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This provincial capital, relatively free of modern development and tourist paraphernalia, features on few visitors’ itineraries. Nevertheless, the town’s location makes it a convenient staging post between the North Central Plains and Northern Thailand.

Uttaradit rose to prominence during the Sukhothai era, and just prior to the collapse of the kingdom at the end of the 13th century the town marked its northern border. Uttaradit’s most famous citizen was King Taksin, who was born here in the mid-18th century. He reunited Thailand after Myanmar sacked Ayutthaya in 1767. The town is made up of old teak buildings and narrow streets. The main temple of interest is Wat Tha Thanon, behind the train station. Inside is the Luang Pho Phet, a revered bronze Lanna Buddha.

To the west of Uttaradit is Wat Phra Boromathat, which is also known as Wat That Thung Yang. Its wihan is an example of the Lao Luang Prabang architectural style.

Uttaradit province is famous for the quality of its agricultural produce, particularly the langsat fruit.

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