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
As 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.
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
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Sukhothai
- Loei Province 130 miles away
- Chiang Mai 130 miles away
- Nan 139 miles away
- Pai 187 miles away
- Ayutthaya 190 miles away
- Udon Thani 200 miles away
- Chiang Rai 201 miles away
- Mae Hong Son 201 miles away
- Nong Khai 202 miles away
- Fang 206 miles away
- Kanchanaburi & The River Kwai 208 miles away
- Doi Angkhang 208 miles away
- Isaan 212 miles away
- Khao Yai National Park 214 miles away
- Phimai 217 miles away
- Bangkok 230 miles away
- The Golden Triangle 236 miles away
- Amphawa 248 miles away
- Phanom Rung 284 miles away
Photos of 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.
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.
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.