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Sitting on the banks of the Bang Nara River, Narathiwat is probably the most Muslim city in Thailand, with mosques scattered around town. A few old Sino-Portuguese buildings line the riverfront (although blink and you'll miss them), and there some excellent beaches just outside town, but few tourists pass through, due to the security situation.

Best time to visit

The climate in Narathiwat is hot, oppressive, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°C to 33°C and is rarely below 21°C or above 34°C.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Narathiwat for hot-weather activities is from early January to mid March.

Check the below table for the general idea of Narathiwat weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.1 27.3 22.2
Feb 34 28.4 21.8
Mar 34.9 28.9 22.9
Apr 34.8 28.8 23.7
May 33.9 28.6 23.8
Jun 33.3 28.3 23.8
Jul 32.8 27.7 23.4
Aug 32.8 27.7 23.3
Sep 32.6 27.5 23.3
Oct 32.3 27.3 23.1
Nov 31.5 27.1 23.1
Dec 31.4 27.1 22.8

Narathiwat’s current weather and 7-day forecast


City attractions in Narathiwat

Old Central Mosque

A Sumatra-style wooden mosque built in 1938, this is the province's most revered mosque and the burial place of the old city lord, Phraya Phu Pha Phakdi.

New Central Mosque

Narathiwat's principal place of worship, superseding the much smaller wooden mosque, the new mosque was built in 1981 in modern style.

Out of city attractions in Narathiwat

Ao Manao Park

Reached via Highway 4084, about 3 km. outside the town, this pretty, curved bay is a public park with a beach, an arboretum, a row of pines and a forest study trail.

Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace

This royal palace is located 8 km. from town on Highway 4084 on Tanyongmat Hill within extensive gardens beside Ao Manao. Open to the public daily from 8.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m., except when The King is in residence, which is usually during the period from August to October.

Hat Narathat

This clean, white beach about 5 km. long is located just north of the town. At the near end is the mouth of the Bang Nara River where the annual Kolae boat races are held. Rows of pines give shade and the beach is a popular local recreation place. Nearby are fishing villages spread along the river and the bay is full of Kolae fishing boats.

Khao Kong Buddhist Park

This temple park, located about 9 km. from town on Highway 4055, features a large golden Buddha image sitting in the lotus position atop a hill. Completed in 1969, measuring 17 m. wide and 24 m. high, it is the largest outdoor Buddha image in southern Thailand.

Ban Yakang

Located about 4 km. outside town on Highway 4055, this old community is now a major batik production centre. The fabrics made here have beautiful designs and colours, all made by traditional techniques.

Ban Thon

Located at Khok Tian, about 16 km. from the town on Highway 4136, this is a traditional Thai Muslim fishing village that is a production centre of real and miniature kolae boats. Whilst adults concentrate on the real thing, young boys make the miniature boats, considered to be a form of art. Also on sale are colourful items made of Krachut sedge and Annonaceae leaves, such as bags and mats.

Wat Chonthara Sing He

This historic temple is located near the coast in the village of Tak Bai 34 km. south of Narathiwat, close to the Malaysian border. A Buddhist temple within a predominantly Muslim community, it played a role in the ceding of land by Thailand to the British colony of Malaya during King Rama V's reign in 1909. The Thais were under much pressure to give up their far southern provinces. King Rama V put forward the argument that, being a Buddhist temple, Wat Chonthara Sing He should remain on Thai territory. The two sides consequently agreed to use the Tak Bai River to the temple's south as the border, thus preserving much territory as Thailand's. For that reason, the temple is also called Wat Phithak Phaen Din Thai- the temple that protects Thai sovereignty. Built in 1873, the chapel has murals painted by Songkhla monks which recount the life of the Buddha and show scenes of local life at that time, and a main Buddha image made of gold. Another building houses a reclining Buddha image and has interior walls covered with old Sangkhalok porcelain.

Talo Mano Mosque

Also known as Al-Hussein Mosque, located at Talo Mano, 25 km. north of Narathiwat town off Highway 42. Dating from the mid-19th century, the mosque is built entirely of wood and without nails in a style typical of southern Thailand and northern Malaya at the time. Now roofed with terracotta tiles, replacing the original thatch, it includes Chinese influences. Talo Mano village was once noted for its handwritten Korans.

Budo Su-ngai Padi Mountain Range National Park

The park is located at Bacho off Highway 42, about 26 km. north of Narathiwat town. A rainforest reserve with an area of 294 sq km., it extends into Yala and Pattani. Two distinctive plants here are the yandao "golden leaves" and the rattan called takha thong. Rare animals in the area are the rhinoceros, agile gibbon, tapir and Sumatran serow. The most important animal is the spectacled langur. The park has several waterfalls. The best known and most accessible is Namtok Pacho which has nine tiers. It is the province's largest waterfall and one of the most beautiful in southern Thailand. However, as the jungle around the area is somewhat damaged, there is little water in the dry season.

Su-ngai Golok

As the principal border town with Malaysia on the east coast, Su-ngai Kolok is the province's most prosperous town. Busy with cross-border traffic, a bridge linking the two countries is open during 5.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m. Thais like to cross to Rantu Panyang to buy electrical goods and snacks while Malaysians come to shop for food and to experience the nightlife. There are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the town.

Chao Mae Tomo Shrine

This Chinese shrine in Su-ngai Golok is revered locally and by Malaysian Chinese visitors.

Namtok Chat Warin

This medium-sized, year-round waterfall, is at To Teng, Su-ngai Padi, not far north of Su-ngai Golok on Highway 4056. The area features the rare and beautiful bangsun palm that is found only in this forest at elevations of around 1,800 m. This palm has a short trunk spread with many three-metre long branches with large diamond-shaped leaves.

Hala-Bala Wildlife Reserve

This new 433 sq km. conservation area, established in 1996, is located near the Malaysian border in Amphoe Waeng. It covers the Sankala Khiri mountain range, Hala forest and Bala forest. Though most of the reserve is off-limit to the public, Highway 4062 goes through the mountains, giving excellent views of the dense forest. Of special note is the white-trunked yuan tree which can reach a height of 65-70 m., making it the world's third tallest tree after the redwood and eucalyptus. About 5 km. after the park office, there is a point to view wildlife. The most notable bird is the hornbill, which can often be seen in yuan trees, its preferred nesting site. Many of the reserve's animals are now rare in Thailand, like the large black gibbon and the agile gibbon. The area has four protected mammals: the Sumatran serow, tapir, marbled cat, and Asian two-horned rhinoceros, which is an oddity in the country, with a length of about 30 cm. and a weight of over 5 kg.

Special events in Narathiwat

Kolae Boat Races - September

Kolae Boat Races are held on the Bang Nara River in the presence of the King whilst he is in residence at Thaksin Ratchaniwet Palace. Kolae boats are the vividly painted traditional boats of the local fisherman. The races take place during the Narathiwat Products Fair which showcases the province's specialities in arts and crafts. Foremost among the crafts are krachut sedge products like mats, hats, handbag and lamp shades.

Chao Mae Tomo Celebrations - April

This is an important festival of Su-ngai Kolok's Chinese community with a drum procession, floral floats, a lion and dragon parade, Chinese opera, and walking on hot coals. The event is held on the 23rd day of the third month of the Chinese calendar, which is in April.

Shopping in Narathiwat

Local handicraft specialities are products made from Krachut sedge and Panan leaves, miniature Kolae boats, ceramics and batik fabrics.


Ocean Blue Mansion 

A fairly new budget hotel with lift; cable TV, refrigerator, queen bed, hot shower, and air conditioning in every room for 400 baht/night. Bang Nara river view rooms are 500 baht/night. Phone 073 511109 / 511047. Hotel is on the banks of Bang Nara River quite close to its mouth. Great views of the river and its activities and also of Khao Tanyong in the distance. Free covered parking, boatdock available on request.

Narathiwat Hotel 

Older wooden structure with basic rooms (not 24h; operating from 6:30am to 9:00pm). 250 Baht/night. The lobby and balcony outside guest rooms offer comfortable space for reading. Ground floor is where women "work".


Pacific Hotel

The hotel is between the two main roads of downtown, a block south/east of the Tower Clock. The rooms are clean and simple (w. hot water showers & TV). The staff is friendly and helpful. It has also a small restaurant. Comfort wise it is far less than the Royal Princess and just below the Tanyong Hotel but much less expensive. Prices range from 300 THB (Fan) to 400 THB (Air Cond.).

Tanyong Hotel

The Tanyong is towards the beach end of town (though the beach is still a 45-minute walk) on Walakam Pipid Road, close to the recently completed promenade along the Bang Nara River. It offers 23 comfortable standard AC rooms plus the additional amenities of a 24-hour restaurant, a snooker club, the Ladybird Ancient Massage and the Perdana Disco. Prices range from $21-$43.


Royal Princess Narathiwat

Royal Princess Narathiwat is a first class hotel situated in the heart of the city of Narathiwat. At Royal Princess Narathiwat, all 117 rooms and suites are equipped with international amenities. For business and leisure you will enjoy high standard of accommodation, friendly service and good value for money.

Most restaurants on Narathiwat serve a variety of cuisines, including Thai and international foods and southern Thai cuisine, which has strong influences from Malay and Indian cuisines.

Rim Nam

It serves Thai food, Chinese food and Europian food

Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type: Children/Family, Waterfront

Address: 45/6 Narathiwat-Tak Bai Road, Amphoe Mueang, Narathiwat

Bug Mui

Thai and Chinese food

Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type: Children/Family, Supper/Night Dining

Address: 21/12 Soi Phuthon, Charoen Khet Road, Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat

Ngao Chan

Thai food

Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type: Children/Family, Supper/Night Dining

Address: 263 Pracha Wiwat Road, Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat

Rot Siam

Thai and Chinese food

Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type: Children/Family, Supper/Night Dining

Address: 2-4 Chuen Makkha Road, Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat

Jojo Bakery


Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type:  Children/Family, Cafes

Address: 75 Chaturong Ratsami Road, Amphoe Mueang, Narathiwat

Mangkon Thong

Thai and Seafood

Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Type: Children/Family, Supper/Night Dining

Address: 433 Phupha Phakdi Road, Amphoe Mueang, Narathiwat

Ba Kut Tae

Chinese food

Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Type: Supper/Night Dining, Children/Family

Opening Hour: 07.00 – 24.00

Address: 46/2 Soi 3 Pracha Wiwat Road, Amphoe Sungai Kolok, Narathiwat

Get in

By plane

Nok Airlines and Air Asia serve Narathiwat Airport, located about 15 km north of the City near the Chulabhorn Military Installation from Bangkok. There are no public busses picking up passengers at the airport, but you can take grey minibusses to Mueang Narathiwat (town), 80 baht, Taba (Tak Bai) Checkpoint, 180 baht, and Su-Ngai Kolok, 200 baht.

By train

Su-Ngai Kolok in the Province of Narathiwat near the Malaysian Border with the State of Kelantan (Kota Bharu) is the southern Terminal station for the Bangkok - Su-Ngai Kolok route. Several trains run daily. Visitors to Narathiwat City may disembark prior to this station but lack of public transport may make travel from the smaller stations to the Province's capital awkward. The best place to leave the train for Narathiwat is Tanyong Mat from where there are regular songthaews from the station car park to Narathiwat Plans to connect the missing link (21 km of track) between Su-Ngai Kolok and Pasir Mas in Malaysia are on the tables but executing construction hasn't begun yet. Pasir Mas lies on the northern leg of the socalled "Jungletrain", connecting the northern Malaysian Gulfregion with the rest of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

Recent Terrorist activities in the Province lead quite frequently to a cancellation of trains proceeding further south than Hat Yai. Derailments of passenger trains by means of sabotaged tracks and the recent killings of Railway staff within the train have again lead to temporary halts of all services. Trains full of passengers have also be prone to wildly fired bullets by insurgents. Presently the services have resumed, please inquire before departure on current situations there.

By bus

To/from Bangkok: Air-con buses by The Transport Co. Ltd (บริษัท ขนส่ง จำกัด (บขส.), bor-kor-sor) run between Bangkok southern bus terminal (สายใต้, sai-tai) and Narathiwat bus terminal daily. The distance is ~1161km and normally takes 14 hours. 24 seats VIP bus (พิเศษ, piset) costs 1295 baht, departs from Bangkok at 17:15. On the reverse, the departure is at 12:30. 47 seats Class 2 bus (ม2) costs 669 baht, departs from Bangkok at 15:30 and Narathiwat at 12:45.

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By Minivan

Scheduled minivan services ply the routes between Su-Ngai-Kolok / Hat Yai / Yala / Pattani and the new Narathiwat bus terminal on the outskirts of town, roughly 500m past the Provincial Hospital on the left hand side of the road to Ranggae. Ticket prices are 80 baht for Su-Ngai-Kolok and 170 baht to Hat Yai.

Get around

Take motorcycle taxi around the city area at about 10-20 baht. Alternatively, a bicycle can be rented at a rate of 50 baht/day to explore the city area. Motorcycle rentals are not available in town. Songtheauws ply the scenic route to Taba (Tak Bai) and take passengers from the Monument square to either Ratchanivet Palace or near Ao Manao National Park. A new airconditioned busline connects the bus terminal with the beach at Hat Narathat, fare is a flat 9 baht.

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In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

“The primary aim will be to ensure the economy is back on track so people could earn their livelihoods once more,” he said.


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