"Phattalung - Land of the Waterfalls" Phatthalung by wondersF

Phatthalung Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 37 photos

Phattalung - Thale Noi for the birdies

Someone once explain to me that the name of Phattalung derived from 2 words. Phat - meaning "eight" in Thai and "thalung" is a description of figures seen is the shadow play. Combined - Phattalung looks like "Eight Figurines". Being Chinese I know for a fact that "Thalung" is a lantern with shadow play and in the early days, the heat from the candles would make the figurines rotate as in a carousal. Whatever it is - still eight lanterns.

This province is far south after the narrow Isthmus of Kra, about 870 kilometers south from Bangkok and I think may have the smallest population 150, 000 inhabitants. The provincial capital is very picturesque with 2 karsts hills as back ground. The "Punctured Chest Mountain" and the "Broken Head Mountain". Now with that type of settings, rumors are abound about the landmark was the result of a mythical feud between mistress and wife fighting over adulterous husband.

Leaving that myths aside, this is one province with many picturesque sights. It is topped by the large waterfall Phraiwan which share the leeward side of the Khao Banthat Mountain range with about 8 other waterfalls. Well, special mention as I was a waterfall hunter at one time.
The large fresh water lake of Thale Noi which was recognized by Ramsar as an important bird area that draws in many foreigners also brought recognition to this quiet place.

The sad point is that province is too long a land journey for the local population, especially the urban folks from Bangkok to travel down and too remote for Malaysian nature lovers to get a good numbers to visit this place.

I am thinking of the occasion that while passing through the lake large flock of birds would darkened the sky. Its about getting the correct timing when the local birds are plentiful.

This trip of July 2010, I didn't have time to check out whether the Phattalung town has acquired any new hotel. Old habits dies hard, I prefer to stay in Trang or Hat Yai and make thee early morning dash to the Thale Noi park. This destination is 120 kilometers from Hat Yai and 85 kilometers from Trang.

Traveling on the Expressway north from Hat Yai, the section before the town of Tha Mot, one of the rare sight of offering by the roadside.
Pineapples - that Thailand is famous for. The the fruits for passers by and young shoots for locals are offered. Quite a few stalls on bothe side of the road.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:With good accomodation now I would stay there
  • Cons:Bird life getting lower
  • In a nutshell:Nice quiet district to explore
  • Last visit to Phatthalung: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 17, 2010
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