the southernmost Thai coastal province facing the Gulf of Thailand
and borders northeast Malaysia. The provincial capital is 1,437 kilometers
south of Bangkok by road, and 1,116 kilometers by train. The province
covers some 4,475 square kilometers, two thirds of which are forested
mountains. The inhabitants of Narathiwat (which means "the residence
of good people") are largely farmers and fishermen. Narathiwat is
the province having beautiful natural sceneries of both forests and
the seaside resorts.
Narathiwat is currently divided into 12 districts,
i.e., Muang, Rangae, Sungai Padi, Sungai Kolok, Ruso, Yi-ngo, Waeng,
Bacho, Tak Bai, Si Sakhon, Sukhirin, Chanae and Sub District Cho Ai
Rong bordering on Pattani to the north, Kalantan State of Malaysia
to the south, Yala to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west.