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“Fascinating site, better and less crowded than Ayutthaya”

Sukhothai Historical Park
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7-Night Northern Thailand Tour: Sukhothai, Lampang and Chiang Mai from Bangkok
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Sukhothai
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Owner description: 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.
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“Fascinating site, better and less crowded than Ayutthaya”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Thoroughly recommend starting as early as possible in the morning (park opens at 6 am) to avoid the heat and bus loads of package tours. A cycle ride the inner wall section is very pleasant in the early morning, flat and cool. For out lying temples a car or Tuk Tuk is more comfortable. 3 hours is enough for me before I get temple fatigue - so recommend stick to a few temples. My shortlisted favorites were:
- Mahathat
-Tra Phang Ngoen
-Sorasak (a small chedi flanked by restored elephants)
-Si Chum , stunning standing Buddha (opens 7.30 to 17.30)
-Saphan Hin - in the jungle, steep flight of stair up to a Buddha with great views (sunrise spot)
Best time of year is definitely from late Nov, after the rains, when it is green, the moats and ponds are full, water lilies in flower and it is cooler. The Loy Kratong festival is a fantastic time to come -for 4 days before the November full moon there are festivities during the day and all the temples and ponds are lit with candles by night.

Visited November 2012
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“Stunning ruins in beautiful setting”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Coming here from ayutthaya i was already a little over seeing ruins but it was still a good day to see the ruins in a setting of lakes, gardens and under lots of trees. If i was to do it over again i would skip ayutthaya and just come here as you get similar thing but the ruins are older and in just as good condition in better surroundings.

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I HIGHLY recommend hiring a tuktuk driver to take you round the site. Some people rent bikes (good luck in the heat!) or motorbikes, but I would rather spend more time at the places than trying to find them. My driver (lodo) knew a lot and all the good ones and at quiet times with no other tourists too. I was at some places completely on my own. He knew a lot about the surrounds and the temples, and good places to eat for lunch too. He was very gracious and a friendly guy.
It's about 15minutes from the main city. The whole site is quite amazing, and it is rather large so you will need more than a push bike to get about in my opinion, otherwise you'd need to spend two days there. You can see why it's an UNESCO site. I went in peak season (February) and wasn't as busy as I thought at the main sites. Best time to go is dawn for sure, or sunset, you get some spectacular backdrops to the some amazing statues and temples, some which are 700years old.
You have to pay to go in certain areas, central, north, south, east, and I think west was included in central, or something like that, it was nearly two years ago now.
This is a must if your in Thailand!! Make sure you take good insect repellent though!

Visited February 2012
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“Wonderful piece of History.”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The Park and its surroundings are stunning and very well kept. It makes a good day trip and with spectacular views left right and centre of all the ruins, also for a small fee you can rent a bike and make your way around the park as you please.

Visited November 2012
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“Well kept”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The gardens surrounding the historical park are well kept. However, being the main attraction for Sukhothai, the historical park is not overly impressive especially if you have already seen the Angkor temples. Worth a short visit.

Visited November 2012
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