Photo: Detail at the Folklore Museum.

Ko Yo and Southern Thai Folklore Museum

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The small island of Ko Yo sits in the lake just south of town and is home to fishers, weavers, temples and a huge collection of Southern Thai artifacts at the excellent Folklore Museum.

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If coming from the south across Tinsulonanda Bridge you’ll be greeted by Wat Laem Pho, a lakeside temple featuring a 20-metre-long reclining Buddha image laid out in the open air. Wander further back to find a crumbling ordination hall near a Bodhi tree draped over a quirky collection of Buddhist and Hindu statuary, including Brahma, Vishnu and Erawan.

Wat Laem Pho's striking Buddha image. Photo taken in or around Ko Yo and Southern Thai Folklore Museum, Songkhla, Thailand by David Luekens.

Wat Laem Pho's striking Buddha image. Photo: David Luekens

Rather than sticking to busy Route 408, we cut west on a quiet street from Wat Laem Pho and passed flower-strewn villages and hundreds of stilted fishing huts dotting the brackish water. Baan Suan Mai Road continues along the west coast up to a larger village nestled on a bay behind the museum. Here you’ll find several homestay programmes, including Chan Yam, where you can settle into a house perched directly over ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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