Sukhothai is a small city in Northern Thailand, about 427 km north of Bangkok and 217 km south of Chiang Mai. The city is famous for the ruins of the ancient city Sukhothai. The name of the city means "dawn of happiness".
Sukhothai Historical Park is about 12 kilometres from New Sukhothai. The historic town of Sukhothai with related areas is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sukhothai Historical Park covers about 70 sq km and the ruins of about 200 temples can be found in the area. The park contains ponds covered with lotus flowers and lots of greenery making it a very picturesque place.
You can find the ruins of various styles ancient temples in Sukhothai Historical Park as some of the temples are pure Sukhothai style and others were jus addapted into Buddhist temples and you can see strong Khmer influence in them.
Temples of Sukhothai Historical Park boast a big number of ancient Buddha images, the largest of them measuring 15 meters high and 11 meters wide.
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Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
If you like knowing the history in details and a visit to museum is a must do for you, you should visit Ramkhamhaeng National Museum which is located in the Sukhothai Historical Park (just near the main entry to the central zone of the park). Most of the objects on display in the museum are from Sukhothai and other historic towns of the area.
How to get to Sukhothai?
You have few options for reaching Sukhothai, including traveling by air, by train and by bus.
Flights to Sukhothai
Flying with Bangkok Airways from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sukhothai airport (THS). The airport is about 25 kilometres from the city.
Flying to Phitsanulok Airport (PHS) from Bangkok or Chiang Mai with low-cost airlines and then taking a bus for one hour long trip from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai (leaves every half hour or so).
Train to Sukhothai
Taking northern line Bangkok-Chiang Mai train to Phitsanulok and then taking a bus for about one hour long trip from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai (leaves every half hour or so).
Buses to Sukhothai
Long-distance buses of various companies connect the bus station of New Sukhothai with all major cities in Thailand, including bus route from Bangkok to Sukhothai.
Weather in Sukhothai
Between November and May the weather is mostly dry with little rain expected for much of this time. The dry season in Sukhothai is broken up into the periods of cool season (November to February) and hot season (March to May). The wet season in Sukhothai is from May to October.
For more detailed information about Sukhothai's weather patterns during the year check Weather in Sukhothai.
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