a medieval pirate stronghold, is a historic, albeit sleepy town with a thriving
fishing community. Another Srivijaya outpost in Thailands southern region, Songkhla
was initially named Sa-thing". Previously a port and a coastal trading post
where Indian, Persian and Arabian merchants came to exchange their products, the
place was named "Sing Lha" after the 2 lion-shape islands at the mouth
of the city's lake. At present, these 2 islands are Koh Nu (Rat Island) and Koh
Maeo (Cat Island). The old part of Songkhla is located at the present-day Amphoe
the last few decades, Songkhla has been rapidly developed and is currently a unique
attraction worth visiting. Blessed with natural resources such as fine beaches,
enchanting waterfalls, and a tranquil lake, the province has an abundance of tourist
attractions and an amazing range of seaside resort towns. Moreover, the old section
of Songkhla still maintains its unique identity of ancient and historical flavors
through local architecture and cuisine.
Songkhla is noted as a fishing community set in a peaceful atmosphere, Hat Yai,
on the other hand, serves as a transportation and communications hub of the south
with links to various destinations in the neighboring provinces and Malaysia.
Despite being only 30
kilometers apart, Songkhla and Hat Yai have uniquely contrasting characteristics
and are ideal places to visit.
is administratively divided into 16 districts: Muang Songkhla, Ranot, Krasae Sin,
Sathing Phra, Singhanakhon, Khuan Niang, Rattaphum, Bang Klam, Hat Yai, Na Mom,
Chana, Thepha, Na Thawi, Saba Yoi, Sadao, and Khlong Hoi Khong.