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has anybody ever just flown to a non tourist city in thailand just to get away from farang

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i know not many farang in surat thani........i am wondering about songklha ..........i wonder if a foreigner would have a good time their?  sometimes i just fly into a city that has an airport and just go exploring.  kind of nice to be the only farang around.......has anybody been to songklha.  is their a strong muslim feel in that city

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I  posted this thread because i go to nakorn si thammarat.  and really like it thier.  no veggie restaurants i really like but all the veggies are in the market and i found a nice quiet hotel that will cook for me.  decent massage their and good gyms .  thats all i need to keep me happy................the thais in thammarat have to be the freindliest in thailand...........so now im thinking of going farther afoot......i saw the lakes on google maps of songkhla and the city looks like its in a interesting geological spot........no airport  though??

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19 minutes ago, Stocky said:

Why do all tourists need to be farang? Why does an airport need to serve solely a tourist industry? 

 

Most of the tourists visiting Hat Yai come by bus from Malaysia, there for the weekend. The airport is the quick connection to Bangkok ~ 1hr 10min instead of 12hrs by bus or 15hrs by train. Hat Yai is primarily a commercial hub for the south, many people fly for business.

 

Yes we have tourism, but the city doesn't depend on it for its existence. That the city survived the various plunges in tourism after bombings is testament to that. Certainly there are western visitors, though most are on their way to Malaysia or the islands.

i wonder if the beach at songkla is flat enuf for beach running . then i might give it a try..........i was in hua hin some years ago and did not like it one bit. too touristy.  i notice the more tourists the more unfreindly the thais become as well

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Would Narathiwat be an option? Has an airport but maybe security concerns would work against making such a trip.

I made many weekend visits to the area south of Narathiwat, staying at the Tak Bai Lagoon Resort whilst working in Kelantan during the 90's. Then, it was a  very laid back place. Now....? Google reviews indicate it is still in operation and Malaysia is just a  short ferry trip away.

Even in my time, I tended to be the only non Thai/Malaysian around and, speaking a bit of Thai, had enjoyable times in the strip of bars that were fairly close by, near to the beach.  Good memories.

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57 minutes ago, yogavnture said:

I  posted this thread because i go to nakorn si thammarat.  and really like it thier.  no veggie restaurants i really like but all the veggies are in the market and i found a nice quiet hotel that will cook for me.  decent massage their and good gyms .  thats all i need to keep me happy................the thais in thammarat have to be the freindliest in thailand...........so now im thinking of going farther afoot......i saw the lakes on google maps of songkhla and the city looks like its in a interesting geological spot........no airport  though??

I was in Songkhla around 2 months ago. Nice quiet place. Farangs are far and few between as most western governments have "do not travel" advice for Songkhla (but not Hat Yai), this voids most travel insurances.  When I was there the sea was rough and the beaches were not impressive.

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3 hours ago, Traubert said:

Do what I do if you see other Farang.

 

Pretend to be profoundly deaf, particularly if the greeting is 'sup dude/bro?'

'sup dude!

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3 hours ago, gearbox said:

most western governments have "do not travel" advice for Songkhla (but not Hat Yai), this voids most travel insurances.

I think you'll find UK and European travel advisories warn against travel in the 3 southern provinces and southern Songkhla province excluding Hat Yai and Songkhla Town and the road down to Sadao. The US advisory includes all of Songkhla province.

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4 hours ago, yogavnture said:

no airport  though??

Songkhla isn't far from Hat Yai airport, about 40km, around 45 to 50 minute by taxi.

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4 hours ago, yogavnture said:

I  posted this thread because i go to nakorn si thammarat.  and really like it thier.  no veggie restaurants i really like but all the veggies are in the market and i found a nice quiet hotel that will cook for me.  decent massage their and good gyms .  thats all i need to keep me happy................the thais in thammarat have to be the freindliest in thailand...........so now im thinking of going farther afoot......i saw the lakes on google maps of songkhla and the city looks like its in a interesting geological spot........no airport  though??

Nakhon si thammarat was once celebrated as one of the cheif breeding grounds for thai hit men, so thers that too.

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9 hours ago, gearbox said:

I was in Songkhla around 2 months ago. Nice quiet place. Farangs are far and few between as most western governments have "do not travel" advice for Songkhla (but not Hat Yai), this voids most travel insurances.  When I was there the sea was rough and the beaches were not impressive.

Yes, the low season tides hit hard, if you go in the summer months, the sea is calmer. You need to go to the beaches north of the city, they are just long flat strips of sand, not typically a beach, you would raise a few eyebrows if you stripped off and got out the lotion. The town beaches are akin to a public park on a Sunday.

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