Category: Phatthalung Province

Phatthalung is some 840 kms. from Bangkok. Entering the town, a high hollow hill considered a symbol of Phatthalung stands out as the landmark of the town. Phatthalung is the province that initiated two famous forms of entertainment – Manora and Shadow Plays. It occupies an area of 3,424 square kilometres, most of which is forested mountains. The high plateau in the west slopes down towards the east bordered by an extensive lake originating from Songkhla.

Phatthalung is administratively divided into 10 districts and 1 sub-district: Amphoe Muang Phatthalung, Amphoe Bang Kaeo, Amphoe Khao Chaison, Amphoe Khuan Khanun, Amphoe Si Banphot, Amphoe Kong Ra, Amphoe Pa Bon, Amphoe Pa Phayom, Amphoe Pak Phayun, Amphoe Tamot, and King Amphoe Si Nakhari.

Khao Ok Thalu

The hollow hill about 250 metres high, regarded as the symbol of Phatthalung, is situated to the east of the railway station. One can climb up to the point where a large hole is situated.

Tham Malai

This is a cave located in the same range of Khao Ok Thalu. It houses milky white stalagmite and stalactite formations and a natural pond with clear water.

Wat Wang

This important temple of Phatthalung constructed during the reign of King Rama 3 is famous for splendid mural paintings depicting the story of Buddha’s life. The temple houses some architectural buildings and more than 100 Buddha images lined around the chapel. It is located 6 kms. from town along Route No. 4047. Not far from the temple, there is an old court where governers of Phatthalung used to reside.

Hat Saensuk Lampam

A scenic beach along the coast of the Songkhla Lake is located 8 kms. from town. The shady beach lined with pleasant pine trees offers an impressive atmosphere at sunset. Comfortable bungalows by the lake are available.

Namtok Khao Khram

The waterfall at Ban Khao Kram, Tambon Ban Na, is 30 kms. from town. Drive along the Trang- Phatthalung Highway till arriving at Ban Ton Sai at km.31-32, turn left and continue for another 7 kms. The waterfall cascades from a high cliff surrounded by verdant forest.

Wat Khian Bang Kaeo

The oldest historical site in Phatthalung was constructed during the Early Ayutthaya Period. Assumed to be the location of the old Phatthalung town, the compound contains several ruins including a chedi resembling the one at Nakhon Si Thammarat but smaller, and Buddha images of various sizes. The temple is located 7 kms, beyond Amphoe Khao Chai Son on Route No. 4018.

Namtok Tamot

Another name is Namtok Mom Chui. It is a small waterfall with a lovely basin suitable for swimming. The waterfall with a lovely basin suitable for swimming. The waterfall is located in Amphoe Tamot. Travel 33 kms. from Phatthalung along Highway No.4, turn left and go for another 4 kms. via Wat Tamot.

Namtok Phraiwan

This huge waterfall in Amphoe Kong Ra can be reached by Route No. 41222 and a left turn at Km. 31-32 for another 3 kms. The water cascades from the mountain top and can be clearly seen from a distance.

Thale Noi Waterfowl Park

A part of Songkhla Lake declared a non-hunting area is home to a hundred species of waterfowl. It is located in the area of Tambon Thale Noi,15 kms. from Amphoe Khuan Khanun or 32 kms. north of Phatthalung. A boat is available for tourists to watch water birds which are plentiful during December to April. Pink lotus blooms are widely seen in the lake every morning. Famous handicrafts woven from the bulrush are on sale in the village.

The Governors Residence

This interesting place is at Tambon Lam Pam, near Wat Wang. Originally a government place and the home of the city lord, the part called Wang Kao (old palace), three adjoining Thai houses, built in the time of Phraya Phatthalung (Noi Chantharotchanawong) when he was the provincial governor. The palace later became the property of Mrs. Praphai Mutamara, the daughter of Luang Si Worachat. The new palace, or Wang Mai, was built in 1889 by Phraya Aphaiborirakchakrawichitphiphitphakdi (Net Chantharotchanawong), the son of Phraya Phatthalung, then the provincial governor. The Chantharotchanawong family has given this palace to the country. The Fine Arts Department declared it a national historical site in 1983.