Yala is a landlocked province on the southern border of Thailand; the town of the same name is one of a handful in Thailand which is made up of a mainly Muslim population.

The town of Yala is as beautiful as the province, but its tourism numbers are dwindling due to the fighting and clashes between the separatist movements. However, when the trouble calms, it is a beautiful town with many local restaurants, guest houses and local who give a warm welcome to everyone who arrives.

The name Yala is derived from the folk word meaning ‘fishing net’ as the town is home to a mountain which is shaped like a net. The landscape in Yala is mainly mountainous and green with forests and trees lining the hills and peaks.

Getting There & Away

There is a bus terminal in Yala that sees daily buses from Bangkok and various other tourist hotspots in Thailand. The nearest airport is in Hat Yai where you can then take a train, taxi, bus or minivan to Yala.

Things to Do

Yala Attractions

The City Pillar Shrine

The city pillar is made up of chaiyapruk wood and is housed at the shrine.

Sanam Chang Phueak Park

The pretty park has a pavilion, large pond and a scattering of sculpted animals.

Tham Mae Nang Montho

A large cave that is famous for a stalagmite that is shaped like a meditating lady.