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Phitsanulok is a tourist town, but mostly for Thai and asian tourists making the pilgrimage to Wat P...

By exacto

An ancient centre of Thai culture and politics built on the banks of the Nan River, Phitsanulok today is a busy, dynamic city and one of the larger of Thailand's provincial capitals. It's a friendly place and well worth including in a travel itinerary of the north.

Phitsanulok was a royal capital for 25 years during the Ayutthaya period. It was also the birthplace of King Naresuan the Great, who was born at the Wang Chan Palace.

There are only a few sights to see in the city itself, but it makes a good launching pad for the nearby national parks, with Phu Hin Rong Kla in particular worth visiting. In the capital city, most of the hotels and historic sites are in the downtown area, to the east of the Nan River.

Phitsanulok is also a transportation hub, providing easy access to anywhere in north, central, northeast and east Thailand. The city is 377 km north of Bangkok and its population is around 85,000.

If you're headed to Sukhothai and arriving by train, it is a simple transition to the bus station from where there are buses throughout the day to Sukhothai. If you've got time though, Phitsanulok is worth at least an overnight stay.

In the unlikely situation that you need to be hospitalised, the best medial care is in Bangkok. There are several local hospitals located in the southern part of Phitsanulok, near the TAT office, including: Rumpaet Hosptital, Phitsanuvej Hosptital, and Budha Chinnaraj Hospital.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has an excellent office in Phitsanulok. This regional office covers Region3, or Lower Northern Thailand, including Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, and Uttaradit.
Tourism Authority of Thailand
209/7-8 Boromtrilokarnart Road, Muang District, Phitsanulok 65000
Tel: (055) 25 2742-3
Fax: (055) 23 1063
Open daily 08:30-16:30

There are several Internet cafes around Phitsanulok. Two recommended ones are ApiNet, across the street from Thip Restaurant near the river, and Nero Warp, found on Hwy 12 between Topland Hotel and the Nan River. Rates are extremely low -- as little as 20B per hour.

All major Thai banks have branches in downtown Phitsanulok. ATMs can be found all over the city.

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Text and/or map last updated on 30th October, 2013.

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