Photo: Night time grazing in Phitsanulok.



P'lok now has an exceptional guesthouse and a luxurious boutique resort to go with the tried-and-true budget hotels around the train station. There are also several cookie-cutter low-rise hotels scattered around town.

P1 House
Backpacker - Under 600B
99/15-19 Phra Ong Dam Rd, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 211 007-9

Located on a lively stretch of Phra Ong Dam, P1 is run by a stylish group of young Thais who cater both to domestic and foreign travellers. Reached via a lift and accessed with keycards, rooms are absolutely smashing for the price, with a mix of hardwood or tile floors, soft lamps, rattan and silk accents, polished cement and modern appliances in the hot-water bathrooms. Standards are of a decent... Read our full review of P1 House.

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Yodia Heritage Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
89/1 Phuttabucha Rd, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 214 677

Set on a quiet stretch of riverside within a two-minute stroll of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Yodia Heritage has raised the bar for accommodation in P'lok. Both the receptionist and bellhop who showed us around were exceptionally polite and focused on providing excellent service -- even for a somewhat scruffy looking walk-in. Occupying a fairly small area, the hotel feels more like a boutique... Read our full review of Yodia Heritage Hotel.

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Poonsook Resident Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
Soi Thip Saena (just west of the bus station), Phitsanulok
T: (055) 302 908

Down a quiet side street near the bus station, Poonsook offers exceptional value for spacious, clean and comfortable rooms. Though lacking character, the rooms have good quality beds on white tile floors, air-con, TVs with several English channels, desks, mini-fridges, tiny balconies and extra-large bathrooms with partitioned showers. A lift is provided in the fairly large hotel, which is fronted... Read our full review of Poonsook Resident Hotel.

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Ayara Grand Palace Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
99/5 Wisutthikasat Rd, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 909 999

A relatively new addition to the P'lok accommodation scene, the Ayara Grand offers a heightened level of style and comfort compared to older options in the same price range. Rooms are sleek, spacious and spotless, with colourful modern art and bright red, green or orange touches to contrast the minimalist white walls and floors. In every room, modern appliances include air-con, LCD TV, DVD... Read our full review of Ayara Grand Palace Hotel.

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LiThai Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
73/1-5 Phayalithai Rd, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 219 626-9

The long-running LiThai occupies a portion of a larger building with offices and restaurants; the reception office next to a roofed driveway isn't exactly charming. In fact, the place is really a budget hotel, not a guesthouse. Though lacking any shred of character, the rooms are clean and reasonably priced for what you get. The cheapest fan rooms rely on shared cold-water bathrooms and have one... Read our full review of LiThai Guesthouse.

Topland Hotel and Convention Center
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
68/33 Aka Thotsarot Rd, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 247 800-9

Looming 17 storeys high next to Mittraphap Road and Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Topland is one of the largest and ugliest buildings in P'lok. The city's flagship midrange hotel also boasts a large shopping and convention centre, rooftop swimming pool, spa, karaoke bar, multiple restaurants and cavernous lobby with professional, English-speaking receptionists. The rooms and hallways are... Read our full review of Topland Hotel and Convention Center.

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Asia Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
176/1 Aka Thotsarot Road, Phitsanulok
T: (055) 258 378

If you're after the cheapest room in town or just need a bed after a late train arrival, Asia Hotel has got you covered. When walking out of the train station, take the first left at the traffic circle and you're there! The old-style Chinese hotel is a relic of the 1960s, but the old woman who runs it is very welcoming in her own rough-and-tumble sort of way. On the second and third floors, fan... Read our full review of Asia Hotel.

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