Sukhothai Thailand - Touring the Wats and Temples at Sukhothai Heritage Park.
Ways of Travelling to Sukhothai Thailand which is around 275kms north of Bangkok.
Sukhothai Airport is owned by Bangkok Airways and that airline is the only one to operate flights there - they operate a
couple of flights a day linking Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The airline provides a shuttle bus which connects the airport with the town. The nearest railway station
is at Phitsanulok which is around 58kms from New Sukhothai and once again there are bus connections available.
If travelling by bus there are long distance buses which run up and down the main road connecting Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok and other major towns and cities. There is a main bus station right on
the edge of town and the local songthaews (these are semi-converted pickup trucks with wooden seats down the sides) will take you on - actually most hotels will pick up from the bus station often at no charge. The express buses are quite inexpensive and you can either go on the VIP version which is often used for overnight travel or use the frequent and comfortable First Class services which are ideal for day-time
journeys.Sukhothai Hotels and Restaurants.
There are limited accommodation facilities near to Sukhothai Heritage Site itself and so most people stay in hotels in New Sukhothai - even so there is not a great choice of either accommodation and certainly restaurants available. There are a few supermarkets but the town
itself is very quiet and we did not actually find one restaurant - you basically have to use your hotel facilities. In fact New Sukhothai did not seem to be very tourist-orientated - even the river was encased in drab concrete walls and very uninviting which is somewhat unusual for Thailand.
Sukhothai Heritage Park Area - getting there and what to see.
It is easy to use the songthaews to get to the main temple site which is around 12kms from New Sukhothai and once there the best
option is to hire a bike for the day - there are two hire shops opposite the main entrance (and also a couple of cafes there). The main park area is divided into five zones however the most important temples are in the central zone which was the walled Royal City. There is an entrance fee into each zone plus a charge for the bike if you have one however some of the outlying temples can be visited at no charge.
Previously part of the Khmer Empire the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom was founded in the 13th century by King Ramkambaeng - the original site contained some 400 temple complexes and covered more than 70 sq.kms. Over the years further buildings were added and eventually there were around 200 Chedi, Wihans and
Monodops. The Walled Royal City was originally surrounded by moats and ramparts and contains the large central Wat Mahathat - the area still contains quite a few water features including lotus lakes and waterways - the area is very well kept with plenty of trees and grass areas. There are 3 types of chedi - multi-layered, octagonal based and bell-shaped chedi situated on a square base.
As you wander around the central area there are quite a few other Wats and Chedi to admire amongst the trees - some of them we have identified but others are seemingly nameless and sat there just waiting to be admired.
The three photos shown on the bottom right strip are of
Wat Tra Phrang Ngoen, Wat Tra Kuan and Wat Chana Songkhram at Sukhothai, Thailand.
- these latter chedi are small restored dumpy Sri Lankan style chedis - the smallest of the two chedi dates from the Ayutthaya period.
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- Chiang Mai Travel, Touring and Holiday Guide
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- Thailand Touring, Travel and Sightseeing Guide and Photos
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