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Phichit

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Phichit (พิจิตร) is the capital city in the Province of that name in Lower Northern Thailand. It is pronounced "Pijit".

Understand[edit]

Situated in the Lower North some 345 kilometres from Bangkok, Phichit (pronounced Pijit) is accessible by both road and rail. Nurtured by two rivers, the Yom and the Nan running parallel to one another north to south, the land is agriculturally fertile. Once the site of an ancient town dating back almost a thousand years ago, Phichit has played in a major role in the history of both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

Known as the land of the crocodiles, it has been home to this ferocious reptile which has thrived in its waters. There are today several fresh-water crocodile farms. Phichit features in the Thai epic Krai Thong (ไกรทอง) composed by King Rama II which tells of Chalawan (ชาละวัน), a powerful crocodile king.

Get in[edit]

Minibuses from Kamphaeng Phet leave the bus station there every 60/90 minutes, and take about two hours. They terminate at the in town bus station.

Get around[edit]

The bus station is at the edge of town, and there are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis there. Agree on the price before you hire.

The city itself is easily walked around, and is essentially one main road.

From the bus station, go to the right as you face the front of it from inside the station, along a street where you will find several market stalls under one roof selling all sorts of eats during the day and evening. As you come to a main road, cross over it and walk on past another market same as above, but not open at night.

You will then be on the main city road which is about 2Km long.

A little further on the right is the Oka Nakorn Hotel. Another Km or so is the only (apparent) 711 in town.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Provincial Museum. This is a small museum housed in several rooms of the Provincial Hall, found on the River. Not a half bad museum, local history, culture, and geography. Worth a look. (+16.444,+100.348) edit
  • Crocodile Pit.. Not that big a deal, but there is small pond with crocs, which you can observe from behind a wire fence. Free admission (I think, no one asked me). (+16.4233,+100.343) edit
  • Muang Kao Historical Park, (6kms to the south west of the new city.). This is the ancient city of Phichit, found 6kms from the new city. Not a huge amount to see, the site has only been partially excavated and little work has been done to turn ruins into a tourist attraction, but that seems to be the plan (2012). The main ancient sight is the large prang of Wat Mahathat. There is also a moat, city walls, as well as artefacts. The City Pillar Shrine is also located in the ancient city. (+16.4118,+100.294) edit


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There are a couple of restaurants, but not much action at night. Your best bet is at the market on the way to the bus station. All sorts of eats here, all written in Thai, but you can easily bluff your way around. A decent meal with a large bottle of Chang beer is B90.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Oka Nakorn Hotel (โรงแรมโอฆะนคร), 2/91 Srimala Rd (See above in get around), 056611206. A pretty old and well worn hotel, but clean and staff are very helpful. There is a lift. An aircon room costs B350, and has hot water, TV and bar fridge with free drinking water. In the morning breakfast (included in the price) consists of rice soup and coffee - nothing flash but OK.  edit


From an extensive walk around the main part of town, the Oka Nakorn was the only hotel seen.

Get out[edit]

. To Kamphaeng Phet - minibuses go every 60/90 minutes.

. Appears to be the occasional bus to Bangkok.

. A regular non aircon bus to Phitsanulok goes regularly.

. To Nakhon Sawan - There are no direct buses to there. You need to take the Phitsanulok bus, and tell the conductor you want to go to Nakhon Sawan. The bus will go several KM out of town before coming to a 4 way intersection. To the left is Nakhon Sawan, and to the right is Phitsanulok. The bus turns right, and after a couple of KM, turns into a town on the right hand side, and stops at a bus station. From here you go to the ticket window and buy your ticket to Nakhon Sawan, then wait for the aircon bus to come. Cost is B16 on the first bus, and B66 on the second.



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