Phichit Province is located in one of the most beautiful parts of
Thailand, with green valleys and picturesque wooded hills. It is the home of
traditional boat racing, an ancient sport involving hundreds of competitors on
each side paddling furiously for the honor of their home district or province.
This annual regatta takes place on the Nan River, which runs through the
provincial capital and features races between numerous low-slung wooden boats.
Situated between the Yom and Nan
Rivers, Phichit Province is an ancient historical region located in the lower northern
part of Thailand. This is an agriculturally fertile region widely known for its
fresh-water crocodiles. Phichit Province is famous all over the world as a major fruit-producing
region. It is the major producer of pomelo,
jackfruit, krathon and Maprang fruits in Thailand. It also produces Makham
Kaeo, a sweet tamarind. A popular handicraft of the province is the colourful
Bueng Si Fai is a major tourist
destination in Phichit. This is a large fresh-water lake developed by the
Fishery Department for the purpose of breeding fresh-water crocodiles. The
remarkable scenic beauty surrounding this region rejuvenates the soul and mind.
Tourists get a glimpse of ancient history and culture of the region at Utthayan
Mueang Kao Pichit. This is an ancient town located on the banks of Nan River.
Its history has been dated back to more than 900 years as per the
archaeological excavations found here. Another prominent tourist destination that is important from a commercial point
of view is Taphan Hin, located on the banks of the Nan River. The most
prominent sight of the district is the 34 meter tall golden image of Lord
Buddha. Tourists can hire ferry services and have a glimpse of natural beauty
on both the banks.
There are several Buddhist temples, shrines and
chedis in the region. Popular among these are Wat Bang Khlan, Wat Pho Prathap Chang, Wat Nakhon Chum and Wat Khao Rup
Chang. Wat Tha Luang is another major attraction in this region. Built in 1845, this temple has a bronze
Buddha image casted in Chiang-Sean style.
Phichit Province is 345 kilometers away from Bangkok and is accessible both by
road and rail. Visitors can reach Phichit by hiring a car from Bangkok. Direct
buses are operated daily from Bangkok’s Mochit 2 Bus Terminal. There are number
of direct trains to Phichit from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong railway station.
Phichit Plaza Hotel is a famous hotel in this region. Various other
accommodation facilities are available for tourists based on their requirement