Pattani is one of the lesser-known southern provinces in Thailand. Due to news of unrest in the area, people generally avoid this place. But did you know that Pattani is actually extremely beautiful with a lot of natural sights and history? So buckle up, as we make our way to the South and take 10 places to visit in Pattani.
1. Pattani Central Mosque
Pattani Central Mosque is the first place in Pattani that we recommend you visit. This is one of the most famous mosques in the province. The architecture resembles the Taj Mahal in India. There is a beautiful large pond in front of it and it is an active place of worship for Thai Muslims in the area.
2. Wang Chabangtikor
Wang Chabangtikor is an old palace built during the 19th century by Muhammad, the then governor of Pattani. The palace is a large rectangular one-story house. The building had a large hall that once served as the office of the lord.
3. Wat Rat Buranara
Wat Rat Buranara or Wat Chang Hai is an old temple that is considered to be the original temple of Luang Pu Thuat and is considered to be over 300 years old. It is one of the most popular and important sites in the province. Tourists and locals alike come here to pay homage to the remains of Luang Pu Thuat.
4. Masjid Kerisik
Another mosque on this list of the 10 places to visit in Pattani is Masjid Kerisik or Krue Sae Mosque. The mosque is believed to have been built in the 16th century. The architecture is inspired by the Gothic style and uses bricks and mortar which was rare for the time period. The window area is a pointed and rounded curve. It is one of the most famous mosques in the area and is constantly visited by tourists.
5. Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Shrine
Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Shrine is one of the most famous places in Pattani. This shrine is dedicated to a local Chinese heroine, Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao. The colorful shrine is believed to have been built on top of the spot where she died. The villagers in the area often come here to pray for good fortune.
6. Chinatown of Pattani
Chinatown of Pattani is an old Chinese community in Pattani Province that has preserved the traditional Chinese culture of their ancestors. This is a place where you get to see the well-preserved architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the Chinese that used to live here. Nowadays, the place serves as an open-air museum.
7. Pattani Skywalk
Pattani Skywalk is a recent addition to the large number of tourist attractions in Pattani. This is a skywalk located inside Somdet Phra Srinakarin Park. It reaches a height of a 5-story building. The path crosses lush mangrove forests. It is said that this is the best place to catch the most beautiful sunrise and sunset in Pattani.
8. Talo Kapo Beach
Talo Kapo Beach is the most beautiful beach in the city and is another tourist attraction in Pattani that you do not want to miss. The beach with its fine white sand contrasts with the beautiful blue of the sea. It is a popular fishing spot where you can find lots of local fishermen lined up along the beach with their boats.
9. Laem Ta Chi
Laem Ta Chi or Laem Pho is another popular tourist attraction in Pattani. It is a small pathway that extends into the sea. It is one of the most popular sunrise and sunset viewing spot in the province. It is also a place where you can observe the local fishermen's lifestyle.
10. Losin Island
The last place in Pattani that we recommend you visit is Losin Island. This is a famous island just off the province and is well known for its beauty and its coral reefs. This island is considered to be the smallest island in Thailand and is also the demarcation line between Thailand and Pattani.
So there we have it, the 10 places to visit in Pattani. if you go to Southern Thailand, do not miss out on experiencing the rich sites of Pattani.