In the southern part of northern Thailand, halfway between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, you will find this marvelous and truly impressive historical site. The Sukhotai Historical Park it is a wonderful complex that deserves to be visited. It is located about 12 kilometers from the new city of Sukhotai.
A truly unique and evocative place. Sukhotai: a name, a guarantee! Its meaning is "dawn of happiness". In the heart of Thailand, the Park houses the ancient ruins of the city of Sukhotai. Today, perfectly preserved, it is a real wonder in the open air.
The complex is surrounded by brick walls; on each side, right in the middle, there is an access door. As well as outside, you can visit 21 temples inside the site. The largest, and also photographed, is the Wat Mahathat; located in the central area of the complex, it was the royal chapel of ancient Sukhotai. Opposite stands the main hall which officially houses the bronze Buddha statue.
Every temple and building is really beautiful and evocative. And, really fascinating. In addition to the beauty of historic buildings, you can visit a beautiful complex also from the point of view of the landscape. A luxuriant vegetation with ponds, plants and lotus flowers. Stupendous, and cared for down to the smallest details. In a magnificent setting, south-west of Wat Mahathat, is situated Wat Si Sawai. And, again, the beautiful Wat Trapang Thong; a temple that stands on the island in the middle of the large pond, reachable through a small bridge.
But, the beauties are not limited only to the temples enclosed within the walls. Bastera move a few hundred meters, to discover really beautiful and incredible sites. How not to be stunned to see Wat Si Chum? It is just over 1 km, north of Wat Mahathat. It is an impressive statue of the Buddha, 15 meters high and about 13 wide. Really majestic!
The 12 December 1991, the Sukhotai Historical Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is undoubtedly really beautiful and exciting. And, it is even more so, on special occasions like the Festival of Lights - Loi Krathong, or the traditional Thai New Year. Imagine the complex lit by wonderful floating baskets lit in the evening? Or, again, the early afternoon when the sun starts to set and the sky is magically colored.
TICKETS AND TIMES
The entrance to Sukhotai Historical Park takes place every day from 08: 30 to 16: 30 (last admission allowed). You can drive around the complex up to 17: 30 or 18: 00 at most.
It is necessary to buy three different tickets for the same number of areas: north, west and center. Each ticket costs 100Baht (just under 3 €) and can be purchased at the ticket offices at the Park entrance. To access the National Museum you pay 150Baht
HOW TO MOVE
The complex covers an area of approximately 70 square kilometers. If you want to limit yourself to the visit of the complex inside the walls, you can easily walk around; obviously, with the due pauses and if you have the whole day to dedicate to the Park. Otherwise, the bike is really ideal. During the visit to the Park, you will be able to see a lot of them around the Park. You can rent them at the entrance of the complex for just over a euro (at the exchange)! Really recommended.
HOW TO GET
From Italy, you can reach Sukhotai, by plane doing a couple of stopovers and landing in Bangkok. From the Thai capital, you reach the city in just over an hour's flight. From the airport, you can reach via a shuttle bus, both the old city and the new city of Sukhotai.
Those who have previously stopped in Chiang Mai can think of reaching Sukhotai by bus. The journey takes from 5 to 6 hours. Buses leave from the Arcade Bus Terminal. The ticket can be purchased directly at the terminal and costs around € 7.
WHERE TO SLEEP
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