Phitsanulok airport city and bus travel

Located in the north central part of Thailand Phitsanulok City and province is around 400 kilometers from Bangkok. Topography is hilly and flat, the Nan River flows right through the center with houseboats floating on it. 

The city came to life around 700 years ago somehow similar to Sukhothai (which is in the vicinity) and Chiang Mai.  Since some traces where found dating back to the Stone Age indicating people lived there already long before.

Why to consider Phitsanulok Airport?

Bangkok Airport bought Sukhothai Airport with the startic idea to offer flights there from Bangkok and charge the foreighners unnatural high ticket prices plus sometimes a high airport fee just to milk the tourists. Almost everywhere they flight they do the same they also did it in Ko Samui and Sieam Reap (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia. It is very common in Thailand to use the tourists as cows to milk. This is one of the reasons why where every you travel in Thailand check first for coach availability. Since by using the bus its the transportation as the local Thai and there is fierce competition and that makes it difficult to manipulate prices.

Places of interest are King Narasuan Shrine, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat with a huge 36m tall pagoda in Khmer style built during the Ayutthaya period. There are several waterfalls and national parks in the province.
Nan River in Phitsanulok
The city is a good starting point to explore the province and have a look to the historical park at Sukhothai. After seen enough drive eastwards along the. Do it on your own along the main road crossing the town via the big bridge, real sexy things are going on there after 10 pm. 

Places of interest are King Narasuan Shrine, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat with a huge 36m tall pagoda in Khmer style built during the Ayutthaya period. There are several waterfalls and national parks in the province. The city is a good starting point to explore the province and have a look to the historical park at Sukhothai. 

Kaeng Song WaterfallThere are many of good hotels  and exotic restaurants for reasonable prices and a vibrant nightlife along the main road.
If you are out for a night fun don't listen to the guys at the hotels who only want to move you to a massage parlor to grab commission.

The Kaeng Song Waterfall 

pictured left is at the Nan Khek River when leaving Phitsanulok eastwards on highway 12. This is definitely spectacular nature n Northern Thailand 
Phitsanulok to Loei
After a while when turning to the north for Loei the Mekong River and Laos. The best to explore this part of Thailand is by bus because the coach network is dense and prices are relatively cheap. 

All distances between Bangkok and this northern part are within a manageable time-frame so there is no much time wasted compared to the aircraft.

Towards Loei is the spectakular Chat Trakan Waterfall National Park a great place with not so many tourists around since it is a bit off road indeed. 
Chat Trakan Waterfall near Phitsanulok

As everywhere in Thailand various riminder on Buddhism are visible (picture right side below).

On the road in PhitsanulokPhitsanulok to Loei

Many people like this places as  cool areas for summer camps or maybe a week holiday because of the green nature around and a good read network to reach the destinations quickly. Several adventure summer camp programs are available near the Mekong River which comes dow from China and Myanmar. Although the Chinese are using a lot of whater for their agriculture business and the Thai and other sometimes run almost dry there are still petty places around.

The area in north Thailand close to the Mekong River could be a great waterfall weekend for lodging & dining and other activities plenty of spots are around.
Expressions of Thai Buddhism
exotic sculpture in north Thailand

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