A Photo Journey Through the Sukhothai Temples

On April 7, 2014 by Oren and Cassie

Our journey into Northern Thailand brought us to the city of Sukhothai and the famous Sukhothai temples in the historical park. These temples date back to the Golden Age of this ancient city in the 13th and 14th century. The ruins are in such great shape that it’s easy to imagine this city as it once was, thriving with life.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SUKHOTHAI

There are essentially two different options for where to stay in Sukhothai: the new city or the old city. We stayed at a great place in the new city which set us back about $25/night. Every morning, we rode a bike to the bus stop and caught a ride over to the historical park for a couple of bucks.

On the other hand, you could also stay in the old city. There are plenty of options for accommodations and even a few pubs nearby. You’re right near the historical park, but if you want to explore the new city and the night market, you’ll have to hop on a tuk-tuk for a few dollars.

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THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE SUKHOTHAI TEMPLES

Once you get to the historical park, you have to pay a $3 entrance fee. Trust us, it’s well worth it. We then rented a bike for $1 to get around the park. In our opinion, a good ole-fashioned bicycle is the best way to see the park. The temples cover an area of 3.2 square km, so it’s tough to walk around the entire park, especially in the heat. Rent a bike and you can easily get to all of the temples inside the park as well as many of the 60+ temples outside the park.

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GETTING TO SUKHOTHAI

There are plenty of options to get to Sukhothai, depending on where you’re coming from. We came up on train through Ayutthaya and Lopburi, then caught a bus through Phitsanulok to Sukhothai. You can also catch a bus straight from Bangkok, although it will probably stop at some of the cities along the way to pick up and drop off passengers. The trains and buses aren’t too expensive – never more than a few bucks – so it’s easy to get to the Sukhothai temples on any budget.

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We hope you enjoyed our photo journey through the Sukhothai temples! We had a blast taking all these pictures, even if we had to deal with the sweltering heat. We’ll be posting a photo gallery with the remainder of our photos soon, so be sure to check back!

UPDATE: Check out our Sukhothai gallery!

-O.L.

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6 Responses to “A Photo Journey Through the Sukhothai Temples”

  • Absolutely great photos! Have not been to Sukhothai, but these photos remind me of the temples and ruins in Angkor Wat and Bagan đŸ™‚

    • We will be in Angkor in two weeks. Stayed tuned! đŸ™‚

    • Thanks! We’ll be in Angkor Wat in a week or so, and we can’t wait! Hopefully more good photos coming from there…

  • Marvelous photos!

  • Your photos are gorgeous, especially the one of the two little monks. We unfortunately didn’t have time to make it to Sukhothai on our last visit (but we did bicycle around the ancient temples of Ayutthaya, which looks a little similar).

    • Thanks so much!! That just means you have an excuse to go back to Thailand to see Sukhothai! We’ll meet you there.

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