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“Museum, Restaurants, and Shopping”
Review of Ko Yo

Ko Yo
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Songkhla
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Owner description: This island, located in Great Songkhla Lake, is known for its Southern Folklore Museum, shops that feature the rich cotton fabric produced locally and variety of seafood.
Songkhla, Thailand
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Museum, Restaurants, and Shopping”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

The three main attractions of Yo Island are the Museum of Southern Thai Studies, the abundant seafood restaurants there, and a local market selling all types of clothes and local foods. Go to the museum in the morning, stop for lunch, and do some shopping before you go home. Local transportation (song thaew or pick-ups) are available from Songkhla town and you will be there within about 20 minutes. Having your own transportation is even better!

Visited May 2012
8 Thank JStaley
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Hat Yai, Thailand
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“Good sightseeing location for traditional life”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Suggest you to take a look several temple located on koh yor. the way southern people construct the temple is quite diff when compare to northern of thailand. The roof is very low. Assume that to protect the heavy wind from the sea. I cannot remember the temple name. pls find it yourself.

koh yor is a good place to buy sea related stuff such as preserved fish / clam / etc and also batik fabric is quite famous here,

Visited February 2012
3 Thank Weerapong C
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“stepping in a time machine”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

The tiny island of KO YO is not known to many yet for those who are interested in the old way of life as it was many many years ago it is a dream come true!
KO YO is only accessible by car via the TINSULANOND BRIDGE, from SONGKHLA a Thai/Malay border town. Once upon a time famous “IRRAWADDI DOLPHIN” swam in the shallow lake, however those days are long gone and the lake itself resembles immense milk chocolate water. There is a ferry from the island to the mainland of Thailand, you'll end up in Songkhla. Once over the TINSULANOND BRIDGE watch out, best thing is to use your GPS and type container port Ko Yo. At the container port you’ll see almost antique ferries, stacked high. A bit further is a lovely park and hawker stalls with the most amazing food ever! Go back and drive past the ferry and keep going straight ahead! The KO YO Island houses one village. As you drive along the winding road a totally different unhurried life unfolds. At one stage (on the left side of this winding road) is a concrete boardwalk through the mangroves. The walk is absolutely amazing however caution is necessary as there might be mangrove snakes hanging from the mangrove trees so keep your eyes open! With a bit of luck you’ll see the “cows going home, strolling along the same road as you. The road is narrow, keep following the yellow line in the middle of this one road and you will end up at the TINSULANOND BRIDGE which takes you back to SONGKLA or HAT YAI. Do not forget to upload your cameras, respect the local villagers and their customs, after all they are definitely not used to tourists. This trip is suitable for young and old and let me tell you you’ll have the time of your life!

Visited February 2012
2 Thank overseaswriter
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“For culture nerds with stamina”
Reviewed November 22, 2008

I visited this museum in the spring of 2004 and was amazed at it´s size and location.
It´s a sprawling series of buildings along a hilltop connected by a series of open walk ways. I found it truly entertaining, it is jam packed with folk art. The philosphy seems to be that if you want to see some examples of coconut scrapers then a room chock full of them should be a helpful start.
The artifacts exhibited range from the exquisite to the simple as do the circumstances of exhibition.
The buildings and grounds are also entertaining.
The views from the buildings are tremendous as well
I found it to be a troubling plus that visitors semed to be practically none.
Because of the size, quantity and layout a good visit here requires both physical and mental stamina. It reminded me of a combination of trekking in Nepal & wandering the Smithsonian in the 50s spiced by thai exuberance and good taste.
I find it truly sad that this site is not more visiited. Much effort and money has been spent on it and it showed.
Reckon a good nerd day trip.

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