The Sukhothai is one of the central regions of Thailand. Today it is the typical province in which even the capital city is presented by low building, partially wooden. Life flows quietly here, and in the evening – in general stops. But so was not always.


Historical park of the Sukhothai

What interesting?

Park zones

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Historical Si-Satchanalay park

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Once long ago, about 700 years ago, there was a center of the state stretched from modern Chiangg Mai to Krabi. From the cities of that time there is one ruins which are sights of the province of the Sukhothai.

They include 2 historical parks:



Both sights are the objects included in the list of the World heritage of UNESCO.

Historical park of the Sukhothai

What interesting?

Ruins of the ancient city occupy the huge space – 70 In general the park doesn’t represent anything supernatural: here any construction of that time in more or less whole look hasn’t remained.

The exception is made by numerous statues of Buddha some of which have the real giant sizes. The survivors statues were in temple buildings, and they have been created hundreds years ago – and this absolutely surprising creation of human hands.

The Sukhothai for Thais is the place sacral: culture of Sukhothai has exerted a great influence on Ayutthaya and, respectively, to today’s Thailand.

So, for example, the modern Thai alphabet has been introduced into circulation exactly here by the king Ramkhamayeng what in the territory of the park the ancient stone stele reminds of.

Besides, the Sukhothai for Thais is the place as it is accepted to speak, «worshipped». Giant Buddha, with a smile looking down on residents of the ancient city, continue to do the same and today. To feel this link of times there come local, frequent guests – monks pilgrims. All this, certainly, is of interest and to tourists.

However ruins are not the most important. Therefore if you in soul not the archeologist that happens rather often, don’t think that the Sukhothai won’t be pleasant to you. The main charm of a sight is created not so much by ruins, how many the general atmosphere of the park, and it is traditional for Thailand, natural sights.


The central part representing the plateau is well-groomed. Everywhere asphalt paths are laid, there is a pond with lotuses and storks, archaeological objects are given to the most decent look. Here, there among this museum fancy trees which, perhaps, remember still ancient sukho thai under the open sky grow. This part is ideal for slow studying and walks with light baggage. The atmosphere is surprising, it is possible to spend the whole day here.

Northern part is less well-groomed: it is possible to call it the abandoned park more likely, but nevertheless people visit also it. There are couple of well remained sights, and for the rest is more similar to rural areas – rice fields, the grazed cattle.

The western part differs in a landscape originality:

Hilly area.

The most part of the territory is occupied by the wood.

Man-made sights often represent a heap of bricks.

If people want to visit the western Sukhothai, then do it only of boyscout interest: the place represents a quite good opportunity for easy tracking. Formally as a part of the park allocate also east and southern parts, however they aren’t of interest.


All the Sukhothai can’t be examined in a day. Therefore if you are going to get acquainted with the place thoroughly, then it makes sense to stop for the night in one of hotels close to a sight. Reasonable prices – about $10 + in a night.

By the central part it is more preferable to walk. Good option – the bicycle (rent, $1 a day). Journey on a car or a tuk-tuka (+ $2) is possible.

Outside the central part – only the bicycle. On foot – it is far (4-5 km in one party), there are no highways.

The entrance ticket in each part of the park is paid separately ($3).

A power supply in a format of trolley with food is offered only in the central part. At visit of other parts take having a snack with yourself.

Historical Si-Satchanalay park

The city of Si-Satchanalay is a contemporary Sukhotaya and was a part of the sukhotay kingdom, then – structure of Ayuttayi until has been destroyed by Burmans in the 18th century.

By the size the Si-Satchanalay park is about 3 times more than Sukhotaya.

What is interesting here you can see:

hundreds of well-preserved, sometimes giant, chedi;

ruins of temples and city buildings dating from the 12th-15th centuries;

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat is one of the oldest (XIII century) preserved temples, made in the Khmer architectural tradition (located next to the park);

waterfalls, caves and other natural attractions.

Visiting the park S-Satchanalay makes sense on the car (+ $ 2 to the cost of entry) or as part of an organized tour (tourists drive through the park in special «trailers»). There is no place to stay for the night directly next to the park.


Both considered above historical the park are the popular directions at tourists. Transport connection is available from any of them.

To ancient Sukhotaya from the modern city under the same name (the capital of the province of the same name) buses ply. The road from the only bus station takes 15 minutes and stands about $1.

To Si-Satchanalaya to go longer: with Sukhotay they are divided by 41 km (highway No. 101), but buses also go regularly.

To modern Sukhotaya it is possible to gather additionally the next ways:

to reach by plane (for example, from Bangkok in 2,5 hours),

to reach by train with transfer in the city of Pitsalunok and further by bus to the final destination;

to make all way by bus practically from any Thai city.

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