Fourteen provinces in the south make this region unique and
different from the rest of Thailand. The region starts from
Chumphon, the gateway to the south,and end at the furthest
south of Thailand, Naratiwat.
Southern Thailand is located on Indochina Peninsula which
is flanked on two sides by the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.
The climate is influenced by Southwest and Northeast Monsoons
that effect the climate to be humid and rainy almost all year.
The topography and this kind of climate is definitely effecting
the way of living of Southern Thais.
Southern Thais settle down in many different location; along
the coast, the area where rivers enter oceans, by the docks,
mountain plains, river banks, and on rich natural sources
islands. Southern Thais learn how to manage and adapt their
ways of living to survive. These ways of living also reflect
the local wisdom in strategies of designing houses and their