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Phichit (พิจิตร) is the capital city in the Province of that name in Lower Northern Thailand. It is pronounced "Pijit".
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.
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.
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 can be walked around. There is one main shopping road, and two other roads effectively making the main part of the City a triangle.
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, (about 2Km to the right of which is the Nest Hotel, and a couple of other hotels), 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 shopping road which is about 2Km long. A couple of hundred metres along is the Oka Nakhon Hotel. At the end of this road at a 4 way intersection, to the right is the second part of the triangle, and a Km or so along is the Hospital (on the right hand side), and then assorted restaurants/street eats on the left hand side. At the next 4 way intersection a couple of hundred metres further along - to the right (the third part of the triangle) a couple of Km is the bus station, and to the left on the other side of the road about 300 metres along is the Nest Hotel as well as a couple of other guest houses.
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.
There are plenty of street eat/restaurant stalls close to the hospital (see "get around")
This is a new hotel, opened at the start of June 2016. It is very modern and well appointed, and Reception are very helpful, although they do not speak English. However the Manager, Gaye, speaks excellent English, having studied overseas. The hotel has a lift. For B550 you get a decent aircon room with bar fridge and flat screen TV. Breakfast,consisting of kow tom moo (rice porridge with pork), also a fruit platter as well as tea and coffee, is included in the price. The hotel has a restaurant, the "Goose Cafe and Bar" so you can also have lunch and dinner there. To get to here is a couple of kilometres from the bus station (see Get Around), so you can take a tuktuk or motorcycle taxi to here, (the motorcycle taxi will cost B60). Credit cards not accepted, but Management is organising with the bank to do this. To get to the bus station from here, you can organise this with Reception and they will phone a tuktuk. Also there are tuktuks close to the hospital to the right 300 metres at the 4 way intersection some 200 metres to the left of the hotel and they will charge B60.
. To Kamphaeng Phet - minibuses go every 60/90 minutes from the bus station.
. To Bangkok by minibus. There is a minibus terminal some 200 metres to the right of the hospital on the other side of the road.This is close to the 4 way intersection to the right of which is the bus station some 2 Km distant, and to the left is the Nest Hotel. Minibuses to BKK go to and from nine times daily, starting at 7am and concluding at 5pm. The minibuses do not stop at the bus station.
. There is the occasional bus to Bangkok from the bus station.
. A regular aircon bus to Phitsanulok goes regularly from the bus station, takes 1.5 hours and costs B43.
. 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 the price on the second depends on the class of the bus.