the dawn of happiness
The capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries - and it's such a wonderful maagical place. The name means 'the dawn of happiness', and all I can say is that the name can perfectly express my feelings while I was visiting there. Wat Mahahat is possibly the most famous sight - other places not to miss are: Wat Si Savai, which looks like a hindu temple a bit, and Wat Si Chum, where the big buddha is.
Admission to the archaelogical park is 50 baht, and 40 to wat si chum outside the main complex.
Dry season and fleas
We encountered some problems with fleas in Sukhothai - which we were subsequently told is a problem during the dryer weather there. So, if you have a repellent which covers these little bities, as well as the usual mosquitoes, its ideal.
Tuktuks as always
Indeed, like in most Thai cities, you can also find tuktuks in Sukhotai. There are different from those in Bangkok. Here, the driver is seated behind you! So, in case of an accident, you're the first one to go ;-))
The drivers are pretty careful. Because the tuktuk is completely open, it can get a bit chilly during night.
Sukhothai Historical Park
The Sukhothai Historical Park covered an area of 70 square kms.It separated to 5 parts; the Inner part,the Eastern outer part,the Western outer part,the Northern outer part and the southern outer part.The Inner part surrounded with triple city moats.There're 4 city gates ;Kam Paeng Hak gate(East),Namo gate (South),Or gate (West) and Sarn Luang gate (North).Some interesting places in the Inner part 're National Museum,Mahathat temple,Sri Sawai temple,Sra Sri temple. For the Eastern outer part,there're Trapang Thonglang temple and Chang Lom temple. The Western outer part, there 're Tuk temple,Tevalai Kasetpiman shrine,Tapanhin temple,Mangkorn temple,... This area also located the ancient dam name Sareedpong as themain resorvoir for Sukhothai people in the past. The Northern outer part,there 're Phra Pai Luang temple,Sri Chum temple,Pottery Kilns and Tourism Service Center. And the southern outer part,there 're Chetupon temple and Chedi See Hong temple.
Admission fee : 40 Baht (inner part)/30 Baht(for each temples in the outer part).For Car, plus 50 Baht. The ticket 150 Baht ( covering Sukhothai Hist. Park, Srisachanalai Hist. Park, Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and Sawanvaranayok National Museum ).
Tram service 's available at the entrance.
From New Sukhothai , take a 2 row bus or minibus via Muang Kao . The terminal ‘s on the west of town , cross the bridge and walk for 200 metres. Departs every 10 minutes from 6.00-17.30 hrs. About 5 baht /person.
Yes indeed, if you come to Sukhothai by plane, you will be very surprised to discover the airport! I had the feeling that I was in the middle of a park! It is really fantastic how they integrated the airport in the rest of the environment.
Bangkok Airways flies daily to Sukhothai. The flight takes about 1h10.