Also known as Wat Yai, Phitsanulok's most famous temple is home to Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, regarded as one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand. A temple has existed on the site for over 700 years, evidenced by the laterite ruins of a hall that housed a large standing Buddha constructed during the Sukhothai period. The standing Buddha remains today, though one questions whether ... Read more about Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat .
Perhaps proving that hoarding random old bits and bobs isn't such a bad idea, this extensive folk museum presents a fascinating collection of antiques that hint at what Phitsanulok was like in the past. Sgt. Maj. Thawee himself accumulated the bulk of it over several decades in the 20th century, with some of the artefacts dating back centuries. Spread over a grouping of traditional Thai style ... Read more about Sgt. Maj. Thawee Folk Museum .
The King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace ruin is located across the Nan River from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, on what used to be the grounds of a large school. The school was demolished so that the foundations of the old Wang Chan Palace can be slowly uncovered and studied. King Naresuan was born here in 1555 before being carted off to Burma when Phitsanulok temporarily fell into ... Read more about King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace .
Another temple first built when the Sukhothai kingdom moved its capital to Phitsanulok, Wat Ratchaburana is located on the other side of Mittraphap Road from Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. Though it won't blow you away, the highlight is an ancient tiered brick mound leading up to a small bell-shaped chedi. You'll also find a crumbling ordination hall with 150-year-old murals depicting scenes ... Read more about Wat Ratchaburana .
Thanks to its rugged terrain and remote location, Phu Hin Rong Kla served as the headquarters of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and its People's Liberation Army of Thailand (PLAT) for some 15 years in the late 20th century. It's been over 30 years since bombs wreaked havoc on the natural environment, and today the area is defined by scenic viewpoints with dramatic history. Phu Hin Rong ... Read more about Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park .
Thung Salaeng Luang shares some of the Communist history with neighbouring Phu Hin Rong Khla, though the topographies of the two parks are quite different. Here you'll find bird-rich grasslands and Phitsanulok's largest waterfall -- Kaeng Sopha -- but not much in the way of historical sites. Nicknamed Thailand's Niagara Falls due to its similar aesthetics (but despite its far, far smaller ... Read more about Thung Salaeng Luang National Park .