Phitsanulok, the capital city of the same name province is an important and historic city in lower northern Thailand, about 377 km from Bangkok, half way between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Phitsanulok was founded over 600 years ago and known as the birthplace of King Naresuan, who freed the country from Burmese domination in the late 16th century.

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The location of the city in the middle of the way between the north and the centre Thailand had created it strategic importance. This city was the capital of Thailand for 25 years during the reign of King Boromma Trailokanat of Ayutthaya.

Though large part of the city was burn down by fire in 1957 making the architectures pretty nondescript, the city still boasts some interesting sites and museums of which is Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat that houses one of Thailand’s most revered Buddha images.

Because of its location, most travelers will at least pass through Phitsanulok on the way to and from the North. The city also makes an excellent base to explore the attractions of historical Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet and Si Satchanalai, as well as the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Thung Salaeng Luang. All of these places are within 150km of Phitsanulok.

The surrounding of Phitsanulok features mountains, plains and forest in the east and river basin. The Nan River, lifeline of the province, runs through the heart of the city.

Apart from its natural beauty, Phitsanulok offers travelers an opportunity to explore notable chapters of Thailand's history.

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