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The trials and tribulations of having a house built in Phitsanulok.
Phitsanulok Tourist Attractions
Nan Riverside Park and Boathouse Museum
The park, which was built by Phitsanulok Municipality in 2002, is situated in the middle of the town, on the eastern bank of Nan river. Inside the park, is a Boathouse Museum showcasing the daily life of people living in boathouses. *Admission is free.
Thai Bird Garden
Located opposite to the folk museum, it is a bird conservation centre that displays endangered as well as extinct birds of Thailand such as jambu fruit-dove, helmeted hornbill, and birds mentioned in Thai literature; namely, oriole, barbet, common koel, green magpie, blue magpie, etc. The park entertains visitors with some birds that can imitate humanís voice greeting both in Thai and English such as parrot as well as those singing beautifully like black-throated laughing thrush, white-crested laughing thrush, and white rumped shama. The garden is open daily from 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Admission is 50 baht for adults and 20 baht for children. For more information, call Tel: 0 5521 2540
House Boat Community
The house boat serves as a signature of Phitsanulok. From north to south along both sides of Nan River, house boats and rafts are lined up, creating a unique perspective for tourists. In addition to the display of the typical Phitsanulok way of life emphasis is placed on the strong connection between man and the river. Hardly seen anywhere else in the Northern region, the house boat represents the serene ambiance of a united community.
Textile Museum and Life Museum
The Textile Museum displays textiles and garments from different sources domestically and internationally. The museum houses documents and research studies regarding textiles and royal suits of Their Majesties the King and Queen that were conferred to the university. Nearby is a Life Museum that displays the Thai way of cotton weaving, from cotton growing to high-class techniques in weaving. A weaving demonstration is available every weekend. Both museums are open daily from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. A guide is available. For more information, Tel: 0 5526 1000 - 4 ext. 1218, 1149
Naresuan University (Thung Nong O) is located between Kilometre 118-119 of Highway 117.
Art & Culture Gallery, Naresuan University (Sanambin Campus)
The Gallery is established with an aim to promote and preserve Thai arts and culture. Located at the resource centre on Sanam Bin Rd., the Gallery is divided into 3 sections including;
Art Gallery: over 100 masterpieces of renowned Thai artists such as: Chuan Leakpai (Thailand's former Prime Minister), Sawasdi Tantisuk (National Artist in visual Arts field), Phun Ketchamrat (National Artist in visual Arts field), Priyuan Aruchata (National Artist in visual Arts field), Pratuang Emjaroen, Chavalit Saemprungsuk, Chung Moonphinit and Chalermchai Khosipipat are on display.
Museum: Under the concept, "The Way of Life of The People in the Lower North", more than 500 handicrafts including household utensils, agricultural tools and manuscripts are exhibited.
Database: provided to promote the study of the Lower North, Thai classical dance and music.
The gallery is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
For more information contact tel: (055) 230720, 259404
fax: (055) 261080
Phitsanulok National Parks
Kaeng Chet Khwae National Park
This park has mixed deciduous forests, Deciduous forest, Hill evergreen forests, dry evergreen forests. Major plants, which are of great economic value, include teaks, Afzelia xylocarpa Roxb., Xylia xylocarpa (Deang), Pterocarpus macrocarpus (Pradoo), rubber trees, etc.
Namtok Chat Trakan National Park
This park protects the streams which form the headwaters of the Nan River. A variety of evergreen forest types are present. Chattrakarn Waterfall, which its beautifull steps, is surrounded by cliffs. Chattrakarn is the waterfall with beautiful sandy beach suit for swimming and recreation. Some of these are inscribed by yet unexplained rock carvings.
More on Phitsanulok Waterfalls here.
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Phu Hin Rong Kla is blessed with natural beauty and historical significance. Unfortunately, the fighting there during communist years did priceless damage to the forest. The geologied features landscape and natural beauty in the area have been restored and protected after the communist insurgents loss.
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
The parks hills comprise of limestone, slate and hardpan between altitudes of 300 to 1,028 meters. A long north-south stretch of limestone hills runs down the western section of the park. Thung Salaeng Luang, the origin of numerous streams, is inlaid with meadows, especially in its southern area. Mixed species deciduous forest predominates, with lowland scrub and tropical broadleaved evergreen covering smaller areas.