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    Default Deep South Provinces [Travel Experiences]

    Interested to know off any experiences of the Deep South , specifically Yala , Pattani and Narathiwat ONLY ....
    I must admit I have never traveled round these provinces in the light of new developments was wondering if any one has experiences , pointing out I do understand about the security issues and the basic complexities of the conflict etc . <- Not the question being asked....
    Difficult to obtain up to date travel experiences in the Deep South, just out of interest if anyone has been recently ...
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    The furthest I ever go down is to Nakornsrithamarat but really I don't know anyone here that would ever want to go down that far. I wouldn't say categorically that it is not safe but they clearly have issues. I doubt a a white face would make you a target since the troubles have nothing to do external matters, but there is a lot of underlying latent jealousy towards farangs so personally I think there are better places to go for a holiday. Generally speaking most Thais find their countrymen in the south short tempered, aggressive and on occasion violent.


    Doesn't really answer your question but it says something that I live in what we call "Pak Thai" and I don't know anyone who would go to those areas by choice if they don't have family there, Thai or Farang.

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    Thanks James I fully understand, I did talk to someone who's In - Laws have a business in Yala, they said things have improved but they would nt go personally themselves but other family members go regular (Thais)
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    Been to Songkla and Hat Yai and no problems..Have known a few cyclists riding from Singapore to BKK come up the east coast with no problems..
    Hat Yai seems to have more visitors from Malaysia than locals from what I saw..

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    We stayed in Narathiwat for a night in 2003, from what I can remember it was relaxed and an easy going place and the south in general made a welcome change as it was quieter with less nightlife. The train trip down was very nice going overnight with a/c, table service and a bed.

    I'd go again given the chance but probably not with the kids.

    The food from the south appeals with it's closer links to India / Malaysia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tudorowen1 View Post
    Been to Songkla and Hat Yai and no problems..Have known a few cyclists riding from Singapore to BKK come up the east coast with no problems..
    Hat Yai seems to have more visitors from Malaysia than locals from what I saw..
    Thanks for your comments, I have traveled round Songkhla Province and 1st time in Hat Yai was in 2003 been numerous times since, also done Border crossings to Malaysia from Songkhla Province also worth mentioning is the Ferry services from Saturn Province to Kangkawi Island (another alternative route into Malaysia) I have never been in the Malaysian State of Kelantan (Kota Bharu - Tumpat - Pasir Mas - Jungle Train etc) which can be accessed from Sungai Kolok (Narathiwat) there is also a River crossing from Tak Bai District to Tumpat but not sure if open for Foreigners plus Tak Bai is a district to avoid IE insurgent activities.
    I was on a course in Kuala Lumpur and one of the guys and his friends go on a motorbike trip to TH every year Krabi / Trang etc but always cross the border at Songkhla Province avoiding Yala - Narathiwat.
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