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BANGKOK 17 February 2019 20:40
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Who lives in a Muslim area?

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Just wondered who lives in a Muslim area such as Pattani ?

 

is it ok for me to travel these areas?

 

if you live in these areas and are not of the Muslim religion do you take precautions for your safety ?

 

 

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For Americans, there is a travel advisory, so I dont go

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I do. No, I don't. But it's Songkhla, not Yala, Pattani or Narathiwat.

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I was in Pattani many years ago for about a month.

The main rule was, and as far as I know still is: don't travel at night!

Busses will make sure they never arrive anywhere after dark.

When I was there everybody, including all the Muslims, were friendly. 

And everybody warned me: Don't go out at night!

 

 

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After a 10 stretch in a Muslim country swiftly followed by a 10 stretch in a Buddhist one its defiantly unsafe for pigs here is the only thing I'm totally sure of🤔

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I don't think we have any regular posters who live in the three southern states of Pattani, Yala or Narathiwat.

 

As with the US, the UK Government advisory is avoid travel in all three provinces plus  Southern Songkhla province (south of the A43 road). The times I have ventured south either down the coast a bit toward Pattani, there are some nice beaches and good food, or to some of the national parks, it's during day light hours. The locals always seem friendly and happy to see you. But neither I nor the wife fancy any extended tours of the south, and wouldn't want to stay after dark - not much night life anyway, at least not any you'd wish to witness.

 

We live in an area of Hat Yai with a large Muslim community, many being refugees from the south, and we all get along fine.

 

 

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like Mercury, the planet, are good with good, bad with bad. When they are at Rome, they do there as they see done, puritans with puritans, papists with papists

 

When in Rome,  do as the Romans do

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I've been down there many times and also reported on the incidents there for several media outlets. I never worry about my personal safety, or that of my family who accompany me.

 

In fact, there are far more threats to personal safety in a place like Phuket, and that has been statistically proven by the government.

 

In more than ten years of living and working in the South and Deep South, I have only  heard of a single instance of a foreigner getting killed, that was of a Chinese tourist. I forget the exact details of that case, but presume he was mistaken as a member of the target group.

 

As for the lack of nightlife (take note Stocky), the border town of Betong (Yala) has lots of it and also has a 60s James Bond feel that is hard to beat IMHO.

 

The city is so remote that it has only really had one major spate of insurgent attacks over the years. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a full picture of the Deep South.

 

Other than that, there are little pockets of nightlife, but nothing like you might find in Hat Yai or the major tourist destinations further north.

 

 

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cowboy town aka padang besar used to, years back, and considering being such a small town then, a great one for nightlife.

There was really only the two nightclubs that ran, bu there was plenty going on inside to keep one occupied!

 

used to drive up from Penang every 2nd weekend...

all under the premise of 'weekly type shopping' which really meant an almost sobering drive over to HatYai too!... 

pity it's not safe to venture... but there's that fantastic temple complex built into the cave WSW of town...

(pix in the temple around thailand photos thread) 

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8 hours ago, phuketsub said:

As for the lack of nightlife (take note Stocky), the border town of Betong (Yala) has lots of it and also has a 60s James Bond feel that is hard to beat IMHO.

OK, excluding the border towns, Sungai Golok is pretty lively too though it's a few years since I was there last

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Had some amazing stays in Sungai Golok a few years back it was certainly a lively place 

 

Staying at the Good old Merlin Hotel

 

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I live in Narathiwat Town and don't ever feel unsafe. I heartily recommend the three deep southern provinces for the experienced traveller or longtime Thai expat. Just coming home from a trip to Chiang Rai it feels like being in a different country again.

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16 hours ago, MarcelV said:

I live in Narathiwat Town and don't ever feel unsafe.

Glad to hear that, as it happens my daughter and granddaughter are going to Narathiwat at the weekend with a party of girls from where my daughter works; one of the Muslim girls is getting married.

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