Yala Attractions, Attractions in Yala, what to do in Yala, Yala Sightseeing

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Yala Attractions
Historical Sites
Yala Central Mosque
Location : Mueang District
Yala Central Mosque is the main mosque of Yala province, the building completed in 1984, in western architectural style intertwined with the unique mosque frame. The front has about 30 wide steps leading to the upper terrace. The roof is square with a dome in the middle.
Religious Site
City Pillar Shrine (San Chaophor Lak Muang)
Location : Mueang District
City Pillar Shrine
City Pillar Shrine
City Pillar Shrine or San Chaophor Lak Muang made of Chaiyapruk wood, measuring 50 meters high, 107.5 centimetres in circumference at the base and 90 centimeters around the top part. The spire of the city pillar was bestowed by His Majesty the King on 18 May 1962. The finial features the 4 faces of the God Brahma and flame design. The shrine is surrounded by a shady public park where a celebratory fair is held annually to pay homage to the City Pillar Spirit during May - June.

How to get there: City Pillar Shrine of Yala is located on Phiphit Phakdi Road in front of the City Hall.
Opening Hours : Daily from 06.00 am. - 06.00 pm.
Wat Khuhaphimuk (Khuhaphimuk Temple)
Location : Mueang District
Wat Khuhaphimuk or Khuhaphimuk temple is commonly known as Wat Na Tham, this temple is one of the three important places of worship of the South, along with Phra Borommathat at Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phra Borommathat Chaiya at Surat Thani, all attesting the glory of Buddhism in this area since the Srivijaya period. A stream runs through the ground of the temple. A figure of a giant, made in B.E. 2484 and named by the villagers as Chao Khao, protects the entrance of the cave that houses the reclining Buddha. Inside the cave is a large chamber that has been converted into a religious area, with an opening in the roof of the cave that lets in the sunlight. The reclining Buddha has been estimated to have been made in B.E. 1300, around the Srivijaya Period that is 81 feet and one inch long. It is believed that the sculpture was in the Sleeping Narai posture but later modified into the Hinayana reclining Buddha.

How to get there: Wat Khuhaphimuk is located in Na Tham Sub-district, about 8 kilometers from the city centre, on the road to Yaha District.
Opening Hours : Daily from 06.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phuttha Tham Prakat
Location : Betong District
Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phuttha Tham Prakat is the large and beautiful chedi of Southern Thailand, which features a golden relic – containing chedi in an adapted Srivijaya style, measuring 39.9 meters high. The chedi was constructed to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 60th Birthday Anniversary. This is another scenic viewpoint of the temple and Betong town.

How to get there: Phra Mahathat Chedi Phra Phuttha Tham Prakat is located on the hill in the town of Betong, inside Wat Phutthathiwat, on Rattanakit Road.
Exhibition Centre
Sanam Chang Phueak Park
Location : Mueang District
Sanam Chang Phueak Park
Sanam Chang Phueak Park
Sanam Chang Phueak Park, where a ceremony was held to humbly present the white elephant named “Phra Sawet Sura Khachathan” to His Majesty the King on 9 March, 1968. The Park has a pavilion in the middle of a large pond and various sculptures of animals. The ground of the Park is also used for provincial activities.

How to get there: Sanam Chang Phueak Park is located on Phiphit Phakdi Road on a total area of 80-rai plot of land (1 acre = 2.5 rai)
Opening Hours : Daily from 06.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
Park & Natural Park
Suan Khwan Muang
Location : Mueang District
Suan Khwan Muang
Suan Khwan Muang
Suan Khwan Mueang covered an area about 207 rai, which separate sportsground and place for relaxation for the local people. A large pond covering an area of 69 rai inside the park has been landscaped with sandy beach and sea pines to remedy the landlocked problem of the province. Furthermore, singing bird contest (Nok Kao Java) is often held at this Park since it is the largest and the best ground for such contest in the south (the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival).

How to get there: Suan Khwan Mueang is located on Thetsaban 1 Road, about 300 meters from the City Pillar Shrine.
Bang Lang National Park
Location : Bannang Sata District
Bang Lang National Park was declared a national park on 24 February, 1999, the park covers a total area of 163,125 rai in Bannang Sata District, Than To District, and Betong District. The park has fertile forest made wonderful view of waterfall, cave, viewpoint upstairs reservoir and there is Sok Kai home. Besides the park is covered with moist evergreen forest that serves as the headwaters of the Pattani River, Sai Buri River, To Mo Canal, Hala Canal, and Ban Chet Canal, the Bang Lang Forest is rich in bio - diversity of plants and provides a habitat for many kinds of wildlife; such as, Barking deer, serow, wild pig, monkey, langur, gibbon, tapir, guar, Sumatran rhinoceros, banteng, etc. Many birds can be found as well, interestingly, 9 species of hornbill exist here, including of White-rumped Shama, Red-whiskered Bulbul, etc.

Bang Lang National Park also partly includes the Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary, which used to be a strong hold of the Chinese guerillas of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and the Patani United Liberation Organization (PULO). This had kept the forest intact and unexplored for a long time.

It’s under influence of east monsoon which causing abundant rain throughout the year. Generally temperature is fairy moisten with an average of 29 C. Rainy season starts from May to December, rainfall peak during September-November, Annual rainfall is 2,200 mm. Summer starts from January to April.

How to get there: Use highway Yala - Betong and turn right at Km. 56, about 150 meter from this highway. Take either a bus or private car to Bang Lang.
Tourist Attractions
Natural Attractions
Sin Cave
Location : Mueang District
Sin Cave or Tham Sin is a small and dark cave, the inside there are faint ancient cave paintings about Lord Buddha in various postures and 3 standing female figures dating from the late Srivijaya period around the 14th century.

How to get there: Sin Cave is located approximately 1 kilometer beyond Wat Tham Khuhaphimuk, with a left turn for another 1 kilometer and slightly beyond Ban Tham Sin School. A small path on the left leads to a hill on the roadside where there is a staircase leading up to the mouth of the cave, which is some 28 meter above ground.
Namtok Tawan Ratsami
Location : Raman District
Namtok Tawan Ratsami or commonly known as Bu Ke Pilo Waterfall, this waterfall is different from other waterfalls in that when sunlight shines onto the water, the color of the underwater rocks all turn a beautiful yellow.

How to get there: Namtok Tawan Ratsami, is about 19 kilometers from Muang Yala District. Take the Yala - Kota Baru Road, then turn into Kota Baru through to Tha Ruea Sub-district for about 2 kilometers and turn into the village for another 2 kilometers. The entrance to the waterfall is about 500 metres from the village.
Bang Lang Dam
Location : Bannang Sata District
Bang Lang Dam
Bang Lang Dam
Bang Lang Dam is the stone dam about 80 meters high, having a ridge of 422 meters long and a storing capacity of 1,420 million cubic meters. It is the first multi-purpose hydro-electrical dam in the South built across the Pattani River. The dam was completed the construction in 1981 and used for electricity generating and water reserved. It has nature trails that one can see the evidently dam. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as rafting, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching and there is a viewpoint where a panoramic view of the dam, reservoir and surrounding mountains can be admired.

How to get there: Bang Lang Dam is situated at Ban Bang Lang, Khuean Bang Lang Sub-district, approximately 50 kilometers from Yala along Highway 410, with a left turn for another 12 kilometers.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Contact : 0 7328 1129-30, 0 7328 1063-6 ext. 2206, 2209, and 2205
Sukthalai Waterfall
Location : Bannang Sata District
Sukthalai Waterfall is commonly known as Namtok Kue Long, which was discovered in 1964 and created a new waterfall name by Princess Mother is Sukthalai Waterfall. This waterfall consisting 5 tiered and a picturesque waterfall with a pool ideal for swimming.

How to get there: Waterfall is on the Yala-Betong road, about 40 kilometers from Muang District and then turn left for another 8 kilometers.
Tham Krachaeng
Location : Bannang Sata District
Tham Krachaeng or Krachaeng cave has a beautiful scenery of mountains and stream flowing underneath the cave. During the dry season, one can walk along the stream through this cave to the other side and into an open area surrounded by mountains and lush forest. There are 3 other caves nearby to Tham Krachaeng; namely, Tham Luk Om, Tham Nam Lot, and Tham Phra.

How to get there: Tham Krachaeng is located at Ban Ka Sot, Bannang Sata Sub-district, about 50 kilometers from Mueang Yala District on Highway 410, passing the entrance to Bang Lang Dam then turn left onto a dirt road for 1.5 kilometers.
La-ong Rung Waterfall
Location : Betong District
Namtok La ong Rung
Namtok La-ong Rung
La-ong Rung Waterfall or Rainbow Waterfall is a valley with a large pool on the top of waterfall that produces water vapours and creating beautiful rain bow scenery. The slippery trek leads along the stream from the waterfall calls for precaution. During the rainy season, the waterfall has the effect of the rainbow, hence the name. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as nature trail study, waterfall traveling and view the beautiful of La-ong Rung Waterfall.

How to get there: La-ong Rung Waterfall is situated on the boundary between Than To District and Betong District, about 90 kilometers on the Yala-Betong road from Mueang District. Turn right onto a dirt road at about 40 kilometers before reaching Betong District, for about 100 meters.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Than To Waterfall
Location : Than To District
Than To Waterfall is a large waterfall with about 20 meter high and is cascading water running through seven levels with pools for swimming. The surrounding forest is lush with many interesting species including Si Yala with yellow blooms in February. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as nature trail study, waterfall traveling and view the beautiful of Than To Waterfall.

How to get there: Than To Waterfall is situated in Tham Talu Sub-district, on the Yala-Betong road (Highway 410), turn right at the 47-48 kilometers stone for about one kilometers.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Opening Hours : Daily from 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Than To Lake
Location : Than To District
Than To Lake are an enormous lake located above Bang Lang dam. This lake is a result of dam construction which always bring about flood over the above area. Attractively, this 2 kilometers width and 6 kilometers length lake is consisting of many islets, so it provide a very beautiful scenery. There is one distinguished islet at the center of the lake, it’s named Koh Hua Lan, it cover the area of 1 square kilometer. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as rafting, canoeing, kayaking and view the beautiful of Than To Lake.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Betong Hot Spring
Location : Betong District
Betong Hot Spring
Betong Hot Spring
Betong Hot Spring is one of Betong’s natural phenomena in which a hot spring boils from the soil. At the hottest spot, eggs are cooked in 7 minutes. Beside there is a mineral bath service and it is believed that hot spring can cure muscle pain and minor skin irritation.

How to get there: Betong Hot Spring is situated at Ban Charo Parai Village, Tano Mae Ro Sub-district, about 5 kilometers before reaching the Betong city centre, turn right from Highway 410 for another 8 kilometers into the village.
Chaloem Phra Kiat Ro Kao Waterfall
Location : Betong District
Chaloem Phra Kiat Ro Kao waterfall or Namtok Chaloem Phra Kiat Ro Kao is located in Ai Yoe Weng Sub-district, the beautiful waterfall is more than 30 meters high, surrounded by lush forest.

How to get there: Turn right from Highway 410, between Than To District and Betong District at the 32-33 kilometer stone, onto the dirt road for 3 kilometers.
Hala - Bala Forest Area
Location : Betong District
This is mountainous and beautiful forests where hornbill, gaur, elephant, barking deer, serong, etc can be found. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as nature trail study, flowers admiring, bird watching and view the beautiful of Ha La - Ba La Forest Area.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
Location : Betong District
Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary is located near the Thai-Malaysian border which established in 1996. The Sanctuary covers a large area on the border between Yala and Narathiwat provinces, an area of approximately 433.16 square kilometers, it extends over Sankala Khiri Mountain Range and the deep forests of Hala and Bala Forests that are not connected to each other. 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. Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary features a moist evergreen forest rich with flora, fauna, and rare species of birds. It also provides home for the Sakai minority. A boat trip is available for visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, forests, and water. Visitors interested in nature study activities are required to contact 15 days in advance by writing to the Hala - Bala Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters.

How to get there: Highway No.4062 (Khwam Man Khong Road) goes through Sankala Khiri Mountain Range, making access to the reserve easier. Visitors can start at Ban Buketa in Waeng District, go through Bala Forest and end up at Ban Phu Khao Thong in Su Khirin District for a total distance of 18 kilometers. On both sides of the road are the most verdant jungles in Thailand. To study nature, you only have to drive through the area and you will likely see many extraordinary things from the park office on. For nature enthusiasts, simply driving through the area from the Park Office onwards will provide extraordinary views of nature. Approximately 5 kilometers from the office, is a wildlife lookout point.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Admission : 50 - 200 Baht/Day (Price are subject to change)
Contact : Tel. 0 7352 2411
Inthasorn Waterfall
Location : Betong District
Inthasorn Waterfall
Inthasorn Waterfall
Inthasorn Waterfall is a small waterfall originating from the hill with surrounded by abundant forest for relaxing and enjoy with basin for swimming.

How to get there: About 15 kilometers from Betong city centre or about 2 kilometers further from the Hot Spring.
Namtok Halasa
Location : Betong District
Namtok Halasa or Halasa Waterfall high about 100 meter, it located near to Ching Chok and Ban Kao Waterfalls with for wildlife about 4-5 saltlicks. Tourist can enjoy with many activities such as nature trail study, waterfall traveling and view the beautiful of Namtok Halasa.
Administered by : Bang Lang National Park
Piyamit Tunnel
Location : Betong District
Piyamit Tunnel was built by a group of Malaya Communist Chinese Terrorism, they took only 3 months to be completed in 1976, was use to as the air raid shelter and food storage area. Piyamit Tunnel situate on a hill surrounded with a dense jungle, inside the tunnel there will be a width for people walking with 1 kilometre length, in the past there are 9 exits but in the present there are only 6 exits. Currently, there is an exhibition about its history including the way of life in the forest.

How to get there: Piyamit Tunnel is at Ban Piyamit 1, Tano Mae Ro Sub-district. Take the same route as the Hot Spring and Inthason Waterfall, but another 4 kilometers beyond the hot spring.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08.00 am. - 04.30 pm.
The Swift
Location : Betong District
This is the amazing sight and symbol of Betong District, at twilight the swifts would fly to the city centre and come to rest at houses, on buildings and electrical wires, especially on the Bell Tower that is well-lit at night. These swifts move from the cold climate of Siberia and can be seen in abundance during September - March
Other Attractions
Sakai Village
Location : Than To District
Sakai Village
Sakai Village
This is the home of the Sakai aboriginal community, which is ancient nomad tribe who exists on hunting and gathering. They are expert on herbal plants and using darts for hunting and have a dark skin tone with flat faces and nostril and accompanied by curly hair. Later, the Department of Public Welfare had the village developed for all Sakai people to live together in the same place and taught them to work in a rubber plantation. All Sakai people were granted a family name “Srithanto” by the late Princess Mother. At present, some of them have moved to find a job elsewhere.

How to get there: Sakai Village located at Mu 3, Ban Rae Sub-district, about 80 kilometers from Yala toward Betong District, on the right there is an entrance to the village.
Betong Municipality Park
Location : Betong District
Betong Municipality Park is commonly known as Suan Sut Siam covers area about 120 square kilometers on the hill in the center of Betong. In the park, provides a great viewpoint of Betong City and consisting gardens of flowering and decorative plants, health garden, stadium, swimming pool and children’s playground. Betong Municipality Park is an ideal for relaxing and exercising. Another 7 kilometers beyond the park at the end of Sukkhayang Road is the southernmost point of Thailand that has a road connection into Malaysia.
Opening Hours : Daily from 05.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
Betong Town
Location : Betong District
Betong is a large civilized district in southernmost of Thailand, which is famous by visitors from Malaysia. The word Betong is Malay its name is literally translated as bamboo. Betong town is surrounded by mountains with a cool, rainy climate and morning mist, so that it is designated the “Town in the Mist with Beautiful Flowers”. The road to Betong from Than To that is meander along the hillside and offers picturesque panorama of a lake forest and rubber plantation.

How to get there:
From Mueang District to Betong, an hourly bus or taxi leaves from opposite the Yala Railway Station during 6.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

From Hat Yai, there are air - conditioned vans leaving for Yala and Betong at 8.00 a.m., 10.00 a.m., and 1.00 p.m.

From Bangkok, there is a daily bus service to Yala and Betong.
The Largest Mail Box in Thailand
Location : Betong District
The first Largest Mailbox of Thailand was built in 1924 before World War II near the Clock Tower intersection in center of Betong. The purpose of mailbox is communication post for the townspeople through the radio implanted on top of the box and the mail slot below it. Currently, the new mailbox was built near City Convention Hall (Sala Prachakhom) with 9 meters high that is a larger size, so the new mail box attracts a large number of tourists who come to take the photograph.