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Sukhothai travel pictures

Sightseeing in Sukhothai

The old city of Sukothai is more like a park filled with historical buildings (or remains of temples) than it is an actual city. The location of the park is referred to as old Sukothai. Most of the old temples are clustered together in Sukothai historical park which used to be the capital of Thailand. The temples and ruins date back to 1238 when it was founded. Most people stay in the nearby town of New Sukothai and take the shuttle bus, which leaves every half hour to old Sukothai and takes only about half an hour.

This historical park is very relaxing to cycle around. The park is too big to walk everywhere especially on a warm day. There is hardly any traffic and tourist numbers are relatively low making it a worthwhile experience. Outside of the center park there are more temples, which are not that impressive on its own, but cycling along the rice fields does make it worthwhile and gives you the opportunity to experience the rural side of Thailand. Outside the main parts it is possible to find several temples which have not been restored and are overgrown with vegetation.

The historical park is divided into three areas (central, north and west) and you have to buy a separate admission ticket for each zone. The main temple to see is Sat Mahathat which translates as the King's palace and is located in the central zone. Sat Mahathat is the largest temple complex in Sukothai and is decorated with ponds filled with lilies and sitting Buddha's. There are many other temples such as Wat Sra Si, Wat Si Sawai, Wat Chang Lom, Sat Chetuphon and Wat Phara Pai Luang. The state and size of these vary considerably. One temple which is outside the park is Wat Sapan Hin which has a massive Buddha statue on top of a hill. For here you are able get get some good views of the surroundings of Sukothai. When visiting each temple, it is worth looking a some of the details as many of them are beautifully decorated with elephants or stone carvings. 


Sukothai travel photo gallery

 



Wat Sra Si.

Wat Sra Si.

 
Temple in the historical park of Sukhothai.

Temple in the historical park of Sukhothai.

 
Stupa in Sukhothai.

Stupa in Sukhothai.

  



 

 
Typical temple ruins: Sitting Buddha with half pillars and a stupa in the back.

Sitting Buddha with half pillars and a stupa in the back.

 
Temple ruins in Thailand former capital Sukhothai.

Temple ruins.

 



Small statue.

Small statue.

 



The green scenery of Sukhothai historical park.

The green scenery.

 
Palm trees in the historical park.

Palm trees in the historical park.

 



Sitting Buddha in a temple ruin.

Sitting Buddha in a temple ruin.

 



Pond with lilies.

Pond with lilies.

 



Sitting Buddha in Sat Mahathat.

Sitting Buddha in Sat Mahathat.

 
Statue of a standing Buddha.

Statue of a standing Buddha.

 
Ruins of the King's palace.

Ruins of the King's palace.

 



The Kings palace in Sukhothai historical park.

The Kings palace.

 



Wat Mahathat.

Wat Mahathat.

 
Classical Thailand, sitting Buddha near a pond with lilies.

Sitting Buddha near a pond with lilies.

 
Amazing Sukhothai historical park in Thailand.

Amazing view.

 



Temple ruins with a Buddha statue in the Kings Palace.

Temple ruins with a Buddha statue in the Kings Palace.

 
Wat Si Sawai.

Wat Si Sawai.

 
Wat Si Sawai temple in Sukhothai.

Wat Si Sawai temple.

 
Wat Traphang Ngoen.

Wat Traphang Ngoen.

 



Nature surrounding the temples.

Nature surrounding the temples.

 
Beautiful environment of the Sukhothia historical park.

Beautiful environment.

 



Temple in the historical park of Sukhothai.

Temple in the historical park.

 
Surroundings of Sukhothai.

Surroundings.

 
Green surroundings around the foundations of a temple.

Green surroundings around the foundations of a temple.

 
Typical Thai rice fields.

Typical Thai rice fields.

 



Nature surrounding the historical park of Sukhothai.

Nature surrounding the historical park.

 



Ruins of an old civilization.

Ruins of an old civilization.

 
Thailand scenery.

Thailand scenery.

 
Temple ruins.

Temple ruins.

 
Temple ruins in the middle of nature.

Temple ruins in the middle of nature.

 
Ruins of Thailand former capital.

Ruins of Thailand former capital.

 



Ruins of a temple.

Ruins of a temple.

 



Ancient ruins

Ancient ruins.

 
Ruins of a temple on a hill.

Ruins of a temple on a hill.

 
Wat Sapan Hin.

Wat Sapan Hin.

 



Ricefield around Sukothai seen from a bicycle.

Ricefield around Sukothai seen from a bicycle.

 



Foundation of a temple in Sukhothai.

Foundation of a temple.

 



Restored Stupa (middle) and ruins.

Restored Stupa (middle) and ruins.

 
Scenery of Sukhothai historical park.

Scenery.

 
Stupa near the water in Thailand.

Stupa near the water.

 



Wat Sa Sri.

Wat Sa Sri.

 
Large Buddha statue in the King's palace in Sukhothai.

Large Buddha statue in the King's palace.

 



The ruins of the King's palace.

The ruins of the King's palace.

 
Large smiling Buddha statue.

Large smiling Buddha statue.

 
Buddha statue in the Sukhothai historical park.

Buddha statue in the historical park.

 
Stupa in the historical park.

Stupa in the historical park.

 
Large stupa.

Large stupa.

 



Wat Si Sawai.

Wat Si Sawai.

 



Water near the temple Wat Traphang thong Lang.

Water near the temple Wat Traphang thong Lang.

 



Rice field around Sukhothai.

Rice field.

 
Statues of elephants in Wat Chang Lom.

Statues of elephants in Wat Chang Lom.

 
Wat Chang Lom.

Wat Chang Lom.

 



Wat Chang Lom ruins.

Wat Chang Lom ruins.

 
Ruins of one of Sukhothai's historical temples.

Ruins of a historical temples.

 



Typical rice fields around Sukhothai.

Green rice fields.

 
Small temple in the middle of nowhere.

Small temple in the middle of nowhere.

 



Sat Chetuphon.

Sat Chetuphon.

 



The Buddha statue in wat chetuphon.

The Buddha statue in wat chetuphon.

 
Ruins of wat chetuphon in Sukhothai.

Ruins of wat chetuphon.

 
Overgrown temple in Sukhothai.

Overgrown temple.

 
Brick temple surrounded by green scenery.

Brick temple surrounded by green scenery.

 
Buddha statue in Wat Phara Pai Luang.

Buddha statue.

 
Wat Phara Pai Luang.

Wat Phara Pai Luang.

 



Wat Phara Pai Luang in Sukhothai historical park.

Wat Phara Pai Luang.



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