Phatthalung is an ancient city in southern Thailand. It is a land of mountains.
In town is Khao Ok Thalu, which is clearly visible from afar. Phatthalung
is regarded as the birthplace of the shadow play and the Nora dance. From
ancient times to the present, Phatthalung has been closely linked to Songkhla
Province, particularly in terms of geography, history and migratory settlements
through many ages.
During the Sri Vijaya period (13th-14th Buddhist
century), the Phatthalung community received Indian cultural influence in
the way of Mahayana Buddhism. In the reign of King Ramathibodi I (U Thong)
of Ayutthaya, Phatthalung became one of twelve royal cities. Later during
the reign of King Rama I in the Rattanakosin period, the king had the Ministry
of Defense oversee Phatthalung, upgraded it to secondary city status and
moved it to the mouth of Pam River. When there was an administration reform
in the reign of King Rama V, Phatthalung prefecture came under Nakhon Si
Thammarat prefecture until 1924, when King Rama VI relocated the city to
Tambon Khuha Sawan where it has been ever since. Upon the abolition of the
prefecture system in 1933, Phatthalung became a province outright. Phatthalung
city is situated on the west bank of Songkhla Lake, about 846 km
from Bangkok. It has an area of 3,424.473 sq km and is divided
into 10 districts and 1 subdistrict, as follows: Muang Phatthalung, Khuan
Khanun, Pak Phayun, Kongra, Tamot, Khao Chai Son, Pa Bon, Bang Kaeo, Si
Banphot, Pa Phayom, and the subdistrict of Si Nakharin.
» North : Chauat in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ranot in Songkhla
» South : Rattaphum and Khuan Niang in Songkhla and Khuan Kalong in Satun
» East : Songkhla Lake, Ranot, Krasae Sin, Sathing Phra, and Singhanakhon in Songkhla
» West : Nakhon Si Thammarat (Banthat) mountain range, Huai Yot, Muang Trang,
Na Yong, Yan Ta Khao, and Palian in Trang
|Distances to Other Provinces
|Nakhon Si Thammarat
Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
|Khao Chai Son
|Pa Si Pa Phayom
From Bangkok, there
are 3 ways.
Route : 1
The first is via the Phetchakasem National Highway No. 4 to
Chumphon (Phathom Phon junction) into Ranong, Phang-nga, Krabi, Trang, and
Phatthalung. The total distance is 1,140 km.
Route : 2
The second route is
to Chumphon and then onto Highway No. 41 (Asia) to Phatthalung, a total
distance of around 846 km.
Route : 3
The third route is to Nakhon Si Thammarat
via Chumphon and Surat Thani, then onto Highway No. 403 and Highway No.
41 to Phatthalung.
Transport Co. has daily Bangkok-Phatthalung services.
For more information,
please call 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200 or Phatthalung Bus Terminal, tel. 0
Check out bus timetables
The southern line runs through Phatthalung town, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chaison,
Pak Phayun, Pa Bon, and Bang Kaeo.
Trains leave the Bangkok Railway Station
(Hualamphong) daily at 12.25 pm., 02.20 pm., 02.45 pm., 03.50 pm. and 10.50
For more information, please call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, Phatthalung
Railway Station tel. 0 7461 3106.
Check out train timetables
Phatthalung does not have an airport but can be accessed via those in
nearby provinces. Please call Thai Airways International (Public) Co.,
Ltd. to make bookings at tel. 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000.
Long Rua-Lae Nok Thale Noi Festival
When : Febuary - March
Location : Thale Noi at Amphoe Khuan Khanun
was first held in 1998 as a special activity to mark the Amazing Thailand
project and promote the most important tourist destination of Phatthalung.
The festival consists of eco-tourism activities lasting 1 month (14 February-15
March) when there are plenty of birds and Thale Noi is at its most beautiful.
The festival takes place in the Thale Noi Non-hunting area. Daily activities
include boating on long-tailed boats to observe flora and fauna, local performances,
agricultural produce for sale, demonstrations of native life, and an assortment
of local products for sale.
Phon Lak Phra Festival
When : October
Location : in front of Muang Phatthalung Municipal Office
is the most important festival of the province. This popular Buddhist tradition
is held at the end of the Buddhist Lent when people have a Buddha image
procession by land or water. Phatthalung normally has a land procession
accompanied by drums to give the procession a good rhythm. When a procession
from one temple passes another temple, the procession participants will
challenge the temple people to come out and see who can beat drums to give
the best rhythm. This tradition has evolved to become a grand festival of
Phatthalung. It is held every October. Processions will go take Buddha images
throughout Phatthalung city. The festival is held at Phatthalung Provincial
Stadium and Saen Suk Lam Pam beach in Amphoe Muang. Activities of the festival
include drum competitions of temples in the province, dramatic arts, boat
procession contest, folk plays, religious ceremonies, water sports on Lam
Pam Lake such as boat races and water boxing, exhibitions, and arts and
culture demonstrations of Phatthalung and nearby provinces like reed mat
making and coconut shell products.