one of the southern provinces of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are
Satun, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani and Yala. To the
south it borders Kedah and Perlis of Malaysia.
In contrast to most other provinces, the capital Songkhla is not the
largest city in the province. The much newer city of Hat Yai, with a
population of 359,813, is considerably larger, with twice the
population of Songkhla (163,072). This often leads to the
misconception that Hat Yai is the provincial capital.