The Khao Chaison loop

The Khao Chaison loop

An offbeat day trip

More on Phattalung

Monkeys, hot springs, temples, curry paste and shadow puppets are some of the draws of Baan Khao Chaison and Bang Kaeo, a pair of small towns located south of Phattalung along the railroad tracks. None of the individual attractions will knock your socks off, but they combine for some unusual experiences along with glimpses of rural Southern Thai life.

Travelfish says:
Mr Tui and crew at Kan Yao Curry Paste. Photo by: David Luekens.
Mr Tui and crew at Kan Yao Curry Paste. Photo: David Luekens

After a career as a Muay Thai fighter, owner Mr Tui started the business to meet the insatiable demand for fiery Southern Thai curries. He specialises in three pastes—gaeng som, gaeng krathi and gaeng ped—that can be used as bases for dozens of different curry dishes. He showed us two large rooms filled with medicine-ball-size mounds of paste, claiming to sell all of it in just three days—we didn’t believe it until he took us around the corner to see his lavish mansion with a shiny Mercedes parked out front. While no English is spoken, anyone is welcome to stop by and purchase small sealed packets of the curry paste.

Continuing south, Route 4050 turns into 1011 before reaching the village of Baan Ton Don, where we turned left (east) for the ride to Baan Khao Chaison. A few of the town’s old wooden shophouses double as khao gaeng shops dishing out some of the curries that can be made with Mr Tui’s prik gaeng. The highlight here is the Khao Chaison Hot Springs, located a kilometre southwest of town along Route 1017 (take a right to go west on the main drag when you reach Baan Khao Chaison from the north, then it’s a left marked by an English sign).

The other room had twice as much. Photo by: David Luekens.
The other room had twice as much. Photo: David Luekens

At the foot of a steep and shaggy limestone cliff (Khao Chaison itself), several shallow springs attract locals who mostly dip their legs in the warm mineral water. Naturally heated showers can also be used, while steam rises from other pools that reach up to 60 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

Log in to Travelfish

Please sign in to read the rest of this page. The full text is around 800 words.

Log in now
Become a Travelfish member

Choose from a free two-day pass right through to a lifetime membership.

Find out more

Reviewed by

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.

Tours in Thailand



Our top 5 other sights and activities in and around Phattalung

Khao Ok Thalu
Khao Ok Thalu

The symbol of Phattalung

Thale Noi Waterbird Sanctuary
Thale Noi Waterbird Sanctuary

A highlight of Phattalung

Wat Khuha Sawan
Wat Khuha Sawan

Buddha caves and viewpoints

Tham Malai
Tham Malai

Don’t wake the bats

Ban Lam Pan
Ban Lam Pan

Old palaces and lakeside scenery