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Yala

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Thailand, Yala hosts an annual Dove Festival that draws thousands of visitors each year.

The landlocked province of Yala is the administrative center for southern Thailand and features a pretty and well organized town that contains a number of parks and ponds. Otherwise, there are few attractions within the town that are geared towards visitors, though local seafood restaurants are held in high regard by Thai and Malaysian visitors. However, once outside of Yala town, there are numerous waterfalls, caves, and other natural attractions for visitors to explore.If there is one defining attraction in Yala, it is the annual ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival, which is held each March for doves from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia; the main event is a cooing contest that draws nearly 1,500 participants each March.

The landlocked province of Yala, the administrative center for southern Thailand, features a pretty and well organized town with a number of parks and ponds, as well as some fine seafood restaurants. Yala is also the host of the annual ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival, an event which draws upwards of 1,500 doves from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia that compete in various events.

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  • Because of regional unrest visitors to Yala should exercise special caution and remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
  • Travelers should be aware of occasion security measures in affected areas, such as curfews, military patrols, or random searches of train passengers.
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