Seeing Sukhothai Ruins by Bicycle
Sukhothai Historial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Northern Thailand. It contains ruins from the 13th and 14th centuries. Sukhothai was the first Siamese capital. Unlike Ayutthaya, the ruins are relatively close together - which means they can easily be visited by bicycle!
How we got there from Lopburi
From Lopburi we took a train to Phitsanaluk and then a bus to Sukhothai. The entire trip took about 5 hours.
How to get around
BICYCLE! The majority of the temples are within the Sukhothai Historical Park. There are a few more temples outside the park grounds and they can easily be reached by bike. We rented bikes for 30 baht ($0.86 USD) for 24 hours. You can rent bicycles from a stand close to your hotel, or near the Historical Park entrance.
What to visit
Wat Mahathat is the most important temple in the complex. During the 20th century some parts of it were restored. The name Wat Mahathat means "temple of the great relic." It is surrounded by beautifully kept gardens and is best visited early in the morning.
Wat Si Sawai is one of the oldest temples in the Sukhothai Historial Park. It was originally a Hindu temple. It was later adapted for use as a Buddhist temple. There is a small crypt inside.
I loved Sukhothai. Nothing quite compares to leisurely peddling a bicycle and discovering ruins among lush green landscapes. I would recommend spending two days, instead of one. There were a few temples outside the Historical Park that we didn’t have time to visit. Gorgeous, magical place.
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