Songkhla Attractions, Attractions in Songkhla, what to do in Songkhla, Songkhla Sightseeing

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Historical Sites
Laem Sai Estuary Fortress
Location : Mueang District
This was constructed in the reign of King Rama III, in the mid-19 th century, at the time of the city’s reinforcement under the control of the new dynasty in Bangkok. Today, the Fortress, which is located behind the Songkhla Provincial Police Headquarters, stands as a timeless proof of Songkhla's rich heritage.
Songkhla's City Pillar
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla's City Pillar
Songkhla's City Pillar
Songkhla’s City Pillar was constructed during the same time the city was built which makes it highly revered monument is in Chinese style and nearby dwellings, especially on Nakhon Nai Road and Nakhon Nok Road. Resulted from the Chinese immigrants that flooded and settled into the city during the beginning of the 24th Buddhist Century which later became the major role in the establishment of Songkhla. Hotels in Songkhla Area

How to get there : Songkhla’s City Pillar located on Nang Ngam Rd.
Sathing Phra Ancient Community
Location : Sathing Phra District
Situated 500 meters from the Gulf of Thailand and 3,500 metres from Songkhla Lake, Sathing Phra, an ancient community dated back in the early history of the South, was a habitat of the residents since the Agricultural Society Period. The major occupation of the residents was trading both on land and water. In the early period, there was a significant influence from India and China.

Ancient sites of brick and stone architecture were excavated as well as pottery including those of aborigines’ ordinary clay and those of Chinese dynasties during 618 - 908 and Yuan Dynasty during 1279 - 1368.

How to get there : Take the Highway 408 for 36 kilometers from Songkhla town.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Historical Tunnel, Nam Khang Mountain
Location : Na Thawi District
Nam Khang Mountain known as the Piyamit Village 5, the tunnel was operated by Communist insurgents. After almost 40 years of fighting with the Thai Government, the Communist Party was dispersed and became part of Thai Development Participants in 1987.

Nam Khang Mountain has become Thailand’s largest and longest man-made tunnel, it was completed in two years with three separate corridors and three levels deep. The tunnel itself could accommodate about 200 persons with several rooms such as conference room, sick bay, radio transmission room, kitchen, firing range, etc.

How to get there : Nam Khang Mountain is located in the Khao Nam Khang National Park and around 4 kilometers from the Park Office.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Palace
Khao Noi Palace
Location : Mueang District
Khao Noi Palace is located to the south of Khao Noi hillock on Sadao Road. It was built as a residence of Prince Chao Fah Yukhon Khamphorn (Krom Luang Lopburi Ramase) when he was Phra Samut Thesaphibaan of Monthon Nakhon Si Thammarat. Khao Noi Palace is an excellent and beautiful place to visit to learn about Thailand's cultural heritage. The present King and Queen used to stay at this mansion on an earlier trip to the South in 1959. At present the mansion is used as the residence of Governor of Songkhla.
Museums
Institute for Southern Thai Studies
Location : Mueang District
Institute for Southern Thai Studies
Institute for Southern Thai Studies
Institute located on Koh Yo, was established in 1978 for the studies of southern arts and culture, as well as artifacts echoing local accumulated wisdom. The systematic exhibitions cover more than 30 rooms with displays concerning history, religion, tradition, occupation, folk play, handicrafts, and various artifacts. In addition, there are presentations that recount local wisdom, which has been accumulated and passed down through several generations. Other than the exhibitions and presentation, there are several viewpoints where visitors can admire Songkhla Lake and aquaculture farms in the institute.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.30 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7433 1184 - 9
Phathammarong Museum
Location : Mueang District
Phathammarong Museum is a Thai-style museum was built in 1987 and opened on 4 Sep 1989 to bear a resemblance to the birthplace of H.E. Prem Tinsulanond, the former Prime Minister and Statesman who is a Songkhla native.

How to get there: Located on Chana Road near the Songkhla National Museum.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 04:00 pm. (close on Mondays and public holidays)
Songkhla National Museum
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla National Museum
Songkhla National Museum
The Songkhla National Museum is Chinese style building was built in 1878 at the command of Phraya Sundranuraksa (Mr.Net Na Songkhla), Deputy Governor of Songkhla at that time. It located on Chana Road, later became the domicile of Songkhla’s upper administrative officers, the City Hall and in 1953, the building was converted into a museum to exhibit lower southern artifacts. Today it is the place where local archaeology, history and folk art and culture can be studied and appreciated. Noteworthy is the collection of artifacts of the Na Songkhla Family that used to rule the city.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 12:00 pm. (close on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays)
Markets
Khlong Hae Floating Market
Location : Hat Yai District
The Klong Hae municipal area has many interesting places tourist can visit before going to the floating market, such as the Khukaow temple, Lampho beach, birdcage village, and the central mosquareue. After enjoying activities at the floating market, visitor can practice Manora in the Klong Hae temple, which will help them understand the local culture of those living in the Klong Hae community.

At Klong Hae is large number of vendors selling a big variety of local Thai food and snacks. The market also has a campaign for the environment as the sellers use bamboo tubes, coconut shells, and clay pots instead of using plastic bags or foam boxes.

How to get there: Klong Hae Floating Market is located in Khlong Hae in Hat Yai. You can get there by take local transport from Hat Yai City.
Opening Hours : Fri - Sun 03:00 pm. - 09:00 pm.
Hotels : Hotels in Had Yai Area
Kim Yong Market
Location : Hat Yai District
Kim Yong Market is big local market and famous for imported snacks from Malaysia and Singapore. You can find many muslim vendors selling merchandise in this place. The market itself has many small stalls nestled on narrow alleyways and moreover you can buy anything from clothes, fruit, snacks, nuts, food, fresh flowers and even make-up, perfume and more.

How to get there: The park is located on the shore near the head of the first section of Tinnasulanon Bridge (From Baan Nam Krachai to Koh Yo)
Opening Hours : Daily from 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Public Parks
Pa Prem Park
Location : Mueang District
Pa Prem Park is the cool place for relaxation and scenic picnic. At this place include lakeside garden is filled with flowering and ornamental plants and provides shady and also features a children's playground.

How to get there: The park is located on the shore near the head of the first section of Tinnasulanon Bridge (From Baan Nam Krachai to Koh Yo)
Hat Yai City Municipality Park
Location : Hat Yai District
Hat Yai City Municipality Park
Hat Yai City Municipality Park
Hat Yai City Municipality Park is beautifully decorated with colorful flowers which it is the most recreational spot for the local residents. With a pavilion in the middle of the pond, an aviary and food stalls, the park is the perfect place to spend a peaceful evening. In additional include a statue of King Rama V that is enshrined at the foot of the hill near the aviary and on a hill-top Brahman shrine and a jade statue of Guan-yin, and on the southern foothill near the boy-scout camp is situated of Chinese Goddess.

How to get there: Hat Yai City Municipality Park is located on Kanchanawanit Road and 6 kilometers from the city centre on the Hat Yai - Songkhla Highway only.
National Parks
Khu Khut Water Fowl Park
Location : Sathing Phra District
Khu Khut Waterfowl Park firstly established as a non-hunting area on 19 April 1976. The park is a part of Thala sap Songkhla or Songkhla Lake where its 227,916 rai (91,166 acres) covers the area in both Songkhla and Phatthalung provinces. The survey was done by the Royal Forestry Department and discovered 44 families, 137 genera, and 219 species of birds. The best period for bird-watching starts in December and run through March. Boats are available at 200 THB per hour.

How to get there: Khu Khut Water Fowl Park located at Mu 4, Khu Khut Sub-district 55 kilometers away from Songkla on Highway 4083 and another three kilometers from the Highway
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7439 7042
Khao Nam Khang National Park
Location : Na Thawi District
Khao Nam Khang National Park
Khao Nam Khang National Park
Khao Nam Khang National Park is covered with verdant forests which the weather will cold all year, is where two magnificent waterfalls namely Ton Dat Fa and Ton Lat Fa are located. This place is historical area the battle field between Chinese communist and the soldiers. The communist digged 40m deep tunnel as shelter and to keep weapon.

The park's attractions are Ton Tat Fah, Wang Luang Prom, Pru Ching Waterfalls, Mueang Look Nueng and Khao Nam Khang tunnel.

The park is consisting of complex mountain ranges stretched southward till the border of Malaysia. The significant mountains are Kuan Sya, Kuan Khao Mai and the highest mountain: Khao Nam Kang which is 648 meters in height above average sea level. It’s an important area which originate many streams which are Na Twee canal, Prik canal, Tub Chang canal, Klong Sai Kaow canal, etc. Soil characteristic is friable soil, clay, clay mixed with sand, stone characteristic is mostly limestone and granite stone.

Most of the area is Moist evergreen forest consisting of rich natural resources, mostly are economical valued trees ; Malacca teak, Hopea, Shorea farinose, Dipterocarpus alatus, Michelia Champaca, Shorea leprosula, Parashorea stella, Derris scandens, Mangifera indica, Mimusops elengi, etc. Ground plants found are Areca cathecu,genus Calamus or Daemonothops, bamboos, orchids, ferns, moss, etc.

How to get there: There are two routes to the park, from Sadao District distance is 26 kilometers or from Na Thawi District on the Na Thawi - Ban Prakop Road with a distance of 31 kilometers
San Kala Khiri National Park
Location : Saba Yoi District
San Kala Khiri National Park is area around 214 square kilometers, it covers consists of Toa Thep Mountain National Forest Reserve, Khao Tan Forest Reserve, Kwan Chedi Forest, Praya Mai Forest, Kwan Kham Pang Forest, Kwan Rasor Forest Reserve, Kwan Nam Ron Forest, Kwan Sor Ror Forest, Bang Pla Forest and Toa Thep forest.

This forest you can see valuable plants, small and medium sized mammals as well as some rare animals such as saladangs, mountain goats, red head elephants, roulrouls, wreathed hornbills, Oriental pied hornbills and more. The natural attractions within the Park include Bang Thepa, the sedimentary sand that was flown by the streams, Puang Cave, Kradook Cave, Tarod Cave, Thepa River and nature trail.

How to get there: Take Highway No.43 Songlkhla - Pattani, turn into Highway No.4085, pass Thepha District to Saba Yoi District, follow Highway No.4095, pass Ban Khao Daeng to Tham Talod, turn left for 10 kilometers to the National Park Office.
National Attractions
Khao Kao Seng
Location : Mueang District
Khao Kao Seng
Khao Kao Seng
Khao Kao Seng or Kao Seng is famous from its fishing village and one of the must-visited beaches in Songkhla. Among the sizable rocks filled all over this delightful beach, the biggest one right above the cliff called “Hua Nai Raeng” is containing the historical background as believed that the neighboring city’s governor named Nai Raeng was committed suicide here and buried his treasure valued 900 thousand baht underneath this rock making the locals named this rock after him as an honor for the incidence and been worshiped by both the locals and tourists until present. The word Kao Seng is also altered from Kao Sean which is the Thai word for nine hundred thousand baht.

How to get there: Khao Kao Seng or Kao Seng approximately three kilometers away to the south of Samila beach.
Khao Noi
Location : Mueang District
Khao Noi is small hill situated near Laem Samila, is another sightseeing spot with the hiking path leads up to the viewpoint to catch the shining panoramic view of the city where the statue of Prince Lop Buri Ramet (The Southern Viceroy) is situated. On the northeast is Suan Seri (Seri Park), a nicely landscaped park decorated with ornamental plants in animal shapes. Tamnak Khao Noi, on the south, was built in 1911 as the residence of Prince Lop Buri Ramet and was used by Their Majesties the King and Queen on a visit to the south in March 1959. Today the mansion is the residence of the Songkhla Provincial Governor.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Khao Tang Kuan
Location : Mueang District
Khao Tang Kuan
Khao Tang Kuan
Khao Tang Kuan is the famous place for visitors, located near Laem Samila. From the top of the hill you can see and relaxing with the whole city of Songkhla. On the hill there is Sala Vihan Daeng was the royal pavilion built in the European style during King Rama V’s reign is located. Beside the Sala Vihan Daeng is the sacred pagoda Dvaravati Chedi built during the Nakhon Si Thammarat Empire believing that it contains the Lord Buddha’s relics. Every October, there is a festival to drape the chedi with a cloth and to offer alms to monks who descend to the foot of the mountain to receive alms. In addition, monks travelling by boat from other temples in Songkhla would proceed along the waterfront so that the local residents can offer alms and pull their boats, which is considered highly merited.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 04:00 pm. (close on Mondays and public holidays)
Contact : Tel. 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Songkhla Lake
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla Lake
Songkhla Lake
Songkhla Lake is the largest lake in Thailand covering an area in Songkhla, Phatthalung and Nakornsrithammarat. 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.
Tone Nga Chang Waterfall
Location : Hat Yai District
Ton Nga Chang is the most beautiful waterfalls in Southern Thailand, located from the city about 28 kilometers Tourists can hiking and swimming in the tropical rain forest since the water is clean all year. The waterfall is composed of seven tiers, namely Tone Ba, Tone Plew, Tone Nga Chang, Tone Dum, Tone Nam Ploi, Tone Luesri Koi Bor, Tone Met Choon which the third level being the most beautiful as the stream is separated into two, resembling the elephants' tusks.

The most beautiful point of the Tone Nga Chang waterfall is across the stream along the stone plate. The current is quite strong so caution is needed. From the Tone Nga Chang, visitors can see views of the tropical rain forest. Most of tourists usually stop here since the higher layer is very dangerous and harder to access but also worth seeing. The fourth level is around 700 meters from the third one, named Tone Dum. The fifth is around one kilometer from the fourth one, this level is called Tone Nam Ploi, and 1,300 meters from this is the sixth called Tone Luesri Koi Bor. The last layer is called Tone Mhen Choon which is 1,650 meters from the sixth one. There is accommodation and also camping but tourists will have to pitch their own tents.

How to get there: To reach the waterfall by car, follow the Hat Yai-Rattaphum Road for 13 kilometers, then turn left at Ban Hu Rae and proceed for another 13 kilometers alternatively, a tuk-tuk can be hired to take visitors to the waterfall. On the other hand, visitors can also take the minibus from the fresh market (Talat Sot Thet Sa Ban Hat Yai).
Boriphat Waterfall
Location : Rattaphum District
Boriphat Waterfall is small waterfall in Rattaphum District, Songkhla. The waterfall located about 52 kilometers from Songkhla City along Highway 406 (Hat Yai - Satun), at the Km. 35 and Km. 36.
Roo Noksak Cave
Location : Saba Yoi District
Roo Noksak Cave long 300 metre and has a stream running through it with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Visiting the cave involves some hiking and climbing. The surroundings of the cave are lush. Trekking through the cave is quite adventurous since trekkers have to climb some steep cliffs in order to complete the exciting journey.

How to get there: Roo Noksak Cave situated at Khuha, about 14 kilometers from the Saba Yoi District Office
Zoo & Amusement Parks
Songkhla Aquarium
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla Aquarium
Songkhla Aquarium
Songkhla Aquarium is the large aquarium which located near Son On cape in Songkhla that is surrounded by salt water and brackish water which considered as a suitable sourcing of water for marine life. Songkhla Aquarium is designed a salt water fish tank in Zone D with 2 acrylic tunnels and one acrylic panorama screen which is appropriate for marine life feeding show.

How to get there: Khu Khut Water Fowl Park located at Mu 4, Khu Khut Sub-district 55 kilometers away from Songkla on Highway 4083 and another three kilometers from the Highway
Opening Hours : Tuesday - Friday, 9.30 am. - 03.45 pm.
  Saturday - Sunday, 9.30 am. - 04.45 pm.
  Holiday, 9.30 am. - 04.45 pm.
  Songkhla Aquarium closes on Mondays (except that Monday is a holiday)
Contact : Tel. 08 8788 1451
Songkhla Zoo
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla Zoo is the largest open zoo in the South of Thailand, located on the Songkhla - Chana Highway, Khao Rup Chang Sub-district. Songkhla Zoo is an open-range zoo established by the aim to preserve and return the wild animals to nature. The zoo occupies a hilly area with an asphalt ring road and so tourist can drive along the way to see various animals grouped separately such as camels, birds, bantengs, tigers and crocodiles. One of the highlights in the zoo that should not to be missed is the scenic viewpoint overlooking the whole city of Songkhla. Food stalls are available.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 05:30 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7433 6038-40, 0 7432 5037-8
Other Attractions
Ban Sattha
Location : Mueang District
Ban Sattha was built by the local residents of Songkhla in an honor to H.E Prem Tinsulanonda, the Privy Councilor and Statesman, in 1991 when he was the Prime Minister of Thailand. Later in 1996, H.E. Prem Tinsulanond returned this house to the locals for public benefits leading the provincial governor further utilizes its front space by building Kanchanapisek National Library opens for public until present.

How to get there: Ban Sattha located on the hill-top to embrace the magnificent view of Tinsulanond Bridge, infamous bridge in Songkhla connected Koh Yo to the mainland.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Tinsulanond Bridge
Location : Mueang District
Tinsulanond Bridge
Tinsulanond Bridge
Tinsulanond Bridge is longest concrete bridge across the lake in Thailand, spans Songkhla Lake and is part of Highway 408. The bridge has two parts with the first part connecting the coast of Muang District, Songkhla at Ban Nam Krachai to the southern coast of Koh Yo for a total distance of 1,140 metres. The second part connects the northern shore of Koh Yo to the coast of Ban Khao Khiao for a total distance of 1,800 metres. This bridge was opened for use on 9 December 1984.

How to get there: Tinsulanond Bridge is part of Highway 4146, which links Highway 407 (Hat Yai - Songkhla) and Highway No. 4083 (Songkhla - Ranot)
Songkhla Old Town
Location : Mueang District
Songkhla Old Town is historic town of Songkhla which it's charming traditional architectural style. The town consists of three major roads: Nakorn Noak Road, Nakorn Nai Road, and lastly Nang Ngam Road (also known as Kao Hong Road) which is the location of the Chinese Kuan Uu shrine. Tourists can also visit an old rice mill Hub Ho Hin and Sino-Portuguese townhouses. Nang Ngam Hotel is a historic hotel embellished with elaborate wooden fretworks. During the trip, it is recommended to have bags or rucksacks at hand to hold your belongings whilst shopping.
Hat Yai
Location : Hat Yai District
Hat Yai
Hat Yai
Hat Yai is situated approximately 28 kilometers from the city of Songkhla, is an important gateway to Malaysia and Singapore. Strategically located only 60 kilometers from the port of entry at Sadao, Hat Yai has only recently been developed and has rapidly been transformed into the commercial, transportation, communication, educational, and tourism hub of the south. Hat Yai is renowned for its outstanding seafood, which is served in various styles thanks to Hat Yai’s diverse population of Chinese, Malays, and Thais. Hat Yai also features a multitude of markets, both local and international in style, and has a festive nightlife, including pubs and discos that are particularly popular with tourists from neighboring Malaysia. While there have been occasional violent attacks from regional terror groups, Hat Yai is a relatively safe city to visit, particularly if one avoids the most crowded tourist venues and enjoys the local flavor of the city and the culture of its diverse inhabitants.

How to get there: Hat Yai is located roughly 950 kilometers (600 miles) from Bangkok and just 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) from the Malaysian border.