Tourist guide to Sukhothai

Sukhothai Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Sukhothai ©Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Sukhothai is one of the most exciting tourist destinations of Thailand. The old ruins of Sukhothai make some of the most attractive architectural jewels of the country. The Sukhothai Historical Park is located in Lower Northern Thailand. The name means the “dawn of happiness”. It is one of the several historical parks of the country, being very attractive for tourists. Besides the ruins, Sukhothai has other attractions to offer its visitors, too. In the following guide I will present you some useful info relating to Sukhothai, including its location, highlights, where to sleep and eat. I recommend you to read this tourist guide to Sukhothai. It might help you with some useful information.

How to get there

There are numerous ways you can get to Sukhothai. The best thing you should do is to get to Sukhothai from Bangkok. You can do this by plane, train and even by bus. Sukhothai has its own airport. Bangkok Airways will take you there directly.

If you opt for the train, you can take the express from Bangkok or from Chiang Mai to Phitsanulok. From there a bus will take you to Sukhothai. Besides, there are several bus services operating from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Sot or Phitsanulok. 

Sukhothai Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Sukhothai ©Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr


The main highlight is with no doubt the historic park protecting the ruins of Old Sukhothai. It is situated about 12 km west from the New City of Sukhothai. It used to be the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the period between the 12th and 15th centuries. Today the ruins make part of the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Old City is very attractive among tourists.

The whole park is well maintained, clean and the restoration works speak for themselves. Besides the ruins, there are also other attractions in and around Sukhothai. Local cuisine is a must for visitors. Besides, the nearby Si Satchanalai Historic Park is also a very attractive site for tourists.

Sukhothai ruins Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Sukhothai ruins ©Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Where to sleep

There are numerous budget and mid-range hotels in both the Old- and New City. There are also several guesthouses to choose of. Lotus Village, At Home Guest House, Mountain View Guest House and Sukhothai Guest House are just some of the best accommodation options in the New City.

As for the Old City, the best hotels and guesthouses are the following: Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse, Orchid Hibiscus Guest House, Wake Up @ Muan Kao Boutique Hotel and so on.

Portion of Sukhothai ruins Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Portion of Sukhothai ruins ©Mikel Lizarralde/Flickr

Where to eat

There are several restaurants, eateries, bars and markets in Sukhothai. Fueng Far is a great restaurant to eat at, while Kru Eew serves excellent noodles. Besides, the Sukhothai Night Market is a must for visitors.

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