Photo: At Wat Chang Lom.

Overview of Sukhothai Historical Park

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From the 13th to 15th centuries, Thai artists of the Sukhothai kingdom added to religious sites that were first established centuries earlier by the Mon and Khmer of Dvaravati and Lavo, resulting in fascinating layers of religious art. Drawing steady streams of travellers all year round, the ruins are now featured as part of the UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park.

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Opened to the public in 1988, the park contains 193 historical sites, including the remains of 26 monasteries, spread over 70 square kilometres altogether. While most of these consist of little more than a crumbling base or lopsided chedi, around a dozen key sites rank Sukhothai among Southeast Asia’s top historical destinations. Read on to get a lay of the land.

Approaching Wat Si Sawai. Photo taken in or around Overview of Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Approaching Wat Si Sawai. Photo: David Luekens

Zones of history The park is divided into three main zones: central, northern and western. Each costs 100 baht per person for foreigners, plus 10 baht for a bicycle, 30 baht for a motorbike and 50 baht for a car. All visitors hit the central zone and most pop up to a couple of sites in the northern zone. Fewer make it to the more remote western zone, and only the most dedicated hit outlying sites in the east and south.

The central zone Rimmed by the old city moats, the central zone is by far the largest and most popular of the three zones. At its heart sprawls Wat Mahathat, arguably the most impressive site in Sukhothai. You’ll find a handful of other worthwhile sites, such as Wat Si Sawai and Wat Sa Si, along with wide ponds, well-groomed hedges and the snaking branches of rain trees. This is the section of the historical park that actually feels ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Overview of Sukhothai Historical Park
Central zone is open Sun-Fri 06:30-19:00, Sat 06:30-21:00. Northern zone is open daily 07:30-17:30.
Admission: 100B

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