Photo: Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai.


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Located 30 kilometres north of New Sukhothai off Highway 1195, Sukhothai Airport is serviced by a couple of daily flights with Bangkok Airways via Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Public minibuses run between the airport and New Sukhothai for 180 baht per person.

In addition, AirAsia and Nok Air offer daily “fly and ride” tickets that include a minibus ride to/from Phitsanulok Airport, located 65 kilometres east of New Sukhothai. The meeting point for Nok Air is Pai Sukhothai Resort, while a travel office near the bus station called Sukhothai Celadon is AirAsia’s meeting point. Both of these budget carriers use Don Muang Airport in Bangkok.

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The nearest train station is in Phitsanulok, 60 kilometres east of Sukhothai. After arriving it’s a straightforward matter of catching a tuk tuk to the bus station and transferring to a Sukhothai-bound minibus or regular bus.

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Sukhothai’s bus terminal is located off Highway 101, a few kilometres northwest of the bridge in New Sukhothai. The arrival situation is far more orderly than it used to be, with tuk tuk fares clearly posted in English. Drivers charge 60 baht to most guesthouses in New Sukhothai and 150 baht to Old Sukhothai.

Sample fares include:

Bangkok (Morchit): Multiple hourly departures run from 07:50 to 14:00, with another at 17:00 and at least a dozen more from 20:00 to 22:40. Second class costs around 250 baht and first class is priced at around 310 baht. The ride takes seven hours, with stops in Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya, among others.
Chiang Mai: Second-class buses depart at least once an hour from 06:00 to 15:00 and again at 18:00 for around 200 baht. First-class buses depart at 12:00, 23:00 and 02:00 for 266 baht. A VIP bus departs at 01:30 for 374 baht. The trip takes six hours.
Chiang Rai: Departs at 06:40, 09:00 and 11:30 for 230 baht and takes seven to eight hours. Also services Si Satchanalai and Phrae.
Kamphaeng Phet: Blue songthaews depart hourly from 09:30 to 16:00 for 65 baht and take 1.5 hours. Many Bangkok-bound buses also stop in Kamphaeng Phet after swinging through Phitsanulok.
Khon Kaen: Second-class buses depart at 11:30 and 13:30 for 220 baht. First-class buses depart at 10:30, 21:30 and 0:30 for 284 baht. VIP buses depart at 19:50, 21:45 and 0:00 for 350 baht. The trip takes six to seven hours.
Mae Sot: Minibuses depart at 09:15, 10:15, 13:15, 15:15 and 16:15 for 130 baht and take three to four hours. A regular bus departs at 01:30 for 176 baht.
Mukdahan: VIP buses depart at 19:30 and 21:00 for 476 baht and take around 10 hours.
Nan: A second-class bus departs at 15:00 for 176 baht and takes seven hours.
Phitsanulok: Minibuses depart hourly from 08:00 to 16:00 for 39 baht and take an hour. Most Bangkok-bound buses also stop in Phitsanulok.
Si Satchanalai: One daily bus from Bangkok picks up in Sukhothai at 11:00 and terminates in Si Satchanalai. All Chiang Rai-bound buses also stop in Si Satchanalai for 45 baht. The trip takes an hour.
Tak: Minibuses depart hourly from 08:00 to 17:00 for 53 baht and take 1.5 hours. Mae Sot-bound buses also stop in Tak.

Some long-distance buses operated by Win Tour and the 999 government transport company also pick up at a couple of shophouse bus stops on Jarod Vithithong Road in Old Sukhothai, within easy walking distance from the historical park.

Fares include:

Bangkok (Morchit): At the 999 office, a first-class bus departs at 07:30 for 319 baht, and second-class buses depart at 08:15 and 20:00 for 250 baht. At the Win Tour office, first-class buses depart at 08:20 and 21:50 for 310 baht, and a VIP bus departs at 12:20 for 374 baht.
Chiang Mai: At the 999 office, second-class buses depart at 07:30, 08:30, 10:30, 13:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 23:00, and a first-class bus departs at 12:00. At the Win Tour office, second-class buses depart at 06:50, 09:50, 12:10 and 14:00.

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Private taxi and van services can be arranged through guesthouses in Sukhothai. Expect to pay 1,000 to 1,500 baht for a one-way ride to Si Satchanalai, Phitsanulok or Kamphaeng Phet, and around 4,500 baht to Chiang Mai. These can also be arranged for round-trip tours.

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Getting around

Large public songthaews continually run between Old Sukhothai and New Sukhothai from 06:30 to 17:00 for 30 baht. They pick up at a stop found west of the bridge and just west of Poo Restaurant on Jarod Vithithong Road in New Sukhothai, and in front of the eastern gate of the historical park’s central zone in Old Sukhothai. You can also flag them down as they pass.

Tuk tuks and motorised trishaws are readily available all over Sukhothai. Expect to pay around 50 baht for a short ride and 150 baht from New Sukhothai to the historical park. They can also be arranged for tours of the ruins, and many of the drivers can speak some English.

Single-gear pushbikes can be rented at practically every guesthouse for 50 baht and at the eastern gate to the historical park’s central zone. Motorbikes can be rented at most guesthouses and resorts for 200 to 300 baht. A motorbike and car rental shop is also located a couple of hundred metres west of the bus station on the access road from Highway 101. Otherwise both New Sukhothai and Old Sukhothai are conducive to walking.

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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.

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