Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Phitsanulok, Thailand

Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:54am EDT
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By Ajay Kamalakaran

PHITSANULOK, Thailand Oct 16 (Reuters Life) - Got 48 hours in Phitsanulok, a riverside town in central Thailand? Reuters correspondents help you make the most of a stay in this pilgrimage and party town, known locally as Phi-Lok.


8:30 a.m. - Kick off the weekend with an Asian breakfast of congee with meat balls or stir-fried vegetables with steamed rice at the Grand Riverside.

10:00 a.m. - Visit the Wang Chan, a former Chan palace, where King Naresuan was born in 1555. The palace compound has a shrine which depicts the king proclaiming the Ayuthaya kingdom's independence from Burma.

12:00 p.m. - Head to the Wat Ratcha Burana, a 14th century Buddhist temple built in Sukhothai style and go for a tarot reading by a parrot.

Just across the river is the Wat Phra Si Rathana Mahathat, a pilgrimage site that houses the bronze Phra Phutta Chinarat, the most famous Buddha image in the country after Bangkok's Emerald Buddha.

1:30 p.m. - To enjoy a traditional Phitsanulok lunch, follow the pilgrims to Pa Lai, a noodle shop famous for its "hanging-legs" rice noodles.

3:00 p.m. - In the mood for a late-afternoon adventure? Head around 20 km (12 miles) out of town and go rafting on the Mae Nam Nan River.   Continued...

<p>A general view of a Buddha statue is seen at the Sukhothai historical park in Sukhothai September 17, 2009. Picture taken September 17, 2009. To match Travel Postcard-48 Hours in Phitsanulok, Thailand. REUTERS/Ajay Kamalakaran</p>