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Yala

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If Hat Yai is the financial and commercial centre of the far south, sprawling Yala is the administrative capital. As such it is particularly well kept, clean and outside of the small bustling central area, very orderly.

Being the capital of a land-locked province, the locals have a particular obsession with the water and open green space, and the capital has numerous examples of both.

While the parks, all located a long walk from the central part of town, are pleasant, they are hardly reason for visiting this low-key provincial capital. The one attraction here is an outstanding seafood restaurant -- so good it is almost worth staying an extra night to sample yet more of their succulent seafood.

Yala is also the proud host of the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival, an annual event taking place in March. The event brings feathered friends from many Asian countries including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia to take part in dove competitions, the main one being a cooing contest with close to 1,500 participants.


You may be able to pick up a bargain prize-winning bird which are bought and sold during the festival, the current price record being one million baht -- a lot of money for a fancy pidgeon, but this is a serious business.

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Text and/or map last updated on 20th August, 2009.

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Yala - Bangkok, Bang Sue ฿940 14h 40m
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Yala - Bangkok, Hua Lamphong ฿942 – ฿1,082 15h – 20h 25m
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Yala - Bangkok, Sam Sen ฿940 14h 50m
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Yala - Chumphon ฿779 7h 50m
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Yala - Chumphon, Lang Suan ฿759 7h
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Yala - Chumphon, Map Amarit ฿796 8h 35m
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Yala - Chumphon, Pathio ฿789 8h 15m
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Yala - Chumphon, Sawi ฿769 7h 25m
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Yala - Hua Hin ฿866 11h 25m
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Yala - Nakhon Pathom ฿922 13h 45m
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Yala - Nakhon Pathom, Salaya ฿930 14h 10m
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Yala - Nonthaburi, Bang Bamru ฿937 14h 25m
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Yala - Pattani ฿525 25m
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Yala - Phetchaburi ฿887 12h 15m
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Yala - Prachuap Khiri Khan ฿836 10h 25m
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Yala - Prachuap Khiri Khan, Bang Saphan Yai ฿811 9h 25m
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Yala - Pranburi, Wang Phong ฿860 11h 10m
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Yala - Ratchaburi ฿903 12h 55m
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Yala - Ratchaburi, Ban Pong ฿915 13h 25m
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Yala - Suratthani ฿684 5h 40m
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Yala - Suratthani, Ban Song ฿665 4h 55m
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Yala - Suratthani, Chaiya ฿697 6h 15m
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Yala - Suratthani, Na San ฿670 5h 10m
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