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What places to visit in Sukhothai?

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What to see in Sukhothai

Sukhothai is THE number one destination for who wants to visit and discover Thailand history. Its Historical Park consists of remains of temples that are the pride of the thai Kingdom. We especially liked Wat Si Chum and its gigantic sitting Buddha.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Sukhothai or from Sukhothai. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Sukhothai


Sukhothai Historical Park

My opinion :
is one of the prides of the country. By feet or by bicycle (rentals at the entrance), you will discover the remains of the past of this city that dominated the thai kingdom for nearly two centuries. Decks, altars, bas-reliefs, chedis, columns and above all the great stone Buddhas, it is like a living postcard. Most temples are grouped in the park but one of them are a little outside. Wat Chum for instance that includes a massive sitting Buddha is highly recommended.

Si Satchanalai Historical Park

My opinion :
About sixty kilometers from Sukothai, in a little less designed nature, it houses the ruins of the same kind that the one in Sukhothai but less numerous.

Wat Si Chum

My opinion :
and its huge stone sitting Buddha. This temple is not in the center of Sukhothai Historical Park and is therefore sometimes overlooked by visitors and they really miss something!
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Other nice places to visit in Sukhothai

Wat Saphan Hin

Wat Saphan Hin

starstarstarstar 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

Wat Chang Lom

starstarstarstar 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.
Making Buddha amulet workshop

Making Buddha amulet workshop

starstarstarstar 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...
Wat Chetuphon

Wat Chetuphon

starstar 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.

Other visits suggestions in Sukhothai

  • Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary
    a true haven for elephants and tourists eager to discover them, you can sleep there.
  • The National Museum of Sawankhaworanayok
    38 km in the North of Sukhothai, the museum presents the art of different periods and sculptural potteries.
    Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 16:00 except during school holidays . For more information: 055 64 15 71.
  • Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
    With its collection of photographs taken during the restoration of the temple, it can be a good introduction to the visit of the historical park.

Tours in Sukhothai and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

sukhothai evening countryside sunset tour

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

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 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...

Tours from Sukhothai

sri satchanalai historical park bicycle tour
Cycling Sukhothai

Sri Satchanalai Historical Park Bicycle Tour

Visit Si Satchanalai Historical Park from Sukhothai. It is a historic site from the same period, as interesting although much less visited.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park

khao sam roi yod national park

located at the edge of the sea with numerous caves including the very photogenic Phraya Nakhon Cave with its little royal pavilion lighted by a ray of sun comming from the opening at the top. The...

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Nang Talung, Shadow Puppets Theater

nang talung, shadow puppets theater

This traditional shadow theater seemed to appear in Thailand in Phatthalung province. You will find several <em>Nag Talung masters</em> who practice it and make the figurines. As for me, it's with...

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Sangkhlaburi Mon Bridge

sangkhlaburi mon bridge

400 meters long wooden bridge built by the Mon. It is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand. A very photogenic place, especially at sunset and in the early morning when it is embedded in the mist.

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Wat Uposatharam (Wat Bot)

wat uposatharam (wat bot)

It is one of the two temples to visit in town in Uthai Thani. Located on the banks of the river, opposite the city, Wat Uposatharam is especially interesting to visit for its ancient murals. The...

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