"Transport hub of the Central Plains - 16-18012005" Phitsanulok by XLH

Phitsanulok Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 155 photos

Phitsanulok - at night, along the river Nan

Phitsanulok was our second stop after Lop Buri. We reached it in the evening around 1930hours, after a 5 hour bus ride from the terminal in Lop Buri. We were aware that there were trains and planes arriving here but we thought bus would be another good way to see the countryside.
Our intention here was to set base, visit the Old City of Sukhothai, the first Thai capital tomorrow, and the day after, visit the Sukhothai satellite town of either Kamphaeng Phet or Si Satchanalai. And that same evening, take the night train - for which we have already bought the tickets at Don Muang station - to our northernmost destination of Chiang Mai.
We did visit Sukhothai alright, but unfortunately, couldn't find time for even one of the other satellite towns (see my Sukhothai travelogue). We did, however, explore the other sites of our 'base camp' Phitsanulok, including Wat Chulamani and a Doi Suthep.

In the Central Plains, our every morning seemed to be greeted with a blanket of mist. And sometimes at 2 or 3pm in the afternoon, you can still see traces of it!
This picture was taken from our room at the Pailyn Hotel which, according to one of the food vendors along the street, was supposed to be one of the most luxurious hotels in town. I certainly enjoyed my 2 nights stay here!
It enjoys a fine location as within walking distance (of say 15 minutes), one could visit the 2 more prominent monuments around the area, which is the: Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat; a gold corncob shaped chedi, and the Wat Rajaburana, which CAN be discernable from the picture, IF you know where to look.

Just look at those bags behind her... We would never pass up buying from the 'vendor' that occassionally passes us by, believing that every KG we gained contributed to the Thai economy.
We bought coconut candy, milk tea, bird's nest drink (or rather, some jelly), apple, milk-based 'love letters', sugar cane ( to chew out the juice), jackfruit and munched on them all as we wandered around the streets of Phitsanulok.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ideal Central Plains base to explore ancient city ruins
  • Cons:Not much of a choice for accomodation
  • In a nutshell:Samll enough to explore in a day.
  • Last visit to Phitsanulok: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ECYM's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2005 at 1:55 AM

    Don't forget to mention that Pailyn Hotel is located in the chinatown of Phit, lotsa of good food to eat... hehe :P


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