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Wat Tham Khuha Sawan This temple is at the foot of Khao Khuha Sawan near Phatthalung

market. A left-hand road at Khao Hua Taek takes visitors to the temple. The temple was built

in the Ayutthaya period and was later upgraded to be the first royal temple in the province.

Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha image and another in a sitting posture. The cave

walls and entrance are full of initials of many kings and royal family members.

Koh Si and Koh Ha Both islands, in Songkhla Lake, can be reached by leaving from Tambon Lam Pam pier (25 kilometres) or Pak Phayun pier ( ten kilometres ). The travelling time is about one hour. The islands are home of flocks of sea swallows, so many that they are called Koh Rang Nok  ( birds nest island ). Concessions are given out for the collection of the nests for sale. The natural beauty of the islands are one of the finest in Phatthalung. King Rama V once visited here and left his initials on a cliff. Nearby is a monument of him. As Koh Si and Koh Ha are concession areas of the private sector, permission must first be obtained in Pak Phayun district.

Namtok Tamot Also called Namtok Mom Chui, this waterfall is 12 kilometres from the district office.

Take Highway No. 4121 and Highway No. 4137 ( south of Phatthalung city ) from Highway No. 4

all the way to Wat Tamot. The waterfall is located in Tamot Wildlife Protection Unit, about 4-5

kilometres past the temple. The waterfall is in the middle of a lush forest. The waterfall falls down

several levels that have different names to a pool below. A wide rock plateau is suitable for relaxation.

Talung ( shadow play ) is a regional performance of southern Thailand that is as popular as Nora. Like Nora, Phatthalung is also regarded as the birthplace of Talung. Each shadow play figure is made from raw cowhide that has been dried and then cut into shapes. Each figure is ornately printed with designs, with black usually covering the entire figure. Thinner hides will have colouring. The figures are held up by bamboo sticks, with the mouth and hands movable in tune with the narration. The Talung hall has a thatched roof and three walls. It has a white cloth screen. Behind it is where the figures are kept. The entire troupe of musicians and puppeteers number not more than eight persons. Musical instruments include pipe, drum and gong. The figure performance is the duty of the head of the troupe who both operate the figures and narrate. The stories are from literature or newly written tales.

Thongkhao  in the reign of King Rama III and was once the place where government officials performed allegiance pledges in the early Rattanakosin period. Inside the convocation hall are murals of dusted paint in the time of King Rama IV about the biography of Lord Buddha and about angels. The main plaster Buddha image is from the same period. A total of 108 images line the balcony around the building.