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  • Location: Northern Thailand
  • Status: Province
  • Population: About 601,504
  • Area: About 6,596.1 square km
  • Telephone area code: 066-064

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Lying on the lower part of the northern region in the valley of the Yom River, Sukhothai is one of the important northern provinces of Thailand. This is a wide region surrounded by hills and drained by the Menam Yom. It is about 427 km from the north of Bangkok and covers the area of 6,596 sq km.

Sukhothai province is the first capital of Siam, the Thai Kingdom and was founded in 1238 by Phokhun Si Intharathit. The ancient capital of Sukhonthau has been regconized as a UNESCO World Heritage City and is the historical and cultural center of the country. Sukhothai with the meaning “Dawn of Hapiness” is considered as the cradle of Thai civilization with historical artifacts having shown that the Thai culture is origin of the Thai language and alphabet, culture, much of Thai arts and law; the source of national heritage with the best Loy Krathong celebration, fine Teen Jok cloth, holy Pho Khun, firm Buddhism foundation and ancient chinaware.

As one of the top tourist destinations in Thailand, Sukhothai offers numerous attractions, ensuring that they will keep tourists with any interest entertained on their holiday in Sukhothai. Some of the most popular attractions are significant temple ruins inside Sukhothai Historical Park and the ruined city lies amidst rolling green hills and peaceful lotus ponds offering a glance of the culture and architecture wonders of an ancient civilization.

Some of Sukhothai popular attractions include Sukhothai Historical Park, which houses ruined temples, irrigation systems, and palaces; major historical park structure contains The Royal Palace & Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Sawai, Wat Sa Si, Ramkhamhaeng National Museum; some temples as Wat Phra Phai Luang, Wat Si Chum, Wat Saphan Hin, Wat Chetuphon, Wat Chang Lom, etc. the province also offer several national parks as Ramkhamhaeng National Park (Khao Luang), Sri Satchanalai National Park (Pa Kha), etc.

For those who love the lively of festivals, come to Buddhist Ordination Ceremonies on Elephant Back which is held annually on April 7 & 8 with colorfully caparisoned elephant in contests; or come to Loi Krathong Festival in the twelfth lunar month (mid-November) with colorful images.

  • Visit the Sukhothai historical park as well as some heritage sites in Sukhothai
  • Have chance to experience some rice planting and agricultural activities
  • Explore a local orchid greenhouse and see a demonstration of local handiwork
  • Travel to Wat Mahathat - home to the most famous image of the Buddha in Thailand
  • Have great chance to explore numerous heritage sites of Thailand as the former summer palace of Thai royalties, Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Phra Si Sanpeth, Khampheng Phet Historical Park, etc
  • Enjoy best services and relaxing moments in luxury spa and resort as Pludhaya Resort & Spa, the Legendha Sukhothai Resort, or Le Charme Sukhothai Resort
  • Understand more about culture and history of Thai people through the visit to historic evidences as Sangkhalok Museum, Khampheng Phet National, Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Celadon Kiln Site Study and Conservation Centre, etc
  • Visit ruins and historical park in Ayutthya
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip to Bang Pa In Summer Palace
  • Travel around the majestic royal mansions and Wat Nivet Thammmpravat
  • Head to see the Crystal and Golden Halls of Wat Tha Sung
  • Discover the Lanna morning lifestyle at the local market
  • Take a leisurely boat trip along Mekong River and have view of local water-based life
  • Have great chance to explore numerous heritage sites of Thailand as Ayutthaya Historical Park, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Wat Mahathat, Doi Suthep temple, etc
  • Get insight into local lifestyles in the visit to villages as Bo Sang village, Sankampang village, Chiang Dao village, Bann Mai village, etc
  • Understand more about culture and history of Thai people through the visit to historic evidences as Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Chaliang archaeological sites, etc
  • Witness the process of training elephant in the Elephant Training Camp
  • Travel to the former capital Ayutthaya and pay a visit to some famous religious sites
  • Continue the way to Khampheng Phet and visit the historical park
  • Go to Sukhothai and have view of the Ramkamhaeng Museum and Wat Sri Chum with the gigantic Buddha statue
  • Leave for Ko Kah to spot Wat Phra Dhat Lampang Luang with the only Emerald Buddha
  • Discover Hill Tribe Museum and the traditional handicraft
  • Take the chance to savor delicious Thai food
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