If you have heard of Hat Samila, the home of a bronze mermaid sculpture, then you might have also heard of Songkhla province where it is located. This province attracts many tourists for its local markets, Muslim-Thai cuisine, or Songkhla’s famous beaches.
Are you planning to see Songkhla Province in Thailand? Here are the seven top tourist attractions in Songkhla that you should visit:
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Top Tourist Attractions in Songkhla Province
Sleeping Buddha (Wat Phranon Laem Pho)
Ko Yo Island is where the Sleeping Buddha or the Wat Phranon Laem Pho is located. As you enter the island in the south, you can see the Sleeping Buddha on your left. The massive Buddha is reclined, similar to a sleeping position and shines brightly under the sun. It is a picturesque place, so do not forget to snap some shots!
Khatichon Wittaya Museum
Khatichon Wittaya Museum (Thaksin Folklore Museum) is mainly built to showcase how the southern people live their life following their lasting culture and tradition. You can see exhibits inside such as handiwork, archaeological pieces, and other unique pieces of their history and customs.
Hat Yai Municipal Park
Hat Yai Municipal Park, one of the attractions in Songkhla, is not your usual urban green park. This park features a lot of religious structures and statues that talk a lot about the city’s faith. You can also see playgrounds, pavilions, and a lot of food stalls at the foot of the mountain. You can also try swan boats yourself with your loved one!
Ko Yo Island
As you visit the Ko Yo Island, include in your itinerary the hill-top temple. It is best visited when the sun is setting to capture the perfect view of the shining Buddha. They also have firecrackers services to entice visitors.
Who says the food isn’t the best part of traveling? No one! Thai cuisine is also served on the island. You can taste their famous fish, tom yam, and seaweed salad in a leaf wrap!
Thale Noi Waterbird Park
Thale Noi Waterbird Park is also often spelled as Talay or Thalae Noi. It is Thailand’s biggest reserve located at the Lake Songkhla, Thailand’s largest freshwater lake.
Bird watchers come to the waterbird park to witness more than 180 species of waterbirds in the lake. Apart from that, rare species of fish, reptiles, flora, and other mammals can be seen. No doubt this waterbird park was included in the top attractions in Songkhla!
Songkhla Tae Raek Night Market
If you want to enjoy the Thai nightlife, Songkhla Tae Raek is the best place to be. They have a night market every Friday and Sunday which offers handcrafted souvenirs you need. They also have local delicacies and live bands in the market.
The epic 30,000-line saga by Soonthorn Phu inspires the Golden Mermaid. According to the story, a mermaid combs her hair with a golden comb when a young fisherman saw her. She swam fast and left her golden comb. Every day, the young fisherman waits on the same spot hoping to see the mermaid again and return the comb. Unfortunately, the mermaid never came back. The sculpture of the mermaid indeed symbolizes the city – golden, meaningful, and found.