Pitsanuloke Travel Information
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Introduction

PitsanulokeIn addition to its importance in the history of Thailand, Pitsanuloke features rivers, mountains, and forests, ideal for lovers of natural beauty.

Apart from its exceptional natural charisma, Pitsanuloke provides visitors with an opportunity to explore notable chapters of Thailand's history. For example, Pitsanuloke contains evidence of an ancient community dating back between 2,000 and 4,000 years, including ancient stone axes. In addition, the old temple of Wat Chula Mani, situated 5 kilometers south of the city, was built even before the Sukhothai Kingdom came to power in the 12th century.

Pitsanuloke prospered under both the Kingdoms of Sukhothai (1238-1378 C.E.) and Ayutthaya (1350-1767 C.E.). In particular, it played a strategic role in the Ayutthaya era when it became the Kingdom’s royal capital for 25 years during the reign of King Borom Trailokanat.

Pitsanuloke was also the birthplace of King Naresuan the Great (R. 1590-1605) the legendary King who declared Ayutthaya’s independence from Burma in 1584. King Naresuan is known for his victorious and honorable single-hand combat atop an elephant-back against a Burmese Crown Prince.

Once named Song Khwae, meaning two rivers, Pitsanuloke is situated between the Nan and Khwae Noi Rivers, which is also a strategic location between Thailand’s central plains, northern mountains, and northeastern plateau. Pitsanuloke is therefore a natural hub and an ideal base for travelers wishing to explore the lower North and western Northeast. However, Pitsanuloke is more than just a stopover for tourists; it is a province with a number of tourism opportunities. While most of Pitsanuloke's terrain is flatlands, one third of the area is covered by mountains in the north and east, where national parks and waterfalls await exploration.

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Phra Si Mahathat Temple (Wat Phra Si Mahathat)

Locally dubbed as "Wat Yai", the complex is considered the most important temple in Pitsanuloke. Housing Thailand's famous Phra Phutthachinnarat, Wat Yai is located at the foot of Naresuan Bridge on the city side of the river. The temple was built during the reign of Phra Maha Thamma Racha I (Phraya Lithai) in 1357.

Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

Phu Hin Rong Kla is a distinctive national park with a unique mixture of scenic attractions and historical sites. It was once the stage of armed conflicts between two extreme political ideologies. The Park covers a total area of 191,875 rai of land (76,750 acres) and is approximately 130 kilometers from Pitsanuloke city.

Phu Soi Dao National Park

Phu Soi Dao National Park is located in both Chat Trakan district of Pitsanuloke Province and Nam Pard District of Uttaradit Province. Occupying a total area of 48,962.5 rai of land (equivalent to 58,750 acres), the park stretches along the Thai-Laos border with the highest peak measured at 2,102 meters above sea level.

Phra Si Mahathat Temple (Wat Phra Si Mahathat)

Locally dubbed as "Wat Yai", the complex is considered the most important temple in Pitsanuloke. Housing Thailand's famous Phra Phutthachinnarat, Wat Yai is located at the foot of Naresuan Bridge on the city side of the river. The temple was built during the reign of Phra Maha Thamma Racha I (Phraya Lithai) in 1357.

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