Yala Thailand

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Yala is the southernmost province of Thailand, with an area of 4,521 square kilometres. It is the only landlocked province in the south. Yala is the border province with an interesting history, culture, and beautiful scenery. The province has a unique mixture of cultural heritage of several groups: Thai, Chinese, and Malay. The city centre has systematic town planning and is one of the educational centres of the south as well.

The word "Yala" was derived from the local word "yalo" meaning "fish net". Yala used to be a part of Pattani, a colony of the Sukhothai Kingdom. In B.E. 2310 when Ayutthaya fell to the Burmese, the southern colonies became independent. During the reign of King Rama I of the Rattanakosin Dynasty, the King sent his brother, Khrom Phra Ratchawangbowon Maha Surasihanat to take Pattani. In B.E. 2351, the King had Pattani separated into 7 smaller colonies, namely Mueang Pattani, Mueang Sai Buri, Mueang Nong Chik, Mueang Yaring, Mueang Ra Ngae, Mueang Raman, and Mueang Yala. Yala had changed its rulers many times before Monthon was abolished in B.E. 2476 and finally became one of the provinces of Thailand.

Yala is 1,084 kilometres south of Bangkok by road. One can take Highway 4 (Thanon Phetkasem) from Bangkok to Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chumphon, then onto Highway 41 through Thung Song, Phatthalung, Hat Yai, Pattani, and Yala.

There is no direct flight to Yala but Thai Airways International offers flights from Bangkok to Hat Yai. From Hat Yai one can either take the train, bus, taxi, or air-conditioned van to Yala. Please call Thai Airways at 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 for more information.

Yala is 1,055 kilometres from Bangkok by rail. The State Railway Authority of Thailand operates daily rapid and express train services from Bangkok to Yala. Trains leaves the Bangkok Railway Station at 0.25 p.m. 2.45 p.m. and 3.50 p.m. For more information please call Travelling Service Unit, Bangkok Railway Station at tel: 1690, 0 2223 7010 and 0 2223 7020 or visit www.srt.or.th.

To/from Bangkok: Air-con buses by The Transport Co. Ltd (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด (บขส.), bor-kor-sor ) run between Bangkok southern bus terminal (สายใต้, sai-tai ) and Yala bus terminal daily. The distance is

  • 24 seats VIP bus (พิเศษ, piset ) costs 1215 baht, departs from Bangkok at 17:30. On the reverse, the departure is at 14:00.
  • 32 seats Class 1 B bus (ม1พ) costs 914 baht, departs from Bangkok at 19:00 and Yala at 15:30.
  • 40 seats Class 1 C bus (ม1ข) costs 783 baht, departs from Bangkok at 17:00 and Yala at 16:30.
  • 47 seats Class 2 bus (ม2) costs 609 baht, departs from Bangkok at 14:00 and 18:00, Yala at 12:30 and 14:30.

Air-conditioned bus services are run daily between Bangkok and Yala from the Southern Bus Terminal. Departure times from Bangkok are as follows:

Thai Doen Rot Co.,Ltd (tel: 0 2435 7424) operates a daily bus service from Bangkok to Betong. The bus leaves the Southern Bus Terminal at 4 p.m.

Mini bus for 120 Baht or by train for 20 baht. The travel takes about 2 hours, be awarded that train may be slower. Minibusses depart to the left as you exit the train station. Minibusses also depart to Narathiwat from this same location for 100 Baht

Mini van (air-con) for 120 Baht or shared Taxi for 130 Baht (April, 2014). The Mini van and Taxi takes about 2 hours, the Taxi is usually faster because it usually don't pick up people on the way. The mini van stops along the way to take travelers who arranged a stop with the company. The mini van is located about 120 meters north of the clock tower on Sukhayang Road (East side) in Beton, the share taxi is about 80 meters north of the clock tower on Sukhayang Road (West side) in Beton.

There are street stalls and small restaurants all over Yala. Like the rest of Thailand you are never far away from food. Yala is not used to westerners or tourists so just smile a lot and point at the food you want. Many people understand rudimentary english so say the kind of meat you want and go from there there.

  • I Like Coffee. Near park view hotel. ☎ 081-5415500. Western style Thai-run and patronized coffee shop with free wifi and an English menu. A good place to get your bearings upon arrival in Yala. 35THB.  edit

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