Phatthalung Attractions, Attractions in Phatthalung, what to do in Phatthalung, Phatthalung Sightseeing

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attractions in Phatthalung
Historical Sites
Phatthalung Governors Residence
Location : Mueang District Phatthalung Governors Residence
Phatthalung Governors Residence

Phatthalung Governors Residence located at Lam Pam Sub-District, near Wat Wang. Phatthalung Governors Residence was declared to be national historical site in 1983 from The Fine Arts Department. 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.
Opening Hours : 09.00 am. - 04.00 pm.
Admission : 50 Baht (Price are subject to change)
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Hotels : Hotels in Phatthalung Area
Religious site
Phra Phutthanirokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit
Location : Mueang District
Phra Phutthanirokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit is also known as Phra Si Mum Mueang which 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.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Phraya Thukkharat (Chuai) Monument
Location : Mueang District
Phraya Thukkharat 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.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Wat Tham Khuha Sawan
Location : Mueang District Wat Tham Khuha Sawan
Wat Tham Khuha Sawan

Wat Tham Khuha Sawan was built in the Ayutthaya period which the temple is located at the foot of Khao Khuha Sawan near Phatthalung market 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.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Wat Wang
Location : Mueang District
Wat Wang is an important historical site of Phatthalung which this old temple is located in Lam Pam Sub-District. The temple was built in the reign of King Rama III by Phraya Phatthalung (Thongkhao) 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.

How to get there :
Wat Wang located 6 kilometres from the city on Highway No. 4047 (on the same route as Khao Ok Thalu).
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Wat Khian Bang Kaeo
Location : Khao Chai Son District
Wat Khian Bang Kaeo was built in the same style as Phra Maha That Chedi in Nakhon Si Thammarat but smaller, inside the temple was enshrined of the sacred Phra That Bang Kaeo. Wat Khian is situated on the bank of Songkhla Lake and 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.

How to get there :
Wat 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.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Monument
Phraya Thukkharat (Chuai) Monument
Location : Mueang District
Phraya Thukkharat 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.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Park & National Park
Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve
Location : Khun Khanun District Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve
Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve

Thale Noi is the largest waterfowl reserve in Thailand which responsibility by 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 countrys most important nature study centres. As such, there is careful control of eco-tourism in Thale Noi in order to minimize impact on the environment.

How to get there :
Thale Noi can be reached via Highway No. 4048 from Muang District to Khuan Khanun District and to Thale Noi, for a total distance of 32 kilometres. The road is paved asphalt all the way.

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.

Travel to Thale Noi is easy by boat and car. Access can be made from seaside districts like Ranot, Sathing Phra and Mueang 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.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 2562 0760, 0 7468 5230
Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park
Location : Si Banphot District
Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park
Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park
Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park was covered area of Phattalung and Trang Provinces which the park is named by local "Bha Brommajan" (Virgin Forest). There are camp on trees along the river, at the low land. The park is platoue and surrounded by steep mountain.

The park has the following places of interest:

Khounpra Waterfall
Khounpra Waterfall situated in Village No. 5, Namphud Sub-district, Muang District, Trang Province, comes from Bantud Mountain Range, cascading down to be a big stream which is the source of Lamphura River.

Mach Cha Plawon Cave
Mach Cha Plawon Cave is situated 2.5m from the Park, there are stalactites and stalagmites and the 100m width pool is where the habitat of many fishes. Otherwise, it is the habitat of different species of bat

Nam Plew Waterfall
Nam Plew Waterfall situated in Moo 5, Langkhoy Sub-district, Pattalung. Its source is from Bantad mountain range, the water flows down in different level. The landscape is rich with moist-evergreen forest.

Nan Pliew Waterfall
Nan Pliew Waterfall situated in Village No. 5, Lan Koi Sub-district, Pha Payom District, Phattalung Province, comes from Banthud Mountain Range, is a very high waterfall cascading down below. The area is a productive rain forest.

Nan Sawan Waterfall
Nan Sawan Waterfall situated in Village No. 5, Wang-ang Sub-district, Cha-uad District, Nakhon Si Thamarat Province, comes from a water-source in Dannakhon Mountain Range, which its water drops onto many big and small ponds and goes to Huay Nam Sai Reservoir.

Pha Pueng
In february to April, Pha Pueng is a good viewpoint seeing some "Pueng Lusng" created their houses. The site situated 300m from the headquarters.

Reang Thong Waterfall
Reang Thong Waterfall is in Moo1, Khao Poo Sub-district, Pattalung.There are many different levels, so it is called "Roi Shant Waterfall" (100 levels waterfall). At 13th the spectacular viewpoint seeing to Thale Noi and Khao Pu-Khao Ya.

Ruan Thepnimit Cave
Ruan Thepnimit Cave is symbol Khao Poo. There are 2 chamber, second chamber is habitat of "Shang Kaew" it is the pure-rock resemble an elephant.

Tham Wang Nai Pud
Tham Wang Nai Pud is an exotic big cave about 100m in width and 100m in length. At the entrance, there is an exciting rock formation and this cave is comprised of many chambers.
Natural Attractions
Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve
Location : Si Nakharin District
Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve has an area of 167 sq km, covering Trang, Songkhla and Satun. The topography is mountainous. It is a watershed of several rivers and the home to many valuable plants.

How to get there :
Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve located at Ban Na Sub-district, 27 km from Phatthalung city on Highway No. 4.
Khlong Hu Rae
Location : Mueang District
Khlong Hu Rae located at Tha Madua Sub-district, approximately 33 km from Phatthalung city. Khlong Hu Rae is a wide canal with clear water which tourist can hire motorcycles in front of the office. 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.

How to get there :
Take the Phetchakasem Road for about 20 km, turn left onto Khao Chai Son-Chong Ke road (Highway No. 4081) and turn right at the Khao Chai Son district office onto a laterite road for around 5 km to the site.
Koh Si and Koh Ha
Location : Pak Phayun District
Koh Si and Koh Ha are home of flocks of sea swallows, so they are called Koh Rang Nok (birds 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 Koh Si and Koh Ha are concession areas of the private sector, permission must first be obtained in Pak Phayun District.

How to get there :
Both islands, in Songkhla Lake, can be reached by leaving from Lam Pam Sub-district pier (25 kilometres) or Pak Phayun pier (10 kilometres). The travelling time is about 1 hour.
Laem Chong Thanon
Location : Khao Chai Son District
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 surrounding area.

How to get there :
Laem Chong Thanon located at Chong Thanon Sub-district. To get there from Mueang District, drive along Phetchakasem Road and turn left past Khao Chai Son for 12 km. The total distance is about 39 km.
Ok Thalu Mountain
Location : Mueang District Ok Thalu Mountain
Ok Thalu Mountain

Ok Thalu Mountain is a symbol of the province which 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.

How to get there :
Ok Thalu Mountain situated on Highway No. 4047, Khao Ok Thalu rises majestically east of the train station.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Phraiwan Waterfall
Location : Kong Ra District
Phraiwan Waterfall is in the Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve, Khlong Chaloem Sub-district. This is a large waterfall with serene natural surroundings that are rich in tropical flora. A parking area and a restaurant are available.

How to get there :
To get there, go from Khlong Muai by the Lam Sin Sub-district - Ban Kong Ra road (Highway No. 4122) for about 20 kilometres. The waterfall entrance is to the west about 3 kilometres away.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Phutthakhodom Cave
Location : Si Nakharin District
Phutthakhodom cave located at Mu 4, Ban Na Sub-district, on the same way to Khao Khram waterfall. It is about 3 km from Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road).
Saen Suk Lam Pam Beach
Location : Mueang District
Saen Suk Lam Pam Beach is shady pine-fringed beach on the bank of Songkhla Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Thailand. 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.

How to get there :
Saen Suk Lam Pam Beach situated 2 kilometres past Wat Wang on Highway No. 4047
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Tamot Waterfall or Mom Chui Waterfall
Location : Tamot District
Tamot Waterfall or Mom Chui Waterfall located just 12 kilometres from the district office. 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.

How to get there :
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.
Contact : 0 7423 1055, 0 7423 8518, 0 7424 3747
Tham Sumano
Location : Si Nakharin District
Tham Sumano
Tham Sumano
Tham Sumano is stalagmites and stalactites cave which has a huge hall that is a natural work of art. Tham Sumano 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 meditation.

How to get there :
Tham Sumano located at Ban Na Sub-district, about 21 km from Phatthalung city on the Phatthalung-Trang road (Phetchakasem Highway No. 4). The cave is about 500 metres from the road.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Than Nam Yen Hot Spring
Location : Khao Chai Son District
Than Nam Yen Hot Spring believed to be holy in that spring water can cure a few ailments which the spring area is a recreation site. About 300 metres further is Wat Bo Nam Ron.

How to get there :
Than Nam Yen Hot Spring can be reached by driving southerly from the province on Highway No. 4 for 25 km to Km. 47 (Ban Tha Nang Phrom), then turn left onto Highway No. 4081 to Khao Chai Son District for 7 km. 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 Chai Son cliff.
Other Attractions
Handicrafts Village
Location : Mueang District
Handicrafts Village or the Million Baht Coconut Shell Village is famous for making products from coconut shells. 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.

How to get there :
Handicrafts Village located at Ban Khok Wua, Chai Buri Sub-district, is about 6 kilometres from the city on the road from Sai Yuan intersection.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 08 1465 5751
Shadow Play Handicrafts Village
Location : Bang Kaeo District
Shadow Play Handicrafts Village
Shadow Play Handicrafts Village
Shadow play handicrafts 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. Talung (shadow play) is a regional performance of southern Thailand that is as popular as Nora. Like Nora, Phatthalung is also regarded as the birthplace of Talung. Each shadow play figure is made from raw cowhide that has been dried and then cut into shapes. Each figure is ornately printed with designs, with black usually covering the entire figure. Thinner hides will have colouring. The figures are held up by bamboo sticks, with the mouth and hands movable in tune with the narration. The Talung hall has a thatched roof and three walls. It has a white cloth screen. Behind it is where the figures are kept. The entire troupe of musicians and puppeteers number not more than 8 persons. Musical instruments include pipe, drum and gong. The figure performance is the duty of the head of the troupe who both operate the figures and narrate. The stories are from literature or newly written tales.

How to get there :
Shadow play handicrafts village located at Mu 1, Ban Bang Kaeo, Tha Madua Sub-district. 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.
Opening Hours : 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Contact : 0 7469 7380