Phatthalung southeast of Krabi is quite an unknown province to foreign tourists but a popular destination among Thai people. Located between Songkhla Lake to the east and the mountains to the west, Phattalung is an excellent destination to see some of the country’s natural beauty without the massive crowds. The big attraction is the Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve in Khuan Khanun which is a protected freshwater wetland with millions of pink lotus flowers.
We grabbed a boat for an hour for 450 baht to go bird-watching and to cruise through the beautiful lotus flowers. The flowers are at their best from February-March while the bird population is at its highest from October-March. The best time to see the lotus flowers in full bloom is around 7-8 in the morning. After 10 when the temperature rises, the flowers will be fully shut.
Thale Noi, also known as lotus lake, is the largest waterfowl reserve in Thailand and according to the man steering our boat, there are between 4 and 5 millions lotus flowers at the moment — the highest number in 15 years.
A closer look at the pink lotus flowers. This picture was taken at 8:15 a.m. [Click link above and read more in blogger’s page…]
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