Sukhothai Historical Park
Sukhothai Historical Park
4.5
About
The park comprises the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist temples, the city gates, walls, moats and the water dyke control system of ancient Sukhothai, the capital of the Sukhothai kingdom from the 14th century.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
See what travelers are saying
  • Gala M
    4 contributions
    A very pleasant trip
    A great trip with my family with wonderful historical statues of Bhudda and an amazing flora and fauna. Also, it's great that it's a free natural park. I especially reccommend it if you can borrow a little truck (which you can drive yourself) if you don't wanna spend 4-5 hours visiting the park. In front of the park there is a guest house renting little minitrucks at a very good price. It's an amazing experience, a total must try.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Babita Baruah
    Bangkok, Thailand57 contributions
    A memorable visit
    A very memorable visit indeed. We drove down to the park and rented an electric buggy. 300 baht for an hour. They also arrange entrance tickets to the park. The park only allows bicycles and these electric cars. They have to be self driven which is very easy. The park has the remains of the powerful Sukhotai kingdom which is a UNESCO site. Extremely clean and well maintained. There are food and drinks stalls outside the park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Angela G
    3 contributions
    Definitely worth a visit!
    Not very frequented by foreign tourists and it's a shame because it is of extraordinary beauty. I recommend visiting it riding a bike in early morning, you might be the only ones around and the light is enchanting! You will surely get great photos and memories
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • John K
    Costa Mesa, California1,396 contributions
    Liked Kamphaeng Phet better
    Very impressive UNESCO site. First of all, I recommend that you rent a bicycle from one of the many shops near the park entrance. You will then have easier access to the temples inside and outside the park. Cost is just 30 thb regardless of how long you have the bike, and you then pay an additional 10 thb entry fee for the bicycle. I spent about 90 minutes inside the park. Did not spend any time looking for souvenirs. The temples are in very good condition, considering their age, and especially when compared to the condition of the temples of Sukhothai's little sister to the south in Kamphaeng Phet. However due to the frenetic setting of Sukhothai's historic park, set among busy streets and with tons of tourists and tacky souvenir shops, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the peaceful relaxed experience touring the temple ruins in Kamphaeng Phet much more than Sukhothai.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Yann Renaud
    Switzerland811 contributions
    Must visit when in Thailand
    A must viist place when in Thailand. The olde temples are pretty impressive. The whole parc can be made in 1 day on a bike, roads are good. The parc is divided into five different zones. The admittance fee is 100 bahts per person per zone (centre, north, west) and 10 baht for a bike.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
3,466 reviews
Excellent
2,540
Very good
820
Average
83
Poor
17
Terrible
6

Zingle
Chiang Mai, Thailand229 contributions
Feb 2020
The ancient city of Sukhothai is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of Thailand. It's divided into 3 zones, and you have to buy a ticket for each one, plus extra for the museum. You can rent a bicycle to get around, or hire a tuk-tuk and driver. It can get very hot, so it's best to get there as early as possible...there's a shuttle bus available from New Sukhothai.
Written February 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,977 contributions
Jan 2020
We were here as part of a group tour of about 18 people. Included in our tour was a morning tour of the Sukhothai Historical Park by Bike. Another girl and myself were debating walking it and I am glad we did not. This place is HUGE! You need a bike. We started our tour around 8:30am which was the prefect time. We did not see many tourists and it wasn't overly hot yet. It cost 100Baht (about $4.25cad) per adult. Most guesthouse have bikes to rent or you can rent them right across the street from the entrance. You can also hire a driver and electric buggy. The riding roads are big enough for vehicle but mostly only maintenance vehicles in the park. So lots of room to ride. They park is very well maintained. Even people trying to clean up the natural ponds. It was a great morning full of mesmerizing history.

The city's walls form a 2km by 1.6km rectangle. There are 193 ruins spread out over 70km of land. There is a gate in the centre of each wall. Inside are the remains of the royal palace and twenty-six temples, Buddha & Hinduism monuments & statues. Wat Mahathat is the largest most impressive one.

This historic city was a Thai Capital in the 13th & 14th centuries. In 1991 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Written June 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

318182guy
Toulouse, France45 contributions
Feb 2020
We greatly recommend staying inside the park proper, but as far away from the "downtown" of the park as well, once you get there. It was very easy to take a cab from Phitsanulok and for an extra surcharge of €12 we got a daily driver to pick us up in the park one morning at 8h directly to continue our journey. If you love ruins, this park and (for the even more obsessed) Si Satchanalai after are highly recommended.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Morras Adventures
Mexico City, Mexico38 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Amazing! The best historical place in Thailand, all buildings are well preserved or have been restored. I recommend to get a bike to visit it, it’s big and you will appreciate it better that way.
We were there in early November and we got the chance to attend to Loi Kratong (candle festival), which was great and full of locals.
I don’t know if or was because of the celebrations but we found food and crafts stands, with good quality and price.
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jordan Mitchelle
11 contributions
Aug 2020
If you like ruins, you will like this place. I had wanted to go for years and finally made the trip this month. The ruins are nice and well preserved.

It would have been nice to get more history on the place, but the brochure and museum didn't really provide great information.

If you want to compare it to other ruins in SE Asia, I would say Angkor Wat is much better, as is Ayutthaya. If you're in SE Asia and have limited time, I'd visit one of those places instead.

Would have given this place 4 stars overall, but knocking 2 off because of the racist pricing. If you are white, black or any race that isn't Asian, you will be charged a price 5x higher.
Written August 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TSinParis
Paris, France2,087 contributions
Jan 2020
The Sukhothai Historical Park is a "must-see" if you are in Sukhothai. In fact, it is most likely the only reason you would come to this small town. The historical park is best visited with a rented bicycle - there are loads of them all around outside the park. Even if there are many tourists (and when we were there, there were many children on school trips) it still does not feel crowded as it is a huge place. As with other tourist attractions in Thailand, tourists pay a price about ten times more than Thais - but it is worth it. You probably need about three hours (bicycle) to cover everything, unless you are very keen on Thai history and ancient architecture.
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jane N
London, UK970 contributions
Jan 2020
Sukhothai was once the 13th century capital of Thailand. The site of about 28 sq. miles has around 40 temple complexes. Most of the important ruins are within the walled Royal City protected by moats and ramparts. Do have a guide so you know what you are looking at. You will also see a walking Buddha which is quite unusual in Thailand.
There is a lot to see and although you can go around on foot, you can also cycle round. There is not much shade so take a hat and sun cream.
Written April 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JU
London, UK21 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
A ticket gets you access for all the day. I’d recommend going as soon as it opens at 6:30 for peace and quiet (and cooler temperatures), then returning for sunset. Get a bike - it is a lovely place to cycle around. In our view, much nicer than Ayutthaya’s historical park! 100% recommend if on a trip through Thailand.
Written July 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Silva K
Bangkok, Thailand132 contributions
Dec 2020
Beautiful experience we had here. You can hire a Tuk Tuk to show you around for Thb200.00 and the only comment or a reminder I have is, I am a foreigner working in Thailand for over 25 years and a tax payer . Yet the charges were different from locals, with Covid 19 I guess it’s about time some respect is give by charging the same.
My review is for the local historical park management to reconsider this, we will appreciate this as we spent quite a bit at the hotel and local restaurants.
Somehow the locals only pay Thb20.00. If it’s your policy that’s fine, we paid though i showed my drivers license and tax ID.
It’s a must visit place . Maintain the park as you are, historical sites are heritages
Written December 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tyla75
London, UK153 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
What beautiful remains. All remaining temples are clearly described, the cycle paths mostly smooth. Pack a bottle of water as there is no cafe on site although there are small stall holders parked up against the fence from whom you can purchase a drink. Mind you it will come in a lot of plastic packaging. If you don’t feel like cycling, you can hire a tuktuk.

Head to Wat Maha That for the ultimate sunset shot.
Written July 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,420
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Sukhothai Historical Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Sukhothai Historical Park




Attractions near Sukhothai Historical Park: View all attractions near Sukhothai Historical Park on Tripadvisor

Sukhothai Historical Park Information

Excellent Reviews

2,540

Very Good Reviews

820

Sukhothai Historical Park Photos

5,052