The Emblem of Phatthalung

Introduction
     Phatthalung  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 Sri Vijaya 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 kilometers from Bangkok.  It  has  an  area  of 3,424.473 square kilometers and is divided into  10  districts  and 1 subdistrict, as follows: Muang Phatthalung, Khuan Khanun,  Pak  Phayun,  Kongra,  Tamot,  Khao  Chai  Son,  Pa Bon, Bang Kaeo, Si Banphot, Pa Phayom, and the subdistrict of Si Nakharin.

Borders
North:
South:
East:
West:

Chauat in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Ranot in Songkhla
Rattaphum and Khuan Niang in Songkhla and Khuan Kalong in Satun
Songkhla Lake, Ranot, Krasae Sin, Sathing Phra, and Singhanakhon in Songkhla
Nakhon Si Thammarat (Banthat) mountain range, Huai Yot, Muang Trang, Na Yong, Yan Ta Khao, and Palian in Trang

Distance from Phatthalung city to its districts
Bang Kaeo
Si Banphot
Pa Bon
Khao Chai Son
Khuan Khanun
Kong Ra
Pak Phayun
Pa Si Pa Phayom
Si Nakharin
Tamot
40 kms.
35 kms.
50 kms.
28 kms.
17 kms.
40 kms.
66 kms.
38 kms.
16 kms.
39 kms.

Distance from Phatthalung city to nearby provinces
Nakhon Si Thammarati
Satun
Songkhla
Trang
99 kms.
134 kms.
121 kms.
56 kms.

How to get there
By Car
     From  Bangkok,  there are 2 ways. The first is via the Phetchakasem National Highway No. 4 to Chumphon  (Phathom  Phon junction) into Ranong, Phangnga, Krabi, Trang, and Phatthalung. The total  distance  is  1,140 kilometers.  The second route is to Chumphon and then onto Highway No. 41 (Asia) to Phatthalung, a total distance of around 846 kilometers.

By Bus
     Transport  Co.  has  daily  Bangkok - Phatthalung  services.  Please  call  tel. 4351199, 4351200 or (074) 612070

By Train
     The  southern  line  runs  through  Muang,  Khuan Khanun, Khao Chai Son, Pak Phayun, Pa Bon, and Bang Kaeo. Please call tel. 2237010, 2237020 or (074) 613106.

By Air
     Phatthalung  does  not  have  an  airport  but  can  be  accessed  via those in nearby provinces. Please   call   Thai  Airways  International  (Public)  Co. , Ltd.  to  make  bookings  at  tel.  280-0060, 628-2000  or  in  Trang  at tel. (075) 218066 or 219923, in Nakhon Si Thammarat at tel. (075) 311158, 342491 or 343874, and in Hat Yai at tel. (074) 245851-2, 243711, or 233433.