|The Emblem of Yala|
It was a low land and people earned their living by using fishing nets to catch fish. Eventually, many new towns were set up one after another until finally it moved to Nibong, which is its present location. (Nibong means a kind of tree called "laocha-on").
Yala is the southern most province of Thailand with and area of 4,521 square kilometres. It is 1,055 kms . from Bangkok by rail and 1,440 kms. by road. It is the only one of the 14 southern provinces that is not next to the sea. Yala is mostly mountains and covered with forests but has very little flat land.
From Yala city of nearby Provinces
- Narathiwat 128 kms.
- Pattani 35 kms.
- Songkhla 128 kms.
From Yala city to its districts
| Yala used to be a part of Pattani, which
was a colony of the Thai Kingdom during the Sukhothai Regime. In
the year 1757, after Ayutthaya had lost to Burma, all its
colonies in this area declared themselves independent. It was not until
the reign of King Rama I that Krom Phra Rajwang Baworn reclaim Pattani
into 7 towns.|
They were Pattani , Saiburi, Nongjik, Yaring, Ra-ngae, Raman and Yala. As for Yala, Tuan Yalor became Phraya lor, its governor. There had been many governors in succession before Yala became a province of Thailand and that was before the announcement of the cancellation of the division into regions according to the order of the Kingdom of Siam in 1993.
|How to get there|
|By Bus |
Air - conditioned buses and non-air conditioned buses leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal everyday about 16 hrs. further details, please contact 02-4355015.
Taking Highway No.4 to highway No. 41 or 42 pass Thepa River and then to Don Yang T junction , Turn right about 40 kms. to Yala province.
Express Train, Rapid Train and Sprinter leave from Hua Lamphong Railway Station daily for Yala about 17 hrs. Tel. 2230710,2230720
From Bangkok to Hat-Yai daily and then to Yala Province by bus, taxi or air-conditioned van about 150 kms.