Photo: Standing Buddha at Wat Mahathat.

Wat Mahathat

Our rating:


Once the Sukhothai kingdom’s principle royal monastery, Wat Mahathat is now one of the most impressive ancient religious sites found anywhere in Thailand. Its ruins sprawl over a large chunk of land at the heart of the historical park’s central zone. Be sure to explore slowly enough to notice the delicate details enduring in the shadows of towering chedis, prangs and Buddha images.

Help us hold our breath. Donate to Travelfish today!
Click here for more information on how you can help.

Officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat (Monastery of the Great Sacred Royal Gem Chedi), this is one of many Thai temples with similar names -- another impressive site with the exact same name is found up in Si Satchanalai. It’s a name that always signifies utmost importance surrounding a large chedi where sacred relics are enshrined. By these standards, Sukhothai’s Wat Mahathat sets a high bar.

Keep an eye on the details. Photo taken in or around Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Keep an eye on the details. Photo: David Luekens

Surrounded by laterite walls and moats, the complex ebbs around a graceful chedi topped with a Sukhothai-style finial designed in the shape of a lotus bud. It’s believed that bones and ash from the historical Buddha’s body were brought from Sri Lanka and placed in the chedi’s ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

Get the full story.
Create an account.

Join Travelfish

Log in

Becoming a Travelfish subscriber costs A$35 for a year. Benefits include:
1) Full access to the site
2) 250+ PDF guides
3) Discount coupons
4) 50% off our travel planning service
5) And of course, our gratitude and a warm fuzzy feeling for helping us stay in business!

Book a flight, train, bus, taxi or ferry in Thailand with 12Go Asia

Popular attractions in Sukhothai

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Sukhothai.

Best places to stay in Sukhothai

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Sukhothai.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Sukhothai.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Sukhothai.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Sukhothai.
 Read up on how to get to Sukhothai, or book your transport online with 12Go Asia.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Sukhothai? Please read this.
 Buy a SIM card for Thailand—pick it up at the airport when you arrive.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Skip the queues!
Skip the queues!
Ad Book plane, train, bus & ferry tickets
with 12Go Asia.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Sukhothai that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Sukhothai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

Top of page