Khao Tang Kuan
Another charming attraction located at Laem Samila is Khao Tang Kuan. This
is the location of the famous Sala Vihan Daeng, the royal pavilion built
during the reign of King Rama V. An additional attraction is a hill-top
Dvaravati chedi housing the Lord Buddha's relics that was built during the
Nakhon Si Thammarat Empire. From this hilltop, visitors can admire a panoramic
view of the city and the Songkhla Lake. 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.
The hill-top house overlooking the Tinsulanond Bridge that connects Ko Yo
was built in 1991 and was completed in 1996. Surrounded by coconut plantations,
the compound was built by local residents to honor H.E. Prem Tinsulanond,
the Privy Councilor and Statesman, when he was Prime Minister. H.E. Prem
graciously returned the house to the people of Songkhla.
It is located at Moo 4, Tambon Koh Yai, 7 kilometers from the District Office.
The legend says that a Buddhist monk named Phra Sin Narai and a layman called
Khoon Vichai Bhrama Sarn traveled from India to the Kingdom of Ayutthaya
and on their way they stopped over and dug a well here, claimed to be sacred.
The water in the well runs abundantly all year long.
A small island in the Songkhla Lake that has recently become an important
tourist attraction in Songkhla. Covering an area of 9,275 rais (3,710 acres),
the island is accessible via the Tinsulanond Bridge. Geographically, the
islands coastal plain is suitable for agriculture such as a special kind
of jackfruit called Jampada. Another famous island product is its hand-woven
Located in the City Municipality, about 2.5 kilometers from the fresh market
(Thalat Supsin or Thalat Sot Thetsaban), the peninsula is renowned for its
powdery sandy beach, shady pine groves, and the statue of a mermaid Songkhla's
most famous landmark. It is easily accessible via Hat Yai-Songkhla buses.
From the city, visitors can take a minibus directly to the beach.
A peninsula situated to the northwest of Laem Samila that is naturally shaded
with sea pines. At the end of the peninsula is the statue of Prince Chumphon
Khet Udomsak, 28th son of King Rama V and founder of the Royal Thai Navy.
The best view of Ko Nu and Songkhla Lake can be spotted from here.
Perhaps the most well-known symbol of Songkhla province, both islands are
located off the shore of Laem Samila. According to the legend, a dog, a
cat, and a mouse, traveling on a Chinese sampan stole the merchant's magic
crystal and tried unsuccessfully to swim ashore and drowned. The mouse and
cat became the islands in the Songkhla Lake while the dog died on the shore
and became the hill called Hin Khao Tang Kuan near the bay. Totally destroyed,
the crystal then became the white sandy beach called Hat Sai Kaeo which
literally means crystal sand beach.
Approximately three kilometers to the south of the famous Hat Samila is
Kao Seng fishing village, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in
Songkhla. Along the coastline are several pieces of rocks, one of which
stands out above the cliff. The local residents refer to that rock as "Hua
Nai Raeng". Kao Seng is a corruption of the name derived from the Thai word
"Kao Saen", referring to the nine hundred thousand bahts treasure that is
buried under Hua Nai Raeng. Kao Seng can be reached via the road to the
National Coastal Aquaculture Institute.
Located in proximity to Laem Samila, this small hill has a hiking path that
wind up to the top where the statue of Prince Lop Buri Ramet (The Southern
Viceroy) is situated. There is a viewpoint where it is possible to enjoy
a panoramic view of the city. 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
Recreational Garden (Suan Pa Prem) The garden is located on the shore near
the head of the first section of Tinnasulanon Bridge (From Baan Nam Krachai
to Koh Yo). This lakeside garden is filled with flowering and ornamental
plants and provides shady and cool area for picnic. It also features a children's
The bridge, which is the longest concrete bridge in Thailand, spans Songkhla
Lake and is part of Highway 408. The bridge has two parts with the first
part connecting the coast of Amphoe Muang Songkhla at Ban Nam Krachai to
the southern coast of Ko Yo for a total distance of 1,140 meters. The second
part connects the northern shore of Ko Yo to the coast of Ban Khao Khiao
for a total distance of 1,800 meters. It was opened to traffic on 25 September
Established as a wildlife refuge on 19 April 1976, the park occupies an
area of 227,916 rais (91,166 acres) in both Songkhla and Phatthalung Provinces.
In fact this Park is part of Tha-le Sap Songkhla or Songkhla Lake. The survey
taken by the Royal Forestry Department discovered 44 families, 137 genus,
and 219 species of birds. The best times to view the birds are from December
to March. Boats are provided by the park office at 150 baht an hour. This
Park is situated at Mu 4, Tambon Khu Khut, about 55 kilometers from Songkhla,
on Highway 4083 and three kilometers from the highway into the park.
The beach is located 500 meters from the Sathing Phra District Office. The
three kilometers long beach with crystal sand is serene and an enjoyable
location for swimming. It is lined with pine trees, providing cool shade
The beach is set amidst white powdery sand and shady trees, which makes
it highly suitable for relaxation. Travelers can hire a fishing vessel to
Ko Kham, which is just 2 kilometers offshore and is a perfect place to go
fishing. Food and accommodation are available for tourists. This beach is
about 53 kilometers from Amphoe Muang Songkhla, on the Songkhla-Chana-Thepha
This lake is the largest lake in Thailand covering an area of approximately
80 kilometers long and 20 to 25 kilometers wide in Songkhla and Phatthalung
Provinces. In addition, it is the only natural, fresh-water lake in Thailand.
Several islands across from its mouth namely, Ko Yai, Ko Si, Ko Ha, Ko Kaeo,
Ko Mak, Ko Rai, and Ko Yo are worth visiting for relaxation. Boat services
are available for touring the lake. The port behind the post office or the
fresh market has all-day long-tailed boat services.
The temple is located 25 kilometers from the District Office at Moo 6, Tambon
Khao Daeng, Amphoe Sabayoi. The cave serves as a natural tunnel linking
one side of hill with the other. Inside the cave are an ancient cement Buddha
statue, approximately 100 reclining Buddha statues of varied sizes, and
a statue of a 6 foot tall giant guarding the entrance of the cave. The cave
provides cool shade and a relaxing atmosphere.
The cave is located 14 kilometers from the District Office at Moo 4, Tambon
Khooha, Amphoe Sabayoi. A crystal clear stream flows along the cave. Stalagmites
and stalactites of various shapes and forms are most fascinating for visitors.
Part of the 300 meters long cave is dark while the other is bright. Trekking
through the cave is quite adventurous since trekkers have to climb some
steep cliffs in order to complete the exciting journey.
Located in the Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, about 26 kilometers from
the city, this 7-tiered waterfall is one of the beautiful waterfalls of
the south. The waterfall offers scenic views, with the third level being
the most beautiful as the stream is separated into two, resembling the elephants'
tusks. Trekking trails are provided for tourists with adventurous hearts.
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
for two to three hours at between 300 baht to 400 baht. On the other hand,
visitors can also take the minibus from the fresh market (Talat Sot Thet
Sa Ban Hat Yai).
The park is located on Kanchanawanit Road and is approximately six kilometers
from the city center on the Hat Yai-Songkhla Highway. A popular recreational
spot for the local residents, the park is beautifully decorated with colorful
flowers. 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. Additional
attractions include a statue of King Rama V that is enshrined at the foot
of the hill near the aviary, a hill-top Brahman shrine and a jade statue
of Guan-yin, the Chinese Goddess situated, at the southern foothill near
the boy-scout camp.
This Park, covered with verdant forests, is where two magnificent waterfalls
namely Ton Dat Fa and Ton Lat Fa are located. There are two routes to the
park: from Amphoe Sadao the distance is 26 kilometers or from Amphoe Na
Thawi on the Na Thawi-Ban Prakop Road with a distance of 31 kilometers.
For more information, please call Amphoe Na Thawi Office at 074 371010.
This waterfall is located in Amphoe Rattaphum on Highway 406 (Hat Yai -
Satun) at Km. 34-35. A one kilometer road leads to the small and beautiful
Located on the Songkhla-Chana Highway, Tambon Khao Rup Chang, this open-
zoo was established with an aim to preserve Thai wildlife. When they are
ready, the wildlife will be returned to the wild. The zoo occupies a hilly
area with an asphalt ring road. Various animals which have been grouped
separately, such camels, birds, red gaur, tigers, crocodiles, etc., are
major residents here. 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. For more information please call 074 325037-8.