8:30 a.m. - Kick off the weekend with an Asian breakfast of congee with meat balls or stir-fried vegetables with steamed rice at the Grand Riverside.

10:00 a.m. - Visit the Wang Chan, a former Chan palace, where King Naresuan was born in 1555. The palace compound has a shrine which depicts the king proclaiming the Ayuthaya kingdom's independence from Burma.

12:00 p.m. -
Head to the Wat Ratcha Burana, a 14th century Buddhist temple built in Sukhothai style and go for a tarot reading by a parrot.

Just across the river is the Wat Phra Si Rathana Mahathat, a pilgrimage site that houses the bronze Phra Phutta Chinarat, the most famous Buddha image in the country after Bangkok's Emerald Buddha.

1:30 p.m. -
To enjoy a traditional Phitsanulok lunch, follow the pilgrims to Pa Lai, a noodle shop famous for its "hanging-legs" rice noodles.

3:00 p.m. - In the mood for a late-afternoon adventure? Head around 20 km (12 miles) out of town and go rafting on the Mae Nam Nan River.

5:30 p.m. - Still feeling energetic? When the sun goes down, Phitsanulok gets into fitness mode. Go for a jog on the riverside promenade or join a mass aerobics class.
In case you need a more relaxed workout, how about tai-chi with the town's older generation?

7:30 p.m. - Go bargain hunting at the night market with its collection of clothes, souvenirs, antiques and bronze Buddha statues. The market also has massage parlors and outdoor food courts.

9:00 p.m. - Cap off the day with dinner and drinks at the "flying vegetables" food stalls by the riverside. Watch the chefs toss water-spinach and baby corn in the air from the wok before they land on your plate.


9:00 a.m. - Drive through the lush green countryside to the UNESCO World Heritage historic old town of Sukhothai, the site of the oldest Thai civilisation. Begin with a visit to the Sukhothai museum to learn about the town's architectural gems and the history of the Thai language.

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