A major tourist destination in the Lower North, Phitsanulok is situated on the banks of the Nan River some 377 kilometres from Bangkok. Most of the terrains are flatland, with mountain ranges running on the east where waterfalls and national parks offer opportunities for nature treks. Historically, Phitsanulok has been a major community since the time of the Khmers and enjoyed great prosperity during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. During 1463-1487 it was practically another royal capital as King Borom Trailokanat of Ayutthaya resided permanently in the province. The province of Phitsanulok has many tourist attractions. When you are in town, we suggest you take a visit to Wat Phra Si Mahathat where it houses what is regarded as the most beautiful and graceful Buddha statue in Thailand, Phra Phutthachinarat. Another interesting place of visit is Phu Hin Rong Kla, a unique site where rocky grounds are strangely-shaped, some of which having deep crevices.