Sukhothai is a beautiful mixture of old and new Thai civilization with structures dating back to the days of Phra Ruang Dynasty when the country was called “Siam”, and this city was its capital. Beautifully preserved ruins of the older Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai cities are now the main tourist attractions and sources of great pride for locals. Many of the more frequented areas are meticulously restored and immaculately kept, but there are also many untouched ruins off the beaten path that make excellent photo ops.
- Ancient City Ruins of Sukhothai Muang Kao
- Sukhothai Historical Parkv
- Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
- Admire the giant Buddha statues at sunrise in the historical park
- Tour ruins and parks of Sukhothai by bicycle
- Sample local cuisine at the traditional market in New Sukhothai
Sukhothai has a dry season from November to February, but this tropical area has little temperature variation to distinguish one season from another. Highs usually hover around 30°C, and lows are in the mid to low 20s. May to October is the monsoon season, which brings torrential rains.
Getting There & Around
The nearest international airport is in Bangkok, some 427 km away, but short flights are available from Bangkok to Lampang, which is 147 km from Sukhothai. You can take a train or bus from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Either mode will take anywhere from five to seven hours.
Like most Thai cities, Sukhothai offers cheap public transit via songthaews and tuk-tuks.
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