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Exploring the Deep South

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The eastern lowlands of the Deep South are among the most fertile in the country. Year-round heat and high humidity are ideal conditions for fast-growing coffee beans, pineapples, cashews, rambutans, and oil and rubber palms. The South’s commercial capital, Hat Yai, is in this region, but Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla are the cultural centers. In the west, the Trang coast and Tarutao archipelago both have fine sand beaches, spectacular corals, and few visitors by virtue of undeveloped tourist facilities. The east coast offers fewer natural attractions, but charming towns such as Songkhla are well worth visiting. The three provinces south of Hat Yai – Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat – are strongly influenced by Muslim Malaysia. The differences in language, cuisine, and religion are obvious even to casual visitors. Densely forested mountains near the Malaysian border shelter tigers, elephants, and other wildlife

Getting Around

Hat Yai is the main transportation hub of the Deep South. The 580-mile (930-km) trip to Hat Yai from Bangkok takes about 14 hours by bus and 17 by train. Most of the other big towns have bus and rail connections. Highways 4 and 41 are the major north-south roads. Most roads are paved, and local buses run to many sights. There are six small regional airports. Many Singaporeans and Malaysians visit the area on tours; most other visitors are independent travelers. A rental car is the easiest way to get around. The west coast islands can be reached from Pak Meng, Pak Bara, and Kantang

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