Songkhla is one of the most significant cities regarding tourism in the South, with the allure of its eventful past as a seaport and thriving trade hub. A melting pot of cultures featuring Thai, Chinese and Muslim people, Songkhla’s lakeside atmosphere, authentic recipes, cozy cafes and amazing street art make it an attractive proposition for those planning to explore the south. There’s something here to delight your heart, engage your brain and reward your stomach.
Local villagers have made a valiant and rather successful effort to preserve the diversity of a food culture which has been influenced by Thai, Chinese, British and Indonesian cuisine over the years and because of this travelers can enjoy fun alternatives such as Kuai Tiao Song Khla (Songkhla Noodles), Khao Dok Rai (Southern Shrimp Paste Rice with Fish And Herbs), Tao Khua (Southern Vermicelli Salad), Kuai Tiao Hang Mu (Pigtail Noodles), Khanom Kra Bok (Songkhla Steamed Sweet in Bamboo tube), Bi Thai Bak (Short Rice Vermicelli with Shaved Ice and Syrup), Roti, I-Tim-Ong (Ice-Cream Served in a mini Earthen Jar), Khanom Khai Tao Than (Charcoal-Stove Baked Egg Cake), Sangkhaya Tamrap Hai Lam (Hainanese Custard). The locals have also breathed life into old buildings with street art mural paintings that convey local lifestyles, fishery, food and touching scenes of dogs chasing after cats. After witnessing the pride and love for their hometown exhibited by the people of Songkhla, travellers can contribute by traveling responsibly and creatively, without harming the environment or damaging the street art, as well as supporting community products by investing in some unique souvenirs.