If you can avoid Phitsanulok, avoid it. There are so many nicer places to see in Thailand. Coming from Sukhothai and heading for Chiang Mai, I had no chance to avoid it since it's the nearest train station. I went there at noon, booked myself in a cheap hotel near the train station and strolled along Menam Nan river. There are many quite inviting coffee places overlooking the river, people are getting massages or doing Thai Chi, it's pleasant. Up North there are some temples, and I find Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahthat the most beautiful.

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahthat
Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahthat

Next to the train station is a local farmers market, and on the river there's a night market with many good restaurant overlooking the river.

Since the night train from Phitsanulok night, I had booked a room to wait since I didn't feel like hanging out till after midnight at some public place. Sometimes, if you can afford it, it's good to waste money for a little comfort. I was able to take a shower and get a little rest before going to the train station. And don't worry, since Thai trains are quite unpunctual I still had to spend an hour on the platform.

train to chiang mai
Night Train to Chiang Mai. There is a comfortable bed behind each of these curtains. Tip: The lower beds are bigger than the upper ones.

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