Phitsanulok

What is Phitsanulok known for?


campaign period

chiefs resisting Thihapate in the north, Thihapate's campaign period of five months, and Maha Nawrahta staking out by Ayutthaya—have merged to create this popular mythology. After the Khmer Empire collapsed, the Thai building masters of the Sukhothai Kingdom adapted the Prang form. They extended and developed it. The building material was no more separate small sandstone blocks, instead the Thais built the Prang in brick or laterite covered with stucco. And the Cella could be reached only


centuries past

in Thailand, founded over 600 years ago. It is probably best known as the birthplace of King Naresuan, who freed the country from Burmese domination in the late 16th century, and that of his brother and successor King Ekathosarot (Sanphet III). As the crossroad between the northern and central regions of the country, it has long been important both for political and strategic reasons, and was fought over many times in centuries past. Phitsanulok was the capital of Thailand for 25 years during the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat (Trailokanat) of Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya (city)). On the banks of the Nan River, the city was originally a small Khmer outpost known as Song Kwae, before the Khwae Noi River (Khwae Noi River, Phitsanulok) changed its course in the 11th century CE. Phitsanulok was also a provincial center of the Angkorian Empire (Angkor) during the Angkorian period. Thailand, A Short Story, David K. Wyatt, ISBN 0-300-03054-1 Phitsanulok is home to Naresuan University and Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, as well as to a major Royal Thai Army base. Etymology thumb 250x250px Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (File:Wat Yai, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Thailand.JPG) *Song Khwae: The first element, "song", means the number "two". The second element, "khwae", means "tributary". A loose translation of the entire name would be "two rivers". *Phitsanulok: The first element, "Phitsanu" (Thai: พิษณุ), is a cognate of Vishnu, a Hindu god (see, e.g., Witnu, Thai: วิษณุ). Lack of a v sound in the Thai language accounts for the two forms. The second element, "lok" (Thai: โลก,) means "globe" or "world". A loose translation of the entire name would be "Vishnu's heaven". Geography thumb 250x250px Nan River (File:Houseboatsphitsanulok.jpg) Phitsanulok is approximately 377 km north of Bangkok. ThaiTambon.com Climate Phitsanulok has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification ''Aw''). Winters are dry and very warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is very hot with the average daily maximum at Commons:Category:Phitsanulok Province


white building

North of city centre, past the government offices phone tollfree fax hours price content King Naresuan was one of the great Thai kings who liberated Ayutthaya Kingdom from the Burmese in the 16th century. This shrine commemorates his life. A small white building contains the statue of the King. Surrounding the shrine are the ruins of the king's palace birthplace. * Commons:Category:Phitsanulok Province


great starting

commerce and transportation hub. Many travellers will at least pass through Phitsanulok on way to and from the North. The city itself is not the most exciting or prettiest place in the world, but it can be useful for stocking up on supplies, and Phitsanulok is a great starting point for exploring the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai. The local Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT) office is at 209 7-8 Borom Trailokanat Rd, a few streets south of the train station (walking, 5-7 min) (08:30-16:30 daily). History The city dates back to the 10th century when the Khmer ruled this region. Formerly, the city was named Song Khwae, meaning two rivers, as it was located between the Nan and Khwae Noi River. The original location of Song Khwae city is at Wat Chulamani. Around the year 1357, king of Sukhothai, Phra Maha Thammaracha Lithai, decided to move the town to its present location. Since then, Phitsanulok served as a strategic border town ruled by members of the royal family. During the Ayutthaya Period, the town played a larger role as a buffer town between Ayutthaya, the capital city, and the northern kingdom. Following an administrative reform by King Borommatrailokkanat, it had served as the capital city for 25 years. After that, the town was downgraded to a strategic border town. It has played a major role in blocking the invasion of Burmese troops. King Naresuan the Great, who ruled the town in a capacity as Crown Prince, mobilized troops from Phitsanulok to fight against the Burmese who then ruled over the Siamese Kingdom, and reclaimed independence in 1584. Phitsanulok became a strategic town in coping Burmese invasion again in 1775 in the Thon Buri period. During a tough battle, the Burmese army commander requested the appearance of a Thai commander, Chaophraya Chakri, and predicted that he would become a king. Chaophraya Chakri was later crowned the first monarch of the Rattanakosin period, King Rama I the Great of the Royal House of Chakri. Phitsanulok was upgraded to be a circle called Monthon Phitsanulok in 1894 in the reign of King Rama V. Now, Phitsanulok is a province. Get in By plane Nok Air offers regular flights between Phitsanulok (PHS) and Bangkok Don Mueang (DMK) (50 min). Bus 4 runs to the airport, as do tuk-tuks, for about 10-20 baht. By train There are several daily services north to Chiang Mai and south to Bangkok. Both take about 6-7 hours. By bus Extensive bus services connect Phitsanulok with Chiang Mai and Bangkok. As Phitsanulok is a major transportation hub, there are also regular services to the northeast. Phitsanulok is about 390 km from Bangkok. Buses take 5-6 hours for the journey. The return trip can take as long as 7 hours, depending on the Bangkok traffic. The bus to Chiang Mai takes 6 hours. The main bus station (16.819 100.279) is 2 km east of the train station just off Singhawat Rd (a 60 baht tuk-tuk ride). From there buses leave for Chiang Mai, Tak (via Sukhothai), Khon Kaen and Bangkok, as well as the surrounding provinces and to the towns within the province. You can reach the bus station by tuk-tuk, or hop on the bus on one of the stops downtown, for instance on the broad road passing south of the Topland Plaza Hotel (a little west of the hotel). Bud stops and buses have signage in Thai only. Get around Public buses serve the town and there is no shortage of tuk-tuks and taxis. Bus 1 serves the route between the central bus station and the train station in the town centre, and leaves from the short road leading from the highway to the bus station. Decent motorcycles (Honda Wave, etc.) can be rented from the shop near the central bus station, at prices somewhat higher than the Chiang Mai standard (starting ~200 baht) See Phitsanulok is not well-known to foreign tourists and thus has retained the charm of a typical, larger Thai city. Unfortunately, most of the older parts of the city were destroyed in a disastrous fire decades ago. * Commons:Category:Phitsanulok Province


folk arts

Folklore Museum: Hosts a collection of folk arts (Thai folklore), crafts, basketry, pottery and ancient kitchen utensils. Thailand Guidebook-Phitsanulok Province The museum also houses a collection of antique traps for catching snakes, birds, tigers and porcupines. File:Phitsanulok Foundry.jpg thumb right Buranathai Buddha Foundry 150x150px


green year

25.0 Jul low C 24.8 Aug low C 24.7 Sep low C 24.7 Oct low C 24.1 Nov low C 21.7 Dec low C 18.6 year low C Jan rain mm 3.9 Feb rain mm 13.5 Mar rain mm 26.7 Apr rain mm 55.7 May rain mm 170.9 Jun rain mm 165.7 Jul rain mm 179.4 Aug rain mm 247.6 Sep rain mm 246.6 Oct rain mm 162.5 Nov rain mm 33.4 Dec rain mm 11.1 rain colour green year rain mm Jan rain days 2 Feb rain days 2 Mar rain days 3 Apr rain days 6 May rain days


traditional wooden

to cross a road junction). After about 10 min you should see the main post office on the right. It's the traditional wooden building, on the left, before the post office. phone tollfree fax hours price content Go next Phitsanulok is a good stop-over from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (or vice versa). * Bangkok * Chiang Mai * Sukhothai - a good day-trip. Commons:Category:Phitsanulok Province


good location

price 100+ baht checkin checkout 11:00 content Clean, Spartan fan rooms for 100 baht. Shared bathrooms. Along one of the busier roads in town, so ask for a back room if noise is usually an issue for you. Pay another 20 baht for wireless password, good Internet speed. Good location, with night market & railway station nearby. Checkout time is 11:30. Friendly & helpful staff. *


short story

the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat (Trailokanat) of Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya (city)). On the banks of the Nan River, the city was originally a small Khmer outpost known as Song Kwae, before the Khwae Noi River (Khwae Noi River, Phitsanulok) changed its course in the 11th century CE. Phitsanulok was also a provincial center of the Angkorian Empire (Angkor) during the Angkorian period. Thailand, A Short Story, David K. Wyatt, ISBN 0-300


tough+battle

against the Burmese who then ruled over the Siamese Kingdom, and reclaimed independence in 1584. Phitsanulok became a strategic town in coping Burmese invasion again in 1775 in the Thon Buri period. During a tough battle, the Burmese army commander requested the appearance of a Thai commander, Chaophraya Chakri, and predicted that he would become a king. Chaophraya Chakri was later crowned the first monarch of the Rattanakosin period, King Rama I the Great of the Royal House of Chakri

Phitsanulok

'''Phitsanulok''' ( ) is an important, historic city in lower northern Thailand and is the capital of Phitsanulok Province, which stretches all the way to the Laotian border. Phitsanulok is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, founded over 600 years ago. It is probably best known as the birthplace of King Naresuan, who freed the country from Burmese domination in the late 16th century, and that of his brother and successor King Ekathosarot (Sanphet III). As the crossroad between the northern and central regions of the country, it has long been important both for political and strategic reasons, and was fought over many times in centuries past. Phitsanulok was the capital of Thailand for 25 years during the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat (Trailokanat) of Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya (city)). On the banks of the Nan River, the city was originally a small Khmer outpost known as Song Kwae, before the Khwae Noi River (Khwae Noi River, Phitsanulok) changed its course in the 11th century CE. Phitsanulok was also a provincial center of the Angkorian Empire (Angkor) during the Angkorian period. Thailand, A Short Story, David K. Wyatt, ISBN 0-300-03054-1 Phitsanulok is home to Naresuan University and Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, as well as to a major Royal Thai Army base.

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