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 kilometers from Bangkok. It has an area of 3,424.473
square kilometers 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
West: Nakhon Si Thammarat (Banthat) mountain range, Huai Yot, Muang
Trang, Na Yong, Yan Ta Khao, and Palian in Trang
Distance from Phatthalung city to nearby provinces
Nakhon Si Thammarati 99 kms.
Satun 134 kms.
Songkhla 121 kms.
Trang 56 kms.
Distance from Phatthalung city to its districts
Bang Kaeo 40 kms.
Si Banphot 35 kms.
Pa Bon 50 kms.
Khao Chai Son 28 kms.
Khuan Khanun 17 kms.
Kong Ra 40 kms.
Pak Phayun 66 kms.
Pa Si Pa Phayom 38 kms.
Si Nakharin 16 kms.
Tamot 39 kms.
How to get there
From Bangkok, there are 2 ways. The first is via the Phetchakasem National
Highway No. 4 to Chumphon (Phathom Phon junction) into Ranong, Phangnga,
Krabi, Trang, and Phatthalung. The total distance is 1,140 kilometers.
The second route is to Chumphon and then onto Highway No. 41 (Asia)
to Phatthalung, a total distance of around 846 kilometers.
Transport Co. has daily Bangkok-Phatthalung services. Please call tel.
4351199, 4351200 or (074) 612070
The southern line runs through Muang, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chai Son, Pak
Phayun, Pa Bon, and Bang Kaeo. Please call tel. 2237010, 2237020 or
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. 2800060, 6282000 or in Trang at tel. (075)
218066 or 219923, in Nakhon Si Thammarat at tel. (075) 311158, 342491
or 343874, and in Hat Yai at tel. (074) 245851-2, 243711, or 233433.
Festivals & events
Rua-Lae Nok Thale Noi 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
Lak Phra Festival
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
Thank you : Tourism Authority of Thailand