Category: Narathiwat Province

Narathiwat is another southern province bordering on Malaysia. Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat’s borderland, is an important junction where the Thai southern railroad connects with another railway to the Tumpad Station in Malaysia. Narathiwat is located some 1,149 kms. south of Bangkok and occupies an area of 4,475 square kilometres. The province is noted as a land of gold mines and boasts extensive peat swamp forests, as well as seaside resorts along the coast of the lndian Ocean.

Narathiwat is administratively divided into 12 districts and 1 sub-district: Amphoe Muang Narathiwat, Amphoe Bacho, Amphoe Chanae, Amphoe Rangae, Amphoe Ruso, Amphoe Si Sakhon, Amkphoe Sukhirin, Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Amphoe Sungai Padi, Amphoe Tak Bai, Amphoe Waeng, Amphoe Yi-ngo, and King Amphoe Cho Ai Rong.

Hat Narathat

This long sand beach lined with pine trees is located near the town. It is regarded as a really beautiful beach of Narathiwat and is suitable for swimming.

Mu Ban Yakang

This old village is where unique and famous batik, cloth printed with exotic patterns, is made. It is located about 4 kms. from the town on the road to Amphoe Rangae.

Phra Buddha Thaksin Ming Mongkhon

This is a huge sitting Buddha image on the top of a hill in the area of Wat Khao Thong 6 kms from town along the Narathiwat Rangae route. The image, covered with gold-coloured mosaic tiles represents Buddhistic beauty in compliance with the southern culture.

The width measuring the lap of the image is 15 metres and the height from the base to the finial is 24 metres and the height from the base to the finial is 24 metres. Within the hilly landscape of the temple, there is also a bell-shape pagoda Phra Chedi Siri Masa Maya which enshrines the sacred Lord Buddha’s relics. The pagoda has been constructed, with the loyalty of the Narathiwat people, as dedication to Her Majesty the Queen.

Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace

Located on the eastern foot of Khao Tanyong, 8 kms. from town on the route to Amphoe Tak Bai, the palace is a royal residence when H.M. the King and his royal family make an annual visit to the South.

Mu Ban Thon

16 kms. from town along the Narathiwat-Ban Thon route, this is a Thai-Muslim fishing village noted for Ko Lae boat, a fine craft made of bulrush and screw pine, and Nam Bu Du (tasty liquid resulting from fermenting fish with salt at a certain period) and fish crisp.

Budo-Sungai Padi Mountains National Park

The park can be reached by travelling 28 kms. along Highway No. 42 to Amphoe Bacho and taking an access road for another 2 kms. Attractions in the park include:

Namtok Ba Cho This is the most renowned waterfall of Narathiwat. The falls pour down a large cliff in the west of Khao Nam Khang, a mountain of the Budo Ranges.

Namtok Chatwarin The beautiful waterfall in Tambon To Deng, Amphoe Sungai Padi, is 3 kms. from To Deng Railway Station. The waterfall originates form the Bukit Navae Mountain and flows through seven cascades. There is a rest pavilion on the lowest level.

Wat Chonlathara Singhe

This important and beautiful temple of Amphoe Tak Bai is located by the Tak Bai River. Built during the reign of King Rama V, the temple houses fine mural paintings created by a monk painter from Songkhla, and a traditional sermon hall representing a mixed artistic style of the South and Chinese architecture. In the old chapel at the black of the compound, there is a sculpture of the 4-hand God Vishnu, ceramic ware of the Sung Dynasty of China and a reclining Buddha image.

San Chao Mae To Mo

The shrine of Chao Mae To Mo or a Chinese goddess is located on Charoen Khet Road, Amphoe Sungai Kolok. The goddess is revered by the local people in adjacent provinces and the Chinese in Malaysia. An annual fair is held on the 23rd of the third Chinese mouth. The activities include fascinating procession of the goddess, lion, tomtom, and fire wading.

Namtok Si Po Forest Park

This is located in the area of Amphoe Rangae, about 8 kms. from the Tanyoungmat Railway Station along Route No. 4055. A small waterfall is situated among shady surroundings. At the lower end of the waterfall lies a large scale stone basin. The park area is filled with various flowering plants and fruit trees including Si Po longan, the famous fruit of Narathiwat.

Lo Chut Local Museum

This is located at Ban Sukae, Tambon Lo Chut, 11 kms. away from Amphoe Waeng. Artifacts of not less than 1,000 years old such as bowls, pots, and knives have been collected in the local museum.