To open the new year 2017 chapter, we decided to try visiting Phitsanulok. Especially after saw 1 review in Tripadvisor saying this city was boring and not recommended as place to holiday. That review can be seen here.
Kinda encouraging by that review, just to see how could Phitsanulok could make us have the same boring feeling.
Phitsanulok is located in northern of Thailand. Distance is around 377km from Bangkok. There are several options to reach this city. From flight, train, and bus. Nokair, so far we know provide like 5 times per day flight to Phitsanulok from Bangkok. Trains, we have no clue. But we just love to take bus everywhere in Thailand, so we’ll share you the detail on using the bus.
Bus is available as usual from Mochit bus station. You can book the ticket directly at the bus station counter, or book it online. Cost is around 250 – 300 Baht, depends on the bus type. Trip from Bangkok will take around 5 – 6 hours, if there’s no heavy traffic.
All the bus from Bangkok now will arrive in Phitsanulok bus station 2, which is located bit further from the main city. To go around, we decided to rent motorbike. And we went to this Rental Bike shop which located in Phitsanulok bus station 1.
Don’t take walk to go this place from Phitsanulok bus station 2. It’s 8.9km!! Take taxi or purple song teaw that located beside Information center. Song teaw will cost you only 15 Baht.
Arrived there, owner will give you also city map to explore the city. Once you have the motorcycle, Phitsanulok is ready to be your new playground 🙂
Other than this place, your night life could be more fun by visiting the night bazaar that located not too far from this place. Same as other cities in Thailand, night market will provide you almost everything you need to enjoy your holiday.
Next we tried to visit the most famous temple in Phitsanulok. Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Wat Yai), located near Naresuan Bridge. This temple is often crowd with visitors. Considered as the most important temple there, makes many people visit this temple.
Across from this temple, you can see and visit King Naresuan Shrine and Wang Chan Palace Ruin. You can either walk using the Naseruan bridge, or using small boat service to cross the river
The night arrived, we tried what Thai people said as “Jim Jum“. This food is quite famous in Phitsanulok. We found it almost in every corner of the city. This is the food that served using clay pot on a charcoal stove. There’ll be soup, and you can put inside vegetables, meat, eggs, glass noodle, seafood, etc. And taste is great!!
Day 2, we decided to explore more about the city. And this time we went a bit further outside. And this is the location of another hidden gems of Thailand.
Took the whole day just to explore those waterfalls, and it was total fun. Now, we can make conclusion, Phitsanulok is not a boring city. It’s another hidden gems that you need to explore!
Most of our friends usually visit this city when they go to Sukhotai. Coz the distance from Phitsanulok is around 50 km. Extra day is worth to spend exploring Phitsanulok.
Another thing, those waterfalls are great to be seen in rainy/wet season. So better make sure you arrange your date well before going here.
Happy let’s get lost! 🙂