Phatthalung is on the west coast of Songkhla Lake, 860 km from Bangkok. This mountainous city is among the ancient cities in the south. Khao Ok Thalu or Mount Ok Thalu, the symbol of the city, is prominent by its height and can be seen from a distance. The performing arts of Nang Talung (puppet shadow play) and Nora dance have their origins in this city. It was assumed from evidence that Phatthalung had been a town built in the Srivijaya period. The original town was at Hua Khao Daeng on the coast, now opposite the city of Songkhla.
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.
There is no airport in Phatthalung. Visitors can take a flight to Trang or Hat Yai. For more information, contact Thai Airways at Tel. 1566, +66 2 800060, +66 2 6282000; the Trang Office at Tel. +66 75 218066, +66 75 219923; the Hat Yai Office at Tel. +66 74 245851–2, +66 74 243711, +66 74 233433.
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.
- Namtok Phraiwan Waterfalls, Tambon Khlong Chaloem, Amphoe Kong Ra (From Phatthalung town, take Hwy 4; at the Kong Ra T-junction, turn right on Hwy 4122 for ~29 km. Follow signs for 3 more km). Daily, 08:00-17:00. The waterfall is in the Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve in Tambon Khlong Chaloem. It is in natural surroundings rich in tropical flora. Parking and a restaurant are nearby. Take a mini-bus on the Namtok Phraiwan-Phatthalung Line at the bus stop diagonally opposite the Phatthalung Railway Station. The mini-buses depart daily every 15 minutes from 07:00-17:00. The last bus from Namtok Phraiwan to Phatthalung leaves at 15:00.
|Routes through Phatthalung|
|Bangkok ← Nakhon Si Thammarat ←||N S||→ Hat Yai → Butterworth|
|Bangkok ← Trang ←||N S||→ Hat Yai → Sadao|