By train the journey from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok is scheduled to take from 6 to 7 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok
There are currently 5 direct train services a day from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok.
- The fastest train from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok is Train #8 departing at 08:50. which is scheduled to complete the journey in 5 hours 44 minutes.
- The slowest train from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok is Train #52 departing at 15:30, which is scheduled to complete the journey in 7 hours 28 minutes.
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About travel to Phitsanulok
With a population of around 70,000, Phitsanulok is one of the larger cities in the Lower North Region of Thailand. Phitsanulok is also one of Thailand’s oldest cities, having been continuously populated since the 14th Century.
About Phitsanulok City
Modern day Phitsanulok is, for the larger part, is city with decaying concrete buildings in need of renovation or rebuilding. The historic centre of Phitsanulok, which was largely made up of wooden buildings, was destroyed in a massive fire in 1957.
Phitsanulok attracts few foreign visitors, and many of those who do come to Phitsanulok do so on the way to Sukhothai. Phitsanulok the connection point between the railway network and bus services to Sukhothai. Phitsanulok does, however, attract lots of Thai visitors who come primarily to visit the famous Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat.
Phitsanulok has relatively few hotels or restaurants specialising in catering to foreign visitors compared to Ayutthaya or Chiang Mai.
Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Phitsanulok’s major tourist attraction is Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat. Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat is best known for its bronze statue of the Lord Buddha called the Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. This unusual 375 cm tall statue depicts the Lord Buddha surrounded by an aureola, and is widely credited as being the most beautiful statue of the Lord Buddha in Thailand.
Other features of the temple include its large Khmer style prang tower, fantastic artwork, elaborate wooden carvings, and a number of lesser known statues of great artistic merit.
Travel to Sukhothai
Local bus services to Sukhothai depart from Phitsanulok Bus Terminal 1, which is in the city centre about 2 km to the East of Phitsanulok Railway Station. By bus the journey from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai takes around 1 hour. The point of arrival is Sukhothai Bus Terminal, which is close to Sukhothai New Town. There is an inexpensive and frequent shared taxi service from Sukhothai Bus Terminal to Sukhothai Old Town. Sukhothai Historical Park is close to Sukhothai Old Town.