Ruins of Si Satchanalai and Chaliang

Ruins of Si Satchanalai and Chaliang

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The ruins of Si Satchanalai and Chaliang include a central historical park along with a couple of outlying archaeological sites and related attractions set near tranquil villages. While not quite as impressive as the ruins found in Sukhothai, Si Satch’s ruins can make for a more rewarding experience thanks to a quieter and more intimate atmosphere. Read on to make the most of them.

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Put your exploring shoes on. Photo by: David Luekens.
Put your exploring shoes on. Photo: David Luekens

You can pay 220 baht for a combined ticket to the central historical park plus the archaeological site at Chaliang’s Wat Chom Chuen and the Thuriang kilns. Each of these cost 100 baht if paying separately, while Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat charges its own 20 baht entrance fee in Chaliang.

Si Satchanalai Historical Park The actual historical park mainly covers the ruins of Si Satchanalai, a name that was coined when the Sukhothai kingdom took over in the mid-1200s. Most of the sites found here, including Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo, Wat Chang Lom and a pair of hilltop temples, were constructed during the Sukhothai period on land that was probably forest or farm when the Khmer were based at Chaliang. The park opened in 1988 and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.

At Wat Chang Lom. Photo by: David Luekens.
At Wat Chang Lom. Photo: David Luekens

Located within the confines of the ancient city walls, the park’s central section also has several smaller sites spread over a tree-lined area free of motorised traffic. Two hours is enough to see all of the highlights here, though you could easily lose half a day if you prefer to take it slowly. Less than a kilometre further west off Highway 1201, the park also oversees several minor sites, including Wat Phaya Dam, which are free ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo
Wat Chedi Chet Thaeo

Stunning statues

Wat Chom Chuen archaeological site
Wat Chom Chuen archaeological site

A glimpse of the distant past

Thuriang Kilns
Thuriang Kilns

Ancient ceramics centre

Wat Chang Lom
Wat Chang Lom

The elephant temple

Wat Phaya Dam
Wat Phaya Dam

An outlying site

Wat Chao Chan
Wat Chao Chan

Echoes of the Bayon