The best and almost the only way to see the Sukhothai Park is by bicycle . We took a cab to the park and right across the street is a bike rental shop. It cost 20 Bht for the day . It took us about 3 hours to finish our tour. They have washrooms and sell water!!
We took the local bus out to the old city and Historical Park, for 14Bt each way - comfy enough and good way to rub shoulders and smile a lot at the locals - as well as have a chat to tourists. They run all day at very regular intervals, and there are plenty of places to catch them either way.
Since trains don't run to Sukhothai the bus is the answer. We travelled from Chaing Mai on a 2nd class bus , It was great ,air condtioning and very comfortable, only 200 bht . I highly recommend it. It is 5 hours from Chaing Mai.
No need to make reservations ...there are tons of buses.
The airport at Suhkothai is apparently very new, and built by Bangkok Airways. It was a beautiful little place, with gardens, and a lovely cultural reflection of the location - right down to the uniforms worn by the staff! Just lovely, and worth a plane ride to see it!
Transfer to town, plus accommodation advice and bookings both easily attained at the airport as well.
My husband was really on the ropes during our last holiday - for his transport promises! We took the bus from Sukhothai to Phitsanulok - promise for a first class bus - which one is it? Not sure - see pics. There is a vast difference between the bus standards, which doesn't usually matter a lot. I was actually more amused by the jackhammer deal going on at the counter. Very little (or no meaningful) Thai - jackhammer thumping - we didn't even know where to wait - let alone what our transport looked like!
From Bangkok to Sukhotai, the easiest way is by plane. There are daily connections, made by Bangkok Airways. The flight time is about 1h10. Don't forget to have a look at the beautiful Sukhotai airport when arriving ( see 'must see tip)
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.
For just 20b for the whole day a bike has to be the best way to get around Sukothai historical park - especially if you want to visit the more remote temples like Wat Saphan Hin. There is usually somwhere to lock the bike up ( lock being included in price).
If you’re planning a trip around Sukhothai and you’re able bodied, get off your ass and rent a bicycle. You’ll find it’s a much more rewarding way of seeing the sites and great to help offset all the carbon you’ve created just getting there. It’s a pretty easy ride around too cause there aren’t many hills. You’ll find plenty of bike shops as soon as you get to the old city. They should set you back less than a buck as well! No excuse for traveling any other way!
The historical park of sukhthai is huge, so it makes sense to rent a bike to visit it. All guesthouses in old sukhothai rent them for 20 bath a day. There is also the possibility of seeing the park by bus or tourist toy-train, but it really doesn't make sense since you won't have the choice of sights to see, nor the time you want. by bice it's very easy to cycle around nasty corwds and loud tour buses