Songkhla

“Located in Thailand’s far south, Songkhla is the capital, although not the biggest city, of the province of Songkhla. The town is around 20kms northeast of the south’s biggest city, Hat Yai, and is nestled on the southeastern coast of the country. Buses leave Bangkok’s Southern terminal on a daily basis and take 12 to 13 hours.

Air-conditioned VIP buses are available from the capital, but it’s advisable to pre-book these tickets in advance because of the high demand. The VIP buses are overnight options, but for those looking to travel in the daytime Class 2 buses are available at about half the price.

Local buses run between Songkhla and many of the main cities in the south including Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Chumphon. A ticket for the big green buses to nearby Hat Yai only costs 20 baht. If travelling from Bangkok, there is also the option of flying or taking the train to Hat Yai, before catching connecting buses to Songkhla.

The city’s bus station is situated just off Taoluang Road, near the lake. From here, songthaews and motorcycle taxis can take you to your next port of call. A 7-Eleven is situated just a minute’s walk from the station so stocking up on last-minute snacks before the trip is not a problem.”