Tak Bai (ตากใบ) is a small town in Deep Southern Thailand, 3 kilometers north of the border with Malaysia. The local border crossing is at the village of Ban Taba (also known as Ban Ta Ba), and the nearest major town on the Malaysian side of the border is Kota Bharu, Kelantan's state capital.
Coming directly from Narathiwat airport, take a grey minibus to Taba (Tak Bai) checkpoint and get out in Tak Bai town. If coming from Narathiwat town, take a songtheaw or a public bus. The ride takes less than one hour and goes through a beautiful landscape with military checkpoints every few kilometers. If having your own transportation, stop over at Ao Manao beach and Phra Tamnak Thaksin Tarchaniwet palace outside Narathiwat town.
Tak Bai is a tiny town, so can walk almost everywhere, but motorcycle taxis should be available too.
The Tak Bai lagoon Resort is a good place to stay. Clean and affordable. A few staff members speak pretty good English. Pleasant surroundings on the water and it has it's own restaurant. Not much else in town anyway.