Khok Wua, Tambon Chai Buri, Amphoe Mueang. The village is about 6
kilometres from the city on the road from Sai Yuan intersection. The
village is famous for making products from coconut shells, now called
Baht Coconut Shell Village. The community leader,
Mr. Plum Chukhong, pioneered the idea of getting villagers to make
products from coconut shells that can be found locally. Products include
kitchenware, household items and decorations. Eventually over 100
households began such an industry and later received support from the
Industrial Promotion Department. Popular items are spoons, coffee cups,
mugs, ladles, plates, bowls, lamps, and other decorations sold
domestically and to 16 countries worldwide. Visitors interested in
seeing demonstrations and buying products can contact Mr. Plum Chukhong,
No. 42, Mu 1, Ban Khok Wua, Tambon Chai Buri,
Suk Lam Pam
Hat Saen Suk Lam Pam is about 2 kilometres past Wat Wang on Highway No. 4047. This
shady pine-fringed beach on the bank of Songkhla Lake, the largest
freshwater lake in
In the middle of the rotary is a sculpture of a school of Lam Pam fish
native to the area. A water pavilion named Sala Lam Pam Thi Rak
is ideal for viewing the scenery. A bridge spans the beach and an islet
created by sediment from the river. In Lam Pam Lake are dolphins, which
can be seen frequently.
Khao Ok Thalu Khao Ok Thalu
can be accessed from Wat Khuha Sawan by taking Highway No. 4047. Khao Ok
Thalu rises majestically east of the train station. This mountain is a
symbol of the province. It is about 250 metres high. Stairs lead up to
the summit where visitors can get a panoramic view of the province. The
name of the mountain derives from a hole near the top that allows people
to see through it.
Phatthalung Governor’s Residence
Residence 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.
Phutthanirokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit
Phutthanirokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit
or called “Phra Si Mum Mueang”
is a Buddha image of southern Thailand and is a sacred relic
of Phatthalung. It is housed in a square pavilion in an area between the
provincial hall and the provincial court. This bronze image in the
meditation posture was given to the province by His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1968.
Phraya Thukrat monument
Phraya Thukrat monument
is at Tha Miram intersection in Phatthalung municipality. Records show
that Phraya Thukrat was a monk named Phra Maha Chuai who resided at Wat
Pa Lilai during the reign of King Rama I. When the Nine Armies War took
place, Phra Maha Chuai rallied villagers to help Phraya Phatthalung
defeat Burmese forces. When he left the monkhood, he was appointed by
the king to be Phraya Thukrat to help the city lord. His title of Phraya
was of the same level as the city lord.
Wat Tham Khuha Sawan
Wat Tham Khuha Sawan is
at the foot of Khao Khuha Sawan near Phatthalung market. A left-hand
road at Khao Hua Taek takes visitors to the temple. The temple was built
in the Ayutthaya period and was later upgraded to be the first royal
temple in the province. Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha
image and another in a sitting posture. The cave walls and entrance are
full of initials of many kings and royal family members.
Wat Wang is in Tambon Lam
Pam, 6 kilometres from the city on Highway No. 4047 (on the same route
as Khao Ok Thalu). This is an important historical site of the province.
It was built by Phraya Phatthalung (Thongkhao) in the reign of King Rama
III and was once the place where government officials performed
allegiance pledges in the early Rattanakosin period. Inside the
convocation hall are murals of dusted paint in the time of King Rama IV
about the biography of Lord Buddha and about angels. The main plaster
Buddha image is from the same period. A total of 108 images line the
balcony around the building.
Khlong Hu Rae
Tambon Tha Madua, approximately 33 kilometres from Phatthalung city.
Take the Phetchakasem Road for about 20 kilometres, turn left onto Khao
Chaison-Chong Ke road (Highway No. 4081) and turn right at the Khao
Chaison district office onto a laterite road for around 5 kilometres to
the site. There are hired motorcycles in front of the office. Khlong Hu
Rae is a wide canal with clear water. The canal bed is sandy, with rocks
in the deeper parts. The canal is ideal for rest and swimming. Food
stalls and restaurants provide good food for tourists.
Shadow Play Handicrafts Village
Shadow Play Handicrafts Village is at Mu 1, Ban Bang Kaeo, Tambon Tha Madua. It is about 9
kilometres from the Phetchakasem-railway intersection and 200 metres
from the railway to the centre. The total distance from Phatthalung city
to the village is about 36 kilometres. The village has 25 members, all
of whom make shadow play figures from hides in various styles made to
order. The work is delicate and beautiful. The products are sold
nationwide and exported to about 16 countries. For persons interested in
seeing and buying shadow play products, please contact Mr. Im Chanchum,
the centre’s president, or the Amphoe Bang Kaeo Community Development
Office at tel: 0-7469 -7380
Hot Spring , in Wat Bo Nam Ron, can be
reached by driving southerly from the province on Highway No. 4 for 25
kilometres to Km. 47 (Ban Tha Nang Phrom), then turn left onto Highway
No. 4081 to Amphoe Khao Chaison for 7 kilometres. At Sukhaphiban Road,
Soi 2 next to the district office is an asphalt road on the right-hand
side. Take that road for 1 kilometre to Khao Chaison cliff. The area is
a recreation site. About 300 metres further is Wat Bo Nam Ron. The hot
spring is believed to be holy in that spring water can cure a few
Laem Chong Thanon
Laem Chong Thanon is at
Tambon Chong Thanon. To get there from Amphoe Mueang, drive along
Phetchakasem Road and turn left past Khao Chaison for 12 kilometres. The
total distance is about 39 kilometres. Laem Chong Thanon is a
fisherman’s village on a dirt hill that slopes down to Songkhla Lake
that has saline water. The village has a good view of islands and the
Wat Khian Bang Kaeo
Khian Bang Kaeo is on Highway No. 4081, 7 kilometres
past Khao Chaison district office, in the area of Ban Bang Kaeo at Km.
14. A left-hand road leads to the temple. Wat Khian is situated on the
bank of Songkhla Lake. This old monastery has the sacred Phra That Bang
Kaeo, built in the same style as Phra Maha That Chedi in Nakhon Si
Thammarat but smaller. This is one of the oldest historical sites of
Phatthalung, dating back to the early Ayutthaya period. It is believed
that the temple area was once the site of Phatthalung town because many
laterite ruins and Buddha images have been found here.
Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve
Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve is the largest waterfowl
reserve in Thailand. It can be reached via Highway No. 4048 from Amphoe
Muang to Amphoe Khuan Khanun and to Thale Noi, for a total distance of
32 kilometres. The road is paved asphalt all the way. The reserve is the
responsibility of the Royal Forestry Department and covers 450 square
kilometres, divided into 422 square kilometres of land (94%) and 28
square kilometres of water (6%), or Thale Noi.
The sea is 5 kilometres wide and 6 kilometres long with an
average depth of 1.2 metres. The sea is covered with assorted flora such
as lotus, bulrush, reed, and grass used for thatching. More than 187
species of waterfowls, migratory and indigenous birds make their home at
Thale Noi. Some live here throughout the year and some migrate only in
winter from October to March when the population density is at its
highest. The low season is June-September which is the nesting period.
Species that are prevalent here are those of the heron and stork family
such as yellow bittern, great egret, painted stork, red stork; ducks
such as lesser whistling duck, cotton pygmy goose, and garganey; grebe;
rails such as white-browed crake, white-breasted waterhen, watercock,
common moorhen, and Eurasian coot; jacanas such as pheasant-tailed
jacana and bronze-winged jacana; cormorants such as great cormorant and
little cormorant; black-winged stilt; Brahminy kite; red-wattled
lapwing; whiskered tern; common kingfisher; and barn swallow. The best
time to study flora and fauna is during October-March when there is an
abundance of birds and pink lotus in full bloom cover the reserve.
Moreover, tourists can visit villages and see cottage industries like
reed mat making.
Thale Noi has been named the first world ramsar site
(wetland site) in Thailand. This aims to preserve the sustainable
ecology of the area, one that is being developed into one of the
country’s most important nature study centres. As such, there is careful
control of eco-tourism in Thale Noi in order to minimize impact on the
Tourists can take boats from Thale Noi pier and go on two
routes; the first one for tourists with services by the Thale Noi
community and the second for academics and nature study by requesting
permission and guide from a reserve official. The reserve has
comfortable accommodation. For more information, please contact the
Royal Forestry Department in Bangkok, tel: 0- 2579-7223, 0-2579-5734, and Thale Noi Non-hunting
Travel to Thale Noi is easy by boat and car. Access can be
made from seaside districts like Ranot, Sathing Phra and Muang of
Songkhla, and Pak Phayun, Khuan Khanun and Mueang of Phatthalung.
Visitors by train can alight at Pak Khlong station and continue by car
to Thale Noi for 8 kilometres.Tourist Advice on a Nature Study of Thale
Obtain information from and make accommodation reservation
at the park 30 days prior to the visit, tel: (074) 615722, 685230. Thale
Noi Non-hunting Area is in Tambon Thale Noi, Amphoe Khuan Khanun,
Tourists studying migratory birds and water flora should
know the best time to see them:
- The boat tour to study waterfowls provided by the Thale
Noi community goes along a fixed route and takes 1 hour. The fee is 200
baht for 8 persons.
- Researchers and nature watchers interested in studying birds must obtain
permission from the park directly and must strictly follow the advice of
- Embark boats with caution and try to disperse the weight
of passengers evenly through the boat. Passengers should not stick arms
and feet outside the boat while it is cruising or disturb the boat’s
- Visitors should not make loud noises during the tour or
pick flowers and plants along the way.
- Visitors should wear attire that is in tune with nature
and bird watching equipment, and should wear a life vest in the boat.
- Do not eat or drink during the tour and dispose of garbage in bins in
King Amphoe Srinagarindra
Banthat Wildlife Reserve
Khao Banthat Wildlife
is at Tambon Ban Na, 27 kilometres from Phatthalung city on
Highway No. 4. The park has an area of 167 square kilometres, covering
Trang, Songkhla and Satun. The topography is mountainous. It is a
watershed of several rivers and the home to many valuable plants.
is at Tambon Ban Na, about 21 kilometres from Phatthalung city on the
Phatthalung-Trang road (Phetchakasem Highway No. 4). The cave is about
500 metres from the road. The cave features stalagmites and stalactites,
as well as a huge hall that is a natural work of art. The cave has two
levels; the first is on level ground whereas the second is underground.
The cave houses many Buddha images in different postures. Apart from its
natural tranquility, the cave is noteworthy as a famous place for
is in Ban Phut Forest Protection Unit in Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve,
Tambon Khlong Chaloem. To get there, go from Khlong Muai by the Tambon
Lam Sin-Ban Kong Ra road (Highway No. 4122) for about 20 kilometres. The
waterfall entrance is to the west about 3 kilometres away. This is a
large waterfall with serene natural surroundings that are rich in
tropical flora. A parking area and a restaurant are available.
and Ko Ha
Ko Si and Ko Ha
, in Songkhla Lake, can be reached by leaving from Tambon Lam Pam pier (25
kilometres) or Pak Phayun pier (10 kilometres). The travelling time is
about 1 hour. The islands are home of flocks of sea swallows, so many
that they are called Ko Rang Nok (bird’s nest island).
Concessions are given out for the collection of the nests for sale. The
natural beauty of the islands is one of the finest in Phatthalung. King
Rama V once visited here and left his initials on a cliff. Nearby is a
monument of him. As Ko Si and Ko Ha are concession areas of the private
sector, permission must first be obtained in Pak Phayun district.
- Khao Ya National Park
Khao Pu - Khao Ya
National Park is in Ban Nai Wang,
Tambon Khao Pu, about 37 kilometres from the city. Take Highway No. 41
to Amphoe Khuan Khanun, then turn left onto Highway No. 4164 to Amphoe
Si Banphot. Drive for 17 kilometres, and then turn left for 4 kilometres
to the park headquarters. The area is still a dense jungle. Flora here
includes hardwood trees and animals are rhinoceros, tapir, monkey, and
birds. The total area is 694 square kilometres. The park has the following places of
Tham Matcha Pla Won is a cave near the
park headquarters. Inside the cave are beautiful curtain-like
stalactites and stalagmites. A pond of 400 square metres is full of
fish. This pond was formed from water that flows through Khao Nai
Wang. The cave entrance is black rock and covered with shady trees.
Namtok Riang Thong is around 3
kilometres from Talat Khao Pu community. The source originates from
the Banthat and Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain ranges. The waterfall
is called the Hundred-level Waterfall. The loveliest level is
the 13th level where visitors can see Thale Noi and Khao
Pha Phung Viewpoint is
about 250 metres from the park headquarters. The outstanding feature
of the cliff is that during February-April of every year, bees will
make hives here numbering in the hundreds. When the rainy season
comes, the bees will abandon the hives. The observation point gives
a good view of the park and its flora
are near the park headquarters. There are 2
trails that are ideal for studying flora.
Moreover, in the area of
the headquarters is a tourist service centre that is a small exhibition
place for publicizing useful information for tourists. The park has set
up a good exhibition of pictures with captions, plus a park official to
help explain and answer questions. A meeting room is available for
conferences and seminars. It can hold up to 30 people. In addition,
there are about 50 tent sites around the park.
For information on
overnighting, please contact the park headquarters at Mu 9, Tambon Khao
Pu, Amphoe Si Banphot,
Namtok Tamot or Namtok Mom Chui
orNamtok Mom Chuiis 12 kilometres from the district office. Take Highway
No. 4121 and Highway No. 4137 (south of Phatthalung city) from Highway
No. 4 all the way to Wat Tamot. The waterfall is located in Tamot
Wildlife Protection Unit, about 4-5 kilometres past the temple. The
waterfall is in the middle of a lush forest. The waterfall falls down
several levels that have different names to a pool below. A wide rock
plateau is suitable for relaxation.