Majority of the people in Narathiwat province speak Patani Malay language. The province is divided into 13 districts which are further subdivided into 77 communes and 551 villages.
In the district of Sungai Kolok is an important railway junction where the Thai Southern railroad connected to Malaysian railway and leads to Tumpad Station in Malaysia.
Narathiwat is popular for its gold mines and has a large expanse of peat swamp forests besides beautiful beach resorts along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
A visit to Narathiwat province would be incomplete without a visit to Mu Ban Yakang village which is famous for its unique batik cloth printing. The village is just 4 kilometers from the town of Narathiwat and is on route to Amphoe Rangae.
In Wat Khao Thong, you can see the massive sitting Buddha image which is located on top of a hill. The Buddha image is covered in gold colored mosaic tiles. The width measuring the lap of the image is 15 meters and the height is 24 meters. Within temple is a bell shaped pagoda called Phra Chedi Siri Masa Maya where sacred Buddha relics are enshrined.
When going from Narathiwat to Ban Thon, you will find the Mu Ban Thon village which is Muslim village famous for its Ko Lae boats. This is a boat made from bulrush and screw pine. Do not forget to taste Nam Bu Du, which is a tasty liquid made from fermenting fish and salt, and fish crisp.
Located in Ban Talomano is Vadialhusen Mosque which is constructed entirely from wood in Thai, Chinese and Malay architectural design. Although the mosque was reconstructed, its old form has stayed intact. The mosque is believed to be over 300 years old.
The biggest peat swamp forest of Thailand is spread across three districts of Narathiwat. The forest is called Phru To Deang or Pa Phru Sirindhorn. It is rich in flora and fauna and a 2-kilometer nature trail gives ample opportunity to a visitor to explore the forest.