Photo: Samila Beach, Songkhla's main stretch of sand.

Haad Samila

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The fine khaki sand of Samila Beach stretches for two kilometres up to a famous naga statue at the northeast edge of town.

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A large park with a nifty pirate ship playground and even a skate park joins a cluster of seafood restaurants behind the beach, where it seemed like half of the city had come to unwind during our Sunday visit at dusk. Kids splashed in the choppy surf as teenagers chilled on blankets, played soccer or flew kites. We even saw a guy galloping a horse along the shore.

The famed naga statue. Photo taken in or around Haad Samila, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

The famed naga statue. Photo: David Luekens

Marking the southern end of Haad Samila is a mermaid statue built atop a black boulder near BP Samila Beach Hotel. Its hair-washing posture mimics depictions of Phra Mae Kongkha, the water goddess who is believed to wash evil spirits away with a torrent wrung from her long black hair. How’s that for a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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