beautiful border town, southernmost in Siam" is the slogan of
Yala province. The word "Yala" comes from a folk word "yalor",
meaning "fishing net" because at the original site of the town,
Yalor, there was a mountain shaped like a fishing net.
It was a low land
and people earned their living by using fishing nets to catch fish.
Eventually, many new towns were set up one after another until
finally it moved to Nibong, which is its present location. (Nibong
means a kind of tree called "laocha-on").
Yala is the southern most province of Thailand with and area of
4,521 square kilometers. It is 1,055 kms. from Bangkok by rail and
1,440 kms. by road. It is the only one of the 14 southern provinces
that is not next to the sea. Yala is mostly mountains and covered
with forests but has very little flat land.
Yala city to
Amphoe Bannang Sata
- Amphoe Betong
- Amphoe Kabang Subdistrict
- Amphoe Krongpinang Subdistrict
- Amphoe Raman
- Amphoe Yaha
used to be a part of Pattani, which was a colony of the Thai Kingdom
Sukhothai Regime. In the year 1757, after Ayutthaya had lost to
Burma, all its colonies in this area declared themselves
independent. It was not until the reign of King Rama I that Krom
Phra Rajwang Baworn reclaim Pattani into 7 towns.
They were Pattani , Saiburi, Nongjik, Yaring, Ra-ngae, Raman and
Yala. As for Yala, Tuan Yalor became Phraya Lor, its governor. There
had been many governors in succession before Yala became a province
of Thailand and that was before the announcement of the cancellation
of the division into regions according to the order of the Kingdom
of Siam in 1993.
How to get there
Air - conditioned buses and non-air conditioned buses
leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal everyday about 16 hrs.
further details, please contact 02-4355015.
Taking Highway No.4 to highway No. 41 or 42 pass Thepa River
and then to Don Yang T junction , Turn right about 40 kms. to Yala
Rapid Train and Sprinter leave from Hua Lamphong Railway Station
daily for Yala about 17 hrs. Tel. 2230710,2230720
From Bangkok to Hat-Yai
daily and then to Yala Province by bus,
taxi or air-conditioned van about 150 kms.
The Landmark Pole Celebration
is held yearly between May 25 and June 4.
There are processions Yala town. There are exhibitions, shop selling
local products of the south and also southern Thai traditional
entertainment such as shadow puppets, Monarch and a liege Hulu.
Yala Cultural Fair
contest and sale Shogun orange, longkong and
durian fruits of Muang Yala. Kluayhin banana eating contest. Tour
week of "Lake on mountain trip" week.
The period of festival is about the first weekend of August every
The ASEAN Dove
is held on the last weekend of March every
year. There are processions in the opening ceremony. Dove raising
clubs from Malaysia, Singapore and every province in Thailand join
the competition. On the days, there are exhibition and goods for
sale, including those involving dove raising.