I'm not a very experienced cyclist, does it leisurely at the park. I'm probably only capable for rides scaled 1 on 5. How difficult / easy is it to cycle around Sukothai city, not just the istorical site.
#1 cubanmeow has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 6
It's easy -- very easy. Largely flat and not particularly chaotic traffic. Many opt to take a songtheaw out to the park and then hire a bicycle there.
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Thanks somtam2000. Do you know how much is it to get to Sukhothai from Phitsanulok (I'm coming from Bangkok by train) if I have my bicycle with me? I do not want to cycle there but prefer a songthaew. I asked the hotel and they are charging me 2000B for a private car!!!!
#3 cubanmeow has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 6
Well all the songthaews I saw in Phitsanulok were really small . Barely big enough for two people at a squeeze , and I would not like to travel the distance to Sukothai in one .
I would cycle to the Bus Station ,and travel through to Sukothai that way .
There are a lot of buses going between Phitsanulok and Sukhothai. As long as it's not rush hour, or the last bus of the day, it shouldn't be a problem for them to put your bike in the buses storage hold.
It's not far from the train station to the bus station in Phitsanulok. Walkable if you don't want to ride.
The trip from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai is about as flat as you can get just in case you feel like riding.
Also, when/if you get to the bus station, don't bother taking a songthaew into town. Ride your bike to your guest house.
It's 12km from Sukhothai to the historical park in Old Sukhothai. Again, completely flat.
DO NOT pay B2000 for a car. That's insane!!!
Do try to pop into Wat Phra Si Mahathat (Wat Yai), right on the Nan River beside the bridge that leads to Sukhothai. It's worth the stop if you're interested in Buddhas.
One more question to anyone who knows: How safe is it to travel with the bike on the trains? Do they issue a collection slip to avoid thefts? And how much do they charge for the bike?
#6 cubanmeow has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 6
I think you have to go through the special baggage office in Bangkok, and the fee is small. Having said that, I've seen people hop onto trains with their bikes (not in Bangkok), and watched porters just lean the bikes in the corridor near the storage bunks. No extra fee was collected. This only happened on trains that were not particularly full.
If it's going into a baggage car, make sure you've got it all locked up before taking your eyes off of it.
An excellent ride is from Old Sukhothai to Si Satchanalai. Also, from Nong Khai to Chiang Khan along the Mekong (or the other way). Magnificent riding!!!