Yala ( th|ยะลา, ) is the southernmost province
(''changwat'') of Thailand
. Neighboring provinces are (from northwest clockwise) Songkhla
, and Narathiwat
. Yala is one of two landlocked provinces in southern Thailand
, the other being Phatthalung
. Its southern part borders Kedah
Yala Province is in southern Thailand. The highest point of the Sankalakhiri Range
(Northern Titiwangsa Mountains), the -high Ulu Titi Basah
(ยูลูติติ บาซาห์), is on the Thai/Malaysian border between Yala Province and Perak
. The total forest area is or 32.5 percent of provincial area.
The name "Yala" is the Thai
transliteration of the Malay
word "Jala" (Jawi
: جالا), meaning "net", which was in turn derived from Sanskrit
: जाल). The province is also known as "Jala" in Patani Malay
Historically, Pattani Province was the centre of the Sultanate of Patani
, a semi-independent Malay
kingdom that paid tribute to the Thai kingdoms of Sukhothai
. After Ayutthaya fell under Burmese control in 1767, the Sultanate of Patani gained full independence, but under King Rama I
(reigned from 1782 to 1809), the area was again placed under Siam's control in 1785 and made a ''mueang
''. In 1808, Mueang Pattani was split into seven smaller mueang including Yala and Reman
The province was recognized as part of Siam by the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909
, negotiated with the British Empire
, while Siam surrendered its claims to Kelantan
, and Perlis
There is a separatist movement
in Yala, which after being dormant for many years, emerged again in 2004 and has become increasingly violent. Eight bombs exploded in the province over two days, on 6–7 April 2014. The bombings resulted in one death and 28 injuries, as well as damage to a warehouse estimated at 100 million baht
. Local officials accordingly tightened security in the province during the Songkran
festivities scheduled for 13–15 April.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(FCO) in 2014 advised its citizens to only undertake essential travel in the province, while the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that travellers completely avoid the province.
Together with Narathiwat
Yala is one of the four provinces of Thailand with a Muslim majority. About 72 percent of the people are Malay-speaking Muslims
and mainly live in rural locations. The remainder are Thai
and Thai Chinese
Buddhists, who live in towns and cities.
The provincial seal
shows a miner with simple mining tools including hoes, crowbars, and baskets. Yala was originally a mining town with tin
The provincial tree is the red saraca
(''Saraca declinata''), and the provincial flower is the bullet wood (''Mimusops elengi
(''Tor douronensis'') is the provincial fish, since it is a rare fish that can only be found in the lower southern region. Currently, Yala Provincial Fisheries Office is able to breed.
Yala is divided into eight districts (''amphoe
''), which are further divided into 56 subdistricts (''tambon
'') and 341 villages (''muban
As of 26 November 2019 there are: one Yala Provincial Administration Organisation (') and 16 municipal (''thesaban'') areas in the province. Yala has city (''thesaban nakhon
'') status and Sateng Nok and Betong have town (''thesaban mueang
'') status. Further 13 subdistrict municipalities (''thesaban tambon
''). The non-municipal areas are administered by 47 Subdistrict Administrative Organisations - SAO (''ongkan borihan suan tambon'').
The nearest Thai airport to Yala is Hat Yai International Airport
in Songkhla Province
. Thailand's transport ministry is constructing the 1.9 billion baht
Betong Airport. It is scheduled to be opened in June 2020. Designed to handle 300 arrivals per hour, it is projected to serve one million passengers per year, generating three billion baht for the district. Nok Air
, Bangkok Airways
, and Malaysia's Firefly Airlines
have plans to fly to Betong.
Yala is served by the State Railway of Thailand
from the Yala Railway Station
Human achievement index 2017
Since 2003, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand has tracked progress on human development at sub-national level using the Human achievement index
(HAI), a composite index covering all the eight key areas of human development. National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has taken over this task since 2017.
*2007 South Thailand bombings
*2019 Yala attack
Reports (data) from Thai government are "not copyrightable" (Public Domain), Copyright Act 2537 (1994), section 7.
*Province page from the Tourist Authority of ThailandWebsite of the Province
Category:Provinces of Thailand