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Top Choice Museum in Phitsanulok

Sergeant Major Thawee Folk Museum

This fascinating museum displays a remarkable collection of tools, textiles and photographs from Phitsanulok Province. It’s spread throughout five traditional-style Thai buildings with well-groomed gardens, and the …
Top Choice Thai in Phitsanulok

Ban Mai

Dinner at this local favourite is like a meal at your grandparents’ place: opinionated conversation resounds, frumpy furniture abounds and an overfed cat appears to rule the dining room. The likewise homey dishes in…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Phitsanulok

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

The main wí·hăhn (sanctuary) at this temple, known by locals as Wat Yai, appears small from the outside, but houses the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat, one of Thailand’s most revered and copied Buddha images. This famous br…
Thai in Phitsanulok

Yasmeen Halal Food Restaurant

There are several Thai-Muslim cafes near the Pakistan Mosque on Th Phra Ong Dam, and this is probably the best of them. Thick roh·đee (crispy dough ‘pancakes’) are served up with rich curries, and are best coupled w…
Buddhist Temple in Phitsanulok

Wat Ratburana

Across the street from Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Wat Ratburana draws fewer visitors but in some ways is more interesting than its famous neighbour. In addition to a wí·hăhn with a 700-year-old gold Buddha, there’…
Nature Reserve in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

The park covers about 307 sq km of rugged mountains and forest, much of it covered by rocks and wildflowers. The elevation at park headquarters is about 1000m, so the area is refreshingly cool even in the hot season…
Historic Site in Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

Pha Chu Thong

A 1km trail leads to Pha Chu Thong (sometimes called Red Flag Cliff), where the communists would raise the red flag to announce a military victory. Also in this area is an air-raid shelter, a lookout and the remains…
Workshop in Phitsanulok

Buranathai Buddha Image Foundry

Across the street from Sergeant Major Thawee Folk Museum and also belonging to Sergeant Major Thawee is the Buranathai Buddha Image Foundry, where bronze Buddha images of all sizes are cast. Visitors are welcome to …
Thai in Phitsanulok

Rim Nan

Just north of Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, Rim Nan is one of a few similar restaurants along Th Phutta Bucha that offer gŏoay·đĕe·o hôy kăh, literally ‘legs-hanging’ noodles, named for the benches that make eating a…
Chinese in Phitsanulok


This corner of old Phitsanulok has a distinctly old-world Chinese feel, an excellent pairing with the tasty Chinese-style dishes at this long-standing restaurant.