Savouring the Sights & Sounds of the Seaside City of Songkhla
The atmospheric southern Thai city of Songkhla, the capital of its namesake province, is home to stately temples, historic streets and some fascinating local myths, and is certainly well worth exploring. While it may not have the chaotic dynamism of Bangkok or the stunning coastline and buzzing nightlife of somewhere like Phuket, there is still plenty to recommend Songkhla and the city is certainly in some possession of some pretty beaches of its own which make ideal places to swim, sunbathe or just kick back and relax.
If you are interested in local history, during your stay in Songkhla you should definitely check out the Songkhla National Museum, an attractive Chinese-style building which dates back to the 19th century. Housed inside you will find a number of fascinating exhibits showcasing a variety of artefacts including southern folk crafts and artworks, old Chinese and Thai ceramics, items belonging to the Na Songkhla family, and even some prehistoric discoveries.
You may also want to head to the Institute for Southern Thai Studies on Ko Yo, where you can learn more about Southern Thai culture, art and folk wisdom. There are over 30 rooms filled with interesting artefacts and exhibits, making for a truly enlightening visit.
Songkhla is also home to some picturesque natural attractions, such as Khao Tang Kuan. Take the cable lift up to the top, where you will find a Dvavarati Chedi which contains relics of Buddha; you can also see the royal pavilion built during King Rama V’s period as monarch. Another must-see natural attraction is the island of Ko Yo – and make sure you spend some time at the charming beaches of Samila and Son On. You can also take a tour of Songkhla Lake and if you’d like to get up close and personal to a variety of wildlife make sure you pay a visit to Songkhla Zoo, nestled among the lush hills.