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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 Srivijaya period (13 th -14 th Buddhist century), the Phatthalung community received Indian cultural influence in the way of Mahayana Buddhism.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Phattalung is when a part of its iconic lake, Thale Noi is covered with pink lotus flowers in bloom so it will between February and May. Taking a boat tour to see the sun rise on this small lake with its fishing huts on stilts is the must visit here.

Check the below table for the general idea of Phattalung weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.1 26.7 23.8
Feb 31.5 27.3 23.6
Mar 32.3 27.9 24.3
Apr 33.5 28.7 25.1
May 34 28.6 25.1
Jun 33.7 28.3 24.7
Jul 33.3 27.9 24.3
Aug 33.4 27.8 24.2
Sep 32.8 27.6 24.3
Oct 32.1 27.2 24.1
Nov 30.3 26.8 24.3
Dec 29.6 26.5 24.2

Phattalung’s current weather and 7-day forecast

PHATTHALUNG WEATHER

Phattalung may not have the touristic glamor of the islands or Chiang Mai, but that's part of the appeal. It's a lesser-known province in the southern region, and offers opportunities to get away from the backpacking crowds and tap into some of the country's more obscure history. Phattalung was once designated one of the twelve royal cities, and was strongly influenced by Indian religious culture in earlier centuries. This area is also where Thailand's style of shadow-puppet play and the Nora dance tradition originated.

1. Thale Noi Bird Sanctuary

Thale Noi is the largest bird sanctuary and first wetlands reserve in Thailand. Nearly 200 species of birds make their homes here for at least part of the year, including great cormorants, pheasant-tailed jacanas, lesser whistling ducks, white-breasted waterhens, and many others. There are separate tour options for tourists and for researchers and serious bird enthusiasts. In addition to bird-watching opportunities, visitors can see reed mat-making demonstrations and tour local villages. The best time to visit is between October and March when many birds are there and when the plant life is at its most vibrant.

Hours: Daily 8am-5pm

2. Khao Ok Talu

Perhaps the most recognizable sight in this southern province is the mountaintop that overlooks it all. The mountain stands 250 m high, and a staircase eases the way for those who want to make the climb and enjoy a bird's eye view of Phattalung.

Hours: Daily 8am-5pm

3. Wat Khuha Sawan

This Ayutthaya-period structure has the distinction of being the first royal temple in Phattalung. Visitors enter a cave to see both reclining and sitting Buddhas, and will find the initials of royal family members on the walls. Behind the wat, a flight of steps leads to a grotto; numerous statues of reclining and seated Buddhas, some gold plated, can be found in the large hall of rocks illuminated by daylight.

A bodhi tree, with copper leaves, rises above them. Nearby, a smaller grotto was once inhabited by hermits who left several Buddha statues here. From a chedi up on the cliffs there is a marvelous view across the mountains, the town and Thale-Luang Lake.

Hours: Daily 8am-5pm

4. Ban Lam Pam

The fishing village of Ban Lam Pam lies about 7 km east of Phattalung on the banks of Songkhla Lake. A boat trip to Tham Malai Grotto will take you to another popular natural landmark: two prominent cliffs on the Phatthalung plain. The cliffs are called "mountain of the pierced heart" (the straight, towering cliff has a deep hole through it) and "mountain of the decapitated head". According to legend, the cliffs are two women who fought each other out of jealousy and were turned to stone. There is a small shrine on the hill (entrance to the dripstone cave).

5. Phraya Thukkharat (Chuai) Monument

This monument honors the courage of Phra Maha Chuai, a monk who rallied local people to fight and defeat the Burmese forces in the Nine Armies War during the reign of Rama I.

Hours: 24 hours daily

6. Khao Chai Son Hot Springs

Take it easy in the warm waters of these thermal springs, found in the village of Khao Chai Son, about 20 km north of town. This is a great place to decompress from sightseeing and enjoy the lush jungle scenery of the Phattalung area.

Thale Noi Bird Watching Festival

Thale Noi Bird Watching Festival 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 Beating Festival

This 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 the 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.

Dina Inn

Add: Chai Buri Road, Chong Ko Intersection Amphoe Muang 

Tel: 0 7461 1029.

Price: ~350 baht

Ho Fa Hotel

Add: 28/30 Khuha Sawan Road, Amphoe Muang 

Tel: 0 7461 1920-2

Price: ~160-280 baht

Lam Pam Resort

Add: 88 Mu 6, Aphai Borirak Road, Tambon Lam Pam, Amphoe Muang. 

Tel: 0 7461 1486

Price: ~300-1,600 baht

Thai Hotel

Add: 14-14/1-5 Ditsara-Sakhrin Road, Amphoe Muang 

Tel: 0 7461 1636, 0 7461 1797-8

Price: ~150-360 baht

Chao Sua

Add: Phadung Don Yo Road 

Tel: 0-7462-7500

Christan Café

Add: Phadung Don Yo Road 

Tel: 0-7461-1886

Fa Si Rung 

Add: Phatthana Road, Tamnan Intersection 

Tel: 0- 7462-7390

Hong Thong Restaurant 

Add: Pracha Bamrung Road (banquet only) 

Tel: 0- 7461-3128

Im Yok 

Add: 393 Ramet Road 

Tel: 0-7461-3393

Isan 21

Add: Phadung Doi Road

Khu Hu 

Add: 9/10 Pracha Bamrung Road 

Tel: 0-7461-1938

Khuan Maphrao 

Add: 5 Mu 9, Tambon Khuan Maphrao 

Tel: 0-7461- 2895

Khun Ta Restaurant 

Add: Ramet Road 

Tel: 0-7461-1468

Nai Nang 

Add: Phetchakasem Road 

Tel: 0-7461-1790

Phak Phuak 

Add: 283 Phadung Don Yo Road 

Tel: 0-7461-3719

Suan Ahan Suan Phai 

Add: Asia Road 

Tel: 0-7461-2930

Wine and Coffee 

Add: Phadung Don Yo Road 

Tel: 0-7462-7503

By car

From Bangkok, there are three possible routes:

  • Follow Hwy 4 to Chumphon and, at the Pathomphon intersection, take a turn toward Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, and Phatthalung, a total distance of around 1,140 km.
  • Follow Hwy 4 to Chumphon and switch to Hwy 41 toward Phatthalung, a total distance of 840 km.
  • Follow Hwy 4 past Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat, change to Hwy 403, and at the Khao Chum Thong junction, switch to Hwy 41 toward Phatthalung.

By plane

There is no airport in Phatthalung. Visitors can take a flight to Trang or Hat Yai.

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

Here you can find some tips to book the cheapest flight

By train

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) serves Phatthalung. Tel. 1690, +66 2 2237010, +66 2 2237020, or contact the Phatthalung Railway Station at Tel. +66 74 613106.

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