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Temple ruins
Wat Mahathat at Sukhothai. “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sukhotai Historical Park

Sukhothai is the capital of the province of the same name. It was the capital of the first kingdom of Siam founded about 800 years ago. The Sukhothai Historical Park covers the ruins of the city. Its name literally means “Dawn of Happiness”. The ruins are about 10kms from the town, often called New Sukhothai, to avoid confusion. Nearby is the airport. There are daily flights from Bangkok.

You can visit the park by car, tram or bicycle. The most famous ruins are Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Chum, Wat Chang Lom, Wat Sra Sri and Wat Phra Phai Luang. The Ramkhamhaeng Museum offers the perfect introduction to a visit of the ruins. Together with Sri Satchanalai and Kamphaeng Phet the Historical Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns”. If you are interested in history and archeology a visit to this historical park is really a must. You can easily spend a full day as there are remote ruins that get very few visitors. Sukhothai is famous for the full moon Loy Krathong festival which usually takes place in November.

Buddha statue
Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai