Songkhla City History and Harbor

Thailand's deep south starts at Songkhla and Hat Yai

It stretches southwards to the Malaysian border. The area is dominated by farm and fishing communities, a huge mosque (the biggest in the south of Thailand) is between Songkhla and Hat Yai. 

As usual in Thailand this is a bit confusing because the name of this southern Province is Songkhla too but Hat Yai the bigger and more important city. Hat Yai" is an unmistakable "Chinese Domain" when the British left their colonies Malaysia and Singapore there was a dispute about this status and in the usual careless way of the British they didn't solve this dispute before they where running away just as they had no reasonable ideas about India and Pakistan which finally led to the  border wars in both countries even today almost every day some religious maniacs blast bombs and kill people. But it needs to mention that the main killer are the Islamist their "speciality" are children monks and women actually people who kill children are not of the human kind.

Songkhla and south Thailand

Songkhla Fishermen

Evidence for a long history record around is among other is a very old bronze drum or Dong Son drum which was found in Chana. In the first and second centuries some communities of Hindu traders and fisherman emerged on the Sathing Phra peninsular, this peninsular was basically an agriculture area and transformed into a port after. 

Songkhla City also has interesting museums 

One of the museums is in an old Chinese Merchant house and some more artifacts are on display in the Marine Archaeological Museum in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia which is a dedicated building in the KL National Museum showing old shipwreck treasures found around the Malay Peninsular.

Photos of south Thailand

In the sixth century Indian traders brought Buddhism into the area. In the seventh century Sathing Phra was already an international harbor and administrative center for the area. In the second half of the seventeen century Chinese took the lead in commerce activities.
Some museums give a idea what happen in the past, a lot of old items of various kind are on display.

Songkhla Trash Art

Among other contemporary artwork in Songkhla is "Trash Art" emerged from various junkyards and composed by a creative artist.  

The main museum is the Songkhla National Museum, the museum in an old Chinese mansion offers insights into the past, beside of folk art, old Chinese ceramics, Buddhist and Hindu objects are on exhibition. 

A interesting visit is into the Thaksin Khadi Sueksa Institute (a view over Songkhla from the institute is below). Songkhla is a fishing port since ancient times and has recently become the center of the offshore gas business and exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. All the big US companies are here since they are the one who has the expertise, like Unocal, Halliburton etc. the hotels make good business with the professionals who are shuttled every day from the local heliport to the offshore platforms. It looks like not much from the money created through this business find the way into the local environment.

On the seaside are some fishing village and one beach follows the other. A large inland saltwater lake (Thailand largest) gives some interesting views. Songkhla is only minor developed for any kind of nightlife, there are a few cafe with girls singing and some karaoke in the major hotels, there you also can find some interesting companions but this won't match e.g. Phuket by any means. One can have a short drive to Hat Yai and there it is where the heat and action in terms of nightlife are on, as mentioned before Hat Yai is a small edition of Bangkok.

The very old quarter of Songkhla is located on Sathing Pra. As many other places in southern Thailand, the city has seen a lot of people from many nations passing since ancient times, they mainly were Indians, Arabs, Malay, Chinese, Persians and so on. They called the place “Singhla” which mutated with the time into the present day name. The name identifies two islands looking like crouching lions (some fantasy needed) at the entrance to the Songkhla lagoon, now their name is Koh Nu and Koh Maeo.

Very few tourist come all the way down to Songkhla and if they come it's usually a through ride to Malaysia.

Hat Yai, the third largest city in Thailand, a few miles southwest of Songkhla is the main commercial city in the region, actually it’s somehow a smaller edition of Bangkok. Not much to say about besides that Hat Yai has a sizzling nightlife mainly serving Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean and Japanese tourist who seek some short time fun in Songkhla and Hat Yai southern Thailand.