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Review of Wat Saphan Hin

Ranked #13 of 31 things to do in Sukhothai
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The walk to the top is exhausting, so I don't recommend doing coming here in the afternoon. But the view is absolutely fantastic. Well worth making the climb up the hill.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful sunrise”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

On the western edge of the park you can find this temple with it's standing Buddha on the crest of a hill. The climb up there is steep and exhausting, but you're rewarded with a nice view over the whole Sukhothai area. In the morning, at twilight when the first rays of the sun rise on the horizon, you can take amazing pictures from up there. The Buddha faces to the east, so it will come ablaze with the sunlight and stands out on the hill. I guess you won't find it as beautiful later on, so to enjoy this place, try to get there early.

Visited April 2013
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“Super place”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I enjoyed this site as there were less travellers and no coach tours. You should arrive at this site at 090, hire a bike and ride and chill out... Nicer I thought that the Old City...more trees and a river...loved it... Not enough time spent though.

Visited April 2013
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“Nice are for a bike ride”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

This site itself is nothing spectacular but you can visit it as part of a loop through the western edge of sukhothai since it is located west of the main park. The loop is more remote and quite with a number of ruins, most of which are just chedi's or foundations of buildings. The ruins are less of the draw, it's a nice quite ride. Head west out of town on the rt 12 for about a couple miles where you will reach a dirt road turn off with a guard post where you pay your entry fee for the area, it's additional to the main park.

Visited December 2012
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“It's slightly different but is really the only thing in the Western Zone”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Wat Saphan Hin is a small temple located on the crest of the hill overlooking the countryside. It has a small path which leads around 200m up a slight slope to the top of the hill to the temple which consists presently of a few small chedi and a 12.5m high standing Buddha image. It is really the only temple in the western zone as the rest as just dilapidated chedi's you will pass by on your cycle through the area, yet the whole area cost 200 baht to get into (in addition to the 200 baht you pay for the Northern and central zones). I think this price is a bit unfair for the zone as a whole as it is largely unremarkable. We got to the top of this temple but largely found the views obscured by smog and not that impressive.

- Sunscreen is essential as you will almost certainly get burned without it
- Water is essential and isn’t actually readily locatable as there are few shops between the temples (A welcome change from other SE countries to be honest)
- Considering coming early in the day to avoid the various tourist buses. They will represent a problem mainly in the central zones as you won’t find anyone in the Western zones and few in the northern zone apart from at Wat Si Chum.
- Make sure you hire bikes; it’s too far to walk and they are good fun.
- Bring your camera and probably another battery as you will take plenty of pictures

Visited December 2012
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