Phitsanulok, a nice historical city, is a good stop if you are making your way from Bangkok to the north of Thailand; it is ideal to break up your journey if you are going to Chiang Mai, for instance. It is easy to reach Phitsanulok either by train or by bus and once in town there are public buses (it is important though to ask where the bus goes, though). There are also plenty of taxis and tuk-tuks.
As in any other Thai city, Phitsanulok has plenty of temples to visit; there also is a river where you can take a nice walk and still see few of the old house-boats that are nowadays used as cafes or places to eat. For shopping, there is the Night Bazaar located by the river. There are also plenty of choices here in terms of food, including some touristy dishes. For more local food there are markets everywhere like the one just outside the train station with plenty of Thai cooked meals; fruits; vegetables; and drinks such fruit shakes, iced coffee, and fresh coconut.
Phitsanulok is not a very touristy city, but from here day trips to Sukhothai can be easily done. In fact Phitsanulok, is located only about an hour away by bus from the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai, and there are daily regular buses going to and from it.
Even if Phitsanulok isn't a tourist hub and a popular destination, there are Phitsanulok hotels at reasonable prices. Unfortunately the choice isn't very vast, but other options include guesthouses and youth hostels in Phitsanulok for travelers looking for a less expensive option.
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