The ancient Thai capital, Sukhothai, was founded in the 13th century and served as Thailand's first capital city. Sukhouthai, meaning the dawn of happiness, lies on the northern edge of the central plains, 265 miles (425km) north of Bangkok. The province covers 6,596 square kilometers and is known as the center of the old Thai kingdom of Sukhothai, with major historical remains at Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai. It's immense territory was gained both by military conquests and diplomacy, the latter of which King Ramkhamhaeng was a master of. This ancient capital represents a golden age of Thai civilization. The architecture and art, the creation of a Thai alphabet, the introduction of Theravada Buddhism, and flourishing trade were some of Sukhothai's many wonders. Wander the park and you'll still see many shrines where people pray and leave offerings. Sukhothai contains a plethora of stunning temples filled with sculpture and artwork. Sukhothai was also famed for its Sawankhalok pottery, which was exported to much of Asia during its prime. Currently you can visit a museum that provides a glimpse into the complex process in which it was produced.
Opening Hours: 6:00am-18:00pm
Entrance Ticket: 100 baht
Address: Mueang Kao, Amphur Muang, Sukhothai 64210, Thailand
Duration: 2-3 hours