Pattani

“Situated in the far south of Thailand, Pattani is a city of around 40,000 people just over 1,000kms from Bangkok. The small bus station is located on the outskirts of the city, to the south of the Pattani River and around five kilometres from the city centre. Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis are the main form of transportation into the city.

Overnight buses from Bangkok depart the Southern Bus Terminal , a trip of 14 hours, and it is advisable to book online or purchase a ticket in advance if possible. There are also regular services to nearby Yala and Narathiwat.

Pattani is not on the regular tourist trail despite its natural beauty due, in part, to ongoing Muslim separatist violence in the area. However, those who decide to visit have a number of things to do. Among the highlights are the 300-year-old Wat Chang Hai monastery and the large Pattani Central Mosque. Also worth seeing are the Namtok Sai Khao National Park and the Prasat Nang Phomhom Forest Park plus several scenic beaches.”