From Bangkok to visit the historical sites of Sukhothai
I love visiting historical sites because they give first-hand information on all detailed history in books. On my next historical site to visit, I came across one place, Sukhothai. On my deeper research about this place, I decided to travel from Bangkok to visit the historical sites of Sukhothai and here is how to do it!
I came across some fantastic finding, and I wish to share with you if you love visiting historical sites like me. I will also inform you how to get to this place from Bangkok, which is the central place in Thailand. Many tours Thailand but fails to know there are other parts of this country with amazing historical sites. First of all, let me get to know Sukhothai.
Sukhothai is one of the upper central or lower northern provinces of Thailand.
The name Sukhothai is translated as the dawn of happiness.
Today, the city of its name province has a rich history and contributes to tourists touring the place.
Some history of Sukhothai
It was founded in the 13th century fringe of the Khmer empire. It is not clear when, but the Fine Arts Office does range between 1238 -1257.
This place was founded as the first independent Siamese kingdom after overthrowing Khmers by Phokhun Si Intharathit. King Ramkhamhaeng is one of the remarkable kings who led Sukhothai.
He was credited for creating the Khmer-derived Thai Alphabet, and they are the same up today.
He also laid the foundation for politics, religion, and the monarchy.
Why to Sukhothai?
This province is mostly known for the historic city of Sukhothai.
It is around 12 kilometers from the modern new Sukhothai city. It attracts tourists due to that it is located near the ruins of the ancient city of Sukhothai. It was the first capital of Siam.
The province temples, as well as monuments, have been restored.
The Sukhothai Historical Park is one area with diverse sites detailing the history of how Sukhothai was in the 13th century. The park has been recognized by UNESCO and termed as the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Climate in Sukhothai
Very typical climate of central/north Thailand, the best time of the year to visit Sukhothai will always be from November to February, as the weather can be cooler, but you can really go any time of the year to enjoy Sukhothai sightseeing.
The best time to visit Sukhothai
In my opinion, the best time is when the Loy Krathong festival takes place in November.
The city and the historical sites will get all sorts of scenic lights and the ambient that results in astounding and marvelous, at glances also romantic.
In any way fabulous for pictures and great memories at Loy Krathong festival.
How far is it between Bangkok and Sukhothai?
Bangkok is situated in Thailand with (13.754, 100.5014) coordinates, and Sukhothai is situated in Thailand with (17.0078, 99.823) coordinates when one calculated distance between these two places by flying distance, from Bangkok to Sukhothai is equal to 229 miles, which are equal to 369 km.
The car distance between Bangkok and Sukhothai is 422.16 km. when you ride your car at an average speed of 110 kilometers/hour (70 miles/h), it will take about 4 hours. Please check the average — speed travel time table on the right for various options.
The difference between fly and go by a car is 53 km.
How to get to Sukhothai from Bangkok
Sukhothai stands as a good travel destination from ancient times, and up to date, it is. If you love historical sites, then get to Sukhothai to see Thai history. It has its unique appealing, and the site is never crowded. There are three affordable and reliable means.
Bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai
It the cheapest option; however, it is not a direct journey. Sukhothai just has a small bus station. This how to do it and reach Sukhothai by bus;
From Bangkok, there are direct buses, and they are located from Bangkok Mo Chit Terminal. It takes around 6-7 hours as the bus makes some stops at cities on the way. There are several buses at the terminal, departing to Sukhothai.
If you are new to Bangkok, just take the BTS, the MRT, and Taxi or grab hail to Mochit Bus Terminal. Then you ride the bus to Sukhothai.
These buses are operated by Phitsanulok Yanyon, and they make trips from 07:00 to 21:30.
Train from Bangkok to Sukhothai
There is no direct ride to Sukhothai by train. The nearest train station from Sukhothai is in Phitsanulok, and it is about 68 km away from Sukhothai.
Thus to travel by train from Bangkok to Sukhothai, first of all, you need to get to Phitsanulok and then ride a bus heading to Sukhothai. The whole journey will take around 7 hours and will cost 610THB ($20.50).
The first thing is to take a train from Bangkok to Phitsanulok. The train departs from Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok. To get there, ride a taxi or MRT.
When you reach Phitsanulok, catch a bus to Sukhothai. You can also choose to hire a tuk-tuk to Phitsanulok Bus Terminal 1 for around 60 THB ($1.90). Then take a bus. It is possible to book train tickets to Phitsanulok to check out various train websites.
So, here to recap, because this is the best, most traditional way, to arrive at Sukhothai!
Better to take the express train ( it take not more than 7 hours from Bangkok with sightseeing of beautiful landscapes countryside) to arrive fist at Phitsanulok train stations and get off the train
From train station in Phitsanulok you will get the bus (1 hour route)
This is easy taking a Tuk Tuk from train station to reach the Pitsanulok Bus Terminal (about 3KM from the train station / 80 Baht cost)
you will find Buses leaving from Sukothai bus station every hour. This is a comfortable 60KM route
Once you will arrive at the Sukothai Bus Terminal (now located inside the New Sukothai Town), just look for nearest sign indicating the Bus service to Old City (30 Baht cost).
Flight from Bangkok to Sukhothai
It a very reliable means to use, and it will take you less than 2 hours to be in Sukhothai historical site.
The best services are offered by Bangkok Airways, and they schedule 3 flights per day to Sukhothai. All the flights depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 07:00, 13:10, and 15:30. Charges start from 1,650 THB ($54). It is very important to book in advance.
Keep in mind that Sukhothai Airport is located 30km north of New Sukhothai, and it means you need to arrange for a transfer.
- Bangkok Airways provides service at 120 THB ($4) per person, but you have to inquire about the schedules and availability.
Another way is to arrange a transfer with your hotel to the new city at 180baht or to the old city at 300 baht.
- Nok Air, a very popular and well organized low-cost carrier also operates flights with Van Services to Sukhotai.
Nok Air actually flies two times daily to Phitsanulok Airport from Don Muang Bangkok airport, then, brings you by van to Sukhotai.
The total cost of this service is around 1500 baht and will take about (2hr 30 minutes) to reach the destination.
- AirAsia also has this flight services to/from Phitsanulok Airport departing also from DonMuang Airport in Bangkok.
Top places not to miss in Sukhothai
After you have arrived in Sukhothai, it time to explore as you walk the ruins of this once great city. However, there are so many places and if not careful, will miss going to the essential places. Don’t worry because I am going to tell the top places not to miss in Sukhothai.
Sukhothai Old City
It is the UNESCO World Heritage site, which up to date stands as evidence to Thailand storied and colorful past as well as the colorful past.
Despite the destruction, 200 temples were reconstructed just to give the picture exactly how Thailand’s early capital looked like.
The old city of Thailand is full of Thailand culture, and archeologists have found the remnants of artistic and religious works that define a society for centuries.
There stand three earthen walls, and two moats surrounded the old center. There are an information center and information boards in English outside every building detailing the history.
Hours: Daily 6 am-9 pm
charges: 150 THB
The best time to see the ruins is mornings when it’s a little cooler and before the buses arrive, at noon when they have lunch, or after 16:00.
- Rent a bike! You can explore the ruins of the old city, Old Sukhothai, do not think to walk around because the Park is really vast (70 square kilometers). There are several rental shops at the gates, with prices ranging from 10 to 50 Thai Baht per day.
- You can also explore by tuk-tuk, drivers can guide you round to show you the secret pathways, animals, is a great idea to use tuk-tuk especially during very warm days, when with bike might be too warm (Prices about 300 to 500 Thai Baht for half day.
Wat Maha That, in the central zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park
This palace is very significant to the people of Thailand. It was near the earlier Royal Palace, and it was near the earlier Royal Palace (a wooden building of which no trace remains).
The Wat alone covered an area of 4 ha, surrounded by 185 chedis, six wiharns of varying size, a bot, and eleven salas.
The eminent main chedi in the middle of the positioning is most spectacular, with each a wiharn and a larva.
It’s intrinsic a strictly Sukhothai vogue, wherever the highest is topped by the tip of a lotus bud.
The center section appears like the Khmer prangs, and therefore the high sq. The base is adorned by a procession of worshippers with forty figures of regarding one m high on both sides.
The niches of the four corner chapels show fine stucco work, rosettes, and scenes from the lifetime of Buddha, and gods and demons in conflict.
The central chedi once contained the gilded sculpture of the Phra Buddha Shakyamuni, that King Rama I had dropped at the Wat Suthat in the port.
Wat Chetuphon, the southern part of the central zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park
It homes a particularly lovely example of classical Sukhothai-style – a stepping Buddha in stucco (the only 1 of 4 to be having been well preserved).
The opposite 3 represent Buddha in sitting, standing, and reclining positions. The chedi within the variety of a mondhop comprised of the Phra Si Arijya Metrai, the “Buddha of the future” sculpture. Wat Chetuphon additionally has AN uncommon feature of slate walls carved like wood.
Wat Tra Phang Thong Lang, in the central/east zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park
Its exceptional stucco relief, on the road to Sukhothai. The flat relief on the southern aspect is that the better of its kind within the Sukhothai style; it shows Buddha, striding over steps, returning down from heaven Tavatimsa.
Protected by two parasols, Buddha is among the Hindu goddesses Hindu deity and Brahma, moreover as by worshippers.
This can be assumed to be the primary visual illustration of the stepping Buddha from the Sukhothai amount.
Another flat relief on the side of the larva depicts, less artistically, Buddha taming the elephant Nalagiri, that his first cousin Devadatta had attacked him.
The relief on the west wall shows Buddha below a mango at the miracle of Sravasti.
Wat Phra Pai Luang, in the North zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park
Its an intensive Wat Phra Pai Luang is one amongst the oldest temples within the Sukhothai space. Thought to this point from the top of the twelfth or starting of the thirteenth century, it absolutely was most likely one amongst the foremost vital during this region.
Wat Phra Pai Luang was presumptively the most wat of the recent city at the time of the Khmer before it absolutely was touched more south to its gift position within the ruined town.
Lovely stucco adorns the steps of the chedi.
The skin wall, foundations, and ruins of 4 rows of columns still stand from the Wiharn.
Though less disreputable than a number of the temples within the recent town, this can be a pleasant one to go to because of dilutant crowds.
And put it aside for later within the day once you’re winding your rubber-necking right down to relish the quiet sunset.
This is one of the spots you must see at sunset!
Wat Sa Si, in the central zone of the Sukhothai Historical Park
You will reach the Wat Sa Si temple a few hundred meters North West coming from the Wat Mahathat, inside the central zone of the old town (Sukhothai Historical Park).
This Wat is standing on a small island, right in the middle of a wonderful and picturesque lotus flower pond. Here you will have perfect moments for very attractive pictures of the Sukhothai Historical Park.
The Wat Sa Si was built near the end of the 14th century, this according to the stone inscriptions previously discovered in Sukhothai,
You will see a principal chedi, another smaller chedi nearby, a viharn, an uboso, a walking Buddha image very typical of a Sukhothai.
The main chedi, build in Singhalese style, is well preserved, it has a bell shape standing on a square base.
Once built to enshrine the ashes of King Li Thai of Sukhothai.
Behind the principal chedi, you will see several other smaller chedis, sadly nowadays nothing but the base remains.
From Bangkok to visit the historical sites of Sukhothai.
Here a quick list of all the Sukhothai temples
- Wat Mahathat
- Wat Si Sawai
- Wat Sa Si
- Wat Chetuphon
- Wat Sorasak
- Wat Saphan Hin
- Wat Tra Phang Ngoen
- Wat Si Chum
- Wat Phra Phai Luang