Sukhothai

SUKHOTHAI

Rich Thai History, Present-Day Charm

Sukhothai, literally “Dawn of Happiness”, is the most romantic of the former Thai capital cities as it features the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also spectacular is the Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai, during which hundreds of candle-powered floating lanterns are released into the sky. Activities include visits to villages just north of Sukhothai that produce traditional Sangkhalok Pottery and Hat Siao cloth. Its central location, convenient airport, and historical charm make Sukhothai a unique venue for business meetings and events.

FAST FACTS

REGION

Northern

POPULATION

600,231 people (Male: 292,305 people, Female: 307,926 people)

HOW TO GET THERE

Bangkok Airways offers daily direct flights to Sukhothai (1hr 15min). By car or bus the 400 km drive takes around 6 hours. Although there is no train station at Sukhothai, visitors can transfer at Phitsanulok, which also features a domestic airport. From Phitsanulok it is less than one hour drive to Sukhothai.

ACTIVITIES

Exploring the Sukhothai Historical Park (both day and night), riding bicycles, learning about and shopping for Teen Jok cloth and Sangkhalok Pottery, Trekking , Bird Watching

TOURIST HOTSPOTS

Sukhothai Historical Park, Ramkhamhaeng National Park (Khao Luang), Sathorn Golden Textile Museum, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Wat Si Chum, Sangkhalok Museum, Sawankhaworanayok National Museum, Wat Chang Lom, Phra Ruang Park (Thung Mae Rawing), Wat Tha Phang Ngern

INTERESTING INFO

Sukhothai, meaning ‘the dawn of happiness,’ was the capital of the first Thai kingdom as well as birthplace of the Thai alphabet, created by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great. It is also the best destination to enjoy the romantic Loy Krathong celebration, during which floating lanterns are released into the sky.