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Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai

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Explore Thailand's ancient history at Sukhothai Historical Park, the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam and now a World Heritage Site. With well-preserved palace buildings, impressive Buddha figures, and evocative ruined temples, the park represents one of the major places to visit in Thailand. The large town's layout and structures, along with the nature that surrounds, make this an extremely photogenic place, as well as a historically rich one. Note that the attraction gets crowded at peak hours; you can zoom past the masses on a rented bicycle. Plan your Sukhothai Historical Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Sukhothai using our Sukhothai vacation route planner.
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  • Great historical park. Hire a bicycle and don't rush it. Try to feel the magic of the place.I don't normally do sightseeing, but this really deserve it!  more »
  • Very peaceful and great photo opportunities. Vast area and few tourists made us feel like we had the place to ourselves at times.  more »
  • Top site, beautiful, quiet, ideally to do early in the morning and cycling, many rental companies close. One of the most beautiful in Thailand.
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  • Wonderful place to check out. You have to get a bike, it makes it a blast. The market has some pretty good deals, and at the first of the month there are fireworks! Sadly we didn't get to stay and watch. The traffic is thick outside the park, but once you get in it's really cool.
  • A beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. There is a huge amount to see, so definitely budget a day to see everything. The history at this site is incredible, although the signage is a bit limited, so it's worth reading up beforehand if you want a deeper insight into the area. If you're able to I strongly recommend visiting during sunset/ sun rise as you will get the chance to take some beautiful pictures.
  • The ruins are quite interesting to see. The site is relatively small. There is an electric car to take tourists around with a guide explaining the context, but unfortunately the guide only spoke Thai, and there were no guided tours in English the day we were there.
  • The most beautiful temple ruins in Thailand. Incomparable to Ayutthaya. The greenery produces a sublime effect and the architecture is amazing.
  • A wonderful piece of history, including many beautifully preserved old buildings from the Sukhothai Kingdom. The central temple is a highlight and the statue of King Ramkhamhaeng is very much recommended. Tours are available and both motorcycle and push-bike rental are available in the area to help you cover the large distances involved. I heartily recommend setting aside at least 2 days to see everything properly, but bear in mind that there is a priced entry of around 200 baht for foreign tourists, which is roughly double that of Thai visitors.

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Where to stay in Sukhothai

Sukhothai tourism has been growing for decades, meaning you can now find many places to stay around town, even on a budget. Most accommodations are in New Sukhothai, which lies 12 km (7.45 mi) from the historical park, but lacks many interesting sights of its own. However, good transport connections between the two cities make it easy to explore the historical city on a day trip. If you have a bit more in your budget, save yourself some traveling time by staying near the old city. Do your homework before you book, though--some of the older hotels have a reputation for being run-down and not particularly clean.
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