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 (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 kilometres from Bangkok. It has an area of 3,424.473 square
kilometres and is divided into 10 districts and 1 sub-district, as follows:
Mueang Phatthalung, Khuan Khanun, Pak Phayun, Kong Ra, Tamot, Khao Chaison, Pa
Bon, Bang Kaeo, Si Banphot, Pa Phayom, and the sub-district of Srinagarindra.
North - Borders Chauat in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ranot in
South - Borders Rattaphum and Khuan Niang in Songkhla and Khuan Kalong in Satun.
East - Borders Songkhla Lake, Ranot, Krasae Sin, Sathing Phra, and Singhanakhon
West - Borders Nakhon Si Thammarat (Banthat) mountain range, Huai Yot, Mueang
Trang, Na Yong, Yan Ta Khao, and Palian in Trang.
travel information for phatthalung
From Bangkok, there are 3 ways. The first is via the Phetchakasem National
Highway No. 4 to Chumphon (Phathom Phon junction) into Ranong, Phang-nga, Krabi,
Trang, and Phatthalung. The total distance is 1,140 kilometres. The second route
is to Chumphon and then onto Highway No. 41 (Asia) to Phatthalung, a total
distance of around 846 kilometres. The third route is to Nakhon Si Thammarat via
Chumphon and Surat Thani, then onto Highway No. 403 and Highway No. 41 to
Transport Co. has daily Bangkok-Phatthalung
services. For more information, please call 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200 or
Phatthalung Bus Terminal, tel:0 7461 2070 or visit
The southern line runs through Phatthalung town, Khuan Khanun, Khao Chaison, Pak
Phayun, Pa Bon, and Bang Kaeo. Trains leave the Bangkok Railway Station (Hualamphong)
daily at 12.25 p.m., 2.20 p.m., 2.45 p.m., 3.50 p.m. and 10.50 p.m. For more
information, please call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, Phatthalung Railway
Station tel: 0 7461 3106 or visit
Phatthalung does not have an airport but can be accessed via those in nearby
provinces. Please call Thai Airways at 1566 (information) or tel: 0 2280 0060
(reservation), in Trang at tel: 0 7521 8066 or 0 7521 9923, in Nakhon Si
Thammarat at tel: 0 7531 1158, 0 7534 2491 or 0 7534 3874, and in Hat Yai at tel:
0 7424 5851-2, 0 7424 3711, or 0 7423 3433.
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