Ban Lam Pan

Ban Lam Pan

Old palaces and lakeside scenery

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Now a sedate village set along the western shore of Thale Sap, Baan Lam Pam served as Phattalung’s administrative centre prior to the 20th century.

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Hopefully you’ll get better weather than we had. Photo by: David Luekens.
Hopefully you’ll get better weather than we had. Photo: David Luekens

The Old Phattalung Palaces, or Wang Chao Mueang Phattalung, exceeded our expectations. The Old Palace, or Wang Gao, includes three adjoining houses built of smooth fretted teak. Central Thai influence is noticeable in graceful sloped roofs with ceramic tiles. Interior walls feature old portraits of former rulers, some of whom had a Malay appearance. There’s also a gorgeous antique Chinese bureau inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Behind the Old Palace within view of the Lam Pam River stands the more stately New Palace, or Wang Mai. Reminiscent of Ayutthaya’s Chantharakasem Palace, it was built out of brick and white stucco in the late 19th century for Phraya Aphaiborirak, an influential ruler at the time. Multi-tiered roofs rise over several wings spread around an open courtyard. The interior is sparse but you will find a pointy helmet and some swords used around the turn of the 20th century.

Inside the New Palace. Photo by: David Luekens.
Inside the New Palace. Photo: David Luekens

Wander further back from the Old Palace to lounge in a pavilion perched over the river. An old boat sits propped up on concrete supports that were obviously built for this purpose; we guess it was used by some or other noble person but no information was available during our visit. While visitors receive a brochure with a lot of info in Thai, there’s not even a brief information board provided ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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