Phatthalung is one of the charming provinces in Southern Thailand. Some people might know that here is the origin of “Nang Ta Lung” and “Manorah”, a traditional Southern play and dance. Besides those, beautiful nature: green mountains and forest, rice field, beaches “Kao Pa Na Le”, in short, with cultural tourism spots and OTOP Nawatwithi community-based tourism are here waiting for you to visit.
Phatthalung Tourism Map
There are many beautiful mountains in Phatthalung. Here at “Kuan Kai Hod” is one of the famous spots. “Kuan” is a southern dialect word that means “high hill”. As the old story says, there was no road a long time ago. Thus, reaching the top of the hill is very hard and makes you very tired like nearly dead.
We can walk to the viewpoint of Kuan Kai Hod along with the steps. At the viewpoint, you will see the beautiful mountains and you can take a lot of beautiful photos.
Then we go into the forest. At Sri Banphot district here is the community village. Here at the village, we can experience the traditional southern plays: “saba” a seed from local plants, “Tong Yong” walking with big bamboos, an arrow with “saba” seeds.
Besides traditional funny plays, we can experience on weaving baskets. The villagers will tell the story of weaving and teach us how to weave.
Then we visit “Na Po Gae”, an agriculture learning center in Kuan Kanun district. “Na Po Gae” is the southern dialect word that means “grandfather’s rice field”.
In the center, there is a rice field demonstration site with variant types of rice with the facilitator, who will tell us a story and show us how to plant. Thus, tourists can experience planting and feeding buffaloes.
After the rice field, we go to the sea. But here is “small sea” or in Thai we call “Talay Noy”. Talay Noy, is one of the most biodiverse sites in Thailand. Here is a vast freshwater lagoon located in the southern Thai province of Phatthalung just to the north of Songkhla Lake. The wetlands are home to more than hundreds of species of aquatic birds with some staying here all year round. Talay Noy is designated as a globally important wetland site (Ramsar site) and is a must-visit attraction for birdwatchers and anybody interested in nature.
One of the highlight activities is watching buffalo water. In fact, those buffaloes belong to the villagers at the site. However, those buffalos adapt themselves very well to nature; they can find the food at variant sources both dry area and wet area. When the water level is high, they will go down to the lake and find some food there. So, people call them “buffalo water”.
We would like to invite you to join the new experience of community tourism “Kao Pa Na Le”; from the forest in the mountain, through rice field along the sea at Phatthalung.
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