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Situated in the Lower North some 345 kilometres from Bangkok, Pichit is accessible by both road and rail. Nurtured by two rivers, the Yom and the Nan running parallel to one another north to south, the land is agriculturally fertile. Once the site of an ancient town dating back almost a thousand years ago, Phichit has played in a major role in the history of both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.

Known as the land of the crocodiles, it has been home to this ferocious reptile which has thrived in its waters. There are today several fresh-water crocodile farms. Phichit features in the Thai epic Krai Thong composed by King Rama II which tells of Chalawa

Phichit is administratively divided into the following districts: Muang, Pho Prathap Chang, Taphan hin, Bang Mun Nak, Pho Thale, Sam Ngam, Wang Sai Phun, Thap Khlo, Sak Lek, Dong Charoen, Bueng Na Rang and Wachirabarami.

Best time to visit

In Phichit, the wet season is oppressive and overcast, the dry season is muggy and partly cloudy, and it is hot year round.

Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°C to 36°C and is rarely below 16°C or above 39°C.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Phichit for hot-weather activities is from mid November to mid March.

Check the below table for the general idea of Phichit weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.6 24.1 18.5
Feb 33.2 26.9 21.2
Mar 34.4 28.3 23.2
Apr 36.4 30.2 24.7
May 35.3 29.9 25.1
Jun 34.1 29.1 24.8
Jul 33 28.3 24.5
Aug 32.5 28 24.2
Sep 32.3 28 24.5
Oct 32.3 27.8 24.1
Nov 32.6 26.9 22.3
Dec 30.7 24.7 19.4

Phichit’s current weather and 7-day forecast

PHICHIT WEATHER

Wat ThaLuang 

Is a must-visit and an important Temple of Phichit province enshrining Luangpho Phet, an exquisite Buddha image. Tourists can come to pay respect to the image in the ubosot, which is open daily from 9.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. The Luangpho Phet Respect-paying and Phichit Celebration Fair, held in January, features a Luangho Phet worshipping ceremony, folk cultural performances, entertainment, Red Cross fair, floral exhibition, local sports competition, Luangpho Phet’s miracle light and sound show, lotus floats or Bua Phutthabucha parade and an illuminated Boat procession. 

Visit Yan Kao Wang Krot

The old Wang Krot Market is located in the area of the Yan Kao Wang Krotcommunity by the Nan Riverside, Tambon Wang Krot, Amphoe Mueang, Phichit, 6 kilometres from the downtown area. This old community is open as a community market on every Friday-Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. while the old market is daily open from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. For a couple who are interested in celebrating Valentine’s Day, they are invited to attend the ToemRak Wan Wan Yan Kao Wang Krot Fair, which Takes place on 14th Februaryduring the Valentine’s Day Festival. 

Wat Pho Prathap Chang, Amphoe Pho Prathap Chang

This over 300-year-old Temple was registered as an ancient Monument by the Department of Fine Arts. It was built in the reign of Somdet Phra Suriyentharathipbodi or known as Phra Phutthachao Suea, whose former name was Khun Luang Sorasak of Ayutthaya, as a memorial for his birthplace. The temple is quite large with a tower gate surrounded bytwo-layered walls, which is the art of the Ayutthaya period. The temple’s ubosot houses the principal Buddha image called Luangpho To.From March to April, visitors are invited to come to the Sweet Pomelo and Best Products Fairof Amphoe Pho Prathap Chang, annually held at the Office of Pho PrathapChang District. The event offers highlighted products of each sub-district for the public to purchase. It features the following activities:

  • Luangpho To worshipping ceremony.
  • PhrachaoSuea worshipping ceremony.
  • Beauty fighting cock contest.
  • Thai boxing.
  • The Legend of PhrachaoSuealight and sound show.
  • Entertaining; such as, Li-ke, movies, and folk dance.

Mango and Marian plum Festival 

Isannually held between March and Aprilat the Office of Culture, Phichitprovince. The Festival includes the following activities: 

  • The contest of a variety of floats from many sub-districts.
  • Local wisdom and OTOP products.
  • Stage performances, the orchard girl beauty pageant and Thai folk song contest.

Luangpho Ngoen Wat Bang Khlan or Wat Hiranyaram 

Luangpho Ngoen was a very famous monk master. His image has been reputed for being the auspicious object of Phichit, especially, for protecting from harm. The votive tabletsof Luangpho Ngoen are in high demand among amulet experts. The interesting attraction in this Temple is the Nakhon Chai Bowon museum built in a form of a two-storemondop shape. On the upper floor is enshrined the life-like statue of LuangphoNgoen, a monk master who was much revered by the general public and used to stay at this temple. The lower level showcases artifacts; such as, Buddha images and earthenware. Open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Giant Siam Tulip Festival at Ban Khao Lon 

The Festival is held from July to September at the Khao Chet Luk Sub-district Administrative Organisation. Visitors can admire Siam tulips blossoming at the community forest and purchase OTOP products from every sub-district in AmphoeThapkhlo, see the Thai herbs exhibition from the community forest, try Food from the forest, and taste KhanomDok Din. 

Phra Phuttha Ket Mongkhon or Luangpho To Wat Taphan Hin Wat Thewaprasat 

Appreciate the beautiful characteristics with good proportion of thelargest Buddha image of Phichit, Phra Phuttha Ket Mongkhon or Luangpho To. The Buddha image in the attitude of giving blessings with a measurement of 20 metres wide across the lap and 30 metres high with a 4-metre high pedestal is made of reinforced concrete that was built in 1965 and finished in 1970. If travelling by train, visitors can easily notice the bright yellow image from a far distances a signal that they have already arrived in Phichit.

PhichitTraditional Long Boat Race

The traditional long boat race for the King Rama IX’s cup is divided into 3 categories: large long boat, medium long boat and small long boat. It comprises different boat parades, a replica of the royal barge procession, the royal celebration exhibitions and distinctive goods of the Pracharat project, products from every region at inexpensive prices, sepakTakrao competition, free concerts by famous artists, etc. The event annually takes place from the end of August to the beginning of September (the races are held on the first weekend of September for 10 days /10 nights). 

Tak Bat Thewo Rohana (Alms Offering Tradition) Festival at Wat Phraphutthabat Khao Sai 

The Festival is annually held in October for two days comprising the following activities:    

Day 1: 

The procession of the designated Buddha images for 7 days of the week in the morning.

Buddhist religious ceremony in the evening.

Day 2: 

It begins with the worshipping ritual including a variety of dance performances followed by the opening ceremony of the Khao Sai Sub-district Municipality.  

Bueng Si Fai 

Is Phichit province’s old swamp and the country’s third largest water source covering areas in 4 sub-districts; namely, Tambon ThaLuang, Tambon Khlong Khachen, Tambon Rong Chang, and Tambon Mueang Kao. Currently, it serves as a freshwater fish breeding source and a recreational place for the general public. Bueng Si Fai is considered to be the first Landmark of Phichit province.

Oka Nakorn Hotel

A pretty old and well worn hotel, but clean and staff are very helpful. There is a lift. An aircon room costs B350, and has hot water, TV and bar fridge with free drinking water. In the morning breakfast (included in the price) consists of rice soup and coffee - nothing flash but OK.  

The Nest Hotel 

This is a new hotel, opened at the start of June 2016. It is very modern and well appointed, and Reception are very helpful, although they do not speak English. However the Manager, Gaye, speaks excellent English, having studied overseas. The hotel has a lift. For B550 you get a decent aircon room with bar fridge and flat screen TV.

Breakfast,consisting of kow tom moo (rice porridge with pork), also a fruit platter as well as tea and coffee, is included in the price. The hotel has a restaurant, the "Goose Cafe and Bar" so you can also have lunch and dinner there. To get to here is a couple of kilometres from the bus station (see Get Around), so you can take a tuktuk or motorcycle taxi to here, (the motorcycle taxi will cost B60). Credit cards not accepted, but Management is organising with the bank to do this. To get to the bus station from here, you can organise this with Reception and they will phone a tuktuk. Also there are tuktuks close to the hospital to the right 300 metres at the 4 way intersection some 200 metres to the left of the hotel and they will charge B60.

There are several other hotels around this city, of varying standard.

There are a couple of restaurants, but not much action at night. Your best bet is at the market on the way to the bus station. All sorts of eats here, all written in Thai, but you can easily bluff your way around. A decent meal with a large bottle of Chang beer is B90.

There are plenty of street eat/restaurant stalls close to the hospital (see "get around")
 

Get in

Minibuses from Kamphaeng Phet leave the bus station there every 60/90 minutes, and take about two hours. They terminate at the in town bus station.

Get around

The bus station is at the edge of town, and there are tuktuks and motorcycle taxis there. Agree on the price before you hire.

The city itself can be walked around. There is one main shopping road, and two other roads effectively making the main part of the City a triangle.

From the bus station, go to the right as you face the front of it from inside the station, along a street where you will find several market stalls under one roof selling all sorts of eats during the day and evening. As you come to a main road, (about 2Km to the right of which is the Nest Hotel, and a couple of other hotels), cross over it and walk on past another market same as above, but not open at night. You will then be on the main city shopping road which is about 2Km long. A couple of hundred metres along is the Oka Nakhon Hotel. At the end of this road at a 4 way intersection, to the right is the second part of the triangle, and a Km or so along is the Hospital (on the right hand side), and then assorted restaurants/street eats on the left hand side. At the next 4 way intersection a couple of hundred metres further along - to the right (the third part of the triangle) a couple of Km is the bus station, and to the left on the other side of the road about 300 metres along is the Nest Hotel as well as a couple of other guest houses.

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