Songkhla Travel Guide - Songkhla Central Mosque
Songkhla Central Mosque during daytime – Songkhla Travel Guide

Introduction to Songkhla Travel Guide

Songkhla is one of Thailand’s southern provinces. Satun, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, and Yala are neighboring provinces. In the south of the province, Songkhla shares a border with Malaysia.

Songkhla was initially known as Singora, which means ‘the city of lions’ in Malay, according to Arabic-Persian merchant records from 1450 to 1550. Songkhla was very prosperous in trading with other nations between 1619 and 1680, due to Malay governors who relocated from Indonesia. They deserted the Dutch monopoly trade in favor of free trade in Songkhla, which England supported. Since the 18th century, Songkhla has been firmly under the Thai protectorate. Songkhla was officially claimed by Siam as part of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909.

Songkhla has significantly evolved over the past few decades and is now a remarkable destination worth exploring. The province provides a wide range of tourist attractions and an impressive number of seaside resort towns since it is gifted with natural resources such as beautiful beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, and a peaceful lake. Furthermore, the old part of Songkhla preserves its own character of ancient and historical characteristics through traditional architecture and food.

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How to get to Songkhla

Map of Songkhla Province

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Top Attractions in Songkhla

Wat Laem Pho

Wat Laem Pho (Wat Phra Norn Laemphor)

A Buddhist temple famous for its large reclining Buddha statue.

Songkhla Central Mosque

Songkhla Central Mosque

A beautiful mosque known as Thailand’s Taj Mahal.

Hat Yai Municipal Park

Hat Yai Municipal Park

A recreational park with several activities and attractions, including a tall golden standing Buddha statue.

Songkhla Old Town

Songkhla Old Town

A heritage area combining Eastern and Western style buildings, street art, and cuisines.

Samila Beach

Samila Beach

One of Songkhla’s most popular beaches, known for its tranquility and cleanliness.

Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary

Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary

A nature reserve best known for the stunning Ton Nga Chang waterfall.

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Songkhla Travel Guide - Golden Mermaid Sculpture at Samila Beach
The iconic mermaid sculpture at Samila Beach – Songkhla Travel Guide

Summary of Songkhla Travel Guide

When someone says Thailand, the first thing that comes to mind is shopping in Bangkok, or going to the beach in Phuket. Songkhla is relatively less known to the tourists. However, the province is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Songkhla is tourist-friendly, not overcrowded, and offers tourists an immersive cultural experience. Still wondering where to visit? Please feel free to explore the following Thailand destinations:

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