Sukhothai Historical Park

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Sukhothai Historical Park

Originally created in the 1200s and 1300s as the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam, this site has an astounding number of ancient Buddhist temples.

Sukhothai Historical Park earned a UNESCO heritage site designation for its role in the early Kingdom of Siam, with a lasting influence on modern Thai culture. Visit Sukhothai Historical Park to learn about Thailand’s origin and appreciate the astounding architecture. More than 20 wats or temples stand in the area; many are still well preserved. Look for numerous large statues of Buddha.

The park’s five zones, some of which have a separate admission fee, cover an area of 27 square miles (70 square kilometers). Many of the most impressive temples are in the central zone, a good place to start. This was the center of the ancient city of Sukhothai. Notice lotus flowers in the peaceful moat and ponds surrounding the temples.

Wat Mahathat was the spiritual heart of the Old City of Sukhothai and remains the most impressive temple in the central zone. Its large seated and standing Buddha figures are surrounded by mounded stupas and conical prangs. Kings used this temple until the 16th century. Chedis, with the distinctive lotus bud shape, originated here and became popular across the kingdom.

Wat Phra Phai Luang in the northern zone was built by the Khmers prior to the formation of the Kingdom of Siam. Look for a huge seated Buddha statue in the cubical pavilions of Wat Si Chum in this zone. The eastern, western and southern zones contain additional temples in varying states of repair.

Walk, rent bicycles or hire a tuk tuk to travel between temples of the park. Allow 1 to 2 days to explore the area. Visit the site during Loy Krathong in October or November to view the ruins decorated with lights, with a sound and light show, fireworks and parades.

Sukhothai Historical Park opens daily from early in the morning. If time permits, visit Si Satchanalai, about a 1-hour drive north. Also part of the UNESCO designation, this ancient town was the center of the country’s ceramic trade. Fly from Bangkok to the modern city of New Sukhothai, drive or take a bus from major Thai cities. Use a songthaew shared taxi to travel between cities.

Top 10 Hotels Near Sukhothai Historical Park

Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort
Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort
3 out of 5
9/9 Napho-Khirimas Rd, Tambon Muangkao, Sukhothai, Sukhothai
The price is RM163 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in the heart of Sukhothai, this eco-friendly resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sukhothai Historical Park, Ramkhamhaeng National Museum and Wat Chedi Sung. ...
4/5 Very Good! (105 reviews)
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"Good location. Clean. Very good ambience. Friendly service."

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The Legendha Sukhothai
The Legendha Sukhothai
4 out of 5
214 Moo3 Tambon Muangkao, Amphur Muang, Sukhothai, Sukhothai
The price is RM217 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wat Chedi Sung and Sukhothai Historical Park. Wat Traphang Tong and Ramkhamhaeng ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (223 reviews)
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Sriwilai Sukhothai
Sriwilai Sukhothai
4 out of 5
214/4 Moo 2, Mueangkao, Mueang, Sukhothai
The price is RM357 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
This family-friendly Sukhothai hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Chedi Sung and Wat Traphang Tong. Sukhothai Historical ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (105 reviews)
"Location close to Historic Park was great. Really special environment and very pleasant staff. Rooms need a big of upgrading."

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2021

Sriwilai Sukhothai
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Woodbridge Hostel Sukhothai
Woodbridge Hostel Sukhothai
2 out of 5
141/3 Moo 3 Jarodwithithong Rd, Mueang Kao, Sukhothai, Sukhothai
The price is RM27 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
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The Legendha Sukhothai
The Legendha Sukhothai
4 out of 5
214 Moo3 Tambon Muangkao, Amphur Muang, Sukhothai, Sukhothai
The price is RM217 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
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Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort
Le Charme Sukhothai Historical Park Resort
3 out of 5
9/9 Napho-Khirimas Rd, Tambon Muangkao, Sukhothai, Sukhothai
The price is RM163 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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Sriwilai Sukhothai
Sriwilai Sukhothai
4 out of 5
214/4 Moo 2, Mueangkao, Mueang, Sukhothai
The price is RM357 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
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Thai Thai Sukhothai Resort
Thai Thai Sukhothai Resort
3 out of 5
95/8 Moo3 Napho-Khirimas Rd, Historical Park, Muang Kao, Mueang, Sukhothai
The price is RM85 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Sukhothai Garden
Sukhothai Garden
3 out of 5
119 Moo 3, Tambon Muangkao, Amphoe Muang, Sukhothai
The price is RM106 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Sukhothai Garden
Naracha Resort
Naracha Resort
3 out of 5
343/8 M. 10 T.Muang Kao, A. Muang, Sukhothai
The price is RM75 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
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The Rise Resort
The Rise Resort
3 out of 5
68 Vicheanchumnong Road, Mueng, Sukhothai
The price is RM78 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
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Old City Boutique House
Old City Boutique House
2.5 out of 5
326 Moo 3, Tambon Muang Kao, Amphoe Muang, Sukhothai
Old City Boutique House
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