one of Thailand's important ports and coastal
provinces, is located 950 kilometers from
Bangkok. Occupying an area of 7,393 square
kilometers on the eastern side of the Malaysian
Peninsula, the province is bordered by the
States of Kedah (Sai Buri) and Perlis of
Malaysia to the south and the Gulf of Thailand
to the east. In addition, Songkhla borders
Si Thammarat and Phatthalung Provinces to
the north, Yala and Pattani Provinces to
the south, and Satun and Phatthalung Provinces
to the west.
An undeniably historic town endowed with
ancient ruins, arts, and places of cultural
importance, Songkhla, a melting pot of Thais,
Chinese and Malays, charms visitors with
its unique traditions, dialect, and folk
entertainment. These characteristics are
reflections of the provinces rich cultural
heritage, which has been preserved and passed
down from generations to generations.
Hat Yai, a district of Songkhla, is perhaps
better known than the provincial capital
itself. Hat Yai serves as a southern hub
of communication, trading and transportation
as well as a gateway to Malaysia and Singapore.
In light of this, Hat Yai has gained importance
as the driving force of economic growth
in the southern region.