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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This border town is located 66 km from Narathiwat and by virtue of its rail link is a much busier crossing point to Malaysia than Ban Taba which lies directly south of Narathiwat.

A typical border town, Sungai Kolok has more than its fair share of hotels, many of them short-time joints catering mainly to Malay men who skip over the border or a bit of action in the town's many karaoke bars and coffee houses. The restaurant scene is also pretty basic (though tasty) with noodle shops, roti stalls and typical shopfronts the staple.

The town itself has little to recommend it (unless you're after a bit of action yourself) although it is the closest town to the very interesting Pa Phru To Daeng peat swamp. Most travellers tend to move on through either south to Malaysia or to other destinations in the south such as Hat Yai, Narathiwat and Yala, but if you have the time, the ... Read our complete Sungai Kolok travel guide

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