Where to Go
As it is a landlocked province that is not a major commercial hub, Yala is often best reached via connection with Hat Yai. However, it is possible to travel directly to Yala via train, bus, or car, and by air through Hat Yai. Once there, it may be easier to get around the province with a rental car, but there are standard forms of local transport available for visitors: i.e. songtaew, motorbike taxi, and tuk tuk.
Yala is 1,055 kilometers from Bangkok by rail. The State Railway Authority of Thailand operates daily rapid and express trains from Bangkok to Yala. Trains leave the Bangkok Railway Station several times daily and complete the more than 1000 kilometer trip in roughly 20 hours. For more information please call the Traveling Service Unit of the Bangkok Railway Station at tel: 1690, 0 2223 7010 and 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th
Visitors with cars can drive south from Bangkok to Yala on Highway No.4 through Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon, then onto Highway No.41 through Thung Song, Phatthalung, Hat Yai, and Pattani before arriving at Yala 1,084 kilometers later.
From Songkhla, take Highway No. 408 to Nathawi, then Highways No.42 and No.409 to Yala, a distance of 128 kilometers.
From Pattani, Highway No. 410 leads directly to Yala, 43 kilometers away.
Air-conditioned bus service runs daily between Bangkok and Yala from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal, a voyage that takes 14 hours to complete including a connection in Hat Yai. For further information please call the Southern Bus Terminal at tel: 0 2435 1119-200 or visit www.transport.co.th
There are no direct flights to Yala, but both Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International offer flights from Bangkok to Hat Yai. From Hat Yai one can either take a train, bus, taxi, or air-conditioned van to Yala.
The easiest way to travel around Yala is by local transport, either tuk tuk or songtaew (a truck with two rows of benches at the back). However, the best way to have freedom to explore at will is by renting a vehicle from Hat Yai if you would like to explore attractions in the rural areas.