Once an important satellite city of the ancient Sukhothai kingdom in north-central Thailand, the ruins of Si Satchanalai lie some 60 kilometres up the Yom River from modern “new” Sukhothai, and a day trip to Si Satch (as it’s known to locals) offers a more low-key atmosphere for exploring the ruins in your own way. Here’s how to do Si Satch in a day out of ... Read more about Thailand's Si Satchanalai in a day .
The park's quieter, more remote atmosphere adds a particular tranquility that's similar to the western zone of Sukhothai historical park. Si Satchanalai historical park is no more than one third of the size of Sukhothai, but it's completely surrounded by forests with the swift Yom River cutting directly northeast of the park. One of the unexpected highlights are the thousands of white cranes ... Read more about Si Satchanalai Historical Park .
With its majestic Khmer-built spire, massive stone Buddha image, smaller Buddha sculptures sheltered by the hoods of nagas, and a striking Khmer stucco carving of Avolokitesvara's face that's similar to those found at the Bayon in Cambodia's Angkor, Wat Si is probably Si Satchanalai's most impressive single site. It remains a working temple and there's a more modern Thai wihaan with an ... Read more about Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Chaliang .
It is there you can walk on a footbridge over excavated human skeletons from between the third and 11th centuries AD, which rest some seven to eight metres below ground level. Wat Choem Chuen itself was a small temple constructed later during the Sukhothai period, and today it features little more than a few stone columns and a small shrine area. The fee for both the ruins and the ... Read more about Wat Choem Chuen archaelogical site .
While some are little more than a few stones in a field, an excavation site at Ban Ko Noi allows visitors to peer down on ancient kiln sites where centuries' old pottery, some of it still fully intact, can be seen just as it was left by ancient hands. Admission is 30 baht, and it's a lovely ride to get there past charming stilted homes and sleepy temples. If you would like to see more ... Read more about Thuriang Kilns .