The elevator is going to take you 3 minutes to Tang Kuan hilltop along 170 metres tracks . there are Old Royal Pagoda , The Lighthouses at the top of Tang Kuan Hill & enjoy the panaramic view of Songkhla City .
Hat Samila ( Laem Samila ) . Located about 3 kilometres from Songkhla market ( Thalat Supsin or Thalat Sot Thetsaban ) , Hat Samila is pleasantly free of crowds and a joy to amble along. The two islands off this part of the coast ( Koh Nu - Mouse Island, Koh Maewo - Cat Island ) are depicted in statues located at the north end of the beach .
Situated at the famous Samila Beach from where the Cat Island and Mouse Island can be seen afar in the sea. The mermaid statue is the outstanding symbol of Songkhla that most visitors to Songkhla often never miss.
Kau Tang Kuan is a temple on top of a small hill. There is a white pagoda on top. It was under repair or renovation when I was there in 2004. According to legend, a dog from the same story of the Cat and Mouse Statue turned into Kau Tang Kuan Hill.
There are two ways to get to the top: walking or taking the furnicular. Visitors can get a good view of Songkhla town from up here.
This Red Mansion is located at the back of the white pagoda on Kau Tang Kuan. I don't know the purpose of the building. I think it is a good looking historical building. The government should at least restore it to be a museum.
This is another landmark of Songklha located on Samila Beach. There is a story for the Cat and Mouse statue. In the story, the cat and the mouse stole a pearl, and they eventually turned into individual islands that we can see from Samila Beach. There is a dog in the story that turned into Kau Tang Kuan Hill.
Located on Samila Beach, this is the symbol of Songkhla. I really don't know the significance of the statue but it sure provides a good location for taking photographs. It is something like 'you have never been to Songkhla if you have not come to the Mermaid statue' kind of thing.
Samila Beach is not the nicest beach you will find in Thailand. But it provides a leisure location for the locals and tourists in Songkhla town. Perhaps this is the most visited tourist spot in Songkhla town.
You can visit the birth place of the Thailand's 16th Prime Minister just at the end of the Songkhla Ancient City Wall within a walking distance. You can see the wooden house was built completely in local traditional style, including the room and the kitchen.
We found this place mistakenly with another sleeping Buddha in Hat Yai. This one is located at the south west of the Songkhla city center. We actually wanted to go to the Wat Hat Yat Nai, which supposed to be near Hat Yai. The communication problem with the tourist information person in Songkhla caused us to go to the wrong place.
This sleeping Buddha is very big i can say, about 50-70m long. It is beside a very long bridge connecting Songkhla and the rural area.
This is a sandy white beach to the east of Songkla with a famous Mermaid statue on the beach. Nothing very special about the statue, except its legend why it was built. You can see a lot of tourists waiting just to take photo with the statue especially during the peak season. There are also a lot of restaurant near the beach serving fresh seafood to the tourist.
There are several beautiful wats around the city of Songkhla. Just start walking around and you will see some beautiful gilded roofs and fierce naga statues. Since they aren't that used to tourists, we got lots of giggles and smiles from novice monks.
This was an interesting museum. Mostly a folk art museum, which is housed in several buildings. The buildings are labeled 1 thru 20something, which leads you to the exit. We saw interesting coconut graters, boats, musical instruments and religious items. You will learn a lot about the people and history of southern Thailand. This is a must see if you are in the area.
Located a naga staircase away from the top of Khao Tang Kuan there is a beautiful brick pavillion, built in the European style with possibly some moorish elements. The pavillion was built around 1888 by Songkhla ruler, Phraya Wichien Khiri (Chom), under the command of King Rama VI.
One of the highlights of Songkhla is Khao Tang Kuan hill. You can either climb the naga staircase or take the small funicular for a more relaxing journey. From the top of the hill you can see the whole city of Songkhla. You get a great perspective of the city. There is a wat located up here with a chedi.