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Light and Sound Show in Sukhothai

Sukhothai Historical Park

TRAVEL DATE: 10-12 July 2015
DESTINATION: Sukhothai Province
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel De’ Peal Sukhothai

Sukhothai was the ancient capital of Thailand about 700 years ago. On the second Friday of every month, between February and September, the local administration put on a free Mini Light and Sound show about the history of the province. This takes place at Wat Sa Si in Sukhothai Historical Park. I flew to Sukhothai on Nok Air’s Fly’n’Ride package that goes via Phitsanulok Airport. The hotel I chose is right next to the drop-off point, is very close to the park entrance and offers free bicycle rent. Cycling is the perfect way to explore the area as it is mainly flat. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:

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LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:

DESTINATION สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว GPS
Phitsanulok Airport ท่าอากาศยานพิษณุโลก 16.782691 100.277904
Nok Air Drop-off Point คอฟฟี่เฮ้าส์ 17.018322 99.714867
Hotel De' Peal Sukhothai โรงแรมเดอ พีล สุโขทัย 17.018229 99.715445
Food Festival & Sunset View ตลาดปสานอุทยานประวัติศาสตร์สุโขทัย 17.020192 99.703745
Mini Light and Sound Show มินิไลท์แอนซาวน์สุโขทัย 17.019886 99.702148
Wat Mahathat วัดมหาธาตุ 17.016862 99.704148
King Ramkhamhaeng Monument พระบรมราชานุสาวรีย์พ่อขุนรามคำแหงมหาราช 17.019871 99.704671
Wat Sa Si วัดสระศรี 17.019771 99.701190
Wat Traphang Ngoen วัดตระพังเงิน 17.016497 99.699945
Wat Si Sawai วัดศรีสวาย 17.013921 99.702211
Wat Sorasak วัดสรศักดิ์ 17.024168 99.704344
Wat Si Chum วัดศรีชุม 17.026945 99.693354
Wat Phra Phai Luang วัดพระพายหลวง 17.029261 99.699584
Ramkhamhaeng National Museum พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ 17.017269 99.707343
Wat Chetuphon วัดเชตุพน 16.997943 99.706817
Wat Chedi Si Hong วัดเจดีย์สี่ห้อง 16.997493 99.708695
Wat Traphang Thong วัดตระพังทองหลาง 17.017614 99.709086
Wat Chang Lom วัดช้างล้อม 17.020952 99.714302
Wat Saphan Hin วัดสะพานหิน 17.023267 99.675296

Wat Mahathat

Founded in the 13th century, Sukhothai was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom and enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkhamhaeng, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been restored, and Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see for all travelers. Entrance to the park is 100 Baht per zone. Most people only visit the central zone where Wat Mahathat is situated, but Wat Si Chum in the Northern zone is also worth a visit. You can rent bicycles near the park entrance. The area is mainly flat and is easy to explore in one day. However, it is advisable to stay at a local guesthouse for a couple of nights and take your time. Unlike Ayutthaya, which is nearer to Bangkok, Sukhothai doesn’t get as many visitors.

 

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GETTING THERE: Sukhothai is located about 427 kilometres north of Bangkok. There are no trains going directly to Sukhothai. However, you can travel by train to Phitsanulok and then take a local bus to Sukhothai, about 59 kilometers away. There is an airport in Sukhothai, but it is only served by Bangkok Airways. The budget airlines Nok Air and Air Asia do a Fly’n’Ride via Phitsanulok Airport. Air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal to Sukhothai daily. The journey takes 7 hours.