Yala Travel Guide, Yala Travel Information, Yala Thailand

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Yala Province of Thailand
Introduction
Yala City
Yala City
Yala is the southernmost province of Thailand, with an area of 4,521 square kilometers. It is the only landlocked province in the south. Today Yala is the border province with many interesting facets: history, culture, and beautiful scenery. The province has a unique mixture of cultural heritage of several groups--Thai, Chinese, and Islam. The city centre has systematic town planning and is one of the educational centres of the south as well.

The word Yala was derived from the local word yalo meaning fish net. Yala used to be part of Pattani, a colony of the Sukhothai Kingdom. In B.E. 2310 when Ayutthaya fell to the Burman, southern colonies became independent. During the reign of King Rama I of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, the King sent his brother, Khrom Phra Ratchawangbowon Maha Surasihanat to take Pattani. In B.E. 2351, the King had Pattani separated into 7 smaller colonies, namely Muang Pattani, Muang Sai Buri, Muang Nong Chik, Muang Yaring, Muang Ra Ngae, Muang Raman, and Muang Yala. Yala had changed its rulers many times before Monthon was abolished in B.E. 2476 and finally became one of the provinces (Changwat) of Thailand.
Borders
North : Songkhla and Pattani
South : Border of Malaysia
East : Naratiwat
West : Songkhla
Distance
Distances to Other Provinces
Pattani 35 km Songkhla 128 km
Narathiwat 128 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Raman 35 km Krongpinang 56 km
Bannang Sata 40 km Than To 61 km
Kabang 45 km Betong 140 km
Yaha 50 km    
Festivals & Events
ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival
When: March
Where: Suan Khwan Mueang
ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival is held annually at Suan Khwan Mueang during the first weekend of March. Yala is one of lower Southern provinces that loves the cooing of doves, which are believed to be an auspicious bird that would bring good luck to its owner, especially the one that has textbook characteristics. For this reason, Mueang Yala Municipality, in collaboration with the Yala Barred Ground Dove Raisers Club, had the 1st ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival held in Thailand in 1986.
Yala City Pillar Homage-paying Fair and Red Cross Fair
When: 24 May - 4 June
Where: City Pillar Shrine Circle
Yala City Pillar Homage-paying Fair and Red Cross Fair is scheduled to take place during 24 May - 4 June of every year. The event features the City Pillar Replica Procession, booth display and exhibitions by government agencies, folk entertainment; such as, Manora, Shadow Play, and Likay Hulu. The event takes place at the City Pillar Shrine Circle.