Phitsanulok Travel Guide - Phra Buddha Chinnarat
The gold-covered Buddha statue, known as Phra Buddha Chinnarat, at Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan – Phitsanulok Travel Guide

Introduction to Phitsanulok Travel Guide

Phitsanulok has a long history dating back to the Khmer era, and it is known as ‘Muaeng Song Kwae’, or the ‘City of Two Rivers’, since it is spanned by two rivers, the Nan River and the Kwae Noi River. Uttaradit is located to the north, Phichit borders the south, Loei and Phetchabun are to the east, and the provinces of Kamphaeng Phet and Sukhothai are to the west of Phitsanulok.

During the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat, a new town was established between Mueang Song Kwae and Chainat. The settlement was given the name ‘Phitsanulok Song Kwae’. This newly established town was supposed to be the capital city, together with Ayutthaya. The town has played an important role in stopping Burmese armies from invading, as well as functioning as an economic, religious, and cultural centre, with numerous historical treasures from the Ayutthaya period on display.

In many ways, the province of Phitsanulok is a prosperous metropolis and a renowned tourist destination in Thailand. When in Phitsanulok, don’t miss the Phra Buddha Chinnarat at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahaviharn, Thailand’s most magnificent Buddha statue. Visitors may also enjoy the province’s several exciting natural activities located surrounding the city center!

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Credit: Travel All Season at Phitsanulok, Thailand. by Nonsi Studio

How to get to Phitsanulok

Map of Phitsanulok Province

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Top Attractions in Phitsanulok

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat - Phra Buddha Chinnarat

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan

A temple that houses the most revered Buddha statue in the country, Phra Buddha Chinnarat.

Wat Chan Tawan Tok

A beautiful Buddhist temple known for its beautiful architectures and standing Buddha.

Suphan Kalaya Bridge

Suphan Kalaya Bridge

A lovely bridge named after Naresuan’s elder sister.

Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

A national park famous for its unique rock formation.

Naresuan Bridge

A beautiful bridge named after the legendary ancient ruler of Siam.

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Ratchaburana (Phitsanulok)

An ancient temple from the 14th century that contains the royal pagoda.

Chan Royal Palace

Chan Royal Palace

A royal palace where rulers lived during the Ayutthaya period.

Limestone Mountains of Ban Mung

A lovely vista of limestone mountains and rice fields, outside of Phitsanulok’s city center.

Side Trips

External Resources

A photo of Eka Thot Sa Rot Bridge during sunset – Phitsanulok Travel Guide

Summary of Phitsanulok Travel Guide

The province of Phitsanulok is located in Northern Thailand. It is well-known for its historical sites, like as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat Woramahawihan. Though there are a few other historical sites sprinkled across the province, Phitsanulok is a contemporary metropolitan center with lively avenues lined with cement shophouses and some excellent marketplaces. While most visitors see the province just through the window of a bus or train, those who get off will find plenty things to keep them busy for a few days away from the usual tourist routes. If you are still undecided, take some time to look at other Thailand provinces such as the following:

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