Songkhla & Hat Yai Travel Information

General Information || Attractions || Festivals || Local Products || How to get there

Local Products

                Shrimp and fish crackers Shrimp and fish crackers are one of the local products of Songkhla. They are delicious and inexpensive. There are also nam budu, cashew nuts, and dried crystal shrimp that can be purchased from any stalls on Nakhon Nai Road in the city

                Nang Talung (shadow puppet) Nang Talung (shadow puppet) is the south�s folk art that is shown to the general public in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Trang, and Songkhla. A temporary platform is usually built for the performance. The puppets, cut from animal hide, are placed against the rear of a white screen in front of a bright light so the audience can see their shadows. The story is told by narrators. The puppets can be purchased from souvenir stores.

                Ko Yo Hand-woven Fabric Ko Yo Hand-woven Fabric is another folk product of Songkhla, produced mainly from Ko Yo, Amphoe Mueang Songkhla. The sturdy hand-woven fabric has intricate designs such as Lai Rat Chawat, and Lai Luk Kaeo and can be purchased from stores on Nakhon Nai and Nang Ngam Roads.

How to get there

                Car
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 to Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat,Trang-Phatthalung, and Songkhla, a total distance of 950 kilometres.

                Bus
There are daily buses from Bangkok to Songkhla and Hat Yai. The journey takes about 13 hours. Air-conditioned buses, varying in 3 types, depart from Bangkok�s Southern Bus Terminal at the following times:

Bangkok-Hat Yai

VIP Bus: 4.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Standard 1 Bus: 7 a.m., 4 p.m., 5.30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6.15 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8.20 p.m.
Standard 2 Bus: 7 a.m. and 9.45 p.m.

Bangkok-Songkhla

Standard 1 Bus: 5 p.m., 6.45 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Standard 2 Bus: 8 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

                The schedule may be changed. Please check a current schedule and further information from the Southern Bus Terminal at tel: 0 2435 1199-200. For Hat Yai, call the Transport Co., Ltd. (Bo Kho So) at tel: 0 7423 2789, 0 7423 2404

                From Hat Yai Bus Terminal, there are buses to other provinces in the south. Pho Thong Transportation Co., Ltd. 0 7431 1126 provides buses from Songkhla to Hat Yai. Ranot Transportation Co., Ltd. 0 7431 1523 operates buses from Songkhla to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

ASIA TRAVEL'S PRIVATE TRANSFER

                Train
The State Railway of Thailand provides daily rapid and express train services from Bangkok to Hat Yai. The trains depart from Bangkok�s Hualamphong Railway Station at 12.25 p.m., 2.20 p.m., 2.45 p.m., 3.50 p.m. and 10.50 p.m. Travelling time is about 17 hours.

                Air
Thai Airways has several daily flights connecting Bangkok and Phuket with Hat Yai. For more information, please click here

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