Narathiwat Attractions, Attractions in Narathiwat, what to do in Narathiwat, Narathiwat Sightseeing

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Siri Maya Pagoda
Location : Mueang District
Siri Maya Pagoda is a small pagodas housing Phra Phrom images which located on the hill adjacent to the Khao Kong Buddhist Park. The pagoda was built above all four doorways and the holy relics of Lord Buddha are enshrined at the top. A convocation hall, with the outer walls decorated with carved, terracotta tiles is located on a nearby hill behind which is a figure of an elephant kneeling to present a lotus. In addition, the buildings awning portrays a warrior and an angel holding a jug. Local residents built the pagoda as a dedication to Her Majesty the Queen. Location : Mueang District
New Central Mosque of Narathiwat was built in 1981 which is the provinces second central mosque, is a religious site highly revered by Thai Muslims. The mosque is located at Ban Bang Nara, just before Narathat Beach. This 3-story Arabian-style building with a large dome on top has the main convention hall on the ground floor and the prayer rooms on the top 2 floors. In addition, there is a high tower that is used to call Muslims to prayer. Location : Mueang District
Phra Buddha Taksin Mingmongkol is the large seated golden Buddha image which situated in Wat Khaokong, just 6 km from town on the Narathiwat-Rangae Road. The Buddha is 24 metres high and measures some 17 metres from knee to knee. Location : Mueang District Wat Khao Kong
Wat Khao Kong is a beautiful temple and has a graceful Buddha image enshrined inside the temple name “The golden Phra Phuttha Thaksin Ming Mongkhon, which is seated in the lotus position”. The construction of the steel-reinforced concrete image that was decorated with gold mosaics started in 1966 and was completed in 1969. This mountaintop Buddha image, which is considered to be the most beautiful and largest (17 meters wide and 24 meters high) outdoor Buddha image in southern Thailand, is decorated in the South Indian style.
How to get there : Wat Khao Kong located in Lamphu Sub-district, about 9 kilometers from town on the Narathiwat-Rangae route (Highway No. 4055).
Opening Hours : 09.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Hotels : Hotels in Narathiwat Area
Location : Bacho District Taloh-manoh Mosque
Taloh-manoh Mosque or Wadil-husen Mosque was dubbed the 300-year Mosque which situated in Bacho District. It is believed that Haji Saihu, a religious teacher was built the mosque in 1769. Instead of using nails and screws, the whole mosque was traditionally built using old building tools such as Malarbar ironwood (a local timber known as Mai Takien) and wooden bolts and pins. The 26 wooden poles are 10x10 inches, the floor is two inches thick and window shutters are of solid wood boards. The mosque itself consists of two adjacent buildings built in a mixture of local Thai, Chinese, and Malay architectural styles. The most prominent feature is the buildings three-tiered roof where the Imam prays.

The top tier features a dome constructed in the Chinese pavilion style. In the past, it functioned as the minaret or tower where people were called from at prayer times. Visitors can see the building from the surrounding area, however, those wishing to see the interior are required to receive permission from the village Imam.Next to the mosque is a Muslim graveyard. Rocks decorating the grave of deceased males will be round, while those for females would be half buried, with only half of the rock visible above ground.
How to get there : The mosque is located in Ban Talo Mano, Subo Sawo Sub-district, 25 kilometers from Narathiwat town. Take Highway No. 42 and make a turn at Burangae intersection.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Location : Bacho District
Wat Cherngkhao is famous temple of the former abbot, Luang Pho Daeng, who died in 1979, his body did not decompose, resulting in much reverence by local residents who placed his body in a glass coffin for others to pay their respect. This temple is situated at Mu 4, Ban Choeng Khao, Paluka Samo Sub-district, approximately 13 kilometers from Bacho District Office on the way to Pattani.
How to get there : Take Highway No. 42 (Phetchakasem Road), turn left at Ban Ton Thai and drive for 5.5 kilometers.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Location : Tak Bai District Wat Chonthara Singhe
Wat Chonthara Singhe is also called Wat Phithak Phaen Din Thai or the temple that protects Thai sovereignty situated on Mu 3, Chehe Sub-district, on the bank of Tak Bai River. Phra Khru Ophat Phutthakhun established the temple in 1873 which requested land from Phraya Kelantan for its construction. This Buddhist temple, which played an important role in the secession of land between Siam and Malaya (then a colony of the United Kingdom) during the reign of King Rama V in 1909, is located in a predominantly Muslim community.

The Thai side raised the fact that since this is a Buddhist temple, it should remain with Thailand. The British relented and agreed to use the Klok River (Tak Bai River) that flows through Tak Bai as the boundary.

The temple is generally peaceful and has a spacious lawn on the riverbank that is ideal for relaxation. The chapel, built in the reign of King Rama V, has murals drawn by monks from Songkhla. The paintings depict the life of the Lord Buddha and the daily life of locals at that time. It also houses a main Buddha image made of gold, which covers its original features of a red mouth and black hair and situated on a 1.5-meter high base. From the style of the base, it is believed that this is a Mon image. Another building housing a reclining Buddha image has inner walls covered with old Sangkhalok porcelain.
How to get there : From the town, take Highway No. 4985 (Narathiwat-Tak Bai) until the Tak Bai District Market intersection, turn left and proceed for another 100 meters to   the temple entrance.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Location : Su-ngai Kolok District
Chao Mae Tomo Shrine was moved from Ban Tomo in Su Khirin District to Su-ngai Kolok District which the shrine is located in Soi Phuthon, Charoen Khet Road. The goddess is highly revered by the local residents and residents of nearby provinces, as well as Chinese Malaysians. Every year, a festival is held at the shrine on the 23rd day of the third month of the Chinese calendar around April. Activities undertaken include a procession, lion parade, a fancy acrobatic stilts procession, a long drum procession, and walking over hot coal.
Opening Hours : 06.00 am. – 06.00 pm.
Location : Su-ngai Kolok District
Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace situated on Kaluwo Nua Sub-district, Tanyongmat Mountain, on the coast near Manao Bay. Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace was construction in 1973 for to be the royal summer residence for Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The compound is comprised of throne halls decorated with an assortment of trees which provide a good shade for the whole area. A craft center providing training on pottery and ceramics, as well as selling products is also located nearby. When the royal family is not in residence, the grounds are open daily for public viewing between 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm. The Royal Family normally resides here between October and December. The garden provides a great view of the adjacent beach and contains an aviary.
How to get there : It is 8 km from town on Highway No. 4084 (Narathiwat-Tak Bai). To visit the Palace, take a bus that goes to Tak Bai District and get off in front of the palace.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. – 04.30 pm.
Location : Waeng District
Lo Chut Local Museum collection antique artifacts excavated in the area such as Malay style knives (kris) and pottery which the museum is located 11 km from Waeng District office in Ban Su-Kae village. A great many of the items are at least 1,000 years old. Location : Tak Bai District
This Tak Bai Checkpoint or Taba Checkpoint situated on Ban Taba, Chehe Sub-district, just 3 km from the district. The checkpoint is another trading post between Thailand and Malaysia apart from the Su-ngai Kolok checkpoint. Crossing over is possible by long-tail boats or by ferry (different landings). Boats leave every 15 minutes.
Opening Hours : 06.30 am. – 05.15 pm.
Location : Su-ngai Kolok District
Su-ngai Kolok Checkpoint is the largest border trading area of Narathiwat which Cross-border traffic is via a bridge common between Thailand and Malaysia. Thais like to cross to Rantu Panyang to buy electrical goods and snacks while Malays come over to shop for food and fruits.
How to get there : The checkpoint is located around 1 kilometer from Su-ngai Kolok train station. There are 2 possible routes from the city.

  The first is via Highway No. 4055 (Narathiwat-Rangae). Proceed along the highway and turn left at Ban Manang Tayo, then take Highway No. 4056 to Su-ngai Padi District into Su-ngai Kolok.

  The second route is by taking Highway No. 4084 from Narathiwat town to Tak Bai District, turning right to Highway No. 4057 (Tak Bai-Su-ngai Kolok) and proceeding for 66 kilometers. From Su-ngai Kolok Checkpoint, visitors can drive across the bridge to Kota Bahru in Malaysia, but each car must be insured (see details below under Taba Checkpoint).
Opening Hours : 05.00 am. – 09.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7361 4296
Location : Mueang District Ao Manao Khao Tanyong National Park
Ao Manao Khao Tanyong National Park located at Mu 1, Kaluwo Nua Sub-district which the beach connects with the eastern coast of Pattani Province. Ao Manao divided into several segments by its rocky terrain, Ao Manao beach borders on Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace to the south. The beach is an ideal place for relaxation with its arboretum and row of pines. In addition, there is a beach forest study trail for nature enthusiasts. Native plants such as Chak Thale, Manao Phi and Toei Thale (appearance similar to a pineapple) can be found in the area. Private accommodations nearby are available for overnight stays.
How to get there : The beach is situated approximately 3 km from town along the Narathiwat - Tak Bai
route (Highway No. 4084).
Location : Bacho District
Budo-Su-ngai Padi Mountain Range National Park is part of the Sankala Khiri Mountain Range that serves as a natural border between Thailand and Malaysia. The National Park covered an area of 294 sq km and extends into parts of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani Provinces.

The area was once mostly inhabited by guerrillas, therefore, few people could get in to admire the natural beauty of the virgin jungle. It was only with the establishment of the Pacho Waterfall Park (later known as Budo-Su-ngai Padi National Park) in 1974 by the Royal Forest Department that the situation had changed.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 06.00 pm.
Location : Su-ngai Kolok District Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Centre
Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Centre cover an area over 3 districts including Tak Bai, Su-ngai Kolok and Su-ngai Padi which this is the last remaining peat swamp forest in Thailand. The forest covering an area of 192 square kilometers, of which 80 square kilometers are dense forests, the swamp is rich in fauna and flora. Major waterways that pass through the area are Khlong Su-ngai Padi, Bang Nara River and Khlong To Daeng, from which the forest derives its name.

The forest has a diverse ecological system with every life being interconnected. Trees have strong roots that spread out to those of other trees and help them in supporting their large trunks. Therefore, trees in the peat swamp forest will grow together in a group. If one falls, so will the others.

There are over 400 species of plants in the peat swamp forest. The most outstanding are strange palms like Lum Phi whose fruits can be eaten and red palm whose entire trunk is red in color. Red palm is popular as a garden plant. Moreover, there are aromatic flowers like the Goniothalamus giganteus, a plant of the Annonaceae family that has large flowers. In addition, with careful scrutiny, visitors may be able to spot orchids and an assortment of small plants.

There are over 200 animal species in the forest. Small creatures include langurs, civets, wild cats, Singapore rats, and Malayan tree frogs while large animals include wild boars and binturongs. A variety of fish also makes it home in the forest, including a certain species of catfish that can be raised in acidic water and the strange angler catfish that has a flat, wide head and a long body. This catfish has a poisonous spine in its dorsal fin. The fish uses the forest as a refuge and to spawn. Villagers catch this fish for food when it is fully grown.

Note: Visitors to the forest are recommended to bring notebooks, colored pencils, binoculars, cameras, and mosquito repellent. With these items in hand, it is possible to spend a whole day of fun here as the cool climate of the forest is conducive for explorations. The best time to go is during February-April because there is little rain. The other months will see frequent rainfall because the forest is situated on a peninsula.
How to get there : It is more convenient to get there by train from Bangkok as the last station is at Su-ngai Kolok. If not, bring a car which can also be chartered from Su-ngai Kolok. If driving, take Highway No. 4057 (Tak Bai-Su-ngai Kolok) for about 5 kilometers, then switch to the branch road and proceed for 3 kilometers to Chawananan Road. After that, turn left and proceed for 2 kilometers where directional signs that lead visitors all the way to the forest are posted.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 04.00 pm.
Location : Waeng District
Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary was declared to be conservation areas which Officially established in 1996, the reserve is located near the Thai-Malaysian border. Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary covering an area of approximately 433.16 sq km, it extends over Sankala Khiri Mountain Range and the deep forests of Hala and Bala Forests that are not connected to each other. Although they are a part of the same reserve, Hala Forest is in Betong District in Yala Province and Chanae District in Narathiwat Province while Bala Forest, the only part that is open to the public, spans Waeng District and Su Khirin District in Narathiwat.
How to get there : Mini-buses can be hired from Waeng District Market or from Su-ngai Kolok train station.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. – 05.00 pm.
Narathat Beach Narathat Beach
Location : Mueang District
Narathat Beach has white sandy beach and long around 5 km which located near the estuary of the Bang Nara River, where the annual Korlae boat races are held. The beach is naturally decorated with dense pine trees, which provide a tranquil shady area suitable for pitching tents. Several beachside restaurants serving southern-style cuisine and accommodation facilities are provided. The view from the beach is impressive, as there is a backdrop of fishing villages extending along the river and the bay is full of Korlae fishing boats.

Visitors please note that on Fridays, villagers go to prayers and take the day off. Therefore, it may not be convenient to buy things on Friday. The village is located at Khok Tian Sub-district, around 16 km from the town on Highway No. 4136 (Narathiwat-Ban Thon).
How to get there : Narathat Beach is located just 1 kilometer from town on Phichit Bamrung Road.
  Visitors can conveniently hire motorcycles, tricycles or mini-buses from town to the beach.
Location : Bacho District
Bajo Waterfall high 60 metre and the most beautiful cascade waterfall of Narathiwat. The waterfall is located about 26 km north of the provincial or just 1 kilometre from Bacho District on the Narathiwat-Pattani road (Highway 42). A turning at km 73 leads to the waterfall, some 2 km distance. Accommodation facilities are available. Location : Tak Bai District Koh Yao
Koh Yao or Yao island is located close to Wat Chon Thara Singhe. The highlight of Koh Yao is a 345-meter long wooden bridge spanning Tak Bai River to Koh Yao which the bridge will start from Tak Bai District Market intersection. The islands attraction is its eastern seaside section with a white sandy beach and cozy ambience. In addition, most of the inhabitants are Muslim fishermen who dwell in simple homes in coconut plantations. Location : Tak Bai District
Kubu Beach is white powdery beach long about 24 kilometers and dotted by shady pine trees that creates a relaxing environment. The beach extends over Sai Wan Sub-district, Sala Mai Sub-district and Chehe Sub-district ending at the mouth of Maenam Su-ngai Kolok.
How to get there : Narathat Beach is located just 1 kilometer from town on Phichit Bamrung Road.
  Visitors can conveniently hire motorcycles, tricycles or mini-buses from town to the beach.
Location : Su-ngai Padi District
Chat Warin Waterfall located on To Teng Sub-district which not too far from province town. Found some rare Bangsun Palm here which it is the most striking plant of this waterfall. Originating from Malaysia, the plant is a low tree with many branches that can get as high as 3 metres. It has neatly arranged large, diamond-shaped leaves.

The palm is regarded by many as the most beautiful palm in the world and is found only in this forest. The name Bangsun Palm was given by Professor Prachit Wamanon, advisor of the royal projects, when he inspected the area and found the palm had grown in a Muslim village. The professor saw that the palm leaf was similar to a Bangsun, a large umbrella used in processions. The locals call the palm Buke Ipae, meaning mountain centipede, probably because the flower is shaped like a centipede.
How to get there : Take Highway No. 4056 to Su-ngai Padi Hospital, then turn left for 6 km. The entrance is a good asphalt road in Budo-Su-ngai Padi National Park. This is a medium-sized waterfall that has a year-round water supply and is shady by the many trees in the area.
Location : Su-ngai Kolok District
Pa Phru To Daeng is the largest swamp forest remaining in Thailand and covering area more than 80,000 acre which located about 19 km from Sungai - Kolok on the road to Tak Bai. The area is still rich in flora and fauna. The Sirindhorn Peat Swap Forest is one of a number of peat swamp forests that are remaining in Thailand.

There are many species of amazing living organisms in this forest, which has has a strong influence on scientists of various branches of science to come to study and carry out research work. More than 400 varieties of trees, plants and vegetation indigenous to the area, and more than 200 mammal and bird species, including panthers, seven-coloured squirrels, Singaporean rats, Malaysian red-cheeked flying squirrels and red-tailed magpie robins. Location : Waeng District Sirindhorn Waterfall
Sirindhorn Waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall of Narathiwat, the falls feature a wide rock plateau which is suitable for relaxation. The waterfall is actually a stream that comes down from a forest at a higher altitude. Another attraction is the Southern Forest Flowers and Decorative Plants Survey and Collection Project under the Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The project has more than 200 plant species that are grouped according to their natural habitat. Signs provide plant names and useful information. Plants here are both interesting in terms of local botany and breeding to be developed as decorative and economic plants.
How to get there : The waterfall is located approximately 7 km from Waeng District on Highway No. 4057.
  Turn left onto Phua Khwam Man Khong Road and proceed for around 8 km, then drive another 300 metres to the waterfall.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am. – 04.00 pm.
Location : Mueang District
Banthon Village is located approximately 16 kilometers from the city. The village is a traditional Thai Muslim fishing village, the center for production of real and miniature Korlae boats, which is considered to be an exquisite form of local art. Boys over 13 years old traditionally make the miniature boats, costing from a few hundred baht to 2,000 baht. Moreover, some children spend their free time making these miniature boats. In addition, products made of Krachut sedge and Annonaceae leaves are also sold here. A few popular products are colorful and exquisitely designed eyeglass holders, bags and mats. They are value-for-money souvenirs ranging in price from 30 baht to a few hundred baht. Other renowned village products are the sumptuous Budu sauce and fish crackers. Along the beach visitors will see lines of dried fish and many Budu sauce vats. The sauce is used extensively in southern cooking, similar to the use of fish sauce in Thai cooking. It is possible to see how the sauce is made and purchase some as souvenirs daily. Visitors please note that on Fridays, villagers go to prayers and take the day off. Therefore, it may not be convenient to buy things on Friday.
How to get there : The village is located at Khok Tian Sub-district, around 16 kilometers from the town on Highway No. 4136 (Narathiwat-Ban Thon).
Location : Mueang District
Ban Yakangis the major Batik production center with distinctive, traditionally made fabrics that have beautiful designs and fascinating colors. They are multi-purpose fabrics that are very popular among both local residents and tourists. The village is an old community established when the province was known as Bang Nara village. Location : Mueang District
The center was established according to an initiative of His Majesty the King who saw the necessity for a knowledge center for land reform in the area. The center has a complete range of activities such as analyzing and testing plants, livestock care, providing technical know-how and providing agricultural training. Occupying an area of 2,784,000 square meters, the center is divided into office buildings, demonstration plots and testing plots in swamp forest areas. Royal projects include a soil project that adds maximum acidity to paddy soil, then attempts to find a solution so it can be used to counter acidic soil nationwide. Other projects include a new concept in agriculture that is used in areas with an abundant supply of water and planting of oil palm in highly organic soil. A small, fully integrated factory and Prince of Songkhla University jointly produce products from palm oil, like oil extracts, soap and butter that are sold to workers and outsiders. A livestock factory produces animal waste gas wells. There is also a project that plants Zalacca palm to supplement rubber plantations. Furthermore, on weekdays the center operates a training center on making products from Krachut sedge and Annonaceae leaves. People who come here to study also receive considerable enjoyment. This is in accordance with His Majesty the Kings intention that an observation tour should be similar to a picnic in a park. Every September, the center holds an exhibition that coincides with the Narathiwat Products Fair. The center is located between Ban Phikun Thong and Ban Khok Saya in Kaluwo Nuea Sub-district, about 1 kilometer from the Thaksin