Ban Chai Son

Hot spring showers

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What we say: 3 stars

This friendly little town around 30km to the south of Phattalung has some hot springs, a cave temple and an interesting wat. It is set in paddy fields dotted with limestone outcrops. The village itself has a small but lively market, a few shops and cafes and plenty of buses to Phattalung. The 60C hot springs are around two km out of town at the foot of the cliffs. The hot springs are not much to look at, but feel free to use the hot showers. Next to the hot springs is a stand selling shadow puppets, a good place to buy one if you want to watch them being made.

Some 500 m further along the cliff face walking back towards Chai Son is a small but attractive cave temple containing a large reclining Buddha, some interesting murals and several wooden carvings. The cave curves around and there are steps that lead to a second entrance further up the cliff. Nuns at the bottom of the stairs will light the lamps for you. In the main cave there is a spring where the water is supposed to have healing qualities.

Further east of Chai Son on the lake side is Wat Khian Bang Kaeo which dates back to the Ayutthaya period. There are several ruins and images of Buddha. Some locals think that once upon a time this area used to be the location of Phattalung town.

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30km south of Phattalung
How to get there: Direct buses leave to Chai Son from Poh Saat Rd in Phattalung for 25B and take 20 minutes. Also, one can take a bus bound for Hat Yai for 20B and get off at the turn-off for Chai Son. A motorcycle taxi to the caves and hot springs costs 20B. A motorbike taxi to Wat Khian Bang Kaeo from Chai Son market costs 20B.
Last updated: 24th November, 2006

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