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A long time ago, this province was formerly called Manalor. It was then a village dependent on Sai Buri. Later the district changed its dependency to Muang Ra-ngae. Ceramic pottery produced today bears testimony of that era.

At that time, Ra-ngae was then also one of the seven dependencies of Muang Pattani.

Thai influence in the land is prominent to show the shift in culture from its neighboring Muslim state.

Today, Narathiwat is one of the smallest provinces in Thailand. It is also one of the 4 southern Muslim provinces.

The provincial capital with the same name has many old wooden structures, many of them over 100 years old. The urban community is a mixture of Chinese and Malay. Since drinking is not encouraged, the town appears quiet and peaceful at night.

This Province has a coastline at the South China Sea. Within this length, there are numerous good beaches.

Most well known structure in this vicinity is the Southern resort of the king, Phra Taksin Ratchanivet.

Another famous landmark is that of Wat Khao Kong. In this temple complex, there is the 25 meters tall Buhda image. It is also one of the tallest seated monuments in Thailand
Being a state at the national border, it attracts tourist from neighboring countries. Here Sungei Golok is a flourishing city serving that traffic.
For those interested in nature, there is a board walk at the coast to take visitor around the Mangrove forest

Waterfalls in this Province that are known to outsiders :-

Name of Waterfall

Its Location

In Tambol Lochut, 7 kms from Ampur Waeng  
In Tambol Tohteng, 6 kms from Ampur  
Along Route 42, between Pattani and Narathiwat Below

The Bacho Waterfall

This is the most beautiful waterfall in Narathiwat Province. "Bacho" is a word derived from the jawi language. It refers to a waterfall area frequented by the royal entourage.

The area around the fall is now proclaimed as a National Park. The fall itself has fair volume water throughout the years and drops some 60 meters.

Along the same river and about 2 kilometers upstream, there is another waterfall named -"Besu". This fall however has a lower drop and it is within the restricted catchments area. It is unlikely any visit is allowed.



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