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Sukhothai in a day

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It’s possible to hit all of the key sites in Sukhothai Historical Park’s central, northern and western zones -- plus a little something extra -- in a single day by bicycle. Follow our suggested route to ensure that you keep backtracking to a minimum.

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Starting as early as possible on Jarod Vithithong Road to the east of the central zone, stop by Wat Traphang Thong before popping into Ramkamhaeng National Museum to learn about the history of Sukhothai and see some of its finest pieces of art. Afterwards, head over to one of the nearby bicycle rental shops and pedal over to the central zone’s main eastern gate.

Get ahead at the National Museum. Photo taken in or around Sukhothai in a day, Sukhothai, Thailand by David Luekens.

Get ahead at the National Museum. Photo: David Luekens

After buying your first 100-baht ticket of the day, cruise straight west and make a quick stop at Wat Chana Songkhram before hitting the star of the central zone: Wat Mahathat. Pause as you approach and notice the grand scale of the complex from afar. Ditch your bike at the ancient gate and wander slowly among the many Buddha images and chedis -- and don’t overlook the details.

Pedal southwest from Wat Mahathat to check out Wat Si Sawai, a site that displays the strongest Khmer influence of any in Sukhothai. Strike northwest from here to stop by a moat-side pavilion placed beneath the spooky branches of rain trees. Breeze through Wat Traphang Ngoen -- and don’t miss the walking Buddha off to the side -- before turning back east to the footbridge that leads across a large pond to Wat ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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