Unlike the Ayutthaya historical site which is always crowded with chaotic tour buses, Sukhothai offers an upscale traveler a glimpse of the amazing wonders of the first Thai Kingdom to which you will have a truly relaxing journey.
Sukhothai, which means “The Dawn of Happiness”, holds a unique place in Thailand’s history dating back some 700 years as the prosperous capital of the country for approximately 120 years. It was built in 1238 by Phor Khun Pha Muang and Phor Khun Bagn Klang Hao [ who is later became “King Sri Intratitaya” ] after defeating the Khmer empire based in Angkor Wat.
Sukhothai is about 427 km North of Bangkok and 300 km south from Chiang Mai, covers an area of 6,596 sq.km. In addition, Sukhothai was designed to be a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1991 and has welcomed many tourists for the spectacular light and sound performance during our Loy Kratong Fesitval which is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar [ usually in November ].
My private tour to visit Sukhothai will take you away from hectic Bangkok. You will have a pleasant journey and learn about our Thai heritage treasury.
SUKHOTHAI “GOLD IN THE RUINS” 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Day One Arrival to Sukhothai / Sukhothai Historical Park
Afrer a 90 minute early flight by Bangkok Airways – which is the only airline serving Sukhothai [ www.bangkokairs.com ] – you will arrive at Sukhothai airport ; located in a relaxing rice field atmosphere and it is considered as one of the most beautiful domestic airport in Thailand. We will transfer with our private air-conditioned car to the hotel.
In the afternoon, our programs starts with a visit to the magnificent artifacts of Sukhothai at “Ramkhamheang National Museum” [ closed on Mon –Tue ]. After that, our private driver will take us to the neighboring “Sukhothai Historical Park”. This vas historical complex covers 70 sq. km. or 27 sq. mi. Many locals pay respects to the monument of King Ramkhamheang the Great who invented the Thai alphabet in 1283.
You will be amazed by huge number of historial monument. Don’t miss the remains of the lotus-bud prang of “Wat Mahatat” which served as the royal temples of Sukhothai’s royal palace. A sacred Buddha image named “Achana” which means unmovable presides over the most photographed Wat Si Chum ; an iconic tourist attractions of Sukhothai.
Day Two Si Satchanalai Historical Park
We will depart at 9 am to visit Si Satchanalai Historical Park. It is approx. 40m drive North of Sukhothai Historical Park.
“Si Satchanalai” served as secondary position of the Sukhothai Kingdom, spread out on some 200 acres on the bank of Yom River and it remains a quiet place with an undisturbed atmosphere. The highlights includes “Wat Chang Lom” ; a huge bell shaped Ceylonese style Chedi supporting with ruined laterite standing elephants pedestal and “Wat Chedi Chet Thaew” where you will see 7 rows of lotus-bud ruined chedis. And not too far away, “Wat Nang Phaya” includes well preserved floral stucco reliefs.
After visiting “Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahatat Chaliang”, you will be taken to have lunch at a local restaurant by the river.
On our return, you may like to visit the shops of “Sangkhalok glazed wares” and famous local pottery of hand crafted Sukhothai style gold & silver antique ornaments.
After spending our long day journey, why not try a local massage retreat somewhere close to your hotel.
During our visit to Sukhothai, let’s try the famous “Sukhothai style noodles” and other local Thai cuisine.