Thale Noi Waterbird Sanctuary

The highlight of Phattalung

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What we say: 4 stars

This waterbird sanctuary 32km north of Phattalung is one of Thailand's top bird spots and is the largest bird park in Thailand. Nearly 200 species live in this marshy swampy area on the northern reaches of Songkhla Lake. Located on Songkhla Lake, the sanctuary area is off limits to both hunting and fishing. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to March. Boat trips are available upon request. Accommodation is available, but it is wise to call ahead at (074) 68 5230.

The annual Bird Watching Festival takes place starting in the middle of February. The sanctuary promotes eco-tourism with demonstrations of nature and life during this month long celebration. Everyone comes together to sell their products, food and to watch local performances.

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32km north of Phattalung
How to get there: Songtheaws from the market or Bangkok Bank in Phattalung cost 30B. Even if you are not interested in birds, the sanctuary is definitely worth a look for its beautiful and tranquil setting.
Last updated: 24th November, 2006


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