After having gained an additional day for leaving Sukhothai province early, I decided to take a day trip up one of the prettiest routes in the area. Highway 12 steadily goes up the hills and mountains east of Phitsanulok and it’s been a few years since I drove up here. It’s a pretty area with waterfalls and forests, resorts and plenty of shopping and eating places along the way. Wat Phra That Chon Kaeo in the province of Phetchabun was our destination for the day. It is a very very busy temple, with lots of Thai tourists and worshippers around, but also plenty to see and explore, along with having lunch with a view over the mountains of Phetchabun.