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Narathiwat Province

Short Facts

Name: Changwat Narathiwat
Area: About 4,475 km²
Inhabitants: About 670,000
Location: South Thailand
Capital: Narathiwat
Neighboring provinces: (Two) 2: Pattani and Yala.
Amphoe / Districts: Bacho, Chanae, Cho-airong, Mueang Narathiwat, Ra-ngae, Rueso, Si Sakhon, Sukhirin, Su-ngai Kolok, Su-ngai padi, Waeng and Yi-ngo.
Popular tourist destinations: Ao manao beach and national park, 300-years old mosque, Hala-Bala wildlife reserve and Hat Narathat.

About Narathiwat

Over a 1000 kilometers south of the capital, Bangkok, lies one of Thailand's southernmost provinces. Previously known as the old trade city Ban Bang Nara, it was renamed during Rama the sixth time to the current name Narathiwat.

Tak Bai River forms a natural border with Malaysia to the south and many travelers who want to visit the neighboring country, choosing to "stamp out" on Dan Tabas immigration office.

Power-passenger rafts makes regular trips between the two countries' border. The province also serves as the final station for the busy rail lines connecting the country's southern region to Bangkok. Along the province's long coastal strip to the Pacific Ocean are several beautiful beaches and resorts. Shopping and sunbathing tourists from Singapore and Malaysia frequently visit the province for a short weekend holiday. The majority of the population is Muslim and feeds mainly on agriculture and fishing. Besides thai is yawi spoken and written, which can be described as a mixture of Malay and Arabic.

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Koh Yao is a small island with fine beaches and a small fishing village. The island of Yao connected to the mainland by a bridge.

Vadial Mosque is a over 300 years old wooden Muslim mosque, more than twenty kilometers north of the city. The building style is an original mix of Thai, malay and Chinese architecture.

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