Photo: Seated Buddha at Si Satchanalai.


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Serviced only by Bangkok Air, Sukhothai Airport is located only 28 kilometres south of Si Satchanalai Historical Park but public vans only run between the airport and Sukhothai.

See the Sukhothai travel section for more information on flying into the area.

Check domestic flight schedules and prices between Sukhothai and Bangkok
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From the main bus station in New Sukhothai, buses depart for Si Satchanalai at 06:40, 09:00, 11:00 and 11:30 for 45 baht and take an hour.

All but one of these ply the Sukhothai to Chiang Rai route, dropping passengers at a bus stop alongside Highway 101 -- head south and cross the bridge from here and then turn left to Chaliang and the homestays, or right to the historical park.

The last bus to Sukhothai picks up at around 15:00.

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There are a few ways to cover the 65 kilometres from Sukhothai if coming with your own vehicle. Our favourite is to take Highway 1113 north from Sukhothai Historical Park’s central zone, though you’ll need to cut right (east) on a back road at some point to link up to Highway 1201. There are no signs, so you’ll probably want smartphone maps or a GPS if going this way.

Another good option is to take Highway 1195 north out of New Sukhothai. This takes you through Sawankhalok, where you could stop at the National Museum before briefly cutting west on Highway 1048 and then turning right (north) on Highway 1201, which runs straight into Si Satchanlai Historical Park from the south.

The other option is to take Highway 101 north out of New Sukhothai and then turn left (west), following signs across the bridge to Si Satchanalai. This way is probably fastest but we don’t recommend it if coming on a motorbike, as it’s a fairly busy trucking route. If going this way, stop at Wat Sopharam to see the Sukhothai-style golden Buddha seated along the roadside near Sawankhalok -- it's huge!

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Getting around

Si Satchanalai Historical Park’s central area and the village around the Chaliang sites can both be easily covered on foot, but the whole area is rather spread out. You may want to rent a bicycle for 30 baht at either of the historical park’s gates, or bring a motorbike or car from Sukhothai.

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Where to next?

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

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