Thale Noi (pronouncedtalé noy
) means little sea
in Thai. This lake located about 35 kilometers north of Phatthalung ity is clearly not to be missed when you come here ! It offers many faces and tours from sunrise to evening. The most popular boat trip and the one I highly recommend you to do, leaves before dawn to see the fishermen's huts on stilts with their Yor yak
, large nets, in front of the glowing sunrise. It is the emblematic photo of the province. Generally, the tour continues at least by going to see the lotus whose peak flowering in February-March (I was there mid-May so a little late) covers a huge part of the lake with the pink flowers. You can also see fishermen throwing their net. Sometimes it will be your guide himself who will give you a demonstration. Thale Noi is also a protected non hunting area, probably the most important of Thailand, for birds, some migratory, others living here all year round. There are around 180 different species. The best time to watch and photograph them is from January to March.
Around the lake, there are also several interesting places to visit including the Barn Thale Noi village (see the other visits to do in Phatthalung)! They mostly work with basketry.