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Sukhothai

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Country rank: 16 out of 48 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Sukhothai Province


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: November to February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Sukhothai (Check Flights)

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Sukhothai Tourism

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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Thai is the official language spoken in Sukhothai. Most of the restaurant, hotel and guesthouse staff will speak English. Althouh, may local vendors and drivers might not know English, so learning a few basic Thai phrases will work in your favour.

A city for all the history buffs, Sukhothai was the first capital of the kingdom of Siam. It was established in the 13th century and was the capital of Siam for 120 years, during which the city was ruled by many kings. King Ramkhamhaeng was the greatest of them all who laid the foundation of the political, cultural and religious ideas of Sukhothai. In todays day, there are around 200 historical sites and ruins in the city of Sukhothai, making it the most visited ancient city in Thailand.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a rural temple town like Sukhothai does not have a great nightlife scene. The walking street serving delicious food and the light and sound shows here are more kind of the nightlife that travellers have to look at. However, there is one good bar along the new city road called Chopper Bar serving cheap alcohol.

The walking street offers brilliant handicraft stalls. Popular souvenirs to take from Sukhothai are Sangkhalok ware and gold and silver jewellery which are hand-woven. Embroidered fabrics can be found at the Hat Siao textile village.

Major cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. However, hard Baht is preferred by local vendors. Traveller checks are not very commonly accepted, so carrying cash in hand is always advisable.

Bank branches and ATMs are easily available across the city. You can exchange money at these places. If you want to be of the safer side in regard to the the exchange rate, you can get your money exchanged at Bangkok before visiting Sukhothai.

Approxiamte cost for food per day is 700 Baht, travelling around the city will take 100 Baht, alcohol costs 300 Baht, and shopping, depending upon you, should cost between 400-800 Baht. So a daily budget of around 1,700 Baht would suffice you in Sukhothai.

Buddhism is the key religion followed in Sukhothai.

Being a town of temples and historical sites, the locals prefer tourists wearing appropriate and full clothing. You are also expected to protect the monuments and not litter and dirty the plcae. Locals should be respected and you should talk to them with kindness and generosity. Don't touch the statues in the temples and do not point your feet at anyone or any statue. Tipping is not a compulsion, however, good service can be appreciated.

More than fine dining restaurants, Sukhothai is famous for the outdoor stalls at the walking street and night market. It is popularly known for making Thailand's culinary spicy and better because of the Kuay Tiao dish, which is noodles with tom yam soup, bush beans and peanuts. Most stalls and restaurants in the city serve this dish. For a western dinner, you can head to Felice which serves delectable Italian food, or the Poo restaurant which is known for its crab.


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How to Reach Sukhothai

You can take a flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai airport. Otherwise, better options are taking a train from either Bangkok or Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok and then bus to Sukhothai; or bus from Bangkok... (Read More)

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