Phatthalung is on the western 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 located at Hua Khao Daeng on the coast now opposite the city of Songkhla. Because of risks, the town was moved to various districts.
From Bangkok, there are three routes:-
There is no airport in Phatthalung. Visitors can take a flight to Trang or Songkhla’s Amphoe Hat Yai. For more information, contact the Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) at Tel. 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000; the Trang Office at Tel. 0 7521 8066, 0 7521 9923; the Hat Yai Office at Tel. 0 7424 5851 – 2, 0 7424 3711, 0 7423 3433, or visit the website: www.thaiairways.com.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a train service via Phatthalung’s Amphoe Mueang Phatthalung, Amphoe Khuan Khanun, Amphoe Khao Chaison, Amphoe Pak Phayun, Amphoe Pa Bon, and Amphoe Bang Kaeo. For more information, call Tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020, or contact the Phatthalung Railway Station at Tel. 0 7461 3106, or visit the website: www.srt.or.th.