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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok January 27th 2015

Hi all, We woke up early to head to the bus station in Phitsanulok, which was about a 20 minute walk from the Royal Place hotel. The bus was 57 baht (just over £1) to get to Sukhothai, about an hour away. We even me some girls from Stroud on the bus...small world. The ruins of Sukhothai is advertised in the Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 sites in Thailand, which is why we chose to come here. Definitely worth the visit due to the fantastic architectural style columns and Buddha figures. When we arrived in Sukhothai we hired bikes for 30 baht each-very good spec as you can see from the photos. We cycled to the central zone (there are 5 zones in total over 5km squared). Each zone is 100 baht each. ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok January 26th 2015

Hi All, Our first hostel in Phitsanulok has actually turned out to be a hotel, and it was only £3.70 each a night. So after the longest (2)day(s) of travelling ever it was a relief to find someone on the 24hr desk to show us straight to our deluxe private room: travelling in style as always on a budget-Vick loves to find the bargains. We finally woke up at 2pm, after getting to sleep at 4am the night before!! We were very tired bunnies!!! We had two major things to do today, one was to book the next train to Chiang Mai, and the other was to check the bus times into Sukhothai. On our way to the train station we stopped at a place called P1 for lunch it was good food, cheap and there ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok January 25th 2015

Hello Followers and fellow bloggers, As most of you know, Neil lost his Dad on 02.01.15 due to a blood clot in his heart. It was a terrible shock to all of Malcolm’s family and friends; words just cannot describe it. Malcolm’s send off however would have been everything he’d want and more, which was arranged by his family on the 21st Jan. The funeral was held at St Edwards Church in Netley, with an estimated turn out of about 300+ people, many of which had to stand at the back of the church and once that was overflowing, a large number waited outside in the rain!! The service was perfect; Neil read his funny/ tear jerking Eulogy and Adam read a very moving poem. After the proceedings, everyone went over to the Netley Central Club ... read more
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Train to Phitsanulok

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok January 18th 2015

Still alive! Wahey! I met this lovely German girl called Kika in Ayutthaya. We went for a few drinks and it was cool to discuss my early opinions about Thailand with her and hear someone else's perspective on it all too. I then got the train to Lopburi, spent the day there. It's a town characterised by a very large population of monkeys roaming the streets. Sounds cute but I was pooping myself just a bit when walking under concerningly low telephone wires bouncing up and down with hissing monkeys. A local told me there are 2000 monkeys milling about. Some get electrocuted and some fall to their death. Every morning and afternoon they feed the monkeys by a local shrine to placate them and discourage them from attacking humans. After that I got the train ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok September 11th 2013

Saludos varios, fenomenos! La entrada anterior la dejé en Bangkok, después de pillar un tuk-tuk desde Khao San hasta nuestro hostel. Sí, hostel! Yo pensaba que habíamos caído en un hotel, sin "s", pero no, al pillar una tarjeta con la dirección comprobé que mi reputación de viajero gumial sigue intacta, menos mal! Pues nada, nuestro primer paso por Bangkok ha sido anecdótico, como tenemos que volver a la capital para pillar el vuelo de vuelta, lo hemos dejado para explorar la ciudad últimos días del viaje. Así que a la mañana siguiente el reloj ha tocado diana muy pronto, a las 7:15, para pillar un tren que nos ha dejado en Ayutthaya, donde hemos visitado los templos y restos históricos. La visita a los puntos de interés están muy bien, todo el mundo lo hace, ... read more
Divisando el terreno...
Noodles-Bomba estomacal
Mono-Dioni con MIS cacahuetes...

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok January 14th 2013

The main reason I stopped in Phitsanulok, or Phi-lo, how it is called here, was that I needed reliable Internet access to work a bit. That is your destiny when you run your own company - sometimes you cannot avoid to work a bit even while travelling. But the trip has to be paid nonetheless. But after a long evening and a short night I was ready to look around the city a bit. In the morning I got some cheap fresh fruits from a stand near the hotel and started with a visit of the folk museum. I am not so much into museums but this one was quite interesting which lots of information about live and work of the "old" thais. I highly recommended it! I continued with a stop at the Buddha Casting ... read more
chilling at the Nan river
the train - my preferred method of transport here
how buddha statues are being made

Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok August 13th 2012

Another long weekend here in Thailand, this time it was the Queen's Birthday, which apparently doubles up as Mother's Day here. I took the opportunity to make an even further trip up north this time, travelling some six hours plus to Phitsanulok, almost at the halfway mark to Chiangmai. The main point of the trip was to visit the nearby Sukhothai Historical Park. The two cities, along with Ayutthaya and to some extent, Lopburi, are of considerable historical significance to the Thai Kingdom. Sukhothai was an ancient capital, and Phitsanulok was the king's preferred city of residence then. Phitsanulok today, like Lopburi, is an unassuming, quite typical Central/ Northern Thai city, devoid of the madness that accompanies the kitschy tourist traps. Having said that, the odd farang and/ or Japanese/ Korean tourist was almost always in ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok August 8th 2012

El tren en el que iba se accidentó, y entre repararlo y que andaba más lento de lo normal se tardó casi 4 horas más de lo estimado, con lo que llegué a Phitsanulok a las 9pm y sin esperanzas de llegar ese mismo día a Sukhothai (a una hora más en bus). Me metí en el primer hotel que ví y salí a dar una vuelta por el mercado nocturno que no estaba muy lejos; esa noche decidí que me quedaría en Phitsanulok en lugar de dormir en Sukhothai, me gustó el pueblito, y a parte de que el alojamiento es más barato que en Sukhothai, igual tengo que volver para tomar de nuevo el tren al sur. Al día siguiente me fui temprano a Sukhothai para ver las famosas ruinas, el día fue perfecto, ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok July 25th 2012

We besloten om doorheen onze maandreis met Jan's mama (Karla) het rustig aan te doen. Ook voor ons is het zoveel leuker als we niet hoeven te zoeven van de ene plek naar de andere. We namen dus opnieuw een trein en de ticketverkoper zei 'je kan de goedkope trein nemen: 3e klasse en een ticket kost 30 baht voor 3 uur of je neemt de express trein met airco en je ticket kost 400 baht voor 2 .30 uur.' We waren niet stom hoor! Natuurlijk werd het de 'trage' trein! Deze is trouwens veel plezieriger dan de frigo bak waarin je terechtkomt. De frigo trein is trouwens totaal niet sneller. Want in bijna elk station wordt hij gecontroleerd en er loopt gegarandeerd altijd iets fout! O ja: een uur vertraging of zelfs 2 uur vertraging ... read more
Everyone who works there is a volunteer/iedereen die er werkt doet is een vrijjwilliiger
Toilet in trainstation...yes this is some cutted limes
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Asia » Thailand » Northern Thailand » Phitsanulok March 19th 2012

We left Bangkok behind and started our roadtrip up North. First we visited the summer palace for the royal family. We then continued on to Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand. Ayutthaya had some impressive ruins including Bang Pa-In Palace which included a Buddha statue head intertwined in a Bodi tree (tree Buddha mediated under to reach enlightenment). Finally we finished up in Lopburi to visit some more Khmer ruins. The high point of this stop was the massive entrage of monkeys that live in the city. We ended the day by staying the night in Phitsanulok, a nice little town in the lower North region of the country... read more
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