Attraction in Thailand : Phitsanulok

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The riverside provincial capital is 377 kilometers north of Bangkok. Pitsanulok is situated on the geographical and administrative line uniting the central and northern regions. Phitsanulok was the birthplace of King Naresuan the Great of Ayutthaya (reign: 1590-1605), and his brother Prince Ekathosarot. Phitsanulok has long been an important center for political and strategic reasons. Phitsanulok was a major center of recruitment when Ayutthaya waged war with Burma (Myanmar), and was the capital of Thailand for 25 years during the 1448-1488 reign of Ayutthaya's King Boromatrailokanat.

Attractions - in the city

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

This riverside temple is a major city landmark and houses one of Thailand's most beautiful and significant Buddha images, Phra Buddha Chinnarat, which was cast in 1357. Ayutthaya's King Borommakot built the striking mother-of-pearl doors in 1756. The museum in the temple compound houses a collection of Sukhothai art.

Wat Chulamani

The temple's corncob-shaped tower, or prang, is another city landmark. The temple is regarded as being Phitsanulok's oldest historical site and contains some exceptionally elaborate plaster designs.

King Naresuan the Great Shrine

The shrine is located in the compound of the Phitsanulok Phitthayakhom School, and depicts the seated king ceremoniously declaring Ayutthaya's independence from Burma (Myanmar). The shrine was constructed on the site of the Chandra Palace where King Naresuan was born in 1555.

Sergeant-Major Dr Thawi-Pim Buranakhet's Folklore Museum

Opposite the Buranathai Buddha Casting Factory on Wisutkasat Road, this attractive museum houses a charming collection of local folk arts and crafts, including basketry, pottery and ancient kitchen utensils.

Nan River Houseboats

People living on houseboats on the Nan River adhere to a traditional lifestyle that is fast disappearing in Thailand.

Attractions - out of the city
(Phitsanulok-Lomsak Road/Highway No. 12)

Sakunothayan Botanical Garden

The picturesque Wang Nok Aen Waterfall, some 10 meters in height, cascades among rocks to create a soothing sight.

Kaeng Song Waterfall.

Poi Waterfall

Poi Waterfall is distinguished by a copious flow and profuse rocky outcroppings. Many species of flowering trees grace the area.

Kaeng Sopha Waterfall

This is the largest waterfall in Phitsanulok - 2 kilometers through forest beyond the Thung Salaeng Luang National Park office.

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

The forested park covers more than 300,000 acres spreading across Phitsanulok and Phetchabun provinces.

Phuhinrongkla National Park

This park of arresting scenic beauty spreads across parts of Phitsanulok, Phetchabun and Loei provinces. Major attractions include Lan Hin Taek natural rock formations covered with orchids, ferns, lichen and wild flowers.

Chat Trakan National Park

This park covering more than 60,000 acres. A seven-tiered waterfall within the park is the source of the Kwae Noi River that unites with the Nan River in the provincial capital.

Major Events

The Phra Buddha Chinnarat Fair

The six-day fair occurs on the sixth day of the waxing moon of the third lunar month, usually late February, at Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, and features homage paying, folk entertainment and cultural performances.

Boat Races

Long boat races are customarily staged during the first weekend of October on the Nan River fronting Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat.