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Ayutthaya or Sukhotai?

  • robbo

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    Hi somtam 2000! Love your work!! Hope you can enlighten us.
    As we are going to Laos in October and to Thailand in November, we are trying to work out our trip. At the moment the Thailand trip is crammed:
    We arrive Chiang Mai 31 October; Sukhotai 10th Nov.; Ayutthaya 14th Nov.; Kanchanaburi 17th Nov; Hua Hin 21st Nov.; Bangkok 26th Nov. flying back to Sydney Australia on 30th November.
    Does this sound ok to you? We thought perhaps you could recommend which of either Sukhothai or Ayutthaya we could delete. We are 60, can just bicycle to get around and are ok to walk but not climb mountains. We would appreciate your advice. Thanks

    #1 Posted: 23/5/2006 - 15:21

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi robbo,

    Welcome to Travelfish and glad you like the site!

    hmmm, hard choice -- they're both great destinations in their own right, but if I had to choose one, I'd probably go for Sukhoithai -- it is better preserved and the cycling is great -- all flat!

    The main difference between the two is Sukhothai town is well removed from the ruins, which are all maintained in a large park. In Ayutthaya there is a park as well, but it intermingles with the town -- this intermingling has its advantages and disadvantages -- traffic being one of the main bummers. If you're after easy riding around a large, well shaded park, then Sukhothai is the one for you.

    Hope that helps!

    #2 Posted: 23/5/2006 - 18:06

  • exacto

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    I'd hate to see the Sukhothai/Ayutthaya visits be an either/or option. I agree with Somtam that the ruins at Sukhothai are far removed from the modern town, giving it a fantastic other worldly atmosphere. It is flat and great for leisurely bicycle touring. Based on what you wrote, it is a good recommendation for your first choice.

    But Ayutthaya is a worthy visit too, even if only for a few hours. Perhaps you could might enjoy stopping off on your way, and hiring a tuk tuk to take you around the ruins for a few hours too. Between that and the Historical Center Museum, hopefully you could enjoy just a brief visit, save time, yet not feel like you are missing out on this UNESCO World Heritage Site. When I lived in Bangkok, my friends would routinely make day trips to Ayutthaya and not feel like they were missing out. I hope this helps. Have a great trip.

    #3 Posted: 24/5/2006 - 03:21

  • robbo

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    Dear Somtam and Exacto,
    Thanks very much for your kind advice. We will heed both of you and stay in Sukhothai, making sure we travel to Ayutthaya from Bankok for a day. This sounds wonderful! More questions will undoubtedly follow.
    Best wishes

    #4 Posted: 24/5/2006 - 15:58

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