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Yala (Thai: ยะลา, pronounced [já(ʔ).lāː]) is the southernmost province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from northwest clockwise) Songkhla, Pattani, and Narathiwat. Yala is one of two landlocked provinces in southern Thailand, the other being Phatthalung. Its southern part borders Kedah and Perak of Malaysia.
Map of Thailand highlighting Yala Province
|• Governor||Doldet Pattanarat (since October 2015)|
|• Total||4,521.1 km2 (1,745.6 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 48th|
|• Rank||Ranked 59th|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 47th|
|• HDI (2009)||0.687 (medium) (70th)|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-95|
|Vehicle registration||ยะลา, เบตง (Betong)|
Yala Province is in south Thailand. The highest point of the Sankalakhiri Range (Northern Titiwangsa Mountains), the 1,533 metres (5,030 ft)-high Ulu Titi Basah (ยูลูติติ บาซาห์), is on the Thai/Malaysian border between Yala Province and Perak.
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 and Ayutthaya. 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.
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, Pattani, and Satun, 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.
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The provincial tree is the red saraca (Saraca declinata), and the provincial flower is the bullet wood (Mimusops elengi).
|1||Mueang Yala||เมืองยะลา||Jala, Jolor|
|3||Bannang Sata||บันนังสตา||Bendang Setar|
|4||Than To||ธารโต||Air Kedung|
|8||Krong Pinang||กรงปินัง||Kampung Pinang|
The nearest airport in Yala is Hat Yai International Airport in Songkhla Province. As of 2018[update] Thailand's transport ministry is constructing the 1.9 billion baht Betong Airport. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.
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- (in Thai) Website of the Province
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