Thailand Travel Guide

Narathiwat

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Nov
2021

Narathiwat

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The town of Narathiwat is visited by few tourists, but it makes a useful base for exploring the surrounding region. However, caution is advised as the province experiences frequent acts of violence carried out by Islamic extremists. The Muslim fishing village is a good place to see the traditional painted korlae boats. There are a number of good beaches near the town – the best is Ao Manao, 4 miles (6 km) to the south.

Environs

Taksin Palace, south of town, is the summer residence of the King and Queen. It is open to the public when the royal family is not in residence. The gardens have views of the adjacent beach and an aviary with peacocks and cockatoos.

On the road to Rangae is the hill Khao Kong, perched upon which is the tallest seated Buddha image in Thailand. The 79-ft (24-m) statue is covered in golden tiles.

Close to the Malaysian border, 21 miles (34 km) south of Narathiwat, is the lovely village of Tak Bai. Its main attraction is Wat Chonthara Sing He: an outpost of Thai Buddhism in an almost exclusively Malay[1]speaking, Muslim area. The wat was erected in 1873 by King Chulalongkorn to stake his claim to a region that the British wanted to incorporate into Malaya (Malaysia).

The architecture of the temple mixes Southern Thai with Chinese influences, the latter being particularly evident in the tiered roof. One of the buildings in the large grounds contains a reclining Buddha decorated with Chinese ceramics from the Song dynasty. Another temple building is adorned with a number of fine murals depicting many aspects of local life painted during the reign of King Mongkut.

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