Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

Si Satchanalai Historical Park
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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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Bonnie Z
Bangkok, Thailand138 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
No people here due to COVID so we had the park to ourselves. It was very well kept - we saw workers regularly cleaning and weeding. We rented bikes for 30 baht and then there was a 10 baht fee to bring them into the park on top of the entrance fee. All very reasonable. We rode around for about 2 hours.

We had coffee at Thaitone which is a great coffee shop about 10 minutes away by car. Highly recommend.
Written July 5, 2021
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TheRealSnowQueen
London, UK260 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was our second visit and we weren't disappointed. We hired 2 bikes and cycled around the park. It's mostly flat so pretty easy. Slot of reviews say typical time spent there by tourists is 45 minutes - but unless you're being whizzed round in a tour bus, that seems improbable
I'd allow at least half a day or a full day. It's a serene, contemplative and mostly empty place but there are decent facilities for eating/drinking etc at the main entrance.
Highly recommend this amazing site.
Written January 23, 2020
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Earleen H
Jacksonville111 contributions
Jan 2020
After seeing the Sukhothai Historical Park, our guide recommended we visit Si Satchanali and it was an excellent suggestion. The ruins here have more 'original' construction and materials. The signage is very good and it is easy to get around, again I preferred the tuk tuk to walking, especially in the heat.
Written April 24, 2020
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Jordan Mitchelle
11 contributions
Aug 2020
I found this place very wondrous and better than Sukhothai. It is much more remote than Sukhothai and super green and rural. The remoteness and rural-ness I think is what makes this place such a gem. There were very few people here when we visited, and I only saw two other foreigners.

Speaking of which, this place unfortunately charges based on skin color. If you are white, black or any race non-Asian, you will be charged a price 5x higher. So I'm sad to say, I give this place 2 stars off because of that.

While this place is spectacular and easily in my top 10 places I've visited in Thailand (I've traveled all over and been here for 7 years), I'm not sure if I'd say it is worth a visit alone. However, if you do make it to Sukhothai, definitely make the extra trip to come out here.
Written August 26, 2020
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Bonnie Z
Bangkok, Thailand138 contributions
Nov 2020
We went to Sukhothai Historical Park the day before and both were just stunning. So fortunate to be able to ride bicycles around these beautiful ruins with hardly any other tourists. Our photos are postcard perfect. Terrible for the Thai economy but wonderful for us. People were lovely to us too. Do note that the ruins that are outside of the main square way off to the side are a distance away. Recommend doing those by car unless you plan to spend the day there in which case enjoy the bike ride.
Written November 27, 2020
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Rajesh Sokhal
Bangkok, Thailand198 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
After the main Sukhothai Historical Park, this is another great place. Again, this is big or bigger in size than thr Sukhothai park, awesome forest cover with extremely well organised every point. even cycles are available for a small charge.

one has to spend few hours to enjoy this amazing history brought on a beautiful platter of maintenance for all
Written October 14, 2020
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antonvanold
1,223 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We took the 06:40 Wintour bus 622 which came in from Phitsanulok heading towards Chiang Rai - Mae Sai for 45 Baht each. Tickets are only available at Sukhothai in the morning, as priority is given to passengers leaving from Phitsanulok or Sukhothai who are buying longer journey tickets. There was plenty of space on the bus for us to find a seat together. The bus traveled for an hour and twenty minutes to the drop off point for Si Satchanalai Historical Park. This is at 17.432508 N, 99.811989 E (17°25'57.0"N 99°48'43.2"E). Highway 101, Kilometer 135 + 550.

We rented bicycles for 50 Baht each from the gentleman who is at the store by the covered bus stop. He showed us a improvised sign with the scheduled bus times for return trips to Sukothai. Fortunately, we elected to return a little earlier than 15:30 to catch the last bus. It actually arrived at 14:55. The store owner had put out a large purple banner to let the bus know we were waiting. As it was raining, this was most helpful.

As you roll across the end of the cable and plank Yom River Bridge 17.430535 N, 99.811859 E (17°25'49.9"N 99°48'42.7"E), the nice lady at the ticket office for Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ will flag you down to pay 20 Baht. If for some rrason you do not want to see this temple, you would have to go up Highway 101 to Highway 1201 and take the concrete bridge across the Yom River.

Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat 17.429720 N, 99.811918 E (17°25'47.0"N 99°48'42.9"E) is technically not a part of the Si Satchanalai Historical Park, but is well worth seeing.

Wat Chomchuen โบราณสถานวัดชมชื่น 17.428295 N, 99.805810 E (17°25'41.9"N 99°48'20.9"E) is free to visit.

There has a museum at 17.428401 N, 99.806374 E (17°25'42.2"N 99°48'23.0"E) with skeletal remains that have been left in place at the depths they were discovered at. This can be a separate ticket, or combined with the main park. It is cheaper not to if you will not venture an additional six kilometers by bicycle in each direction to visit.

Wat Jan Jao Archaeological Site วัดจันทร์เจ่าโบราณสถาน, 17.428471 N, 99.805108 E (17°25'42.5"N 99°48'18.4"E) is free to visit.

90 meters from the road at 17.429071N , 99.802568 E (17°25'44.7"N 99°48'09.2"E) is free to visit.

Wat Khok Singkharam โบราณสถานวัดโคกสิงคาราม 17.430519 N, 99.797242 E (17°25'49.9"N 99°47'50.1"E) is free to visit.

Inside the park, 100 Baht for foreigners:

Wat Chang Lom วัดช้างล้อม 17.431536 N, 99.785687 E (17°25'53.5"N 99°47'08.5"E)

Wat Chedi Chet Thaew วัดเจดีย์เจ็ดแถว 17.430978 N, 99.786212 E (17°25'51.5"N 99°47'10.4"E)

Wat Phra Kaew โบราณสถานวัดหลักเมือง 17.430391 N, 99.788520 E (17°25'49.4"N 99°47'18.7"E)

Wat Suan Keao Utthayan Noi โบราณสถานวัดสวนแก้วอุทยานน้อย 17.432273 N, 99.787214 E (17°25'56.2"N 99°47'14.0"E)

Wat Khao Phanom Bringen วัดเขาพนมเพลิง 17.434265N, 99.784408 E (17°26'03.4"N 99°47'03.9"E). 117 Steps to get up the hill.

Wat Khao Suwankhiri เขาสุวรรณคิรี 17.433495 N, 99.782161 E (17°26'00.6"N 99°46'55.8"E). Way up a long slope of a hill.

There was not enough time to see everything. There are a limited number of guesthouses in the area, and it would be best to have more time than we did.
Written October 25, 2018
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garsarFrance
france88 contributions
Jan 2011
We would beg to differ with the enthusiastic reviews of others. The hour bus ride is fine. Luckily our tuk tuk driver caught up with the early bus which left the station before the estimated time of 6:40 AM. We arrived at the park about an hour later, rented horrible bikes, drove across the swinging bridge to reach both historic parks. We love visiting archeological sites but if you're going to visit Si Satchanalai, visit it before Sukhothai and Ayuthaya or you may be disappointed. I would rather have spent an extra day in Sukhothai or Ayuthaya. We only stayed over night in Ayuthaya and we could have spent 2 nights to avoid being in the park in the heat of the day. Ayuthaya is huge. Si Satchanalai didn't have many visitors, we were the only foreigners on our bus but a large busload arrived at the park around 9:30. By 10, it was very hot (January is winter in Thailand) and by 11 the heat was getting to be too much. Sukhothai and Ayuthaya are amazing (even if you've been to Angkor, which we have) and definitely worth visiting. Go to the ruins early to avoid crowds, Buddhas face East generally so the light is also better. Busloads of people do move on so you can often out wait them. The last local "bus" from Old Sukhothai to New Sukhothai leaves before sunset so if you stay for sunset, you'll have to take a tuk tuk back around 150. Also the first bus to Old Sukhothai in the morning gets you to the park after sunrise but still very early with the sun still low in the sky or you can take a tuk tuk there. pricing for the all the parks has changed so expect to pay more than you read. As for Si Satchanalai look at the photos people have taken and the amount and compare them with Sukhothia and Ayuthaya - you'll notice there aren't a great deal. However there is a lovely natural park with waterfalls nearby so hiking could make it fun for nature lovers but then a day would be too short. There are only a few buses each day to and from Si Satchanalai and the time table is an estimate - as we found out. We just don't feel it's worth all the effort to visit unless you must visit everything. Hopefully if you do go, this review will lower your expectations and you won't be as disappointed.
Written February 6, 2011
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Chorleychaplin
Chorley, UK5 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Visited by taxi from Old Sukhothai on an all day trip(1300bahts for2 ) approx.
50 km.to Si-Satchanalai. First stop at the amazing Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat. You can climb up this. Close by is a rickety old wobbly wooden bridge over the Yom river.Whilst half way across 2 motor bikes came past and made the bridge even more wobbly !!
Four other temples in this area ,then onto the main park where bikes can be hired to go round the Historical Park at your leisure. Hardly any tourists. Very well manicured park.There were 140 steps in one area to visit old ruins. At the top were 100' s of cranes nesting in the trees.
Definately worth a visit, back to Old Sukhothai after visiting very old kilns, pottery shops etc.
Written March 17, 2017
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BredburyBlue
bangkok421 contributions
May 2014 • Family
Visited this park on my own about 16 years ago and enjoyed it. This trip I had the pleasure of showing it to my wife and kids. We all enjoyed it.

We hired bikes – 50 baht each I think, something ridiculously low – and zipped along the park paths…kids loved it more than the ruins and kept doing laps. There was hardly anybody there.

I’ve been to a lot of the old ruin sites in Thailand and this is one of the best and hardly anyone seems to know it. DO NOT MISS IT.

Of the old ruins sites locally, I’d rate them in this order of worth visiting:

1. Si Satchanalai Historical Park
2. Kamphangphet Historical Park
3. Sukhothai Historical Park
Written May 14, 2014
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