Phatthalung, Thailand. An enchanting gem, hidden away in the South of Thailand. An unknown paradise for those wanting to see and know more about Thailand and it’s local lifestyle.
Our good friend P May took us around Phatthalung province and we loved it so much that we came back and did everything again!
There is so much more we still want to explore in Phatthalung, but for now here are 9 things to do in Phatthalung, Thailand.
1. LOTUS LAKE – THALE NOI
The Lotus Lake in Thale Noi is absolutely sublime! We arrived in the early morning, hopped on a boat and began to glide through rows and rows of pink lotus flowers. We even got to experience some rare purple flowers that apparently only bloom once every 15 years. We saw water buffalo grazing. Passed by fisherman as the early morning light caught the water. It was magical.
Tip ➳ The best time to see the lotus flowers is between 7:00 – 8:00 am. After 10:00 am it becomes too hot and the flowers close completely.
2. VISIT THE BAMBOO MARKET (Pa Phai Sang Suk Market)
The Bamboo Market was a very interesting place. The name honestly explains it all. It is a market in the bamboo forests, the majority of the items there are also based on bamboo, from the foods to the crafts.
We got to walk around, taste the local produce and local delicacies, peruse the bamboo crafts and products, drink coconut water out of bamboo cups, taste some local desserts, it was really a nice place to relax and have some breakfast!
3. VISIT THE NAPOKAE LEARNING CENTER
The Napokae Learning Center provided a very interesting visit! Here you can learn about the way of life for the old Phatthalung farmers, how they ploughed, planted and grew rice and how they used water buffaloes to help them with this process. You can even shuck the rice yourself.
There are also old bamboo huts and farming equipment that serve as a representation of the old life the farmers used to have. We believe you can also rent them out for your stay.
Besides being a great educational centre, they also have the most stunning views over rich green ricefields. You can grab something to drink at the coffee shop and just relax.
4. HAVE LUNCH AT SAMPAOTHAI
Sampaothai is a very quaint restaurant spot we visited on our way back to Trang. As you sit you look out over fields of rice as far as the eye can see.
They have recently built a pirates boat and massive king kong statue out of wood and hay which you can go and take pictures with. Very popular amongst the locals!
They have a little restaurant but they don’t always have a fixed menu. They mostly serve up ‘Kha Nom Jeen’ which is one of my favourite Thai meals! Sometimes they also have a little market out front.
The best thing to do in our opinion is to visit on a quiet day, drink some Chai Yen or Cocoa Yen while relaxing on a hammock overlooking the ricefields.
5. DRIVE OVER EKACHAI BRIDGE
If you have already visited the Lotus Lake you will have already see this massive bridge, possibly even travelled under it. It is the longest bridge in Thailand and connects Phatthalung and Songkla. (Two of our favourite provinces) You can drive over it and stop off on the side to see the old huts and water buffalo grazing below.
6. MAKE A TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON
Phatthalung’s Grand Canyon. A gorgeous body of water that lends itself to a perfect day of swimming or some cliff jumping.
However, this was an old mine site and we have been told the waters could be poisonous. Also, we never saw anyone swim there… In which case it could be more of a look and go spot. We will leave that with you…
7. HAVE A COCKTAIL AT THE CAPE RESTURANT
The Cape Resturant is an awesome modern seaside restaurant. You can literally sit on a bean bag, drink a cocktail and overlook the ocean. A great place for watching the sunset and some dinner. (We recommend getting the local Thai food).
Apparently they double up as a resort and offer up some great water activities. We will have to go back and check it out!
8. KUAN TAKOM BAN TAMOT VIEWPOINT
We stayed at Baan Phu Dao Homestay and we told them we wanted to see the sunrise viewpoint.
We woke up early morning and they had a driver pick us up in a bakkie (pick up truck). He drove us to the site. We went to the onsite coffee shop, ordered some Chai Ron (Hot Thai Tea) and some food and sat waiting for the sunrise.
The one bummer was that it was so super crowded, obviously a very popular spot. We did, however, visit over the weekend.
They actually have some really cool accommodation options at this site, however, we could never get ahold of them by phone, so we chose a different accommodation close by.
9. SUMANO TEMPLE
Sumano Temple is probably one of the greatest temples we have been to in Thailand. Its temple grounds are massive, hosting many places to come and meditate.
There are two mountains in the temple grounds, both with several caves.
P May, our friend, brought us here since she often comes to volunteer here as a nun over the April months.
Walking through the caves is magical and peaceful and some are even surrounded by lush greenery and rushing streams. A beautiful experience.
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WHERE TO STAY IN PHATTHALUNG?
We stayed in Baan Phu Dao Homestay – Phatthalung, Thailand.
We hope you found this guide helpful! Let us know if you visited Phatthalung and if you liked it.