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Further to the north of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is reached as a slight detour off the road to Chiang Mai or by direct flight from Bangkok.

History of Sukhothai

This was the earliest capital of a Thai kingdom that flourished from the early thirteenth century, an era whose religious art and architecture is considered the most classic of Thailand’s cultural influences. In lush parkland settings are countless carved Buddhas, elegant lotus-bud spires and calm reflective lily ponds dating back to the golden age of ancient Siam.

See the ruins by bicycle

Sukhothai cycling tourAs many more of the historical sites lie further afield from the main park, a bicycle is an enjoyable way of seeking out abandoned ruins nestled in the undergrowth.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Sukhothai

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Sukhothai, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Sukhothai

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    Places near Sukhothai

    Accommodation choices for Sukhothai

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Sukhothai. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Tharaburi Resort, Sukhothai

      Tharaburi Resort


      A small, contemporary hotel that combines traditional Thai crafts with modern styling, Tharaburi Resort offers easy access to the sights of old Sukhothai as well as an outdoor pool, a small spa and cycling tours.

    • Sukhothai Treasure, Sukhothai

      Sukhothai Treasure


      The Sukhothai Treasure is surrounded by rice paddies and is a quiet and serene base for exploring the UNESCO protected temples of Sukhothai that are located nearby.