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. Using our custom trip planner, Sukhothai attractions like Sukhothai Historical Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Except for lovers of old reconstituted bricks or Thai history buffs, the most significant is the lovely shady Park. After the splendours of Angkor or even the religious monuments of Bangkok, big disappointment.
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  • A bike ride under the welcome shade of old trees... some beautiful temples spread over 3 sites. We have made them uncomfortable in a day and a half by bike. The night Friday at the main Park until 21: 00. Otherwise, closed at 6 pm
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  • The Historical Park is a must see when in the area. There are a number of bike shops just out of the park and I recommend riding through the park. (There are trolleys the drive through the park as ano...  more »
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  • A great place to ride bicycles and ride around the old city ruins. Many places to get beautiful photos, best enjoyed as a group. There is also a clothing/trinkets market just outside the south entrance that has some good items to buy as gifts for friends.
  • Sukhothai historical park is one of the gems of Thailand with such well maintained ruins. Highly recommended visit during the candle festival when the whole park is lit up. Very big in size but the central and northern zone are the most worth visiting. Cycle through the park at sunrise for the best experience.
  • One of the historic places in Thailand with ancient ruins. Well persevered and maintained by the Thai government. Best time to visit is the late afternoon. Then you will be able to take nice pictures of the ruins with sunset in the background.
  • Very interesting, but vast. Will take you a whole day to visit. Visiting everything on foot is probably well to optimistic a plan, so renting bikes is a good alternative. Still worth it!
  • The park was beautiful and so much bigger than we expected. Definitely worth of more than the day we had to explore. We will definitely be back!

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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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