The sun mellowed on a serene evening as we rode into the old world town of Sukhothai, a UNESCO world heritage historical park. The first capital of Thailand, Sukhothai which means 'The dawn of happiness' exudes the charm of the old world with numerous temples, pagodas and buddhist statues. Carpets of green are spread out everywhere with lots of trees and lotus ponds, and amidst all this wonderful landscape stands silently the ruined city of Sukhothai.
More than 700 years ago, Sukhothai was the capital of the flourishing Sukhothai kingdom which ruled post the Khmer rule from mid 13th century to mid 15th century. It was under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng that the kingdom reached its prime. The kingdom did not last for long and lost its power to Ayutthaya kingdom leaving its numerous temples in ruins.
|Wat Mae Chon|
|Wat Traphang Ngoen|
|Monument of King Ramkhamhaeng the great.|
One can hire bicycles or take a tram to go around the park. Si Satchanalai Historical park, 82 Kms from Sukhothai is another interesting place of visit with numerous temples. Sukhothai also boasts of Thailand's two best national parks- Ramkhamhaeng and Si Satchanalai.
Signing Note- Lose yourself amidst stupas, shrines and serenity...!!
Distance- Bangkok to Sukhothai- 442 Kms (Route 117)
P.S.- I was riding across northern Thailand with Ride Thailand on an invite from Tourism Authority of Thailand.