Even though known by most Thai people as the devastated site hit by the tropical storm Harriet in 1962, Talumphuk is one of the most beautiful beach sites in Nakhon Si Thammarat that has come so far since those stormy days. Recently, it has been promoted as a travel destination that you should not miss.
“Talumphuk” actually is a type of fish that is abundant in the area. The English name of the Talumphuk fish is Alose toil or Hilsa herring. So, no – the cape is not fish-shaped like you may be thinking. The appearance, however, looks like the crescent moon carefully placed on the blue water. The inside of this “moon” faces the Nakhon Si Thammarat Bay and is inhabited by small villages, while the outside faces the Gulf of Thailand with rows of pine trees that align the white sandy beach.
If you take a private car, you can be sure to enjoy the drive to Talumphuk from Nakhon Si Thammarat as the road is lined with shrimp farms and bountiful mangrove forest on the both sides. The clear water is perfect for swimming even though it is quite shallow. On the beach, there are also restaurants that serve variety of delicious food once you decide to take a break from the water.
Before heading back, do not be shy to check out the fresh seafood stalls scattered everywhere in the area as they offer very cheap and great quality seafood. Bird nest drink is a famous buy in the Pak Phanang District as well.
Follow Highway No. 4013 (Nakhon Si Thammarat-Pak Phanang) from Nakhon Si Thammarat City Center. Then follow the street sign to turn toward Talumphuk and continue for 16 kilometers and you will reach the destination.