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Hat Yai

Doves of Chana

Chana District, some 40km southwest of Hat Yai, is famous for its cooing doves, which are especially popular with the villagers. Here, singing contest are held annually between January and July among dove lovers in Chana and nearby, Trang, Pattani and Narathiwat. The competitions are taken seriously and with the caged doves raised on poles 3 - 6 meters tall, judges listen to the songs and award points according to pitch, melody and volume. Winning doves are valued as much as US$12,000!

Tham Khao Rup Chang (Cave of the Elephant Fountain)

A different natural attraction, this Cave of the Elephant Fountain is situate about 10km from Padang Besar market. There are three large caverns, with curious stalactite and stalagmite formations, which enshrine Mahayana Buddha images.

Khao Nam Khang National Park

Located in Nathawi District, 60km from Hat Yai, this park provides tourist with some accommodation and beautiful waterfalls as well as a maze tunnel dug by Communist terrorists about 20 years ago. The tunnel has since been turned into a tourist attraction by the Thai Government.

Sporting Recreation

For recreation there is the nine-hole Kho Hong Golf Course on the city's outskirts. The course, situated in the compound of the Army Camp, is open to public and has some challenging fairways. Alternatively, there are the two shooting ranges which are also open to public. The first is the Rujirawong Shooting Range, and the other, the Royal Navy Songkhla Shooting Range.

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