|Location||Around 400 kilometers from Capital Bangkok|
|Accessibility||Through Bangkok and Chiang Mai|
|Accommodation||Hotels and forest retreats available|
Sukhothai with it's neighborhood destinations has been luring the tourists. Particularly for wildlife lovers and history buffs, the site has lot to offer.
Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park or Meuang Kao designated a world heritage site by UNESCO, is made for the lovers of history and architecture. The capital of the ancient Sukhothai kingdom hosts elegant ruins, which tell the tales of the grand achievements of their makers. Visit the Park and listen to the whisper of the remains of the great kingdom.
Several attractions, located out of the periphery of the Historical Park, lure the tourists. These are in no way less than the shrines and structures housed outside the complex. Most important of these structures is Wat Chang Lom, comprising a Sri Lankan inspired chedi supported buttresses. Other prominent structures are Wat Phra Phai Luang, Wat Saphan Hin, Wat Chetuphon and Wat Si Chum.
Sri Satchanalai Historical Park
Viceroys of the former capital governed from Sri Satchanalai, located at 50 kilometers from Sukhothai. The historic site, which houses elegant ruins within it's 800 acre complex, was always considered Sukhothai's twin city.
Ramkhamhaeng National Park (Khao Luang)
The National Park, home of several animal and bird species, has become very popular among the tourists. After a journey in the bygone era in the historical parks, one can, for a change, go to the National Park and enjoy the lush surroundings, hearing the screeching calls of the animals and birds.
Sri Satchanalai National Park (Pa Kha)
Home of more than 70 species of birds, Sri Satchanalai National Park also holds some stunning natural places. Holding several mysterious caves, bubbling waterfalls and picturesque vantage points, the popularity of the Park has continuously grown.
The museum holds art objects and antiques excavated in Sukhothai and Sri Satchanalai historical parks. Objects obtained from ancient places like Kampaeng Phet, Phetchabun and Phichi are also kept in the museum.
Sukhothai's historical importance lies in it's being the capital of the first capital of Thailand. Coming to existence in the 13th and 14th centuries, it holds the cluster of fine monuments, which are the glistening examples of the first Thai architectural style.
The site was designated a world heritage site in 1991.
Modern town of Sukhothai is just 12 kilometers away from the historical one. One can use it as a base for making excursions to nearby places of wildlife and historical importance, for the town has good accommodation and dining facilities.
|Summer||March to May|
|Rainy||June to September|
|Winter||October to February|
|Best Time to Visit||October to February|
How To Reach
Various means of reaching Sukhothai are as mentioned:
Nearest airport is Amphur Sawankhalok, about 30 kms from the town. Air services operate to and from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Trains run from Bangkok to Phitsanulok, nearest railway station. Then one can take a bus for Sukhothai.
Buses ply between Bangkok and Sukhotai. Bus services also operate for tourist destinations of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen. One can also hire a car for reaching the town.
Vehicles like songathew ply between New Sukhotai and the nearby tourist attractions. However, it is advisable to hire own car if one wants to do the destinations in complete leisure and comfort.
Accommodation & Dining
New Sukhotai has inexpensive yet comfortable guesthouses and hotels. High-end accommodation is also available. Nice meals, snacks and drinks are available. Bars and pubs entertain the visitors even after evening.