Narathiwat's peat swamp

Narathiwat's peat swamp

Narathiwat's peat swamp

Supposedly the largest in SE Asia, the peat swamp just outside Sungai Kolok badly damaged by fire a few years ago but appeared to be bouncing back well. Very well set up for Thai visitors, but unfortunately not much in the way of English. Nevertheless worth a look.

Taken on: 8th June, 2005. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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Capital of the same-named province, Narathiwat sits on the bank of the Bang Nara River, 1,473 km south of Bangkok by road. A particularly friendly spot, Narathiwat has the rustic charm that has disappeared from so many of the other far southern Thai provincial capitals. Although the bulk of the town is now comprised of the typical concrete egg-carton style buildings, it still has a generous helping of old wooden buildings and a few sino-portuguese shopfronts by the riverfront.

Most travellers treat Narathiwat as an overnight stop (if that) as many choose to head north to the larger centres such as Hat Yai, while others bypass it completely, in part no doubt due to the ongoing difficulties that blight this portion of Thailand. Narathiwat appears to be very popular with cyclists who use it as a breather before pushing on north or south.

For those who choose to stay though, expect to ... Read our complete Narathiwat travel guide

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