Sukhothai took me by storm: The incredible number of remnants of the glorious times when the city was Siam’s capital is just surreal.
Since it would be a big mistake to limit your visits to the archeologic park in the city center, Sukhothai is best explored cycling; this way, you get to all the sites you like to see – and there are quite a few: Almost 200, to be precise.
I came by bus from Kamphaeng Phet, the bus station is quite far from the center, and there is New Sukhothai and Old Sukhothai, and being a tourist, you and I are going for Old Sukhothai, of course. There are Songthaews, so don’t go with one of the tuk-tuks or cabs that will try to screw you over. Actually my extremely pretty accommodation was located near the town entrance – an assemblage of charming individual houses with little porches, nicely furnished and by bicycle ten minutes from the historic town center.
What you do in Sukhothai is clear: looking! Visiting as many temple remnants as you can since they are all so picturesque. And then you cycle a bit further and you see farmers with their cows and rice paddies and lush sceneries. Yet there comes the next temple to be visited – fill your days with beauty.
|Biking from pretty to pretty.|
Again I do something I hate doing, but since I want to be supportive, here’s a list of my favorite sites in Sukhothai:
|Buddha’s manicure is much nicer than mine. Well, he’s Buddha, after all.|
|3. Wat Thaphang Thong – The beauty of this temple lies mainly in its picturesque location and being surrounded by a lake. Plus, there is Buddha’s footprint to be admired. There’s an active monk community living at this Wat.|
4. Wat Sorasak – Why do I list this Wat? It has elephants!
|5. Wat Saphan Hin – This Wat is located about 3 km/ 2 miles outside of Sukhothai on a hill. Honestly, the Wat as such is not worth the climb. I found the climb was worth the climb (“I did it!”) and the beautiful view you have from up there.|
|W(h)at are you smiling at? It was a long way up here. Buddha at Wat Saphan Hin.|
If your hotel doesn’t supply you with a bike – what sort of hotel are you staying at? They all do! – you can rent one in town.
|I’m sure there will be a rental bike left for you.|
Again, I cannot recommend any restaurant since at night the stalls along the main road Thanon Jarodvithi Thong fire up their barbecues, so I ate there.
|Dinner is served.|