Sukhothai from Udon/ Sorry guys in the pick up this time.

Discussion in 'North-East Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by ray23, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    We just got back from Sukhothai at about 1815 yesterday. we took the pick up, up one day sight see the next and return. That would have been far to difficult for me on the bike.

    I tried it both ways the GPS fastest route took us to Khan Kean boring as hell, HWY 12 did pick up some nice curves ext. before Phittslanuk, boring here after, We left at 1000 Hrs arrived 1830. Distance from home 523 klms.

    Spent a few hours checking out Sukhothai Historical Park Not bad wife 50 baht me 100 baht. My wife mentioned the people were not to friendly. But, there were loads of tourists from all over the world.

    We sit out for home around 1230 Hours, keep in mind I pushed hard on both trips top speed of 140 and a average 79 Klms per hour. Arrived at home 1815 hours this was on the shortest distance of 455 klms. Easy one day ride, the difference if I was on the bike I would have had to stay that night and rest up the back and I would have taken a straight shot back home.

    It was funny using thee shortest distance we ended back on 2216 2013 and 203. The only real tough part is 12 with trucks and mountains hard to pass. same with 203 until you hit the four lanes. I hate dodgy passing but if you want to finish in open day you will be doing some. Actually with type of activity I would rather be on the bike it's smaller so easier to tuck it into places. Some of the passing you might actually need to pass nine vehicles rare that you can that at once. So you pick up what you can safely and works around them till you are in the lead.

    Curves I was going just as fast as would have on the bike, wife and I both agreed felt safer on the bike. Just a lot easier to control. Sukhothai was great the park is in the old City.

    We stayed at Le Charme Resort 850 a night but a real class act (055-833333) 1.4 klms from, the park. Nice pool free breakfast with eggs liked fresh. The restaurant had both European and Thai food and it was good. There are a lot cheaper places all around to include the Old City Guesthouse 450 baht and walking distance to the park. Restaurant 100 meter away with foreign and Thai food.

    We don't this a lot so staying in a nice resort is really a treat for us.. Sukhothai is certainly worth seeing once. I would suggest searching the internet for history.

    We have a ton of photos down loaded already, next I will try to figure out how to post them.
     
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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Yes welcome back Ray. Good to see you out & about again.
     
  4. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Trying to see how to upload mulitiple photos started with one of the many ponds at the resort

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    Looks like I'm making a bit of progress now:

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    Well I think I'm getting the hang of it and I will work on the Park Photos as I have time
     
  5. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    This site is huge from this point I will let the photos do the talking

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  6. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    This area is not walled there are others areas that are walled and obviously sit up for defense

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  7. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Note the shape of the blocks Which I believe at one time was a foot path. The clocks used for the main buildings and a foundations looked much larger. The materials appear to be from a Valcano. You can actually see the iron ore in the stone. From where it came from I have no idea.

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  8. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    In this group of Photos you will see a huge defensive wall. At the base of the wall you can see areas for people to stand on I suppose to greet any invaders and being hid at the same time. I believe that may be the difference from a Cheddi and a Wat You will also see stone blocks carved out like chairs, now what they really are I have no idea. You will also note two towere like structures I beleive this refects the Khemer culture. Interesting thing happened at one of them while we were there.

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  9. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Boy I wonder how old that tree was, it looked like it was about 80 feet high I also noticed a younger tree of the same kind in the site. You will now start seeing photos of where artifacts were stolen.

    The one tower it was obvious that people had been worshiping there, burnt ashes and candle on a small alter on the dirt floor. I tried to take a photo from the inside looking up the tower. The flash went of but I didn't get a photo and our camera just stopped working. Changed battery nothing, changed out the memory card still nothing figured photos wee over for the day. But, as got probably 200 meters from the towers, all of a sudden the camera started working.

    So we returned this time to the tower on the right there was no evidence of worship going on there. Wife said a little a prayer and asked permission to take a photo in the prayer. This tiem we got the photo o the inside of the tower going up. Go figure

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  10. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    This called the four lotus shrine along with the large Budha, there were supposed to be four smaller ones facing the directions of the compass, they have all been stolen

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  11. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    The statue is of the first King to create the Thai Alphabet. They had something written in marble using that alphabet my wife could not read it. So there have been lots of changes since then. The park is not the only place you can find ruins. Our room was 1.4 klms from the park. But there wee two sets of ruins setting about 200 meter from the resort.

    Well that all folks if you haven't seen it worth a look. I also believe they have a bike week in Sukhothai each year

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