Phitsanulok hosts two lively food festivals every year, once during the Western New Year period (Dec 25–Jan 1) and again at Songkhran, the Thai New Year (April 9–15). Almost every restaurant in town participates, selling their trademark dishes from special stalls set up along the east bank of the river, and there’s traditional Thai dance and other entertainments. In February, Phitsanulok honours the Phra Buddha Chinnarat with a week-long festival, which features likay folk-theatre performances and dancing Then, later in the year, on the third weekend of September, traditional longboat races are staged on the Nan River, in front of Wat Mahathat.

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