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Sukhothai

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  • Sukhothai Historic Park
    4.5 stars

    From imposing chedis and shrines, to stunning Buddha images and ancient art, to tranquil laterite ruins surrounded by forest, Sukhothai is most certainly on Thailand's shortlist of must-see destinations for historically inclined travellers. Although a total of 193 ruins are found on 70 square ... read more

  • Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
    3 stars

    It's a good place to begin or end your tour of the ruins and provides a more rounded picture of what Sukhothai was really like centuries ago. The 150 baht price tag, however, is slightly over the top, so you could skip it if pinching your baht. The imposing white museum is located just east ... read more

  • Wat Mahathat
    4.5 stars

    The complex was once walled in and surrounded by a moat, and the rambling enclosure contains almost 200 chedis, the tallest of which is a lotus-bud chedi at the temple's centre that was rebuilt by King Lo Thai in the mid-14th century to hold Buddha relics — a hair and a neckbone fragment ... read more

  • Wat Si Chum
    4 stars

    The impressive mondop houses a massive Buddha almost touching the ground in the subduing Mara pose with a mesmerising set of tapered fingers, each of which are as tall as a full grown person. The image is 11 metres across at the waist and the walls of the mondop are three metres thick. As you ... read more

  • Wat Si Sawai
    3 stars

    Architecturally it resembles other regional Khmer monuments such as those at Phimai in northeast Thailand and Angkor in Cambodia. During the Sukhothai era the temple was adapted into a Buddhist monument and the stone pillars out front would have supported the ceiling of a main wihaan Dhamma ... read more

  • Wat Trapang Ngoen
    3 stars

    Although there's not a whole lot to see, a well preserved Buddha image is found at the back of what would have been an enclosed temple, and there's a small but magnificent walking Buddha off to one side. Trapang Ngoen means silver lake, a reference to the large pond with an island reachable by ... read more

  • Wat Sa Si
    3 stars

    Apart from the large Sri Lankan-style mounded chedi and walking Buddha in Sukhothai style, there's not a whole lot to see here, but it's popular with children who like to feed the fish in the ponds.

  • Wat Phra Phai Luang
    2 stars

    It's believed to be one of the oldest complexes in the park, although many additions were added long after the Khmers had moved on. Originally a Hindu shrine, this wat was second in importance to Wat Mahathat after it became a Buddhist temple during the Sukhothai era. Of the three original ... read more

  • Wat Saphan Hin
    3.5 stars

    Two kilometres to the west of the main park in the western zone, Wat Saphan Hin translates to "temple of the stone bridge", and was named after the raised stone walkway that rises from the ground to meet the large standing Buddha image perched on a hill some 300 metres high. When walking up the ... read more

  • Bicycle Tours
    3.5 stars

    Cycling Sukhothai offers some interesting half-day tours that lead cyclists through the countryside outside of Sukhothai, with stops at lesser known Buddhist temples and long rides along roads rimmed in paddy. They offer a countryside morning tour, a sunset tour and a historical park tour, and ... read more


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