Songkhla Travel Guide

  • Sculpture of Cat and Rat
    Sculpture of Cat and Rat
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  • Foot/Entarnce of Kao Tang Kuan
    Foot/Entarnce of Kao Tang Kuan
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  • Mermaid sculpture in Songkhla
    Mermaid sculpture in Songkhla
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Songkhla Highlights

  • Pro
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    trisanna says…

     beautiful small city 

  • Con
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    phil_uk_net says…

     Very little for tourists and dull at night 

  • In a nutshell
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    wondersF says…

     Good mixture of city life and also a taste of Thai life 

Songkhla Things to Do

  • Tang Kuan Hill

    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 .

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  • The Sculpture of the Mouse and the Cat

    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 .

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  • Golden Mermaid

    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.

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  • Kau Tang Kuan Hill

    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...

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  • The Red Mansion

    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.

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  • Cat and Mouse Statue

    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.

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  • Little Mermaid of Songkhla

    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.

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  • Samila Beach

    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.

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  • Thai's 16th Prime Minister Birth Place

    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.

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  • Ancient City Wall

    This is the remain of the ancient city wall of Songkhla built around 1842. It was a piece of well-preserved long wall beside the road in the Songkhla City.

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  • Sleeping Buddha

    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...

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  • Samila Beach

    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...

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  • Visit some wats

    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.

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  • The Institute for Southern Thai Studies

    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...

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  • The brick pavillion

    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.

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Songkhla Hotels

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  • Queen Hotel

    20 Traiburi Rd., Songkhla, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • V.L. Hatyai Hotel

    1-3-5-7 Niphat Uthit 1 Road, Hatyai, Songkhla, 90110, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Viva Hotel

    547-2 Nakornnauk Rd., Songkhla, 90000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Songkhla Restaurants

  • A pleasant and relaxing restaurant

    This is one of the many, tiny restaurants tucked into the nooks and crannies of Hatyai, which you would probably miss if driving around, but easily found on foot. The ambience is pleasant and it's a clean place to stop for a leisurely bite to eat or just to get off the street and out of the heat for a while. The food is not extraordinary, but...

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  • Coconut Flavour Ice-cream

    If you are in Samila Beach, you must try the local famous COCONUT FLAVOUR ICE-CREAM. It is so so so good especially under the hot sun. It is a white colour ice-cream with toppings like peanuts, palm seeds, cendol, chao-kuay, etc. The ice-cream has such wonderful coconut scent. Such a treat!! MUST TRY! If I remember correctly, it is only starts from...

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  • A great cafe

    We just came across this place. Besides fresh hot bread, like their name suggests they have cakes, strudel, sandwiches and coffee. A good place to relax at. If they have it available, you shouldn't leave without some pumpkin bread. It's quite good.

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  • Where all the expats know your name

    After many Thai meals, we decided to check this place out. They advertised having bbq-which they didn't seem to have on the lunch menu. Anyway, they had burgers, fries, pizzas and american fare. We also found this place is really popular for European and American expats. Supposedly, there are oil drilling stations nearby off the Thai coast. Many...

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  • Eating seafood with sand between the...

    Around Samila beach, you can find lots of seafood stalls selling fresh fish. You pick which seafood you want and they steam or fry it up. We had tom yum soup, stirfried crab and fried fish.

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  • Just up the road from Tongfoon...

    The Swan is located just up Thamanoonvithee road, on your left. It's an open-air concept restaurant with an English theme. They sell and rent English pocketbooks, which is quite the draw to local Farang. The food at the Swan is nothing to write home about, but it does offer up Western varieties. The beer is relatively cold, the surrounding pleasant...

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    At the north end of Samila Beach, near the Mermaid and Cat & Rat statues, there is a long row of simple little local alfresco seafood restaurants. We just picked one that had a decent selection on display. Since English is not widely spoken here, we just pointed to what we wanted and let the chef recommend how to prepare it. We then took our seats...

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  • Yummy Seafood!!

    I don;t know the name of this restaurant. (It's written in Thai). I loved the food they served in this place. Food taste even better than the ones we had in Hat Yai (neighbouring town).Food is simply cheap here and we were the only tourists. The rest of the patrons are the locals themselves. For the first time, I tasted this "horseshoe crab" dish....

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  • Real Thai Food

    Like me, I enjoyed eating local Thailand on their open market. You don't have to remember how it calls, just follow the local on what they eat and what they order.

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Songkhla Nightlife

  • Eat & Shop at night

    This nightmarket at Chana road is bustling with loads of activities when the sun sets and the whole stretch of road is blockaded from vehicular traffic access.The rows of hawkers selling many fabulous inexpensive local delights, souvenirs, novelties and clothing apparels bring life and great spectacle to an otherwise quiet nightlife in this part of...

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  • Best Live Music Bar in Hatyai, Thailand

    If you want to spend a night time at a bar with a real music in Hatyai, Westside Saloon is the best choice. They play the old memories country song, rock and roll' 60th - '90th style - Hotel California, Stair Way to Heaven. They also play Chinese songs and Thai song if you request them.The restaurant decorate in a cowboy style, feel like I was...

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  • Lots of karaoke.

    There isn't much nightlife in sleepy songkhla. There are bars all along Samila beach. Many karaoke places. Our hotel's restaurant had a musician, who played Thai and western music. Some people came up and did some karaoke.There are also some bars on Srisuda Road.

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Songkhla Transportation

  • Getting to Ko Yo

    From Songkhla city, you need to get a tuk tuk to take you to the pier, where you catch the ferry to ban hua khao. From there, you can take a tuk tuk to ko yo, if you can find one. We hired motorcycle taxis. You will recognize them by men wearing colorful vests. They drove us over the bridge to ko yo. From Ko Yo, you just try and grab a songtaew or...

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  • To get up the hill-take the furnicular

    The best way to get up Khao Tang Kuan is to take the furnicular. It doesn't cost much, plus your legs will thank you later.

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  • Second best way to get around

    The best way to get around Songkhla is by walking, the second is to take these large tuk tuk things. A cross between a tuk tuk and a songtaew.

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Songkhla Shopping

  • Refreshing coconut dessert

    You can easily spot this roadside hawker cart that is usually crowded with locals at the foot of Tang Kuan Hill. This stall sells a very inexpensive Thai dessert that uses coconut as star ingredient. The lady displays skilful strokes to de-husk and cut open the coconut effortlessly in less than a minute; drain off the coconut juice into a...

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  • buy traditional cloth

    On the island of Koh Yo, you can buy handmade cloth from local women or men along the street. You can buy a plaid design or one color pieces of cloth/textiles. Expect to haggle hard.

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  • mermaids for sale

    I was disapointed with the shops in Songklha-but they don't cater too much to tourists. They do sell silly souvenirs-like this basket of mermaid paper weights. Near Samila beach, there are a bunch of stores that sell t-shirts, stuff made out of shells and other tourist souvenirs. But that's about it.

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Songkhla Favorites

  • Dog

    I'm more of a cat person than a dog person but I felt sorry for this little fellow. There are stray dogs everywhere in Thailand. This little guy, who could only have been a few weeks old, was all on his own sleeping on the beach.

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  • Cat and Mouse

    Yet another one of those silly stories. This time about a cat, mouse and a dog on a boat. The cat and mouse end up drowning and are of course turned into islands. The small islands in the background are Cat Island and Mouse Island.

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  • Why I chose Songkhla?

    Your journey to Songkhla is only 30 minutes by car from Hat yai where you can really enjoy your vacation on this resort area at southern Thailand.

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