Sukhothai - pottering around

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  1. DavidFL

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

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    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
    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/sukhothai-accommodation

    Where to eat
    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/sukhothai-restaurants
     
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    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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    David

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

    thanks and safe riding

    Paul
     
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    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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