Sukhothai, just like Ayutthaya, is an ancient city full of old ruins to explore. Exploring these ruins by bicycle was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand.
In this post, you will find our favorite things to do and plenty of tips for your trip to Sukhothai. We stayed for 2 days in Sukhothai.
How to get there
Where to stay
We stayed at the Vieng Tawan Sukhothai Guesthouse. Comfortable and clean rooms, nice swimming pool, and really helpful staff. It was just a 10-minute walk from the hotel to the main street of the old town. It was a really nice place to stay and we loved to relax in the swimming pool after exploring the Sukhothai Historical Park.
How to get around
We rented a bike for 30 THB per day at our hotel but you will find a lot of bike rental shops in front of Sukhothai Historical Park.
Another option is to take a guided tour on an electric tram provided by the park for 4O THB per person and the tram will stop at every attraction within the park.
The Central Zone is open from 6.30 am – 6 pm from Monday- Thursday and open till 9 pm from Friday – Sunday. On Saturday night much of the ruins are illuminated.
The Northern Zone is open daily from 7.30 am – 5.30 pm.
The Western Zone is open daily from 8 am – 4.30 pm.
The Ramkhamhaeng National Museum
The museum is filled with information about Sukhothai as well as other periods of Thai Kingdoms from the breakaway from the Khmer Empire to the Ratanakosin Kingdom that rules the country to this day.
The Ramkhamhaeng National Museum is open daily from 9 am – 4 pm and the entrance fee is 150 THB per person. You can get there by tuk-tuk or on foot depending on where you are staying.
Wat Trapang Thong
The temple is reached by a footbridge across the large lotus-filled pond that surrounds it.
Wat Trapang Thong is open daily from dusk – dawn and there is no entrance fee. You can get there by tuk-tuk or on foot depending on where you stay.
It was built in the late 13th Century and includes a huge lotus-bud-shaped chedi, four corner stupas, four Khmer-style prangs, an assembly hall, and many more. Its believed to be the former spiritual and administrative center of the old capital.
From the lotus pond inside the Sukhothai Historical Park, you have a beautiful view over Wat Mahathat. This is the best spot to watch the sunset.
Wat Si Sawai
Wat Traphang Ngoen
Wat Sa Si
King Ramkhamhaeng Monument
Wat Phra Phai Luang
This old temple is dating back before the founding of the Sukhothai Kingdom. It was built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII of Angkor (who built the Bayon temple in Siem Reap) in the late 12th century.
The temple features 3 Khmer-style towers, an assembly hall, and a pyramidal pagoda. This may have been the center of Sukhothai when it was ruled by the Khmers of Angkor before the 13th century.
Wat Si Chum
Wat Si Chum was built in the 13th century. The temple consists of an open-roof structure where the Buddha is housed and the columns of the old assembly hall in front of it.
Inside we saw some locals praying with candles and incense sticks in their hands.
Wat Saphan Hin
The name of the Wat, which means stone bridge, is a reference to the late path and staircase that lead up to the temple. It’s just a 5 minutes walk to the top. Once you arrive at the top, you will be greeted by a large standing Buddha known as Phra Attharot and you will have a beautiful view over the surrounding area.
Feed the Monks
With dawn, the monks exit the temple and march barefoot in a row led by the senior. They march barefoot to mark the connection to the ground, carrying a special bowl designated for the offering. It is called Bat.
Monks do not prepare their own meals, so it is custom to bring food. We bought some food at the Wat Trapang Thong market. When the monks march by, locals greet them in the traditional Thai way, placing the offerings in the bowl.
When the monks return to the temple at the end of the round, the offerings are distributed between them all.
If you don’t like night markets, in the new town you will find a lot of restaurants.