The riverside provincial capital is 377 kilometers north of Bangkok.
Phitsanulok is situated on the geographical and administrative line
uniting the central and northern regions.
Phitsanulok was the
birthplace of King Naresuan the Great of Ayutthaya (reign: 1590-1605),
and his brother Prince Ekathasarot. Phitsanulok has long been an
important center for political and strategic reasons. Phitsanulok
was a major center of recruitment when Ayutthaya waged war with
Burma (Myanmar), and was the capital of Thailand for 25 years during
the 1448-1488 reign of Ayutthaya’s King Boromatrailokanat.
Phetchaburi has long been
renowed for the excellence of its Thai-style sweets that include
subtle custards and egg-based confectionery. Several specialty sweet
shops are located at the foot of Khao Wang on the northern outskirts
of the provincial capital.