, King Rama VI visited Bang Nara in 1915 and renamed the area to ‘Narathiwat’, which means ‘the residence of virtuous people’.

Narathiwat offers a lot of traditional culture and authenticity, as well as a village-like peacefulness. Narathiwat’s residents are primarily farmers and fishermen, with the majority being Muslims who speak and write Yawi. As a result, Narathiwat is a spectacular and one-of-a-kind destination with a steady flow of culture and trade between Thais and Malaysians.

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How to get to Narathiwat

Map of Narathiwat Province

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Top Attractions in Narathiwat

Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary

Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary

One of Thailand’s largest wildlife sanctuary, also known as the ‘Amazon of ASEAN’.

Banton Beach

Ban Thon Beach

A tranquil beach with white sand, tall coconut trees, and fishing boats.

Talo Mano Mosque

Talo Mano Mosque (The 300 Year Old Mosque)

Known as one of the oldest mosques in Thailand.

Side Trips

External Resources

Narathiwat Travel Guide - Dried Fish at Banton Beach
Dried fish at Banton Beach – Narathiwat Travel Guide

Summary of Narathiwat Travel Guide

Narathiwat is located on the banks of the Bang Nara River, nearly 1,500 kilometers south of Bangkok. Narathiwat has the natural charm that has faded in so many other southern provinces. The majority of the population is Muslim, and the Yawi language is widely spoken and written. Narithiwat is suitable for travelers seeking a less congested tourist destination. If you’re still undecided about where to go in Thailand, here are some suggestions:

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