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Narathiwat is a province on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand at the border of Malaysia; its people are engaged in fishing and trading with neighboring countries and the province has a white elephant called Phra Sri Nararat Rajakarin, who is featured on the provincial seal.
Located approximately 1,150 kilometers south of Bangkok, Narathiwat is the southernmost province in Thailand where it is one of five that border Malaysia, in this case at Amphoe Su-ngai Kolok, where the southern railway line ends.
With Amphoe Su-ngai Kolok serving as an economic and border tourism center, the province welcomes an increasing numbers of Malaysians and Singaporeans on short holidays or shopping sprees.
In 1915, King Rama VI bestowed the name “Narathiwat,” meaning “home of good people” on the province that has a constant flow of trade and a fusion of cultures the majority whom are Muslims who speak the distinctive Yawi language.
In addition to its cultural attractions, Narathiwat has beautiful beaches and is the region where most Thai gold is mined. Located approximately 1,150 kilometers south of Bangkok, Narathiwat is the southernmost province in Thailand where it borders Malaysia. Consequently, Narathiwat draws many Malaysians and Singaporean visitors and features a distinct culture featuring many Muslim Thais.
Seventy five percent of Narathiwat is covered with jungles and mountains, there are numerous beaches, and there a number of magnificent temples to visit.
- Because of regional unrest visitors to Narathiwat should exercise special caution and remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
- Travelers should be aware of occasion security measures in affected areas, such as curfews, military patrols, or random searches of train passengers.
- There is an internet cafe east of the town’s clock tower.
- The main Narathiwat post office is on Phichit Bamrung Rd towards the southern end of town.
- The central police station is on the corner of Phichit Bamrung and Suriya Pradit Roads south of the clock tower.