right in the heart of the country some 346 kilometres
from Bangkok, Phetchabun borders on three regions,
the North, the Central and the Northeast. The
central part of the province is on the Pa Sak
river basin with mountain ranges running along
both the western and eastern sectors. Because
of the fertility of the land, Phetchabun has always
been an agriculturally productive area. The very
name of the province actually means the land of
crops and foods.
Today, Phetchabun is a province
with rich tourism potential. Its climate is pleasant
due to the mountainous and forested areas and
it has a history of richness and prosperity for
more than 1,400 years.
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
old and important community of Northern Thailand,
Phrae was founded after Chiang Mai had been established
as the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom. With
one of the largest reserves of teak forests in
the country, it is located on the banks of the
Yom River, 555 kilometres from Bangkok.
Covering an area about 6, 538
square kilometres and surrounded on all sides
by mountains with level plains in the middle,
Phrae is administratively divided into the following
districts: Muang, Sung Men, Den Chai, Long, Wang
Chin, Song, Rong Kwang and Nong Muang Khai.
in the 13th century, Sukhothai (literally means
“Dawn of Happiness” ) was the first
truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed
a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, credited
with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples
and monuments of this great city have been lovingly
restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travellers.
Sukhothai is located on the lower
edge of the northern region, 427 kilometres north
of Bangkok or some 350 kilometres south of Chiang
Mai. The province covers some 6,596 square kilometres
and is divided into 8 Amphoes (districts): Muang
Sukhothai, Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Khiri Mat, Kong Krailat,
Sawankhalok, Si Nakhon, Si Samrong, Si Satchanalai
and Thung Saliam.
is a northern province covering an area of 16,406
largely mountainous square kilometres. The provincial
capital is 426 kilometres north of Bangkok, and
is situated on the Ping river basin. To the west,
the border touches on Myanmar demarcated by mountain
ranges and the Moei River.
Administratively, Tak is divided
into the following districts: Muang Tak, Ban Tak,
Sam Ngao, Mae Sot, Mae Ramat, Tha Song Yang, Umphang,
Phop Phra and Wang Chao.