"Songkhla - Thailand's southern gateway" Songkhla by wondersF
Songkhla Travel Guide: 56 reviews and 108 photos
The Indian influence of Srivijaya spread far south to this province of Songkhla, some 950 kilometers from Bangkok. The name Songkla most likely adapted from the jawi pronunciation of "Singora" promoted by the lion shaped hills Khao Daeng facing the present harbor . Traces of the old culture such as cemeteries and part of the fort still exist.
Songkhla is one province that boast of having 2 important commercial centers. The provincial capital of Songkhla and the famed Hat Yai where Asean tourist flock to. Though the province do not possessing any historical site of significance nor places of natural wonders, both places Songkla and Hat Yai has attracted a study flow of visitors.
Here in Songkhla, the replica of the Little Mermaid is the attraction as well as the landmark. Here tourist would consider the Samila Beach, the longest bridge and the Sea-food restaurants, "must-see" destinations. I cannot understand but there are so much better places in other parts of Thailand and nearby to visit. Couldn't fight off the pressure, I too, was convinced to try out the seafood served in this area too. I liked the view of Tisanolonda Bridge more than the seafood.
The harbor is the inlet to a huge Songkhla Lake which is an inland sea that stretches close to 90 kilometers to the north. There was too much dependence on the natural reserve because of the calm waters but definitely over fished.
Of course there is Hat Yai that needed little introduction. I love seeing the going on in the vice trade and a chance to do my goggling at the beautiful girls. I like staying in Hat Yai town too. My favorite was the new subsidiary of the Lee Garden Hotel with its cafeteria on the 10th floor and a good Asian spread for breakfast. Could have my meal as well watching development in this touristy capital
But Hat Yai has positive points for Malaysian. Though Asian in mentality, there are numerous items not found in Malaysia that we could pick up. Of course the fusion and influence of Thai cooking style for Chinese food is another example that we like here. As for shopping which is not my fancy, I cannot comment at all. But the industry has cleverly create cheap holidays to Thailand and it is a welcome change for our mundane routine.
But unknown to many just outside the city limits of Hat Yai, there is a beautiful Park of Tong Nga Chang. I am there for the waterfalls pictures and well as bird watching.
- Pros:A nice place with lots of excitments
- Cons:Too touristy and too much fakes
- In a nutshell:Good mixture of city life and also a taste of Thai life
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