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Once the heart of a large Muslim principality that included the neighbouring provinces of Yala and Narathiwat, Pattani Province has never adjusted to Thai rule. Although today’s political situation has stunted the area’s development, Pattani Town has a 500-year history of trading with the world’s most notorious imperial powerhouses. The Portuguese established a trading post here in 1516, the Japanese passed through in 1605, the Dutch in 1609 and the British flexed their colonial muscles in 1612.

Yet despite the city’s fascinating past, there's little of interest in Pattani. There are some decent beaches nearby, but the ongoing insurgency has made most of these sandy destinations unsafe for the independent traveller.

Best time to visit

The weather is warm all year round. Average temperatures go from 30°C (november) to 34°C (april). Sea temperature is Pleasant all year round! It ranges from 28°C to 30°C. The rainiest months are: october, november and december. We recommende the month of january, february, march, to visit Pattani.

Check the below table for the general idea of Pattani 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

Pattani’s current weather and 7-day forecast

PATTANI WEATHER

The beautiful province of Pattani can be found in Southern Thailand, in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a quite small, but wonderful province, full of natural and cultural attractions.

Budo – Su-ngai Padi National Park

The amazing national park is situated almost entirely in the Narathiwat Province, but a smaller part of it belongs to Pattani. The highlights of the park are the spectacular “Golden Leaves”. The tree has large, soft and golden leaves. As for the animals, there are different species living here, such as tapirs, gibbons, rhinos, langurs and so on. The most significant specie is the cute Dusky leaf monkey.

Pattani Central Mosque

In a town where the predominant population is Thai-Muslim the presence of a great mosque is obvious. The mosque is considered the most beautiful and largest in Thailand. It was inaugurated in 1963 and since than it has become an important tourist attraction of the town.

Pattani beaches

There are numerous fine beaches in the province, such as Hat Ma Ruat, Hat Chalalai, Hat Khae Khae, Hat Sai Chai Bueng Ban Laweng and so on. Many visitors of the province come for the spectacular beaches.

Wat Chang Hai

The outstanding 300-year-old wat can be found in the town of Pattani. It is one of the major landmarks of it. The Buddhist temple is famous for its beauty and for housing numerous sacred slabs.

Kru Se Mosque

Another beautiful mosque of the town of Pattani is the Kru Se Mosque. It is considered the oldest mosque in the town. The construction of the building began in 1578 but was never finished. According to the legend it was due to the curse which was placed on it.

Yarrang Old Town

An important archeological site is Yarrang Old Town. It is the place where evidences were discovered for two ancient communities. The site is very popular among visitors.

Ta Thi Cape

It is actually a beautiful peninsula which can be found in front of Pattani Bay. It is easily accessible and the scenery is picturesque.

Khao Ruesi

It is a beautiful mount of which most significant attraction is a rocky formation. There are also two ponds in the region of which waters are considered to have been used for coronation ceremonies.

Namtok Phong Phong

The gorgeous waterfall presents seven tiers. At the lowest level the waterfall has a natural pond where visitors can have a relaxing bath.

Festivals and events

The province of Pattani is well-known for its fantastic festivals. The Chak Phra festival is considered perhaps the most significant. It is an annual festival which commemorates the returning of Buddha from the heaven.

C.S. Pattani Hotel

Add: 299 M.4 Hnongjik Rd, A Muang, Pattani 94000

This is the hotel of choice for most foreigners who visit Pattani. It's clean, well-managed, luxurious and secure. There are two large pools, a cafe, and a restaurant with an included buffet breakfast. Big discounts, 800 baht or less is possible, depending on length of stay. Next to the Big C mall. Outside the hotel are several small restaurants, cafes, karaoke, and motor bike drivers—5 mins and 20 baht to the town centre. WiFi, 100 baht per hour. 

My Gardens Hotel

Add: 8/28 Charoenpradit Rd 

A clean, comfortable and friendly hotel just on the outskirts of downtown Pattani. Air conditioning, hot shower, mini-bar, and TV with Thai channels in rooms. The staff speak limited English, but are more than willing to try. Breakfast is not included in price, but can be bought for about 80 baht at the hotel restaurant.

As with most places in Thailand, food is very easy to find in Pattani. Although perhaps not known as a culinary destination, the region has an interesting blend of Thai and Malay cooking.

Small family-run restaurants are all over town, as are street vendors and food stalls, far too many to list here. Very few of these will have a menu in English or English-speaking staff, so it may be good to equip yourself with the names of some dishes (or at least the words for noddles or rice) in Thai or Malay/Yawi. They will, however, probably have staff who are delighted to receive foreign guests and willing to do their best to give you what you want. One sure method is to point at pictures that can often be found on menu's, or walk to the kitchen (which will be in open view by the street) and point at some dish that has already been prepared.

The CS Pattani Hotel and My Gardens Hotel both have hotel restaurants and the one in CS Pattani is known as one of the best in the city. The area outside CS Pattani also has several small restaurants and cafés worth a look. There is a night market (head east from the southernmost bridge, close to Santisuk Hotel), where you can get local types of fast food prepared before your eyes.

In 2010, the Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok published a book called Unique Melayu-Thai Foods in Southern Border Cuisine. The book contains recipes of local food from the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkla and Satun, as well as information about the restaurants from which the recipes are gathered.

Although most of the book is in Thai, recipes and locations of restaurants are translated into English. This book is well worth a buy for anybody interested in local food, and should be found in bookstores around town.

My Cake, Charoenpradit Rd 

A restaurant and café serving Thai cuisine. They have newspapers in Thai, WiFi and (unusual for Pattani) a menu in English. Although more expensive than most restaurants in Pattani, with a meal for one costing around 100 baht, My Cake can offer a good break from attempting to order something in Thai or Malay/Yawi if you don't speak either language. 

Khaoyam Benjarong

This restaurant is named after its most famous dish: Khaoyam, in Thai, or Nasi Krabu in Malay. It means rice salad, and is a dish found in both southern Thailand and in Malaysia, but Khaoyam Benjarong has a unique version of the dish. The rice salad itself is very colourful and includes blue peas, and is served with a whole grilled fish and fresh vegetables. This is a sort of private buffet, and you will only pay for what you eat. This should cost only a few dozen baht. The owners speak no English, but are very willing to serve their signature dish to anybody who comes in search of food. 

Bung-Nhood

In the morning it is opened during 05.30-11.00 and in the afternoon is opened during 15.30-18.00. This restaurant serves Indian cuisine, it is called ‘Roti’, made by flour, pour sweetened condensed milk on the Roti and serve with iced tea.The location is on sidewalk. In the morning will have soft-boiled rice and meat balls for order.The cost is cheap.  

Ko-Jeaw

It is opened during 9.00-14.00. This restaurant famous for rice steamed with chicken soup and sauce. The chicken that they use is domestic fowl.The environment of the restaurant is cozy. Moreover, the prices are reasonable.

Get in

By car

Pattani is about 1,055 km from Bangkok. Visitors can use Hwy 35 (Thon buri-Pak Tho) for about 90 km, then turn left to Hwy 4 to Chumphon for about 460 km. After that, use Hwy 41 or 42 past Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Pak-nam Thepa to Pattani. The total distance is around 505 km.

By plane

There is no direct flight to Pattani. Visitors need to travel to Hat Yai airport which is served by Thai Airways, AirAsia, Nok Air and OrientThai from Bangkok. There are also flights from Singapore (Tiger Airways), Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia), Phuket (Happy Air) and Chiang Mai (AirAsia). Thai Airways provides a round-trip shuttle bus (Hat Yai-Pattani) twice daily free-of-charge for passengers who make the reservation in advance. It is also possible to first take the bus from the airport into downtown Hat Yai, find your way to Hat Yai bus station (a tuk-tuk should be able to get you there) and from there catch a minibus that will take you to the door of a hotel of your choice. This takes about an hour and a half. Flight information can be requested at Tel: 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or at Pattani Office Tel: 0 7333 5938.

It is also possible to get in by flying to Narathiwat with Air Asia and then taking a bus or taxi to Pattani.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By train

There is no train station in the city of Pattani itself, but the Southern Line service of the Thai state Railways has two stops around 30 km from the city.

Pattani station, so called on official train timetables, is in fact a very small train station located in Khok Pho district, Pattani Province. From there, buses and taxis are available to the city of Pattani, a distance of 29 km.

Yala station is the next stop on the line, in the neighboring city of Yala, 35 km from Pattani. This is a much larger station. Exiting the train station, turn right and walk to the end of that street. If you then go just around the corner you will see red buses that take you to Pattani for 23 baht. You can of course also take a taxi from outside the train station.

It's a long train ride from Bangkok to Pattani, and only served by overnight trains. Special Express trains leave Bangkok at 15:10 and 22:50, arriving in Pattani (Khok Pho) station at 08:56 and 14:03 respectively and Yala about half an hour later. On the way back trains leave Yala at 14:55 and 16:09. There are also various slower trains, leaving from either Bangkok or other (closer) train stations. For more information about times check with Thai State Railways.

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 Pattani bus terminal daily. The distance is ~1061 km and normally takes 14 hours.

•    40 seats Class 1 C bus (ม1ข) costs 763 baht, departs from Bangkok at 18:30 and Pattani at 14:30 and 16:00.

There are regular and air-conditioned buses of Transport Co., Ltd. The buses leave from the Southern Bus Terminal to Pattani every day. Departure times from Bangkok for air-conditioned buses which varies in 3 types are as follows:

•    VIP bus – 17:30.
•    Standard 1 bus – 10:00 and 18:00.
•    Standard 2 bus – 18:30.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

Get around

The preferred way of getting around for locals is by motorcycle. The easiest way to get around, for tourists, is to do the same. Motorcycle taxis (mot-ter-sai) are available around the city. Just look out for the men in green vests, either driving around trying to find somebody to pick up or waiting at specific locations. For example, you can be pretty sure to find a driver or two outside most hotels, outside the hospital, by the market and so on. You can expect a ride to cost between 10 and 40 baht, depending on distance.

Tuk-tuks of the four-wheeled variety are also common. Taking a tuk-tuk is more expensive than taking a motorcycle taxi, but also more comfortable, especially if you have luggage.

Pattani is not a very large city, and most distances can easily be covered by foot. Walking right across town might take about 45 minutes. Indeed, walking may be the best way to orient yourself and understand the city. However, you must realize that walking is not a very common means of transportation in Pattani and the pavement is used for pretty much everything other than walking. You will be weaving your way between stalls, tables, motorcycles, and even people's potted plants, and you will regularly have to walk on the road.

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