Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai

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Explore Thailand's ancient history at Sukhothai Historical Park, the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam and now a World Heritage Site. With well-preserved palace buildings, impressive Buddha figures, and evocative ruined temples, the park represents one of the major places to visit in Thailand. The large town's layout and structures, along with the nature that surrounds, make this an extremely photogenic place, as well as a historically rich one. Note that the attraction gets crowded at peak hours; you can zoom past the masses on a rented bicycle. Using our custom trip planner, Sukhothai attractions like Sukhothai Historical Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is a place that offers loads of excitement. Worth a visit because it's notable. Leaves a mark in the heart
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  • World heritage of UNESCO... Wonders to visit in a park where everything seems linked to peace... not to forget the outside and nearby parks...
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  • Great Park rich in history to do cycling, Park maintained, do not forget the Museum and the northern and Western parts
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  • Best place for riding bicycle in Sukhothai. Very safe and you will see a lot of beautiful places. I like to ride there in early morning before 8:00 a.m. as there will be less crowded. And you can easily shot photo with no people in the frame. The historical park os very well maintained by Thai government which partly funded by UNESCO. This is a “must go” destination in Thailand.
  • I loved this place more than Ayutthaya. It's one large area with many ancient Buddhist temples to explore. The presence of lakes and reflecting pools made for interesting photo opportunities. We had the chance to visit at nighttime while preparations were underway for the light festival. The temples were lit with spotlights and wandering around the dimly lit ruins was exciting.
  • Awesome place! I'm sukhothai there is just this place for tourism, but it worth! You can spend a full day there. Rent a bike on the entrance (there are many place rent) is the best way to ride around it, but you also can go by a small bus on the park. The historical park is divided in 3 main parks, each one you have to pay to get in, but is cheap.
  • A great place to ride bicycles and ride around the old city ruins. Many places to get beautiful photos, best enjoyed as a group. There is also a clothing/trinkets market just outside the south entrance that has some good items to buy as gifts for friends.
  • We loved hiring bikes with our kids to discover the temples on our own. You can rent kids and adult bikes for a cheap price. No cars, motorbikes or scooters within the Park, which makes it really safe. The Park is also free of charge for children (and their bikes!). Fees for adult are 100 baht + 10 for the bike.

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Where to stay in Sukhothai

Sukhothai tourism has been growing for decades, meaning you can now find many places to stay around town, even on a budget. Most accommodations are in New Sukhothai, which lies 12 km (7.45 mi) from the historical park, but lacks many interesting sights of its own. However, good transport connections between the two cities make it easy to explore the historical city on a day trip. If you have a bit more in your budget, save yourself some traveling time by staying near the old city. Do your homework before you book, though--some of the older hotels have a reputation for being run-down and not particularly clean.
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