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“A wonderful complement to the ruins at Sukhothai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Sukhothai, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 21 attractions in Sukhothai
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
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Owner description: Located on the banks of the Yom River, the ruins of this ancient town that was formerly called “Muang Chaliang” contains more than 134 monuments from the past.
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“A wonderful complement to the ruins at Sukhothai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

These ruins are more sparse than those at Sukhothai, and less visited, but their grandeur is awe-inspiring, probably even more so because we were nearly alone as we walked through them.

Visited December 2012
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“like Sukhothai, less people”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Si Satchanalai is another set of ruins about an hour north of Sukhothai by bus. The site has a number of ruins surrounded by a wall with roads traversing the area much like Sukhothai. The quality of the ruins is as good or better than Sukhothai and there are far fewer people. Rent bikes (30 baht) where the bus drops you off for the 1.5 mile ride to the site. You can also rent bikes at the entrance but it's a long walk from the bus stop. Plan on spending a 2-3 hours, be sure to be back before the 4pm last bus back to Sukhothai. The bus was nearly an hour late when we visited so you may want to catch an earlier one if possible.

Visited December 2012
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“Well worth half a day to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Much smaller than Sukhothai Historical Park, but beautiful and well worth the 1+ hr ride up from New Sukhothai. I was a bit pressed for time, so at the suggestion of my guest house's owner I rented a motorbike rather than taking a tour. This was a great way to see the park. It was - refreshingly - not nearly as crowded as Sukhothai. Two hours was enough time to see it all and get some great photos.

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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We just came back from visiting the park. It is not Angkor Wat or Sukhothai, but unique in its own. The grounds are expansive and relatively well kept. It is more natural and rustic and a lot less crowded. Very quiet and serene, comparing to Sukhothai.

The wats are not in good shape but impressive regardless. There is a bit hiking and stair climbing to see some wats. It is particularly harder in hot days, so be prepared. We took a good 3 hours to cover the area. I imagine it would be longer to bike around. Luckily for us, we arrived by private car, so that made it easy for us to go around. But we saw that there were bicycles for rent.

Overall, we loved it. Our hotel was near the airport so it didn't take too long to get to Si Satchanalai. Just about 40 min. It will be further if you were to come from Sukhothai. My recommendation, however, is if you have extra time to spend, it s worth it. But if you don't, it is quite out of the way from Sukhothai and will not be worthwhile.

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“Worth a 2 hour stop en route...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stopped off for a couple of hours en route from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai. A 8am when the parkmopens it is empty and atmospheric. However the ruins are not as well preserved at Sukhothai and there is not as much to see, so not sure I would make a day trip of it - particularly if it meant arriving in the peak midday heat. Worth a detour, yes.
Wat Pra SrinRatanan Maharat Chaliang is the most impressive wat.

Visited November 2012
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