Located close to the Malaysian border, the southern Songkhla province is a coastal region where you'll often need an umbrella. There's only a short dry season in February and March; the rest of the year is wet, with especially heavy rainfall from October to December. As well as the city of Songkhla, you'll find the most populated communities in the city Hat Yai and the ancient port city of Satingpra.
Life is slow-paced and laidback here, and centres around Songkhla's beaches and bustling street food stalls. The southern provinces do have a history of political unrest though. It's certainly not the most popular expat destination, but you will find small communities of foreigners and some international schools in the Hat Yai area.
There is a small selection of international schools here, all with a high population of Thai students.