Sukhothai is home to approximately 190 ancient sites and temple ruins. It is known to mark the beginning of the Thai civilisation. Most of the monuments and ruins are restored at the Sukhothai Historical Park, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The first Thai capital of Siam founded by King Ramkhamhaeng during the 13th century, Sukhothai has an incredible history which attracts many tourists to it. Although less popular than Ayutthaya, Sukhothai has its own share of ancient sites too. Besides Wat Mahathat and Wat Si Chum, which are the famous tourist spots, you are advised to visit the temple ruins to get a more detailed study of the Thai history as Sukhothai is the city that is known as the political and cultural birthplace of Thailand. Not only dig into history, in Sukhothai you can also indulge in some mountain camping and waterfall trekking. It also serves as a venue for the very popular Loy Krathong Festival of Thailand held annually on the full moon in November, so you can head here to experience some beautiful folk performances and lightshows.
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