Golok River

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The Golok River (Thai: แม่น้ำโก-ลก, RTGSMaenam Kolok, pronounced [mɛ̂ː.náːm koː.lók]; Malay: Sungai Golok) is a river that lies on the border between Malaysia and Thailand. It is spanned only by the Malaysian-Thai Friendship Bridge. The name of the river in Malay is Sungai Golok, meaning 'river of swords'.[1]

The river borders the Malaysian state of Kelantan and the Thai province of Narathiwat. The friendship bridge connects the Malaysian town of Rantau Panjang and the Thai town of Su-ngai Kolok. Rantau Panjang is a duty-free zone.[1]

The river flows into the Gulf of Thailand at Tak Bai District, Narathiwat Province. It floods seasonally with the monsoon.[1] An unusually large flood occurred on 21 December 2009, causing an evacuation of parts of Kelantan.[2]

The river originates in mountainous area of Waeng District then flows through Su-ngai Kolok and Tak Bai Districts. It is 103 kilometres (64 mi) long.

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  1. ^ a b c "Rantau Panjang & Golok River". Life in Penang, is more than beautiful. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  2. ^ "Golok river floods Kelantan forcing 440 to Evacuate". Demotix. Retrieved 2010-09-07.