Hat Yai Journals

Langkasuka

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A travel journal to Hat Yai by SeenThat

Mermaid and the Cat Island Photo, Songkhla, Thailand More Photos
Quote: On sea mermaids, treasures placed under boulders, a cat with a mouse on its tail, a single electric fan, Chinese communists far from home, the Kingdom of Langkasuka and other world changing issues.

Songkhla City

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Attraction | "On Boulders, Treasures and Guarding Spirits"

Mermaid and the Cat Island Photo, Songkhla, Thailand
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Known as "the Great City on Two Seas," Songkhla is unique among Thai towns. Despite being part of the fourth largest metropolitan area in Thailand – together with Hat Yai – and of being the provincial capital, the city retains its traditional ambience, reminding of a fishing village. Beaches, a large port and excellent facilities for travelers combine with its unique mixture of Thai, Chinese and Malay cultures to create a superb leisure destination. Another sign of its southern links is the city’s original name: Singora. Does that sound similar to "Singapore?" That’s not ...Read More

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Mermaid and the Cat Island Photo, Songkhla, Thailand
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Kingdom of LangkasukaLangkasuka was an early Malay kingdom founded at Kedah and later moved to Pattani, in modern Thailand. The modern Province of Songkhla was part of this kingdom. Langkasuka means "Resplendent Land" in Sanskrit.Apparently the kingdom was founded in the second century, but the earliest external reference to it is in Chinese records when it was called Lang-ya-xiu during the sixth century. A Chinese Buddhist monk visited it back then and described the kingdom’s capital city as being surrounded by walls, having double gates, towers and pavilions. In year 515, King Bhagadatta of Langkasuka established relations with ...Read More

Activities and Attractions in Songkhla Province

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Attraction | "The Deep South"

Chinese Tunnels Photo, Songkhla, Thailand
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If advancing from Bangkok Index southwards, it is impossible to ignore the growing amount of mosques in each city. The same is truth if reading the news about the area in recent years. Songkhla Province borders Malaysia and is home to a substantial Muslim population that reaches about a quarter of the total population. Yet, it is still a predominantly Buddhist area. Thai is still the main language, though it is spoken faster and with less emphasis on the tones than in other areas of ...Read More

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Timing Travel

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Attraction | "Traveling to the End of the World"

Bus Timetable Photo, Hat Yai, Thailand
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1. Timing TravelCertain aspects of the Thai culture can be enjoyed only while travelling at night. Many travelers are reluctant to do so; they prefer to see the landscapes during the day, or to save time by flying to the destination. I understand the first group, but the second one gives up to one of the greatest joys in travel. A traveler must adapt to constantly changing surroundings. Thailand is a long country; many fresh products are constantly moved between its extremes. The northern parts expect to get fresh sea food on a daily base, while the central parts want to get exotic flowers that can grow only in the north.That means that a substantial pa...Read More

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Hat Yai

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Attraction | "On Missing Beaches and a Single Electric Fan "

Typical Street Photo, Hat Yai, Thailand
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Where is the "Small Beach?"Thai names are always interesting, throwing light into fascinating aspects of this culture. Hat Yai means "Beach Big" while the city doesn’t feature any beaches. Ironically, awesome beaches are nearby, on the provincial capital - Songkhla - whose name is not related to beaches in any way.Yet, logic is not completely void. If there is a "Big Beach," then a small one should exist somewhere; accordingly "Hat Lek" is the southernmost ...Read More

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