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“A true place in the history of Thailand”

Sukhothai Historical Park
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$915.00*
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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.
Birchington, United Kingdom
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“A true place in the history of Thailand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2008

I visited the Historical park in August 2008 and found this place amazing. The ruins date back to the 1200s and was the sight of the capital for that era ruled by the King Ramkamhaeng (1279-1298). First place to visit would be the Ramkamhaeng National Museum. I went to the park from my hotel and took the local bus. This took me direct to the park and only cost 20bht. The drivers of the buses are very helpful and will tell you when you have reached your destination. The hotel was going to charge me 100bht and that was from the Pailyn hotel. The park is a large area to cover and you can hire bicycles to get around if required. The ruins are awesome and I took many photos there. The park has recently had a program of restoration which took ten years and the grounds are magnificent. For those interested in Thai history, this is a must to visit and the staff there are very helpful. There are refreshment areas and a chance to buy the local gifts.

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“Nice Ancient Thai CIty!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2007

'P' in Thailand Cleveland OH We came to Sukhothai to visit 2 major historical sites with great Thai cultural and artistic significance. Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai Historical Park we like both parks very much but Sukhothai would be the pick between the two if you only have
time for one. You can rent a bike but you can hire a "Sam Lor" a 3 wheel motorcycle taxi. You can get the hotel to hire one for you. We like prefer it because the Sam Lor driver can take you to where you need to go much quicker that biking.

We love the ruins and the large Bhudas in Sukhothai park. The Bhudas there got to be the most beautiful bhudas anywhere.

We kept a blog with more detail and pictures from our Sukhothai visit. You can see them here> [--]

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“Ancient capital”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2006

Priority advice: Get bicycles from a rental shop by the front gate. We did not and it was a lot of walking on a hot day.

Seeing this 14th century capital was high on our priority list during our 2-week trip to Thailand. We stayed a night in Sukhothai (Lotus Village--great place) just to make sure we had enough time at the Historic Park.

You can buy a detailed map and guidebook at the front ticket counter of the historical park. This helped us tremendously in finding the different structures and in giving detailed background.

Our 14 year old son and senior citizen mother lost interest quickly and instead found pretty places to sit and drink cool sodas. There are acres that kids can just run around, expend energy & have fun if the history doesn't hold their attention.

Photo opportunities abound. There is a wonderful food court area of vendors making great Thai food. We found a great afternoon resting point here...sitting in the shade at comfortable plastic tables, sipping smoothies or Singhas and enjoying home-cooked Thai dishes.

If you don't have much extra time and you're in Bangkok-- I'd say...just visit Ayutthaya. The flight from BKK to Sukhothai on Bangkok Air was cheap, quick and very pleasant (& the airport is beautiful). Sukhothai itself is very inexpensive to stay and to eat, plus safe and clean.

We didn't go back to the Historical Park on our 2nd day. The one day proved plenty of time to see it. Instead, we enjoyed a leisurely morning and continued on to Chiang Mai via Bangkok Air.

Interested in history & Thai architecture? Want a great park with trees & ponds for your kids to enjoy?
Then, I recommend the trip to Sukhothai Historical Park.

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