After relaxing among beautiful mountains, waterfalls and caves in the green and quiet Pai
), it's time to start our trip towards Bangkok
First stop: Sukhothai
is a small town (35,713 inhabitants) in northern Thailand
. It was the capital of the homonymous province during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and it has become a popular destination thanks to the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai
. In fact, its name means "the dawn of happiness".
The modern city was founded around the end of the eighteenth century by King Rama I
, after the devastation suffered by the ancient one during the Burmese invasions
that caused the destruction of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya
The historical park is now managed by the Department of Fine Arts of Thailand
under the supervision of UNESCO
which in 1991
declared it a World Heritage Site
. Nowadays it is visited by thousands of tourists every year.Sukhothai
is divided into the old city and the new city. We recommend staying in the new one where most of the hotels are located. We choose to stay at Happy Guesthouse 2
: a double room for THB 200 - about € 6.
In the morning we take a shared taxi, on the main road opposite the Seven eleven
, for 30 THB. After about half an hour, we arrive in the historical park of Sukhothai
where we rent a bike for 30 THB and so we start to visit the park.
The park entrance is 100 Bath plus 10 Bath for the bike.
The whole park is enclosed in a rectangle and is surrounded by 3 circles of walls that served as protection for the Burmese
and Khmer invasions
was built around the main temple of Wat Mahathat
. The relics of the Lord Buddha
are believed to have been placed in this temple.
We continue to ride among the other remains: Ta Pha daeng Shrine
, Wat Si Sawat
, Wat Sa Si
, Wat Saphan Hin
In the east, outside the walls, is Wat Tra Phang Thong Lang
. To the north: Wat Phra Phai Luang
, Wat Si Chum, Tao Thu Riang
. To the south: Wat Chetuphon
We decide to visit only the main historical park, the one inside the walls. Indeed, the entrance to each area is 100 Bath plus 10 Bath for the bike. Otherwise, there is a pass that encloses all areas at a cost of 350 Bath.
If you want to visit all the ruins, we recommend going early in the morning. We take around 3 hours to visit the park. It's really nice to cycle in the middle of ruins and vegetation, far from the traffic jam. In addition, the bike creates the perfect breeze that gives us a little breath from the heat.
If you want to discover remains of temples also in Ayutthaya read the following article: