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All you need to know to visit Sukhothai

Northern Thailand
466 km from Bangkok
Province of Sukhothaï


Recomm. stay
1 à 2 jours


Practical guide to go and visit Sukhothai

Ancient capital of Siam and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Sukhothai has retained many vestiges of temples of its glorious past. Most of them are grouped in and around Historical Park. The park is beautifully designed, perhaps a bit too much will say those who love wild nature. But the remains of buildings and stone Buddhas immerse you in the history of Thailand. This is probably one of the most interesting places to visit in the country. The city beside is called New Sukhothai. The name of Old Sukhothai is used by locals and written on the buses to designate the Historical Park. If you can, take one day more to go to Si Satchanalai. The ruins are just as beautiful as in Sukhothai but the nature is wildest.

Accommodations in Sukhothai

In Sukhothai, hotels and guesthouses are located in New Sukhothai, modern city. Old Sukhothai is the Historical Park area. There are two guesthouses in Old Sukhothai, just opposite the entrance of Sukhothai Historical Park but places to sleep there are counted. In New Sukhothai, the guest houses are mostly concentrated in the area near the bridge on Jarodvithi Thong Road which crosses the Yom River. The accommodation rates are very affordable in Sukhothai.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Sukhothai.

Guesthouse in Sukhothai

New Sukhothai

Guesthouse in Sukhothai

New Sukhothai

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Practical information about Sukhothai

On Jarod Vith Thong Road, there is a bus that goes to the Historical Park. The stop is 50m from the Poo Restaurant. It leaves every half hour during the peak season.

How to go to Sukhothai ?

People often wrongly think that they can go to Sukhothai by train. But the nearest town served by the train is Phitsanulok. From there buses leave every hour to New Sukhothai (1:30 drive), the city adjacent to the Sukhothai Historical Park. You can also come by bus of course. From Bangkok, buses leave from Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal. There are also a few daily buses from Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Ayutthaya, which are very handy as they can drop you directly near Sukhothai Historical Park entrance. These are the buses for which I indicate 'Historical park' offered by Wintour or Transport Co Ltd. Sukhothai also has a small airport and a few flight connections with Bangkok. There is a shuttle that connects the airport to the Sukhothai Bus Terminal in 40 minutes (last price quoted: 18 THB). Sukhothai Airport has a small zoo. Otherwise you can land in Phitsanulok airport and make the rest of the journey by road.

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My selection of tours & activities in Sukhothai

Sukhothai Evening Countryside Sunset Tour Sukhothai

Sukhothai Evening Countryside Sunset Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Ride a bike in the countryside of Sukhothai, in the middle of rice fields, plantations, and small villages... and sit in front of a superb panorama to contemplate the sunset.

Historical Park Sunset Bicycle Tour Sukhothai

Historical Park Sunset Bicycle Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Visit Sukhothai Historical Park by bike in the afternoon and end up admiring the sunset over its magnificent monuments!

Sukhothai half day countryside Tour Sukhothai

Sukhothai half day countryside Tour

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Explore the country lanes and roads of Sukhothai countryside by bike. You will cross rice fields, plantations, villages, meet the locals...

How to get around in Sukhothai ?

Generally, visitors mainly want to go to Sukhothai Historical Park. There are buses that leave every 20 minutes from Jarot Withiithong Road (after Poo Restaurant, see the bus marker on the map) and take you there for 30 THB (price for one way). Often the return from the park coincides with the end of school, and the bus also becomes a school bus and therefore continues after the initial stop, what can arrange depending on where your accommodation is located. Otherwise, there are tuk-tuks in Sukhothai which are generally more motorcycles with a sort of sidecar. They take you where you want including the bus terminal a little outise the city.

Festivals in Sukhothai ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Sukhothai. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
free mini light and sound shows sukhothai

Free Mini Light and Sound Shows Sukhothai

This festival generally takes place in the month of Several times a ye

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king ramkhamhaeng memorial day

King Ramkhamhaeng Memorial Day

This festival generally takes place in the month of January

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jour de vesak dans le parc historique de sukhothai

Jour de Vesak dans le parc historique de Sukhothai

This festival generally takes place in the month of June

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sukhothai loy krathong and candle festival

Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of November

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Other places to see in Sukhothai

Wat Saphan Hin Sukhothai
Wat Saphan Hin
and its standing Buddha. This is one of the two really interesting temples outside the central area of Sukhothai Historical Park even if compared to Wat Si Chum its interest is much lower.
Wat Chang Lom Sukhothai
Wat Chang Lom
This temple located outside the paying area of Sukhothai historical park and 1.5 km from the main park entrance is interesting for its chedi whose base is surrounded by 32 elephant images. It is just behind the Legendha Hotel.
Wat Chetuphon Sukhothai
Wat Chetuphon
It is with Wat Chang Lom, the most interesting temple outside the paying areas of Sukhothai Historical Park. Thre you can see 4 large Buddha images in relief. They are damaged and no longer have a head but you will not find such imageswithin the paying areas.
Making Buddha amulet workshop Sukhothai
Making Buddha amulet workshop
People mainly Sukhothai for its historical park but there are numerous handicrafts workshops in the province. And among is a making Buddha amulet place which teaches the tourists to make them. It is a nice activity and vsitiors will also get other surprises...

Weather & climate in Sukhothai

Sukhothai has a tropical savanna climate. The winters are dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month with frequent temperature rises up to at 40 °C and higher. The rainy season runs from May to October with slightly cooler temperatures during the day, although the nights remain warm.

In Sukhothai, August and September are the rainiest months.

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When to go to Sukhothai ?

quand partir à Sukhothai

How to ask in Thai to go to Sukhothai ?

I want to go to Sukhothai / Yak paï ti Sukhothai.
Where is Sukhothai ? / Sukhothai you ti naï ?
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