Sukhothai Historical Park is the remains of the first capital of one of earliest Thai civilizations. The Thai alphabet originated here and the area is considered to be the cradle of Thai civilization. The ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 90s.
193 structures remain of this ancient capitol spanning some 27 miles. The structures have been painstakingly restored and preserved by the park staff, many of which are in the unique Sukhothai style. The city’s royal chapel, Wat Mahathat, is the centerpiece structure located in the heart of the complex next to the ruins of the city palace. Buddha images abound in the park and many of them are softly lit in the evening by golden lights that give the ancient city a mystical vibe.
Much of the extensive network of roads and canal ways that made up the ancient city’s infrastructure has been lost to the ages, but numerous lotus ponds and moats that look like manmade lakes still dot the landscape.
Due to the size of the grounds, a bicycle is the perfect way to see the historical site while on a luxury tour of Thailand.
June through October rains in the region make the verdant jungle particularly lush. March to May mark the highest temperatures, and the beast weather is from November to January.
The Sukhothai Historical Park lies just outside the modern city of Sukhothai, in Sukhothai Province, Northern Thailand.
The park is best reached by private vehicle departing from Sukhothai Town.
The unique architecture of the remaining structures of the ancient city of Sukhothai is a veritable playground for culture and history enthusiasts. Sukhothai Historical Park is a must-see for any tour in Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
With plenty of ground to cover and ruins to climb, it’s best to dress for a hike with good shoes while visiting the park.
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