My name is Nel and welcome to my quick guide on Sukhothai Historical Park! I’m a 23 year old girl from Belgium who loves to travel, a passion instilled in me from a young age by my parents. As a family, we traveled extensively in the past – especially to Asian countries. On one of those family trips, we visited Thailand and checked out Bangkok, Pattaya, Lopburi, Ban Koh Samet, Phuket, Koh Samui, Nai Yang Beach and Patong.
On my recent adventure to Thailand, I wanted to discover something new. So I flew to Chiang Rai where I stayed for two and a half days, then took a bus to Chiang Mai and explored the city for four days, and also visited Sukhothai for three days. I spent 10 days in these places before heading to Phuket. There, I volunteered at the Soi Dog Foundation. We even adopted a stray dog and flew it back to Belgium with us. A few weeks later, I decided to return to Thailand to explore Koh Lanta and its surroundings.
In regards to Sukhothai, it was recommended to me by my dad and grandma who had visited. They found it worth seeing, which is why they suggested it to me. I looked into things to do and stumbled upon the historical park, deciding to add it to my list. I was looking forward to seeing this wonder, as I had read and heard many good things about it.
Sukhothai Historical Park was one of the most beautiful places I visited in Thailand, earning it a solid 8.5/10 in my opinion. It exceeded my expectations and the cool part was that you could rent bikes on-site. This allowed you to explore not only the central part of the park, but also the more remote areas and surrounding neighborhoods. I saw many beautiful things such as landscapes and animals in the fields.
Top Things To Do in Sukhothai
- Visit the Historical Park: The central part of Sukhothai Historical Park is where all the temples are located and it’s easy to walk or bike around.
- Check Out the Temples Outside the Park: Many of these temples are overlooked but are definitely worth seeing as well. It requires more biking, however the roads are quite flat – making it feasible for everyone.
- Rent a Bike: By renting a bicycle, you can explore both the park and the surrounding areas. You may stumble upon hidden gems along the way.
- Try the Food at the Local Markets: Not only are there quite a few day markets to choose from in Sukhothai but there’s also a bustling night market. I enjoyed taking a stroll at the markets and trying new things.
- Walk around the City: Walking around the city and the bridge are also recommended. When it has rained a lot, the water rises almost to reach the bridge which is impressive to see. In the city itself, you’ll find local shops and restaurants. My favorite restaurant was Poo Restaurant.
Where I Stayed in Sukhothai
During my visit to Sukhothai, I stayed at the Perfect Resort & Motorbikes for Rent Sukhothai. It’s a very small hotel with only a few rooms. The staff were friendly and everything was clean. There was also a small and clean pool that you could use to refresh yourself. Everything you needed was available, and in terms of price and quality, this place was excellent for me. Coming from hostels and dorms, it felt a bit more luxurious and private.
Best Way to Reach Sukhothai
As mentioned, I took a flight to Chiang Rai from Bangkok, and then I took the bus further south to Chiang Mai and to Sukhothai. Afterwards, I took my flight to Phuket. Depending on your budget and the time you want to spend, you can either go by bus or plane to Sukhothai. The bus takes longer, is cheaper but not always comfortable. Depending on the days, a plane ticket can be expensive or cheap but it’s the fastest way. I used Grab on-site because it was a quick and affordable way to move around.
Need to Know Before You Go
Sukhothai is definitely an incredible place to visit despite not having a lot to do. I recommend allocating two days: one for the historical park and its surroundings, and one to stay in the center, do the local market and enjoy the pool. If you want to rent a bike and explore both the park and the surrounding area, I recommend starting early because you’ll need the time.
It’s always best to visit the historical park when it’s sunny and dry because it’s much more beautiful that way. If it’s sunny, be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, water and a hat to protect your head. So, definitely try to go outside the rainy season. If that’s not possible, I would still visit it in the rain.
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If people want to keep up with my adventures, they should definitely follow me on Instagram. I often put my stories in my highlights so that people can still go back and look at them, and I also refer to them when people ask me questions. I’m always open to answering people’s questions and providing tips where I can about the places I’ve visited. I have many friends come to me for more information about certain places or even about the different emotions and feelings during traveling. So, feel free to do the same!