Sukhothai - pottering around

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Sukhothai is just on 300 kms south of Chiang Mai & about 3 1/2 - 4 hrs fast ride.

    The province is famous for its world heritage site the Sukhothai Historical Park
    It currently costs 100 baht to get into the park & bicycles are provided to peddle around, or take one of the park "carriages"

    From 6.30 am - 5.30 PM no vehicles are allowed in, but if you go outside of these times you can ride your bike & quickly go around for a few photos. Morning time is best, because in the afternoon you are facing the sun looking at the Buddha images & so don't get such great photos.

    The park is 12 kms  north of new Sukhothai city & there are a stack of guesthouses / hotels resorts near the ancient city ruins.

    Or you can stay in town, enjoy some good food & a bit of laid back city nightlife, then cruise on out to the ruins in 15 minutes.

    Some afternoon piccies I managed to snap after 5PM when I was allowed in through the back gate early & able to cruise around a bit.

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    Go in the early morning at first light & it is a surreal scene

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    Make the journey it is worth it

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  3. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Nice place for early birds :) ... But even for later starter the compound is worth a call. Since my last visit the driving policy inside the park has changed, probably a good thing to avoid packs of vehicles driving around. Next time I will make sure to wear my walking shoes. Thank you for the updated info and pictures .
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Every 2nd Friday they have a special old style market & mini light & sound show.

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  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Sukhothai - Mae Rim = 326 kms.
    R1o1 & R11
    Sukhothai - Si Satchanali - "Den Chai" - Lampang - Chiang Mai / Mae Rim.
    Here's how the elevation profile looks

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    An awesome fast ride & great roads.
    The quick travel time data

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    Where to stay in Sukhothai
    http://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/sukhothai-accommodation

    Where to eat
    http://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/sukhothai-restaurants
     
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Down in new Sukhothai city is a famous shrine

    The Phrae Mae Ya Shrine.
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    Plus a shrine to the Goddess of Mercy

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  7. blackb15

    blackb15 Ol'Timer

    David

    Great photos and background another one for my list to do in October

    thanks and safe riding

    Paul
     
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Of note in downtown Sukhothai alongside the river.

    The massive  concrete wall for a flood barrier

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    a bit sad - no more lovely riverside boulevard to cruise.
     

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