This is one of the places most remembered for the number of Thai tourists also visiting - particularly as we were there on a Sunday. There were groups of families and young people sitting around on the grass eating picnic lunches - families riding their bicycles together - young couples - and lots of other families and groups visiting a significant historical location.
Fondest memory: We saw one family time and time again - a mum and her 3 children - all of whom were so friendly and welcoming - and the youngest was getting used to riding on 2 wheels! Lovely to see Thai people/families out enjoying leisure activities, as we are so accustomed to seeing how hard these people work.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: The loos at the main shop-restaurant area near Wat Mahathat were very clean - pay 4Bt to visit. I found it a bit offputting to be in there using the toilet while there were male cleaners outside the door mopping and doing general cleaning maintenance! Desperation and bustingness override modesty though! We had a good laugh afterwards.
Below is a link to a useful map so that you can get your bearings before you get there. You can pick up maps when you hire bicycles from just outside the park entrance, which will be useful when you're touring around.
Located in Northern Thailand. The ancient capital city of Thailand. I've more photos in my travelogue page (http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.160160/article/93/1/?s=n); For more informations, please download the pdf documents.
Favorite thing: The Sukhothai Historical Park has been set up by Thai Government and UNESCO a few years ago. Before then, the ruins were very dangerous to visit, while now the whole area is perfectly kept and the park is a very pleasant place. You'll need a bicycle if you want to see most of the ruins, as they are scattered around. The vegetation is also very green and lush. Be careful for the heat; when I was there it was 46 C in the shadow and very humid.
Favorite thing: Some of the ruins have a 3D plan of what the temple would have looked like had it still be intact today. This gives a great insight as to what the layout of the temple would've been like.